Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
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.
As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back.
Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.
Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts.
Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.
A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.
The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.
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.
Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
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.
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.
The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
Writers will happen in the best of families.
The development of a country has to start at the foundation of the society, the family.
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