Family Quotes

 A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 A happy family is but an earlier heaven. 
Author: John Bowring
Nationality: British
b. 17 October 1792  - d. 23 November 1872
  
 A small family is soon provided for. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by mother, who sees that the others get it. 
Author: Marcelene Cox
Nationality: British   
 Alas, how strong a family likeness runs through blind and persecuting humanity in all Dimensions! Points, Lines, Squares, Cubes, Extra-Cubes - we are all liable to the same errors, all alike the Slavers of our respective Dimensional prejudices. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success. 
Author: Og Mandino
Nationality: American
b. December 1923  - d.  December 1996
  
 Any consideration of the life and larger social existence of the modern corporate man begins and also largely ends with the effect of one all-embracing force. That is organization -- the highly structured assemblage of men, and now some women, of which he is a part. It is to this, at the expense of family, friends, sex, recreation and sometimes health and effective control of alcoholic intake, that he is expected to devote his energies. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 Anyone who wants to understand me must first understand Russell, Kansas. It is my home, where my roots lie, and a constant source of strength. My father's view of the world as 'stewers versus doers' registered early. From my neighbors, I learned to feel deeply for God, country and family. In Russell, I came to understand there are things worth living for, and, if need be, dying for. The Russell of my youth was not a place of wealth. Yet it was generous with the values that would shape my outlook and the compassion that would restore life's richness after I had begun to doubt my future following the war. Ever since, I have tried in my own way to give back some of what the town has given me. I have tried to defend and serve the America I learned to love in Russell. 
Author: Bob Dole
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1923
  
 Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of. 
Author: Amy Heckerling
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1954
  
 Babies haven't any hair; Old men's heads are just as bare; Between the cradle and the grave Lies a haircut and a shave. 
Author: Samuel Hoffenstein
Nationality: American
b. 08 October 1890  - d. 06 October 1947
  
 Bin home too, and along France. It appears he had been to England as servant to some squatter's family. But fancy an aboriginal stating he had been 'home'. 
Author: A. J. Campbell
Nationality: American   
 Birds in their little nests agree And 'tis a shameful sight, When children of one family Fall out, and chide, and fight. 
Author: Isaac Watts
Nationality: English
b. 17 July 1674  - d. 25 November 1748
  
 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. 
Author: Jane Howard
Nationality: American
b. December 1935  - d.  December 1995
  
 Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires. 
Author: Marcelene Cox
Nationality: American   
 Civilization ceases when we no longer respect and no longer put into their correct places the fundamental values, such as work, family and country; such as the individual, honor and religion. 
Author: R. P. Lebret
Nationality: American   
 Every family story from Greek drama to Hamlet to Cinderella is the story of the miseries which people inflict on each other in family life. Families are the scene of most murders, really. I've seen torture in family life. And if you make divorce difficult, it doesn't mean you force people to stay together - they just leave each other and don't get a divorce. 'Family values' is a sinister thing, really; all dictators, like Franco and Hitler, always talked about family values. Because it's the paternalistic state saying, you must do what you're told. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters. 
Author: Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher
Nationality: British
b. December 1908  - d.  December 1992
  
 Family is the most important thing in the world. 
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends. 
Author: Ethel Mumford
Nationality: American
b. December 1878  - d.  December 1940
  
 Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. 
Author: George Burns
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1896  - d. 9 March 1996
  
 Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 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. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 His mirror meant more to him than his family. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 I can get up in the morning and look myself in the mirror and my family can look at me too and that's all that matters. 
Author: Lance Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 18 September 1971
  
 I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable. 
Author: William Schwenck Gilbert
Nationality: English
b. 18 November 1836  - d. 29 May 1911
  
 I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage. 
Author: Erma Bombeck
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1927  - d. 22 April 1996
  
 I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap. 
Author: Fred Allen
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1894  - d. 17 March 1956
  
 I have quite conservative feelings about lots of things, too. But it's a great mistake for politicians to talk about this, I think. Major did that. The conservatives suddenly started a great campaign about family values. And from then on, once a week, some conservative MP was found in bed with his secretary, or with three in a bed, or there was one man who was found sleeping with a male doctor on holiday - he said he was saving money, they only had to hire one room, there was a big row about that. Every week another minister had to resign for having an illegitimate child. And then they shut up about family values. Politicians are absolutely never the right people to talk about family values. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 I wasn't born in a log cabin, but my family moved into one as soon as they could afford it. 
Author: Melville D. Landon
Nationality: British   
 I wonder if the polite thing to do is always the right thing to do. When I met the family from Japan, they all bowed. I pretended like I was going to bow, but then I just kept going and flipped over on my back. I did this five times. I think they got the point. 
Author: Jack Handey
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 I would rather start a family than finish one. 
Author: Donald Robert Perry Marquis
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1878  - d. 29 December 1937
  
 If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family. 
Author: Laurence Housman
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1865  - d. 20 February 1959
  
