Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)