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The Family: A Proclamation to the World

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God's eternal plan.

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Quotes on Marriage and Family

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. — Carl Sandburg

A better tomorrow begins with the training of a better generation. — Gordon B. Hinckley, (Ensign, Nov 1975, p 38)

A child needs a mother more than all the things money can buy. Spending time with your children is the greatest gift of all. — Ezra Taft Benson (To the Mothers in Zion, p 8)

A comment to my daughter from an eight-year-old classmate stopped me in my tracks and made me wonder what is the world coming to. The little boy asked my daughter, "So who do you live with -- your Mom or your Dad?" That says it all, doesn't it? — Carol Brethour Stephens, Oct 2003

Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married...and she didn't have to hear about how well his Mother cooked. — Author Unknown

A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you. — Margaret Atwood

Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers. — Judith Martin

A father may have to discipline his child, but he should never do it in anger. He must show forth an increase of love thereafter, lest that one so reproved were to esteem him to be an enemy (see D&C 121:43). The Lord forbid the feeling of a child that his father or mother is an enemy. — Harold B. Lee (Teachings of Harold B. Lee, 1996, p 279)

A friend recently told us about a twenty-fifth-anniversary party where the husband gave a toast and said, "The key to our success is very simple. Within minutes after every fight, one of us says, 'I'm sorry, Sally'." — Cokie & Steve Roberts

After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all man-kind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman. — Joseph F. Smith (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p 381)

A fundamental issue that accounts for a high percentage of marital problems is selfishness. Selfishness is at the root of adultery, the breaking of solemn and sacred covenants to satisfy lust. Selfishness is the antithesis of love. It is a cankering expression of greed. It destroys self-discipline. It obliterates loyalty. It tears up sacred covenants. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Standing for Something, p 155)

A good attitude is a good foundation to give our children, and it's one best taught by example. — Barbara Evans, (Ensign, Sep 1974, 85)

A good marriage at age 50 predicted positive aging at 80. But, surprisingly, low cholesterol levels did not. — George Valliant, MD, Harvard Medical School

A good marriage is a contest of generosity. — Diane Sawyer

A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers. — Ruth Bell Graham

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. — George Bernard Shaw

A happy marriage is the world's best bargain. — D.A. Battista

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Jun 2006, p 98-103)

All children have the right to live in a two-parent, married family. Talk about a Head Start program - those are the kids that get the real head start. — Diane Sollee, 2001 ACF Head Start Conference

All of us need the strength that comes from daily reading of the scriptures. Parents must have a knowledge of the standard works to teach them to their children. A child who has been taught from the scriptures has a priceless legacy. Children are fortified when they become acquainted with the heroic figures and stories of the scriptures such as Daniel in the lions' den, David and Goliath, Nephi, Helaman and the stripling warriors, and all the others....Having prayer, scripture study, and meals together gives incredibly important time to talk and listen as parents and children, brothers and sisters. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 1983, p 41)

All of us remember the home of our childhood. Interestingly, our thoughts do not dwell on whether the house was large or small, the neighborhood fashionable or downtrodden. Rather, we delight in the experiences we shared as a family. The home is the laboratory of our lives, and what we learn there largely determines what we do when we leave there. — Thomas S. Monson, (Ensign, Oct 2001)

All those "and they lived happily ever after" fairy tale endings need to be changed to "and they began the very hard work of making their marriages happy." — Linda Miles, The New Marriage

All women should know how to take care of children. Most of them will have a husband some day. — Franklin P. Jones

All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife. — Daniel Boone

A man can have no greater incentive, no greater hope, no greater strength than to know his mother, his sweetheart, or his wife has confidence in him and loves him. And men should strive every day to live worthy of that love and confidence. — N. Eldon Tanner (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 7)

A man who correctly guesses a woman's age may be smart, but he's not very bright. — Lucille Ball

A marriage may not always be even or incidentless, but it can be one of Great peace. A couple may have poverty, illness, disappointment, failures, And even death in the family, but even these will not rob them of their Peace. The marriage can be successful so long as selfishness does not enter In. Troubles and problems will draw parents together into unbreakable unions If there is total unselfishness there. — Spencer W. Kimball (Marriage and Divorce, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1976)

Among the most important things parents can do for their children is to provide them with worthy examples and with opportunities for personal religious experiences. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Dec 1998, p 7)

Among the pictures from New Orleans were lots of heart-rending shots of displaced mothers and children, but few of fathers and husbands. Liberal critics say Hurricane Katrina ripped aside the veil on America's extreme poverty. What it really ripped aside was the veil over the collapse of family, particularly among inner-city blacks, that lies at the heart of poverty. — Thomas Bray, Sep 2005

A mother has far greater influence on her children than anyone else, and she must realize that every word she speaks, every act, every response, her attitude, even her appearance and manner of dress affect the lives of her children and the whole family. — N. Eldon Tanner (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 7)

An ideal marriage is a true partnership between two imperfect people, each striving to complement the other, to keep the commandments, and to do the will of the Lord. — Elder Russell M. Nelson (Ensign, May 1999, p 39)

Any fool can have a trophy wife. It takes a real man to have a trophy marriage. — Diane Sollee

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. — Rose Franken

A sense of humor is very important. When you have a problem and you're really upset and your spouse can crack a joke and you can laugh, you've got the problem licked. My husband is very stubborn, and that I would change if I could but everything can't be perfect. He plays the organ too loud but he always remembers to put the toilet seat down!...A good marriage means you have been forgiven a lot and you have forgiven a lot. — Winnifred, married to Raymond for 65 years

A single man is like half a pair of scissors. — Benjamin Franklin

As mothers in Israel, we are the Lord's secret weapon. Our influence comes from a divine endowment that has been in place from the beginning. In the premortal world, when our Father described our role, I wonder if we didn't stand in wide-eyed wonder that He would bless us with a sacred trust so central to His plan and that He would endow us with gifts so vital to the loving and leading of His children. I wonder if we shouted for joy at least in part because of the ennobling stature He gave us in His kingdom. The world won't tell you that, but the Spirit will. — Sheri L. Dew (Ensign, Nov 2001, p 96)

As parents read the newspapers and magazines and see what the world is trying to teach their children, they should become all the more determined that their children not be damaged by such sin and error. Parents should then provide the home life, the discipline, and the training that will offset and neutralize the evil that is being done in the world. As children learn of the ugly things in the world, they must also learn of the good things in the world and the proper responses and proper attitudes. If parents understand that many children are denied family prayers and spiritual attitudes and proper teaching in their lives, then those parents should redouble their energies and their efforts to see that their own children receive good, wholesome training. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Apr 1978, p 4)

As the family goes, so go the children. — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

As the forces of evil attack the individual by tearing away at his family roots, it becomes critical for Latter-day Saint parents to maintain and strengthen the family. There may possibly be a few very strong individuals who can survive without the support of a family, but more of us need the love, teaching, and acceptance that come from those who care very deeply. — Joseph Fielding Smith (Ensign, Jan 1971)

A successful marriage is not a gift; it is an achievement. — Ann Landers

A successful marriage isn't finding the right person -- it's being the right person. — Author Unknown

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. — Mignon McLaughlin

A suddenly quiet house is worse than a riot. — Author Unknown

As we recall the commandment to stand in holy places, we should remember that beyond the temple, the most sacred and holy places in all the world should be our own dwelling places. Our homes should be committed and dedicated only to holy purposes. In our homes all of the security, the strengthening love, and the sympathetic understanding that we all so desperately need should be found. — James E. Faust (Ensign, Aug 2001)

As we take a long, hard look at the world today, it is becoming increasingly evident that Satan is working overtime to enslave the souls of men. His main target is the fundamental unit of society -- the family. During the past few decades, Satan has waged a vigorous campaign to belittle and demean this basic and most important of all organizations. — L. Tom Perry (Ensign, May 2004, p 69)

[A] very important message is the need to strengthen and safeguard our families. Far too many families are breaking up. This heartbreaking trend has an endless train of consequences. Happiness in marriage begins with husband and wife living together in love, kindness, and mutual respect, walking righteously and humbly before the Lord. It is contingent on being faithful to all vows and covenants. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 2004, p 67-68)

A woman is a mystery than can guide the wise and open man. — Rumi

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too. — Henry Louis Mencken, (1880-1956)

Because mothers are essential to God's great plan of happiness, their sacred work is opposed by Satan, who would destroy the family and demean the worth of women. — Russell M. Nelson (Ensign, May 1999, p 38)

Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love. I'd stepped in it a few times. — Rita Rudner

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. — Jim Carrey

Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law. — Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author

Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner, it feels limitless, not limited. — Gloria Steinem, 2000, upon marrying for the first time at age 66

Be nice to your kids; they will choose your nursing home one day. — Author Unknown

Be tolerant of the human race. Your whole family belongs to it -- and some of your spouse's family does too. — Author Unknown

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same thing. — Oscar Wilde

Both men and women live longer, happier, healthier and wealthier lives when they are married. Unmarried co-habitation doesn't cut it. Cohabitation does not bring the benefits - in physical health, wealth, and emotional wellbeing - that marriage does. And, married people have both more and better sex than do their unmarried counterparts. — Linda Waite, The Case for Marriage

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years. — James Thurber

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher...and that is a good thing for any man. — Socrates

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. — Simone Signoret

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. — Lady Bird Johnson

Children have more need of models than critics. — Joseph Joubert

Children need encouragement. So if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling. — Jack Handey

Children need to know that their parents love them enough to teach them the gospel. — LeGrand R. Curtis (Ensign, Nov 1990, p 12)

Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does. — Evan Esar

Considering everything else that we do, the way we [men] treat our wives could well have the greatest impact on the character of our sons....There is an urgent need in our society for fathers who respect their wives and treat them with sweet, tender love. — F. Melvin Hammond, Ensign, Nov 2002, p 98)

