Sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters -- family.


"Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you."

-- H. Jackson Brown

"The mark of a good parent is that he can have fun while being one."

-- Marcelene Cox

"Let your child go if you want to keep them."

-- Malcolm Forbes

"Families ought to be noisy."

-- Benjamin Franklin

"Where we love is home -- home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"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

"Nothing you do for children is wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted."

-- Garrison Keillor

"Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 'Pooh!' he whispered. 'Yes, Piglet?' 'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. 'I just wanted to be sure of you.'"

-- A.A. Milne

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

-- Ogden Nash

"Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to."

-- John Ed Pearce

"If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable -- each segment distinct."

-- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

"Our children are extensions of ourselves in ways our parents are not, nor our brothers and sisters, nor our spouses."

-- Fred Rogers

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."

-- George Santayana

"Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life."

-- Muriel Spark

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."

-- Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

"When you teach your son, you teach your son's son."

-- The Talmud


"Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer."

-- Louise Gluck

"A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves -- a special kind of double."

-- Toni Morrison

"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 there's always somebody there, somebody that's family."

-- Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park

Originally published on, February 2007.

American Baby