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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, 1977

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

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

—Pope John Paul II, 1986

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, 1939

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

—André Gide, 1897

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.

—Herodotus, 440 BC

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

A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy till they die!

—Philip Roth, 1969

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

—Homer, c. 750 BC

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

—Friedrich Schiller, 1781

One race there is of men, one of gods, but from one mother we both draw our breath.

—Pindar, c. 450 BC

Men are what their mothers made them.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860

God is our father, but even more is God our mother.

—Pope John Paul I, 1978