Courtship is a wonderful period. It should be a sacred one. That is the time in which you choose your mate. Young men, your success in life depends upon that choice. Choose prayerfully the one who inspires you to your best and always remember that no man injures the thing he loves. . The seeds of a happy marriage are sown in youth. Happiness does not begin at the altar; it begins during the period of youth and courtship. — David O. McKay (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 36)

Daddies do matter: Last night (1/20/99) 60 Minutes featured a show about elephants. Several decades ago there was a problem with overpopulation on an African game preserve - too many elephants. Limited by the technology available at the time, the solution arrived at was to move the babies to new preserves. Everyone watched, gravely concerned, but the babies thrived. However, unintended consequences emerged. At the new locations, a decade or so after the transfer, someone was killing off rhinoceros which are an endangered species. It turned out the killers were young male elephants. At first the game wardens couldn't believe it, this was uncharacteristic behavior never before seen in elephants. They deduced that the young males had grown up without fathers - without male role models. New technology had made it possible to transport into these locations some large mature bull elephants. There was concern that it would be too late, that the adolescent males had to have grown up with their elders, that bringing "daddies" in now would do no good. But they tried it anyway. It worked like a charm. The mature bulls arrived and set things straight. The young males immediately stopped their precocious, rampant sexuality, killing and violence. The conclusion drawn on 60 Minutes was that we had no idea that the social system of the elephants was so complex, interconnected, and so elegant. And so it goes. Daddies do matter, even in elephants. — Diane Sollee

Dating someone who says they'll change is like diving into an empty pool and hoping there will be water by the time you hit the bottom. — Dr Laura Schlessinger

Democrats understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child. — Al Gore

Destroy the family, you destroy the country. — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Divorce causes a decrease in wealth that is larger than just splitting a couple's assets in half. By the same token, married people see an increase in wealth that is more than just adding the assets of two single people. On the other hand, divorce can devastate your wealth. Divorce drops a person's wealth by an average of 77%. Contrary to popular belief, the research shows that the wealth of divorced women wasn't significantly worse than that of divorced men, in terms of real money. If you really want to increase your wealth, get married and stay married. — Jay Zagorsky, Ohio State, Journal of Sociology, Jan 2006

Divorce sends many harmful messages to children and future citizens: that we can break vows we make to God and others; that family members may be discarded at will. But among the most destructive are about the role of government: that government is their de facto parent that may exercise unlimited power (including remove and criminalize their real parent) merely by claiming to act for their greater good. While feminists push divorce-on-demand as a “civil liberty,” in practice divorce has become our society's most authoritarian institution. — Stephen Baskerville, PhD

Do not marry a person that you know you can live with; only marry someone that you cannot live without. — Author Unknown

Do not pray to marry the one that you love, but to love the one that you marry. — Spencer Kimball

Don't give up on that [wayward] boy or girl; one day he may, like the Prodigal Son, return to the home from which he came, as a ship in a storm returns to a safe harbor. — Harold B. Lee (Teachings of Presidents of the Church, p 129)

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. — Robert Fulghum

During my professional career as a doctor of medicine, I was occasionally asked why I chose to do that difficult work. I responded with my opinion that the highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother. Since that option was not available to me, I thought that caring for the sick might come close. I tried to care for my patients as compassionately and competently as Mother cared for me. — Russell M. Nelson (Ensign, May 1999, p 38)

Each divorce is the death of a small civilization. — Pat Conroy

Eleven years as governor has not made me an expert in marriage nor has 30 years of marriage made me an expert. But 11 years as governor has made me somewhat of an expert on what happens when families fail. If you are married you are generally healthier, you have fewer emotional difficulties, your children are more likely to graduate from school and less likely to be involved in deviant behavior. — Michael Leavitt, Governor of Utah

Endeavor to make your homes a little heaven, and try to cherish the good Spirit of God. Then let us parents train up our children in the fear of God and teach them the laws of life. — John Taylor

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. — PJ O'Rourke

Every divorce is the result of selfishness on the part of one or the other or both parties to a marriage contract. Someone is thinking of self-comforts, conveniences, freedoms, luxuries, or ease. — Spencer W. Kimball (BYU Devotional Address, 7 Sep 1976)

Every study of the subject has shown that living together before marriage is not good. In each case, they found:
• higher divorce rate - up to 46% higher
• lower quality of life - rates of depression and abuse are at least three times higher for unmarried couples than married ones
• cohabitation does not lead to marriage - only 21% were still together after only five years, even if they got married during that time
• commitment sidetracked - men said they were less likely to get married when they can simply live with a woman and enjoy the same benefits, then walk away with no liabilities.
— "The National Marriage Project" by Rutgers University

Families are civilization factories. They take children and install the necessary software, from what to expect from life to how to treat others. One hears a lot of platitudes about how children are ‘taught to hate.' This is nonsense. Hating comes naturally to humans, and children are perfectly capable of learning to hate on their own. Indeed, everyone hates. The differences between good people and bad resides in what they hate, and why. And although schools and society can teach that, parents imprint it on their kids. As a conservative, I'm a big believer in the importance of tradition... But tradition can only be as strong as it is in the people who pass it on... Civilization, at any given moment, can be boiled down to what its living members know and believe. This makes civilization an amazingly fragile thing, and it makes parents the primary guardians of its posterity. — Jonah Goldberg

Families are like fudge: Mostly sweet, with a few nuts. — Author Unknown

Families must continue to be the foundation of our nation. Families -- not government programs -- are the best way to make sure our children are properly nurtured, our elderly are cared for, our cultural and spiritual heritages are perpetuated, our laws are observed and our values are preserved. Thus it is imperative that our government's programs, actions, officials and social welfare institutions never be allowed to jeopardize the family. We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them. — Ronald Reagan

Family life here is the schoolroom in which we prepare for family life [in the eternities]. — Henry B. Eyring (Ensign, Feb 1998, p 15)

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. — Bill Cosby

Fathers, by divine decree, you are to preside over your family units. This is a sobering responsibility and the most important one you will ever assume, for it is an eternal responsibility. You place the family in its proper priority. It's the part of your life that will endure beyond the grave. — L. Tom Perry (Ensign, May 2004, p72)

Fathers, not only do you have the right to know the worthiness of your children, you have the responsibility. It is your duty to know how your children are doing with regards to their spiritual well-being and progression....Ask specific questions regarding their worthiness, and refuse to settle for anything less than specific answers. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, Nov 2002, p 48)

Fathers play a vital role in protecting children against such snares. It is sad to note that children in single-parent families are more likely to drop out of high school, to get pregnant as teenagers, to abuse drugs, to be physically or sexually abused as children, and to be in trouble with the law than are those from families with both biological parents present. — M. Russell Ballard

Getting married for sex is like buying a 747 for the free peanuts. — Jeff Foxworthy

God could not be everywhere, and so He gave us mothers. — Author Unknown

God's commandment for his children to multiply and replenish the erth remains in force...young couples should not postpone having children. — Julie B Beck

Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow. — Elias Boudinot, US Founding Father

Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children. — Author Unknown

Guys are simple... women are not simple and they always assume that men must be just as complicated as they are, only way more mysterious. The whole point is guys are not thinking much. They are just what they appear to be. Tragically. — Dave Barry

Hanging on the kitchen wall was a framed expression which my aunt had embroidered many years ago. It carried a world of practical application: "Choose your love; love your choice." Very often this will take compromise, forgiveness, perhaps apology. We must ever be committed to the success of our marriage. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Oct 2001)

Happily marrieds are not "perfect marrieds," but they have learned some of what it takes to create happiness in marriage. — Laura Brotherson

Harmony in the married state is the very first object to be aimed at. — Thomas Jefferson (letter to Mary Jefferson Eppes, 7 Jan 1798)

Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. — Martin Mull

He [Heavenly Father] would rather have you read stories in the afternoon to a little girl in a faded blue hand-me-down dress than have her entertained by a color TV because you are away working to make the payments. — H. Burke Peterson (Ensign, May 1974, p 31)

He who finds a wife finds what is good. — Proverbs 18:22

Home is really only the feeling between husband and wife -- how they feel about one another and God. Home isn't the house, for the house can still be there when the home is gone. — Rex C. Reeve (Ensign, Nov 1982, p 27)

Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in. — Author Unknown

Home should be a happy place because all work to keep it that way. It is said that happiness is homemade, and we should endeavor to make our homes happy and pleasant places for us and our children. A happy home is one centered around the teachings of the gospel. This takes constant, careful effort by all concerned." LeGrand R. Curtis (Ensign, Nov 1990, p 12)

Honor your wives. Respect them. They are the mothers of your children. When all is said and done, when you have lived your lives and go on to eternity, you will not take five cents of wealth that you have accumulated, not five cents. There is only one thing that you can take with you, and that is your eternal soul and the love and companionship of your husband or your wife. Live worthy of it. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Mar 2006, p 4)

How are children supposed to learn to act like adults, when so much of what they see on television shows adults acting like children? — Thomas Sowell

How to preserve a husband (wife): Be careful in your selection; do not choose too young, and take only such as have been reared in a good moral atmosphere. Some insist on keeping them in a pickle, while others keep them in hot water. This only makes them sour, hard and bitter. Even poor varieties may be made sweet, tender and good by garnishing them with patience and seasoning them well with smiles and kisses to taste. Then wrap them in a mantle of charity, and serve with peaches and cream. When thus prepared they will keep for many years. — Author Unknown

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. — Bill Cosby

I am convinced that a happy home is the result of a happy marriage. — Henry D. Taylor (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 36)

I am convinced that if we as a society work diligently in every other area of life and neglect the family, it would be analogous to straightening deck chairs on the Titanic. — Stephen Covey

I am the only man in the world with a marriage license made out to whom it may concern. — Mickey Rooney (he married 8 times)

I believe all parents should remember this important truth-that if they fail to teach their children light and truth, the evil one will have power over those children. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Dec 1998, p 7)

I believe our problems, almost every one, arise out of the homes of the people. If there is to be reformation, if there is to be a change, if there is to be a return to old and sacred values, it must begin in the home. It is here that truth is learned, that integrity is cultivated, that self-discipline is instilled, and that love is nurtured. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov 1998, p 99)

