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Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
~ Joseph Addison

 

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Cruel is the strife of brothers.
~ Aristotle

 

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Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
~ Matt Groening

 

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Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.
~ Ann Oakley

 

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Family is the most important thing in the world.
~ Princess of Wales Diana

 

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Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.
~ Stella Benson

 

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Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr

 

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Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
~ Anonymous

 

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Family... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
~ J. August Strindberg

 

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For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.
~ Christina Rossetti

 

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Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.
~ Chinese Proverb

 

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Growing up human is uniquely a matter of social relations rather than biology. What we learn from connections within the family takes the place of instincts that program the behavior of animals; which raises the question, how good are these connections?
~ Elizabeth Janeway

 

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Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
~ George Burns

 

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Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described --and will be, after our deaths --by each of the family members who believe they know us.
~ Gloria Steinem

 

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Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
~ Martin Mull

 

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He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
~ Francis Bacon

 

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He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
~ Jeremy Taylor

 

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He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.
~ Benjamin Franklin

 

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