Family Matters – The Importance of Family

Whether you love them or hate them, we’re all stuck with our families. After all, you can’t choose who they are. Some of us are blessed (or cursed) with big families; others only have a small nuclear center. Either way, family has been a source of inspiration for writers and influential thinkers all over the world. Do you have the stereotypical crazy aunt or bullying brother? These characters aren’t a matter of fiction; some of us have truly whacky families! At the end of the day, we fall back on our family in times of hardship, look to them for love and guidance, and sometimes want to wring their necks.

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

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”
-Michael J. Fox

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

“I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack.”
-Jodi Picoult

“A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss… That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.”
-Brad Pitt

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

“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.”
-Robert Frost

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