Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).
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).)
A family's photograph album is generally about the extended familyand, often, is all that remains of it.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "In Plato's Cave," On Photography (1977).)
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).)
Babies control and bring up their families as much as they are controlled by them; in fact ... the family brings up baby by being brought up by him.
(Erik H. Erikson (1904-1994), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society (1950).)
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).)
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).)
The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Dramatic Unities," Fancies Versus Fads (1923).)
My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished familiessecond 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).)