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Family Quotes

Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know. Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
A married man with a family will do anything for money. Charles De Talleyrand
I wonder if the polite thing to do is always the right thing to do. When I met the family from Japan, they all bowed. I pretended like I was going to bow, but then I just kept going and flipped over on my back. I did this five times. I think they got the point. Jack Handey Deep Thoughts
A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by mother, who sees that the others get it. Marcelene Cox
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Chapter 1, first line
Love is this divine ingredient. It alone describes what can be our perfect relationship to our Heavenly Father and our family and neighbors, and the means by which we accomplish His work. David B. Haight
Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. Martin Mull
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. Bertrand Russell
The bonds that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. Richard Bach
Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything. Willa Cather
The average trade book has a shelf life of between milk and yogurt, except for books by any member of the Irving Wallace family - they have preservatives. Calvin Trillin
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. George Burns
A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. Ogden Nash
The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other. Andrew H. Malcolm
But all who are not lunitics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than to be a slave. Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy. Bertrand Russell, from the essay "The Science to Save Us From Science"
That family glaze of common references, jokes, events, calamities-that sense of a family being like a kitchen midden layer upon layer of the things daily life is made of. The edifice that lovers build is by comparison delicate and one-dimensional. Laurie E. Colwin
A genius is the man in whom you are least likely to find the power of attending to anything insipid or distasteful in itself. He breaks his engagements, leaves his letters unanswered, neglects his family duties incorrigibly, because he is powerless to turn his attention down and back from those more interesting trains of imagery with which his genius constantly occupies his mind. William James
Having a holiday weekend without a family member felt like putting on a sweater that had an extra arm. Pamela Ribon, Why Girls Are Weird, 2003
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. Calvin Trillin
Our institutions and values are in jeopardy as the mores of the market pervade all social life in this country. Loyalty, honesty, courage, discipline, patriotism, and commitment to family are being crowded out by the goals and rules of economic rationality -- do whatever makes the most money. Barry Schwartz
( quotes are updated each month )