No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished
Lee Iacocca

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
Lyndon B. Johnson

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw

It is commonly observed that a sudden wealth, like a prize drawn in a lottery or a large bequest to a poor family, does not permanently enrich. They have served no apprenticeship to wealth, and with the rapid wealth come rapid claims which they do not know how to deny, and the treasure is quickly dissipated.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
Vince Lombardi

Then Bob proposed 'A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us' Which all his family re-echoed. 'God bless us every one' said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
Charles Dickens

So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
Richard Bach

It is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, 'I'm earning enough to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father, husband, churchgoer.' That's all very well. But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.
Albert Schweitzer

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.
Mother Theresa

Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.
Willa Cather

Even as the cell is the unit of the organic body, so the family is the unit of society.
Ruth Nanda Anshen

Rod It's a very personal, very important thing. Hell, it's a family motto. Now are you ready Just checking to make sure you're ready here it is - show me the money. OHHH SHOW ME THE MONEY Doesn't it make you feel good just to say that, Jerry Say it with me one time brother
Jerry Maguire

Don Corleone Do you spend time with your family Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
Godfather, The

Sonny Hey, whataya gonna do, nice college boy, eh Didn't want to get mixed up in the Family business, huh Now you wanna gun down a police captain. Why Because he slapped ya in the face a little bit Hah What do you think this is the Army, where you shoot 'em a mile away You've gotta get up close like this and bada-bing. you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.
Godfather, The

No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished
Elbert Hubbard

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
Bertrand Russell

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.
George Burns

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
George Burns

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.
Robert Frost

The honor of my race, family and self is at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will. My whole body and soul are to be thrown recklessly about the field. Every time the ball is snapped, I will be trying to do more than my part...Fight low, with your eyes open and toward the play. Watch out for crossbucks and reverse end runs. Be on your toes every minute if you expect to make good. Jack.
Jack Trice

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.
Jerry Seinfeld

Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration.
Charles Dudley Warner

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.
Douglas Noel Adams

The family is changing not disappearing. We have to broaden our understanding of it, look for the new metaphors.
Mary Catherine Bateson

Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family
Joachim du Bellay

Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.
Elias Boudinot

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
Anthony Brandt

The most powerful ties are the ones to the people who gave us birth ... it hardly seems to matter how many years have passed, how many betrayals there may have been, how much misery in the family We remain connected, even against our wills.
Anthony Brandt

One's family is the most important thing in life. I look at it this way One of these days I'll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me. And the only people who'll be with me will be my family.
Robert C. Byrd

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
Tao Le Ching

That family glaze of common references, jokes, events, calamities-that sense of a family being like a kitchen midden layer upon layer of the things daily life is made of. The edifice that lovers build is by comparison delicate and one-dimensional.
Laurie E. Colwin

The presidency is temporary-but the family is permanent.
Yvonne De Gaulle

It used to take courage--indeed, it was the act of courage par excellence--to leave the comforts of home and family and go out into the world seeking adventure. Today there are fewer places to discover, and the real adventure is to stay at home.
Alvaro de Solva

The story of my boyhood and that of my brothers is important only because it could happen in any American family. It did, and will again.
Earl Eisenhower

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
Elizabeth II

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to 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.
F Scott

All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separate.
Ulysses S. Grant

Dignity is not negotiable. Dignity is the honor of the family.
Vartan Gregorian

Home is the wallpaper above the bed, the family dinner table, the church bells in the morning, the bruised shins of the playground, the small fears that come with dusk, the streets and squares and monuments and shops that constitute one's first universe.
Henry Anatole Grunwald

Nothing counts so much as family, the rest are just strangers. (as Nicholas Earpp in Wyatt Earp, 1994)
Gene Hackman

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices take it, or leave it.
Buddy Hackett

The memories of my family outings are still a source of strength to me. I remember we'd all pile into the car---I forget what kind it was---and drive and drive. I'm not sure where we'd go, but I think there were some trees there. The smell of something was strong in the air as we played whatever sport we played. I remember a bigger, older guy we called 'Dad.' We'd eat some stuff, or not, and then I think we went home. I guess some things never leave you.
Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

I wonder if the polite thing to do is always the right thing to do. When I met the family from Japan, they all bowed. I pretended like I was going to bow, but then I just kept going and flipped over on my back. I did this five times. I think they got the point.
Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
Warren Gamaliel Harding

Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing.
Donna Hedges

To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread. We were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense.
John Irving

There's a lot of heredity in that family.
Ralph Kiner

Today's family is built like a pyramid with all the intrafamilial rivalries, tensions, jealousies, angers, hatreds, loves and needs focused on the untrained, vulnerable, insecure, young, inexperienced and incompetent parental apex ... about whose incompetence our vaunted educational system does nothing.
Lawrence Kubie

