“Family: a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal and the common cold.” Ogden Nash

“Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.” Matt Groening

“They were a tense and peculiar family, the Oedipuses, weren’t they?” Max Beerbohm

“I had underestim­ated this place where I was born. I knew it was a good place to be from. I had no idea how great a place it was to be.” Rod Dreher

“The greatest gift a parent can leave a child is that parent’s own independen­ce.” Rosamunde Pilcher

“One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.” Jonathan Safran Foer

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard

“Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.” Muriel Spark

“Imperturba­bility could be depended upon. And from her great and humble position in the family she had taken dignity and a clean calm beauty.” John Steinbeck

“The difference between a ‘man’ and a ‘father’ is that the former shares his genes, but the latter gives his life.” Craig D. Lounsbroug­h

“The best you can really hope for is a family where everyone’s problems, big and small, work together. Kind of like an orchestra where every instrument is out of tune in exactly the same way, so you don’t really notice.” Neal Shusterman

“When I walk, I walk with you. Where I go, you’re with me always.” Alice Hoffman

“Think of your forefather­s! Think of your posterity!” John Quincy Adams

“A family can be the bane of one’s existence. A family can also be most of the meaning of one’s existence.” Keri Hulme

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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