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Family History Quotes


"Soap operas got nothing on my family history." - Kiersten White

"The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family." - Pope John Paul Ii

"I don't have a long family history of good cooks in my family." - Bobby Flay

"God is the Lord of human history and of the personal history of every member of His redeemed family." - Margaret Clarkson

"Serbian history tells that family is the most important thing and you have to stick with the family." - Novak Djokovic

"Grandparents...can give the children unity of family life and some knowledge of their own family history..." - Jim Conway

"You can experience true delight on the Sabbath from family history work...Finding family members...can bring immense joy." - Russell M Nelson

"Serbian history tells that the family is the most important thing and you have to stick with the family." - Novak Djokovic

"The contents of a house can trigger all sorts of revisions to family history." - Louise Erdrich

"My family history begins with me, but yours ends with you." - Iphicrates

"I tell you of all history the most beautiful product is the family tie." - Zona Gale

"Ambivalence about family responsibilities has a long history in the corporate world." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"One of the things that's important about family is the narrative history they create for themselves." - Gabe Newell

"I have not lived so abundantly, full of family, full of continuity and history." - John Lone

"Garbage is the part of your history you don't want your family to know about." - Vik Muniz

"When you study history, you're really studying yourself. Every bit of history I've uncovered about my own family has some remnant in myself." - John Sedgwick

"Yes, your family history has some sad chapters. But your history doesn't have to be your future. The generational garbage can stop here and now." - Max Lucado

"I think history is inextricably linked to identity. If you don't know your history, if you don't know your family, who are you?" - Mary Pipher

"Drag racing has played a big role in In-N-Out's history, and it is also an important part of my family history." - Lynsi Torres

"There is a history of mental breakdowns in my family. It will never happen to me but it has happened to others in the family." - Brian Cox

"It's very strange that most people don't care if their knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations." - Doug Coupland

"It can be demonstrated from history that no society has ever survived after its family life deteriorated." - Caitlin Flanagan

"The most successful families embrace and elevate their family history, particularly their failures, setbacks and other missteps." - Bruce Feiler

"Our family has lived in Iran for 2,500 years, and Iranian Jewry has the long history in that land." - Moshe Katsav

"One regret I have: I didn't get as much of the family history as I could have for the kids." - Robert De Niro

"Latin life is rich with warmth, family values and history. I want to bring that beauty into American homes." - Cristina Saralegui

"My sense of the family history is somewhat sketchy, because my mother kept a great deal to herself." - Julie Andrews

"It's very strange that most people don't care if their knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations." - Douglas Coupland

"If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out." - Temple Grandin

"I almost fainted. There was no family history. I had been eating a vegetarian diet and I exercised." - Rue Mcclanahan

"I'm the fourth generation to be in show business. It's pretty neat; it's nice to have that family history." - Rachel Bilson

"I don't have the best family history heart-wise, so I really try to keep my heart strong." - Kelly Ripa

"When the great history of trouble is written, my family will stand extremely high in the table of contents." - Allan Sherman

"For all of higher civilization's recorded history, becoming a man was defined overwhelmingly as taking responsibility for a family." - Dennis Prager

"The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history." - Debi Mazar

"China's culture and history are closely related to my living environment. This country is my birthplace. It is also where I grew up. Its culture and history shape my relations with family, friends, society, and daily life." - Ai Weiwei

"That boom town [Abu Dhabi] proved to be the reef against which my family crashed, the story of many who seek the promised land, and my poetry is a versification of that personal history. History is all I have." - Andre Naffis-Sahely

"I'm allergic to family occasions. Sometimes I think we'd do better as dandelion seeds-no family, no history, just floating off into the world, each on our own piece of fluff." - Sophie Kinsella

"The family is the engine that drives civilization. Throughout history, those cultures that have failed to found their rules and attitudes of society on the central importance of the family unit have decayed and disintegrated." - Jeremiah Denton

"I find my husband's family history fascinating, as they can trace the family lineage back to ancestors who fought, and died, in the first battle of the Revolution, as well as to many other interesting people." - Kim Edwards

"The history of fiction is about family - an inexhaustible subject for literature. We are creatures driven by emotions that are on high display in intimate relations - inside the family." - Siri Hustvedt

"I've got a long history of suicid in my family; the good news is it skips a generation, so, if I'm lucky, my kids will kill themselves." - Anthony Jeselnik

"Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history. It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents." - John Taylor Gatto

"In my family, we seem to have a tortured history of not saying what we ought to and not meaning what we do." - Jodi Picoult

"When you read the history of the human family, it slowly comes to you that all the world's oceans once fell as tears." - Paul Lutus

"Heraldry is the fusion of fact and fancy, myth and manner, romance and reality. It is an exuberant union of family, art, and history." - Charles Burnett

