Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
Cruel is the strife of brothers.
Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.
Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.
Family is the most important thing in the world.
Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.
Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.
Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
Family… the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.
Govern a family as you would cook a small fish — very gently.
Growing up human is uniquely a matter of social relations rather than biology. What we learn from connections within the family takes the place of instincts that program the behavior of animals; which raises the question, how good are these connections?
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
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.
Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.