Ever search for just the right thing to say about your family? These famous people have done it for you. Here are some of the most famous quotes people have delivered about family. For fun, quiz your co-workers and see if they can guess who said what!

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family…in another city.”

–George Burns, Comedian

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” 

–Rick Riordan, author, “The Sea of Monsters”

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. ” 
–Jim Butcher, author, “The Dresden Files”

“After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” 

Oscar Wilde, playwright, “A Woman of No Importance”

“Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.” 

–Chuck Palahniuk, author, “Invisible Monsters”

“One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.” 
― Jonathan Safran Foer, author, “Everything Is Illuminated”

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” 
― George Bernard Shaw, playwright, “Immaturity”

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

–Maya Angelou, poet

“I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.” 
― Mitch Albom, author, “For One More Day”

About the Author

Craig Berger has been writing and editing web content since S E O were just three random letters of the alphabet. Since graduating from USC with a Master’s degree in Professional Writing, he has written, edited, and curated compelling web content across a wide range of digital platforms, including articles on independent film production for NoFilmSchool.com, education content for Yahoo! Education via Vantage Media, and medical and aesthetic website content with digital marketing powerhouse Urge Interactive.

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