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He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to dose it rightly is an art like any other.

Author: Freya Stark (1893-1993)

Profession: British Travel Writer

Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described --and will be, after our deaths --by each of the family members who believe they know us.

Author: Gloria Steinem (1934)

Profession: American Feminist Writer, Editor

The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.

Author: Gloria Steinem (1934)

Profession: American Feminist Writer, Editor

Family... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.

Author: J. August Strindberg (1849-1912)

Profession: Swedish Dramatist, Novelist, Poet

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.

Author: Charles Swindoll

Profession: American Pastor, Author

Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.

Author: J. M. Synge (1871-1909)

Profession: Irish Poet, Dramatist

The hatred of relatives is the most violent.

Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117 AD)

Profession: Roman Historian

He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.

Author: Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

Profession: British Churchman, Writer

All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Author: Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Profession: Russian Novelist, Philosopher

Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

Women's liberationists spread the word that the only peaceful family is one in which either the wife is enslaved or the husband is androgynous.

Author: R. Emmett Tyell

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