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A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.
Sisters are always drying their hair. Locked into rooms, alone, they pose at the mirror, shoulders bare, trying this way and that their hair, or fly importunate down the stair to answer the telephone.
The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
If Mr. Vincent Price were to be co-starred with Miss Bette Davis in a story by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe directed by Mr. Roger Corman, it could not fully express the pent-up violence and depravity of a single day in the life of the average family.
Parents: persons who spend half their time worrying how a child will turn out, and the rest of the time wondering when a child will turn in.
You hear a lot of dialogue on the death of the American family. Families aren't dying. They're merging into big conglomerates.
You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
A small family is soon provided for.
A brother is a friend provided by nature.
Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.
Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know.
Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.
Where can a person be better than in the bosom of their family.
What a man sows, that shall he and his relations reap.
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.
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.
Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families; and in families not regulated by that pervading influence which sanctifies while it enhances... in short, by the influence of Woman, in the lofty character of Wife, they may be expected with confidence, and must be borne with philosophy.
The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society's most basic values.
Never did I think that I became family entertainment.
The government is becoming the family of last resort.
Cruel is the strife of brothers.
The family is the school of duties... founded on love.
Women's liberationists spread the word that the only peaceful family is one in which either the wife is enslaved or the husband is androgynous.
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.
He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.
Family... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described --and will be, after our deaths --by each of the family members who believe they know us.
The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.
Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to dose it rightly is an art like any other.
A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.
When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.
He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.
The family is an early expedient and in many ways irrational. If the race had developed a special sexless class to be nurses, pedagogues, and slaves, like the workers among ants and bees, then the family would have been unnecessary. Such a division of labor would doubtless have involved evils of its own, but it would have obviated some drags and vexations proper to the family.
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.