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

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living. - Charles Swindoll

Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her. - J. M. Synge

He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows. - Jeremy Taylor

Women's liberationists spread the word that the only peaceful family is one in which either the wife is enslaved or the husband is androgynous. - R. Emmett Tyell

The family is the school of duties... founded on love. - Felix Adler

You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family. - Anita Baker

Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive. - Stella Benson

You hear a lot of dialogue on the death of the American family. Families aren't dying. They're merging into big conglomerates. - Erma Bombeck

Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. - Anthony Brandt

The government is becoming the family of last resort. - Jerry Brown

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. - Confucius

Parents: persons who spend half their time worrying how a child will turn out, and the rest of the time wondering when a child will turn in. - Ted Cook

If Mr. Vincent Price were to be co-starred with Miss Bette Davis in a story by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe directed by Mr. Roger Corman, it could not fully express the pent-up violence and depravity of a single day in the life of the average family. - Quentin Crisp

The family is the nucleus of civilization. - William J. Durant

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too. - Benjamin Franklin

The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology. - James G. Frazer

What a man sows, that shall he and his relations reap. - Clarissa Graves

Where can a person be better than in the bosom of their family. - Marmontel Gretry

Families are about love overcoming emotional torture. - Matt Groening

Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home. - Sarah J. Hale

Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people. - Alex Haley

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

The striking point about our model family is not simply the compete-compete, consume-consume style of life it urges us to follow. The striking point, in the face of all the propaganda, is how few Americans actually live this way. - Louise Kapp Howe

My family begins with me, your family ends with you. - Iphicrates

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. - Thomas Jefferson

The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family. - Paul Johnson

The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have. - Ring Lardner

The Family is the Country of the heart. There is an angel in the Family who, by the mysterious influence of grace, of sweetness, and of love, renders the fulfillment of duties less wearisome, sorrows less bitter. The only pure joys unmixed with sadness which it is given to man to taste upon earth are, thanks to this angel, the joys of the Family. - Giuseppe Mazzini

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation. - Margaret Mead

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know. - Dwight L. Moody

Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. - Martin Mull

The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come. - Sandra Day O'connor

Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty. - Ann Oakley

A brother is a friend provided by nature. - Legouve Pere

The family spirit has rendered man carnivorous. - Francis Picabia

None but a mule denies his family. - Arabian Proverb

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently. - Chinese Proverb

In every dispute between parent and child, both cannot be right, but they may be, and usually are, both wrong. It is this situation which gives family life its peculiar hysterical charm. - Isaac Rosenfeld 


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