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The lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. - Thoreau

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Home: Family

Blood's thicker than water, and when one's in trouble
Best to seek out a relative's open arms.

The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1813

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. ~Frederick Buechner

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. ~Barbara Bush

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship. ~Spanish Proverb

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ~Stephen Levine

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry. ~Margaret Laurence

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family. ~Lee Iacocca

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. ~Swedish Proverb

"Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture."
-- Amos Bronson Alcott

"You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family."
-- Anita Baker

Other things change us, but we start and end with the family.
--Anthony Brandt

In time of test, family is best.
--Burmese proverb

It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.

Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.
--John Ruskin

Cherish your family for they are your treasure, a storehouse of riches, wealth beyond measure.

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. ~Emily Kimbrough

Every house where love abides and friend is a guest, is surely home, and home, sweet home, for there the heart can rest...

"Home is where you hang your memories. Home is where love, respect end understanding abound

Family is the only thing you start with and the only thing you leave with.

The family is the school of duties... founded on love.
Felix Adler

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family."
---Anthony Brandt

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot

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

The family is one of nature's masterpieces. ~George Santayana, The Life of Reason

We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. ~Marquise de Sévigné

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt

There's an awful lot of blood around that water is thicker than. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. ~Gail Lumet Buckley

Are we not like two volumes of one book? ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Present your family and friends with their eulogies now - they won't be able to hear how much you love them and appreciate them from inside the coffin. ~Anonymous

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
John Bowring

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
Richard Bach

We Are Family

Family, Cost: Priceless

We ought to encourage our children to know their relatives. We need to talk of them, make effort to correspond with them, visit them, join family organizations, etc.
Spencer W. Kimball

I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations. Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us and as our posterity read of our life's experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted.
Spencer W. Kimball

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
--Henry Drummondy

When we are grown we'll smile and say, we had no cares in childhood's day - but we'll be wrong, twill not be true. I've this much care. . .I care for you.

Where children are, there is the Golden Age.

Where there is love there is life.
--Mahatma Gandhi

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
--Desmond Tutu

The love of our family flows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep.

Those we love are the snowflakes of life. None are the same, each is beautiful, and all bring something special to our world.

To the world, you might be just one person, but to one person, you just might be the world.

The ornaments of a home are the friends who frequent it.

Our family is a circle of strength and love…
With every birth and every union the circle grows…
Every joy shared adds more love…
Every crisis faced together
Makes the circle grow stronger.

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