175 Parents Quotes and Sayings On Love and Family (2021)


If it wasn’t for our parents, none of us would be where we are today. Although we may not always see eye-to-eye, the love and wisdom they instill upon us is something that can never be forgotten—and these parent quotes will serve as your reminder of it.

The importance of parents can be seen in the way they support our lives.

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Parents are the only ones who show unconditional love.

Parents play the biggest role in our development.

Whether it’s in our mental, physical, social, financial, or career development, parents help us in every step of our life.

When we’re young, parents prepare us for the future.

They work hard to prepare us for future challenges.

When we make mistakes, they’re our teachers.

Parents live for us. They’re happy when we are happy.

To help us appreciate, love and show more respect for our parents, below are some inspirational parents quotes? Enjoy!

Also check out our selection of father daughter quotes as well as these beautiful home quotes. We also have a great collection of quotes about grandparents.

And if you’re living with adoptive parents, don’t forget to share with them our list of adoption quotes to appreciate them.

Loving Parents Quotes and Sayings About Family and Support

1. We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves. – Henry Ward Beecher

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2. Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. – Plato

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3. When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth. – Mitch Albom

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4. A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided. – Robert Brault

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5. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever. – J.K. Rowling

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6. The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day. – O. A. Battista

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7. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” ― Oscar Wilde

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8. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one. – SUE ATKINS

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9. “First your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

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10. “There’s nothing like your mother’s sympathetic voice to make you want to burst into tears.” ― Sophie Kinsella

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Don’t forget to also read these father and son quotes celebrating an unbreakable bond.

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11. Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth. – Peter Ustinov

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12. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

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13. “To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourself.” – Chinese Proverb

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14. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.” ― Jodi Picoult

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15. “Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” – Matthew Jacobson

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16. “A good father is a source of inspiration and self-restraint. A good mother is the root of kindness and humbleness.”– Dr T.P.Chia

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17. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”― Maya Angelou

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18. “Parenthood…It’s about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last.” ― Peter Krause

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19. “My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.” – Kobe Bryant

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20. “So much is asked of parents, and so little is given.” ― Virginia Satir

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Also check out our list of the best motherhood quotes as well as these beautiful baby quotes.

Importance of parents quotes

21. “Parenting is a life time job and does not stop when a child grows up.” – Jake Slope

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22. “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

23. “The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” —Ewan McGregor

24. “Everyone else we knew growing up is the same: image of their parents, no matter how loud they told themselves they’d be different” ― Tana French

25. “Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.” – Unknown

26. “Step parents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather augment a child’s life experience.” – Azriel Johnson

27. “It’s not always easy being her daughter.’

I think,’ she said, ‘sometimes it’s hard no matter whose daughter you are.” ― Sarah Dessen

28. “I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny.” – Jim Carrey

29. “The reasonableness of the command to obey parents is clear to children, even when quite young.” ― Noah Webster

30. “No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us.”– Brad Meltzer

You might also like these co-parenting quotes to inspire separated parents.

Parents quotes to respect them more

31. A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone. – Billy Graham

32. “My biggest parenting conundrum: why is it so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep.” – Chrissy Teigen

33. “You cannot let your parents anywhere near your real humiliations.” ― Alice Munro

34. “That’s what children are for—that their parents may not be bored.” ― Ivan Turgenev

35. “The thing about lying to your parents is, you have to do it to protect them.
It’s for their own good.” ― Sophie Kinsella

36. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

37. “It’s a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.” – Ama Ata Aidoo

38. “Our parents prayer is the most beautiful poetry and expectations.”– Aditia Rinaldi

39. “We don’t always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can’t find a way to love us anyway.” ― J. Courtney Sullivan

40. In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy, too.– Robert Brault

Don’t forget to also check out these step dad quotes that will make you appreciate your blended family.

Parents quotes to inspire you

41. They’ve got great parents; I’m just trying to be the fun uncle. – Sarah Silverman

42. “When you lose your parents, the sadness doesn’t go away. It just changes. It hits you sideways sometimes instead of head-on. Like now.” ― Jude Watson

43. “Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?” ― Rick Riordan

44. “Parents had some kind of sin radar, Claire thought. They always called when you were in the middle of something you just knew they’d consider wrong. Or at least risky.”― Rachel Caine

45. “The Golden Rule of Parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!” — Louise Hart

46. “They’re your parents. They’re meant to love you because. Never in spite.” ― Patrick Ness

47. “There is nothing worse than a thirteen-year-old boy. You’re embarrassed by your parents, and you’re trying to find your independence because, deep inside, you are so dependent on your mom.” » Ben Affleck

48. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.”– Jodie Picoult

49. “Parents. Honestly. Sometimes they really do think the world revolves around them.” ― Randa Abdel-Fattah

50. “Parents have to instill the right principles in their children, but then it’s up to the children to live up to those principles.” ― Mary Lydon Simonsen

Also read these blended family quotes and sayings to share with your loved ones.

