Quotations About / On:
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).)
Family life may survive as a form of evening and weekend entertainment.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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.)