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A busy mother makes slothful daughters.

PROVERB

A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it.

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

TENNEVA JORDAN

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER, QUOTED IN 'O' MAGAZINE, MAY 2003

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.

CARDINAL MERMILLOD

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

WASHINGTON IRVING

A mother understands what a child does not say.

YIDDISH PROVERB

A mother who is really a mother is never free.

HONORE DE BALZAC

A mother's heart is always with her children.

PROVERB

A Mother's love is something that no on can explain, It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain, It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may For nothing can destroy it or take that love away . . . It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking . . . It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns, And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems . . . It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation, And it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation . . . A many splendoured miracle man cannot understand And another wondrous evidence of God's tender guiding hand

HELEN STEINER RICE, A MOTHER'S LOVE

A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.

GEORGE ELIOT

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.

GERMAINE GREER

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.

PROVERB

And yet of all the home remedies, A good wife and mother is still the best.

KIN HUBBARD

Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother.

GREGORY NUNN

But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.

GEORGE ELIOT

Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.

ANN OAKLEY

Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.

CAMILLE ANNA PAGLIA

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM

For a mother is the only person on earth Who can divide her love among ten children And each child still have all her love.

ANON.

For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.

MARGUERITE DURAS

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers

ANON.

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers

YIDDISH PROVERB

GOD made a wonderful mother, A mother who never grows old; He made her smile of the sunshine, And He molded her heart of pure gold; In her eyes He placed bright shining stars, In her cheeks, fair roses you see; God made a wonderful mother, And He gave that dear mother to me.

PAT O'REILLY, A WONDERFUL MOTHER

He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin.

ENGLISH PROVERB

Heaven is at the feet of Mothers.

ARABIC PROVERB

I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhood and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.

MARGUERITE DURAS

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

It is true that you may occasionally overhear a mother say Children must have their naps, It's mother who knows best. When what she really means by that Is that she needs a rest.

DONNA EVLETH, INSPIRING QUOTATIONS COMPILED BY A M WELLS, JR, 1988

Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.

GEORGE ELIOT

Maternity is on the face of it an unsociable experience. The selfishness that a woman has learned to stifle or to dissemble where she alone is concerned, blooms freely and unashamed on behalf of her offspring.

EMILY JAMES PUTNAM

Morality and its victim, the mother -- what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?

EMMA GOLDMAN

M-O-T-H-E-R M is for the million things she gave me, O means only that she's growing old, T is for the tears she shed to save me, H is for her heart of purest gold; E is for her eyes, with love-light shining, R means right, and right she'll always be, Put them all together, they spell MOTHER, A word that means the world to me.

HOWARD JOHNSON

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

ROBERT BROWNING

Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.

ERICH FROMM

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.

JANE WELSH CARLYLE

No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children.

BARBARA EHRENREICH

Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother. Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.

NORMAN DOUGLAS

Original Poems for Infant Minds My Mother Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My Mother.

ANON.

RICHER THAN GOLD You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be -- I had a mother who read to me.

STRICKLAND GILLILAN

Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.

PEARL BUCK

Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.

BARBARA EHRENREICH

The best thing that could happen to motherhood already has. Fewer women are going into it.

VICTORIA BILLINGS

The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother - which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.

SYDNEY J. HARRIS

The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access; doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.

PHYLLIS MCGINLEY

The fact that we are all trained to be mothers from infancy on means that we are all trained to devote our lives to men, whether they are our sons or not; that we are all trained to force other women to exemplify the lack of qualities which characterizes the cultural construct of femininity.

ANDREA DWORKIN

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

HONORE DE BALZAC

The kind of power mothers have is enormous. Take the skyline of Istanbul -- enormous breasts, pathetic little willies, a final revenge on Islam. I was so scared I had to crouch in the bottom of the boat when I saw it.

ANGELA CARTER

The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.

JAMES FENTON

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

THEODORE HESBURGH

The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true mother duty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now.

CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

HENRY WARD BEECHER

The watchful mother tarries nigh, though sleep has closed her infants eyes.

JOHN KEBLE

There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.

ANGELA CARTER

What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not.

JAMES JOYCE, A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, CH. 5, 1916

When a woman is twenty, a child deforms her; when she is thirty, he preserves her; and when forty, he makes her young again.

LEON BLUM

Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT

Women know the way to rear up children (to be just). They know a simple, merry, tender knack of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes, and stringing pretty words that make no sense. And kissing full sense into empty words.

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

Women known The way to rear up children (to be just) They know a simple, merry, tender knack Of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes And stringing pretty words that make no sense. And kissing full sense into empty words.

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, AURORA LEIGH

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.

MARGARET SANGER

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

TENNEVA JORDAN

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.

ALICE WALKER

At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent.

GOLDA MEIR

Blaming mother is just a negative way of clinging to her still.

NANCY FRIDAY

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.

ANNIE SULLIVAN

Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.

MICHAEL LEVINE

I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

PEARL S. BUCK

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.

JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS

Life is nothing but a series of crosses for us mothers.

COLETTE

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

ARISTOTLE

My mother used to say, "He who angers you, conquers you!" But my mother was a saint.

ELIZABETH KENNY

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

FLORIDA SCOTT-MAXWELL

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

CHINESE PROVERB

She was the archetypal selfless mother: living only for her children, sheltering them from the consequences of their actions -- and in the end doing them irreparable harm.

MARCIA MULLER

The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant -- and let the air out of the tires.

DOROTHY PARKER

The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.

NANCY FRIDAY

The family is the nucleus of civilization.

ARIEL AND WILL DURANT

The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids.

JILL BENSLEY

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

THEODORE HESBURGH

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.

SAM LEVENSON

Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.

JANE WELSH CARLYLE

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.

MARILYN FRENCH

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.

MARGARET SANGER

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

VIRGINIA WOOLF

Whenever I'm with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines. The Kitchen God's Wife

AMY TAN

With my poems, I finally won even my mother. The longest wooing of my life. Braided Lives

MARGE PIERCY

Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering.

ELAINE HEFFNER


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