Mothers Quotes

 A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 A fond Mother never knows where to stop when her children is the subject. 
Author: Martha Jefferson Randolph
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1772  - d. 10 October 1836
  
 For the first fourteen years for a rod they do whine, For the next as a pearl in the world they do shine, For the next trim beauty beginneth to swerve, For the next matrons or drudges they serve, For the next doth crave a staff for a stay, For the next a bier to fetch them away. 
Author: Thomas Tusser
Nationality: English
b. December 1524  - d.  December 1580
  
 A Freudian slip is when you say one thing and mean your mother. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. 
Author: Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Nationality: American
b. December 1879  - d.  December 1958
  
 A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 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 
Author: Agatha Christie
Nationality: English
b. 15 September 1890  - d. 12 January 1976
  
 A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by mother, who sees that the others get it. 
Author: Marcelene Cox
Nationality: American   
 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 
Author: Thomas C. Haliburton
Nationality: Canadian
b. 17 December 1796  - d. 27 August 1865
  
 All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 An Literature who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. 
Author: Spanish Proverb
Nationality: British   
 And when did you last see your father? 
Author: W. F. Yeames
Nationality: British
b. 18 December 1835  - d. 03 May 1918
  
 Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child in whom we trace The features of the mother's face, Her aspect and her attitude. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children. 
Author: Anita Bryant
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1940
  
 As her sons have seen her: the mother in patriarchy: controlling, erotic, castrating, heart-suffering, guilt-ridden, and guilt-provoking; a marble brow, a huge breast, an avid cave; between her legs snakes, swamp-grass, or teeth; on her lap a helpless infant or a martyred son. She exists for one purpose: to bear and nourish the son. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by 'survival of the fittest.' 
Author: Bill Cosby
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of. 
Author: Amy Heckerling
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1954
  
 Babies haven't any hair; Old men's heads are just as bare; Between the cradle and the grave Lies a haircut and a shave. 
Author: Samuel Hoffenstein
Nationality: American
b. 08 October 1890  - d. 06 October 1947
  
 Boys are found everywhere - on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket. 
Author: Allan Beck
Nationality: American
b. December 1942
  
 Bumping into Jeff Kennett at an airport, I thanked him for considerably prolonging my mother's life. No, he hadn't passed a piece of legislation granting boons to old age pensioners. Rather, my mother would sit in front of the telly, waiting for the news, just so she could scream abuse at images of the then Victorian premier. 'You gave her a reason to live,' I explained. He seemed very touched. John Howard fills the same role for me. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 Certainly the most beneficial mode of colonization to the mother country is colonizing with convicts, because in this way you make the unproductive portion of her population productive, by converting those who were formerly her pests into useful auxiliaries to increase her wealth and strength, and good customers for consuming her manufactures. 
Author: Peter Cunningham
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1816  - d.  December 1869
  
 Children are the sum of what mothers contribute to their lives. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Scottish   
 Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don't criticize What you can't understand. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Daughters go into analysis hating their fathers and come out hating their mothers. They never come out hating themselves. 
Author: Laurie Jo Wojcik
Nationality: American   
 Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 Diligence is the mother of good fortune. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Do you think your mother and I should have liv'd comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? 
Author: John Gay
Nationality: English
b. 30 June 1685  - d. 4 December 1732
  
 Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. 
Author: H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Nationality: American   
 Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 Elle's Mother: Honey, you were First Runner-Up at the 'Miss Hawaiian Tropics' contest. Why are you going to throw that all away? Elle Woods: Going to Harvard is the only way I'm going to get the love of my life back. Elle's Father: Oh, sweetheart, you don't need law school. Law school is for people who are boring and ugly and serious. And you, button, are none of those things. 
Movie: Legally Blonde
Nationality: American
Released: December 2001
  
 Employment, which Galen calls 'nature's physician,' is so essential to human happiness that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery. 
Author: Richard E. Burton
Nationality: American
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1940
  
 England is the mother of Parliaments. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 English Law prohibits a man from marrying his mother-in-law. This is our idea of useless legislation. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 Enthusiasm is the mother of effort. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Everything I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Expel avarice, the mother of all wickedness, who, always thirsty for more, opens wide her jaws for gold. 
Author: Claudianus
Nationality: Latin
b. December 365  - d.  December 408
  
 Experience is the mother of all the dumb asses. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Latin   
 Experience is the universal mother of sciences. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Father-Mother spin a web whose upper end is fastened to spirit - the light of the one darkness - and the lower one to its shadowy end, matter; and this web is the universes pun out of the two substances made in one.... 
Tome: Book of Dzyan
Nationality: Tibetan   
 Fear is the mother of foresight. 
Author: Henry Taylor
Nationality: English
b. 18 October 1800  - d. 27 March 1886
  
 Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 For a mother the project of raising a boy is the most fulfilling project she can hope for. She can watch him, as a child, play the games she was not allowed to play; she can invest in him her ideas, aspirations, ambitions, and values - or whatever she has left of them; she can watch her son, who came from her flesh and whose life was sustained by her work and devotion, embody her in the world. So while the project of raising a boy is fraught with ambivalence and leads inevitably to bitterness, it is the only project that allows a woman to be -- to be through her son, to live through her son. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Getting caught is the mother of invention. 
Author: Robert Byrne
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1928
  
 Go, tell the Spartans, thou who passeth by, That here, obedient to their laws, we lie. 
Author: Simonides of Ceos
Nationality: Greek
b. December 556  - d.  December 468
  
 God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers. 
Author: Jewish Proverb
Nationality: Greek   
 God pardons like a mother who kisses the offense into everlasting forgetfulness. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. 
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1832  - d. 6 March 1888
  
 He'd rob his own mother. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a black cat crossed his path. 
Author: Stephen King
Nationality: American
b. 21 September 1947
  
 His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it. 
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers' names. 
Author: Alice Malsenior Walker
Nationality: American
b. December 1944
  
 How we dwelt in two worlds the daughters and the mothers in the kingdom of the sons. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 However we may pity the mother whose health and even life is imperiled by the performance of her natural duty, there yet remains no sufficient reason for condoning the direct murder of the innocent. 
Author: Pope Pius XI
Nationality: Italian
b. 31 May 1857  - d. 10 February 1939
  
 I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble. 
Author: Agatha Christie
Nationality: English
b. 15 September 1890  - d. 12 January 1976
  
 I have often experienced that a mother's heart was of all things in nature the least subject to reason. 
Author: Martha Jefferson Randolph
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1772  - d. 10 October 1836
  
 I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers If I belittle dogs and mothers. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 I just thought of something funny... your mother. 
Author: Cheech Marin
Nationality: American
b. December 1946
  
 I often wonder how the women stood it the first four years; and I can remember how Mother, when she was alone, used to sit on a log, where the lane is now, and cry for hours. Lonely! it was lonely. 
Author: Steele Rudd
Nationality: Australian
b. 14 November 1868  - d. 11 October 1935
  
