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List of Motherhood Quotes
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
~ Abraham Lincoln
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
~ Abraham Lincoln
"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
~ Agatha Christie
"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."
~ Albert Einstein
"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
"Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother."
~ Ann Taylor
"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."
"Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like."
~ Arnold Bennett
"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but
whose place no one else can take."
~ Cardinal Mermillod
"Children and mothers never truly part -Bound in the beating of each other's heart."
~ Charlotte Gray
"A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary."
~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher
"I really learned it all from mothers."
~ Dr. Benjamin Spock
"If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers."
~ Edgar Watson Howe
"It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding."
~ Erma Bombeck
"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
"A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking"
~ Helen Rice
"What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin."
~ Henry Ward Beecher
"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
~ Honore' de Balzac
"Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character."
~ Hosea Ballou
"Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not."
~ James Joyce
"The best academy, a mother's knee."
~ James Russell Lowell
"The phrase "working mother" is redundant."
~ Jane Sellman
"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."
"God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers."
~ Jewish proverb
"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"A boy's best friend is his mother."
~ Joseph Stefano
"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world."
~ Kate Douglas Wiggin
"Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: Love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved."
~ Kate Samperi
"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."
~ Lin Yutang
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
~ Mark Twain
"Motherhood is like Albania-- you can't trust the descriptions in the books, you have to go there."
~ Marni Jackson
"We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful. Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth."
~ Mary Antin
"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."
~ Maya Angelou
"I'd rather be a mother than anyone on earthBringing up a child or two of unpretentious birth...I'd rather tuck a little child all safe and sound in bedthan twine a chain of diamonds about my [carefree] head.I'd rather wash a smudgy face with round, bright, baby eyesThan paint the pageantry of fame or walk among the wise."
~ Meredith Gray
"My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind."
~ Michael Jordan
"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love."
~ Mildred B. Vermont
"Over the years I have learned that motherhood is much like an austere religious order, the joining of which obligates one to relinquish all claims to personal possessions."
~ Nancy Stahl
"Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
~ Oscar Wilde
"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."
~ Pablo Picasso
"A mother's hardest to forgive. Life is the fruit she longs to hand you, Ripe on a plate. And while you live, Relentlessly she understands you."
~ Phyllis McGinley
"Men are what their mothers made them."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive."
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived.' They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates, and society."
~ Stephen R. Covey
"Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't want your mother to hear at your trial."
~ Sydney Biddle Barrows
"The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother—which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician."
~ Sydney J. Harris
"An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest."
~ Spanish proverb
"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
"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
~ Theodore Hesburgh
"A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love."
~ Thomas C. Haliburton
"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing."
~ Toni Morrison
"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."
~ Victor Hugo
"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."
"The only thing a lawyer won't question is the legitimacy of his mother."
~ W. C. Fields
"A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know that he sees it."
~ W. D. Howells
"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."
~William Makepeace Thackeray
"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
~ William Ross Wallace
"The greatest thing she'd learned over the years is that there's no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one."
~ Author Unknown
"Children are the sum of what mothers contribute to their lives."
~ Author Unknown
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