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

—Mario Puzo, 2001

Men are what their mothers made them.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860

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

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

—Homer, c. 750 BC

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

—George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910

A family’s photograph album is generally about the extended family—and, often, is all that remains of it.

—Susan Sontag, 1977

There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

—Michel de Montaigne, 1580

I cannot bear a parent’s tears.

—Virgil, c. 25 BC

Families, I hate you! Shut-in homes, closed doors, jealous possessions of happiness.

—André Gide, 1897

My father! The sun is my father, and the earth is my mother, and on her bosom I will recline.

—Tecumseh, 1810

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

—H.L. Mencken, 1919

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

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

—Pindar, c. 450 BC