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

—Pope John Paul II, 1986

In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.

—V. S. Pritchett, 1968

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

—George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910

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

—Herodotus, 440 BC

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

—Pindar, c. 450 BC

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 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

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 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

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

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

—Gertrude Stein, 1940

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

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC