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  • Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.
    * Stella Benson

  • I think the family is the place where the most ridiculous and least respectable things in the world go on.
    * Ugo Betti

  • we are each other's business:
    we are each other's magnitude and bond.
    * Gwendolyn Brooks

  • I believe that more unhappiness comes from this source than from any other--I mean from the attempt to prolong family connections unduly and to make people hang together artificially who would never naturally do so.
    * Samuel Butler

  • As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
    * John Donne

  • There's no vocabulary
    For love within a family, love that's lived in
    But not looked at, love within the light of which
    All else is seen, the love within which
    All other love finds speech.
    This love is silent.
    * T. S. Eliot

  • Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
    * F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
    * Lee Iacocca

  • There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant, irrevocable bond.
    * James Earl Jones

  • I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.
    * Robert Kennedy

  • As to the family, I have never understood how that fits in with the other ideals--or, indeed, why it should be an ideal at all. A group of closely related persons living under one roof; it is a convenience, often a necessity, sometimes a pleasure, sometimes the reverse; but who first exalted it as admirable, an almost religious ideal?
    * Rose Macaulay

  • The Family is the Country of the heart. There is an angel in the Family who, by the mysterious influence of grace, of sweetness, and of love, renders the fulfilment of duties less wearisome, sorrows less bitter. The only pure joys unmixed with sadness which it is given to man to taste upon earth are, thanks to this angel, the joys of the Family.
    * Giuseppe Mazzini

  • As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
    * Pope John Paul II

  • For there is no friend like a sister
    In calm or stormy weather;
    To cheer one on the tedious way,
    To fetch one if one goes astray,
    To lift one if one totters down,
    To strengthen whilst one stands.
    * Christina Rossetti

  • The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to.
    * Dodie Smith

  • All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
    * Leo Tolstoy

  • Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and--here's the big curve--for your parents.
    * Wendy Wasserstein

  • Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them.
    * Evelyn Waugh