Quotations About / On:
Families in which nothing is ever discussed usually have a lot not to discuss.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Blackmail is one of the great pastimes of family life.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
Families are great murderers of the creative impulse, particularly husbands.
(Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).)
A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 126 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards.
(Robert Burton (1577-1640), British clergyman, author. The Anatomy of Melancholy, pt. 2, sct. 2, memb. 1, subsct. 1 (1621).)
Family life is an encroachment on private life.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
A fellow oughtn't to let his family property go to pieces.
(Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. Dolly Longestaffe, in The Way We Live Now, vol. 2, ch. xxviii, London, Chapman and Hall (1875).)
We're an ideal political family, as accessible as Disneyland.
(Maureen Reagan (b. 1941), U.S. daughter of Ronald Reagan. Quoted in Guardian (London, December 24, 1984).)
The family spirit has rendered man carnivorous.
(Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," trans. by Rémy Hall (1990). "Pithecomorphes," no. 6, Littérature, Second Series (Paris, Nov. 1, 1922).)
Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.
(Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. "The War Between Love and the Family II," Taking It Like a Woman (1984).)