 If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 If you don't know your family's history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. 
Author: Michael Chrichton
Nationality: American   
 If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman you educate a family. 
Author: Ruby Manikan
Nationality: American   
 In the family where the father rules secure, there dwells the peace which thou wilt in vain seek for elsewhere in the wide world outside. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 It has been my observation and experience, and that of my family, that nothing human works out well. 
Author: Donald Robert Perry Marquis
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1878  - d. 29 December 1937
  
 Kate Kelly, newly robed in black, and prancing up and down, in flowing hair and three-inch veil, and high heels and burbelows, putting on all sorts of airs and graces because, a few hours before, Ned had crowned his exploits and added a new distinction to the family by being hung in gaol. 
Author: Ada Cambridge
Nationality: English
b. December 1844  - d.  December 1926
  
 Life of the party; and his family, at home starving. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
Nationality: English
b. 21 April 1926
  
 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? 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 None but a mule denies his family. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Okay, conservatives have changed my mind. Allowing gay marriage, I have been persuaded, will destroy the family, weaken Western civilization, turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah, increase the trade deficit with Japan, endanger the family farm and promote tooth decay. The impeccable logic of conservative opponents is simply too powerful to deny. 
Author: Stephen Chapman
Nationality: American   
 Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. 
Author: Anthony Brandt
Nationality: American
b. December 1936
  
 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. 
Author: Amos Bronson Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1799  - d. 4 March 1888
  
 Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Poverty, race, ethnicity and immigration status are not in themselves determinative of student achievement. Demography is not destiny. The amount of melanin in a student's skin, the home country of her antecedents, the amount of money in the family bank account, are not the inexorable determinants of academic success. The evidence introduced at trial demonstrates that these negative life experiences can be overcome by public schools with sufficient resources well deployed. It is the clear policy of the state, as formulated by the Regents and S.E.D. - State Education Department, that all children can attain the substantive knowledge and master the skills expected of high school graduates. The court finds that the city's at-risk children are capable of seizing the opportunity for a sound basic education if they are given sufficient resources. 
Author: Justice Leland de Grasse
Nationality: British   
 Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. 
Author: George Burns
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1896  - d. 9 March 1996
  
 So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 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. 
Author: Richard David Bach
Nationality: American
b. 23 June 1936
  
 The commandment to honor parents was given to ensure that the elderly, although they may not feel wanted by family or society, are still given their appropriate reward. 
Author: Dr Laura Catherine Schlessinger
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1947
  
 The family is one of nature's masterpieces. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The family is the nucleus of civilization. 
Author: Will Durant
Nationality: American
b. 05 November 1885  - d. 07 November 1981
  
 The family is the school of duties ...founded on love. 
Author: Felix Adler
Nationality: American
b. 13 August 1851  - d. 24 April 1933
  
 The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have. 
Author: Ring Lardner
Nationality: American
b. 6 March 1885  - d. 25 September 1933
  
 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. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family... public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The master of a single trade can support a family. The master of seven trades cannot support himself. The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound. 
Author: Og Mandino
Nationality: American
b. December 1923  - d.  December 1996
  
 The most powerful ties are the ones to the people who gave us birth... it hardly seems to matter how many years have passed, how many betrayals there may have been, how much misery in the family: We remain connected, even against our wills. 
Author: Anthony Brandt
Nationality: American
b. December 1936
  
 The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. 
Author: Calvin Marshall Trillin
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1935
  
 The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends; and lastly, the solid cash. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 The principle of using interactivity as a creativity-builder is not restricted to computer games. Once we become fully conscious of this principle, we can find ways to become more interactive everywhere. We can make conversations with our family and friends more interactive than they once were. The more thoughtful our questions get to be, the more interactive the conversations 
Author: Steve Chandler
Nationality: British   
 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. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 The term consumerism has been current since the middle 1960s, about the same length of time as the Department of Transportation itself. Literally interpreted, the word means 'an ideology based on the opposite of being productive.' This ideology has caused enormous changes in the American economy. At one time complaining was a cottage industry. The typical maker of complaints gave them to (or traded them with) friends and family members. Sometimes the complaints were sent to newspapers or included in prayers. Friends, family, the press and God then ignored the complaints. In the sixties, however, various consumer advocates began to help complainers find a market for their wares. There is only one organization that is required to take everyone and their complaints seriously. So the government became the foremost grumble customer. And it is, of course, the government's bureaucratic agencies who have to do the buying. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 There's no vocabulary For love within a family, love that's lived in But not looked at, love within the light of which All else is seen, the love within which All other love finds speech. This love is silent. 
Author: T. S. Eliot
Nationality: British
b. 26 September 1888  - d. 4 January 1965
  
 To be honest, to be kind, to earn a little, and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not to be embittered, to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation; above all, on the same condition, to keep friends with himself; here is a task for all a man has of fortitude and delicacy. 
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Nationality: Scottish
b. 13 November 1850  - d. 3 December 1894
  
 To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 We are all faced throughout our lives with agonizing decisions and moral choices.Some are on a grand scale, most of these choices are on lesser points, but, we define ourselves by the choices we have made.We are in fact, the sum total of our choices, events unfold, so unpredictably, so unfairly.Human happiness does not seem to have been included in the design of creation, it is only we, with our own capacity to love, that gives meaning to the indifferent universe.And yet, most human beings seem to have the ability to keep trying, and even to find joy from simple things, like, their family, their work, and from the hope that future generations might understand more. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 We don't have to like each other, we're family. 
Author: Chris Radant
Nationality: American   
 We have suffered the loss of seven family members. 
Author: Ron D. Dittemore
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1952
  
 We were in Bethlehem.One night we demolished the house of an innocent Palestinian family where the only crime they committed was building an illegal balcony or something.After that we were firing tank shells into private houses and we wounded several people and one of our soldiers got a bullet in the ankle. I realized then that our presence was only to get a few more people killed or wounded, to keep the war going.The occupation for me is many, many horrible details, of curfews and sieges and children who can't go to school 
Author: Major Chen Alon
Nationality: Israeli   
 Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl - no superior alternative has yet been found. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 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. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 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. 
Author: R. Emmett Tyell
Nationality: Canadian   
 Writing about your family is tricky business. I think the rule of thumb is very easy on that: If you have any reason to believe that you are Dostoyevsky, it's OK. But if you don't have any reason to believe that you are Dostoyevsky, it isn't OK. 
Author: Calvin Marshall Trillin
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1935
  
 You vote for me and I'll give you family values. I promise you the most ethical administration in the history of our country. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing. 
Author: Jim E. Rohn
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1930
  
 A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influence, to change. 
Author: Katharine Butler Hathaway
Nationality: American   
 The father of a family is met by them at every turn. Would he get work for himself? Ah! A stout Chinaman does it cheaper.  
Author: Denis Kearney
Nationality: American
b. December 1847  - d.  December 1907
  
 To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread. We were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense.  
Author: John Irving
Nationality: American
b. 2 March 1942
  
 You think about child abuse and you think of a father viciously attacking a daughter or a son, but in my family it was my mother. My mother, I would say, was a . . . very brutal disciplinarian.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. 
Author: Burton Hills
Nationality: English   
 We all of us waited for him to die. The family sent him a check every month, and hoped he'd get on with it quietly, without too much vulgar fuss.  
Author: John James Osborne
Nationality: English
b. 12 December 1929  - d. 24 December 1994
  
 The Vicar reads to us about the Irish Revival of 1859. Instead of family prayers, we have a private prayer meeting every evening. 
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 It's one of nature's ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 In every age there has been a stream of popular opinion that has carried all before it, and given a family character, as it were, to the century. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Nationality: British
b. 27 April 1759  - d. 10 September 1797
  
 So no, it's not all in the genes, but what isn't in the genes isn't in the family environment either. It can't be explained in terms of the overall personalities or the child-rearing practices of parents. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 Evolutionary psychology is taking that mindset and applying it to more emotionally charged aspects of behavior, such as sexuality, violence, beauty, and family feelings 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 I will not bond. I will not share. I refuse to nuture. 
Author: Denis Leary
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1957
  
 The first pages of memory are like the old family Bible. The first leaves are wholly faded and somewhat soiled with handling. But, when we turn further, and come to the chapters where Adam and Eve were banished from Paradise, then, all begins to grow clear and legible. 
Author: Friedrich Max Müller
Nationality: German
b. 06 December 1823  - d. 28 October 1900
  
 Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving! 
Author: O. Henry
Nationality: American
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1910
  
 If you want to really know what your friends and family think of you, if you die broke, and then see who shows up for the funeral. 
Author: Gregory Nunn
Nationality: American
b. December 1955
  
 When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 I wrote songs on planes and wrote a song one night after being with my sister and her family. If I put myself on the burner, so to speak, I can discipline myself to get things to happen. I have to write like that, but I have to write on a schedule to get anything to happen anyway.  
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 No one with a family has a free moment in Egypt. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 I have no intention of going back to France, except for yearly visits to meet my family. 
Author: Francois Gautier
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1950
  
 My family had not been professional sports people. They worked hard and sacrificed so much for me. 
Author: Joe Theisman
Nationality: American
b. 9 September 1949
  
 The label was a legendary label, a family business called the Commodore Jazz label. 
Author: Billy Crystal
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1948
  
 There is no such thing as fun for the whole family. 
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Nationality: American
b. 29 April 1954
  
 I want to be inspiring to myself, to my kids, my family, and my friends. 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 Yeah, but before anything, I think in 6 years somehow I've grown up to have a beautiful home, 2 beautiful stepchildren, a beautiful husband, my family is healthy and happy. I'm financially ok and I do what I love for a living. That's what I think, and I think god, how did I get so lucky. 
Author: Angelina Jolie
Nationality: American
b. 4 June 1975
  
