A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an
occasional animal, and the common cold.
Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families.
Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to
All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will
hardly exist in society... The foundation of all free government and of
all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth.
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is
unhappy in its own way.
All the average human being asks is something he can call a home; a
family that is fed and warm; and now and then a little happiness; once
in a long while an extravagance.
-Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones)
America's a family. We all yell at each other. It all works out.
Americans are fat all year round, but the holidays are when we really
hit our stride. And you can bet the food we eat will be just as
unhealthy as the families we're forced to visit.
Among Republicans, family values seems to be an article of faith, like
heaven, rather than an actual way of life.
Are we disheartened by the breakup of the family? Nobody who ever met my
Do you want to trace your family tree? Run for public office.
Even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life,
which is the one we can observe in our neighbour's household, and,
underneath, another- secret and passionate and intense- which is the
real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our
Every family is a ghost story. The dead sit at our tables long after
they have gone.
Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.
Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each
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.
Fathers should neither be seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis
for family life.
Genealogies are admirable things, provided they do not encourage the
curious delusion that some families are older than others.
Heredity runs in our family.
I am not here, of course, as one pretending to any expertness on
questions of youth and children- except in the sense that, within their
own families, all grandfathers are experts on these matters.
I come from a big family. As a matter of fact, I never got to sleep
alone until I was married.
I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.
I'll keep it short and sweet- Family. Religion. Friendship. These are
the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.
I've been to all 50 states, and traveled this whole country, and 90
percent of the people are good folks. The rest of them take after the
other side of the family.
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.
If society is the prison, families are the cells, with no time off for
good behavior. Good behavior in fact tends to lengthen the sentence.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton you might as well make it
-George Bernard Shaw
If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest family in the
world, all you have to do is go to a state fair.
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.
In my family, in the days prior to television, we liked to while away
the evenings by making ourselves miserable, solely based on our ability
to speak the language viciously.
In our family we don't divorce our men, we bury them.
It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born.
This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep
your wits about you and borrow some money.
-Elinor Goulding Smith
Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined
with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
The family is a good institution because it is uncongenial.
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
The family is our refuge and our springboard; nourished on it, we can
advance to new horizons.
The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going
The trouble with the family is that children grow out of childhood, but
parents never grow out of parenthood.
There is no such thing as 'fun for the whole family.'
When an American family becomes separated from its toothbrushes and
combs and pajamas for a few hours it considers that it has had quite an
When someone asks if I'm the black sheep of the family I always say no,
we're all black sheep.
When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking
about every person on earth.
Why is the awfulness of families such a popular reason for starting
-Peter De Vries
Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and
spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.
You should come from a good family, because while breeding isn't
everything, it is said to be lots of fun.
(Today is also the birthday of Clare
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