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When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.


It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.

Breed is stronger than pasture.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636-1711) French poet and critic.

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.