I believe the mission statement for mortality might be "to build an eternal family." Here on this earth we strive to become part of extended families with the ability to create and form our own part of those families. That is one of the reasons our Heavenly Father sent us here. Not everyone will find a companion and have a family in mortality, but everyone, regardless of individual circumstances, is a precious member of God's family. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, Nov 2005, p 41)

I desire to call attention to the fact that the united, well ordered American home is one of the greatest contributing factors to the preservation of the Constitution of the United States. It has been aptly said that "Out of the homes of America will come the future citizens of America, and only as those homes are what they should be will this nation be what it should be." — David O. McKay (Conference Report - Apr 1935, p 110)

I don't care what you say, women make the best wives. — Dagwood Bumstead

I feel that the greater destroyer of peace today is abortion. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. — Mother Teresa at the National Prayer Breakfast, 3 Feb 1994

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? — Author Unknown

If mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. — Author Unknown

If a man speaks in the forest, and there's no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong? — Earle Hitchner

If a married couple with children has fifteen minutes of uninterrupted, nonlogistical, non-problem-solving talk every day, I would put them in the top 5% of all married couples. It's an extraordinary achievement. Bill Doherty, Take Back Your Marriage

If couples understood from the beginning of their romance that their marriage relationship could be blessed with promises and conditions extending into the eternities, divorce would not even be a considered alternative when difficulties arise. The current philosophy -- get a divorce if it doesn't work out -- handicaps a marriage from the beginning. — David B. Haight (Ensign, May 1984)

If husbands and wives would only give greater emphasis to the virtues that are found in one another and less to the faults, there would be fewer broken hearts, fewer tears, fewer divorces, and more happiness in the homes of our people. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p 322)

If in a free republic a great government is the product of a great people, they will look to themselves rather than government for success. The destiny, the greatness of America lies around the hearthstone. If thrift and industry are taught there, and the example of self-sacrifice oft appears, if honor abide there, and high ideals, if there the building of fortune be subordinate to the building of character, America will live in security, rejoicing in an abundant prosperity and good government at home in peace, respect, and confidence abroad. If these virtues are absent, there is no power that can supply these blessings. Look well to the hearthstone, therein all hope for America lies. — Calvin Coolidge, US President

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? — Author Unknown

If parents do not discipline their children and teach them to obey, society may have to discipline them in ways neither the parents nor the children will like. If adults do not discipline themselves, setting the proper example for others, the consequences can be devastating for themselves and society. Without discipline and obedience in the home and in our personal lives, unity within a family collapses. — James E. Faust (Liahona, Jun 2003, p 4-5)

If people were meant to be perfect parents, the almighty would have endowed everyone with the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Samson, and the will of G. Gordon Liddy. — Michael K. Meyerhoff

If the grass [other people's marriages] looks greener on the other side of the fence, it's because they take better care of it. — Cecil Selig

If we are serious about renewing fatherhood, we must be serious about renewing marriage.... Healthy marriages are not always possible. But we must remember, they are incredibly important for children. Our hearts know this and our nation must recognize this. None of us is perfect. And so no marriage and no family is perfect. After all, we all are human. Yet, we need fathers and families precisely because we are human. We all live, it is said, in the shelter of one another. And our urgent hope is one of the oldest hopes of humanity, to turn the hearts of children toward their parents, and the hearts of parents toward their young. — George W Bush, 7 Jun 2001

If we could have but one generation of properly born, trained, educated and healthy children, a thousand other problems of government would vanish. We would assure ourselves of healthier minds, more vigorous bodies, to direct the energies of our nation to greater heights of achievement. — Herbert Hoover (US president)

If we take matrimony at its lowest, we regard it as a sort of friendship recognized by the police. — Robert Louis Stevenson

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you'd have a lot of overlapping. — Mignon McLauglin

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. — Abigail Van Buren

If you will keep your [children] close to your heart, within the clasp of your arms; if you will make them . . . feel that you love them...and keep them near to you, they will not go very far from you, and they will not commit any very great sin. But it is when you turn them out of the home, turn them out of your affection . . . that [is what] drives them from you.... Fathers, if you wish your children to be taught in the principles of the gospel, if you wish them to love the truth and understand it, if you wish them to be obedient to and united with you, love them! and prove...that you do love them by your every word and act to[ward] them. — Joseph F. Smith (Gospel Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1966, p 282, 316)

I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one's life, the foundation of happiness or misery. — George Washington (letter to Burwell Bassett, 1785)

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back. — Zsa Zsa Gabor

I have no way of knowing whether or not you married the wrong person, but I do know that many people have a lot of wrong ideas about marriage and what it takes to make that marriage happy and successful. I'll be the first to admit that it's possible that you did marry the wrong person. However, if you treat the wrong person like the right person, you could well end up having married the right person after all. On the other hand, if you marry the right person, and treat that person wrong, you certainly will have ended up marrying the wrong person. I also know that it is far more important to be the right kind of person than it is to marry the right person. In short, whether you married the right or wrong person is primarily up to you. — Zig Ziglar

I know some good marriages - marriages where both people are just trying to get through their days by helping each other, being good to each other. — Erica Jong

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children they just about throw up. — Barbara Bush, Former First Lady

In addition to temples, surely another holy place on earth ought to be our homes. The feelings of holiness in my home prepared me for feelings of holiness in the temple. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 2005, p 67)

In a perfect world every child would return home from school to be greeted with a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, a tall glass of cold milk, and a [parent] ready to take the time to talk and listen about [a] child's day. We do not live in a perfect world, so you can skip the cookies and the milk, if you like, but don't skip the "take the time to talk and listen." — Rosemary M. Wixom (Ensign, Apr 2012)

In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities. — Elder L. Tom Perry (Ensign, May 2003)

[I]n commemorating fatherhood, we're also expressing a basic truth about America. What does fatherhood mean today in America? I guess the same as it always has. Fatherhood can sometimes be walking the floor at midnight with a baby that can't sleep. More likely, fatherhood is repairing a bicycle wheel for the umpteenth time, knowing that it won't last the afternoon. Fatherhood is guiding a youth through the wilderness of adolescence toward adulthood. Fatherhood is holding tight when all seems to be falling apart; and it's letting go when it is time to part. Fatherhood is long hours at the blast furnace or in the fields, behind the wheel or in front of a computer screen, working a 12-hour shift or doing a 6-month tour of duty. It's giving one's all, from the break of day to its end, on the job, in the house, but most of all in the heart. — Ronald Reagan

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, the grounds for marriage. — Robert Anderson

In marriage, each partner is to be an encourager rather than a critic, a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts, an enabler rather than a reformer. — Norman Wright and Gary Oliver

In my opinion, the teaching, rearing, and training of children requires more intelligence, intuitive understanding, humility, strength, wisdom, spirituality, perseverance, and hard work than any other challenge we might have in life. This is especially so when moral foundations of honor and decency are eroding around us. For us to have successful homes, values must be taught, and there must be rules, there must be standards, there must be absolutes. — James E. Faust (Ensign, Oct 2005, p 3)

I now think of marriage like I think about living in my home state of Minnesota. You move into marriage in the springtime of hope, but eventually arrive at the Minnesota winter, with its cold and darkness. Many of us are tempted to give up and move south at this point, not realizing that maybe we've hit a rough spot in a marriage that's actually above average. The problem with giving up, of course, is that our next marriage will enter its own winter at some point. So do we just keep moving on, or do we make our stand now -- with this person, in this season? That's the moral, existential question we face when our marriage is in trouble. — Bill Doherty

In terms of your happiness, in terms of the matters that make you proud or sad, nothing -- I repeat, nothing -- will have so profound an effect on you as the way your children turn out. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov 2000, p 50)

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. — Mignon McLaughlin

In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. And so it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that we would put off doing those things for which we were intended. For in the first place, the opportunity to do good work, to fall in love, to enjoy friends, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby. — Alistair Cooke

In the end, there is nothing a man can do that a woman can't, except be a father. — Frank Pittman

In the ideal home, each child would be given every possible opportunity to develop his own personality without too much domination. Discipline is organized love, and children develop properly in an atmosphere of love, with adequate guidelines to shape their lives and their habits. More children are punished for mimicking their parents than ever for disobeying them. We should be what we want to see. — LeGrand R. Curtis (Ensign, Nov 1990, p 12)

In times of great stress, such as a four-day vacation, the thin veneer of family wears off almost at once, and we are revealed in our true personalities. — Shirley Jackson

I repeat that plea to all fathers. Yours is the basic and inescapable responsibility to stand as head of the family. That does not carry with it any implication of dictatorship or unrighteous dominion. It carries with it a mandate that fathers provide for the needs of their families. Those needs are more than food, clothing, and shelter. Those needs include righteous direction and the teaching, by example as well as precept, of basic principles of honesty, integrity, service, respect for the rights of others, and an understanding that we are accountable for that which we do in this life. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov 1993, p 60)

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week. — Mario Cuomo

It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells... to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin. — Dave Barry

It is better to give children a rule to break than to give them no rules at all. — Tipper Gore (Time Magazine)

It is dangerous for women to romanticize the typical alternatives to marriage. Most unmarried parents do not live together and most nonresident fathers pay little child support. Women are providing a much higher proportion of the financial support of children than previously. Thus, in the new low-marriage regime, compared to the old regime, women are still providing most of the labor inputs to children and are providing much more of the financial support for children. — Paul England, Marriage, the Costs of Children and Gender Inequality

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. — Frederick Douglass

It is instructive that 87 percent of those incarcerated in American prisons either don't know who their father is or have not had any contact with their fathers in years. — Herbert London, Hudson Institute

It is necessary but insufficient to stay married for the children's sake. It is also necessary to stay happily married for the children's sake. I'm so glad someone noticed that marriage doesn't have to make you miserable. It is just so easy to be happy I don't understand why it isn't more popular. — Frank Pittman

