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Two people who know they do not understand each other,
Breeding children whom they do not understand
And who will never understand them.

T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party

If the family goes, so goes our civilization.

RONALD REAGAN, State of the Union address, Feb. 6, 1985

I'm from such an old family, it's been condemned.

PHYLLIS DILLER, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse

God, I hate my family, these people I never chose to love, but love all the same.

ANNE ENRIGHT, The Gathering

In houses where, in place of that sacred, inmost flame of love, there is discord at the centre, the whole household becomes hypocritical.


That was what you did with family when you'd been worried about them, you grabbed them and held on to them and told them how much they'd pissed you off, and it was okay, because no matter how angry you got, they still belonged to you.


The family was an art ... and the dinner table was the place it found expression.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

When a man is in love with one woman in a family, it is astonishing how fond he becomes of every person connected with it.


We all hold on to some image of the family we want, based one way or another on the family we had. Lots of people are thrilled about the families they came from, others couldn't get away fast enough. Most people fall into that vast middle ground: great affection mixed with a few ideas for improvement. A couple of things they wish could have perhaps been done differently.

PAUL REISER, Familyhood

Families, doing everything for each other out of imagined obligation and always getting in each other's way, what a tangle.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit is Rich

A family needs to work as a team, supporting each other's individual aims and aspirations.

BUZZ ALDRIN, Scholastic interview, Nov. 17, 1998

Family isn't something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else.

SARAH DESSEN, Lock and Key

What family has no mariner in its tree? No fool, no felon. No fisherman.


In that family where the husband is pleased with his wife, and the wife with her husband, happiness will assuredly be lasting.

BRAHMA, The Laws of Manu

Friends are "annuals" that need seasonal nurturing to bear blossoms. Family is a "perennial" that comes up year after year, enduring the droughts of absence and neglect. There's a place in the garden for both of them.

ERMA BOMBECK, Family: The Ties that Bind ... And Gag!

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

ANDRE GIDE, Fruits of the Earth

What is family? They were the people who claimed you.

SARAH DESSEN, Lock and Key

I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.

FRED ALLEN, Much Ado about Me

Family time is the best time.

CARMELO ANTHONY, Twitter post, Jan. 1, 2014

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but a the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.


If the world around us is chaotic and sometimes incomprehensible, then the family is an oasis, an anchor of reliability and loyalty, a place where we are important because we are there.


The family we choose for ourselves is more important than the one we were born into ... people have to earn our respect and trust, not have it handed to them simply because of genetics.

CHARLES DE LINT, Moonlight & Vines

Where love exists with self-respect and joy, where a fine environment is provided for the child, where the parents live under conditions that neither stunt the imagination nor let it run to uncontrolled fantasy, there you have the family that modern men are seeking to create.

WALTER LIPPMANN, Drift and Mastery: An Attempt to Diagnose the Current Unrest

A family, to be complete, must consist of freemen and slaves; and as every complex object naturally resolves itself into simple elements, we must consider the elements of a family--the master and servant, the husband and wife, the father and children; what all of these are in themselves, and what are the relations which they naturally and properly bear to each other.


No matter how much television dramas go on singing the cloying praises of the family, it is the outside world, full of enemies and lechers, that passes on a man's worth, pays his wages, and guarantees him the right to live.

KOBO ABE, The Face of Another

You can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family, an' they're still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge 'em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don't.

HARPER LEE, To Kill a Mockingbird

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