Selected Quotes about Family

Even as the cell is the unit of the organic body, so the family is the unit of society. -- Ruth Nanda Anshen

They say that blood is thicker than water. Maybe that's why we battle our own with more energy and gusto than we would ever expend on strangers. -- David Assael

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune. -- Francis Bacon

Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground. -- Francis Bacon

I've got my kids brainwashed: You don't use Google, and you don't use an iPod. -- Steve Ballmer

For families living in extreme poverty, who struggle each day and whose children are placed in care for economic and social reasons, this could be considered a joke. We could certainly have a better quality of life by, for example, spending a night at the opera. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

You hear a lot of dialogue on the death of the American family. Families aren't dying. They're merging into big conglomerates. -- Erma Bombeck

You would think that those who are always talking about family values would want to create an environment of permanent relationships for people of the same sex. But they're not advocating family values. They're advocating their values. -- Willie Brown

I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up. -- Pearl S. Buck

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. -- George Burns

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. -- George Burns

When you are in the family... you have more rights than when you are asking to join and knocking on the door. -- Jacques Chirac

Let us all take more responsibility, not only for ourselves and our families but for our communities and our country. -- Bill Clinton

Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is . . . For me, that balance is family, work, and service. -- Hillary Clinton

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. -- Colette

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. -- Confucius

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. -- Bill Cosby

I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself; you want to try even harder to make it work. -- Princess Diana

The important thing is the family. If you can keep the family together — and that’s the backbone of our whole business, catering to families — that’s what we hope to do. -- Walt Disney

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

Life is about compromise. You must figure out a way to maximize your time with your family. By spending your money to buy affection, you may be putting their future in jeopardy and making the problem worse. -- Dr.Phil

In a rural society communities are "given" for the individual. Community is a fact, whether family or religion, social class or caste. -- Peter Drucker

If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won't either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out. -- Marian Wright Edelman

Our employees are like extended members of our family. -- Henry Ford

If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'you know, we're alright. We are dang near royalty.' -- Jeff Foxworthy

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons. -- Marilyn French

I'm happy we have three healthy children and we'll stay with three healthy children. -- Melinda Gates

Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio. -- Melinda Gates

I want to live as private a life as I can because of our children. -- Melinda Gates

We set out what's going to be our work time versus our foundation time versus family time, and we'll reassess that... sometimes every week. -- Melinda Gates

The correct attitude of the security analyst toward the stock market might well be that of a man toward his wife. He shouldn't pay too much attention to what the lady says, but he can't afford to ignore it entirely. That is pretty much the position that most of us find ourselves vis-à-vis the stock market. -- Ben Graham

It's not enough to make time for your children. There are certain stages in their lives when you have to give them the time when they want it. You can't run your family like a company. It doesn't work. -- Andrew Grove

Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others. -- Sidonie Gruenberg

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. -- Alex Haley

I didn't want to repeat my parents' life. I saw in their lives a routine and a lack of dreaming, a lack of the possibilities, a lack of passion. And I didn't want to live without passion. -- Hugh Hefner

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. -- Theodore Hesburgh

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. -- Jane Howard

I must acknowledge an interest, or rather a dismay, in discussing this 'family memoir,' for from experience and observation I have come to regard the American Nuclear Family in the last 50 years as the enemy of individual determination, of personal autonomy--in short, as a disease. -- Richard Howard

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

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements. -- Elizabeth II

My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the pest. -- Steve Irwin

Tomorrow I'll be heading out to count koalas in the wild. Then I'm off to work on an expansion project in the zoo. I may be wheeling concrete or doing interview. It's never the same, but Steve, Bindi and I are almost always together and I think that's one of the most important things as we're doing these adventures. -- Terri Irwin

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. -- Thomas Jefferson

We will not adopt the fantastic hypocrisy of modern conservatism which preaches the values of families and communities, while conducting a direct assault on them through reduced wages and conditions and job security. -- Paul Keating

A man can't make a place for himself in the sun if he keeps taking refuge under the family tree. -- Helen Keller

Creating a family in this turbulent world is an act of faith, a wager that against all odds there will be a future, that love can last, that the heart can triumph against all adversities and even against the grinding wheel of time. -- Dean Koontz

A brother is a friend given by Nature. -- Jean Baptiste Legouve

Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up there pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others -- and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet. -- Eda LeShan

Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist. -- Michael Levine

And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success. -- Og Mandino

You don't have to love your clients like they're your own children, but it helps. After all, you are going to have to be like a mother to them. Pick them up when they fall down, let them cry on your shoulder, hold the tissue when they blow their nose. -- Max Markson

No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back. -- Margaret Mead

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation. -- Margaret Mead

Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. -- Thomas Moore

In each family a story is playing itself out, and each family's story embodies its hope and despair. -- Auguste Napier

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. -- Ogden Nash

People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked. -- Paul Newman

Despite the enormous variety of human experience and beliefs, we are all fundamentally interested in the pursuit of a better quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our families. -- Pierre Omidyar

If there is lots of love in your life, if your family is close or your marriage is happy, you will tell me with pride and respect and gratitude how rich you feel, rich with love. -- Suze Orman

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. -- Clara Ortega

I can't think of anything to write about except families. They are a metaphor for every other part of society. -- Anna Quindlen

You must tell your spouse everything about your debt, income, financial strengths and weaknesses. No secrets allowed. -- Dave Ramsey

In every dispute between parent and child, both cannot be right, but they may be, and usually are, both wrong. It is this situation which gives family life its peculiar hysterical charm. -- Isaac Rosenfeld

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. -- Bertrand Russell

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. -- Carl Sandburg

The family is one of nature's masterpieces. -- George Santayana

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. -- Virginia Satir

It is a wise father that knows his own child. -- William Shakespeare

The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants. -- Shakespeare

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. -- George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. -- George Bernard Shaw

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family. -- George Bernard Shaw

I told my children and grandchildren that "The fruit that you eat will never taste as beautiful as the fruit that I ate during the turmoil of war. You will never cherish it as much as I do." -- Li Ka Shing

American families have always shown remarkable resiliency, or flexible adjustment to natural, economic, and social challenges. Their strengths resemble the elasticity of a spider web, a gull's skillful flow with the wind, the regenerating power of perennial grasses, the cooperation of an ant colony, and the persistence of a stream carving canyon rocks. These are not the strengths of fixed monuments but living organisms. This resilience is not measured by wealth, muscle or efficiency but by creativity, unity, and hope. Cultivating these family strengths is critical to a thriving human community. -- Ben Silliman

Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body. -- Elizabeth Stone

Family isn't about whose blood you have. It's about who you care about. -- Trey Parker and Matt Stone

I think people that have a brother or sister don't realize how lucky they are. Sure, they fight a lot, but to know that there's always somebody there, somebody that's family. -- Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. -- Leo Tolstoy

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

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. -- Leo Tolstoy

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. -- Harry S Truman

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. -- Desmond Tutu

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

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. -- Jessamyn West

I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. -- Zig Ziglar

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