Quotations About / On: FAMILY

  • 1.
    A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family—and, often, is all that remains of it.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "In Plato's Cave," On Photography (1977).)
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  • 2.
    Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.
    (Stella Benson (1892-1933), British author. Pipers and a Dancer, ch. 9 (1924).)
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  • 3.
    All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
    (Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian novelist, philosopher. Anna Karenina (1873-76). Opening words.)
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  • 4.
    Oh, I know my family's not of royal blood, but you needn't throw it in my face all the time.
    (Robert N. Lee. Rowland V. Lee. Queen Elyzabeth (sic) (Barbara O'Neil), Tower of London, to her husband, the king, in the course of an argument (1939).)
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  • 5.
    We now recognize that abuse and neglect may be as frequent in nuclear families as love, protection, and commitment are in nonnuclear families.
    (David Elkind (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Ties That Stress, ch. 2 (1994).)
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  • 6.
    Sometimes the best way to keep peace in the family is to keep the members of the family apart for awhile.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. letter, Dec. 18, 1942, to Sumner Welles. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 451, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).)
  • 7.
    Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
    (Elizabeth II (b. 1926), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. quoted in Daily Mail (London, Oct. 19, 1989).)
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  • 8.
    My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families—second families, perhaps I should say.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 9.
    The ideal of the self-sufficient American family is a myth, dangerous because most families, especially affluent families, do in fact make use of a range of services to survive. Families needing one or another kind of help are not morally deficient; most families do need assistance at one time or another.
    (Joseph Featherstone (20th century). "Family Matters," Harvard Educational Review vol. 49 (February 1979).)
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  • 10.
    'Be in a relation that doesn't cost your friendship and family'
    (Menkato Awomi)
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