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Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.

—Mark Twain, c. 1900

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

—Herodotus, 440 BC

God is our father, but even more is God our mother.

—Pope John Paul I, 1978

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

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

—Friedrich Schiller, 1781

One race there is of men, one of gods, but from one mother we both draw our breath.

—Pindar, c. 450 BC

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

—Jean de La Fontaine, 1668

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

—Mario Puzo, 2001

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

—Paul Johnson, 1989

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

—Albert Camus, 1942

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

—H.L. Mencken, 1919

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

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