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Family and Children Quotes


Top 30 Family and Children Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Family and Children Quotes

If you bungle raising your children I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.

- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–94), pictured right, wife of the American president, John F. Kennedy.


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The South African leader, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), pictured right, also comments on the family's importance:

To be the father of a nation is a great honour, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy. It was a joy I had far too little of.



No 2Family and Children Quotes

Children love and want to be loved.

- Erik Erikson (1902-94) German-born American psychologist, pictured right.

Erikson also says:

The most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.



No 3Family and Children Quotes

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

(Launcelot in The Merchant of Venice)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right



No 4Family and Children Quotes

To the child, abandonment by its parents is the equivalent of death.

- M. Scott Peck, pictured right, The Road Less Travelled (1978)



No 5Family and Children Quotes

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

- Carl Jung (1875–1961),Swiss psychologist, pictured right.



No 6Family and Children Quotes

The worst families are those in which the members never really speak their minds to one another; they maintain an atmosphere of unreality, and everyone always lives in an atmosphere of suppressed ill-feeling.

- Walter Bagehot (1826–77), English economist, pictured right.


No 7Family and Children Quotes

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models

- James Baldwin, pictured right, in Nobody Knows My Name (1961)



No 8Family and Children Quotes

In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.

(from the 1853 novel Bleak House).

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), pictured right, English writer.


No 9Family and Children Quotes

There’s no place like home,

- Dorothy (Judy Garland, pictured right) in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.


No 10Family and Children Quotes

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.

- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) German composer, pictured right.


No 11 Family and Children Quotes

He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home and broods a nest of sorrows.

Jeremy Taylor (1613-67), pictured right, the English writer



No 12Family and Children Quotes

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child,

(King Lear in King Lear)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.


No 13Family and Children Quotes

It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home,

(Pip in Great Expectations)

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), pictured right, English writer


No 14Family and Children Quotes

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

- Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher, pictured right.


No 15Family and Children Quotes

How paramount the future to the present when one is surrounded by children.

- Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English naturalist, pictured right,


No 16Family and Children Quotes

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,

(famous opening line of the novel Anna Karenina).

- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer, pictured right

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Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, pictured right, agrees:

Accidents will occur in the best regulated families


No 17Family and Children Quotes

A child’s spirit is like a child, you cannot catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.

(Rebecca Nurse in 1953 play The Crucible)

- Arthur Miller (1915-2005), pictured right, American writer.


No 18Family and Children Quotes

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.

- Anne Frank (1929-1945), child victim of the Holocaust, pictured right.


No 19Family and Children Quotes

No man can expect his children to respect what he degrades.

(Tom Pinch in Martin Chuzzlewit)

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), English novelist , pictured right


No 20Family and Children Quotes

The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

(from the 1671 poem Paradise Regained)

- John Milton (1608–74), pictured right, English poet.


No 21Family and Children Quotes

You know that you have brains as well as breasts, and you use them.

- Betty Friedan (1921-2006), American feminist, pictured right.


Friedan also commented:

No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.


No 22Family and Children Quotes

Love begins at home,

- Mother Teresa (1910-97), Albanian nun, pictured right.


This is similar to the proverb:

Charity begins at home


 No 23Family and Children Quotes

The desires of mothers echo in the souls of the children.

- Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-97), French nun, pictured right,.


 No 24Family and Children Quotes

The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.

- Carl Jung (1875–1961),the Swiss psychologist, pictured right.


 No 25

Kahlil GibranYour children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you.

- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-born American philosopher, pictured right,


No 26Family and Children Quotes

The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and advise them to do it.

-Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), American president, pictured right,.


No 27Family and Children Quotes

The only thing I want to leave my children is an honourable name,

- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), pictured right, American president.


No 28

Family and Children QuotesFriendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

(from Northanger Abbey)

- Jane Austen (1775-1817), English novelist, pictured right.



No 29Family and Children Quotes

A woman’s truest place is in a home, with a husband and with children.

- Lucy Stone (1818-93), American suffragette, pictured right.


No 30Family and Children Quotes

Wherever you are you should always be contented, but especially at home, because there you must spend the most of your time

(from Northanger Abbey).

- Jane Austen (1775-1817), English novelist, pictured right.

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