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In most states you can get a driver's license when you're sixteen years old, which made a lot of sense to me when I was sixteen years old but now seems insane.

In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.

It appears there's a little too much chlorine in their gene pool.

It is great to have friends when one is young, but indeed it is still more so when you are getting old. When we are young, friends are, like everything else, a matter of course. In the old days we know what it means to have them.

It is my pleasure that my children are free and happy, and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.

It takes about five years for a walnut tree to produce nuts, but this is not true of a family tree.

Keep in mind ... to a dog you are family, to a cat you are staff.

Let's face it, there's lots of spoiled kids out there . . . because you can't spank Grandma.

Mother love has been much maligned. An over mothered boy may go through life expecting each new woman to love him the way his mother did. Her love may make any other love seem inadequate. But an unloved boy would be even more likely to idealize love. I don't think it's possible for a mother or father to love a child too much.

My father never raised his hand to any one of his children - except in self-defense.

My father told me marijuana would cause me brain damage - because if he caught me doing it he was going to break my head.

My kid asked if he could borrow ten dollars. When I only gave him five dollars he said, "Okay, since you owe me the other five dollars, we'll call it even."

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.

No man has ever lived that had enough of children's gratitude or woman's love.

Of all the means which wisdom acquires to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is friendship.

Of course if you like your kids, if you love them from the moment they begin, you yourself begin all over again, in them and with them.

Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were the easiest for his feet.

One laugh of a child will make the holiest day more sacred still.

One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.


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