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A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

George Burns

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you as you are to them.

Desmond Tutu

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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.

All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others.

Mahatma Gandhi

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.

Napoleon Bonaparte

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.   

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

I sustain myself with the love of family.

She is the mother I never had, she is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don't know a better person.

Oprah Winfrey

If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.

Mother Teresa

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

John Wooden

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

Mother Teresa

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

In God's family there are no outsiders no enemies.

Desmond Tutu

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.

In dwelling live close to the ground. In thinking keep to the simple. In conflict be fair and generous. In governing don't try to control. In work do what you enjoy. In family life be completely present.

Lao Tzu

Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out, And into your sister's eyes into, Your brother's face your country, And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning.

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.

All men are children and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed and wakes them in the morning.

I am a woman, phenomenally phenomenal woman, that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me.

Maya Angelou

It isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.

Love begins at home and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.


Give up a member to save a family, a family to save a village, a village to save a country, and the country to save yourself.

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, and daughters sometimes run off with the butler.

To put the world in order we must first put the nation in order, to put the nation in order we must put the family in order, to put the family in order we must cultivate our personal life, and to cultivate our personal life we must first set our hearts right.


I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.

Maya Angelou

Nobody who has not been in the interior of a family can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

I looked up my family tree and found three dogs using it.

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.

On his two younger sisters he then bestowed an equal portion of his fraternal tenderness, for he asked each of them how they did and observed that they both looked very ugly.

It is extraordinary that, when you are acquainted with a whole family, you can forget about them.

Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men. It sets up before a man the goal of a better home, better clothing, better food for himself and his family. It spurs individual exertion and greater production.

I've been a godmother loads of times, but being a grandmother is better than anything.

Humans are not proud of their ancestors and rarely invite them round to dinner.

Douglas Adams

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.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen

All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter.

The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.

C. S. Lewis

Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they’ll say you’re crazy and you’re blasphemous, and they’ll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, ‘My goodness, I’ve just discovered that I’m God,’ they’ll laugh and say, ‘Oh, congratulations, at last you found out.

Alan Watts

We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.

Maya Angelou

The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

And it is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like and the association of living beings who have this sense makes family and a state.

Family is conflict and it's something that we all relate to.

Bill Cosby

As a child, the family that I had, and the love I had from my two parents, allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that if I failed I could always come home to a family of love and support.

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind, he can find the way to Enlightenment and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.


A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.


The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.

Pope John Paul II

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

Walt Whitman

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter she is perfectly satisfied.

Oscar Wilde

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church.

Pope John Paul II

See that's why Barack's running: to end the war in Iraq responsibly - to build an economy that lifts every family to make sure health care is available for every American - and to make sure that every child in this nation has a world-class education all the way from preschool to college.

The seven deadly sins: Want of money bad health bad temper chastity family ties knowing that you know things and believing in the Christian religion.

Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife his family his friends his colleagues in the Congress lifetime members of his own political party the American people and the world.

Barry Goldwater

Like religion politics and family planning cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.

Getting married and starting a family has been a lifelong goal and one that I have persevered through different paths up to it!

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family but once the sisters are grown it becomes the strongest relationship.

There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.

I love my family very much. I wish I could see them a little more often than I do. But we understand because we're a show business family and we all work.

I've never had a divorce but I've seen so many of my friends my sister my family go through that stuff so I try to write for the people that can't write about it. I take on their sorrow so I'm able to kind of express it or their joy.

Dolly Parton

But with the steady disintegration of the family in modern society over the last century the role of the school in bridging the gap has become vital!

Historically the family has played the primary role in educating children for life with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.

When his life was ruined his family killed his farm destroyed Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered "There's just something about you that pisses me off."

I did commit to myself that I would not jump back into being the workaholic that I can be before I gave myself an honest opportunity to create the marriage of my dreams and to create the beginning of the family of my dreams and that took a hot second.

Alanis Morissette

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.

People abuse their own friends and family but it is only after performing many meritorious acts that one gets a human birth.

Sai Baba

Everything I have my career my success my family I owe to America.

In my family we were Americans we were Republicans and we were Methodists.

Let your family staff and friends know that you're still the same person despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position.

This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.

Cruel is the strife of brothers.

As a whole forest becomes fragrant by the existence of a single tree with sweet-smelling blossoms in it, so a family becomes famous by the birth of a virtuous son.

As a single withered tree if set aflame causes a whole forest to burn so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.

Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl - no superior alternative has yet been found

I'm having fun because I don't take it (life) seriously - the only things I care about are my family friends work and my lady Sally. Philosophers for a long time have said 'why are we here?' - I'm here for the entertainment. If you're born in the world you're given a ticket to the freak show, if you're born in America you get a front row seat.

George Carlin

My dad had been born in Mexico and his family had to leave during the Mexican revolution.

I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.

My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity her compassion her intelligence reflected in my daughters.

Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.

Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing patience and wisdom.

Alice Walker

I talked about my family my family's so important.

