Quotations About / On: FAMILY
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).)
I guess it was easier for her to change her name than for her whole family to change theirs.
(Vina Delmar, U.S. novelist, playwright. Lucy (Irene Dunne), The Awful Truth, after witnessing the specialty act of nightclub performer Dixie Bell Leene Toots Binswanger (Joyce Compton) (1937).)
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).)
A big family must be fun. I imagine it makes you feel you belong to something.
(Barré Lyndon (1896-1972), British screenwriter, and Byron Haskins. Clayton (Gene Barry), The War of the Worlds, talking to Sylvia in the abandoned farmhouse.
Based on the novel by H.G.Wells.)
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.")
Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
(Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
[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).)