Quotations of Famous People’s Much Less Famous Relatives

Not everyone can be famous.  This can be especially poignant for the relatives of the famous.

Here then are:

Quotations of Famous People’s Much Less Famous Relatives

‎”If you try to pet a single squirrel and it shuns your advances, there will be other squirrels. These too will not go for it.  Squirrels are not that into being petted.”

Shemp Thoreau (the less successful Thoreau brother, writing in his slim collection of essays “Observations of Nature that Dave Missed”)

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“Wisdom is good, but you can ask other people a lot of the time.”

“If you are not good at saving money, borrow, and hope for the best.”

Beau Franklin, (unsuccessful cousin of Ben Franklin, writing in his “Almanac for Them That Prefereth Not To Rise So Damnably Early”)

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Photo of a rustic covered wagon birdhouse“Let’s go back.”

Sammy Boone, Daniel’s nephew, speaking to pioneer followers after they encountered uncomfortably brushy conditions.

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“All we have to fear is incredibly high unemployment, a stock market that just fell off a cliff, and lunatic dictators in Europe.  Other than that, everything’s just peachy keen.”

Clive “Stuffy” Roosevelt, FDR’s little known hobo uncle, waiting in line for a fruit-picking job.

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“Water. Water. Water. Water. Water. We get it.”

– Katie Keller, Helen’s older sister.

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“The medium?  The medium is about halfway between a small and a large. That’s what the medium is.”

Corky McLuhan, Marshall’s half-brother and Penney’s clerk.

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“Ask not what your country can do for you.  I tried and got zip.”

– JFK’s disgruntled second cousin, Daryl Fitzgerald Kennedy, after requesting a cushy position at the White House and writing in “Camel Lot: Profiles in Steerage.”

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Know a disgruntled not famous relative of a famous person who left us a memorable quote?  Leave it in a comment!

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13 Responses to Quotations of Famous People’s Much Less Famous Relatives

  1. Matt Harvath says:

    Great Post!!! Love the obscure history there
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  2. Angela says:

    Ha, these made me laugh. Thanks!
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  3. Nik from Career Coaching says:

    Ha ha, a great set you collected here. Beau Franklin are my favourites!

    Nik
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  4. Carolyn says:

    “Duh, it’s to be.” Joseph Shakespeare, older brother of William.
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  5. Tiffany says:

    Some do make sense. But I’m not sure about the others. Maybe that is why they are less famous. Great collection of quotes from these people by the way. :)

  6. Steve says:

    Haha I love these. Funny as hell. Let me try one on for size:

    Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested… then those books travel down the throat and stay in the stomach to be dissolved by acids. Ultimately the undigested waste from these books moves through the colon to the rectum and gets extruded.

    These books are no good. We call them S**t

    -Fred Bacon
    Francis’es all too literal brother goes into just a little bit too much detail
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  7. Philip Foster says:

    “Make my day. Or don’t. We all need to do what we know God has planned for us this day”
    – Father Larry Callahan, Harry’s younger brother

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