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Family is the most important thing in the world.

Author: Princess of Wales Diana (1961-1997)

Profession: Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales

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.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

The family is the nucleus of civilization.

Author: William J. Durant (1885-1981)

Profession: American Historian, Essayist

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.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology.

Author: James G. Frazer (1854-1941)

Profession: Scottish Classicist, Anthropologist

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.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

What a man sows, that shall he and his relations reap.

Author: Clarissa Graves


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.

Author: Germaine Greer (1939)

Profession: Australian Feminist Writer

Where can a person be better than in the bosom of their family.

Author: Marmontel Gretry


Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.

Author: Matt Groening (1954)

Profession: American Writer, Cartoonist, Animator, Producer, Screenwriter

Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.

Author: Sarah J. Hale (1788-1879)

Profession: American Author

Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people.

Author: Alex Haley (1921-1992)

Profession: American Writer

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.

Author: Jane Howard


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.

Author: Louise Kapp Howe (1934)

Profession: American Author, Editor

My family begins with me, your family ends with you.

Author: Iphicrates