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A family without a black sheep is not a typical family.
Whether anybody was home meant everything to a house. It was more than a major fact: it was the only fact. The family was the house's soul.

The Corrections
Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

I know why familles were created, with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.
The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself
Woman is the salvation or destruction of the family. She carries its destinies in the folds of her mantle
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
Families, I hate you! Shut-in homes, closed doors, jealous possessors of happiness
All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter
A family is a tyranny ruled over by it's weakest member
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."