As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.

The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

A friend Alan and I ended up in an Outback pub in a place called Daly Waters and apparently, he says, in the course of this very lively evening we spent there I offered to do a house swap with a family from Korea. We weren’t sure whether they were from North Korea or South Korea.

Hi, new people there’s a lot of new people. Welcome to the family. We’re a little weird here, but we’re all very nice so you’ll fit in here. We’re kind of intense but you’ll figure it out.

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.

If you reject family – which a mother holds together – as well as the ties of Church and State, is there anything left for you?

Family is everything. Family comes first. It’s not what I expected it to be, but nothing ever is.

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Mamma does all she can,’ said she, ‘to make me feel myself a burden and incumbrance to the family, and the most ungrateful, selfish, and undutiful daughter that ever was born;

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.

I started about five years ago when I did a hospital visit and was shocked at what a huge difference the [Starlight Children’s Foundation] makes for not only these children but also their families, who are also affected. I consider family one of the most important aspects of life, because at the end of the day your family is who is always going to be there for you. When it comes to these children, their family is all they have because some of them never get to leave the hospital.

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family:Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

I don’t have to look up my family tree, because I know that I’m the sap.

I hope the feds aint layin cross the street in that Blue Cherrokee, tryin to take me from my family hollarin bout Conspiracy.

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.

The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.

Writers will happen in the best of families.

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family.

If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.

Don’t worry so much where you live but how you live. Make the family of man your family as well.

I learned later that the surgeon who put Dole back together after he was so badly injured in World War II was an Armenian whose family had deep memories of the genocidal campaign the Turks had waged against them.

The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst.

The family spiritual void has left the field open to rock music. The result is nothing less than parents loss of control over their childrens moral education at a time when no one else is seriously concerned with it.

The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing

I presume the reason for this gathering is that all of us here Muslims, Jews, Christians all are searching our souls for how to better serve our family, our community, our nation, our God.

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground.

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained

England is very, very important to me, because in my family the English could do no wrong. When my father picked a mistress, it was always an English girl: if he made her pregnant, she could be shipped back to England and he would not be held responsible. It never happened, but I’ve made a lot of work called The English Can Do No Wrong.

Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.

Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.

charity begins in your own family.

In each family a story is playing itself out, and each family’s story embodies its hope and despair.

A happy family is but an earlier heaven

I came from a family of repairers. The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.

The development of a country has to start at the foundation of the society, the family.

We’re not a family. We’re the opposite of a family. We’re people so lonely that when we’re together we make a black hole of loneliness and everything else gets sucked down into it and is never seen again.

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

This is my country, that is your country, these are the conceptions of narrow souls, to the liberal minded the whole world is a family

Family life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.

Families are like fudge… mostly sweet with a few nuts.

A person came to make him a visit whilst he was sitting one day with a lady of his family, who retired upon that to another part of the room with her work, and seemed not to attend to the conversation between the Earl and the other person, which turned soon into some dispute upon subjects of religion; after a good deal of that sort of talk, the Earl said at last, “People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion.” Upon which says the lady of a sudden, “Pray, my lord, what religion is that which men of sense agree in?” “Madam,” says the Earl, “men of sense never tell it.

Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.

If you’re a single mother with two childrenwhich is the toughest job in America, as far as I’m concernedyou’re working hard to put food on your family.

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.

In time of test, family is best.

Families are the best place to learn and practice mutual tolerance and acceptance.

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.

A lot of street crime is horrible, but in terms of the dislocation, the undermining of the family the corporate criminals, many of whom reside in Congress and the White House are getting away literally with murder.