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Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.
A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.
The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
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.
The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.
Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
Our relatives are ours by chance, but we can choose our friends.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
Family is the most important thing in the world.
Of all my wife's relations I like myself the best.
Love, by reason of its passion, destroys the in-between which relates us to and separates us from others. As long as its spell lasts, the only in-between which can insert itself between two lovers is the child, love's own product. The child, this in-between to which the lovers now are related and which they hold in common, is representative of the world in that it also separates them; it is an indication that they will insert a new world into the existing world. Through the child, it is as though the lovers return to the world from which their love had expelled them. But this new worldliness, the possible result and the only possibly happy ending of a love affair, is, in a sense, the end of love, which must either overcome the partners anew or be transformed into another mode of belonging together.
A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative.
Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.
Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.
All people are your relatives, therefore expect only trouble from them.
All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
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.
The only perfect love to be found on earth is not sexual love, which is riddled with hostility and insecurity, but the wordless commitment of families, which takes as its model mother-love. This is not to say that fathers have no place, for father-love, with its driving for self-improvement and discipline, is also essential to survival, but that uncorrected father-love, father-love as it were practiced by both parents, is a way to annihilation.
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.
I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.
So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.
People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.
The hatred of relatives is the most violent.