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Mark the babe not long accustomed to this breathing world; One that hath barely learned to shape a smile, though yet irrational of soul, to grasp with tiny finger -- to let fall a tear; And, as the heavy cloud of sleep dissolves, To stretch his limbs, becoming, as might seem. The outward functions of intelligent man.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English Romantic poet.

None but a mule denies his family.

Arabian proverb

In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.

Chinese proverb

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.

Chinese proverb

All people are your relatives, therefore expect only trouble from them.

Chinese proverb


Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.

Chinese proverb

He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.

John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.

German proverb

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.

Spanish proverb

The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.