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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on earth, family, friendship, philosophy, and trying

My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

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A Quote by Lesslie Newbigin on acquaintance, agreement, christ, christianity, church, cities, civilization, community, control, culture, earth, family, force, god, home, individuality, jesus, jobs, loneliness, machines, men, nations, nature, neighbors, p

Western European civilization has witnessed a sort of atomizing process, in which the individual is more and more set free from his natural setting in family and neighborhood, and becomes a sort of replaceable unit in the social machine. His nearest neighbors may not even know his name. He is free to move from place to place, from job to job, from acquaintance to acquaintance, and - if he has attained a high degree of emancipation - from wife to wife. He is in every context a more and more anonymous and replaceable part, the perfect incarnation of the rationalist conception of man. Wherever western civilization has spread in the past one hundred years, it has carried this atomizing process with it. Its characteristic product in Calcutta, Shanghai, or Johannesburg, is the modern city into which myriads of human beings, loosened from their old ties in village or tribe or caste, like grains of sand fretted by water from an ancient block of sandstone, are ceaselessly churned around in the whirlpool of the city - anonymous, identical, replaceable units. In such a situation, it is natural that men should long for some sort of real community, for men cannot be human without it. It is especially natural that Christians should reach out after that part of Christian doctrine which speaks of the true, God-given community, the Church of Jesus Christ. We have witnessed the appalling results of trying to go back to some sort of primitive collectivity based on the total control of the individual, down t o the depths of his spirit, by an all-powerful group. Yet we know that we cannot condemn this solution to the problem of man's loneliness if we have no other to offer. It is natural that men should ask with a greater eagerness than ever before, such questions as these: "Is there in truth a family of God on earth to which I can belong, a place where all men can be truly at home? If so, where is it to be found, what are its marks, and how is it related to, and distinguished from, the known communities of family, nation, and culture? What are its boundaries, its structure, its terms of membership? And how comes it that those who claim to be the spokesmen of that one holy fellowship are themselves at war with one another as to the fundamentals of its nature, and unable to agree to live together in unity and concord?" The breakdown of Christendom has forced such questions as these to the front. I think that there is no more urgent theological task than to try to give them plain and credible answers.

Lesslie Newbigin

Source: The Household of God

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on family, fashion, happiness, and unhappiness

All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Source: opening line of Anna Karenina

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on careers, christ, family, jesus, life, possessions, and wives

In my career I have had many wonderful things happen to me, many more than I ever dreamed would ever happen. But I would like for you young brethren especially to know that all that has happened to me in my chosen profession is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the truly important things in my life. The testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I have, along with my wife and my family, are my most important possessions.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: “Prepare for a Mission,” Ensign, Nov. 1984, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by L. Tom Perry on blessings, children, family, farewells, love, sharing, support, and traditions

Build traditions in your families that will bring you together, for they can demonstrate your devotion, love, and support for one another. . . These events would include blessings of children, baptisms, other priesthood ordinances, graduations, missionary farewells, homecomings, and, of course, marriages. Sharing these occasions as a family will help us build a foundation established upon a rock.

L. Tom Perry (1922 -)

Source: © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by Kay Kersey on automobiles, family, health, money, and wealth

I'm not considered wealthy nor even well-to-do; I don't own my dwelling place and my car is far from new. But when I see my family all in the glow of health, I know there's more than money to make me roll in wealth. And when my little blue-eyed girl with countenance so fair, Puts her arms around me - why, I'm a millionaire!

Kay Kersey

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Katharine Butler Hathaway on change, companions, family, needs, order, and separation

A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.

Katharine Butler Hathaway

Source: The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith, 1946.

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A Quote by Gaius Julius Caesar on divorce, family, and laws

After divorce of Pompeia in 62 BC I feel that members of my family should never be suspected of breaking the law. -Meos tam suspicione quam crimine iudico carere oportere

Julius Caesar (c. 100 - 44 BC)

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A Quote by Joyce Cary on experience, family, feeling, ideas, imagination, jesus, life, love, present, and truth

I had from childhood not only the experience of love and truth common to all family life, but the idea of them embodied in the person of Jesus, a picture always present to our imagination as well as our feelings.

Joyce Cary

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A Quote by Joseph F. Smith on divinity, effort, family, god, happiness, home, influence, life, sacrifice, separation, service, and world

There is no substitute for the home. Its foundation is as ancient as the world, and its mission has been ordained of God from the earliest times. 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. There is no happiness without service and there is no greater service than that which converts the home into a divine institution which promotes and preserves family life.

Joseph F. Smith (1838 - 1918)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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