 If I'd known how to organize my life, it would have suited me better. But a family forces one to make a lot of concessions. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 Let your family, staff, and friends know that you're still the same person, despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 It was really just like any other family. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 Prince Charles is an absolute Mountbatten. The real intelligence in the royal family comes through my parents to Prince Philip and the children. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 You do know that the job is almost impossible? Look how bad it will be for you and the family if I fail. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 In August 1967 I spent a few days in New Delhi, visiting a friend who had been a law school classmate seven years earlier. She was a princess - a genuine one, from a still-powerful regal family. In New York, when we were studying together, I had taken her to a Yankee game. In New Delhi she reciprocated by taking me to her fortune-teller - not just hers, but that of a bevy of Indian leaders, including former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter and successor as prime minister, Indira Gandhi.... Before I was thirty-five, he said, I would go to my country's capital to work on something that was important. The work, he said, would make me famous. It was not the sort of prediction that one entirely forgets. I was then thirty-one. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 The family is the first essential cell of human society. 
Author: Pope John XXIII
Nationality: Italian
b. 28 November 1881  - d. 3 June 1963
  
 Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one. 
Author: Pope John XXIII
Nationality: Italian
b. 28 November 1881  - d. 3 June 1963
  
 Having a family was something I always dreamed about and looked forward to, certainly to find somebody that you want to have a family with. 
Author: Andre Agassi
Nationality: American
b. 29 April 1970
  
 To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 After seven years of writing - and working many jobs to support my family - I finally got published. 
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1924  - d. 17 May 2007
  
 My family pleaded with me to forget literature and do something sensible, such as find some sort of useful work. 
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1924  - d. 17 May 2007
  
 I'm a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian. 
Author: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1934
  
 And I have never once - and I say I have gay and lesbian people in my family - never once in my life have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who's politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them. They don't care about minimum wage, they don't care about any other group other than their own self because you know, some people say being gay and lesbian is a totally narcissistic thing and sometimes I wonder. I've never heard any of them say anything except for 'accept me 'cause I'm gay.' It's just, it's screwed up. 
Author: Roseanne Barr
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1952
  
 Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it. 
Author: Mario Andretti
Nationality: Italian
b. 28 February 1940
  
 I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection. People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some people, but I wanted to act. 
Author: Jennifer Aniston
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1969
  
 Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 With all due respect to the drafters of the American Declaration of Independence, all men and women are not created equal, at least in regard to their characters, abilities and aptitudes. And if they were, their family and cultural backgrounds - not to mention the effect of mere chance - would soon change that. On one thing, nature and nurture agree: we are all different. If this is unjust, then life is unjust. But, though one hears this expression - usually in the form of the complaint that 'life is unfair' - it really means nothing. In the same vein, someone once said to Voltaire, 'Life is hard.' To which is replied: 'Compared with what? 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof. 
Author: Richard David Bach
Nationality: American
b. 23 June 1936
  
 Some of the things you read you get an immediate reaction to so I've stopped reading things now. I do worry about my family though. Some people do try some nasty things to get at them and try and get a reaction from them. 
Author: Russell Crowe
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 7 April 1964
  
 I never had children, never even thought I would have children. Now I have 152 daughters; expecting 75 more next year. That is some type of gestation period! I said to the mothers, the family members, the aunts, the grannies - because most of these girls have lost their families, their parents - I said to them, 'Your daughters are now my daughters and I promise you I'm going to take care of your daughters. I promise you. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 For the German woman her "world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home.' 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 My family got all over me because they said Bush is only for the rich people. Then I reminded them, 'Hey, I'm rich'. 
Author: Charles Barkley
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1963
  
 For the last five or six years the most important thing in my life has been my family. 
Author: Jimmy Connors
Nationality: American
b. 2 September 1952
  
 I had a number of very strong personalities in my family. My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini. 
Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1939
  
 They needed someone to write a script of The Great Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making. I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family. 
Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1939
  
 At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun. For, in this most beautiful temple, who would place this lamp in another or better position than that from which it can light up the whole thing at the same time? For, the sun is not inappropriately called by some people the lantern of the universe, its mind by others, and its ruler by still others. The Thrice Greatest labels it a visible god, and Sophocles' Electra, the all-seeing. Thus indeed, as though seated on a royal throne, the sun governs the family of planets revolving around it. 
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 I would really like to spend more time with the family. Every time I go abroad I miss them all dreadfully. 
Author: Jilly Cooper
Nationality: English
b. 21 February 1937
  
 You've simply got to go on and on with your family and friends and tell them how much you love them because you never know whether they'll be there tomorrow, do you? 
Author: Jilly Cooper
Nationality: English
b. 21 February 1937
  
 I sang for my family. And I think probably the first time I sang and got paid for it, I was about 6 or 7. 
Author: Barbara Cook
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1927
  
