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

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

—Friedrich Schiller, 1781

Men are what their mothers made them.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860

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

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

—Susan Sontag, 1977

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

—Tecumseh, 1810

Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.

—Mark Twain, c. 1900

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

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

—H.L. Mencken, 1919

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

—Jean de La Fontaine, 1668

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

—Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1957

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

Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.

—Rebecca West, 1959

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

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

—Pope John Paul II, 1986

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

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

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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

—André Gide, 1897

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

—Pope John Paul I, 1978

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 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

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

—Pindar, c. 450 BC

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

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

—V. S. Pritchett, 1968

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

—Homer, c. 750 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

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

—Herodotus, 440 BC

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

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy till they die!

—Philip Roth, 1969

I cannot bear a parent’s tears.

—Virgil, c. 25 BC

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

—Mario Puzo, 2001

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

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

—Gertrude Stein, 1940

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

—George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910