Quotations About / On:
There are secrets in all families.
(Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Weston in Emma, ch. 14 (1816).)
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
(Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Woman's Own (London, Oct. 31, 1987).)
I suspect there isn't an actor alive who was able to truthfully answer his family's questions after his first day's activity in his future profession.
(Simone Signoret (1921-1985), French movie actor. Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be, ch. 3 (1976).
Referring to the dull and unpleasant, rather than glamorous, nature of a movie actor's first day of work.)
For men who want to flee Family Man America and never come back, there is a guaranteed solution: homosexuality is the new French Foreign Legion.
(Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).)
The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 46, Conard (1915).)
If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home, how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve worldly conflicts with force?
(Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 1 (1983).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)