 I think we're seeing in working mothers a change from 'Thank God it's Friday' to 'Thank God it's Monday.' If any working mother has not experienced that feeling, her children are not adolescent. 
Author: Ann Diehl
Nationality: Australian   
 I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity. 
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1884  - d. 7 November 1962
  
 I will go back to the great sweet mother, Mother and lover of men, the sea. I will go down to her, I and no other, Close with her, kiss her and mix her with me. 
Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Nationality: English
b. 5 April 1837  - d. 19 April 1909
  
 I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me. 
Author: Laurence Sterne
Nationality: English
b. 24 November 1713  - d. 18 March 1768
  
 If evolution really works how come mothers only have two hands? 
Author: Ed Dussault
Nationality: English   
 If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! I know whose love would follow me still, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father. 
Author: Jean de la Bruyère
Nationality: French
b. 16 August 1645  - d. 10 May 1696
  
 If poverty is the mother of crimes, want of sense is the father. 
Author: Jean de la Bruyère
Nationality: French
b. 16 August 1645  - d. 10 May 1696
  
 If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers. 
Author: Edgar Watson Howe
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1853  - d. 3 October 1937
  
 If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It's a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it's time to reflect on what's come before. 
Author: Mitchell Burgess
Nationality: American   
 If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby ''it.'' 
Author: Jerome K. Jerome
Nationality: English
b. 02 May 1859  - d. 14 June 1927
  
 If you wish to remove avarice you must remove its mother, luxury. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 If you would abolish avarice, you must abolish its mother, luxury. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 In our own beginnings, we are formed out of the body's interior landscape. For a short while, our mothers' bodies are the boundaries and personal geography which are all that we know of the world. ... Once we no longer live beneath our mother's heart, it is the earth with which we form the same dependent relationship, relying ... on its cycles and elements, helpless without its protective embrace. 
Author: Louise Erdrich
Nationality: Native American (Ojibwa)
b. 07 May 1954
  
 In the career of female fame, there are few prizes to be obtained which can vie with the obscure state of a beloved wife, or a happy mother. 
Author: Jane Porter
Nationality: English
b. December 1776  - d.  December 1850
  
 Isidor Isaac Rabi's mother used to ask him, upon his return from school each day, Did you ask any good questions today, Isaac? 
Author: Steve Chandler
Nationality: English   
 Leisure and solitude are the best effect of riches, because the mother of thought. Both are avoided by most rich men, who seek company and business, which are signs of being weary of themselves. 
Author: Sir William Temple
Nationality: English
b. 25 April 1628  - d. 27 January 1699
  
 Leisure is the mother of philosophy. 
Author: Thomas Hobbes
Nationality: English
b. 5 April 1588  - d. 4 December 1679
  
 Long have I loved what I behold. The night that calms, the day that cheers; The common growth of mother-earth Suffices me. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 Macduff was from his mother's womb Untimely ripp'd. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Maoriland, my mother! Holds the earth so fair another? O, my land of the moa and Maori, Garlanded grand with your forests of kauri, Lone you stand, only beauty your dowry, Maoriland, my mother! 
Author: Arthur Adams
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 6 December 1872  - d. 4 March 1936
  
 Memory is the mother of all wisdom. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 Men are what their mothers made them. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Misery is when you make your bed and then your mother tells you it's the day she's changing the sheets. 
Author: Suzanne Heller
Nationality: American   
 Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother's tasted better the day before. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like. 
Author: Arnold Bennett
Nationality: English
b. 27 May 1867  - d. 27 March 1931
  
 Motherhood is like Albania - you can't trust the descriptions in the books, you have to go there. 
Author: Marni Jackson
Nationality: English   
 Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention. 
Author: Margaret Mead
Nationality: American
b. 16 December 1901  - d. 15 November 1978
  
 Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Mothers, food, love, and career, the four major guilt groups. 
Author: Cathy Guisewite
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1950
  
 Mr. Bennett: An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins. And I will never see you again if you do. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 My country, right or wrong, is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except a desperate case. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober.' 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.' 
Author: Helen Hayes
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1900  - d. 17 March 1993
  
 My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success. 
Author: Helen Hayes
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1900  - d. 17 March 1993
  
 My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 My mother had dreams of being a writer and I used to see her type in the front room. The front room is also where I would go when I was sick so I would sit there and watch her. 
Author: John Updike
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1932  - d. 27 January 2009
  
 My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay. 
Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Nationality: African-American
b. 16 April 1947
  
 My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 My mother loved children - she would have given anything if I had been one. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 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. 
Author: Pablo Picasso
Nationality: Spanish
b. 25 October 1881  - d. 08 April 1973
  
 My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia. 
Author: Dame Edna Everage
Nationality: Australian   
 My mother-in-law broke up my marriage. My wife came home from work one day and found me in bed with her. 
Author: Lenny Bruce
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1925  - d. 3 August 1966
  
 My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her left breast. Turned out to be a trick knee. 
Author: Phyllis Diller
Nationality: American
b. 17 July 1917  - d. 20 August 2012
  
 My mother's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. 
Author: Buddy Hackett
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1924  - d. 30 June 2003
  
 Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 Nature's loving proxy, the watchful mother. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Necessity is the mother of 'taking chances.' 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Necessity is the mother of invention. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 Need is the mother of invention. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Irish   
 Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 Never throw stones at your mother, You'll be sorry for it when she's dead, Never throw stones at your mother, Throw bricks at your father instead. 
Author: Brendan Behan
Nationality: Irish
b. 9 February 1923  - d. 20 March 1964
  
 No man is responsible for his father. That was entirely his mother's affair. 
Author: Margaret Turnbull
Nationality: Irish   
 No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. 
Author: Margaret H. Sanger
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1883  - d. 6 September 1966
  
 Not even the gods fight against necessity. 
Author: Simonides of Ceos
Nationality: Greek
b. December 556  - d.  December 468
  
 O Men, with sisters dear! O Men, with mothers and wives! It is not linen you're wearing out, But human creatures' lives. Stitch - stitch - stitch In poverty, hunger and dirt, - Sewing at once, with a double thread, A shroud as well as a Shirt! 
Author: Thomas Hood
Nationality: English
b. 23 May 1799  - d. 3 May 1845
  
 Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. 
Author: Lin Yutang
Nationality: Chinese
b. 10 October 1895  - d. 26 March 1976
  
 Of course I don't always enjoy being a mother. At those times my husband and I hole up somewhere in the wine country, eat, drink, make mad love and pretend we were born sterile and raise poodles. 
Author: Dorothy De Bolt
Nationality: Chinese   
 Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree. 'Now my dears,' said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, 'you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: you Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.' 
Author: Beatrix Potter
Nationality: English
b. 28 July 1866  - d. 22 December 1943
  
 Philosophy is the true mother of science. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Poverty is the mother of crime. 
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Nationality: Roman
b. 26 April 121  - d. 17 March 180
  
