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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

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

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

It’s frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself… it seems unfair. You can’t assume the responsibility for everything you do—or don’t do.

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1966

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

—Herodotus, 440 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

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

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

—Albert Camus, 1942

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

—André Gide, 1897

The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.

—G. K. Chesterton, 1919

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

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

—Pope John Paul II, 1986

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

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

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC