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I would have loved to have been a footballer like my great uncle Matt Busby, but I knew quite early on that I wasn’t going to make the grade. Luckily I was told by the age of 13 that I wasn’t good enough. That’s not a bad thing. You see this ‘X Factor’ generation of kids now who don’t accept that they’re not good enough. — Brendan Coyle

My grandmother and maternal uncle were quite afraid of hospitals, and asked us to be careful when receiving a shot. — John Chiang

My dad played baseball and my uncle and pretty much everybody, so I was brought up early, at a young age, playing baseball. — Eric Sogard

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He was just like an uncle to me. We’ve been together so long. You couldn’t ask for anyone better. — Roy Brown

There was living in the palace at this time a brother of the great Germanicus, and consequently an uncle of the late emperor, whose name was Claudius Caesar. — Frederic William Farrar

He’s always come off like a nice uncle who knows things, — Michael Musto

But we had an aunt and uncle that came in Thursday before they were supposed to be allowed in, and the officers didn’t even stop them, … That really concerns me. No one is even checking to see if the people coming in are actually local residents. — Ricky Gutierrez

Everybody trusted Cronkite because he reminded them of their favorite uncle or trusted family physician. Being square in the age of the Beatles made Cronkite retro cool. — Douglas Brinkley

My great uncle was in ‘Dad’s Army.’ And I don’t know if Americans will know that. It was a hugely popular show in England. — Daisy Ridley

I could not spend the rest of my life sitting in Brazil writing down who called whom uncle and aunt. — Alan Furst

From the time my uncle was murdered, it brought all that stuff back again. The memories and the loss, the emotion, the tears. — Peter Robinson

I was helping Uncle Sam to make dollars. Maybe mine were not as good gold as his, but they looked as well and were cheaper to make. — Arthur Conan

My uncle taught me to play. He loved American music even though he didn’t know the language. — Rafael Mendez

All my grandparents and great aunts and uncle love ‘Foyle’s War.’ They all lived through the war and love to see it reconstructed so authentically. — Honeysuckle Weeks

Most people by this time would be so wounded, they couldn’t do anything with their lives. But his uncle filled Saddam with dreams of glory. — Jerrold Post

I’m the most inappropriate dad. I curse in front of my kids and their friends. I let my kids watch R-rated movies. I’ll walk by the movie theater and say, ‘Let’s go see that,’ and my kids will say, ‘No, it’s rated R. It’s not appropriate for kids.’ I’m like Uncle Dad. We have fun. I don’t live with them, but I drive over four days a week. — Marlon Wayans

He really was a good guy, Uncle Mike. It’s nice that we may get some conclusion. — Mike Roth

I was not very strong growing up, and my uncle used to look at me, like, ‘This kid is not growing up, he is growing tall but he can be broken like a banana.’ The banana in Congo is called ‘Dikembe.’ So my uncle start calling me, ‘Dikembe, Dikembe, look at you Dikembe, you cannot even stand up.’ It took a long time for me to walk. — Dikembe Mutombo

I tell people they don’t know who they lost. They lost a great man. (The street naming) would be a great honor, not just for my uncle but for everyone. For blacks, and for whites too. — Richard Palmer

My uncle was skipper on the old Claymore sailing out from Oban to the Inner Hebrides. My father worked for MacBraynes all his life, on freight boats and then on ferries crossing to Skye, Barra, Uist, the small isles and Iona. — Johann Lamont

If you’re not a parent, if you’re an aunt or uncle or neighbor, books are an amazing gift. — Victoria Osteen

My parents separated before I was 1 year old. I moved in with my aunt and uncle when I was in fourth grade. I was, like, 8 or 9 years old. I was getting in a lot of trouble when I was in Southern California. My older sisters were in gangs. My older brother was in gangs. — Troy Polamalu

Everybody that I was in school with had an uncle or father in the law, and I started to realize that I was going to end up writing briefs for about ten years for these fellows who I thought I was smarter than. And I was kind of losing my feeling for that. — John Wayne

My father died when I was quite small, so my uncle used to buy me books and read them to me. — Jenny Nimmo

Nobody would have picked me to play 20 years. I wouldn’t have picked myself to play 20 years. I do know there’s a lot of my ex-teammates sitting at home watching, saying, ‘Can you believe Ray Brown is still playing football?’ I might even have family members saying, ‘Why is Uncle Ray playing? He needs to get out of there. — Ray Brown

My mother had a heart attack when she was about 50. My uncle died of a heart attack at 58. Both of my grandparents on my mother’s side died of heart attacks around 60. — Joy Behar

My Portuguese uncle had a Portuguese version of a ukulele. The family would pull it out after dinner and play Portuguese folk songs on it. I couldn’t wait for him to finish so I could get my hands on it. I was seven or eight years old. And he used to have a Fender amp in his house and an electric guitar. I would spend hours making sounds. — Joe Perry

My uncle was a father of four and friends to many in San Jacinto and Hemet. Albert was such a love. We will miss him always. — Linda Smith

My uncle Shawn used to stay with us when we were really young, and I used to come downstairs and see him break dancing on this piece of a cardboard. I probably always thought they were cool since then. I never knew his comedy, but I used to always see him break dancing. And he was terrible at it. — Damon Wayans, Jr.

For Tom and myself, it’s an extremely special day to be able to be involved with the Cincinnati Reds franchise as my father and uncle were at one time. We only hope to be as successful. — Joe Williams

My uncle worked in emergency wards dealing with people who came in with terrible injuries. He talked about the sketch shows they would put on to lighten the atmosphere. You often find this sense of grim humor in hospitals. The injuries people are suffering are ghastly. You have to laugh at something or you’d otherwise cry. — Honeysuckle Weeks

Playing for my uncle is difficult sometimes, but when we leave practice, everything’s over with. My dad gives me advice. I think I could play for him, too. — Jordan Zuppe

I talked to my uncle in Florida on the phone and I told him I wanted to teach. He said to get into it slowly. So I got into it slowly. I read so many books, it’s unreal. — Bill Mason

He was like a godfather to all of us. He’s like your good uncle or something. He was a pal. — John Floyd

Olivia and James, Joe and Tom had a field day playing cricket in the garden of the villa against Uncle Fred, with a hard rubber ball, … Freddie is brilliant with kids. — David English

Luke : Listen, I can’t get involved. I’ve got work to do. It’s not that I like the Empire; I hate it. But there’s nothing I can do about it right now… It’s all such a long way from here. Obi-Wan : That’s your uncle talking. — Mark Hamill

He’s a wonderful uncle to my grandchild, and Hillary’s a wonderful aunt to my grandchild, so I have a very soft spot for that relationship, … Now, having said that, I have a bright line between my work as a United States senator from the largest state in the union, and what the president has to do. — Barbara Boxer

Having gone through a period of making solo records and performing with just one other guy, Mark Spencer, I really missed the idea of playing in a group dynamic. We’re doing a set that is focused on the new album, but we’ll be doing other Son Volt material as well — and we could be going back to Uncle Tupelo, too. — Jay Farrar

My mom, two brothers, their families, my grandmother, my aunt and my uncle are all in a like a 25-square foot house with no power and a tree on top of it, — Brett Favre

He described how, as a boy of 14, his dad had been down the mining pit, his uncle had been down the pit, his brother had been down the pit, and of course he would go down the pit. — Barbara Castle

I have a lot of respect for His Majesty Juan Carlos. I call him Uncle Juan because he is an extraordinary person whom I have known for a long time. — Mohammed VI of Morocco

I said good morning, and came on out. That afternoon when we came back, Gus here on Klondike flagged my uncle down and told him to come back there. He went back to see what he wanted and he was raising sand. Said his wife told him that I looked like I wanted to rape their daughter, somewhere in a room. — Charles Phillips

My grand uncle was a traditional priest, and he would always say to me as a kid, ‘We stand in our own light,’ which essentially for him meant we were entirely responsible for a lot of what happens to us and for the ways in which our lives play out. — Chris Abani

If the Democrats want to insult women by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. — Mike Huckabee

I think that I always thought that if my uncle was on Broadway, then I must inherently have a good voice. I don’t think that for a while I did. Eventually, out of sheer will of never wanting to get a job or go to college, I found my way into doing music full-time. — Nate Ruess

His mother died when he was a little kid, his father didn’t understand him, and he was raised by an aunt and uncle and a grandfather on a farm. He had a lot of darkness, without question. — Martin Landau

My uncle had trouble carving the turkey. He complained about the sharpness of the knife. My grandma proceeded to rip the turkey apart with her own hands and throw a leg and breast on everyone’s plate and said, ‘There, that’s Brooklyn style.’ — Steve Guttenberg

My great uncle died on the third charge up Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, — Tom Hewitt

He’s grown up a Bulldog. His grandfather, his father, his uncle all played for Georgia, Georgia football is in his blood. I think it does help. — Mark Richt

If the fight was here, Floyd would have been disqualified, end of story. He may have been winning the fight but what his uncle did was against the rules. We can’t only enforce the rules when they suit us. — Larry Hazzard

One of our alums is an elementary school teacher there. He called the office one day and said they had this real good player we should take a look at. We evaluated him on film and liked him. And he’s got an aunt and uncle in southeastern Michigan. — Jeff Genyk

Luke: Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator. — Mark Hamill

My uncle Randall always had a book in his hand. He read in the car, he read at restaurants, he read when you were talking to him. He read lots of different things, but mostly it was Louis L’Amour’s westerns and contemporary thrillers. — Stephen Graham Jones