 President of the Victorian Federation of Catholic Mother's Clubs:- We definitely think bikinis lower the resistance of young people to temptation. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Roman   
 Said my mother, 'What is all this story about?' 'A Cock and a Bull', said Yorick. 
Author: Laurence Sterne
Nationality: English
b. 24 November 1713  - d. 18 March 1768
  
 Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure. 
Author: Francesco Petrarch
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 July 1304  - d. 19 July 1374
  
 Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same. 
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1973
  
 Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometime, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight. 
Author: Barbara Schapiro
Nationality: American   
 Sometimes we talked about the nature of the human soul and about the Cosmic Unity of souls that I had believed in so firmly when I was 15 years old. My mother did not like the phrase Cosmic Unity. It was too pretentious. She preferred to call it a world soul. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 Sooner or later we all quote our mothers. 
Author: Bern Williams
Nationality: English   
 It requires twenty years for a man to rise from the vegetable state in which he is within his mother's womb, and from the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of reason begins to appear. It has required thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure. It would need eternity to learn something about his soul. It takes an instant to kill him. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 Tell your mother, if she asks, that maybe we'll meet some other time. Under the pear trees, in Paradise. 
Author: John Updike
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1932  - d. 27 January 2009
  
 Thank you, sister. May you be the mother of a bishop! 
Author: Brendan Behan
Nationality: Irish
b. 9 February 1923  - d. 20 March 1964
  
 The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. 
Author: Elain Heffner
Nationality: Irish   
 The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. 
Author: Francis Maitland Balfour
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1851  - d. 19 July 1882
  
 The bravest battle that ever was fought; Shall I tell you where and when? On the maps of the world you will find it not; It was fought by the mothers of men. 
Author: Joaquin Miller
Nationality: American
b. December 1841  - d.  December 1913
  
 The fact remains that the common speech of the Commonwealth of Australia represents the most brutal maltreatment which has ever been inflicted upon the language that is the mother tongue of the great English nations. 
Author: William Churchill
Nationality: English
b. 18 September 1897  - d. 11 March 1982
  
 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. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother. 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us ... 
Author: Big Thunder
Nationality: Native American (Bedagi)   
 The Heavens seemed to men to fulfill the functions of father, and the Earth of mother. The former impregnated the earth with its fertilizing rains, and the earth, receiving them, became fruitful and brought forth. 
Author: Archimedes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 287  - d.  December 212
  
 The incomprehensibleness of women is an old theory, but what is that to the curious wondering observation with which wives, mothers, and sisters watch the other unreasoning animal in those moments when he has snatched the reins out of their hands, and is not to be spoken to! . It is best to let him come to, and feel his own helplessness. 
Author: Margaret Oliphant
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 April 1828  - d. 25 June 1897
  
 The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. 
Author: Jill Churchill
Nationality: American   
 The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. 
Author: Calvin Marshall Trillin
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1935
  
 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 The phrase 'working mother ' is redundant. 
Author: Jane Sellman
Nationality: American   
 The sea is mother-death and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up. 
Author: Anne Sexton
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1928  - d. 04 October 1974
  
 The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing. 
Author: Kin Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. December 1868  - d.  December 1930
  
 The writer's only responsibility is to his art... If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' is worth any number of old ladies. 
Author: William Faulkner
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1897  - d. 06 July 1962
  
 There is a word sweeter than mother, home, or heaven - that word is liberty. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you. 
Author: Eliezer Wiesel
Nationality: Romanian
b. 30 September 1928
  
 This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother. Women have even taken over Skid Row. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 To cheat his own mother. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 To cheat your own mother. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother. 
Author: Barry Humphries
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 February 1934
  
 To steal from your own mother. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 We are a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland. 
Author: Theodore Parker
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1810  - d. 10 May 1860
  
 We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 Well, spring sprang. We've had our state of grace and our little gift of sanctioned madness, courtesy of Mother Nature. Thanks, Gaia. Much obliged. I guess it's time to get back to that daily routine of living we like to call normal. 
Author: David Assael
Nationality: English   
 What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles 
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1832  - d. 6 March 1888
  
 What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game.... There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you. 
Author: Nora Ephron
Nationality: American
b. December 1941
  
 When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself. 
Author: Nancy Friday
Nationality: American
b. 27 August 1933
  
 When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she'd just make enough for 16 and only serve half. 
Author: Gracie Allen
Nationality: American
b. 26 July 1895  - d. 27 August 1964
  
 When the hounds of spring are on winter's traces, The mother of months in meadow or plain Fill the shadows and windy places With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain. 
Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Nationality: English
b. 5 April 1837  - d. 19 April 1909
  
 Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well. 
Author: Amos Bronson Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1799  - d. 4 March 1888
  
 Where yet was ever found a mother, Who'd give her booby for another. 
Author: John Gay
Nationality: English
b. 30 June 1685  - d. 4 December 1732
  
 Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My Mother. 
Author: Anne Taylor
Nationality: English
b. 30 June 1782  - d. 20 December 1866
  
 Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy - the mother. 
Author: Claudette Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 September 1903  - d. 30 July 1996
  
 Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Writers write about what obsesses them. You draw those cards. I lost my mother when I was 14. My daughter died at the age of 6. I lost my faith as a Catholic. When I'm writing, the darkness is always there. I go where the pain is. 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realize you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully. 
Author: Fay Weldon
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1931
  
 Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all! 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot. 
Author: Allan Beck
Nationality: American
b. December 1942
  
 After I got this job at the syndicate, I started sending them money so they could go on trips and do the things they could never afford to do. All the while, I never knew that my mother was socking money away.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 But even though all this was going on at home, if someone had tried to take me away and put me in a children's home, I couldn't have handled it. Even though my mother was very brutal, it was my home.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 My mother was a very literate person who had educated herself. She had an exceptional vocabulary.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 That's what my mother did. And my father was the first person she'd met who treated her kindly. She was terrified of men, and she married a very meek, kind, dear man. And she had the upper hand. She ruled the roost.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 You think about child abuse and you think of a father viciously attacking a daughter or a son, but in my family it was my mother. My mother, I would say, was a . . . very brutal disciplinarian.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best. 
Author: Hamilton Wright Mabie
Nationality: American
b. December 1846  - d.  December 1916
  
 If Mother and Father would only help me, I might be editor of that newspaper-a London paper-but I must have help and I just can't get it.  
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 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.  
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 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. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement. 
Author: Florida Scott-Maxwell
Nationality: American   
 The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction. 
Author: Milton R. Sapirstein
Nationality: American   
 I just stopped playing bitches on wheels and peoples' mothers. I have only a few more years to kick up my heels! 
Author: Kenneth Peacock Tynan
Nationality: English
b. December 1927  - d.  December 1980
  
 I am like a mother, who her own child weakens with too much love. 
Author: Anna Freud
Nationality: Viennese
b. 03 December 1895  - d. 09 October 1982
  
 It is only when parental feelings are ineffective or too ambivalent or when the mother's emotions are temporarily engaged elsewhere that children feel lost. 
Author: Anna Freud
Nationality: Viennese
b. 03 December 1895  - d. 09 October 1982
  
 My mother observed no rules, she made her own rules. 
Author: Anna Freud
Nationality: Viennese
b. 03 December 1895  - d. 09 October 1982
  
 Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Would not the child's heart break in despair when the first cold storm of the world sweeps over it, if the warm sunlight of love from the eyes of mother and father did not shine upon him like the soft reflection of divine light and love?  
Author: Friedrich Max Müller
Nationality: German
b. 06 December 1823  - d. 28 October 1900
  
 Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother. 
Author: Gregory Nunn
Nationality: American
b. December 1955
  
 I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice. He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano. They were always very supportive. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 The future is religion and commerce, aphrodisiac and Benzedrine, a mother of mysterious comfort and a mistress of familiar ravishments ever on the verge of embracing or destroying us. 
Author: Eugene Cullen Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 Your mother's afraid of everything. 
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1894  - d. 10 January 1961
  
 In my own bizarre childhood, I had no mother and I didn't have a very normal upbringing with girls in my own peer group. 
Author: John Le Carre
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1931
  
 Even today, well-brought-up English girls are taught by their mothers to boil all veggies for at least a month and a half, just in case one of the dinner guests turns up without his teeth. 
Author: Calvin Marshall Trillin
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1935
  
 There's always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself - whether it's Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. - because that's the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else. 
Author: Audre Geraldine Lorde
Nationality: Caribbean-American
b. 18 February 1934  - d. 17 November 1992
  
 At the age of 12, between the coaches and my prompting, my mother finally relented and let me participate in Pop Warner football. 
Author: Joe Theisman
Nationality: American
b. 9 September 1949
  
 It was not always easy because I was always an individual and found it difficult to be one of a group. One person who was very supportive was my father. My mother was great but my father really recognised my individuality and supported me in that. 
Author: Sharon Stone
Nationality: American
b. 10 March 1958
  
 My mother was the voice of Minnie Mouse for a little while in the Macy's Day parades in New York. 
Author: Billy Crystal
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1948
  
 Don't call me an icon. I'm just a mother trying to help. 
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 I wish all the mothers, fathers and children out there realize how much I need them and how much I value their support. 
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 Forbidden to you are your mothers and your daughters and your sisters and your paternal aunts and your maternal aunts and brothers' daughters and sisters' daughters and your mothers that have suckled you and your foster-sisters and mothers of your wives and your step-daughters who are in your guardianship, (born) of your wives to whom you have gone in, but if you have not gone in to them, there is no blame on you (in marrying them), and the wives of your sons who are of your own loins and that you should have two sisters together, except what has already passed; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. 
Tome: The Qur'an
Nationality: English   
 In producers, loafing is productive; and no creator, of whatever magnitude, has ever been able to skip that stage, any more than a mother can skip gestation. 
Author: Jacques Martin Barzun
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1907
  
 Well, I certainly was exposed to and learned to appreciate the work of great directors early on. As a kid, my mother used to take me to see really interesting arty films in Los Angeles. 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 My mother decided that she wouldn't die until she saw me safely back in the Royal Navy and on my way to the top. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 My mother said, Don't worry abot what people think now. Think about whether your children and grandchildren will think you've done well. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 I'm a woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister. I'm a real person operating in the world. For me to discuss the most private thing feels wrong. It feels like I'm betraying myself and my children. 
Author: Nicole Kidman
Nationality: Australian
b. 20 June 1967
  
 An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.  
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 If I were dammed of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, mother o' mine o mother o' mine. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 Ignorance is the mother of all evils. 
Author: François Rabelais
Nationality: French
b. December 1494  - d. 9 April 1553
  
 Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.  
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 This mania of the mothers of the period, to be constantly in pursuit of a son-in-law. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since. 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 Mother dumped father in favour of a rather sleazy businessman - a sociopath who tried to murder me. I spent my latter part of my childhood trying to protect my mother from this psycho. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 The delightful sense of importance that had been mine as a child actress was taken out of me. It seemed as if anyone could do better than I did. In every part I was worse than in the one before, and even my mother admitted that it would be a mercy if gestures could be dispensed with entirely. 
Author: Maude Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 November 1872  - d. 17 July 1953
  
 I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. 
Author: Shirley Temple
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 If my mother knew I did this for a living, she'd kill me. She thinks I'm selling dope. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 I had a nightmare last night. I dreamed Dolly Parton was my mother and I was a bottle baby. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 I was so ugly when I was born that the doctor slapped my mother 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six, but she must have shown signs of oddness before that. 
Author: Alan Alda
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1936
  
 The less I behave like Whistler's mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after. 
Author: Tallulah Brockman Bankhead
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1902  - d. 12 December 1968
  
 I am no mother, and I won't be one. 
Author: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1934
  
 There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there's a hell of a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect. 
Author: Roseanne Barr
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1952
  
 My wife is the kind of girl who will not go anywhere without her mother, and her mother will go anywhere. 
Author: John Barrymore
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1882  - d. 29 May 1942
  
 I can't say I ever loved my mother, I admired her. 
Author: Humphrey Bogart
Nationality: American
b. 25 December 1899  - d. 14 January 1957
  
 After the enormous success of All About my Mother, all the awards and everything, I wanted to start a moWith this silent film, I wanted to hide what was going on in the clinic. I wanted to cover it up in the best cinematic way and in an entertaining manner. vie in exIt's a pity that I can never really enjoy my movies because, after the mixing, your capacity as a spectator just disappears. I have to think about what I felt just before the mixing.actly the same place that I used to be before. I wanted to show that all of the success had not changed my perception. 
Author: Pedro Almodovar
Nationality: Spanish
b. 24 September 1949
  
 Even though I love my mother, I didn't want to make an idealized portrait of her. I'm fascinated more by her defects - they are funnier than her other qualities. 
Author: Pedro Almodovar
Nationality: Spanish
b. 24 September 1949
  
 My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land. By it the blessings of liberty are forever withheld from women and their female posterity. To them this government has no just powers derived from the consent of the governed. To them this government is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor. An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household - which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 I was a queen, and you took away my crown, a wife, and you killed my huband, a mother, and you took my children away from me. All I have left is my blood. Take it. But do not make me suffer long. 
Author: Marie Antoinette
Nationality: French
b. 2 November 1755  - d. 16 October 1793
  
 No one understands my ills, nor the terror that fills my breast, who does not know the heart of a mother. 
Author: Marie Antoinette
Nationality: French
b. 2 November 1755  - d. 16 October 1793
  
 When you grow up your mother says, 'Wear rubbers or you'll catch cold.' When you become an adult you discover that you have the right not to wear rubbers and to see if you catch cold or not. It's something like that. 
Author: Diane Arbus
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1923  - d. 26 July 1971
  
 Because I am a mother, I am capable of being shocked: as I never was when I was not one.  
Author: Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1939
  
 Their mothers had finally caught up to them and been proven right. There were consequences after all but they were the consequences to things you didn't even know you'd done. 
Author: Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1939
  
 The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn't be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife. 
Author: Angelina Jolie
Nationality: American
b. 4 June 1975
  
