They were a tense and peculiar family, the Oedipuses, weren’t they?
I do not know who my grandfather was; I am more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
The awe and dread with which the most untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are among the most familiar facts of anthropology.
James George Frazer
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
A little more than kin, and less than kind.
I am married to Beatrice Salkeld, a painter. We have no children, except me.
It is indeed desirable to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
If a man’s character is abused, say what you will, there’s no one like a relation
to do the job.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Despair of peace as long as your mother-in-law is alive.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw
There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.
People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people’s families. The only family that ever horrifies you is your own.
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(This story appears in the 07 August, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)