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Mothers and motherhood



The family is the nucleus of civilization.

- Ariel and Will Durant


So when the great word "Mother!" rang once more,

I saw at last its meaning and its place;

Not the blind passion of the brooding past,

But Mother -- the World's Mother -- come at last,

To love as she had never loved before --

To feed and guard and teach the human race.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman


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

- Colette


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

- Dorothy Parker


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


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.

Aurora Leigh

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning



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

- Jill Bensley


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 Nuller


A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.

- Margaret Sanger


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


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

Braided Lives

-Marge Piercy


Before you were conceived I wanted you

Before you were born I loved you

Before you were here an hour I would die for you

This is the miracle of life.

- Maureen Hawkins


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

- Nancy Friday




"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."

- Robert Browning


Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;

A mother's secret hope outlives them all."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes


"To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens."

- Spencer W. Kimball


"Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. But here again, because there is nothing to sell, there is a very general disposition to regard a married woman's work as no work at all, and to take it as a matter of course that she should not be paid for it."

- George Bernard Shaw


"The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed,deserves the highest honor that man can give."

- David 0. McKay


"Motherhood is the greatest potential influence in human society. Her caress first awakens in the child a sense of security; her kiss the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world. Thus in infancy and childhood she implants ever-directing and restraining influences that remain through life."

- David 0. McKay




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

- Nancy Friday


Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.

Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.

Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him.

Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.

- Pamela Glenconner


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


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


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




Being a mother has made my life complete.

- Darcy Bussell


When I pick up one of my children and cuddle them, all the strain and stress of life temporarily disappears. There is nothing more wonderful than motherhood and no-one will ever love you as much as a small child.

- Nicola Horlick


Discovering that with every child, your heart grows bigger and stronger - that there is no limit to how much or how many people you can love, even though at times you feel as though you could burst - you don't - you just love even more.

- Yasmin Le Bon


Never being number one in your list of priorities and not minding at all.

- Jasmine Guinness


Having someone else to blame when there is a rude smell in the air.

- Jane Horrocks


I feel whole at last.

- Meg Matthews




"I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring it."

- Rose Kennedy


"The story of a mother's life: Trapped between a scream and a hug."

- Cathy Guisewite, "Like Mother, Like Daughter"


"I affirm my profound belief that God's greatest creation is womanhood. I also believe that there is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation."

- James E. Faust, April 1993 General Conference


"Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrificing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountains of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life."

- President David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals


"Her dignity consists in being unknown to the world; her glory is in the esteem of her husband; her pleasures in the happiness of her family."

- Jean Rousseau



"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."

- Maya Angelou


"There was never a great man who had not a great mother."

- Olive Schreiner


"How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.

- Alice Walker


"Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family."

- Clare Boothe Luce


"Mother's Day is in honor of the best Mother who ever lived - the Mother of your heart."

- Anna Jarvis


"It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."

- Ann Landers



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