My parents had normal jobs, and I didn’t just want to work all day, and so I thought if I could break into music I wouldn’t have to work all day. And I had an uncle who was on Broadway, so I was like, ‘I have to be able to sing.’ — Nate Ruess

He was prouder still to be a member of that even more restricted group, Uncle Sam Rayburn’s Board of Education-the Bourbon and Branch Water College of Congressional Knowledge. — Margaret Truman

My father had played the guitar when he was young, and my uncle Jack had worked for Kalamazoo, before the war, developing guitar pickups. So there was a kind of family thing about the guitar, although it was considered something of an anomaly then. — Pete Townshend

When I read the pilot ‘for Married with Children’, it just reminded me of my Uncle Joe… just a self-deprecating kind of guy. He’d come home from work, and the wife would maybe say ‘I ran over the dog this morning in the driveway’. And he would say ‘Fine, what’s for dinner? — Ed O’Neill

My father and my uncle used to be amateur monologuists because their generation grew up with Henry Irving and the like, and they had that style of delivery, of declamation: ‘The Belllllls!’ What we call ‘ham’ now, larger than life. — Ron Moody

My Uncle Harry had given me a microscope as a present which allowed me to continue my personal explorations of the living world. — Sydney Brenner

Jack Palance was my distant uncle – that’s the family gossip. Growing up, my family knew everything about his face getting burned and scarred in the military and how that mutilation led him to become such a famous ‘heavy’ in films. I prayed for good scars of my own. Not just acne scars. — Chuck Palahniuk

‘James and the Giant Peach’ magnificently starts out Dahl’s career as a blithe and droll Bad Uncle corrupter and affirmer of youth. Its influence can be subsequently traced down the decades in everything from Maurice Sendak to Lemony Snicket to J. K. Rowling. — Paul Di Filippo

When I was a kid my favorite relative was Uncle Caveman. After school we’d all go play in his cave, and every once in a while he would eat one of us. It wasn’t until later that I found out that Uncle Caveman was a bear. — Jack Handy

Hands down. He’s done more for college football than anybody around today. He’s like your uncle at Thanksgiving that everybody likes. — Brian Ferentz

My uncle is Billy Blanks, the Tae Bo guy, … The guys have heard about that, and they kind of rub it in about all of that. — Billy Blanks

Some bloke came up to me in Tesco a couple of years ago at 11:30 pm and said: ‘Excuse me, would you mind telling my son here that you’re Uncle Vernon?’ I said: ‘Get a grip. It’s 11:30 at night – what’s he doing out of bed? I’m not here to entertain people at this time of night. — Richard Griffiths

My uncle had been a basketball player in his day. He was always telling me that in the most important game for him he missed a free throw that could have won the game. He told me he felt bad about it. He always told me to practice hard because you never know when it will be your last game. You never know when the game can be taken from you. When we lost to IMS, I felt like I let him down. — Travis Temple

My first team was the Vipers 10-and-under. My dad played baseball. My grandmother’s uncle played professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals. — Brittany Hipple

With my father and uncle so involved in racing, it was the only thing I ever knew, so I’m sure that had a huge influence on me. However, my father had more influence on me just by the way he lived, because the way he was at the racetrack was the way he was in everyday life. — Jacques Villeneuve

He is coming home in March for a wedding, then going back to Iraq. I feel that he’s the best uncle ever. — Jon Davis

There’s a lot of wisdom that my dad and my grandparents and my uncle have been able to impart on me, and what I’ve treasured the most is I’ve seen examples in my life of people embracing their creativity, not feeling insecure about their artistic inclinations. — Bryce Dallas Howard

I come from a long line of serial embellishers. Sometimes a good story’s got a ghost in it; sometimes a panther chases my Uncle Bill and Fred Price home from a coon hunt. — Tony Earley

My uncle works in the prison, so he’s still there and he said a lot of the houses are straight. My sister’s house had a tree fall on it, but it didn’t do too much damage. It’s nothing we can’t rebuild. You can’t replace a life, but you can replace the houses and the fences. — Stephen Jackson

My last vivid boyhood fright from books came when I was 15; I was visiting my uncle and aunt in Greenwich, and, emboldened by my success with ‘The Waste Land,’ I opened their copy of ‘Ulysses.’ The whiff of death off those remorseless, closely written pages overpowered me. So: back to soluble mysteries, and jokes that were not cosmic. — John Updike

My uncle Pete and my dad could have beat us on that ice. — Kevin Martin

My uncle was the first brown person to have a market stall on Petticoat Lane in the 1960s. He worked his way up from the street. He was homeless, but eventually he got a car so he could sell from the boot. And by the 1980s, he was a millionaire wholesaling to companies like Topshop. So in a way, fashion put me in England. — M.I.A.

