Acting is just a way of making a living; the family is life.
Poverty, race, ethnicity and immigration status are not in themselves determinative of student achievement. Demography is not destiny. The amount of melanin in a student’s skin, the home country of her antecedents, the amount of money in the family bank account, are not the inexorable determinants of academic success. The evidence introduced at trial demonstrates that these negative life experiences can be overcome by public schools with sufficient resources well deployed. It is the clear policy of the state, as formulated by the Regents and S.E.D. [State Education Department], that all children can attain the substantive knowledge and master the skills expected of high school graduates. The court finds that the city’s at-risk children are capable of seizing the opportunity for a sound basic education if they are given sufficient resources.
–Justice Leland DeGrasse Supreme Court of the State of New York
The family you come from isn’t as important as the family you’re going to have.
You would think that those who are always talking about family values would want to create an environment of permanent relationships for people of the same sex. But they’re not advocating family values. They’re advocating their values.
–Willie Brown Mayor, San Francisco
If you don’t know [your family’s] history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.
Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.
Where can a person be better than in the bosom of their family?
Okay, conservatives have changed my mind. Allowing gay marriage, I have been persuaded, will destroy the family, weaken Western civilization, turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah, increase the trade deficit with Japan, endanger the family farm and promote tooth decay. The impeccable logic of conservative opponents is simply too powerful to deny.
–Stephen Chapman, Chicago Tribune columnist
I was a disgrace to the family, of course. They weren’t very happy. It was a long struggle. But now they see that repression is not good: A person will do what he or she wants to do, eventually.
–Ang Lee nominated for the Oscar for best director, as quoted by CNN
We must never feel that it is okay to say that a sucker fish is of more value under law than a farm family.
–Gordon Smith Oregon Senator, protesting the federal government’s decision to cut off an irrigation project that is the primary source of water for 250,000 acres of mostly family-owned farmland in the Klamath River Basin in California and Oregon.
The principle of using interactivity as a creativity-builder is not restricted to computer games. Once we become fully conscious of this principle, we can find ways to become more interactive everywhere. We can make conversations with our family and friends more interactive than they once were. The more thoughtful our questions get to be, the more interactive the conversations
–Steve Chandler 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself
I can get up in the morning and look myself in the mirror and my family can look at me too and that’s all that matters.
Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts.
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
My family is really boring. They have a coffee table book called ‘Pictures We Took Just to Use Up the Rest of the Film.’
A healthy family is sacred territory.
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
–Jane Howard (1935-1996) US journalist, writer
One loyal friend is better than ten thousand family members.
Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance.
–Milton R. Saperstein
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