Holidays are the best. I couldn't imagine being from a small family.

My kids say if there's any family dinner that doesn't result in somebody crying it's not a good dinner. They cry because it helps relieve them of a guilt or some onerous emotional burden. It's like a family tradition.

The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self and, at the foundation, the pre-eminence of family.

Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.

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

I just want my family to be safe. Because I am sometimes polarizing, I fear for their safety.

People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's families. The only family that ever horrifies you is your own.

The virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family.

I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.

He who is engrossed in family life will never acquire knowledge, there can be no mercy in the eater of flesh, the greedy man will not be truthful, and purity will not be found in a woman a hunter.

Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream to destroy the family.

It is better to have only one son from whom the whole family can derive support and peacefulness.

All the men in my family were bearded and most of the women.

W. C. Fields

If I win and get the money then the Oakland Police department is going to buy a boys' home me a house my family a house and a Stop Police Brutality Center.

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success it enables you to ignore the minor hurts the opponent's pressure and the temporary failures.

I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life a man who had good friends fine family - and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that actually.

It is the harmony peace and mutual love between men and women that brings happiness and peace to the family. People want happiness in the family but they do not lead exemplary lives. The fault lies with both the husband and the wife.

Sai Baba

A wise man should marry a virgin of a respectable family even if she is deformed. He should not marry one of a low-class family through beauty. Marriage in a family of equal status is preferable.

Family is the most important thing in the world.

The family is the first essential cell of human society.

I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired me.

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.

Douglas Adams

Dad kept us out of school but school comes and goes. Family is forever.

I can make a firm pledge under my plan no family making less than $250 000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax not your payroll tax not your capital gains taxes not any of your taxes.

When I did 'E.T. ' it sort of solidified the only family I know are these film crews. These gypsies. These filmmakers. That was the solidification and the clicking revelations of 'This is what I want to do with my life and this is where I'm going to survive.'

The arrival of our new daughter ... is such an incredible blessing for me and my family. We are all full of beautiful emotions after such an incredible day.

Everybody has basically the same family it's just reconfigured slightly differently from one to the next.

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

Earl Nightingale

We should always deal cautiously with fire water women foolish people serpents and members of a royal family, for they may when the occasion presents itself at once bring about our death.


The family is the test of freedom, because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.

My family members are here with me because they're afraid to stay at home. There is no excuse for it. This is just uncalled for. It goes beyond courtesy. It's protection of life.

Woody Allen

The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock he must leave his family.

You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal safe abortion.

Hillary Clinton

My wife and I both come from Irish families. There are two kinds of Irish families: the hitting kind and the kidding kind. If you're fortunate - and both of us are - you come from the kidding kind of Irish family.

I was angry and frustrated until I started my own family and my first child was born. Until then I didn't really appreciate life the way I should have but fortunately I woke up.

Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women and members of a royal family.

So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

I know some people say it's not the best to work with your family but I have never understood that because it's always worked so well for me.

Kim Kardashian

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise... is to help you and your family.

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all his family ought to know.

Once again I'm reminded of just how pervasive this illness is as it has now touched someone I love deeply. Based on my contact in recent days with Sheryl her doctor and her family I am confident that she will have a full and complete recovery and the world will be a better place for it.

I guess you could say I devoted myself so strongly to my music that for awhile I forgot about my family. But I only get one set of parents and I think I forgot about that for a little while.

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

Winston Churchill

It's very strange that most people don't care if their knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations.

I am confident that nobody... will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time while I am still in good health with my family my friends and also with myself.

Nelson Mandela

There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.

Family love is messy clinging and of an annoying and repetitive pattern like bad wallpaper.

God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family that we are made for togetherness for goodness and for compassion.

My family kinda hit the skids. We were experiencing poverty at that point. We all got a job where the whole family had to work as security guards and janitors. And I just got angry.

Jim Carrey

I really have created a family. I work with the people I love, I travel with them, I make films with them, and I'm in an office with them. So in a weird way - I know I haven't birthed a child - I feel that I'm a part of creating a family. It's a tribe. I love that word.

Drew Barrymore

In this world whose family is there without blemish? Who is free from sickness and grief? Who is forever happy?

The promise of America has always been that if you worked hard had the right values took some risks that there was an opportunity to build a better life for your family and for your next generation.

Mitt Romney

My parents were French and Irish and our family even has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States and consider myself part American.

I believe with all my heart that America remains 'the great idea' that inspires the world. It is a privilege to be born here. It is an honor to become a citizen here. It is a gift to raise your family here to vote here and to live here.

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.

It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week the minimum wage family leave health insurance Social Security Medicare retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.

Universal peace sounds ridiculous to the head of an average family.

But the problem is that when I go around and speak on campuses I still don't get young men standing up and saying 'How can I combine career and family?'

My family and I would never receive royalties on the revenue that my materials brought into the church, materials that were created on our own personal time.

Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.

I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them and that is the Christian religion.

First and foremost comes my family and my life with Brad. We have so much joy in raising our children and teaching them about the world that nothing really compares to that.