 I grew up in a family where many of our close friends were gay couples. As well as that, every man goes through a period of thinking they're attracted to another guy. 
Author: Jake Gyllenhaal
Nationality: American
b. 19 December 1980
  
 The real test will be having a family; when I have a family you have to come home, you have to eat dinner with your kids. 
Author: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Nationality: American
b. 16 November 1977
  
 My family responsibilities don't conflict with my career. Not at all. 
Author: Meg Ryan
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1961
  
 I have a fairly happy family life. I think I'm a fairly supportive friend. I'm a good shopper. 
Author: John Malkovich
Nationality: American
b. 9 December 1953
  
 I'm a Christopher Hitchens fan myself. But no one has thinner skins than journalists, in my experience, and I come from a family of them. They can dish it out but they can't take it. But the reason I don't like the topic, why I don't really say anything about a whiner like Fisk, is it gives them more oxygen. 
Author: John Malkovich
Nationality: American
b. 9 December 1953
  
 During this season of distress, the discouragements to marriage, and the difficulty of rearing a family are so great that population is at a stand. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian. And most of all, his family ought to know. 
Author: Dwight Lyman Moody
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1837  - d. 22 December 1899
  
 But I also want to have a family with children one day, which is very important to me. 
Author: Heidi Klum
Nationality: German
b. 1 June 1973
  
 I grew up in a big family with a lot of kids around, and I definitely want to have children as well. 
Author: Heidi Klum
Nationality: German
b. 1 June 1973
  
 I have to say that there are a lot of models that I work with that are very good friends of mine. And that it's sometimes like a little family.  
Author: Heidi Klum
Nationality: German
b. 1 June 1973
  
 No, I'm putting it away, trying to buy a house for my family. The goal is to use the money to move into a big house, so my daughter can have a garden. 
Author: Ewan Gordon McGregor
Nationality: Scottish
b. 31 March 1971
  
 Nobody in my family ever thought that I'd a be a model. 
Author: Cindy Crawford
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 February 1966
  
 There's something about being with a group of people who become like family that must be needed in society. 
Author: Jacqueline Bisset
Nationality: English
b. 13 September 1944
  
 The children have been a wonderful gift to me, and I'm thankful to have once again seen our world through their eyes. They restore my faith in the family's future. 
Author: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Nationality: American
b. 28 July 1929  - d. 19 May 1994
  
 No adult in my family would ever tell me anything about who my father was. I knew from an older cousin - only four years older than I am - everything, or what little I could discover about him. 
Author: John Irving
Nationality: American
b. 2 March 1942
  
 When they talk about family values, it's in a repressive way, as if our American tradition were only the Puritan tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition. The Christian tradition. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 I come from a family of losers, and I've rejected my family as something I don't want to be like. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 I'm not much of a family man. I'm just not that into it. I love kids, I adore them, but I don't want to live my life for them. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities. 
Author: Barbra Streisand
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1942
  
 Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures. 
Author: Vince Lombardi
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1913  - d. 3 September 1970
  
 Over 120 Aboriginal communities run their own health services - some have been doing so for 30 years. They struggle with difficult medical problems. They also try to deal with counselling, stolen generations issues, family relationships, violence, suicide prevention. 
Author: Malcolm Fraser
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 May 1930
  
 Yet there are thousands of Indigenous people searching for family members. 
Author: Malcolm Fraser
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 May 1930
  
 The demand for Pakistan as put forth by the Moslem League is un-Islamic and I have not hesitated to call it sinful. Islam stands for unity and the brotherhood of mankind, not for disrupting the oneness of the human family. Therefore, those who want to divide India into possibly warring groups are enemies alike of India and Islam. They may cut me into pieces but they cannot make me subscribe to something which I consider to be wrong. We must not cease to aspire, in spite of wild talk, to befriend all Moslems and hold them fast as prisoners of our love.[ 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Family is life; acting is making a living. 
Author: Denzel Washington
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1954
  
 The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone. 
Author: Ashley Montagu
Nationality: British
b. 28 June 1905  - d. 26 November 1999
  
 What family you were born into matters so much more than it did before in a perverse way. 
Author: David Brooks
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1961
  
 My sculpture is very personal; for years my subjects were family and close, close friends. 
Author: Gloria Swanson
Nationality: American
b. 27 March 1899  - d. 4 April 1983
  
 Jimmy says he'll never tell a lie. Well, I lie all the time. 1 have to - to balance the family ticket. 
Author: Lillian Carter
Nationality: American
b. 15 August 1898  - d. 30 October 1983
  
 As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. 
Author: Buddy Hackett
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1924  - d. 30 June 2003
  
 I found a den of copperheads under my porch and I found the nearest hoe and killed them all. Those copperheads were threatening my home and my family and that's just what we need to do to the terrorists. Just like those copperheads I'd just cut their heads off and kill them, dead. Just like that. 
Author: Zell Miller
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1932
  
 Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune. 
Author: Daniel Boone
Nationality: American
b. 22 October 1734  - d. 26 September 1820
  
 The idea of a beloved wife and family, and their anxiety upon the account of my absence and exposed situation, made sensible impressions on my heart.  
Author: Daniel Boone
Nationality: American
b. 22 October 1734  - d. 26 September 1820
  
 Serious to the point of severity, honest to the point of scrupulosity, a never-tired worker, a devout Christian, a patriot, a model of civic, professional, and family virtues, he was an exceptional man. 
Author: Hubert Pierlot
Nationality: Belgian
b. 23 December 1883  - d. 13 December 1963
  
 The lover of life makes the whole world into his family, just as the lover of the fair sex creates his from all the lovely women he has found, from those that could be found, and those who are impossible to find. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 When you look at Prince Charles, don't you think that someone in the Royal family knew someone in the Royal family? 
Author: Robin Williams
Nationality: American
b. 21 July 1951
  
 Andrew and I realized how much Australia meant to us. We saw the theatre community in Sydney and we felt, well, we know you all; we have worked with many of you. We have tried to live a few other places, but something really hit us in the gut. It's just a feeling about what home is. It became clear to us, particularly after the children were born, that family and the theatrical community in Australia were a large part of who we are. 
Author: Cate Blanchett
Nationality: Australian
b. 14 May 1969
  
 There are some family traditions I don't want my children to carry on. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household. 
Author: Wilhelm von Humboldt
Nationality: German
b. 22 June 1767  - d. 8 April 1835
  
 Many conservative Jews, from David Horowitz to Rabbi Daniel Lapin, stuck up for Gibson as a man who defended family values against secular nihilism. I was just in the middle of writing a long and tedious essay, about how to tell a real anti-Semite from a person who too-loudly rejects the charge of anti-Semitism, when a near-perfect real-life example came to hand. That bad actor and worse director Mel Gibson, pulled over for the alleged offense of speeding and the further alleged offense of speeding under the influence, decided that he needed to demand of the arresting officer whether he was or was not Jewish and that he furthermore needed to impart the information that all the world's wars are begun by those of Semitic extraction. Call me thin-skinned if you must, but I think that this qualifies. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Good families are generally worse than any others. 
Author: Anthony Hope
Nationality: English
b. 9 February 1863  - d. 8 July 1933
  
 The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 The Wilmington, Delaware, television station that bills itself as The Family Minded Station is Channel 69. 
Author: Jonathan Carroll
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1949
  
 I don't think we should be a model family living in a model home. 
Author: Moshe Dayan
Nationality: Israeli
b. 20 May 1915  - d. 16 October 1981
  
 We could not guard every water pipeline from being blown up and every tree from being uprooted. We could not prevent every murder of a worker in an orchard or a family in their beds. 
Author: Moshe Dayan
Nationality: Israeli
b. 20 May 1915  - d. 16 October 1981
  
 I wrote with tears and anguish, pouring into the pages all that pain which life had meant to me. Externally the story had to do with a family of stockyard workers, but internally it was the story of my own family. Did I wish to know how the poor suffered in winter time in Chicago? I only had to recall the previous winter in the cabin, when we had only cotton blankets, and had rags on top of us. It was the same with hunger, with illness, with fear. Our little boy was down with pneumonia that winter, and nearly died, and the grief of that went into the book. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 I didn't have a very religious family. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 That is the thankless position of the father in the family - the provider for all, and the enemy of all. 
Author: August Strindberg
Nationality: Swedish
b. 22 January 1849  - d. 14 May 1912
  
 For 50 years of my life, Fairfax has been competition to me and my family. The idea that I can end up buying 15%...amuses me. 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 In his private dealings he was just. He treated friends and strangers, the rich and poor, the powerful and weak, with equity, and was beloved by the common people for the affability with which he received them, and listened to their complaints. His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vain glory, as they would have done had they been effected for selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity of manners and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting a regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonials of respect were shown to him. If he aimed at a universal dominion, it was the dominion of faith; as to the temporal rule which grew up in his hands, as he used it without ostentation, so he took no step to perpetuate it in his family. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 Here's to your good health, and your family's good health, and may you all live long and prosper. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Today, in too many of our schools our children are being robbed of their innocence. Their minds are being poisoned against their Judeo-Christian heritage, against America's heroes and against American history, against the values of faith and family and country. Eternal truths that do not change from the Old and New Testament have been expelled from our public schools, and our children are being indoctrinated in moral relativism, and the propaganda of an anti-Western ideology. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 The Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to own, possess, and use personal firearms, and as President I will ensure that this right is not compromised. People convicted of violent crime should forfeit their right to own firearms, but sportsmen, hunters, & law-abiding Americans should be allowed to use guns for pleasure or personal or family safety. Private ownership of guns gives citizens of this free republic the means to protect life, liberty and property - and I will fully & faithfully protect that right. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy. 
Author: Marie Curie
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1867  - d. 4 July 1934
  
