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65 Long Distance Family Quotes We Can All Relate To

Lolo & Nate | Updated: May 13, 2022

Being away from family can be a struggle. With family on opposite sides of the world, in Australia and Canada, we should know!

Telling everyone how much you love and miss them seems easy because you can FEEL it.

But when it comes to putting those feelings into words it can seem like a daunting task.

Don’t worry, it happens to all of us!

Quotes can be the perfect way to express your feelings in something concise enough for a text, greeting card, or to even share through Messenger.

To help, we’ve put together a list of long distance family quotes that you can turn to when you need something heartwarming to share with loved ones.

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Missing Family Quotes

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“I would really like to spend more time with the family. Every time I go abroad I miss them all dreadfully.”

Jilly Cooper

“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.”

Thomas Jefferson

“There’s no shame in feeling homesick. It means you come from a happy home.”

Mrs. Hughes (Downton Abbey)

“Missing someone is part of loving them. Not until you are apart do you realize how much they mean to you.”

Nikhil Saluja

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Maya Angelou

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky)

“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”

Jodi Picoult

“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.”

Wendy Wunder

Family Stick Together Quotes

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“Ohana means family – no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten.”

Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch)

“Your family love must be cultivated. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.”

Jim Rohn

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.”

Anthony Brandt

“You can’t see air, but you need it to breathe and it is always there. Likewise, your family may not be in sight, but we need each other and will always be there.”


“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.”

Mario Puzo

“People come and go in our lives, but a beauty of life is that our family is always there.”

Catherine Pulsifer

“Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.”


“As a family, we make – not take – time for each other. That is the key to a strong chain even though some links don’t touch.”


Quotes About Being Away From Your Child

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“A mother discovers that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but of the friendship formed while raising them.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Close together or far apart, you’re forever in my heart.”


“I know you must walk your own path, but let my love be the light to guide you.”


“My love for you is like an invisible elastic band. No matter how far you go, we are connected.”


“When times are hard, when your friends turn against you and your luck seems to fail, know that I will always be just a phone call away.”


“You may no longer be small, or need my help for all, But you’ll always need love from my heart, especially when we are apart.”


“You deserve the best I have to give, and that’s my undying love as long as you shall live.”


“Even though my lap is too small, my heart will always have enough room for you.”


Missing Home Quotes

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“The family is a haven in a heartless world.”

Christopher Lasch

“It’s always nice to have someone in your life who can make you smile even when they’re not around.”


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)

“Missing you comes in waves, tonight I’m drowning.”


“Home is wherever you leave everything you love and never question that it will be there when you return.”

Leo Christopher

“Homesickness is not always a vague, nostalgic, almost beautiful emotion, although that is somehow the way we always seem to picture it in our mind. It can be a terrible keen blade…It can change the way one looks at the world.”

Stephen King (The Body)

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”

Maya Angelou

“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”

John Ed Pearce

Quotes About Distance Between Family

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“You can put miles between you and your family but you carry them with you; you live in a world and a world lives in you.”

Frederick Buechner

“Near or far, we’re only separated by car. As long as we exist, there is no distance across which our family can’t persist.”


“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.”

Robin Hobb

“No matter where we each stand, together we can look upon the same sun, the same moon, and the same sky, so we are forever one family.”


“Distance gives us a reason to love harder.”


“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

George Burns

“Keeping a family together is like building a puzzle. It may be hard to gather all the pieces, but once gathered, they fit together seamlessly.”


Family Reunion Quotes

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“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

Maya Angelou

“Nothing is more awkward than a large family reunion. Half the people don’t know who anyone is and the other half know way too much about everyone.”


“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”

Susan Lieberman

“You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.”

Anita Baker

“Welcome to the annual gathering of people who all have the same nose (or other common facial feature)!”


“Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family. Having both – is a blessing.”

Donna Hedges

“Getting together as a family is like putting all the chapters in a book, you need each member for the family to make sense.”


“The time you spend with family keeps your inner clock running.”


Family Is Everything Quotes

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“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

Michael J. Fox

“Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.”

Paul Pearsall

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”

Alex Haley

“Families are the compasses that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”

Brad Henry

“This is part of what a family is about; knowing that they will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that.”

Mitch Albom

“That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so loveable.”

Deb Caletti

“I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!”

Louisa May Alcott

“Family is the most important thing in the world.”

Princess Diana

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

George Bernard Shaw

Christmas Quotes For Long Distance Families

Looking for a gift to connect family from afar? Check out our recent article on gifts that are perfect for long distance families.

“We may be miles apart, but our love and affection unites us. Christmas and New Year greetings to all of you.”


“Though I am not at home for Christmas, I send all my warm wishes for peace and joy in our family. Wish you all Merry Christmas.”


“Wishing my loving family a Merry Christmas. I wish you were here with me to make this Christmas a beautiful one like every other Christmas.”


“Sending my warmest wishes to each and every member of my family on this Christmas. Missing you all. Merry Christmas.”


“As you all celebrate far away, my heart wishes for your prosperity and goodwill. May this Christmas be a joyous occasion for my family. Merry Christmas.”


“I wish I were there with you all on this Christmas. I am missing the celebration and fun we all used to have on Christmas. Love you all. Merry Christmas.”


“To the most amazing and loving family, though I am not there with you sharing this beautiful holiday season, but I am sending my wishes to make it Merrier Christmas for you.”


“Christmas is here and I am missing my family very much. But my loving wishes are always there. Merry Christmas.”


Now It’s Your Turn

Which of these quotes spoke to you?

Do you have a few picked out to send to your family?

We know there are tons of great quotes out there that we may have missed. If you have any that resonate with the feelings and emotions long distance families go through. Let us know and we’ll add the best to our list!

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Hi, we are Lolo (Canada) & Nate (Australia) a couple that had to go through all that a long distance relationship has to offer, just like you. With our experience and lessons learned we want to help you keep your long distance relationship as strong as ever and ultimately last the distance!