It is not necessary to enumerate the many advantages, that arise from this custom of early marriages. They comprehend all the society can receive from this source; from the preservation, and increase of the human race. Every thing useful and beneficial to man, seems to be connected with obedience to the laws of his nature, the inclinations, the duties, and the happiness of individuals, resolve themselves into customs and habits, favourable, in the highest degree, to society. In no case is this more apparent, than in the customs of nations respecting marriage. — Samuel Williams (The Natural and Civil History of Vermont, 1794)

It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness. — James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791

It is within our families that we learn unconditional love, which can come to us and draw us very close to God's love. It is within families that values are taught and character is built. Father and mother are callings from which we will never be released, and there is no more important stewardship than the responsibility we have for God's spirit children who come into our families. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, Nov 2003, p 16)

It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness [mediocrity], abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives. — John Adams (Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756)

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that family structure is so controversial. The family, far more than government or schools, is the institution we draw the most meaning from. From the day we are born, it gives us our identity, our language and our expectations about how the world should work. Before we become individuals or citizens or voters, we are first and foremost part of a family. That is why social engineers throughout the ages see family as a competitor to, or problem for, the state. — Jonah Goldberg

It takes a particularly noble Democrat to promote marriage and family. The strengthening of these institutions is not in the Democrat Party's self-interest. The more people marry, and especially the more they have children after they marry, the more likely they are to hold conservative values and vote Republican. That is why it is inaccurate to speak of a 'gender gap' in Americans' voting. The gap is between married and unmarried women. Single women, especially single women with children, tend to vote Democrat, while married women, especially married women with children, tend to vote Republican. — Dennis Prager, Jun 2006

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. — Groucho Marx

I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox. — Woody Allen

Just because swans mate for life, I don't think it's that big of a deal. First of all, if you're a swan, you're probably not going to find a swan that looks that much better than the one you've got, so why not mate for life. — Jack Handey

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. — Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738)

Let every mother understand that if she does anything to diminish her children's father or the father's image in the eyes of the children, it may injure and do irreparable damage to the self-worth and personal security of the children themselves. How infinitely more productive and satisfying it is for a woman to build up her husband rather than tear him down. You women are so superior to men in so many ways that you demean yourselves by belittling masculinity and manhood. — James E. Faust (Ensign, Sep 2006, p 2-6)

Let your children be exposed to great minds, great ideas, everlasting truth, and those things which will build and motivate for good. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Jun 1985)

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. — Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around. — David Lodge

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Love doesn't commit suicide. We have to kill it. It often simply dies of our neglect. — Diane Sollee

Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile. — Elizabeth Browning

Love is a feeling, Marriage is a contract, and a Relationship is work. — Lori Gordon

Love...(is) a lack of personal selfishness. — Theodore M. Burton (Ensign, May 1979)

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye opener. — Author Unknown

Love is like a flower, and, like the body, it needs constant feeding...[it] cannot be expected to last forever unless it is continually fed with portions of love, the manifestation of esteem and admiration, the expressions of gratitude, and the consideration of unselfishness. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Oct 2002, p 40)

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. — Jules Renard

Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others. — Dr. David Hawkins: Psychiatrist

Love is never hopeless. Love is full of hope. It's hate that is hopeless. — Lynn Johnston in "For Better or For Worse"

Love is no assignment for cowards. — Ovid

Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity. — Helen Hayes

Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people or bridge the chasm of bitterness. — Gordon B Hinckley (Standing for Something, p 3)

Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Heretics, 1905)

Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it. — Swedish proverb

Love needs constant nourishment, but hatred can feed on itself. — Ashleigh Brilliant

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. — Bible, I Corinthians 13:7

Love, not time, heals all wounds. — Author Unknown

Love the family! Defend and promote it as the basic cell of human society; nurture it as the prime sanctuary of life. Give great care to the preparation of engaged couples and be close to young married couples, so that they will be for their children and the whole community an eloquent testimony of God's love. — Pope John Paul II, 2001

Love without service, like faith without works, is dead. — Mary Ellen Edmunds (LDS Speaker's Sourcebook, Aspen Books 1991, p 434)

Life is being trivialized and subjected to the vacillating whims of convenience and political correctness. Children are considered a choice rather than a blessing....Almost every trend indicates that we are on a slippery slope downward from God's plan for his children. — M. Russell Ballard

Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on. — Henry Louis Mencken, (1880-1956)

Man is not complete until he is married -- then he is finished. — Author Unknown

Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side. — Zig Ziglar

Many women callers to my radio show have told me that the man in their life sees no reason to marry. 'It's only a piece of paper,' these men (and now some women) argue. There are two answers to this argument. One is that if in fact 'it is only a piece of paper,' what exactly is he so afraid of? Why does he fear a mere piece of paper? Either he is lying to himself and to his woman or lying only to her because he knows this piece of paper is far more than 'only a piece of paper.' The other response is all that is written above. Getting married means I am now your wife, not your live-in; I am now your husband, not your significant other. It means that we get to have a wedding where, before virtually every person alive who means anything to us, we commit ourselves to each other. It means that we have decided to bring all these people we love into our lives. It means we have legal obligations to one another. It means my family becomes yours and yours becomes mine... When you realize all that is attainable by marrying and unattainable by living together without marrying, you have to wonder why anyone would voluntarily choose not to marry the person he or she wishes to live with forever. — Dennis Prager

Marriage and the family are rooted in the inmost nucleus of the truth about man and his destiny. The communion of life and love which is marriage thus emerges as an authentic good for society. It is only the rock of total, irrevocable love between a man and a woman that can serve as the foundation on which to build a society that will become a home for all mankind. — Pope Benedict XVI, 11 May 2006

Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Manalive)

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution. — Mae West

Marriage is a public good, not just a private relationship. We have a public stake in healthy marriages and two-parent families. Our society suffers with the collapse of the relationship of the couple who brings a child into the world. — Bill Doherty

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband. — Author Unknown

Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffering. — Author Unknown

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution? — Groucho Marx

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution? — Henry Louis Mencken, (1880-1956)

Marriage is...in its origin a contract of natural law....It is the parent, and not the child of society; the source of civility and a sort of seminary of the republic. — Joseph Story, US Supreme Court Justice (Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws)

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. — Leonardo da Vinci

Marriage is not an easy venture. It is largely a one-time-through, do-it-yourself project for the husband and wife. I repeatedly encounter the illusion today, especially among younger people, that perfect marriages happen simply if the right two people come together. This is untrue. Marriages don't succeed automatically. Those who build happy, secure, successful marriages pay the price to do so. They work at it constantly. — Dean L. Larsen (Ensign, Mar 1985, p 20)

Marriage is not a word; it is a sentence. — Author Unknown

Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash. — Joyce Brothers

Marriage isn't supposed to make you happy - and satisfied. It's your job to make your marriage happy - and satisfying. Same goes for sex. It isn't supposed to make you passionate and "hot". It's up to you to make it passionate and "hot" - and intimate. — Diane Sollee

Marriage isn't supposed to make you happy - it's supposed to make you married. — Frank Pittman

Marriage is one long conversation, checkered with disputes. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage is ordained of God. It is not merely a social custom. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Oct 2002, p 40)

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. — Joseph Barth

Marriage is our society's most pro-child institution. If you want kids to do well, then you want marriage to do well. — David Blankenhorn

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. — Author Unknown

[M]arriage is threatened not by divorce, but by people not marrying in the first place -- as is increasingly the case in the two European societies that have redefined marriage to include couples of the same sex. Our present high divorce rate is not stopping the vast majority of Americans from wanting to marry. Nor should it. Nothing provides the antidote to narcissism, or the environment for the healthy raising of children, or the way for people to take care of one another, as does the marriage of a man and a woman. And while most divorces are terribly sad, divorce itself no more undermines the institution of marriage than car crashes undermine the institution of driving. In fact, the vast majority of people who do divorce deeply wish to marry again; painful divorce has not undermined marriage even among those who have divorced. There may be honest reasons to support the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples. The argument that heterosexuals divorce a lot is not one of them. It is, in fact, demagoguery. — Dennis Prager

Marriage is when a man and a woman become as one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one. — Author Unknown

Marriage orients men and women toward the future, asking them not just to commit to each other but to plan, to earn, to save, and to devote themselves to advancing their children's prospects. — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Marriages are made in heaven. But so again, are thunder and lightning. — Author Unknown

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of becoming passionate friends. — Harville Hendrix

Married life teaches one invaluable lesson: to think of things far enough ahead not to say them. — Jefferson Machamer

Married people should be best friends; no relationship on earth needs friendship as much as marriage. — Marion D. Hanks (Ensign, Nov 1984, p 36)

Marty wakes up with a killer hangover. He forces himself to open his eyes, and the first things he sees are a couple of aspirin and a glass of water on the side table. He sits up and sees his clothes in front of him, clean and pressed. He takes the aspirin and notices a note on the table: "Honey, breakfast is on the stove. I left early to go shopping. Love you." He goes to the kitchen and sure enough, there is a hot breakfast and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. Marty asks, "Son, what happened last night?" His son says, "Well, you came home at 3 A.M., drunk and delirious. Broke some furniture, puked in the hallway, and gave yourself a black eye when you stumbled into the door." Confused, Marty asks, "So, why is everything in order and so clean, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?" His son replies, "Oh that! Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you said, "Lady, leave me alone, I'm married'!" — Author Unknown

May each of us treasure this truth: One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Apr 1998, p 2

Men turn from evil and yield to their better natures when mother is remembered. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Apr 1998, p 2)

Mere religious affiliation may not reduce divorce, but religious practice clearly does. One longitudinal analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth found that couples who attended church as often as once a month had divorce rates less than half that of couples who attended church once a year or less. Similarly, a recent study of the National Survey of Families and Households found that marriage in which both couples attend church regularly have the lowest divorce risk. — Maggie Gallagher