 There was only the choice between Communism and Hitler, and I will tell you why Hitler won. People will not give up religion, rights, freedom of personality, the opportunity to develop by individual effort - which includes private property. And the other reason for Hitler's winning is that if a whole people is treated as the Germans were, everyone will say, 'Are we worse people than others? Are we of a minor race?' Just as every single individual needs and must have self-respect, just as every family is proud of decent traditions, so every nation wants to maintain her individual manner, culture, language, and customs. It was in these respects that Communism failed. The Communists said that God was nonsense and stupidity and preached internationalism without maintaining the natural national feelings of a nation. 
Author: Hjalmar Schacht
Nationality: German
b. 22 January 1877  - d. 3 June 1970
  
 Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.  
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The best thing we can do for family values is to repeal the income tax. Then families will have the resources they need to implement their own values -- and not those of the politicians. With the income tax gone, families will no longer be forced to have two breadwinners by necessity. Children will be raised better, family values will predominate, and crime will diminish. If your local school indoctrinates your child with values that are alien to you, you'll have the money to buy a private education. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The income tax has destroyed the concept of financial privacy. It has demolished the idea that a man's home is his castle. It has provided unlimited funding for politicians to wreck lives and property. It has forced one-earner families to become two-earner households, leading to decreased parental supervision of children; loss of family values, and increased crime, promiscuity and drug use. So long as the government has the power to invade our lives, rummage through our records, and take what it wants from our income, we will have only as much freedom and take-home pay as the politicians condescend to let us have. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 That's a great question, Brandon, and a vice-president has a really great job because not only are they there to support the president's agenda, they're there like the team member, the teammate to the president. But also, they're in charge of the United States Senate, so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it's a great job and I look forward to having that job. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 Don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is and even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll just plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 I miss my family, and I like being a tourist when I go back. 
Author: Tim Roth
Nationality: English
b. 14 May 1961
  
 The man who bears my name, and who claims to be me, was born on July 15, 1865, the sixth in a family of seven. He was an ugly child, and remained ugly till his eighteenth year, when his looks gradually improved. 
Author: Laurence Housman
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1865  - d. 20 February 1959
  
 Probably none of the Weagles gave five minutes' thought a year to theology or ecclesiology, except Ora, who occasionally stirred up a lot of interesting family irritation by announcing that he was going to become a Catholic, an Episcolpalian, a Buddhist, or a Seventh Day Adventist. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 What I fight in Zenith is the standardization of thought, and, of course, the traditions of competition. The real villains of the piece are the clean, kind, industrious Family Men who use every known brand of trickery and cruelty to insure the prosperity of their cubs. The worst thing about these fellows is that they're so good and, in their work at least, so intelligent. You can't hate them properly, and yet their standardized minds are the enemy. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life. All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven't. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 A man should never neglect his family for business. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 I find that balancing my life with my work with the kids at St. Jude, working on books, working on my career as an actor and taking time out for my husband and family help to cushion a lot of the blows. 
Author: Marlo Thomas
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1937
  
 In that I found being able to talk to my family about my feelings, praying for strength and realizing that our lives have a deep purpose and the journey of our lives is to find out what that is and express it, was the only way I could have gotten through it. 
Author: Marlo Thomas
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1937
  
 Today, all patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude's are treated without regard for the family's ability to pay. Everything beyond what is covered by insurance is taken care of, and for those without insurance, all of the medical costs are absorbed by the hospital. 
Author: Marlo Thomas
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1937
  
 Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to dose it rightly is an art like any other. 
Author: Freya Madeleine Stark
Nationality: French
b. 31 January 1893
  
 Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle 
Author: Freya Madeleine Stark
Nationality: French
b. 31 January 1893
  
 And of course we are familiar with the English common law rule of thumb that said a man could in fact use a stick no bigger than his thumb to discipline his wife and family. 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 Some of us may just, in one-on-one conversations with our family, with our friends, over the back fence with our neighbors, talk about the reality of our lives and realize that we're not alone, that we have a right to be physically safe and emotionally safe in our own homes.  
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 We have to stop this violence. We have to make the political nature of the violence clear, that the violence we experience in our own homes is not a personal family matter, it's a public and political problem. It's a way that women are kept in line, kept in our places. 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 When I hear traditional family values raised, I hear that effort once again to re-establish the man as head and master of his family. Who had the, not only the right, but the obligation to discipline his wife and children to keep them in line? 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 When I started law school I was shocked to learn that our legal system traditionally had the man as the head and master of the family. As late as the '70s and '80s when we were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, states like Louisiana still had a head and master law. 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your head. 
Author: Martin Mull
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1943
  
