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Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.

—Rebecca West, 1959

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

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

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.

—Mengzi , c. 270 BC

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

—Homer, c. 750 BC

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

—George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910

Mother died today. Or maybe it was yesterday, I don’t know. 

—Albert Camus, 1942

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

—Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1957

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

—Jean de La Fontaine, 1668

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

—Susan Sontag, 1977

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

—Friedrich Schiller, 1781

The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.

—Paul Johnson, 1989

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

—Herodotus, 440 BC