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Mother died today. Or maybe it was yesterday, I don’t know. 

- Albert Camus, 1942

Families, I hate you! Shut-in homes, closed doors, jealous possessions of happiness.

- André Gide, 1897

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1955

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.

- Aristotle, c. 350 BC

Family! Thou art the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.

- August Strindberg, 1886

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, 1786

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.

- Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1957

To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.

- Ernest Hemingway, 1954

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, 1625

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

- Friedrich Schiller, 1781

The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.

- G. K. Chesterton, 1919

If parents would only realize how they bore their children!

- George Bernard Shaw, c. 1910

Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family.  

- Gertrude Stein, 1940