Motherhood is the one profession that a dedicated and educated adult can practice for a decade and still not be considered an expert. — Jaroldeen Edwards

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. — Aristotle

Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young. — Author Unknown

Much has been made by Democrats of the increasing inequality of income distribution in America. That inequality is real. But it's not the result of tax cuts. It's an artifact of family structure. And unless we find a way to discourage unwed childbearing and revive marriage, the chasm between classes will continue to grow. — Mona Charen (Wrong Marriage Debate Again, 28 Jun 2011)

My brethren, you will never have in all of your lives a greater asset than the woman into whose eyes you looked as you joined hands over the altar in the house of the Lord. She will be your most precious possession in time or eternity. Respect her as your companion. Respect her and live with honor together, and there will be happiness in your lives. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Liahona, Oct 1997, 14)

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. — Jimmy Durante

My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said. — Author Unknown

My wife tells me that if I ever decide to leave, she is coming with me. — Jon BonJovi on his secret to staying married

My wife uses fabric softener. I never knew what that stuff was for. Then I noticed women coming up to me, sniffing, then saying under their breath, "Married!" and walking away. Fabric Softeners are how our wives mark their territory. We can take off the ring, but it's hard to get that April fresh scent out of your clothes. — Andy Rooney

Never criticize your spouse's faults; if it weren't for them, your mate might have found someone better than you. — One to One

Never get involved with a man who's neater than you are. — Fiona

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. — Phyllis Diller

Never have children, only grandchildren. — Gore Vidal

Nobody is lost until somebody has given up. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Oct 2003, p 22)

No greater responsibility can rest upon a man, than to be a teacher of God's children. — David O. McKay

No ideology in human history has been potentially so invasive of the private sphere of life as Feminism. Communists had little respect for privacy. Feminists have made it their main target. Like other radical movements, only more so, Feminism's danger comes not so much from the assault on freedom (which traditional tyrannies also threaten) but specifically from the attack on private life, especially family life (which traditional dictatorships usually leave alone).... The Left's brilliant move has been to clothe its attack on the family as a defense of 'women and children.' Marian Wright Edelman openly acknowledges she founded the Children's Defense Fund to push a Leftist agenda: 'I got the idea that children might be a very effective way to broaden the base for change.' This climaxed in the Clinton Administration, in which radical policy innovations were invariably justified as 'for the children.' Using children to leverage an expansion of state power by eliminating family privacy is succinctly conveyed in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's aphorism, 'There is no such thing as other people's children.' — Stephen Baskerville, Why Sex is Better than Gender

No man goeth about a more godly purpose than he who is mindful of the right upbringing not only of his own, but of other men's children. — Robert Baden-Powell

No man is too rich or too poor to play with his children. — Bryant S. Hinckley

No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. — Mark Twain

No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one. — Simone de Beauvoir (author of The Second Sex)

No woman who understands the gospel would ever think that any other work is more important or would ever say, 'I am just a mother,' for mothers heal the souls of men. — Sheri L. Dew (Ensign, Nov 2001, p 96)

No nobler work in this world can be performed by any mother than to rear and love the children with whom God has blessed her. — David O. McKay (General Conference Report, Apr 1951, p 81)

No one expends more energy than a devoted mother and wife. — Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, Nov 1975, p 122

No other success can compensate for failure in the home. The poorest shack in which love prevails over a united family is of greater value to God and future humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can work miracles and will work miracles. — President David O. McKay (Quoting J. E. McCulloch, Home: The Savior of Civilization (1924), 42; in Conference Report, Apr 1964, p 5)

No pressure, no diamonds. — Thomas Carlyle

No teaching is equal, more spiritually rewarding, or more exalting than that of a mother teaching her children. — Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Feb. 2000)

One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with each other, it keeps you together until maybe you fall in again. — Judith Viorst

One of my favorite stories about couples who want vows "as long as love shall last," is about then Education Secretary William Bennett who heard such a wedding vow from a junior colleague & spouse. He sent paper plates as his wedding gift! — Mike McManus

One of the duties of manhood is to safeguard womanhood. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 1988, p 37)

One of the most foolish, and most dangerous, things one can do is to take love for granted, instead of nurturing it and safeguarding it as the prize jewel of one's life. — Thomas Sowell

One thing I do know about being a parent; you understand why your father was in such a bad mood a lot. — Adam Sandler

Our nations will not be stronger than our families. — James E. Faust, (Ensign, Jan 1999, p 76)

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children. — George Bernard Shaw

Parental example is the greatest method of teaching youth what they must do to gain the promised blessings from the Lord....They must carefully consider the consequences and the effect their teaching and example will have on the children who have been entrusted to their care. — N. Eldon Tanner (Ensign, Aug 1981, p 2)

Parents are not interested in justice. They want quiet. — Bill Cosby

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children. — Samuel Butler

Parents can make a real difference in their children's lives, and a president committed to an abstinence agenda can help to sway national opinion on this issue. There will always be cynics. For too long, this nation has held itself in thrall of the dead-end belief that 'just do it' was a message worth emulating. Now, even liberals are starting to recognize the terrible price we have paid for devaluing marriage and sending the message that premarital sex is inevitable. It's time we as a nation come to our senses once more about the value of the human person, sex and marriage. — Paul M. Weyrich

Parents cannot give to their children that which they do not possess. — Delbert L. Stapley, 6 Apr 1971

Parents should be partners to cherish and protect one another, knowing that the aim of the adversary is to destroy the integrity of the family. — Russell M. Nelson (Ensign, May 1989, p 68)

Parents should teach their children to pray. The child learns both from what the parents do and what they say. The child who sees a mother or a father pass through the trials of life with fervent prayer to God and then hears a sincere testimony that God answered in kindness will remember what they saw and heard. When their trials come, they will be prepared. — Henry B. Eyring (Liahona, Jan 2001, p 99-102)

Parents should work to create loving, eternal connections with their children. Reproof or correction will sometimes be required. But it must be done sensitively, persuasively, with an increase of love thereafter lest the child esteem the parent to be an enemy (see D&C 121:43). — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, Mar 2006, p 31)

Particularly in the home should integrity be taught and practiced as a basis for its extension into community life and all other phases of living. — N. Eldon Tanner (Ensign, May 1977)

Part of the devolution of marriage to minority status is the fault of the media. Look at who they feature on magazine covers, tabloid TV and awards shows: the cohabiting without benefit of clergy, same-sex 'couples,' fornicating couples who flaunt their 'lifestyles' and dare anyone to tell them to stop. The STDs that come from these 'lifestyles' are not the fault of those who engage in the sort of behavior that puts them at risk. Rather, Republicans are to blame for spending too little on 'cures' so the promiscuous can continue practicing their 'lifestyles' without fear of disease. TV commercials for drugs that treat genital herpes now run close to erectile dysfunction ads without irony. — Cal Thomas

People get divorced for one reason and one reason only: One or both of them get selfish. People won't say they got selfish -- they'll say, 'Oh, we were too young' or 'We rushed into it,' but it's all [nonsense]. They're getting divorced for one reason: One of them is being selfish. — Mark Gungor

People think they have to find their soulmate to have a good marriage. You're not going to "find" your soulmate. Anyone you meet already has soulmates. Their mother. Their father. Their lifelong friends. You get married, and after 20 years of loving, bearing and raising children, meeting challenges - then you'll have "created" your soulmate. — Diane Sollee

Perhaps most significant of all classrooms is the classroom of the home. It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are the laboratories of our lives. What we do there determines the course of our lives when we leave home. Dr. Stuart E. Rosenberg wrote in his book The Road to Confidence, 'Despite all new inventions and modern designs, fads and fetishes, no one has yet invented, or will ever invent, a satisfying substitute for one's own family.' — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Nov 1991, p 68)

President George W. Bush has proposed, as part of welfare reform reauthorization, the creation of a pilot program to promote healthy and stable marriage. Participation in the program would be strictly voluntary, and funding would be small-scale: $300 million per year. This sum represents one penny to promote healthy marriage for every five dollars the government spends subsidizing single parenthood....The collapse of marriage is the principal cause of child poverty in the United States...Overall, some 80% of long-term child poverty in the United States is found among children from broken or never-formed families. — Robert Rector, 2003

Primary (the LDS Church's Sunday school for children) is where you go to do with somebody else's mother the things you would do with your own mother if she weren't so busy teaching Primary. — Mary Ann Evans (Ensign, Dec 1971, p 152)

Raising children teaches you many things, most of which come too late to do you any good. — Doug Larson

Real giving is when we give to our spouses what's important to them, whether we understand it, like it, agree with it, or not. — Michele Weiner-Davis, Divorce Busting

Rearing children effectively is a most valuable and challenging task that requires common sense and courage. — G. Hugh Allred (Ensign, Apr 1971)

Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security. — Samuel Adams (letter to Thomas Wells, 22 Nov 1780)

Remember also that no home is a failure as long as that home doesn't give up. — Harold B. Lee, (Ensign, Feb 1972 p 48)

Remember, the family is one of God's greatest fortresses against the evils of our day. Help keep your family strong and close and worthy of our Father in Heaven's blessings. As you do, you will receive faith and strength which will bless your lives forever. — President Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, May 1986, p 43)

Remember, you married her, you didn't hire her. — Dr. Phil McGraw, Psychologist, to a critical, controlling husband on his TV show

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland asked a simple question of 10,000 married men with no history of chest pains (angina): "Does your wife show you her love?" Those men answering yes were found to experience significantly less angina in the next five years than husbands responding no - despite such negative indicators as elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or electrocardiogram abnormalities. — Bob Condor, Knight Ridder

Research has shown a child who sees his mother mistreated is more damaged than if the child himself is abused. — Steven Stosny

Ruth and I are happily incompatible. — Billy Graham when asked his secret of love, being married fifty-four years to the same person

