Family Matters

Sunday, November 8, 2015 – Family Matters

If you don’t believe in ghosts, you’ve never been to a family reunion. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~ Shirley Abbott

Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. ~ George Bernard Shaw

There is no cure for laziness but a large family helps. ~ Herbert Prochnov

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go by 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. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness. ~ Nancy Mitford

The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you. ~ Kendall Hailey

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family. ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Family is just accident… They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are. ~ Marsha Norman

Friends are God’s apology for relations. ~ Hugh Kingsmill

A family is a bunch of people who keep confusing you with someone you were as a kid. ~Robert Brault

The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people — no mere father and mother — as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born. ~ Pearl S. Buck

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

Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops. ~ Cary Grant

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

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. ~ Leo Tolstoy

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. ~ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~ George Bernard Shaw

The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend! ~ Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God? ~ Stephen Colbert

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

We are, all four of us, blood relatives, and we speak a kind of esoteric, family language, a sort of semantic geometry in which the shortest distance between any two points is a fullish circle. ~ J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

Writers will happen in the best of families. ~ Rita Mae Brown

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. ~ Napoléon Bonaparte


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