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

—Pindar, c. 450 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

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

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

—H.L. Mencken, 1919

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

I cannot bear a parent’s tears.

—Virgil, c. 25 BC

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

—Homer, c. 750 BC

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

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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.

—Mengzi , c. 270 BC

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

—Herodotus, 440 BC

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

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

—Gertrude Stein, 1940