Satan, in his carefully devised plan to destroy the family, seeks to diminish the role of fathers. Increased youth violence, youth crime, greater poverty and economic insecurity, and the failure of increasing numbers of children in our schools offer clear evidence of lack of a positive influence of fathers in the homes. (See David Blankenhorn, Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem [1995], introduction, 25-48; David Popenoe, Life without Father [1996], 52-78.) A family needs a father to anchor it. Surely we have learned by now, from the experience over centuries, that the basic family provides the most stable and secure foundation for society and is fundamental to the preparation of young people for their future responsibilities. We should have learned by now that alternate styles of family formations have not worked and never will work. L. Tom Perry (Ensign, May 2004, p 70)

Saying divorce is normal is like saying polio is normal, and let's focus all our resources on building a better iron lung and not spend money to develop a vaccine. — Diane Sollee - USA Today, 29 Jul 2002

Seeking the pleasures of conjugality without a willingness to assume the responsibilites of rearing a family is one of the onslaughts that now batter at the structure of the American home. — David O MaKay

Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat. — Joanne Woodward

Sex, on the whole, was meant to be short, nasty and brutish. If what you want is cuddling, you should buy a puppy. — Julie Burchill (British author)

Society should try to help more children grow up with their two biological, married parents in a reasonably healthy, stable relationship - not to pay homage to a Victorian notion of propriety, but because the overwhelming consensus of research shows that's the very best way to raise children. — Theodora Ooms, Center for Law and Social Policy

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby...somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, normal is history. Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct...somebody never took a three-year-old shopping. Somebody said being a mother is boring...somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit. Somebody said if you're a "good" mother, your child will "turn out good"...somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee. Somebody said "good" mothers never raise their voices...somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor's kitchen window. Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother...somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math. Somebody said you can't love the fifth child as much as you love the first...somebody doesn't have five children. Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books...somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears. Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery...somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten...or on a plane headed for military "boot camp." Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back...somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies to sell cookies. Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married...somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings. Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home...somebody never had grandchildren. Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her...somebody isn't a mother. — Author Unknown

Some marriages are made in heaven, but they all have to be maintained on earth. — Author Unknown

Some men spend more time maintaining their lawns than they do their relationships. — Michael Levine

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. — Henry Youngman

Sometimes I wonder if it would've been better having one big marriage instead of a lot of little ones. — A woman after her third divorce

Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up. — James Dobson

Sometimes when family members least deserve love, they need it most. Love is not appropriately expressed in threats, accusations, expressions of disappointment, or retaliation. Real love takes time, patience, help, and continuing performances. — Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, Nov 1975, p 108>

Spoil your spouse -- not your children. — Author Unknown

Spouses should do all within their power to preserve their marriages....To avoid so-called 'incompatibility,' they should be best friends, kind and considerate, sensitive to each other's needs, always seeking to make each other happy. They should be partners in family finances, working together to regulate their desires for temporal things. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, May 2007, p 72)

Statistics have proven time and again that the institution of marriage is invalid. After all, 50% of all marriages are confirmed failures...while the other 50% end in divorce. — John Ziegler

Successful treatment of domestic violence must restore the sense of father as protector for the well being of women, children, and society-at-large. Children do not need fathers to fight and die for them; they need fathers to live for them, to value them, and to value what they most value - their mothers. A father who truly protects his children cannot possibly hurt their mother. — Steven Stosny

Success in an occupation -- even a lofty one -- is only temporary, whereas success as a parent is universal and eternal greatness. — Joseph F. Smith (Gospel Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1939, p 285)

Take care of your little ones. Welcome them into your homes, and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried. Never forget that. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Jul 1997, p 72–73)

Taking care of small, dependent and demanding children is never-ending and often nerve-wracking. Mothers must not fall into the trap of believing that 'quality' time can replace 'quantity' time. Quality is a direct function of quantity and mothers, to nurture their children properly, must provide both. — M. Russell Ballard

The basis of a good marriage is mutual respect-respect for one another, a concern for the comfort and well-being of one another. That is the key. If a husband would think less of himself and more of his wife, we'd have happier homes throughout the Church and throughout the world. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Oct 2003, p 22)

The best insurance against an unhappy or failed marriage is to make a commitment not only to the marriage, but, more important, to growth in the marriage. — David K. Whitmer (Ensign, Jan 1991, p 61)

The best proof of love is trust. — Dr. Joyce Brothers

The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair. — J. Edgar Hoover

The development of a really good marriage is not a natural process. It is an achievement. — David and Vera Mace

The divorce rate would be lower if instead of marrying for better or worse people would marry for good. — Ruby Dee

The family and the Church have a mutually reinforcing relationship. The family is dependent upon the Church for doctrine, ordinances, and priesthood keys. The Church provides the teachings, authority, and ordinances necessary to perpetuate family relationships to the eternities. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Nov 2005, p 25)

The family is not just the basic unit of society; it is the basic unit of eternity. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, Mar 2006, p 26-33)

The father is the protector of the home. He guards it against the intrusion of evil from without. Formerly he protected his home with weapons and shuttered windows. Today the task is more complex. Barred doors and windows protect only against the intrusion of a corporeal creature. It is not an easy thing to protect one's family against intrusions of evil into the minds and spirits of family members. These influences can and do flow freely into the home. Satan can subtly beguile the children of men in [many] ways… He need not break down the door. Fathers, you will have to live close to the Lord. Develop a sensitivity to the impressions of the Spirit. — A. Theodore Tuttle (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 66

The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families....How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers? — John Adams, Diary, 1778

The government of the family is patriarchal, whereas the government of the Church is hierarchical. The concept of partnership functions differently in the family than in the Church. The family proclamation gives this beautiful explanation of the relationship between a husband and a wife: While they have separate responsibilities, "in these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners." — The Family: A Proclamation to the World (Ensign, Nov 1995, p 102)

The home is truly the cell-unit of society; and parenthood is next to Godhood. The relationship of the children to the parents should be one which would enable those children to carry out ideal citizenship as they become related to the State and to the larger forms of society. The secret of good citizenship lies in the home. — David O. McKay

[T]he importance of piety and religion; of industry and frugality; of prudence, economy, regularity and an even government; all...are essential to the well-being of a family. — Samuel Adams (letter to Thomas Wells, 1780)

The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person... Upon this principle of union, almost all the other legal consequences of marriage depend. This principle, sublime and refined, deserves to be viewed and examined on every side. — James Wilson, Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1792

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby. — Natalie Wood

They do not love who do not show their love. — William Shakespeare

The family circle is the ideal place to demonstrate and learn kindness, forgiveness, faith in God, and every other practicing virtue of the gospel of Jesus Christ. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Jun 1985)

The family is a creation of God. It is the basic creation. The way to strengthen the nation is to strengthen the homes of the people. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, May 1998, p 51)

The family is a creation of the Almighty. It represents the most sacred of all relationships. It represents the most serious of all undertakings. It is the fundamental organization of society. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, May 2005, p 82)

The family is one of God's greatest fortresses against the evils of our day. — Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, May 1986, p 43)

The family is the most effective place to instill lasting values in its members. Where family life is strong and based on principles and practices of the gospel of Jesus Christ, these problems do not as readily appear....My message is to return to the God-ordained fundamentals that will ensure love, stability, and happiness in our homes. — Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, Jul 1992, p 2)

The family must hold its preeminent place in our way of life because it's the only possible base upon which a society of responsible human beings has ever found it practicable to build for the future and maintain the values they cherish in the present. — Thomas S. Monson, (Ensign, Nov 2000, p 64-66)

The father is the protector of the home. He guards it against the intrusion of evil from without. Formerly he protected his home with weapons and shuttered windows. Today the task is more complex. Barred doors and windows protect only against the intrusion of a corporeal creature. It is not an easy thing to protect one's family against intrusions of evil into the minds and spirits of family members. These influences can and do flow freely into the home. Satan can subtly beguile the children of men in ways we have already mentioned in this conference. He need not break down the door. Fathers, you will have to live close to the Lord. Develop a sensitivity to the impressions of the Spirit. — A. Theodore Tuttle (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 6)

The First Bond of Society is Marriage. — Cicero

The first duty of love is to listen. — Paul Tillich

The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families.... How is it possible that children can have any just sense of the sacred obligations of morality or religion if, from their earliest infancy, they learn their mothers live in habitual infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their mothers? — John Adams (Diary, 2 Jun 1778)

The government of the family is patriarchal, whereas the government of the Church is hierarchical. The concept of partnership functions differently in the family than in the Church. The family proclamation gives this beautiful explanation of the relationship between a husband and a wife: While they have separate responsibilities, 'in these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners' ("The Family: A Proclamation to the World," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Nov 2005, p 26)

The greatest principle to be learned in the family setting is love. — Loren C. Dunn (Ensign, Nov 1974, p 9)

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?' — Sigmund Freud (Austrian neurologist and father of psychoanalysis)

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family. — Thomas Jefferson (letter to Francis Willis Jr., 18 Apr 1790)

The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest and most lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love; the Source of all that endearing Tenderness and Affection which arises from Relation and Affinity; the grand Point of Property; the Cause of all good Order in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmost Confusion; and, to sum up all, the Appointment of infinite Wisdom for these great and good Purposes. — Benjamin Franklin (Rules and Maxims for Promoting Matrimonial Happiness, 8 Oct 1730)

The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their prosperity and peace, all find their roots in the strength and stability of the family. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Standing for Something, p 125)

The home is the laboratory of our lives, and what we learn there largely determines what we do when we leave there. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Nov 1988)

The home is where we learn what is right, what is good, and what is kind. It is the first school and the first church. — O. Leslie Stone (Ensign, Nov 1976, p 60)

The lack of effective, functioning fathers is the root cause of America's social, economic and spiritual crises. — Dr. Edwin Cole

The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own. — Author Unknown

The moment you blame anyone for anything, your relationship and your personal power deteriorate. — Brian Koslow

The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes. — Amy Grant

The most dangerous food is wedding cake. — James Thurber

The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person.... Upon this principle of union, almost all the other legal consequences of marriage depend. This principle, sublime and refined, deserves to be viewed and examined on every side. — James Wilson

