The importance of being with family is probably realized by most of us only when we are quite a few miles away from our near and dear ones. Conversely, when we are with them we tend to take them for granted. These are the same people who love us unconditionally and accept us just the way we are. They stand by us through thick and thin, and support us in all our endeavors. So, why don't we take a few moments from our busy lifestyle and spend time with them and give back the love they have given us throughout.

Here are some memorable family quotes for you to ponder over.

"A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home." ― George Moore

"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children." ― Albert Einstein

"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

"The family is the nucleus of civilization." ― Ariel and Will Durant

"The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf." ― Bertrand Russell

"Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently." ― Chinese Proverb (Sometimes attributed to Confucius)

"Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements." ― Elizabeth II

"Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground." ― Francis Bacon

"A man can't make a place for himself in the sun if he keeps taking refuge under the family tree." ― Helen Keller

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." ― Jane Howard

"All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." ― Leo Tolstoy

"Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others." ― Sidonie Gruenberg

"What God is to the world, parents are to their children." ― Philo

"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof." ― Richard Bach

"The love of a family is life's greatest blessing" ― Unknown

"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future." ― Alex Haley

"I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich." ― Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." ― George Santayana

"We have to show leadership in protecting our environment so that we have a future for our children and grandchildren." ― Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Family is the most important thing in the world." ― Princess Diana

"A family in harmony will prosper in everything." ― Chinese proverb

"The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other." ― Mario Puzo (The Family)

To conclude, family is the first gift god gives you when you are born. Treasure it forever.