Quotations About / On: FAMILY

  • 51.
    As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
    (John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] (b. 1920), Polish ecclesiastic, pope. quoted in Observer (London, Dec. 7, 1986).)
  • 52.
    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).)
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  • 53.
    You have another little drink, and I'll have another little drink, and maybe we can work up some real family feeling here.
    (Irving Ravetch (b. 1920), U.S. screenwriter, Harriet Frank, and Martin Ritt. Hud (Paul Newman), Hud, to his nephew, Lon (Brandon De Wilde) (1963).)
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  • 54.
    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).)
  • 55.
    Children from humble families must be taught how to command just as other children must be taught how to obey.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 268, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 395, "Teaching to Command," (1878).)
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  • 56.
    There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Solitariness," bk. 1, ch. 38, Essays (1580), trans. by John Florio.)
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  • 57.
    A family with the wrong members in control—that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "England Your England," pt. 1, The Lion and the Unicorn (1941).)
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  • 58.
    In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.
    (V.S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett (b. 1900), British author. A Cab at the Door, vol. 1 (1968). Opening words of his autobiography.)
  • 59.
    Deep inside us, we know what every family therapist knows: the problems between the parents become the problems within the children.
    (Roger Gould (20th century), U.S. psychotherapist and author. Transformations, sec. 2 (1978).)
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  • 60.
    My passion strengthens daily to quit political turmoil, and retire into the bosom of my family, the only scene of sincere and pure happiness.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 6, 1804, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 263, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
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