You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family

Idiom

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family

Definition

This idiom is used to express the idea that you cannot control who is in your family, but you can control who you choose to be your friends.

Examples

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family

I don’t always get along with my family, but I can choose my friends wisely.

Origin

This idiom is believed to have originated in the United States in the mid-19th century.

FAQs

Does this idiom mean that I should accept my family despite our differences?

Does this idiom mean that I should choose my friends wisely?

Is this idiom a proverb or an idiom?