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A mother who is really a mother is never free.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

George Herbert (1593-1632) British poet.

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.


The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) American author.

Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.

Richard Bach (1936-?) American writer.

''I have no name:'' I am but two days old. ''What shall I call thee?'' I happy am, ''Joy is my name.'' sweet joy befall thee!

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.