Our Fordhad been the first to reveal the appalling dangers of family life.Aldous Leonard Huxley: 1932 Brave New World, ch.3.
It will be a beautiful family talk, mean and worried and full of sorrow and spite and excitement. I cannot be asked to miss it in my weak state. I should only fret.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett: 1939 A Family and a Fortune, ch.10.
If absolute sovereignty be not necessary in a State, how comes it to be so in a family?Mary Astell: 1706 Some Reflections upon MarriageOccasion'd by the Duke and Duchess of Mazarine's Case which is also consider'd, preface (1706 edn).
All forms of government fall when it comes up to the question of breadbread for the family, something to eat.Bread to a manwith a family comes firstbefore his union, before his citizenship, before his church affiliation. Bread!John L(lewellyn) Lewis: 1963 In the Saturday Evening Post,12 Oct.
I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single and only talked of population.Oliver Goldsmith: 1766 The Vicar of Wakefield, ch.1.
What is the character of a family to an hypothesis? my father would reply.Laurence Sterne: 1759-67 Tristram Shandy, bk.1, ch.21.
It is the maxim of every prudent master of a family never to attempt to make at home what it will cost him more to makethantobuy.Thetaylordoesnot attempttomakehis ownshoeAll ofthemfind itfor their interestto employ their whole industry in a way in which they have some advantage over their neighbours and to purchase with a part of its producewhatever else they have occasion for What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom Would it be a reasonable law to prohibit the importation of all foreign wines, merely to encourage the making of claret and burgundy in Scotland?Adam Smith: 1776 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth of Nations, bk.4, ch.2.
I was bornwith ready-made parents and a sister and brother who had already begun their store of experience, inaccessible to me except through their language and the record, always slightly different, of our mother and father, and as each member of the family wasborn, each,ina sensewithmemories onloan, began to supply the individual furnishings of each Was-land, each Is-land, and the hopes and dreams of the Future.Janet Paterson also known as Jean PatersonFrame Frame: 1982 To the Is-land, ch.1,'In the Second Place'.
I want every family in America to have a carpet on the floor and a picture on the wall. After bread, you've got to have a picture on the wall.lyndon b. johnson: On visiting Pittsburgh's Polish-Czech area. Quoted in Alistair Cooke The Americans (1980).
To begin with, I was born with an unreasonably large stock of relations, who have increased and multiplied ever since. My aunts and uncles were legion, and my cousins as the sands of the sea without number. Consequently, even a low death-rate meant, in the course of mere natural decay, a tolerably steady supply of funerals for a by no means affectionate but exceedingly clannish family to go to. Add to this that the town we lived in, being divided in religious opinion, buried its dead in two great cemeteries, each of which was held by the opposite faction to be the ante- chamber of perdition, and by its own patrons to be the gate of paradise.George Bernard Shaw: 'Music in London'.
In so far as the familyas an institution turns women into darling littleslaves andmenintotheirchief providers and unweaned dependents, the problem of a satisfactory marriage remains incapable of purely private solution.C(harles) Wright Mills: 1959 The Sociological Imagination, ch.1.
The censorious said that she slept in a hammock and understood Yeats's poems, but her family denied both stories.Saki pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro: 1911The Chronicles of Clovis,'TheJesting of Arlington Stringham'.
One thing this family does not need to do is make itself resented by thousands more people.David Rockefeller: Explaining his reluctance to join the management of the Chase Manhattan Bank. Quoted in Peter Collier and David Horowitz The Rockefellers (1976).
If these sketches should prove the means of deterring onefamily fromsinking their property, andshipwrecking all their hopes, by going to reside in the backwoods of Canada, I shall consider myself amply repaid for revealing the secrets of the prison-house, and feel that I have not toiled and suffered in the wilderness in vain.Susanna ne e Strickland Moodie: 1852 Roughing It in the Bush; or, A Life in Canada, vol.2, ch.14, 'Adieu to the Woods'.
In our lore, the Jewish family was an inviolate haven against every formof menace, frompersonal isolationto gentile hostility. Regardless of internal friction and strife, it was assumed to be an indissoluble consolidation Family indivisibility, the first commandment.Philip Milton Roth: 1988 The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography,'Dear Zuckerman'.
It's a family jokethat when Iwas a tinychild Iturned from the window out of which I was watching a snowstorm, and hopefullyasked,'Momma, do we believe in winter?'Philip Milton Roth: 1969 Portnoy's Complaint,'The Most Unforgettable Character I've Ever Met'.
You see, family life is all the life she knows: she's like a bird bornina cage, that would dieif you let it looseinthe woods.George Bernard Shaw: 1908 Bill Collins about his wife. Getting Married.
Family! the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.1886 The Son of a Servant.
A family with the wrong members in controlthat, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell: 1941The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, pt.3,'The English Revolution'.
Asyougrowolder, you'll seewhitemen cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget itwheneverawhitemandoesthattoa black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.(Nelle) Harper Lee: 1960 Atticus Finch. To Kill A Mockingbird, pt.2, ch.23.
There isno more fruitful source of familydiscontent than a housewife's badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways.Isabella Mary ne e Mayson Beeton: 1861The Book of Household Management, preface.
Property like incest holds the family together.Harold Adams Innis: Quoted in William Christian (ed) The Idea File of Harold Adams Innis (1980).
We have to accept the verbal portraits, as indeed we have to accept paintings and sculptures, as well as photographs, of the immortals whose influence on our lives is often greater than that of our own family members.Richard Church: In praise of biography. Quoted in Christian Science Monitor, 30 Apr1963.
The chief source of economic insecurity in America used to be growing old; now it's being born into or raised in a single-parent family.1991 In the Washington Post, 22 Feb.