The most important work you will do in your life will be done within the walls of your home.
— Kim Clark
When everything is darkest, your family will be there for you. Tell them how much you love them.
— Ann Richards
No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
— Lee Iacocca
As the family goes, so goes the nation.
— Margaret Mead
I am at peace. Here I am supposedly at the peak of professional success, but I could, frankly, care less. It’s nothing compared to my relationship with you and the girls and Jesus.
— David Bloom, NBC war correspondent, in a final e-mail to his wife, Melanie, before his death from a pulmonary embolism in Iraq
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
— Dr. Richard Moss
How do you say “I love you?” Often, and loud!
— Leo Buscaglia
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
— Matthew 5:43-45
Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.
— Donald Barnhouse
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
— Mother Teresa
Having a healthy, balanced life is essential for superior results. You cannot be fully engaged in your work if you are tired or worried about something else.
— Marilyn Tam
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.
— Barbara Bush
Maybe the most important thing I learned from my dad is how to balance family and business. This is not always easy. My memory as a boy is that he was home every night. When he walked in the door, his mind was on his wife and his five kids – not the office.
— Brian Roberts
Effective leaders seek balance in their personal and professional lives. Imbalance in one or the other creates vulnerability in both. Physical fitness is crucial. So is mental and moral fitness.
— John Wooden
There are many games to be played and, hopefully, they’re not just basketball games. There are dances to be danced, pianos to be played and cheers to be cheered. I want to play those games too. I don’t want to be one-dimensional and have my whole life revolve around a series of screens and picks to produce a basket.
— Mike Krzyzewski
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
— Stephen Covey
To keep from being overwhelmed by adversity, I work hard to keep my priorities in order. The priorities in my life, ranked in descending order, are: God, family, others, football.
— Bobby Bowden
Without ever knowing it, we are assaulted by a high note of urgency all the time. We end up pacing ourselves to the city rhythm whether or not it’s our own. In time we grow hard of hearing to the rest of the world. Like a violinist stuck next to the timpani, we may lose the ability to hear our own instrument.
— Ellen Goodman
Start every day with the most important thing you have to do. Save the less important tasks for later.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Figure out what your top two or three priorities are, spend your time and energy on them, and let the rest go. Simply accept that it’s not possible to do it all, and that it’s all right if you don’t – in fact, it’s immeasurably better if you don’t. You can have a happy and fulfilling life while doing only part of it. People have done that successfully for years.
— Elaine St. James
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
— Charles Swindoll
We have to ask ourselves if we can afford to wait for vacations to reduce the frantic pace of our lives and share evening meals with our kids. In many ways, dinnertime is the best opportunity for parents to hang out with their children, to talk to them, to hear about their ideas and answer their questions.
— Dr. Paul Donahue
It seemed like whenever there was a problem in our family, my mother would bring out the toothpicks. We’d each get one. Then, she’d tell us to try and break them. We did it easily, of course. Then she’d hand each of us nine toothpicks bunched together. “Now, break them.” None of us could do it. “As long as you stay together, nobody can break you down, either,” she’d say.
— Isiah Thomas
Because there was always so much love in my family, I grew up being secure in who I was and what I was going to become. I had this incredible security blanket around me that my parents provided.
— Rebecca Lobo
Family relationships are long-term investments. They require much work and vigilant care. But the returns are invaluable.
— T.D. Jakes
The presidency is temporary – but the family is permanent.
— Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of the French president
When we have a good team, I know it’s because we have boys that come from good mommas and poppas.
— Bear Bryant
Perhaps the greatest service that can be rendered to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
— George Bernard Shaw
Few things are more fulfilling than the hours we spend talking, laughing and sharing experiences with our family and friends. These are the moments that we remember most vividly and keep close to us throughout the years.
— Mary Lou Retton
You cannot protect your priorities unless you learn to decline, tactfully but firmly, every request that does not contribute to the achievement of your goals.
— Edwin Bliss
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Overcommitment and time pressures are the greatest destroyers of marriages and families. It takes time to develop any friendship, whether with a loved one or with God Himself.
— James Dobson
You have one failing you must overcome, one thing you must learn if you are to be a completely happy woman, maybe the most important lesson in living – you must learn to say no.
— Charlie Chaplin, to Sophia Loren