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My father! The sun is my father, and the earth is my mother, and on her bosom I will recline.

—Tecumseh, 1810

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.

—Mario Puzo, 2001

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

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

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

—Pindar, c. 450 BC

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

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

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

—H.L. Mencken, 1919

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

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

—Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1955

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

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.

—Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1957