My grandfather left Cuba when Castro came into power and literally left everything. He had two suitcases and two kids and showed up in New Jersey and waited for my uncle to meet up with him. Imagine – there were no cell phones back then! — Chrissie Fit

If Uncle Martin were here today, he would surely commend us for giving honor where honor is due. — Alveda King

I would see these films starring Maria Felix, Lola Flores she was my very favorite. My uncle was the one that opened my eyes to glamour, — Holly Woodlawn

I was very hungry today, I couldn’t wait any longer to take this gold medal. This win means a lot for me. I want dedicate it to my uncle and my 3-month-old daughter. — Richard Jackson

My great-great-great uncle – or maybe it’s only two ‘greats’ – crossbred the first Aberdeen Angus. — Joanna Lumley

My uncle out in Texas Can’t even write his name He signs his checks with Xs But they cash ’em just the same — Irving Berlin

My uncle is being helpful, like: All you have to do is blow out this wall and extend the bathroom. If you’re going to borrow $100,000, why not spend $100,000 more and be done with it, with no hassle? — Michele Morson

My mom’s brother was gay, and he actually passed away from AIDS when I was 13. He was quite a character, but he also worked at the electrical plant, so he was this complicated guy with a big laugh who would wear a trucker hat and do impressions. He was gay, but to me, Uncle Alan was just the funniest person in the world. — Casey Wilson

I grew up on all of the great spy movies and TV series of the Sixties – not just Bond, but Derek Flint and the Avengers and Modesty Blaise and the Man from UNCLE and on and on. Every time I sit down to work on Cinderella, I’m writing a love letter to all of those characters. — Chris Roberson

My uncle was in a ska band called the Top Cats; that was my first proper influence, as I was taken to see them every week. It sort of built up, the want to replicate it creatively. — King Krule

Make sure you haven’t told Uncle George he can invest at any given time at any given amount. — David Dwyer

When I was little, my mother always told me to beware of strangers. Today, I tell my children to beware of Uncle Chester, their Mother’s Molester. — Patty Hopson

We have to accept the fact that the vast majority of perpetrators of these crimes are people who know their victims. It’s the uncle who is trusted to act as a babysitter. It’s the family friend. As soon as people accept the fact that recidivism rates are low, and that the offenses are perpetrated by people who are already involved in the family structure, then the solutions that are proposed become irrelevant. — Eric Lotke

I suppose the best advice I ever got, frankly the advice that changed my life, came from my uncle who told me to go to drama school and study acting instead of taking a job, because he said the job would always be there. — Elizabeth Banks

We’ve always been modestly leveraged, and we’ve never believed in a great deal of leverage on either our private equity business or on our investment banking business. And I think it really goes back to my uncle and dad growing up in the Depression and just seeing what happened to people who were overly levered. — Warren Stephens

Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there’s the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in. — Marcelene Cox

My uncle is so funny – Don Vito. He was always fat with the craziest voice. Dude, he barely speaks English; it’s just full-blown jibber-jabber. It’s so funny to watch on TV because you really need subtitles because you can’t understand him. — Bam Margera

A holiday vacation can mean sampling all kinds of new cuisine – whether it’s Uncle Joe’s award-winning chili or the exotic flavors of Nepal. If your little ones are fussy, be sure to ease mealtime hassles by bringing along a supply of the familiar foods they’re accustomed to rejecting at home. — Adam Mansbach

I think that, to a lot of people, they don’t like my brand of whatever I do. And I think that people – the ones that like me, at least – see me as their brother or their older uncle or their friend or their next door neighbour. I am the quintessential boy next door; I feel that way. — Robbie Williams

I think Wilco is going to definitely stand the test of time – no question – and Uncle Tupleo, and the whole No Depression scene, which is now alt-country. I think that’s going to be around a long time. — Roger McGuinn

Our brothers, cousins, uncles, husbands, neighbors were in the war, … Not everyone’s cousin or uncle is in this war. — Dennis Hastert

My mother died when I was 12, and right after, my dad died in a car crash. I was 15 and had no family. The court sent me to live with my uncle and aunt in Missouri. — Karolyn Grimes

We’re a Muslim family, but we’re also very cultured and we have a mixture of different religions. For example, my brother-in-law is Catholic, and my sister converted and my nephews are baptized. I have an uncle who just graduated and currently he’s a priest. — Rima Fakih

I was headed in the wrong direction. I didn’t think I’d make it to 21. My Uncle Chuck saved my life. He was a graphic designer, and he gave me my first sketchbook. In the front, he wrote, ‘Wear it like your underwear.’ — Richard MacDonald

I said, I dont think so. I had an aunt and uncle here but they died 10 years ago, she asked me what their names were and when I said, Wally and Clare, she said, You do have relatives here. It turns out she knew my aunt and uncle better than I ever did. — Karen Templeton

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