Loving parents quotes that will make you smile

51. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.” – Ann Brashares

52. “It’s especially hard to admit that you made a mistake to your parents, because, of course, you know so much more than they do.” ― Sean Covey

53. “My mum and dad had worked incredibly hard to afford me an education.” ― Benedict Cumberbatch

54. “My parents were supportive of my creativity but did not have a lot of patience for whimsy with zero production value. They had stuff to do.” ― Mindy Kaling

55. “Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.” – Abraham Lincoln

56. “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.” – Frank A. Clark

57. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish Proverb

58. “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on Earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course.” – Ryan Reynolds

59. “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint

60. “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” – Michael Jordan

Don’t forget to also read these loving grandkids quotes that spark joy.

Inspirational parents quotes

61. “Good parents hardly parent. They let their kids learn, fail and grow without interference.”― Trevor Carss

62. “If your parents bring you no shame, be very grateful. If you’re proud of them, celebrate.”― Dennis Prager

63. “Parents are living gods. They do everything to make their children happy and expect nothing in return.”― Saravana Kumar Murugan

64. “Do your best for your parents. If you don’t, one day you will regret it.”― Debasish Mridha

65. “My parents didn’t raise me to order something expensive when someone else is paying.”― Nitya Prakash

66. “Compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.”― Anaïs Nin

67. “The greatest gift a parent can give a child is self-confidence.”― Stewart Stafford

68. “My parents loved us but I wasn’t always sure they liked us.”― Tahereh Maf

69. “She was our mother and belonged to us. She was never mentioned to anyone because we simply didn’t have enough of her to share.”― Maya Angelou

70. “Children harbor a great many doubts and sorrows that could be eased by a loving hug from a parent.”― Richelle E. Goodrich

71. “My parents have lived longer than most and have expected very little. We have been blessed in too many ways to count.”― Ralph Webster

72. “If we are wonderful parents and family members, then there’s really nothing else to prove.”― Ron Baratono

73. “Any parents are as ordinary human beings as others, making them angels or even more is up to their next generation.”― Sandeep Sahajpal

74. “Some of us can live without a society but not without a family.”― Amit Kalantri

75. “The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in exploration of their environments.”― Bertrand Russell

You might also like these bouncing baby boy quotes for expecting moms and dads.

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76. “Don’t anger your parents in order to please other people. Those other people did not spend their lives building yours.” – Anonymous

77. “The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering.” – Benjamin Spock

78. “Don’t use the sharpness of your tongue on the mother who taught you to speak.” – Ali Ibn Abi Talib

79. “Honor your parents and your sons will honor you.” – Anonymous

80. “Appreciate your parents. You never know what sacrifices they went through for you.” – Anonymous

81. “My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

82. “Next to God, thy parents.” – William Penn

83. “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” – Erich Fromm

84. “Love your parents and treat them with loving care. For you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.” – Anonymous

85. “Fathers provide not only support but also encouragement.” – Catherine Pulsifer

86. “Parents. They didn’t leave you when you were young. So don’t leave them when they are old.” – Anonymous

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87. “The most important influence in my childhood was my father.” –DeForest Kelley

88. “Nobody on earth can ever love you more than your parents.” – Anonymous

89. “No matter your age, you will always need your mom.” – Unknown

90. “The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.” – Unknown

91. “I’m a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.” – Unknown

92. “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budinton Kelland

93. “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”― Prevost Abbe

94. “A mother and daughter’s love is never separated.” – Viola Shipman

95. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo

Parents quotes that will put a smile on your face

96. “Every generation just wants their kids to have a better ‘Spiderman’ reboot than they did.” – Conan O’Brien

97. “I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.” – Robert Orben

98. “Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has peed on his own face.” – Olivia Wilde

99. “Believe me, my children have more stamina than a power station.” – Robbie Coltrane

100. “Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.” – Tina Fey

101. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

102. “You see much more of your children once they leave home.” – Lucille Ball

103. “There is nothing more precious to a parent than a child, and nothing more important to our future than the safety of all our children.” – Bill Clinton

104. “There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” – Henry Ward Beecher

105. “A perfect parent is a person with excellent child-rearing theories and no actual children.” – Dave Barry

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106. “It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods that my kid didn’t finish…” – Carrie Underwood

107. “The relation between parents and children is essentially based on teaching.” – Gilbert Highet

108. “‘I don’t think so Mommy!’ is what my child said after, ‘Can you please pick up the popcorn you threw all over?’” – Anna Faris

109. “Parenting is not for everybody. It changes your life. Especially when they’re little.” – Tori Amos

110. “You’re just like a human napkin for kids, like, they just wipe their face on you and stuff.” – Tina Fey

111. “The most rewarding aspect of parenting is seeing my children be authentic. The most rewarding thing for me is to see them do anything that they’re proud of.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

112. “Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.” – Elbert Hubbard

113. “Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

114. “You will always be your child’s favorite toy.” – Vicki Lansky

115. “Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.” – Frank Pittman

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116. “A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain, a mother’s goodness deeper than the sea.” – Japanese Proverb

