Selected Quotes about Mothers

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

Women know / The way to rear up children (to be just) / They know a simple, merry, tender knack / Of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes / And stringing pretty words that make no sense. -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother. -- Jane Welsh Carlyle

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

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

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

Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them. / Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them. / Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him. / Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it. -- Pamela Glenconner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. -- Chinese proverb

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers. -- Margaret Sanger

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

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

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. -- Annie Sullivan

Whenever I'm with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines. -- Amy Tan

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

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

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