You are asking me to sell members of my family. Walter H Annenberg In the NewYork Times,12 Mar. Rejecting a
billion-dollar Japanese offer for
his art collection.
If absolute sovereignty be not necessary in a State, how comes it to be so
in a family? Mary Astell Some Reflections upon MarriageOccasion'd by the
Duke and Duchess of
Mazarine's Case which is also consider'd, preface (1706 edn).
There isno more fruitful source of
familydiscontent than a housewife's
badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways. Isabella Mary ne e Mayson Beeton The Book of Household Management, preface.
They were a tense and peculiar family, the Oedipuses, weren't they? Sir (Henry) Max(imilian) Beerbohm Attributed.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their
familybut to a solitaryand an exile his friends are
everything. Willa Sibert Cather Shadows On The Rock, bk.3, ch.5.
The view of history that we get through the kitchen window is a more
gentle view, not of war and politics, but of familyand
communityand sharing. Julia McWilliams Child On studying cookbooks dating back to the1400s in
the Library of
Congress. In Memory and Imagination, PBS TV, 15 Aug. Chinese poet and civil servant about whom very little
is known. He wrote a series of three poems
on his separation from his wife, the result of a posting to Beijing.
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.
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 A Family and a Fortune, ch.10.
study of family portraits is enough to convert a man to the doctrine of
reincarnation. SirArthur Conan Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles, ch.13.
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. David T Ellwood In the Washington Post, 22 Feb.
Social scientists could supply plenty of research to show that one member of
the family, at least, is happier and more well adjusted
when mum stays home and looks after the children.
But that person is dada finding of limited use to
backlash publicists. Susan Faludi Backlash (UK edn), ch.2,'Man Shortages and Barren Wombs'.
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 To the Is-land, ch.1,'In the Second Place'.
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 The Vicar of Wakefield, ch.1.
Our Fordhad been the first to reveal the appalling dangers of family
life. Aldous Leonard Huxley Brave New World, ch.3.
Property like incest holds the family together. Harold Adams Innis Quoted in William
Christian (ed) The Idea File of Harold Adams Innis (1980).
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(aines) also called LBJ Johnson On visiting Pittsburgh's
Polish^Czech area. Quoted in Alistair Cooke The Americans
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 Atticus Finch. To Kill A Mockingbird, pt.2,
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 In the Saturday Evening Post,12 Oct.
Assume a particular state of development in the productive
facilities of man and you will get a particular form of commerce
and consumption. Assume particular stages of
development in production, commerce and consumption and you
will have a corresponding social constitution, a
corresponding organisation of the family, of orders or of
classes, in a word, a corresponding civil society. Assume a
particular civil societyand you will get particular
political conditions which are only the official expression of civil
society. Karl Heinrich Marx Letter to P V Annenkov, 26 Dec.
Patriarchy's chief institution is the family. It is both a mirror of and a
connection with the larger society; a patriarchal unit
within a patriarchal whole. Kate (Katherine) ne e Murray Millett Sexual Politics, ch.2,'Theory of Sexual Politics'.
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 The Sociological Imagination, ch.1.
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 Roughing It in the Bush; or, A Life in Canada, vol.2,
ch.14, 'Adieu to the
England is not the jewelled isle of Shakespeare's
much- quoted passage, nor
is it the inferno depicted by Dr Goebbels. More than
either it resembles a family, a rather stuffy
Victorian family, with not many black sheep in it but with all
its cupboards bursting with skeletons. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English
Genius, pt.3,'Shopkeeper at
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 The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English
Genius, pt.3,'The English
Yiddish is a household tongue, and God, like other members of the
family, is sweetly informal in it. Cynthia Ozick Metaphor and Memory.
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
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 Portnoy's Complaint,'The Most Unforgettable
Character I've Ever Met'.
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 The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography,'Dear
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 The Chronicles of Clovis,'TheJesting of Arlington Stringham'.
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 Bill Collins about his wife. Getting Married.
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'.
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
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 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth
of Nations, bk.4,
familythat dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape.
Dodie Smith Dear Octopus.
I pledge that we, your blood family, will do all we
can to continue the
imaginative way in which you were steering these two
exceptional young men [the princes,William and Harry] so that
their souls are not simply immersed by dutyand tradition,
but can sing openlyas you planned. Charles, Earl Spencer Oration at the funeral of his sister, Diana,
Princess of Wales, 6 Sep.
What is the character of a family to an hypothesis? my father would reply.
Laurence Sterne ^67 Tristram Shandy, bk.1, ch.21.
the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for
comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and
a hell for children. August Strindberg The Son of a Servant.
Child will make two Dishes at an Entertainment for Friends; and when
the Family dines alone, the fore or hind Quarter will
makea reasonable Dish; and seasoned with a little
Pepper or Salt, will be very good Boiled on the fourth Day,
especially in Winter. Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of
Ireland from being a Burden
to their Parents or Country.
As a rule, you see, I'm not lugged into Family Rows.On the occasions when
Aunt is calling to Aunt like mastodons bellowing
across the primeval swampsthe clan has a tendency
to ignore me. It's one of the advantages Iget
from being a bachelorand, according to my nearest and
dearest, practically a half-witted bachelor at that. Plum The InimitableJeeves, ch.16.
Women leave the Royal Family in only one modewith their heads cleaved
from the shoulders. Sarah, Duchess of York My Story.