The following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity. Use
these to establish the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics
that verbalize various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop
a guide to your reading.
"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."
"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men,
women, an occasional animal, and the common cold." Ogden
"The family you come from isn't as important as the family
you're going to have." Ring Lardner
"He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives
to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a
broader mark for pleasure too." Benjamin Franklin
"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."
"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as
well make it dance." George Bernard Shaw
"Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they
judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them." Oscar
"Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second
will be what thou wilt." Benjamin Franklin
"Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's
always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger
desires." Marcelene Cox
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to
remain always a child." Cicero
"Children are one-third of our population and all of our
future." Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health,
"There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to
get him asleep." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We can't form our children on our own concepts; we
must take them and love them as God gives them to us."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, - from Hermann und Dorothea
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's
longing for itself...
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your
Kahlil Gilbran, from The Prophet
"The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the
second half by our children." Clarence Darrow
"How many hopes and fears, how many ardent wishes and anxious
apprehensions are twisted together in the threads that connect the parent with
the child!" Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Children aren't happy
with nothing to ignore,
And that's what
parents were created for. Ogden Nash
"The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and
fears." Francis Bacon
"There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than
feeding the hand that bites you." Peter De Vries
"The most important thing a father can do for his children is
to love their mother." Theodore M. Hesburgh
Clinton, Hillary. "Our Global Family." Representative
Speeches 1997-1998. Eds. Calvin M.
Logue and Jean DeHart.
The HW Wilson Company, 1998. Pages 71-84.
Galbraith, John K. "In Pursuit of the Simple Truth."
62. Ed. Owen Peterson. NY: The HW
Wilson Company, 1991. Pages 56-64.
Hamlin, Garland. A Son of
Middle Border. New York,
NY: The MacMillan
Lopez, Barry H. Of Wolves and Men. New York:
Mason, Bobbi Ann. "Shilou." The Best American Short
Hortense Calisher. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes. New York:
McPhee, John. "Silk Parachute." The Best American
Essays 1998. Ed. Robert Atwan.
York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998. Pages 176-178.
Olsen, Tillie. "I Stand Here Ironing." The College
Board Advanced Placement Examination.
Rodriguez, Richard. "My Mother is nor surprised . . ."
Board Advanced Placement Examination. 1991.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New
American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Walker, Alice. "Father." Living By the Word.
Ed. Vaughn AndrewsNew York:
Hartcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988. Pages 9-19.
Wolff, Tobias. "In the Garden of the North American
Stories 1981. Ed. William Abrahams. New York: Double Day
Publishing Group, 1981. Pages.