35+ Best Family History Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational family history quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Family History Quotes

My mother, whom I love dearly, has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce, step-children, dysfunction, and obfuscation. I’ve spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction. — Melissa Gilbert

I wish I could have 25,000 years of my personal family history documented in a very powerful computer or a CD-ROM that I could just pop in and my computer would never crash. — Brendan Fraser

The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities. — Jeremy Hardy

The same way one tells a recipe, one tells a family history. Each one of us has our past locked inside. — Laura Esquivel

When I was a boy, I would ask about my family history, about my bloodlines. We really didn’t know that much. We had a little Indian in us from the Oklahoma Trail of Tears. — Brad Pitt

It’s very strange that most people don’t care if their knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations. — Douglas Coupland

I’m the fourth generation to be in show business. It’s pretty neat; it’s nice to have that family history. — Rachel Bilson

I don’t have the best family history heart-wise, so I really try to keep my heart strong. — Kelly Ripa

The most successful families embrace and elevate their family history, particularly their failures, setbacks and other missteps. — Bruce Feiler

In my family history, there are generations of women who were abandoned by men. It’s one of the themes of my family. — Lynn Nottage

The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history. — Debi Mazar

You may not know your complete family history, but the reality is everyone has something, and as you get older, you start to worry about these things more. Health is not sort of like a 6-month project. Health is a lifetime accumulation of behaviors. — Anne Wojcicki

My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit. — Brian Acton

My grandfather had a paint store. It’s what put my mom through college. Small business is part of my family history. — Sheryl Sandberg

The Carter family history means a lot to me. — John Carter Cash

Knowing more about family history is the single biggest predictor of a child’s emotional well-being. Grandparents can play a special role in this process, too. — Bruce Feiler

We have a huge family history with Singapore because we have the duty-free shops in the airports. It’s a very industrious city. It’s beautiful, and Singaporeans have this wonderful desire for, and love of, luxury goods. You can see how well thought out and planned the city is with the best boutiques. — Marie-Chantal Claire

I don’t have a long family history of good cooks in my family. — Bobby Flay

My sense of the family history is somewhat sketchy, because my mother kept a great deal to herself. — Julie Andrews

My family history, like that of many Polish, German and Jewish families from Central Europe in the 20th century, is complex. — Donald Tusk

My mum and dad teach, and all my brothers and sisters have been in ‘Riverdance’ and so forth. So I was forced to become a dancer; it’s part of my family history. — Sean Maguire

If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out. — Temple Grandin

I think Compton is definitely a part of my, my family history – a part of me. — Aja Brown

I don’t know if it’s changing already with ‘Joanne,’ but my intention is to bring people together that don’t know each other and that would maybe feel awkward, but somehow be brought together by the music. That’s what I wanted to do. Because that is pure and authentic to my family history and what I stand for. — Lady Gaga

I almost fainted. There was no family history. I had been eating a vegetarian diet and I exercised. — Rue McClanahan

For my entire life, I have held the cards of my complicated family history very close to my chest. — Shaun King

Don’t be afraid to try new things, because I just tried shot put not knowing my family history behind it, and trying it led me to the rest of my life. — Michelle Carter

I don’t know much about my family history except that my father had straight black hair and his ancestors probably came from India. — Trevor McDonald

I find my husband’s family history fascinating, as they can trace the family lineage back to ancestors who fought, and died, in the first battle of the Revolution, as well as to many other interesting people. — Kim Edwards

Drag racing has played a big role in In-N-Out’s history, and it is also an important part of my family history. — Lynsi Torres

The book begins and ends with the visits to give the impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history. I believe in going backwards into the past – I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past. — Anita Desai

I’m just so proud to be from San Francisco and to have a family history there. It’s only two generations back, but still, it’s two generations in San Francisco. I love it. I’m so proud of it. — Jamie Chung

In the 1970s, family history wasn’t yet thought of a serious field for study. I was terrified of being laughed at by other historians. I called my book ‘The Social Origins of Private Life.’ It should have been ‘As Pompous as You Want to Be.’ Every sentence was academic jargon, and if I said X, I qualified it with Y. — Stephanie Coontz

At the beginning of my career as a writer, I felt I knew nothing of Chinese culture. I was writing about emotional confusion with my mother related to our different beliefs. Hers was based in family history, which I didn’t know anything about. I always felt hesitant in talking about Chinese culture and American culture. — Amy Tan

I’m still hungry. I’m still striving… You have to understand: my mum has worked hard to look after her children, but we have always been poor; we have always been at rock bottom. I want to change my family history forever. — Dillian Whyte

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