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Like us, [Homo] erectus are believed to have lived in small family groups; there is evidence they cared for each other and looked after the sick and injured. Planet of the Apemen I: Battle for Earth, BBC 2011
In the problem of women was the germ of a solution, not only for their oppression, but for everybody’s. The control of women in society was ingeniously effective. It was not done directly by the state. Instead the family was used – men to control women, women to control children, all to be preoccupied with one another, to turn to one another for help, to blame one another for trouble, to do violence to one another when things weren’t going right. Why could this not be turned around? Could women liberating themselves, children freeing themselves, men and women beginning to understand one another, find the source of their common oppression outside rather than in one another? Perhaps then they could create nuggets of strength in their own relationships, millions of pockets of insurrection. They could revolutionize thought and behavior in exactly that seclusion of family privacy which the system had counted on to do its work of control and indoctrination. And together, instead of at odds – male, female, parents, children – they could undertake the changing of society itself. Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be. Jane Austen, Emma
Sir Mark Potter, Britain’s most senior family judge and President of the High Court Family Division, told The Times that the judiciary had been split about whether to open up the family courts and that there was not a clear single view. Brian Gerrish, lecture British Constitution Group 2009, ‘The State of the Nation’
Legal History after Independent Campaign: A father and son reunited. A secret court forced to open its doors.
A father’s struggle to be allowed to care for his autistic son made legal history yesterday when a judge ruled that the story of his ongoing battles with his local council could be made public.
Mark Neary attracted a wave of public sympathy when it first became known that the council had separated him from the son he had been looking after for 20 years. But after the initial outcry, silence descended over the case when Hillingdon Council took it to the Court of Protection. The Independent 1st March 2011
Separating families is a common tactic used by mind control groups. Secret Lives of Women: Cults, Tricia Cartledge
The feeling of deprivation: I didn’t get the exposure to the normal world that other people had ... My whole family was in the Exclusive Brethren ... A cult very much about families. Jill Mytton, interview Professor Richard Dawkins
Do you have any family? Boardwalk Empire s4e2: Resignation, Richard with gun, HBO 2013
Family is a wonderful thing. Ray Donovan s1e2: A Mouth is a Mouth starring Liev Schreiber & Paul Malcomson & Jon Voight & Eddie Marson & Dash Mihok & Steven Bauer et al, Mickey in gym, Showtime 2013
You have a good family. Don’t let Mickey poison this. Ray Donovan 1e9: Road Trip, Ezra
Kids don’t confront in my family. The Sopranos s1e7: Down Neck, starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony to Mr Melfi, HBO 1999
What’s wrong with our family, Tony? The Sopranos s2e12: The Knight in White Satin Armor, Janice
Once you enter this Family, there is no getting out. This Family comes before everything else. Everything. The Sopranos s3e3: Fortunate Son, Tony to Chris
May I burn in Hell if I betray my friends. ibid. Chris’s oath
We are a Family. The Sopranos s5e13: All Due Respect, Tony to gang
A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. The Godfather 1972 starring Marlon Brando & Al Pacino & James Caan & Richard S Castellano & Richard Duvall & Sterling Hayden & John Marley & Richard Conte & Diane Keaton et al, director Francis Ford Coppola, Don
Every family has bad memories. The Godfather III 1990 starring Al Pacino & Andy Garcia & Diane Keaton & Talia Shire & Sofia Coppola & George Hamilton & Bridget Fonda et al, director Francis Ford Coppola, Michael to son
There’s nothing like a family in business working together. Do the Right Thing 1989 starring Spike Lee & Ossie Davis & Danny Aiello & Ruby Dee & Steve Park & Bill Nunn & Richard Edson & Giancarlo Esposito & John Turturro & Samuel L Jackson & Rosie Perezet al, director Spike Lee, Sal
The ultimate family. The Fly 1986 starring Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis & John Getz & Joy Boushel & Leslie Carlson & George Chuvalo & David Crronenberg et al, director David Cronenberg, him to her
What have we got all of us? – nothing except each other. The Krays 1990 starring Martin Kemp & Gary Kemp & Billie Whitelaw & Tom Bell & Steven Berkoff & Susan Fleetwood & Charlotte Cornwell & Kate Hardie & Avis Bunnage & Alfred Lynch & Gary Love & Jimmy Jewel et al, director Peter Medak, Vi
Jim, your brother Sam and his family – aren’t they stationed on this planet? Star Trek s1e29: Operation Annihilate! McCoy to Kirk
Family is everything. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s2e5: Cardassians, Cardassian to O’Brien
Hitler’s half-brother Alois was a bigamist; his sister Paula was engaged to a mass-murderer; his niece took her own life; a distant cousin was murdered by his own henchmen; one nephew was sacrificed on the savage Eastern front; another declared war on him. By Nazi standards, Hitler’s family tree had suspect roots ... The product of a dubious dysfunctional background. Nazi Secrets: Hitler’s Family Skeletons
There were cases of insanity in the family. ibid.
Rumours circulated that Hitler had Jewish blood. ibid.
The name Hitler was popular among the Jewish population in one part of Poland. ibid.
Grandmother pointed out my brother Perry, my sister Sarah, and my sister Eliza, who stood in the group. I had never seen my brother nor my sisters before; and, though I had sometimes heard of them, and felt a curious interest in them, I really did not understand what they were to me, or I to them. We were brothers and sisters, but what of that? Why should they be attached to me, or I to them? Brothers and sisters were by blood; but slavery had made us strangers. I heard the words brother and sisters, and knew they must mean something; but slavery had robbed these terms of their true meaning. Frederick Douglass