 In Irish legend, certain families possess banshees who shriek exultantly when someone is about to die. The banshees are often seen as fallen angels, who hate every member of the family to which they are attached. 
Author: Miranda Devine
Nationality: Australian   
 One of the worst things is sitting down with people who have lost family to gambling-related suicide. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 A liberal education frees a man from the prison-house of his class, race, time, place, background, family and even his nation 
Author: Robert Maynard Hutchins
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1899  - d. 17 May 1977
  
 We are the family of the prophet and we are the oldest tribe in the Arab world. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 All what we hope for is that a day will come, when we have all gone, when people will say that this man has tried, and his family tried. This is all there is to seek in this world. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 Forty-eight consecutive years of steady employment in television and film, while preserving a rich family life. 
Author: Ron Howard
Nationality: American
b. 1 March 1954
  
 As a rule, you see, I'm not lugged into Family Rows. On the occasions when Aunt is calling Aunt like mastodons bellowing across premieval swamps and Uncle James's letter about Cousin Mabel's peculiar behaviour is being shot round the family circle ('Please read this carefully and send it on Jane') the clan has a tendency to ignore me. It's one of the advantages I get from being a bachelor - and, according to my nearest and dearest, practically a half-witted bachelor at that. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 I think the family is the place where the most ridiculous and least respectable things in the world go on. 
Author: Ugo Betti
Nationality: Italian
b. 4 February 1892  - d. 9 June 1953
  
 This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep personal tragedy. I know that the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help and God's. 
Author: Liz Carpenter
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1920
  
 When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places. 
Author: John Cheever
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1912  - d. 18 June 1982
  
 No civilization can progress to the stability of continuous survival without certain and sure command of knowledge such as that contained in Dianetics. For Dianetics, skillfully used, can do exactly what it claims. It can, in the realm of the individual, prevent or alleviate insanity, neurosis, compulsions and obsessions and it can bring about physical well-being, removing the basic cause of some 70% of man's illnesses. It can, in the field of the family, bring about better accord and harmony. It can, in the field of nations or smaller groups such as those of industry, improve management to a point where these pitifully inadequate ideologies, for which men fight and die with such frightening earnestness, can be laid aside in favor of a workable technology. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Jewish custom, which traces descent solely from the mother, is more sensible and more discreet. Our own lawgivers can't accept the fact that there are many things in family life that are best kept shrouded in mystery. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 There will be a proliferation of alternatives to the mom-and-pop approach to raising children, including single parents, communes, multiple parents, and family clusters. The participation of the father in the delivery of his child will be taken for granted. Children will be treated with greater respect and given more autonomy. 
Author: Herbert Otto
Nationality: British   
 Dealing with anything, it is hypocrisy I hate most. In religion, in relationships, in marriage - people hide behind things. With religion, evil people hide behind the cloth. In marriage, cowardly people hide behind the vows. In relationships, people hide behind lies. Hypocrisy distorts everything - what you see is not what you get. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 I like this job - most days I have a chance to make breakfast and take the kids to school or to read 'em a bedtime story. It's almost like a normal life. 
Author: Mark Harmon
Nationality: American
b. 02 September 1951
  
 I never came across anyone who had any real affection for me. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 There are four quadrants form with each describing a behavioral pattern: Dominance produces activity in an antagonistic environment Inducement produces activity in a favourable environment Steadiness produces passivity in a favourable environment Compliance produces passivity in an antagonistic environment. 
Author: Dr. William Moulton Marston
Nationality: American
b. 09 May 1893  - d. 02 May 1947
  
 The men who still have the largest share of the power in society don't do any domestic work. The very people who are making our most important decisions should know how to cook, know how to grow a garden, diaper a baby, and raise young people. They should not only know these things but practice them. 
Author: Susan Griffin
Nationality: American
b. December 1943
  
 My first memory is not of walking with my mother Yvonne in Valetta, yet it is a whimsical conceit, so let it suffice. Yvonne was Jewish, though I did not know that at the time, and I remember talking to Martin when I heard of her suicide – a self-slaughter I only managed to resolve by interrogating Schopenhauer. My father, I called the Commander. That is enough to compartmentalise him also. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 My favorite times were when Mother had a job in New York, and Aunt Virgie would take me by train to stay with her. 
Author: Nancy Reagan
Nationality: American
b. December 1923
  
 God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends. 
Author: Addison Mizner
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1872  - d. 05 February 1933
  
 So they got rid of me. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 My stepfather was a magnificent person and my mother equally wonderful. So I couldn't have written a better prescription for a superb family upbringing. 
Author: Gerald Ford
Nationality: American
b. 14 July 1913  - d. 26 December 2006
  
 The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 Eventually, it seems evident, a general system, whether private or public, whereby all personal facts, biological and mental, normal and morbid, are duly and systematically registered, must become inevitable if we are to have a real guide as to those persons who are most fit, or most unfit to carry on the race. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 Being a mother is like being innately artistic, being a father is more like learning to paint by numbers. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 If there be gods we cannot help them, but we can assist our fellow men. We cannot love the inconceivable, but we can love wife and child and friend.  
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  




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