"I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it's called bipolar manic depression. I've got a rich history of that in my family." - Ben Stiller

"In Land of Milk and Money, Anthony Barcellos mines rich family history to create a full-blooded tale that readers will find insightful, rewarding, and entertaining." - John Lescroart

"We are going to make mistakes, but none of us can become an expert in family history work without first being a novice." - Thomas S Monson

"My brother's researched our early family history. He found a letter from a fella who said he used to be in love with my mum." - Paul Mccartney

"It was always so important to my dad for us to understand about the Genocide and to know about our family history." - Kim Kardashian

"I love genealogical research. That's the reason I bought my first computer years ago to put my genealogy records on the computer. I've always enjoyed tracing family history." - Nola Ochs

"Knowing more about family history is the single biggest predictor of a child's emotional well-being. Grandparents can play a special role in this process, too." - Bruce Feiler

"We teach in our cultural history that the entire universe is a family. So our association with Nature is much deeper and of a very different kind." - Narendra Modi

"What I said to my family is, 'Our history is our own. Let people write what they want, we know who we are.'" - Shayne Ward

"When you're around your family, and you have that history and that shared language, you say things you'd be embarrassed to hear quoted back to you later." - Noah Baumbach

"Then my extended family, there are preachers and evangelists, former priests. So I have quite a bit of history with Church, religion and spirituality." - Wes Bentley

"The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities." - Jeremy Hardy

"I don't know much about my family history except that my father had straight black hair and his ancestors probably came from India." - Trevor Mcdonald

"What I said to my family is, 'Our history is our own. Let people write what they want, we know who we are." - Shayne Ward

"There is a history of footballers in my family; my granddad played for Notts County and my dad played at county level." - Matt Smith

"Mythology and history are my passion. I grew up in a religious family and learnt about our scriptures and philosophies. It's the language I'm comfortable with." - Amish Tripathi

"My family history, like that of many Polish, German and Jewish families from Central Europe in the 20th century, is complex." - Donald Tusk

"History is history." - Troy Vincent

"The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family... The family is placed at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love." - Pope John Paul Ii

"You take somebody - one person has definitely got autism, you got another person that maybe has some of those traits and maybe there's some anxiety, depression, some epilepsy or something in the family history. Put them together, you're more likely to have a severely autistic kid than if you don't have any neurological problems in the family history." - Temple Grandin

"When I do an Asian character or an Asian voice I'm doing one because that's my heritage and my family and where I come from. My family is of Korean descent and specifically North Korean descent. So it makes sense for me to talk about that issue because it's the only weapon I have to somehow avenge my family and my history." - Margaret Cho

"It happens all the time! People are always talking about that explosive moment in their family history that sort of changed everything and rattled the cage, and more times than not it has nothing to do with trans issues. That's why people are relating to this show [Transparent], because our family is their family and they understand that dynamic." - Judith Light

"The Greeks really believed in history. They believed that the past had consequences and that you might be punished for the sins of your father. America, and particularly New York, runs on the idea that history doesn't matter. There is no history. There is only the never-ending present. You don't even have your family because you moved here to get away from them, so even that idea of personal history has been cut at the knees." - Christopher Bollen

"I have to throw in on a personal note that I didn't like history when I was in high school. I didn't study history when I was in college, none at all, and only started to do graduate study when my children were going to graduate school. What first intrigued me was this desire to understand my family and put it in the context of American history. That makes history so appealing and so central to what I am trying to do." - Adele Logan Alexander

"The ultimate goal is a comprehensive classification of what is very likely a single language family. The implications of such a classification for the origin and history of our species would, of course, be very great." - Joseph H. Greenberg

"Janice Gould is one of our best poets. The music of her poetry will delight you, and her gentle courageous accounts of tribal, family, and personal history make this book unforgettable. Doubters and Dreamers is a master-piece." - Leslie Marmon Silko

"When you play a character that exists or existed, there's a stronger responsibility that you have. You owe that person and then you owe the family, you owe history, you owe the victims, the victims' families." - Johnny Depp

"It struck me then how much the past - not just the past but history and family - was like the ocean tide. It was always the same ocean, but the waves made it fresh and new each time." - Aimee Friedman

"Food for her is not food, it is terror, dignity, gratitude, vengeance, joyfulness, humiliation, religion, history, and, of course, love. As if the fruit she always offered us were picked from the destroyed brances of out family tree." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"Sarah Cornwell has a brilliant eye for the telling detail, and a wonderfully original way of embodying family history. I was captivated by her memorable characters and the perfectly paced revelations of their surprising relationships." - Andrea Barrett

"If you don't recount your family history, it will be lost. Honor your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who we are." - Madeleine L'Engle

"Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, thats 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"I have learned that those who engage in family history research and then perform the temple ordinance work for those whose names they have found will know the additional joy of receiving both halves of the blessing." - Howard W. Hunter