Having a thirteen-year-old in the family is like having a general-admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen-agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.
Max Lerner

The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other.
Andrew H. Malcolm

Hamlet is the tragedy of tackling a family problem too soon after college.
Tom Masson

The family is the country of the heart.
Giuseppe Mazzini

Do you want to tear your life apart and get rid of everything you've known as a lifestyle Like seeing your family Being with your friends A fishing trip A hunting trip A night's sleep
Walter Frederick Mondale

I am years gone from my family and miles away ... but they raid by telephone with jarring suddenness they have the cyclic constancy of a mortgage and they are inevitable and relentless, like the erosion of my remaining youth. Like certain frightening dreams, my family returns.
Jerrold Mundis

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.
Ogden Nash

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Like the old motto of a famous Sunday paper, 'All human life was there' in the stately circle of the Mountbatten-Windsors, as the family coped in semipublic with those everlasting elements of human interest-sickness, scandal, family tension and divorce.
John Pearson

A family, although not a necessity, is the ultimate luxury.
Eric Pio

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
Pope John Paul II

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.
Pope John Paul II

Any woman who has a career and a family automatically develops something in the way of two personalities, like two sides of a dollar bill, each different in design. ... Her problem is to keep one from draining the life from the other.
Ivy Baker Priest

All writers-all people-have their stores of private and family legends which lie like a collection of half-forgotten, often violent toys on the floor of memory.
Sir V Pritchett

There is nothing like a coup de foudre and absorption in family responsibility for maturing the male and pulling his scattered wits together.
Sir V Pritchett

Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.
Jewish Proverb

Let... others call me a hypocrite because I fired a gun in a moment of personal peril. I shall still be for strict gun control. But as long as authorities leave this society awash in drugs and guns, I will protect my family.
Carl T. Rowan, Jr.

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible--the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nuturing family.
Virginia Satir

In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it's not perfect, that's okay, there are a lot more coming along.
Antonin Scalia

Our institutions and values are in jeopardy as the mores of the market pervade all social life in this country. Loyalty, honesty, courage, discipline, patriotism, and commitment to family are being crowded out by the goals and rules of economic rationality -- do whatever makes the most money.
Barry Schwartz

The family seems to have two predominant functions to provide warmth and love in time of need and to drive each other insane.
Donald G. Smith

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Calvin Trillin

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
Desmond Tutu

Family means too much, Friends are too valuable, And life is too short, To put-off sharing with people, How much they really mean to you, And pursuing whatever it is that makes you happy.
Unknown

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
Jessamyn West

History is not going to be kind to liberals. With their mindless programs, they've managed to do to Black Americans what slavery, Reconstruction, and rank racism found impossible destroy their family and work ethic.
Walter Williams

I don't want to sound Pollyannaish, but I hope that out of a tragedy like this something good will come. I hope we understand we're one family.
Madeleine Albright

Many men can make a fortune by very few can build a family.
J. S. Bryan

Heirlooms we don't have in our family. But stories we've got.
Rose Cherin

What is it about genus arboretum that socks us in the figurative solar plexus We see a logging truck go cruising down the road, stacked with a bunch of those fresh-cut giants, we feel like we lost a brother. Next thing you know, we're in The Brick, we're flopping money down on the bar. Wood. We're under a roof. Wood. We're walking the floors. Wood. Grabbing a pool cue. That's wood. Our friends in the forest carry a set of luggage from the mythical baggage carousel. Tree of life, tree of knowledge, family tree, Buddha's Bodhi tree. Page one of life, in the beginning. Genesis 322. Adam and Eve. They're kicking back in the garden of Eden and boom, they get an eviction notice. Why is that Lest they should also take of the tree of life, eat and live forever. A definitive Yahweh no-no. Be good to yourself, go out and plant a wet one on a tree.
Diane Frolov

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.
Jane Howard

I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.
Trey and Matt Stone Parker

Family isn't about whose blood you have. It's about who you care about.
Trey and Matt Stone Parker

I think people that have a brother or sister don't realize how lucky they are. Sure, they fight a lot, but to know that ther's always somebody there, somebody that's family.
Trey and Matt Stone Parker

Having a holiday weekend without a family member felt like putting on a sweater that had an extra arm.
Pamela Ribon

The fact that we don't know this man, isn't important really. Cause his experience is our experience, and his fate is our fate. Vani tass, vani tatum, et omni i vani tass, says the preacher. All is vanity I think that's a pretty good epitaph for all of us. When we're stripped of all our worldly possessions and all our fame, family, friends, we all face death alone. But it's that solitude in death that's our common bond in life. I know it's ironic, but that's just the way things are. Vani tass, vani tatum, et omni i vani tass. Only when we understand all is vanity, only then, it isn't.
Andrew Schneider