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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

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

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

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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

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

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

—Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1957

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

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

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

—Friedrich Schiller, 1781

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

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

—George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910

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

—Gertrude Stein, 1940