 I was not a classic mother. But my kids were never palmed off to boarding school. So, I didn't bake cookies. You can buy cookies, but you can't buy love. 
Author: Raquel Welch
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1940
  
 I never had children, never even thought I would have children. Now I have 152 daughters; expecting 75 more next year. That is some type of gestation period! I said to the mothers, the family members, the aunts, the grannies - because most of these girls have lost their families, their parents - I said to them, 'Your daughters are now my daughters and I promise you I'm going to take care of your daughters. I promise you. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't want your mother to hear at your trial. 
Author: Sydney Barrows
Nationality: American
b. 14 January 1952
  
 How old am I? I'm as old as my mother told me. How's that? 
Author: Charles Manson
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1934
  
 I loved my mother, she's a good girl. 
Author: Charles Manson
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1934
  
 I punched my mother out once. 
Author: Charles Manson
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1934
  
 My view on issues is based on common sense, and my experience as a mother of four children, as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 When I discovered that chapel was compulsory I immediately struck back. The junior dean halled me for not attending chapel, which I was certainly not going to do, because it involved early rising. I excused myself on the ground that I had been brought up among the Plymouth Brethren. The dean asked me to come and see him occasionally and discuss the matter, and I had the astonishing impudence to write to him that "The seed planted by my father, watered by my mother's tears, would prove too hardy a growth to be uprooted even by his eloquence and learning. 
Author: Aleister Crowley
Nationality: British
b. 12 October 1875  - d. 1 December 1947
  
 For many years I had loathed being called Alick, partly because of the unpleasant sound and sight of the word, partly because it was the name by which my mother called me. Edward did not seem to suit me and the diminutives Ted or Ned were even less appropriate. Alexander was too long and Sandy suggested tow hair and freckles. I had read in some book or other that the most favourable name for becoming famous was one consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee, as at the end of a hexameter: like "Jeremy Taylor". Aleister Crowley fulfilled these conditions and Aleister is the Gaelic form of Alexander. To adopt it would satisfy my romantic ideals. The atrocious spelling A-L-E-I-S-T-E-R was suggested as the correct form by Cousin Gregor, who ought to have known better. In any case, A-L-A-I-S-D-A-I-R makes a very bad dactyl. For these reasons I saddled myself with my present nom-de-guerre. I can't say that I feel sure that I facilitated the process of becoming famous. I should doubtless have done so, whatever name I had chosen. 
Author: Aleister Crowley
Nationality: British
b. 12 October 1875  - d. 1 December 1947
  
 Hatred of the mother is familiar, but the mother's hatred still comes as a surprise.  
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening.  
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 I was talking with Liza Minnelli once, and she was surprised to hear how much of an influence her mother had on me. 
Author: Barbara Cook
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1927
  
 Motherhood change me because it is so fundamental what you're doing for another person. And you are able to do even though it takes a lot. 
Author: Meg Ryan
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1961
  
 I'm such a supporter of women, work-related. I'm happy for my wife and I'm ecstatic that she makes more than most men in Hollywood. The first writer I hired for a movie I'm producing was a black woman. She did an amazing job. It's like I just think that seeing women get passed over, being so intimately involved with so many women throughout my life - my sisters, my mother and that sort of thing - it's shaped me and given me a sensitivity and understanding that I don't think a lot of men necessarily have. 
Author: Ryan Phillippe
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1974
  
 My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch. 
Author: Jack Nicholson
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1937
  
 I'd work to make it hip again to spend time in our fabled and fabulous land. But with a Puerto Rican father and a Jewish mother, I would probably be better suited as mayor of New York. 
Author: Geraldo Rivera
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1943
  
 Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she's going to come around and whack you. You've got to be prepared. 
Author: Geraldo Rivera
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1943
  
 The Iraqi forces are conducting the Mother of all Retreats. 
Author: Dick Cheney
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1941
  
 I sensed my father's generous intention, and, fearing that he might change his mind, I told him that I didn't feel I should go, since I was indeed thinking of getting married. "The girl is ten years older than I am," I said, "and Mother might think she is kind of fast, because she is being kept by a cotton broker from Memphis, Tennessee, who only comes North once in a while. But you are a man of the world, and you understand that a woman can't always help herself." Within the week, I had a letter of credit on the Irving Trust for two thousand dollars, and a reservation on the old Caronia for late in the summer, when the off-season rates would be in effect. 
Author: A. J. Liebling
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1904  - d. 28 December 1963
  
 My main teachers were my father and my mother and my brother.  
Author: Jeff Bridges
Nationality: American
b. 4 December 1949
  
 My mother lost a child just before me. His name was Gary. My mom and dad went through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A kid, a year old, and you go up and the baby is dead.  
Author: Jeff Bridges
Nationality: American
b. 4 December 1949
  
 This is the man my mother lived for. My career means something now because I've worked with Robert Redford. 
Author: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1969
  
 I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage. 
Author: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1932  - d. 23 March 2011
  
 My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked. 
Author: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1932  - d. 23 March 2011
  
 Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards. 
Author: Robert Orben
Nationality: American
b. 4 March 1927
  
 A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 A mother who is really a mother is never free. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother! 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 My mother insisted that her children read. 
Author: Jimmy Buffett
Nationality: American
b. 25 December 1946
  
 And kind old King George sent Mother a note when he heard that Father was gone. It was, as I recall, in a form of a scroll, with gold leaf and all. And I found it one day in a drawer of old photographs, hidden away. And my eyes still grow damp to remember, His Majesty signed with his own rubber stamp. 
Author: Roger Waters
Nationality: English
b. 6 September 1943
  
 I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. I used to get very angry at her when I was growing up - it's a natural thing. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The old system of exploitation of colonies and the monopolization of their trade for the benefit of the mother country has practically disappeared. 
Author: Elihu Root
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1845  - d. 7 February 1937
  
 Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. 
Author: Erich Fromm
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1900  - d. 18 March 1980
  
 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. 
Author: Erich Fromm
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1900  - d. 18 March 1980
  
 Make me a grave where'er you will, In a lowly plain, or a lofty hill; Make it among earth's humblest graves, But not in a land where men are slaves. I could not rest if around my grave I heard the steps of a trembling slave; His shadow above my silent tomb Would make it a place of fearful gloom. I could not rest if I heard the tread Of a coffle gang to the shambles led, And the mother's shriek of wild despair Rise like a curse on the trembling air. I could not sleep if I saw the lash Drinking her blood at each fearful gash, And I saw her babes torn from her breast, Like trembling doves from their parent nest. I'd shudder and start if I heard the bay Of bloodhounds seizing their human prey, And I heard the captive plead in vain As they bound afresh his galling chain. If I saw young girls from their mother's arms Bartered and sold for their youthful charms, My eye would flash with a mournful flame, My death-paled cheek grow red with shame. I would sleep, dear friends, where bloated might Can rob no man of his dearest right; My rest shall be calm in any grave Where none can call his brother a slave. I ask no monument, proud and high, To arrest the gaze of the passers-by; All that my yearning spirit craves, Is bury me not in a land of slaves. 
Author: Frances Harper
Nationality: African-American
b. 24 September 1825  - d. 22 February 1911
  
