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

—V.S. Pritchett, 1968

Men are what their mothers made them.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860

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

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

—George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910

Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family.  

—Gertrude Stein, 1940

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

—Pope John Paul II, 1986

A family’s photograph album is generally about the extended family—and, often, is all that remains of it.

—Susan Sontag, 1977

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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

—Francis Bacon, 1625

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

—Friedrich Schiller, 1781

It is impossible to please all the world and one’s father.

—Jean de La Fontaine, 1668

The root of the kingdom is in the State. The root of the State is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its Head.

—Mencius, c. 270 BC