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Quotations About / On: FAMILY

  • 71.
    It is very unfair to judge any body's conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what difficulties of any individual of that family may be.
    (Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 18 (1816).)
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  • 72.
    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).)
  • 73.
    The family: I believe more unhappiness comes from this source than from any other—I mean the attempt to prolong family connection unduly, and to make people hang together artificially who would never naturally do so.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 73, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
  • 74.
    The value of a family is that it cushions and protects while the individual is learning ways of coping. And a supportive social system provides the same kind of cushioning for the family as a whole.
    (Michael W. Yogman, and T. Berry Brazelton (20th century), childcare expert, author. In Support of Families, introduction (1986).)
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  • 75.
    The touchstone for family life is still the legendary "and so they were married and lived happily ever after." It is no wonder that any family falls short of this ideal.
    (Salvador Minuchin (20th century), U.S. child psychiatrist, family therapist. Families and Family Therapy, ch. 3 (1974).)
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  • 76.
    Nostalgia is one of the great enemies of clear thinking about the family. The disruption of families in the nineteenth century through death, separation, and other convulsions of an industrializing economy was much more catastrophic than we imagine.
    (Joseph Featherstone (20th century), U.S. social critic. "Family Matters," Harvard Educational Review, vol. 49 (February 1979).)
  • 77.
    I worry about people who get born nowadays, because they get born into such tiny families—sometimes into no family at all. When you're the only pea in the pod, your parents are likely to get you confused with the Hope Diamond. And that encourages you to talk too much.
    (Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. "Life with Mother," Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, ed. William Zinsser, Houghton Mifflin (1987).)
  • 78.
    The ultra-right would have us believe that families are in trouble because of humanism, feminism, secular education, or sexual liberation, but the consensus of Americans is that what tears families apart is unemployment, inflation, and financial worries.
    (Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 4 (1983).)
  • 79.
    You hear a lot of dialogue on the death of the American family. Families aren't dying. They're merging into big conglomerates.
    (Erma Bombeck (b. 1927), U.S. journalist, and Andr. "Empty Fridge, Empty Nest," San Francisco Examiner (Oct. 1, 1978).)
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  • 80.
    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.
    (Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer, editor. "Ruth's Song," Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1984).)
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