The most important marriage skill is listening to your partner in a way that they can't possibly doubt that you love them. — Diane Sollee

The most important single thing that any Latter-day Saint ever does in this world is to marry the right person, in the right place, by the right authority. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie (New Era, Jan 1975, p 38)

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. — Theodore Hesburgh

The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home. — David O. McKay

The nuclear family must be destroyed....Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process. — Linda Gordon, Feminist

The opposite of love is not hate, it's selfishness. — Blaine Nay

The person who has earned love the least needs it the most. — F. Enzio Busche (Ensign, May 1982, p 70)

The position which men occupy in the family, and especially those who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood, is one of first importance and should be clearly recognized and maintained in the order and with the authority which God conferred upon man in placing him at the head of his household....There is no higher authority in matters relating to the family organization, and especially when that organization is presided over by one holding the higher priesthood, than that of the father....The patriarchal order is of divine origin and will continue throughout time and eternity. There is then a particular reason why men, women, and children should understand this order and this authority in the households of the people of God, and seek to make it what God intended it to be, a qualification and preparation for the highest exaltation of His children. In the home the presiding authority is always vested in the father, and in all home affairs and family matters there is no other authority paramount. — Joseph F. Smith (Juvenile Instructor, 1 Mar 1902, p146)

The principal objective of American government at every level should be to see that children are born into intact families and that they remain so. — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The problem of birth control and voluntary barreness is poisoning the very fountain of life and defying God's injunction to multiply and replenish the earth. — Hugh B Brown

The question is asked, “Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage? Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?” And the answer is given. “Yes, there is a more beautiful thing. It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path. Their hands are gnarled, but still clasped; their faces are seamed, but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired, but still strong with love and devotion for one another. Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. Old love.” — Author unknown

There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children... one is roots, the other wings. — Stephen Covey

There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment. Men and women often seek to substitute some other life for that of the home; they would make themselves believe that the home means restraint; that the highest liberty is the fullest opportunity to move about at will. There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life. — Joseph F. Smith (Teachings of Presidents of the Church, 1998, p 382)

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. — Winston Churchill

There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps. — Ronald Reagan

There is no higher authority in matters relating to the family organization, and especially when that organization is presided over by one holding the higher Priesthood, than that of the father. The authority is time honored, and among the people of God in all dispensations it has been highly respected and often emphasized by the teachings of the prophets who were inspired of God. — Joseph F. Smith Teachings of Presidents of the Church, p 381

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters. — Alice Thomas Ellis

There is no substitute for kindness in the home. — Joseph B. Wirthlin (Ensign, May 2005, p 27)

There is no substitute for love, not even sex. — Thomas Sowell

There is nothing more admirable than two people who see eye-to-eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies, and delighting their friends. — Homer, 9th century BC

There's plenty of evidence that both human sexuality and intimacy and love and marriage are very, very good for our health, If a new drug had the same impact, virtually every doctor in the country would be recommending it. — Dr. Stephen Bogdewic, vice chair of family medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine

The righteous molding of an immortal soul is the highest work we can do, and the home is the place to do it. — Joseph B. Wirthlin (Ensign, May 1993, p 69)

The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head. — Mencius, 295 BC

The safest place and the best protection against the moral and spiritual diseases is a stable home and family. This has always been true; it will be true forever. — Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, May 2004, p 79)

The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent and it must be equal. — Frank Pittman

The single most important thing that anyone can do in this world is to marry the right person, in the right place, with the right authority. — Bruce R. McConkie

The strength of any community lies in the strength of its families. The strength of any nation lies in the strength of its families. — Gordon B. Hinckley

The teachings of the Catholic Church place the highest value on the love between a man and a woman in marriage....Pope Benedict underscored this in his first encyclical letter (Deus Caritas Est) when he described the marital union as 'the very epitome of love... where body and soul are inseparably joined together and human beings glimpse an apparently irresistible promise of happiness.' While religious convictions such as these motivate me, I am also motivated by the awareness that the gift of marriage between one man and one woman is a natural right, one written in the hearts of human beings. It is an essential building block of society. Though it is regulated by civil laws and church laws, marriage does not originate from either the church or the state, but from God. Therefore, we -- church or state -- are not free to alter the basic meaning and structure of marriage. — Catholic Bishop Joseph Kurtz of Knoxville, Tennessee

The theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints centers on the family. Our relationship to God and the purpose of earth life are explained in terms of the family. We are the spirit children of heavenly parents. The gospel plan is implemented through earthly families, and our highest aspiration is to perpetuate those family relationships throughout eternity. The ultimate mission of our Savior's Church is to help us achieve exaltation in the celestial kingdom, and that can only be accomplished in a family relationship. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Nov 2005, p 27)

The thing to remember about women is that they're a lot smarter than men and they don't play fair. — Clint Eastwood

The traditional woman's greatest dream is to raise a family; the feminist woman's greatest dream is to create a village that can raise a family. — Selwyn Duke

The trouble with many married people is that they are trying to get more out of marriage than there is in it. — Elbert Hubbard

The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him. — Cher

The truth about black poverty today, as Kay Hymowitz of the Manhattan Institute has aptly put it, is that it is 'intricately intertwined with the collapse of the nuclear family in the inner city.'... Black children don't need politicians of any color who claim to hold the keys to their future. They need parents who know their names. Two of them. — Star Parker, Sep 2005

The union between husband and wife is sacred to the Lord, something not to be trifled with. — L. Tom Perry (Ensign, Nov. 1975, p 85)

The virtue of tolerance has been distorted and elevated to a position of such prominence as to be thought equal to and even valued more than morality. It is one thing to be tolerant, even forgiving of individual conduct. It is quite another to collectively legislate and legalize to protect immoral conduct that can weaken, even destroy the family. There is a dangerous trap when tolerance is exaggerated to protect the rights of those whose conduct endangers the family and injures the rights of the more part of the people....Tolerance can be a dangerous trap. — Boyd K. Packer, 5 May 2006

The voice of conscience always sounds like your mother's. — Bert Williams

The whole pleasure of marriage is that it is a perpetual crisis. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1911

The wisdom of a woman builds a household — Bible, Proverbs 14:1

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself. — James Thurber

They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be the case, but the truth is that it takes a lot of solid, stable marriages to create a village. — Diane Sollee

This ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness, yes, longing to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world. — David O. McKay (Improvement Era, 1953, p 453-54)

Three things that all children must know: who's the boss, what the rules are, and who's going to enforce them — Michael Levine

To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent. — Dave Barry

To be happy and successful, a marriage must be built according to divine design-by a husband and wife working together over the years to follow God's plan for an enduring partnership. —Robert L. Simpson (Ensign, May 1982, p 21)

To get divorced because love has died, is like selling your car because it's run out of gas. — Diane Sollee

To instill order in our homes, parents should be in charge and exercise parental authority in righteous dominion and establish acceptable standards of behavior for their children, setting limits and adhering to them consistently. They are to teach and guide their children 'by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, . . . reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love.' (D&C 121:41-43.) Parents then will earn the respect of their children, and children will honor their parents, unifying families. — Joseph B. Wirthlin (Ensign, May 1993, p 71)

Too many couples have come to the altar of marriage looking upon the marriage ceremony as the end of courtship instead of the beginning of an eternal courtship. — David O. McKay (Improvement Era, Jun 1956, p 396)

Total unselfishness is sure to accomplish another factor in successful marriage. If one is forever seeking the interests, comforts, and happiness of the other, the love found in courtship and cemented in marriage will grow into mighty proportions. Many couples permit their marriages to become stale and their love to grow cold like old bread or worn-out jokes or cold gravy. Certainly the foods most vital for love are consideration, kindness, thoughtfulness, concern, expressions of affection, embraces of appreciation, admiration, pride, companionship, confidence, faith, partnership, equality, and interdependence. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Mar 1977, p 5)

To us the family is the cornerstone of civilization and must ever be. It is the foundation of proper human relationships. — Mark E. Petersen (Ensign, Nov 1975, p 63)

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. — Bible, Proverbs 22:6

True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one's companion. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Conference Report, Apr 1971, p 82)

Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first. — Billy Sunday

Undoubtedly, much of great benefit to civilization is contributed by the various components of the mass media. On the other hand, it is also readily apparent that much of what is transmitted in various forms to the homes of millions of families around the world is destructive... I appeal again to the leaders of the media industry to advise producers to safeguard the common good, to uphold the truth, to protect individual human dignity and promote respect for the needs of the family. — Pope Benedict XVI in a speech to the Vatican's communications department, 9 Mar 2007

Unless the hearts of the children are turned to their parents and the hearts of the parents are turned to their children in this day, in mortality, the earth will be utterly wasted at His coming (D&C 2:1-3). There was never a time when so much was needed as today in the homes of the Latter-day Saints and the world generally. Most of the ills that afflict youth today are because of the breakdown in the homes. The hearts of the fathers must be turned to their children, and the children to their fathers, if this world is going to be saved and the people prepared for the coming of the Lord. — Harold B. Lee (Teachings of Presidents of the Church, p 129)

Values are not taught to the child; they are caught by the child. — Dr. James Dobson

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. — Raquel Welch

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops. — Author Unknown

We appreciate all good men who are fathers, which is necessarily a bittersweet experience for Americans who mix a profound gratitude for the men who protect, provide and care for their children with the deep sadness of knowing so many children do not have a father they can count on. — Maggie Gallagher

We all are expected to perform certain roles in this world, be we women, men, young or old. A man, for instance, is expected to provide for his family. And if a man were to shirk that responsibility, if he were, let's say, to refuse gainful employment, live a shiftless lifestyle and leave his family materially destitute, he would become the object of scorn. So, why is it any less damnable when a woman leaves her family domestically destitute? — Selwyn Duke

We are responsible for the home we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Nov 1988, p 69)

