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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Mothers (54 Quotations)

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Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
~ Amos Bronson Alcott

 

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What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?
~ Louisa May Alcott

 

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A mother who is really a mother is never free.
~ Honore De Balzac

 

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The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

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The best thing that could happen to motherhood already has. Fewer women are going into it.
~ Victoria Billings

 

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When a woman is twenty, a child deforms her; when she is thirty, he preserves her; and when forty, he makes her young again.
~ Leon Blum

 

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Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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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. And kissing full sense into empty words.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.
~ Pearl S. Buck

 

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The kind of power mothers have is enormous. Take the skyline of Istanbul -- enormous breasts, pathetic little willies, a final revenge on Islam. I was so scared I had to crouch in the bottom of the boat when I saw it.
~ Angela Carter

 

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There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.
~ Angela Carter

 

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Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother. Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.
~ Norman Douglas

 

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For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.
~ Marguerite Duras

 

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I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhood and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
~ Marguerite Duras

 

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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.
~ Andrea Dworkin

 

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No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich

 

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Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich

 

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A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
~ George Eliot

 

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But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
~ George Eliot

 

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The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
~ James Fenton

 

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