 My sister was slim and beautiful and friendly, and my mother always preferred her. I was the ugly duckling, fat and clumsy and unpopular. It is a cruel thing to make a child feel ugly and unwanted... I'll never forgive her for taking my childhood away. During all the years I should have been playing and growing up, I was singing or making money. Everything I did for them was mostly good and everything they did to me was mostly bad. 
Author: Maria Callas
Nationality: American
b. 2 December 1923  - d. 16 September 1977
  
 It is hard work to be good when you are very little and very hungry, and have many sticks to beat you, and no mother's lips to kiss you. 
Author: Ouida
Nationality: English
b. 1 January 1839  - d. 25 January 1908
  
 When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution. 
Author: Charlotte Perkins
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1860  - d. 17 August 1935
  
 And it came to me, and I knew what I had to have before my soul would rest. I wanted to belong - to belong to my mother. And in return - I wanted my mother to belong to me. 
Author: Gloria Vanderbilt
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1924
  
 With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood. 
Author: Isadora Duncan
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1878  - d. 14 September 1927
  
 Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back. 
Author: Denzel Washington
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1954
  
 My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque. 
Author: Denzel Washington
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1954
  
 When I was a child I thought I saw an angel. It had wings and kinda looked like my sister. I opened the door so some light could come into the room, and it sort of faded away. My mother said it was probably my Guardian Angel. 
Author: Denzel Washington
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1954
  
 I would have gone home to my mother, but I'm not that crazy about my mother. 
Author: Cher
Nationality: American
b. 20 May 1946
  
 This is my present, you know. My present from Mother. 
Author: Gypsy Rose Lee
Nationality: American
b. December 1914  - d. 26 April 1970
  
 She is descended from a long line that her mother listened to. 
Author: Gypsy Rose Lee
Nationality: American
b. December 1914  - d. 26 April 1970
  
 By the time I was 15, my mother had turned me into a real clotheshorse. 
Author: Gloria Swanson
Nationality: American
b. 27 March 1899  - d. 4 April 1983
  
 My mother and I could always look out the same window without ever seeing the same thing. 
Author: Gloria Swanson
Nationality: American
b. 27 March 1899  - d. 4 April 1983
  
 The only kind of work which permits an able woman to realize her abilities fully, to achieve identity in society in a life plan that can encompass marriage and motherhood, is the kind that was forbidden by the feminine mystique, the lifelong commitment to an art or science, to politics or profession. If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don't blame the women's movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based. 
Author: Betty Friedan
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1921  - d. 4 February 2006
  
 The taboo for straight actors playing gay is gone... My mother was squirming a bit in the theater because she comes from a different generation. 
Author: Dean George Cain
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1966
  
 I like to stand behind them and give support of the kind I didn't get when I was a young mother because I was estranged from my parents for a very long time.. So I don't know which way to go from here and it does seem a particularly female problem. 
Author: Helen Garner
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 November 1942
  
 One of the oddities about being Judy Garland's daughter was that everyone treated my mother with such awe that they would never have asked me the normal questions kids get about their moms. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 The one thing I never questioned about my mother was whether she loved me. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 When I look back at The Judy Garland Show, I have such mixed feelings. It broke my mother's heart when they canceled it. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 The sicker mother got, the stranger the people surrounding her became. I called them The Garland Freaks. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 Beware the cute, hot guy who kind of reminds you of the parent you don't get along with: your cold, distant father who left when you were a kid or your hot-tempered mother whom you could never please. 
Author: Merrill Markoe
Nationality: American
b. December 1951
  
 Diligence is the mother of good luck. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The only ones who like Milton Berle are his mother - and the public. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 I don't think Geraldine will be back. She was the girl of my dreams, and she carried me longer than my mother did. 
Author: Flip Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 8 December 1933  - d. 25 November 1988
  
 At 15, I still thought my mother would live forever. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 Dinah had all the class. Even at all my mother's concerts, I had never seen people go crazy the way they did with the Beatles. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 Instead of joyfully looking forward to my birth, my mother began systematically preparing for her own death. She was fatalistic. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 My mother's suicide attempts were a way to release anxiety and get attention. Some of the attempts were drug reactions she didn't even remember later on. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 My mother should have been Jewish. She could have taught a class on how to induce guilt. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 Liza is in the tabloids almost as much as our mother was. She has struggled with her own ghosts and shadows. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 My mother was a phoenix who always expected to rise from the ashes of her latest disaster. She loved being Judy Garland. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 My mother was electric onstage, and I vividly recall the extraordinary power she had over her audiences. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 My mother wasn't rational those last years; if she had been, she would have been horrified by her own behavior. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 My mother's life had been destroyed by the Garland legend. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 The eyebrow pencil and false eyelashes were essential; my mother didn't feel dressed without them. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 People come up to me as I leave the stage after a performance and tell me tey saw my mother onstage with me every time I sing. I keep a sense of humor about it. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 The most memorable night of The Judy Garland Show for me was the night my mother pulled me out of the audience and sang to me onstage. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 Vincente understood all too well what was happening to Liza; he had gone through it 40 years earlier with my mother. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 When my mother signed at MGM, that was the only kind of contract you could sign. There was no such thing as an independent agent. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 There's a woman who deserves our deepest appreciation because if it weren't for her we'd all be somewhere else right now. Let's all drink to my mother Sara Taylor. 
Author: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1932  - d. 23 March 2011
  
 God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother. 
Author: Giuseppe Mazzini
Nationality: Italian
b. 22 June 1805  - d. 10 March 1872
  
 Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast! 
Author: Georges Bernanos
Nationality: French
b. 21 February 1888  - d. 5 June 1948
  
 Without a mother, one cannot love. Without a mother, one cannot die. 
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 Don't forget Mother's Day. Or as they call it in Beverly Hills, Dad's Third Wife Day. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 You're not famous until my mother has heard of you. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions. 
Author: Edward Coke
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1552  - d. 3 September 1633
  
 We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings. 
Author: F. H. Bradley
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1846  - d. 18 September 1924
  
 I probably spend more time with my kids than the average stay-at-home mother. 
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 My mother used to say to me: "Son, it's better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick." I think that still makes a heck of a lot of sense, even in these troubles times. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 The other commandments, such as honoring no god before the Judeo-Christian God, keeping the Sabbath holy, or honoring thy mother and thy father, are not American laws at all. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder. 
Author: Joseph Wood Krutch
Nationality: American
b. 25 November 1893  - d. 22 May 1970
  
 Our talents we got from our father, but our soul from our mother. 
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 Let me ask you to recall that it was despotism and lying that ruined your mother's youth. Despotism and lying so mutilated our childhood that it's sickening and frightening to think about it. Remember the horror and disgust we felt in those times when Father threw a tantrum at dinner over too much salt in the soup and called Mother a fool. 
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in. 
Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 October 1751  - d. 7 July 1816
  