We are taught that marriage is necessary for the accomplishment of God's plan, to provide the approved setting for mortal birth, and to prepare family members for eternal life. 'Marriage is ordained of God unto man,' the Lord said, 'that the earth might answer the end of its creation; and that it might be filled with the measure of man, according to his creation before the world was made' (D&C 49:15-17). Our concept of marriage is motivated by revealed truth, not by worldly sociology. The Apostle Paul taught 'neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord' (1 Cor. 11:11). — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Nov 1993, p 74)

We believe in family values, we believe values are important, and we believe marriage is a fundamental institution of civilization. Yesterday, in New Jersey, we had another activist court issue a ruling that raises doubts about the institution of marriage, I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and I believe it's a sacred institution that is critical to the health of our society and the well-being of families, and it must be defended — President George W. Bush, 26 Oct 2006

We cannot renew our country when, within a decade, more than half of our children will be born into families where there is no marriage. — Bill Clinton, US President

We can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage. — Robin Morgan (founder of the radical feminist group WITCH)

We child-proofed our homes, but they are still getting in. — Author Unknown

We know of no directive from the Lord that proper sexual experience between husbands and wives need be limited totally to the procreation of children, but we find much evidence from Adam until now that no provision was ever made by the Lord for indiscriminate sex. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Oct 1975, p 2)

We know that activity in the Church centers in the family. Wherever members are in the world, they should establish a family where children are welcome and treasured as 'an heritage of the Lord' (Psalm 127:3). A worthy Latter-day Saint family is a standard to the world. — Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Nov 2006, p 87)

We must not be so busy with feeding, clothing, housing, and otherwise looking after the temporal needs of our children that we neglect the important things, the things calculated to fortify them against the evils of the world and prepare them for eternal life. We must not, as someone has said, become so intent upon climbing the mountain that in our exhaustion we fail to see the view from the top. Some of us are so caught up in the things of this world that, I fear, we have lost sight of the gospel view. — Marion G. Romney (Ensign, Jan 1985, p 3)

We must recognize that the family is the cornerstone of civilization and that no nation will rise above the caliber of its homes. — Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, Aug 1993)

We never give our children a lift when we give them a free ride. — Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, May 1975, p 85)

We should cherish and care for our children with unwavering dedication. The older we grow, the more precious our family becomes to us. We come to see more clearly that all of the wealth, honor, and positions of the world pale in significance when compared to the precious souls of our loved ones. You young parents who are beginning your families must guard against seeking financial gain, worldly comforts, or achievement at the expense of your children. You must guard against being so anxious to get to work or to a meeting that you do not have time for your family, especially time to listen to anxious little voices....We cannot and we must not allow the school, community, television, or even Church organizations to establish our children's values. The Lord has placed this duty with mothers and fathers. It is one from which we cannot escape and one that cannot be delegated. Others may help, but parents remain accountable. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, May 1991, p 79-80)

We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. — Stacia Tauscher

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. — Leo Tolstoy

What does it mean to speak of child protection when pornography and violence can be viewed in so many homes through media widely available today? Children deserve to grow up with a healthy understanding of sexuality and its proper place in human relationships. They should be spared the degrading manifestations and the crude manipulation of sexuality so prevalent today...All have a part to play in this task -- not only parents, religious leaders, teachers and catechists, but the media and entertainment industries as well. — Pope Benedict XVI, address to American bishops (Vatican.va, 16 Apr 2008)

Whatever you say to your spouse, make it a gift. — Author Unknown

What is called matriarchy is simply moral anarchy, in which the mother alone remains fixed because all the fathers are fugitive and irresponsible. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (The Everlasting Man)

What is it that affectionate parents require of their Children; for all their care, anxiety, and toil on their accounts? Only that they would be wise and virtuous, Benevolent and kind. — Abigail Adams, letter to John Quincy Adams, 1783

What is it that causes trouble in marriages? It is amazing how many people don't seem to know. Essentially, it is one thing: Sin! I don't care whether it the sin of pride, hard-hearted unwillingness to forgive or to humble oneself or to admit mistakes, selfishness, lust, or whatever other sin of infidelity there might be, all of these are simply sins. The Word of God is the great cleansing water that washes away our sin and wears down the rough edges in our personalities, which makes us livable for other people. — Dr. D. James Kennedy

What parents leave in their children is more important than what they leave to them. — Herm Albright

What these millions of children want and need is not a name on a form or a promise that the sheriff will arrest these guys if they don't pay child support. What they want and need is in-the-home, love-the-mother fathers. — David Blankenhorn, commenting on paternity establishment programs

When a guy is happily married, no matter what happens at work, no matter what happens [during] the rest of the day, there's a shelter when you get home. There's a knowledge, knowing that you can hug somebody without them throwing you downstairs and saying, 'Get your hands off me.' — Danny Perosa

When all is said and done, if you can live with a good [spouse] through your life and see your children grow to maturity as happy, able individuals who are making a contribution, then you can count your life a success. It isn't how many cars you own, the size of your house, or things of that kind. It is the quality of life that you've lived that makes a difference. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Oct 2003, p 22)

Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest. — Henry Louis Mencken, (1880-1956)

When evil wants to strike out and disrupt the essence of God's work, it attacks the family. It does so by attempting to disregard the law of chastity, to confuse gender, to desensitize violence, to make crude and blasphemous language the norm, and to make immoral and deviant behavior seem like the rule rather than the exception. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, Nov 2003, p 18)

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. — Mark Twain on fatherhood

When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled. — Lyndon B. Johnson, US President

When there are kids involved, there's no such thing as divorce. — Carl Whitaker

When two people love each other, they don't look at each other. They look in the same direction. — Ginger Rogers

When you marry the man who is cheating on his wife with you, you're married to a man that cheats on his wife. — Dr. Dale Archer, 22 Jan 2012

When your first child is born, you become a father. The title father is sacred and eternal. It is significant that of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to Deity, He has asked us to address Him as Father. — The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Ensign, Jun 2002, p 12)

When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair. — Lee Walburn (Atlanta)

When you stop and think about it from a diabolically tactical point of view, fighting the family makes sense. When Satan wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he doesn't poison the world's peanut butter supply, thus bringing the Church's missionary system to its collective knees. He doesn't send a plague of laryngitis to afflict the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He doesn't legislate against green Jell-O or casseroles. When Satan truly wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he attempts to confuse gender and he attacks God's plan for His children. He works to drive a wedge of disharmony between a father and a mother. He entices children to be disobedient to their parents. He makes family home evening and family prayer inconvenient. He suggests family scripture study is impractical. That's all it takes, because Satan knows that the surest and most effective way to disrupt the Lord's work is to diminish the effectiveness of the family and the sanctity of the home. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, Mar 2006, p 26-33)

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son. — The Talmud

While many sex education programs teach the wonders of condoms and contraceptives, we teach the wonders of love education, healthy relationships, character formation, positive youth development, life skills and marriage preparation. — Shelly Donahue

While our individual salvation is based on our individual obedience, it is equally important that we understand that we are each an important and integral part of a family and the highest blessings can be received only within an eternal family. When families are functioning as designed by God, the relationships found therein are the most valued of mortality. The plan of the Father is that family love and companionship will continue into the eternities. Being one in a family carries a great responsibility of caring, loving, lifting, and strengthening each member of the family so that all can righteously endure to the end in mortality and dwell together throughout eternity. It is not enough just to save ourselves. It is equally important that parents, brothers, and sisters are saved in our families. If we return home alone to our Heavenly Father, we will be asked, 'Where is the rest of the family?' This is why we teach that families are forever. The eternal nature of an individual becomes the eternal nature of the family. — Robert D. Hales (Ensign, Nov 1996, p 65)

While we tend to equate motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord's language, the word mother has layers of meaning. Of all the words they could have chosen to define her role and her essence, both God the Father and Adam called Eve ‘the mother of all living'—and they did so before she ever bore a child. Like Eve, our motherhood began before we were born. — Sheri L. Dew (Ensign, Nov 2001, p 96)

Why would a couple that lives and sleeps together every night need dates and rituals? Precisely because they live and sleep together. — Bill Doherty (Take Back Your Marriage)

Without proper and successful marriage, one will never be exalted. — Spencer W. Kimball (Marriage and Divorce, p 24)

With the influences of evil that surround our children, can we even imagine sending them out in the morning without kneeling and humbly asking together for the Lord's protection? Or closing the day without kneeling together and acknowledging our accountability before Him and our thankfulness for His blessings? Brothers and sisters, we need to have family prayer. — Neil L. Andersen (Ensign, Nov 1999, p 17

Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more. — James Thurber

Women, you are of great strength and support to the men in your lives, and they sometimes need your help most when they are least deserving. — N. Eldon Tanner (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 7)

You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool Mom. — Author Unknown

You can give a child too much of everything except yourself. — Author Unknown

You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers. — John J. Plomp

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. — Dr Seuss

You're never too far apart when you're still holding hands. — family.mormon.org

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro. — Dave Barry

Your most important friendships should be with your own brothers and sisters and with your father and mother. Love your family. Be loyal to them. Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters. Help carry their load so you can say, like the lyrics of that song, 'He ain't heavy; he's my brother.' — President Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, May 1986, p 43)

Your success as a family, our success as society, depends not on what happens at the White House, but on what happens inside your house. — Barbara Bush

Your success in marriage will depend largely on your ability to focus on improving yourself, rather than trying to reshape your spouse. It will depend more on being the right one than finding the right one. There is greater power in giving than in getting. Pure love 'seeketh not her own' (1 Cor. 13:5; Moro. 7:45). — Lynn G. Robbins (New Era, Sep 2003, p 46)

Your talents will expand as you study and learn. You will be able to better assist your families in their learning, and you will have peace of mind in knowing that you have prepared yourself for the eventualities that you may encounter in life. — Thomas S. Monson (Liahona, Nov 2007, p 118-21)

You will likely not find that perfect person, and if you did, there would certainly be no interest in you. These attributes are best polished together as husband and wife. — Richard G. Scott (Ensign, May 1999, p 26)

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