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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.

Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative.

Author: George Ade (1866-1944)

Profession: American Humorist, Playwright

The family is the school of duties... founded on love.

Author: Felix Adler (1851-1933)

Profession: American Educator, Social Critic

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.

Author: Aesop (620-560 BC)

Profession: Greek Fabulist

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.

Author: Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888)

Profession: American Educator, Social Reformer

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.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

Cruel is the strife of brothers.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.

Author: Richard Bach (1936)

Profession: American Author

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.

Author: Anita Baker

Profession: American Singer, Entertainer

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.

Author: Stella Benson (1892-1933)

Profession: British Actor

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]

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

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

Author: Erma Bombeck (1927)

Profession: American Author, Humorist