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I would rather start a family than finish one.

Author: Don Marquis (1878-1937)

Profession: American Humorist, Journalist

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.

Author: Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872)

Profession: Italian Patriot, Writer

Sisters are always drying their hair. Locked into rooms, alone, they pose at the mirror, shoulders bare, trying this way and that their hair, or fly importunate down the stair to answer the telephone.

Author: Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978)

Profession: American Poet, Author

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.

Author: Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

Profession: American Anthropologist

Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know.

Author: Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899)

Profession: American Evangelist

Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.

Author: Martin Mull


Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Profession: American Theologian, Historian

Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.

Author: Ann Oakley (1944)

Profession: British Sociologist, Author

A brother is a friend provided by nature.

Author: Legouve Pere


The family spirit has rendered man carnivorous.

Author: Francis Picabia (1878-1953)

Profession: French Painter, Poet

In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.

Author: V. S. Pritchett (1900)

Profession: British Author, Critic

None but a mule denies his family.

Author: Arabian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Arabian Origin