Quotations About / On:
Family romances are the only ones that never turn out happily.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.
(William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. Taped conversation, 1980, New York City. "On Dreams," Victor Bockris, With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker (1981).)
Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, ch. 8 (1976). Die Fackel (Vienna, Jan. 26, 1911), no. 315/16.)
Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.
(Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), British editor, expurgator. Family Shakespeare, preface (1818).)
Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.
(John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Mr. Wilkinson in Manhattan Transfer, Houghton Mifflin Company (1925 and 1953).)
Welcome to the great American two-career family and pass the aspirin please.
(Anastasia Toufexis (20th century), U.S. writer. "The Perils of Dual Careers," Time (May 13, 1985).)
The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy of the most mediocre logic.
(Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 9 (1870, trans. 1978).)
It is in the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 26, 1801, to his daughter, Mary Jefferson Eppes. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 211, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
Family is the first school for young children, and parents are powerful models.
(Alice Sterling Honig (20th century), child development specialist. "Helping Children Become More Caring and Cooperative," NYSAEYC Reporter (winter 1994).)
There are secrets in all families.
(Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Weston in Emma, ch. 14 (1816).)