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As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

—Pope John Paul II, 1986

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

—Friedrich Schiller, 1781

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

—H.L. Mencken, 1919

Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

—Jane Austen, 1815

I cannot bear a parent’s tears.

—Virgil, c. 25 BC

In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.

—V.S. Pritchett, 1968

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

—George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910

Men are what their mothers made them.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860

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

—August Strindberg, 1886

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, 1786

Few sons are equal to their fathers; most fall short, all too few surpass them. 

—Homer, c. 750 BC

Families, I hate you! Shut-in homes, closed doors, jealous possessions of happiness.

—André Gide, 1897

Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.

—Mark Twain, c. 1900