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There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

—Michel de Montaigne, 1580

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

—Mario Puzo, 2001

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

—Homer, c. 750 BC

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

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

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

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

—Gertrude Stein, 1940

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

—H.L. Mencken, 1919

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

Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.

—Mark Twain, c. 1900

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

—André Gide, 1897

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

—Pope John Paul II, 1986

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