Quotations About / On: FAMILY
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).)
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).)
A real hangover is nothing to try out family remedies on. The only cure for a real hangover is death.
(Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew, "Coffee Versus Gin," Harper & Brothers (1936).)
Parents have to get over the idea that their children belong just to them; children are a family affair.
(Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).)
An ancient prophecy ... pronounced, That the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it!
(Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. The Castle of Otranto, ch. 1 (1764).)
Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).)
Old photograph: amid the set poses of her family, a young girl smiles and raises her hand a little.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, April 18, 1790. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 16, ed. Julian P. Boyd (1961).)
The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst.
(Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. author. 100 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Together..., Part 2, p. 40 (1994).)
The family is on its way out; couples go next; then no more keeping cats or parrots.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)