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Best Quotes About Family

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    A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone. Aesop

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    Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof. Richard Bach

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    Cruel is the strife of brothers. Aristotle

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    He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Francis Bacon

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    Love, by reason of its passion, destroys the in-between which relates us to and separates us from others. As long as its spell lasts, the only in-between which can insert itself between two lovers is the child, love's own product. The child, this in-between to which the lovers now are related and which they hold in common, is representative of the world in that it also separates them; it is an indication that they will insert a new world into the existing world. Through the child, it is as though the lovers return to the world from which their love had expelled them. But this new worldliness, the possible result and the only possibly happy ending of a love affair, is, in a sense, the end of love, which must either overcome the partners anew or be transformed into another mode of belonging together. Hannah Arendt

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    A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative. George Ade

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    Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express. Joseph Addison

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    The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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    A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. Gautama Buddha

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    A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. -- Proverbs 18:19

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    Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture. Amos Bronson Alcott

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    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

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    There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. Henry Ward Beecher

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    It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. Confucius

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    The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society's most basic values. Charles Caleb Colton

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    The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself. G. K. Chesterton

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    I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous. William S. Burroughs

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    There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom. Michel de Montaigne

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    The proliferation of support groups suggests to me that too many Americans are growing up in homes that do not contain a grandmother. A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt and Helpists know it. They have jumped into the void left by the disappearance of morbid old ladies from the bosom of the American family. Florence King

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    Parents and children seldom act in concert: each child endeavors to appropriate the esteem or fondness of the parents, and the parents, with yet less temptation, betray each other to their children. Samuel Johnson

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

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    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

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    new! Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. George Burns

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    Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself. H. L. Mencken

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    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

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    The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants. William Shakespeare

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    Family... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children. August Strindberg

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

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    The hatred of relatives is the most violent. Tacitus

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    Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families; and in families not regulated by that pervading influence which sanctifies while it enhances... in short, by the influence of Woman, in the lofty character of Wife, they may be expected with confidence, and must be borne with philosophy. Charles Dickens

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    The family is the nucleus of civilization. Will Durant

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    Family is the most important thing in the world. Diana, Princess of Wales

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    A small family is soon provided for.

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    Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.

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    Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.

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    The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended -- and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended. Robert Frost

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    The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety. Confucius

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    Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law. Mark Twain

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    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

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    Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described --and will be, after our deaths --by each of the family members who believe they know us. Gloria Steinem

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    All people are your relatives, therefore expect only trouble from them.

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    When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices. George Bernard Shaw

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    A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. Susan Sontag

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    A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock. Charles Lamb

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    The family spirit has rendered man carnivorous. Francis Picabia

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    With a new familiarity and a flesh-creeping homeliness entirely of this unreal, materialistic world, where all sentiment is coarsely manufactured and advertised in colossal sickly captions, disguised for the sweet tooth of a monstrous baby called the Public, the family as it is, broken up on all hands by the agency of feminist and economic propaganda, reconstitutes itself in the image of the state. Wyndham Lewis

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    All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln

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