 Jigging veins of rhyming mother wits. 
Author: Christopher Marlowe
Nationality: English
b. 26 February 1564  - d. 30 May 1593
  
 From the moment of birth, when the stone-age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father have been, and their parents and their parents before them. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities. This enterprise is on the whole successful. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 The yellow wheat is growing there, the good Earth is silent about all the rest, has silently turned all the rest to some benefit too, and makes no complaint about it! So everywhere in Nature! She is true and not a lie; and yet so great, and just, and motherly in her truth.  
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 The same thing happened with the mongongo tree which grows on the top of sand dunes. They had never actually moved the tree from one dune to another. But I went and cut a branch off the mother tree and stuck it in the sand. The thing started to sprout leaves and produce mongongo nuts. Now they grow the trees wherever they want. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 Peat preserves timber, animals, and such unexpected treasure-troves as hoards of acorns and firkins of beech butter from the forests which preceded the bogs. A whole archaeology may very well lie in peat, and the pollen record may reveal past history. At the base of Irish bogs the Fir Bolg (the little people), their axes, bridges, butter, and forest life are well preserved. They and their forests were banished, as if by magic, by the Tuatha de Danan (the Children of Diana) who now dig the peat. Diana was displaced in turn by Mary, mother of God. But all are mixed in the peat and the tongue of Ireland. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 I know - yet my arms are empty, That fondly folded seven, And the mother heart within me Is almost starved for heaven. 
Author: Margaret Sangster
Nationality: American
b. December 1838  - d.  December 1912
  
 American women are good mothers, but they make poor wives; Americans are very poor at being attentive to anybody else. 
Author: Margaret Mead
Nationality: American
b. 16 December 1901  - d. 15 November 1978
  
 Hugh Laurie: So lets talk instead about flexibility of language - erm, linguistic elasticity, if you'd like. Stephen Fry:: Yes, I think that I've said earlier that our language, English - L: As spoken by us. F: As we speak it, yes, certainly-, defines it. We are defined by our language, if you will. L (to screen): Hello. We're talking about language. F: Perhaps I can illustrate my point. Let me at least try. Here is a question: (hun...) L: What is it? F: Oh! Hun...my question is this: is our language - English - capable... is English capable of sustaining demagoguery? L: Demagoguery? F: Demagoguery. L: And by "demagoguery" you mean... F: By "demagoguery" I mean demagoguery... L: I thought so. F: I mean highly charged oratory persuasive whipping-up rhetoric. Listen to me, listen to me. If Hitler had been British, would we, under similar circumstances, have been moved, charged up, fired up by his inflammatory speeches or would we simply have laughed? Is English too ironic to sustain Hitlerian styles? Would his language simply have rung false in our ears? L (to screen): We are talking about things ringing false in our ears. F: May I compartmentalize - I hate to, but may I, may I: is our language a function of our British cynicism, tolerance, resistance to false emotion, humour and so on, or do those qualities come extrinsically - extrinsically] - from the language itself? It's a chicken and egg problem. L (to screen): We're talking about chickens, we're talking about eggs. F: Hun...let me start a leveret here: There's language and there's speech. Erm, there's chess and there's a game of chess. Mark the difference for me. Mark it please. L (to screen): We've moved on to chess. F: Imagine a piano keyboard, eh, 88 keys, only 88 and yet, and yet, hundreds of new melodies, new tunes, new harmonies are being composed by hundreds of different keyboards every day in Dorset alone. Our language, tiger, our language: hundreds of thousands of available words, trillions of legitimate new ideas, so that I can say the following sentence and be utterly sure that nobody has ever said it before in the history of human communication: "Hold the newsreader's nose squarely, waiter, or friendly milk will countermand my trousers." Perfectly ordinary words, but never before put in that precise order. A unique child delivered of a unique mother. L (to screen): ... F: And yet, oh, and yet, we, all of us, spend all our days saying to each other the same things time after weary time: "I love you", "Don't go in there", "Get out", "You have no right to say that", "Stop it, "Why should I", "That hurt", "Help", "Marjorie is dead". Hmn?. Surely, it's a thought to take out for cream tea on a rainy Sunday afternoon. L: So, to you, language is more than just a means of communication? F: Oh, of course it is, of course it is, of course it is, of course it is. Language is my mother, my father, my husband, my brother, my sister, my whore, my mistress, my check-out girl... language is a complimentary moist lemon-scented cleansing square or handy freshen-up wipette. Language is the breath of God. Language is the dew on a fresh apple, it's the soft rain of dust that falls into a shaft of morning light as you pluck from a old bookshelf a half-forgotten book of erotic memoirs. Language is the creak on a stair, it's a spluttering match held to a frosted pane, it's a half-remembered childhood birthday party, it's the warm, wet, trusting touch of a leaking nappy, the hulk of a charred Panzer, the underside of a granite boulder, the first downy growth on the upper lip of a Mediterranean girl. It's cobwebs long since overrun by an old Wellington boot. L (to screen): Night-night. 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 Behind the media glare, to two loving children she was simply the best mother in the world. 
Author: His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales Harry Windsor
Nationality: British   
 When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. 
Collaboration: The Beatles
Nationality: British  - d.  December 1970   
 With the cry I wake - and around me The mother and child at her feet Breathe peace in even whispers; And the night falls heavy and sweet. 
Author: Francis Turner Palgrave
Nationality: British
b. 28 September 1824  - d. 24 October 1897
  
 Oh dear, oh dear, how stupid men are when they get an idea into their heads! I tell you he's a good dragon, and a friend of mine, and tells me the most beautiful stories you ever heard, all about old times and when he was little. And he's been so kind to mother, and mother'd do anything for him. And father likes him too, though father doesn't hold with art and poetry much, and always falls asleep when the dragon starts talking about style. But the fact is, nobody can help liking him when once they know him. He's so engaging and so trustful, and as simple as a child! 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 The dramatic possibilities of the thing had tickled the dragon immensely, and he had been up from an early hour, preparing for his first public appearance with as much heartiness as if the years had run backwards, and he had been again a little dragonlet, playing with his sisters on the floor of their mother's cave, at the game of saints-and-dragons, in which the dragon was bound to win. A low muttering, mingled with snorts, now made itself heard; rising to a bellowing roar that seemed to fill the plain. Then a cloud of smoke obscured the mouth of the cave, and out of the midst of it the dragon himself, shining, sea-blue, magnificent, pranced splendidly forth; and everybody said, "Oo-oo-oo!" as if he had been a mighty rocket! His scales were glittering, his long spiky tail lashed his sides, his claws tore up the turf and sent it flying high over his back, and smoke and fire incessantly jetted from his angry nostrils. "Oh, well done, dragon!" cried the Boy, excitedly. "Didn't think he had it in him!" he added to himself. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 Babbitt looked up irritably from the comic strips in the Evening Advocate. They composed his favorite literature and art, these illustrated chronicles in which Mr. Mutt hit Mr. Jeff with a rotten egg, and Mother corrected Father's vulgarisms by means of a rolling-pin. With the solemn face of a devotee, breathing heavily through his open mouth, he plodded nightly through every picture, and during the rite he detested interruptions. Furthermore, he felt that on the subject of Shakespeare he wasn't really an authority. Neither the Advocate-Times, the Evening Advocate, nor the Bulletin of the Zenith Chamber of Commerce had ever had an editorial on the matter, and until one of them had spoken he found it hard to form an original opinion. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don't blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realise that you control your own destiny. 
Author: Albert Ellis
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1913  - d. 24 July 2007
  