117. “Parents are without a doubt, one of the most, if not the most influential role models that their kids will probably have under normal circumstances.” – Joseph R. Parker

118. “A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.” – Helen Rice

119. “Parents are not perfect, nor are they saints. Dads and moms make mistakes all the time. How you handle these situations will be an important life lesson for your children.” – Bethany Bridges

120. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” — Barbara Kingsolver

121. “It is the sunlight of parental love and encouragement that enables a child to grow in competence and slowly gain mastery over his environment.” – Felicity Bauer

122. “I love my parents no matter what we go through, no matter how much we argue, b’coz I know, at the end, they’ll always be there.” – Unknown

123. “As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won’t forget how you made them feel.” – Kevin Heath

124. “The daily choices we make as parents to filter what enters our children’s impressionable hearts and minds will go a long way in determining who our children become.” – Mark J. Musser

125. “Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving.” – Dr. T.P.Chia

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126. “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

127. “There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” – Mahatma Gandhi

128. “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” – Bob Keeshan

129. “With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.” – Michelle Obama

130. “But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man.” – LeBron James

131. “Of course, parents are the most important people in a child’s life.” – Hillary Clinton

132. “The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.” – Francis Bacon

133. “When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman

134. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull

135. “I learned from my parents the idea that, if you are devoted enough and you want to study something enough, you can really teach yourself anything.” – Brit Marling

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136. “One of the greatest titles in the world is a parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint

137. “If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” – Bette Davis

138. “Children learn to smile from their parents.” — Shinichi Suzuki

139. “The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.” – William Shakespeare

140. “The most beautiful thing in the world is to see your parents happy and knowing that you are the reason behind their happiness.” — Unknown

141. “If your parents are alive, be grateful at the opportunity to earn Jannah by serving them.” – Nouman Ali Khan

142. “Parents are teachers, guides, leaders, protectors and providers for their children.” – Iyanla Vanzant

143. “The reason we love our parents is because they loved us first. Every single company should take this advice.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

144. “Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.” – George Santayana

145. “The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.” – Natalie Portman

Unforgettable parents quotes

146. “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

147. “The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.” – Benjamin Spock

148. Parents, keep your children closer when they are young because they will keep you closer when you’re old.” – Unknown

149. “Whatever the parents are doing, the kids will follow suit.” – Bob Harper

150. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” ― Lemony Snicket

151. “Being a parent is the greatest trust that has been given to human beings.” – David O. McKay

152. “As you get older you have more respect and empathy for your parents. Now I have a great relationship with both of them.” — Hugh Jackman

153. “Now that I’m a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot.” – Adam Sandler

154. “Parents don’t make mistakes because they don’t care, but because they care so deeply.” – T. Berry Brazelton

155. “Becoming a parent erased many of my negative childhood feelings and filled them in with something new.” – Mariska Hargitay

Parents quotes to live by

156. “Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventures, story-tellers, and singers of songs.”― Pam Brown

157. “A mother should never stop praying for her children.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

158. “I know my parents care and love me, but they never show it the way that they do for my brother.”― Tashie Bhuiyan

159. “Much of what we learn about eating comes from the way our parents feed us.”― Bee Wilson

160. “Parents, deliberately or unaware, teach their children from birth how to behave, drink, feel and perceive. Liberation from these influences is no easy matter.”― Eric Berne

161. “More than children can know what’s good for their parents, the parents know what’s good for their children.”― VKBoy

162. “Sometimes just look at your parents as normal human beings not as your parents.”― Aashu Kandoi

163. “It’s difficult seeing parents for who they are rather than who we want them to be.”― Amy Meyerson

164. “Biology does not make a man a father–nor a woman a mother. We are what we do.”― Andrew Vachss

165. “We grow up expecting our parents to live forever until, one day, they’re suddenly gone.”
Riley Sager

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166. “Parents are like consumer brands in that, as kids, we remember only two or three key things about them, missing the nuance you only appreciate as you get older and realize people are complicated.”― Scott Galloway

167. “A mother will birth her baby once, but she will spend a lifetime birthing a person.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

168. “Parents are defined by their mistakes.”― Fredrik Backman

169. “When you realize your parents are human, that’s when you lose your innocence.”― Lidia Longorio

170. “Did you have parents or just some people who thought they should own somebody?”
Catherine Lacey

171. “Love, respect and appreciate your parents as it is the one gift they truly cherish and desire.”― Margo Vader

172. “We receive our inheritance the day we learn a skill from a parent. How we use that skill will determine how far we go!”― Andrew-Knox B Kaniki

173. “Kids don’t do what their parents say-they do what they see their parents do.”― Harlan Coben

174. “Parents can cultivate the character of a child, not the competence of a child.”― Amit Kalantri

175. “We love being your parents, but we also like being your fellow travelers on this part of the road.”― Erin Lee Carr

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Parents are the gentle and supportive pillars that hold our families together. We can expect genuine and unconditional love only from parents.

Hopefully, these quotes have shown why parents are important in our lives and inspired you to appreciate them more.

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