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
A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning
-Dorothy Canfield Fisher
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden,
fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends
who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens
around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts
and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to
return to our hearts.
A mother who is not everything for her children: a friend, a teacher, a
confidant, a source of joy and founded pride, inducement and soothing,
reconciliator, judge and forgiver, that mother obviously chose the wrong
A mother, who is really a mother, is never free.
-Honoré de Balzac
A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and
by car forever after.
-Peter De Vries
Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human
race. Rude children belong to their mothers.
All mothers are working mothers.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does.
That is his.
An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest. (Spanish Proverb)
Being a king, emperor, or president is mighty small potatoes compared to
being a mother.
Being a mother is a noble status, right? So why does it change when you
put 'unwed' or 'welfare' in front of it?
Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
Consult a real expert: call your mother.
Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's
beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from
drowning them at birth.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Don't get me wrong. Being a mom is no picnic. Raising the kids is the
mother's responsibility. It's a thankless, solitary job, like sheriff or
Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She
prepares a world she will not see.
-Pope Paul VI
God invented mothers because he couldn't be everywhere at once. Then he
invented guilt, because mothers couldn't be everywhere at once.
I have always admired the Esquimaux. One fine day a delicious meal is
cooked for dear old mother, and then she goes walking away over the ice,
and doesn't come back.
I would have gone home to my mother, but I'm not that crazy about my
I'd never do anything vulgar before an audience. My mother wouldn't
If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.
If you ever become a mother, can I have one of the puppies?
Just about the time a woman thinks her job is done, she becomes a
-Edward H. Dreschnack
Mother is a verb, not a noun.
Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan
Mothers are all slightly insane.
Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young. (T-shirt)
My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six.
My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son of a bitch.
My mother said, 'You won't amount to anything because you
procrastinate.' I said, 'Just wait.'
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
My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one
day have to potential to be the comic stories the next.
My mother was an ex-nun, and my father was a Franciscan brother, so I
grew up believing in Jesus the way anyone would believe in Mom's first
My mother's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
My mother's obsession with the good scissors always scared me a bit. It
implied that somewhere in the house there lurked: the evil scissors.
No state can be strong which excludes from its expressed wisdom, the
knowledge possessed by mothers, wives and daughters.
Sometimes you need a B-2 bomber and sometimes you need your mother.
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an
hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
-Honoré de Balzac
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will
always find forgiveness.
-Honoré de Balzac
The key to living a moral life is this: Do nothing in private that you
would be ashamed to discuss openly with your mother.
The love of a mother is never exhausted; it never changes, it never
tires. 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; in good repute, in
bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother still
loves on, and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways,
and repent; still she remembers the infant smiles that once filled her
bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of his childhood,
the opening promise of his youth; and she can never be brought to think
him all unworthy.
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she
served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
The only thing that seems eternal and natural in motherhood is
There are more quarrels smothered by just shutting your mouth, and
holding it shut, than by all the wisdom in the world.
There are only two things a child will share willingly- communicable
diseases and his mother's age.
-Dr. Benjamin Spock
There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing.
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.
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's
love is not.
When mothers talk about the depression of the empty nest, they're not
mourning the passing of all those wet towels on the floor, or the music
that numbs your teeth, or even the bottle of capless shampoo dribbling
down the shower drain. They're upset because they've gone from
supervisor of a child's life to a spectator. It's like being the vice
president of the United States.
You never get over being a child, long as you have a mother to go to.
Your mother knows how to push your buttons because she installed them.
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