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Published Sunday, May 08, 2016 @ 11:34 PM EDT
May 08 2016

A boy's best friend is his mother.
-Robert Bloch (author of Psycho)

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
-Variously attributed

A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of conqueror, that confidence of success that often induces real success.-Sigmund Freud

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
-Walter Bagehot

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
-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.
-Washington Irving

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 job.
-Joseph Goebbels

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

Almost everyone who has gone to the bad early in life has had a deceitful mother.
-Henrik Ibsen

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
-Variously attributed (Spanish Proverb)

Anything that makes your mother cry is fun.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.
-Mitch Albom

Behind every man who achieves success, Stands a mother, a wife and the IRS.
-Ethel Jacobson

Being a king, emperor, or president is mighty small potatoes compared to being a mother.
-Billy Sunday

Being a mom is no picnic. Raising the kids is the mother's responsibility. It's a thankless, solitary job, like sheriff or Pope.
-Stephen Colbert

Being a mother is a noble status, right? So why does it change when you put 'unwed' or 'welfare' in front of it?
-Florynce Kennedy

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Being a pundit is very similar to being my mother-in-law; just without the rapid weight gain and chin hair growth.
-Sean Carter

Being Lutheran, Mother believed that self-pity is a deadly sin and so is nostalgia, and she had no time for either.
-Garrison Keillor

Cognitive dissonance is watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your new Mercedes.
-Variously attributed

Consult a real expert: call your mother.
-Variously attributed

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 worry about what your mother thinks of your language.
-Elmore Leonard

Every father says the same thing: 'Where's your mother?'
-Bill Cosby

Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.
-Pope Paul VI

Every time I find a girl who can cook like my mother, she looks like my father.
-Tony Randall

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
-W. Somerset Maugham

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.
-Mae West

I don't always enjoy being a mother. At those times my husband and I hop up somewhere in the wine country, eat, drink, make mad love and pretend we were born sterile and raised poodles.
-Dorothy DeBolt

I doubt if a charging elephant, or a rhino, is as determined, or hard to check, as a socially ambitious mother.
-Will Rogers

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.
-Agatha Christie

I have always detested any departure from reality, an attitude which I relate to my mother's poor mental health.
-Jean Piaget

I should warn you that while Frasier is a Freudian, I am a Jungian. So there'll be no blaming Mother today.(From the TV series Frasier)
-Variously attributed

I spent my whole life helping my mother carry around her psychic trunks like a bitter bellhop. So a great load was lifted when she died, and my life was much easier.
-Anne Lamott

I would have gone home to my mother, but I'm not that crazy about my mother.
-Cher

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.'
-Jerome K. Jerome

Mary was an unwed teenage mother.
-Variously attributed

Mother is a verb, not a noun.
-Shonda Rhimes

Mothering has been the richest experience of my life, but I am still opposed to Mother's Day. It perpetuates the dangerous idea that all parents are somehow superior to non-parents.
-Anne Lamott

My father warned me never to date a girl who called her mother Mummy. So I dated her brother and lived happily ever after.
-Gore Vidal

My father's a proctologist. My mother is an abstract artist. That's how I view the world.
-Sandra Bernhard

My grandmother gave me five dollars and said, 'Don't tell your mother.' I told her, 'It's going to cost you more than that.'
-Steven Wright

My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six.
-Alan Alda

My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son of a bitch.
-Jack Nicholson

My mother said, 'You won't amount to anything because you procrastinate.' I said, 'Just wait.'
-Judy Tenuta

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.
-Barry Humphries

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have to potential to be the comic stories the next.
-Nora Ephron

My mother's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
-Buddy Hackett

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.
-Tony Martin

My old mother always used to say, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you stare them in the face hard enough, they generally run away.
-Dorothy L. Sayers

Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
-Rita Rudner

Never trust a journalist unless she's your mother.
-Nassim Nicholas Taleb

No man is responsible for his father. That is entirely his mother's affair.
-Margaret Turnbull

No one is more sentimentalized in America than mothers on Mother's Day, but no one is more often blamed for the culture's bad people and behavior.
-Anne Lamott

Remember that every son had a mother whose beloved son he was, and every woman had a mother whose beloved son she wasn't.
-Marge Piercy

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.
-Dan Quayle

Sometimes the news from Washington forces me to the conclusion that your mother and your brother Ed are in charge. (cartoon caption)
-James Thurber

Sometimes you need a B-2 bomber and sometimes you need your mother.
-P.J. O'Rourke

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly- indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
-Arianna Huffington

The future destiny of the child is always the work of his mother. Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
-Honoré de Balzac

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.
-Washington Irving

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

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.
-Calvin Trillin

The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true mother duty... From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now.
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The mother is the most precious possessions of the nation, so precious that society advances its highest well-being when it protects the functions of the mother.
-Ellen Key

The mother- poor invaded soul- finds even the bathroom door no bar to hammering little hands.
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman

There are only two things a child will share willingly- communicable diseases and his mother's age.
-Dr. Benjamin Spock

There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and, of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother.
-Henry Ward Beecher

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.
-Roseanne Barr

There's no way to repay a mother's love, or lack of it.
-Mignon McLaughlin

To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother. There's something a little unhealthy about it.
-Barry Humphries

What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brush her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third.
-Leo Durocher

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
-James Joyce

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers- so many caring people in this world.
-Fred Rogers

When my old man wanted sex, my mother would show him a picture of me.
-Rodney Dangerfield

Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
-Alice Walker

You never get over being a child, long as you have a mother to go to.
-Sarah Orne Jewett

You're not famous until my mother has heard of you.
-Jay Leno

Your mother knows how to push your buttons because she installed them.
-Variously attributed


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