„We are not a family, we are a firm.“

—  Jorge VI do Reino Unido, Attributed, On the Royal family, quoted by A. B. Baxter in Destiny Called to Them (Oxford University Press, 1939)
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„We are a wretched family, and ought to be exterminated.“

—  Charles Darwin British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection" 1809 - 1882
Context: We are a wretched family, and ought to be exterminated. We slept here to rest our poor boy on his journey to Bournemouth, and my poor dear wife sickened with scarlet fever, and has had it pretty sharply, but is recovering well. There is no end of trouble in this weary world. (Owing to the illness from scarlet fever of one of his boys, he [Darwin] took a house at Bournemouth in the autumn. He wrote to Dr. Gray from Southampton). Volume II, Chapter III, "Spread of Evolution - 1861-1862,") p. 175 https://books.google.com/books?id=BSdBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA175&dq=We+are+a+wretched+family+%26+ought+to+be+exterminated+++++darwin++scarlet+fever&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBGoVChMI0OmV8rHGxwIVA56ACh2YEAYF#v=onepage&q=We%20are%20a%20wretched%20family%20%26%20ought%20to%20be%20exterminated%20%20%20%20%20darwin%20%20scarlet%20fever&f=false. Letter to Asa Gray (1810-1888), (21 August 1862)

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„Animals are not here for us to do as we please with. We are not their superiors, we are their equals. We are their family. Be kind to them.“

—  Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961
Twitter, 17 November 2013; quoted in "Ricky Gervais Is PETA’s Person of the Year," PETA (23 December 2013) https://www.peta.org/blog/ricky-gervais-petas-person-year/

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„America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.“

—  Mitt Romney American businessman and politician 1947
2007 campaign for Republican nomination for United States President, Press Conference: Announcing Candidacy for Presidency, 2007-02-13 http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/02/13/romney.announce/index.html

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„We pledge to the families of Australia that we will never make your lives harder by imposing unnecessary new taxes.“

—  Tony Abbott Australian politician 1957
2013, Quoted in "Fact file: What Tony Abbott promised on tax" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-01/fact-file-what-tony-abbott-promised-on-tax/5420226 ABC News, July 23, 2014

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„We would not have invaded a country that did not attack us. We would not have taken money from the working families and given it to the most wealthy families. We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people.“

—  Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948
Commenting to reporters in Sweden on how the US would have been different if he had won the controversial 2000 election, as quoted in "Gore: 'Absolutely no plans' to run again for president" USA Today (12 October 2005) http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-10-12-gore_x.htm

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„Family is very important to me because my own family was so disruptive…Me and my brothers and sister were like ping pong balls, we didn’t know where we would end up.“

—  Pete Escovedo Mexican-American jazz musician and percussionist 1935
On his chaotic upbringing in “Still drumming at 82, Latin Jazz legend Pete Escovedo pens memoir” https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/27/still-drumming-at-82-latin-jazz-legend-pete-escovedo-pens-memoir/ in East Bay Times (2017 Aug 27)

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„We work with broken families and broken people who've lost hope and are helpless.“

—  Kailash Satyarthi Indian children's rights activist 1954
Times of India interview (2014), Context: We work with broken families and broken people who've lost hope and are helpless. If people oppose my work, launch personal attacks, we know that we are on the right path. One colleague was shot, another was beaten to death. I've injuries all over my body. We work against a social evil. If this evil isn't reacting it means we aren't a threat.

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