"The history of any private family, however humble, could it be fully related for five or six generations, would illustrate the state and progress of society better than the most elaborate dissertation." - Robert Southey

"When it comes to politics and elections, far too many Christians spend more time appealing to family, history and tradition, culture, racial expediency, and personal preference than they do to what the Bible teaches." - Tony Evans

"I wish I could have 25,000 years of my personal family history documented in a very powerful computer or a CD-ROM that I could just pop in and my computer would never crash" - Brendan Fraser

"Everyone carries the weight of WWII with them in their recent family history, and yet it is rarely spoken about within families, because veterans and survivors don't tend to talk." - Chris Cleave

"Just as a Muslim studies Islam, the Jew has to study Judaism. Everyone has to learn the heritage of his family and the history that dates back thousands of years." - Lev Leviev

"Do not discuss God and virtue. Do not discuss the homeland and its history. Do not discuss the authority and prestige. Do not discuss the family and its moral. Not discuss the glory of work and their duty." - Antonio de Oliveira Salazar

"And me having kids, with my family history? My mom: mentally ill, shot and killed her last husband. My father: six ex-wives, four heart attacks. Both of my parents think alcohol is a food group." - Christopher Titus

"A lot of what's been written about me is not true: of my family history or my choices or my interests. Actually, I've never read anything written about me that was true. It's been completely crazy." - Lana Del Rey

"I have to say, I'm not someone who's really big into my family history - never really was very curious about it. The only thing I know about it is what I picked up from my aunts and parents." - Robert Barry

"There's always a way," his sister lectured. "We'll need help, though." "What help?" Amy grinned. "Sometimes it doesn't hurt to be a part of the most powerful family in human history." - Gordon Korman

"My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit." - Brian Acton

"The study of tavern history often brings to light much evidence of sad domestic changes. Many a cherished and beautiful home, rich in annals of family prosperity and private hospitality, ended its days as a tavern." - Alice Morse Earle

"When I turned 30, due to my father's heart history and my family genetics, I vowed to start seeing a cardiologist every year and just really be proactive and take my own heart health into my own hands." - Jennie Garth

"My mum and dad teach, and all my brothers and sisters have been in 'Riverdance' and so forth. So I was forced to become a dancer; it's part of my family history." - Sean Maguire

"The book begins and ends with the visits to give the impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history. I believe in going backwards into the past - I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past." - Anita Desai

"I wish I could have 25,000 years of my personal family history documented in a very powerful computer or a CD-ROM that I could just pop in and my computer would never crash." - Brendan Fraser

"With my history, unfortunately, with my family suffering through gun violence, it's something that I feel passionately about, that even though the odds are certainly always uphill, that doesn't mean that I will stop fighting to try to change that." - Carolyn Mccarthy

"My family kept its history to itself. On the plus side, I didn't have to hear nightmarish stories about the Holocaust, the pogroms, terrible illnesses, painful deaths. My elderly parents never even spoke about their ailments." - Amy Bloom

"Mr. Speaker, we have reached a point in history where some have forgotten that it is the family, not the government, that is the fundamental building block of our society." - Jim Ryun

"When I was a boy, I would ask about my family history, about my bloodlines. We really didn't know that much. We had a little Indian in us from the Oklahoma Trail of Tears." - Brad Pitt

"I do write long, long character notes - family background, history, details of appearance - much more than will ever appear in the novel. I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated, artificial stage." - Anne Tyler

"Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, that's 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting." - John Hume

"Clearly, in every civilized culture since recorded history, marriage is always between a man and a woman. And the fact that we're trying to change it is very serious, because the family is the foundational institution in our culture." - Jerry Falwell

"All history is contemporary history." - Benedetto Croce

"When history calls, history calls," - Olympia Snowe

"Beneath every history, another history." - Hilary Mantel

"All history is modern history." - Wallace Stevens

"Black history is American history." - Morgan Freeman

"A writer represents his family history. My grandfather was a senator and my father served in the Roosevelt administration. In other words, I grew up in politics. This is why it seemed perfectly natural to take part in the battles of my time, and to participate in the writing of the history of my country." - Gore Vidal

"He who possesses religion finds a providence not more truly in the history of the world than in his own family history; the rainbow, which hangs a glistering circle in the heights of heaven, is also formed by the same sun in the dew-drop of a lowly flower." - Jean Paul

"I want to record history through the destiny of individuals who often belong to the least wealthy classes. I do not want to show war in general, nor history with a capital H, but rather the tragedy of a single man, of a family." - James Nachtwey

"The history of a city was like the history of a family-there is closeness and even affection, but death eventually separates everyone from each other. It is only the vividness of memory that keeps the dead alive forever; a writer's job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as our personal memories." - John Irving

