Family is a universal treasure. No matter where you are in the world, the bond we share with our families is the golden thread that holds us together.
In this compilation of 30 quotes, we dive deep into the essence of family.
Interestingly, while I’ve drawn from the heart of Filipino culture to explain these, many quotes originate from voices far and wide.
What does this tell us?
Simply, love for our family knows no boundaries. Whether you’re in bustling Manila or quiet Oslo, family remains a cornerstone of our lives.
This sentiment is not just confined to literature but echoes loudly in movies too. As the saying goes, art imitates life, and the spotlight on families in global cinema is a testament to this universal truth.
While every culture has its unique touch on family values, the core emotions remain strikingly similar.
As you journey through these quotes, you’ll remember stories, feelings, and experiences that resonate, no matter where you’re from.
Let this be an exploration, a celebration, of what ties us all together – family.
1. “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox
Filipino families tend to be close-knit, often living in multi-generational households where grandparents, parents, children, and sometimes extended family members coexist harmoniously.
Celebrations, decisions, and everyday life revolve around the family. Respecting and valuing family ties is deeply ingrained in Filipino culture.
No matter where you are, make an effort to connect with your family. Whether it’s a simple call, text, or a surprise visit, let them know you appreciate their presence in your life.
2. “In the end, family is all we have.” – Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga, a world-renowned Filipina artist, captures the sentiment many Filipinos hold dear. In times of calamities, festivities, or even personal struggles, it’s the family that Filipinos turn to. It’s a safety net, a source of strength and inspiration.
Reflect on the importance of family in your life. Consider writing a letter or creating a family journal, where members can contribute their feelings, experiences, and memories.
3. “The memories we make with our family is everything.” – Candace Cameron Bure
Filipinos place a significant emphasis on making and preserving memories. From countless photos taken during family gatherings to stories passed down through generations, cherishing moments with loved ones is a trademark of Filipino households.
Organize a family activity, whether it’s cooking a meal together, taking a trip, or simply gathering for a story session. Cherish and document these moments.
4. “Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family.” – Jef Menguin
While blood ties are significant, there’s also a deep-seated value placed on loyalty and commitment.
Godparents, close family friends, and even neighbors can be considered as part of the family, bound not by blood but by shared experiences, love, and trust.
Reflect on the relationships you have outside your immediate family circle. Reach out to them, express gratitude, and strengthen those bonds.
5. “Family is family.” – Linda Linney
The simplicity of this quote mirrors the straightforward nature of Filipino family values. Family is a non-negotiable entity in the Philippines; it’s a given that family comes first, and everything else follows.
Take a moment to appreciate your family’s unique qualities. Celebrate the differences and embrace the similarities.
6. “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – David Ogden Stiers
The Filipino concept of “kapwa” (shared identity) embodies this. Family members support each other, whether it’s through financial assistance, emotional support, or simply being there in times of need.
Check in on family members, especially those you haven’t spoken to in a while. Offer your support and ensure they know they’re loved.
7. “The love of a family is life’s greatest blessings.” – Unknown
Blessings in the Filipino culture are often associated with family. Children, for instance, are seen as “biyaya” (blessing).
The unwavering love and support Filipinos receive from their families are often regarded as the most significant blessings in their lives.
Count your blessings. Create a gratitude journal with your family, listing things you’re thankful for each day.
8. “Family is the compass that guides us. It is the inspiration to reach great heights.” – Brad Henry
Filipino families play an integral role in guiding individual members, providing them with a moral compass, life lessons, and encouragement to achieve their dreams.
Reflect on the guidance you’ve received from your family and think of ways you can provide similar guidance to younger family members or those seeking direction.
9. “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” – Lilo & Stitch
Although this quote originates from a Hawaiian concept, it resonates deeply with Filipinos. The notion of “ohana” aligns closely with the Filipino value of sticking together and always having each other’s backs.
Organize a family reunion or gathering, even if it’s just a virtual one. It’s a way of ensuring that no one feels left out or forgotten.
10. “Family isn’t defined only by last names or by blood; it’s defined by commitment and by love.” – Joyce Meyer
Many Filipinos foster relationships that go beyond biological ties. The bonds formed with close friends, neighbors, and mentors often hold the same weight as those with blood relatives.
Extend your concept of family. Embrace those who’ve shown commitment and love towards you, irrespective of blood ties.
11. “Family: where life begins and love never ends.” – Unknown
Births, weddings, and other life milestones are grandly celebrated in the Philippines. These events solidify the fact that family is the starting point of life’s joys and challenges, and the love within this unit is endless.
Revisit old family photos or videos. Relive those moments and share them with the younger generation, passing on tales of love and togetherness.
12. “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” – George Moore
Many Filipinos work overseas as OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). Despite the opportunities abroad, their heart remains in the Philippines with their families. Their eventual goal is usually to return and be with their loved ones.
If you’ve been away from home for a while, consider planning a visit or even a simple call. Sometimes, what we’re searching for is right where we left it.
13. “Home is where the heart is.” – Pliny the Elder
Filipinos, no matter where they are in the world, often speak of the Philippines as home. The warmth of the family and the sense of belongingness are deeply rooted in their hearts.
Make your home a comforting space. It’s not about luxury; it’s about warmth, love, and memories. Start a new family tradition or bring back an old one.
