- Oprah Winfrey
No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one's parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child.
- Alice Miller
And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families.
- John Kerry
The family endures because it offers the truth of mortality and immortality within the same group. The family endures because, better than the commune, kibbutz, or classroom, it seems to individualize and socialize its children, to make us feel at the same time unique and yet joined to all humanity, accepted as is and yet challenged to grow, loved unconditionally and yet propelled by greater expectations. Only in the family can so many extremes be reconciled and synthesized. Only in the family do we have a lifetime in which to do it.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin
My wife has been my closest friend, my closest advisor. And ... she's not somebody who looks to the limelight, or even is wild about me being in politics. And that's a good reality check on me. When I go home, she wants me to be a good father and a good husband. And everything else is secondary to that.
- Barack Obama
Early rising is also essential to the good government of a family. A late breakfast deranges the whole business of the day, and throws a portion of it on the next, which opens the door for confusion to enter. (preface, The Virginia House-Wife, 1824)
- Mary Randolph
To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.
- Marilyn French
Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening.
- Emma Thompson
When a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place where we share our deepest secrets and stand the most exposed, a place where we learn to feel distinct without being "better," and sacrifice for others without losing ourselves.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others.
- Sidonie Gruenberg
A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
- Carl Sandburg
The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
- William Shakespeare
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
- George Bernard Shaw