Family life is the source of the greatest human happiness. This happiness is the simplest and least costly kind, and it cannot be purchased with money.
— Robert Havighurst
There’s nothing in life I cherish more than my wife and our three boys.
— Yogi Berra
The man who wants to build and make a contribution in the business world must not neglect his family or his church, but he can’t lead a “vacation” life.
— Bill Marriott, Sr.
Money is no big deal. What I value is my family.
— Eddie Robinson
From birth to death our first responsibility on earth is to our families, immediate and extended. They are our joy, love, friends, strength and our responsibility. A country is only as strong as its families.
— Barbara Bush
When I was growing up, our family was so close it sometimes felt as if we were one person with four parts.
— Lee Iacocca
As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scenes, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.
— John Adams
My mother told all four of her children that we were rich because we had the best father in the world. She said that she was rich because she had the best husband. I grew up feeling quite privileged.
— Linda Greenlaw
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
— Anonymous, if a dog were your teacher
Treat those who are close to you with the same courteous attention that you extend to strangers and casual acquaintances. The need for this skill is often most obvious – and lacking – in our relationships with our own families.
— Warren Bennis
It’s when I let myself get little that I tumble head over heels into joy.
— Thomas Kinkade
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Businesses focus too much on “productivity” and too little on fun. I’ve made more money by having fun than I have not having fun.
— Dave Thomas
Along with everything else, you need to have fun.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Laughing, singing and dancing are the fastest ways to transform worries into celebration. Having fun together will strengthen your family and foster easy, honest relationships among all of you. And as your children grow they are much more likely to enjoy being with the family if everyone is having a good time.
— Judy Ford
It is the human condition that we need to continually prune our lives in many respects to keep our balance. For any new activity we take on, it is necessary that we discard some other.
— M. Scott Peck
It isn’t success if it costs you the companionship and chumminess and love of your children. Very often, busy, wealthy men and women of momentous affairs discover too late that they have sacrificed the finest thing in life, the affection of their family.
— B.C. Forbes
One thing I learned from my father is to have balance between work and family. I watched my father work 18 hours a day all throughout my childhood. He and my mother divorced in the late ‘60s and I’m sure it was because he spent too much time in the business.
— Jim Perdue
I used to put so much emphasis on tennis. But now I’ve learned that the great things in life are the simple, basic things.
— Chris Evert
Don’t wait to get sick to set your priorities straight. Value your health and your family and friends, because they aren’t replaceable. There will always be another deal, client, market or promotion around the corner. This approach is not only healthier, it will probably help you perform better on the job.
— Joe Torre
Hang out with people in the slow lane. Take the time to learn, make friends, appreciate things. The fast life is over quick.
— Rudy Sanchez
Prescription for a happier and healthier life: resolve to slow down your pace; learn to say no gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasure, more hobbies and more social entanglements.
— James Dobson
God moves calmly, slowly and with perfect organization. The only wise rate at which to live is God’s rate. God gets things done and they are done right and He does them without hurry. He neither fumes nor frets. He is peaceful and therefore efficient.
— Norman Vincent Peale
Don’t run too fast through life. You only have one.
— Bo Jackson
Create a predictable pace of family life. Set specific times for when meals are served, have regular bedtimes, establish a specific list of chores, have certain times for homework, television, internet use and so forth. The constancy of these things provides a cohesive dimension of family life that everyone can depend on. That predictability can have a very settling and calming effect.
— Phillip McGraw
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate what’s most important in life – my wonderful wife and two great kids.
— Mark O’Meara
After having a baby, I have a new perspective. Four-footers aren’t as important any more.
— Colleen Walker
Material things in life are iffy. You can’t take them with you when you die. The most important things are your family and your kids.
— Nick Price
I learned more than I ever wanted to know last year. My baby’s cancer strengthened me and my belief in what’s important in life – my family, the kids. God has blessed me to be able to play. It doesn’t mean I don’t get mad or frustrated, but for me, I’m just happy to be playing.
— Susie Redman
Your family is what counts, and you must always remember that as you get caught up in your professional responsibilities.
— John Wooden
I like winning money at golf and earning money in other ways – and I like to spend it – but the most important card in the deck to me is the ace of hearts – my family. They come first.
— Jack Nicklaus
My father made a conscious choice to put his family ahead of his career. He certainly could have gone to Hollywood, but he decided to raise his family on the East Coast as normally as possible. My dad put his family first and he taught me to do the same – a lesson for which I will always be grateful.
— Chris Elliott
If golf should ever jeopardize my family life, it would be gone in a heartbeat.
— Kirk Triplett
When I was younger, before I had children and money, all I wanted to do was play golf, work at my golf, get better at my golf. But when the children came my time with them was very important to me.
— Tom Watson