I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
Happiness [is] only real when shared
The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families.
Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.
All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.
When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family.
The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career.
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is.
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.
A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.
Babies are such a nice way to start people.
A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no aw, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
Mother love has been much maligned. An over mothered boy may go through life expecting each new woman to love him the way his mother did. Her love may make any other love seem inadequate. But an unloved boy would be even more likely to idealize love. I don't think it's possible for a mother or father to love a child too much.
Unconditional love is loving your kids for who they are, not for what they do ... it isn't something you will achieve every minute of every day. But it is the thought we must hold in our hearts every day.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl - no superior alternative has yet been found.