 I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. 
Author: Shirley Temple
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1928
  
 That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in. 
Author: Whoopi Goldberg
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1955
  
 Your first obligation is to carry out the mission you are meant for, not what your father, mother, mate, or friends say you should do. Your mission will manifest in you when you decide to listen to your heart's desire. 
Author: Naomi Stephan
Nationality: American   
 With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. 
Author: Laurence Binyon
Nationality: English
b. 10 August 1869  - d. 10 March 1943
  
 It takes a heap o' children to make a home that's true, And home can be a palace grand, or just a plain, old shoe; But if it has a mother dear, and a good old dad or two, Why, that's the sort of good old home for good old me and you. 
Author: Louis Untermeyer
Nationality: American
b. 1 October 1885  - d. 18 December 1977
  
 Love the public the way you love your mother. 
Author: Maurice Chevalier
Nationality: French
b. 12 September 1889  - d. 1 January 1972
  
 The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it. 
Author: Clark Gable
Nationality: American
b. 1 February 1901  - d. 16 November 1960
  
 The background of my early thinking was a German home in which the ideals of the revolution of 1848 were a living force. My father, liberal, but not active in public affairs; my mother, idealistic, with a lively interest in public matters; the founder about 1854 of the kindergarten in my home town, devoted to science. My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma. My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 I sign this bill for my daughters, and all those who will come after us, because I want them to grow up in a nation that values their contributions, where there are no limits to their dreams and they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers never could have imagined. 
Author: President Barack Hussein Obama
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1961
  
 That my father looked nothing like the people around me - that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk - barely registered in my mind. 
Author: President Barack Hussein Obama
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1961
  
 My mother and my father were teachers. My grandmother and my grandfather were teachers. This is something I really know about. Even when I was a kid, it was a profession my father couldn't stay in, because he couldn't make enough money.  
Author: Warren Beatty
Nationality: American
b. 30 March 1937
  
 The earth makes a sound as of sighs and the last drops fall from the emptied cloudless sky. A small boy, stretching out his hands and looking up at the blue sky, asked his mother how such a thing was possible. Fuck off, she said. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 My mother and father had been brought to this country from Russia when they were infants. Their fathers had found that the great promise of America was true - it was no crime to be a Jew. 
Author: Al Capp
Nationality: American
b. 28 September 1909  - d. 5 November 1979
  
 To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother. 
Author: Dame Edna Everage
Nationality: Australian   
 George Your mother cut my face out of the picture. Gracie Oh George you're being sensitive. George I am not! Look at my face! What happened to it? Gracie I don't know; it looks like you fell on it. 
Author: George Burns
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1896  - d. 9 March 1996
  
 Motherfucking friendship! 
Author: Jack Black
Nationality: American
b. 28 August 1969
  
 I am so fucking rock I am so goddamn rock I am so motherfucking rock I am so fucking rock I am so goddamn rock I am so motherfucking rock Don't you know you wanna rock it with me If you came expecting a burlesque show With girls in nipple tassels and a flying trapeze I'm sorry but I'm going to have to disappoint you You should have read your program more carefully If you came expecting liturgical dancing With new interpretations of the story of Moses I'm sorry but I'm think you will be disappointed You've made an error during the booking process But if you came to see... me! I'm really happy that you achieved your intention Cos it's all very well to live in the moment But planning is important is you want to achieve your goals And maybe have some savings when you're old I am so fucking rock I am so goddamn rock I am so motherfucking rock I worked very hard for my rock n roll hair I get it chemically straightened and I style it for hours I worked very hard for a rock n roll face I've got the kooky contact lenses and the girly mascara But there is something deeper inside Something that the mask I wear won't hide I paid lots of money for this big piano And the fancy, fancy lights to make me look like Michael Jackson I paid lots of money for this bohemian coat And the fact I don't wear shoes is just an affectation But there is something deeper inside Something that this costume won't hide Something from a distance you won't see Something fundamentally me I am so fucking rock I am so goddamn rock I am so motherfucking rock Fucking rock, fucking, goddamn rock, goddamn, motherfucking rock, fucking Don't you know you wanna rock it with me I am so fucking rock I am so goddamn rock I am so motherfucking rock Don't you know you wanna rock it with me I am so fucking rock I am so goddamn rock I am so motherfucking rock Don't you know you wanna rock it with me Rock it with me! Rock it with me! 
Author: Tim Minchin
Nationality: Australian
b. 07 October 1975
  
 Jewish custom, which traces descent solely from the mother, is more sensible and more discreet. Our own lawgivers can't accept the fact that there are many things in family life that are best kept shrouded in mystery. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Not like Gehazi, i.e., dead white, like a leper Not like Lot's wife, all salt Not like Argus, full of eyes Not like Tom Piper, 'hoven and puffed' Not like Crispin, leathery Not like Lazarus, poor Not like Esau, hairy Not like Mary Magdalene, full of whey or maudlin Not like the Gentiles, full of maggots Not like a Bishop, made of burnt milk. 
Author: Thomas Tusser
Nationality: English
b. December 1524  - d.  December 1580
  
 Dry sun, dry wind; Safe bind, safe find. 
Author: Thomas Tusser
Nationality: English
b. December 1524  - d.  December 1580
  
 To death we must stoop, be we high, be we low, But how and how suddenly few be that know -, What carry we then but a sheet to the grave, To cover this carcass, of all that we have?" 
Author: Thomas Tusser
Nationality: English
b. December 1524  - d.  December 1580
  
 In particular, she had a wonderful sense of humor, and I learned from her that the highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion. 
Author: Richard Phillips Feynman
Nationality: American
b. 11 May 1918  - d. 15 February 1988
  
 My favorite times were when Mother had a job in New York, and Aunt Virgie would take me by train to stay with her. 
Author: Nancy Reagan
Nationality: American
b. December 1923
  
 We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook? 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 There is a word sweeter than Mother, Home or Heaven. That word is Liberty. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 I hope this will help new moms not feel alone or desperate, and that there is no shame in their feelings. PPD is out of their control, but the treatment and healing process is not. 
Author: Brooke Shields
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1965
  
 It was my mom and I against the world. We lived in New York in this bohemian lifestyle where an extended group of artists and photographers were like my aunts and uncles. 
Author: Brooke Shields
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1965
  
 Being a mother is like being innately artistic, being a father is more like learning to paint by numbers. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  




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