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Mothers and motherhood
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
- Honore De Balzac
What the mother sings the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating you.
- Jill Bennett
An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
- Benjamin Disraeli
A father may turn his back on his child; brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies; husbands may desert their wives and wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother still loves on, and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways, and repent; still she remembers the infant smiles that once filled her bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of his childhood, the opening promise of his youth; and she can never be brought to think him all unworthy.
- Washington Irving
Simply having children does not make mothers.
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;
Rock me to sleep, mother; rock me to sleep.
- Elizabeth Chase
The hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
- W. R. Wallace
Her children arise up, and call her blessed.
- Proverbs 31:28
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William M. Thackeray
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
- H. W. Beecher
What are Raphael's madonnas but the shadow of a mother's love, fixed in a permanent outline forever?
- T. W. Higginson
Mother always said that honesty was the best policy, and money isn't everything. She was wrong about other things too.
- Gerald Barzan
Men are what their mothers made them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother and to become fully independent.
- Erich Fromm
I demand for the unmarried mother, as a sacred channel of life, the same reverence and respect as for the married mother; for Maternity is a cosmic thing and once it has come to pass, our conversation must not be permitted to blaspheme it.
- Ben Lindsey
"A boy's best friend is his mother."
- Anthony Perkins
By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1907- )
Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
- Author Unknown
We only have One Mom, One Mommy, One Mother in this World, One life. Don't wait for the Tomorrow's to tell Mom, you love her.
- Author Unknown
To my Mother ~ Elizabeth Mary, who is not with me anymore, On Mother's Day and always... ...my heart remembers you. Much love always, love from your ever loving daughter Elaine Mary Berger.
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 (1783-1859)
They joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed.
- Author Unknown.
Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
- Lin Yutang
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore' de Balzac (1799-1850)
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington (1732-1799)
A mother is a person who if she is not there when you get home from school you wouldn't know how to get your dinner, and you wouldn't feel like eating it anyway.
Songs of Experience "Infant Sorrow"
My mother groaned! my father wept.
Into the Dangerous world I leapt:
Helpless, naked, piping loud;
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
- William Blake
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
- Will Durant
When We Were Very Young
Weatherby George Dupree
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down to the end of the town, if you don't go down with me."
- A. A. Milne
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
- Florida Scott-Maxwell
Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother.
Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital 'M'; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly...yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to.
- Sophia Loren
There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.
- Andrew Jackson
In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.
- Booker T. Washington
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?
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