Quotations About / On: FAMILY
The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.
(Paul Johnson (b. 1928), British journalist. quoted in Sunday Correspondent Magazine (London, Dec. 24, 1989).)
Our society is not a community, but merely a collection of isolated family units.
(Valerie Solanas (b. 1940), U.S. artist, writer. The SCUM Manifesto (1968).
The acronym SCUM stood for "The Society for Cutting Up Men.")
[This] atheistic [movement] must logically result in the utter annihilation of the family.
(James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield diary, June 8, 1881. Garfield, footnotes, ch. 16, Allen Peskin (1978).)
Family romances are the only ones that never turn out happily.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
I think the ideal situation for a family is to be completely incestuous.
(William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. Taped conversation, 1980, New York City. "On Dreams," Victor Bockris, With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker (1981).)
Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, ch. 8 (1976). Die Fackel (Vienna, Jan. 26, 1911), no. 315/16.)
Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.
(Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), British editor, expurgator. Family Shakespeare, preface (1818).)
Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.
(John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Mr. Wilkinson in Manhattan Transfer, Houghton Mifflin Company (1925 and 1953).)
Welcome to the great American two-career family and pass the aspirin please.
(Anastasia Toufexis (20th century), U.S. writer. "The Perils of Dual Careers," Time (May 13, 1985).)
The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy of the most mediocre logic.
(Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 9 (1870, trans. 1978).)