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One of the oddest features of western Christianized culture is its ready acceptance of the myth of the stable family and the happy marriage. We have been taught to accept the myth not as an heroic ideal, something good, brave, and nearly impossible to fulfil, but as the very fiber of normal life. Given most families and most marriages, the belief seems admirable but foolhardily.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.
None but a mule denies his family.
In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.
The family spirit has rendered man carnivorous.
The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.
Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.
Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.
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.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
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 fulfillment 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.
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?
With a new familiarity and a flesh-creeping homeliness entirely of this unreal, materialistic world, where all sentiment is coarsely manufactured and advertised in colossal sickly captions, disguised for the sweet tooth of a monstrous baby called the Public, the family as it is, broken up on all hands by the agency of feminist and economic propaganda, reconstitutes itself in the image of the state.
A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.
When I do something in my family because I really enjoy it, then my duty has become my pleasure. And it is a pleasure for all the people around me.
The proliferation of support groups suggests to me that too many Americans are growing up in homes that do not contain a grandmother. A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt and Helpists know it. They have jumped into the void left by the disappearance of morbid old ladies from the bosom of the American family.
The roaring of the wind is my wife and the stars through the window pane are my children. The mighty abstract idea I have of beauty in all things stifles the more divided and minute domestic happiness.
Parents and children seldom act in concert: each child endeavors to appropriate the esteem or fondness of the parents, and the parents, with yet less temptation, betray each other to their children.
Growing up human is uniquely a matter of social relations rather than biology. What we learn from connections within the family takes the place of instincts that program the behavior of animals; which raises the question, how good are these connections?
My family begins with me, your family ends with you.
The striking point about our model family is not simply the compete-compete, consume-consume style of life it urges us to follow. The striking point, in the face of all the propaganda, is how few Americans actually live this way.
Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people.
Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.
The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology.
I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. [Proverbs 18:19]
The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.
Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
I have always liked having my book between my hands, my wife between my arms and my kids away from me that is the kind of man I'm
The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
Cruel is the strife of brothers.
Do not be distraught by the stormy times in your life. For when the clouds part and the sun shines again only the strongest and those dearest to you will be left standing.
Care about your children. Just bless them instead of worrying, as every child is the little Buddha who helps his parents to grow up.
Enjoy the good health. Bring the truth happiness. Care of his own family. Give the peace to all. Firstly, one must discipline and control his own mind. If he can do so, the enlightenment, wisdom and virtue will go to him naturally.
Everyone has his own parents. No one comes from nowhere.
No matter how far he can go in his entire life. No matter how much he can achieve in his entire life. No matter how much burdens he can take in his entire life. FAMILY - - - IS HIS LAST REFUGE.