14. “Family is not just an important thing; it’s everything.” – Manny Pacquia
Manny Pacquiao, a renowned Filipino boxer, attributes much of his success to the support of his family. Filipinos believe that behind every success, there’s a supportive family cheering them on.
Recognize and appreciate the support systems in your life. Maybe send a thank you note or express gratitude in person.
15. “Family gives you the roots to stand tall and strong.” – Unknown
In Filipino culture, traditions, values, and family histories provide a foundation. This grounding enables individuals to face challenges with resilience.
I first thought of this because of distant relatives, on my father’s side, who lives in the US. They use an app to help them trace their family tree. And I thought I should do the same for my mother’s side.
Learn about your family’s history. Speak to the elders, document stories, and understand your roots better.
16. “The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Filipinos value freedom, and the choices they make for their families reflect this. They decide whom to love, support, and stand by, showcasing genuine liberty.
Reflect on the choices you’ve made for your family. Celebrate the freedom in those choices and the love that steered them.
17. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” – Richard Bach
Richard Back is an influence on me. He taught me the value of taking risks in life. and this quote about family rings true.
This reflects the Filipino value of “pakikisama” or camaraderie. Relationships, even outside the immediate family, are cherished when they’re built on mutual respect and joy.
Strengthen bonds with your chosen family – friends, mentors, or others who’ve been there for you in joy and sorrow.
18. “Family is the heart of a home.” – Jose Rizal
Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, highlighted the centrality of family in Filipino life. Homes are enlivened not by material possessions, but by the family members who inhabit them.
Spend quality time at home with family. Focus on conversations, shared meals, and activities that bring joy.
19. “The love in our family flows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep.” – Unknown
Filipinos cherish moments spent with family. Whether it’s a simple meal, a family outing, or a grand celebration, memories are deeply treasured.
Create memory capsules or time capsules. Encourage family members to add memorable items or notes, and revisit them in the future.
20. “Family – a group experience of love and support.” – Marianne Williamson
Family is not just about individuals. It’s a collective experience of love, support, trials, and triumphs. Every member plays a role in shaping this collective journey.
Host a family meeting where each member shares their feelings, experiences, and aspirations. This can foster understanding and deepen bonds.
21. “Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” – J.K. Rowling
Amidst life’s adversities, Filipinos often find refuge in their families. Whether facing natural calamities, economic hardships, or personal challenges, family serves as the anchor, providing stability and unwavering support.
In times of difficulty or uncertainty, lean on your family. Share your concerns, listen to theirs, and navigate the storm together.
22. “The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” – George Santayana
Family is a dynamic tapestry of relationships, memories, and experiences. It’s not just about being related by blood, but the shared laughter, tears, challenges, and triumphs that make it a beautiful artwork.
Take time to appreciate each family member’s uniqueness. Create a family tree or a collage that celebrates each individual and the role they play in the masterpiece of your family.
23. “Family ties mean that no matter how much you might want to run from your family, you can’t.” – Unknown
In Filipino culture, the bond with family is unbreakable. Even if disagreements arise or distance separates, the underlying bond of family remains, calling individuals back to their roots.
Reconnect with distant or estranged family members. A simple message or call can be the first step in mending bridges and rekindling relationships.
24. “The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” – Mario Puzo
Loyalty within the family is a treasured value in the Philippines. Families stand by each other through thick and thin, providing unwavering support and defense against external challenges.
Reaffirm your loyalty and commitment to your family. Stand by them in their endeavors, celebrate their successes, and uplift them in times of need.
25. “Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing.” – Donna Hedges
Filipinos see their homes as sanctuaries, and the presence of family elevates this sentiment. No matter how simple or grand the home is, it’s the family within that provides warmth, love, and a sense of belonging.
Show gratitude for the dual blessing of home and family. Maybe organize a family dinner or game night at home to celebrate the bond you share.
26. “Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy.” – Jill Scott
Filipino families are a mix of personalities, and disagreements are inevitable. Yet, these differences make the family more vibrant and are accepted with humor and love.
Embrace the quirks and idiosyncrasies of your family members. Remember, it’s these unique traits that make your family special. Share anecdotes and laugh about the craziness together.
27. “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” – Barbara Bush
Physical expressions of love, like hugging, are prevalent in Filipino families. Whether it’s a greeting, a farewell, or a gesture of comfort, Filipinos use touch to express their love and presence.
Offer a comforting touch or hug to a family member. Physical gestures can convey feelings words sometimes can’t.
28. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden
The essence of this quote is deeply embodied in the Philippines. While Filipinos value achievements, respect, and traditions, at the core of everything is always family and love.
Prioritize family and love in your daily actions. Small gestures of kindness, listening, and spending time can make a significant difference.
29. “Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” – Unknown
Many Filipinos may venture to different parts of the world or pursue varied paths in life, but the bond with their family remains intact. They carry with them the values, traditions, and love instilled by their family.
Celebrate the diverse paths taken by family members. Share stories, experiences, and lessons learned from different walks of life.
30. “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw
Filipinos believe that harmonious family life is a glimpse of heaven on earth. This perspective reinforces the emphasis on family gatherings, shared meals, and collective celebrations.
Focus on cultivating happiness within your family. Engage in activities that bring joy, foster communication, and strengthen bonds.