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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?

Author: Elizabeth Janeway (1913)

Profession: American Author, Critic

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

Author: John Paul II (1920)

Profession: Polish-Born Italian Pope

The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.

Author: Paul Johnson (1928)

Profession: British Journalist

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.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: John Keats (1795-1821)

Profession: British Poet

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.

Author: Florence King (1936)

Profession: American Author, Critic

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.

Author: Dr. Jess Lair

Profession: American Professor, Counselor

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.

Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Profession: British Essayist, Critic

The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.

Author: Ring Lardner (1885-1933)

Profession: American Writer

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.

Author: Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Profession: British Author, Painter

All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it.

Author: Haniel Long (1888-1956)

Profession: American Author, Poet, Journalist

Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.

Author: Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987)

Profession: American Diplomat, Writer

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?

Author: Rose Macaulay (1881-1958)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist