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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

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

To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.

—Ernest Hemingway, 1954

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

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

—Jean de La Fontaine, 1668

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

—Herodotus, 440 BC

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

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

—Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1957

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

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

I cannot bear a parent’s tears.

—Virgil, c. 25 BC