Quotations About / On: FAMILY
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).)
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
(Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Woman's Own (London, Oct. 31, 1987).)
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).)
The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst.
(Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. author. 100 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Together..., Part 2, p. 40 (1994).)
Old photograph: amid the set poses of her family, a young girl smiles and raises her hand a little.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).)