"The history of a city was like the history of a family-there is closeness and even affection, but death eventually separates everyone from each other. It is only the vividness of memory that keeps the dead alive forever; a writer's job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as our personal memories." - John Irving

"My mother, whom I love dearly, has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce, step-children, dysfunction, and obfuscation. I've spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction." - Melissa Gilbert

"I was brought up in a family which valued natural history. Both my parents knew the names of all the British wildflowers, so as we went walking the country, I was constantly being exposed to a natural history sort of knowledge." - Richard Dawkins

"L.A. prides itself on newness or being the last frontier or just not liking old things and tearing them down to build new things. But Malibu history is interesting to me. My mom's family was one of the early families in California, so there's history going back to the 1840s or '50s." - Kim Gordon

"What I love about the stories of the Great Migration is that this is not ancient history; this is living history. Most people of color can find someone in their own family who had experienced a migration of some kind, knowing the sense of dislocation, longing and fortitude." - Isabel Wilkerson

"Malibu history is interesting to me. My mom's family was one of the early families in California, so there's history going back to the 1840s or '50s. They came over in the Gold Rush, actually. I have all this guilt about raising my daughter in the East. Coco's very anti-California. It's her way of rebelling." - Kim Gordon

"Humans are born, small, weak and helpless. That's why we have family. And the elders of the family are the honoured guardians of our country's history. Unfortunately, in America, we, you know, lock those elders away out of view in nursing homes and go about our little lives. It's a great national shame and an irredeemable tragedy. Oh well." - Christopher Titus

"In the past members of my family on both my mother's and father's side have fought in the war, in the first and second World Wars. Unfortunately, they're dead and I wasn't able to speak to them, but that was in our family history too." - PJ Harvey

"My family is a praying family, a Christian family." - Magic Johnson

"Imagine a history teacher making history," - Christa Mcauliffe

"All history is the history of thought," - Robin G Collingwood

"While we read history we make history." - George William Curtis

"History has been the history of warfare." - Godfrey Reggio

"History takes time. History makes memory." - Gertrude Stein

"My grandfather was a Holocaust survivor and his life and history were very formative to myself and my family. The almost unimaginable dichotomy between the different eras of his life always crushed my brain on some level. That this guy who was shoveling carob chips out of a barrel and restocking yogurt popsicles could also have those numbers on his arm. It was an inconceivable juxtaposition. His experience was the main window for our family into any kind of social consciousness, or sense of history, or politics, even though a lot of it went unsaid." - Jonathan Raymond

"Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals the fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such as world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." - Howard Zinn

"Our doctrinal obligation is to our own ancestors. This is because the celestial organization of heaven is based on families. The First Presidency has encouraged members, especially youth and young single adults, to emphasize family history work and ordinances for their own family names or the names of ancestors of their ward and stake members. We need to be connected to both our roots and branches. The thought of being associated in the eternal realm is indeed glorious." - Quentin L. Cook

"It is funny, but it strikes me that a person without anecdotes that they nurse while they live, and that survive them, are more likely to be utterly lost not only to history but the family following them. Of course this is the fate of most souls, reducing entire lives, no matter how vivid and wonderful, to those sad black names on withering family trees, with half a date dangling after and a question mark." - Sebastian Barry

"No matter your situation, you can make family history a part of your life right now. Primary children can draw a family tree. Youth can participate in proxy baptisms. They can also help the older generation work with computers. Parents can relate stories of their lives to their posterity. Worthy adult members can hold a temple recommend and perform temple ordinances for their own kin." - Russell M Nelson

"Tell me about your family," I said. And so she did. I listened intently as my mother went through each branch of the tree. Years later, after the funeral, Maria had asked me questions about the family - who was related to whom - and I struggled. I couldn't remember. A big chunk of our history had been buried with my mother. You should never let your past disappear that way." - Mitch Albom

"I came from an educated, upper middle-class family. My mother was a Persian and history teacher at a large high school for girls. Many of the women in my extended family and in our circle of friends were professionals. In those days, women were a vital part of the economy in Kabul. They worked as lawyers, physicians, college professors, etc., which makes the tragedy of how they were treated by the Taliban that much more painful." - Khaled Hosseini

"Patriotism ruins history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Patriotism corrupts history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"History is merely gossip" - Oscar Wilde

"History repeats herself." - Jennifer Stone

"History - the devil's scripture" - Lord Byron

"History repeats itself." - George Eliot

"It's history. It's poetry." - J D Salinger

"It's history. It's poetry." - J D Salinger

"All history is biography." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"History: gossip well told." - Elbert Hubbard

"[History is] petrified imagination." - Arthur Baer

"The dignity of history." - Henry Fielding

"History is clarified experience." - James Russell Lowell

"History teaches us hope." - Robert E Lee

"History is His story." - James Packer

"History is only gossip." - Oscar Wilde

"History is herstory too." - Anonymous



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