You must act ever in the consciousness of your divinity and recognize in each being a brother a child of God. The whole world is one family.

Sai Baba

But let me perfectly clear because I know you'll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250 000 a year you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.

Offer service and receive love. This is the recipe for experiencing Divinity. Our love should not be confined to our kith and kin. It must extend beyond the family to society as a whole then to the nation at large and finally embrace the whole world.

Sai Baba

The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.

I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.

It's hard knowing who to trust with your personal life. When you cry in your room at night you don't always know who to call. So I am very close to my family.

All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family - and God's love - this world would be a far more gentle and better place.

Mitt Romney

Together we can help make sure that every family that walks into a restaurant can make an easy healthy choice.

Michelle Obama

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives no support we've put it in an impossible situation.

With all my fans I got a family again.

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.

Reinhold Niebuhr

People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam my three daughters here Nicole Jamie LeeAnn my mom who's right here too.

Over the last couple of years I've really worked toward balancing my life out more having a little bit more time with friends family and my boyfriend. There was a period of time when they were way down the list. It was all about music and touring and if everything fell by the wayside so be it.

Alanis Morissette

The details surrounding both my marriage and subsequent filing for divorce are private and I had hoped to keep them that way for the sake of my family.

Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways women gambling and farming. My family chose the slowest one.

Without a family man alone in the world trembles with the cold.

Andre Maurois

All in the Family was intellectual, it was art.

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.

A man should never neglect his family for business.

The only sensible ends of literature are first the pleasurable toil of writing, second the gratification of one's family and friends, and lastly the solid cash.

My family frankly they weren't folks who went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn't raise me in the church so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.

Barack Obama

I grew up in a family that was multifaceted sexually oriented and pretty much open to everything. And because I was working my friends were all adults. I had a tough time going to different schools because people knew me from films and I was the fat child who got beaten up every day.

Drew Barrymore

The first pages of memory are like the old family Bible. The first leaves are wholly faded and somewhat soiled with handling. But when we turn further and come to the chapters where Adam and Eve were banished from Paradise then all begins to grow clear and legible.

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.

Mahatma Gandhi

I had this child and it destroyed my family.

I refuse to feel guilty. I feel guilty about too much in my life but not about money. I went through periods when I had nothing so somebody in my family has to get stinkin' wealthy.

Jim Carrey

As a general thing when a woman wears the pants in a family she has a good right to them.

Actors are one family over the entire world.

My father was brought up in an orphanage in the Catskills. He was a factory worker. And because his family wasn't there for him family was everything. We could disagree inside the house but outside the house it was us against the world. So when I became a drag actor he looked sideways but said okay.

Harvey Fierstein

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.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I may neither choose whom I would nor refuse whom I dislike, so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.

Jerry Seinfeld

As the family goes so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

Pope John Paul II

I should many a good day have blown my brains out but for the recollection that it would have given pleasure to my mother-in-law, and even then if I could have been certain to haunt her - but I won't dwell upon these trifling family matters

Lord Byron

Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help.

Donald Rumsfeld

I always put clothes and family photos under the mattress in case the house burns down.

Kim Kardashian

My biggest hobby is hanging out with my family and kids.

Joel Osteen

My work and my family are very important to me.

Stephen Hawking

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

Bertrand Russell

The first-born in every family is always dreaming for an imaginary older brother or sister who will look out for them.

Bill Cosby

I'm just glad I was able to return to some of that innocence and beauty I had as a child when I started my own family and my children brought me back some of that spirit.

Angelina Jolie

No attempt should be made to belittle Society and benefit only the family for it is bound to fail.

Being a Barrymore didn't help me other than giving me a great sense of pride and a strange spiritual sense that I felt OK about having the passion to act. It made sense because my whole family had done it and it helped rationalise it for me.

Drew Barrymore

We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.

Walt Disney

The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants.


My mother has always been the social glue holding the family together.

Kim Kardashian

I can get up in the morning and look myself in the mirror and my family can look at me too, and that's all that matters.

In the richest country in the history of the world this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4 000 but health insurance premiums are higher food prices are higher utility bills are higher and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before.

Mitt Romney

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become in a special way the servant of the others.

Pope John Paul II

Probably the worst time in a person's life is when they have to kill a family member because they are the devil. But otherwise it's been a pretty good day.

A man's worst enemies are those Of his own house and family, And he who makes his law a curse By his own law shall surely die.

William Blake

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

Erma Bombeck

A family with the wrong members in control, that perhaps is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.

George Orwell

Everything family does is reflection on the other people.

Kim Kardashian

You are all members of the same family bound by the Religion of Love.

Residing in a small village devoid of proper living facilities serving a person born of a low family unwholesome food a frowning wife a foolish son and a widowed daughter burn the body without fire.

And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking innovative risk-taking God- loving family-oriented American people.

Now is the moment when we can stand up and say 'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!' So here we stand. Americans have a choice.

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.

Robert Frost