Quotes about Mother

I hope you enjoy this collection of quotes about mother. There is a wide range of quotes about mother from inspirational to jaded. Find out what famous people are saying about mothers and being a mother. Be prepared to laugh, have your heart warmed, and get sentimental.

Quotes about Mother Index

About Mothers
Being a Good Mother
Being a Mother
Funny
Hard Working Mothers
Insightful
Inspirational
Jaded
Men and Their Mothers
Mother and Adult Child
Mother as Comforter
Mother as Teacher
Mother-Child Relationship
Mother-Daughter Relationship
Motherhood
Mother's Day
Mother's Love
Mother's Prayers
New Mother
Proverbs
Quotes by Famous People
Raising Children
Sentimental
Women and Their Mothers

About Mothers

"Mothers are the pivot on which the family spins,
Mothers are the pivot on which the world spins."
~ Pam Brown

"Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children."
~ Maxim Gorky

"No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones."
~ Harry Truman

"Most mothers are instinctive philosophers."
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

"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

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"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."
~ Victor Hugo

"It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have...One pair that see through closed doors. Another in the back of her head...and, of course, the ones in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and reflect 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word".
~ Erma Bombeck

"I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother."
~ Abraham Lincoln

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Being a Good Mother

"Love your children with all your hearts, love them enough to discipline them before it is too late...Praise them for important things, even if you have to stretch them a bit. Praise them a lot. They live on it like bread and butter and they need it more than bread and butter."
~ Lavina Christensen Fugal

"Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. She is the one they can count on for the things that matter most of all. She is their food and their bed and the extra blanket when it grows cold in the night; she is their warmth and their health and their shelter; she is the one they want to be near when they cry. She is the only person in the whole world in a whole lifetime who can be these things to her children. There is no substitute for her. Somehow even her clothes feel different to her children's hands from anybody else's clothes. Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better."
~ Katharine Butler Hathaway

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

"There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one."
~ Jill Churchill

"I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring it."
~ Rose Kennedy

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"It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."
~ Ann Landers

"Before becoming a motherI had a hundred theories on how to bring up children.
Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them,
especially when they least deserve to be loved."
~ Kate Samperi

"The best thing you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories."
~ Sydney J. Harris

"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."
~ Erich Fromm

"The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mother and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all."
~ Benjamin Spock

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Being a Mother

"To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens."
~ Spenser W. Kimball

"I love being a mother...I am more aware. I feel things on a deeper level. I have a kind of understanding about my body, about being a woman."
~ Shelley Long

"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love."
~ Mildred B. Vermont

"It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding."
~ Erma Bombeck

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"Being a mother is an excitement and enticement and a growth. It is the possibility that haunts and delights the young girl as she grows to womanhood. It is a part of the fantasy, both her longing for it and her fear of it. The months of pregnancy highlight all the richness of the remembered and internalized experience about mothering. The birth itself brings forth the baby, until now a fantasy, into reality. This real baby is a constant changing, crying, knowing being, and for me the delight of this experience has been one of the most important parts of my life as a women."
~ Dr. Beverley Raphael

"Being a mother has made my life complete."
~ Darcy Bussell

"Discovering that with every child, your heart grows bigger and stronger - that there is no limit to how much or how many people you can love, even though at times you feel as though you could burst - you don't - you just love even more."
~ Yasmin Le Bon

"Never being number one in your list of priorities and not minding at all."
~ Jasmine Guinness

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Funny

"It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it."
~ From the television show The Golden Girls

"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them."
~ Phyllis Diller

"It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't."
~ Barbara Kingsolver

"One woman will brag about her children, while another complains about hers; they could probably swap children without swapping tunes."
~ Unknown

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

"If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family."
~ Lawrence Housman

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"If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?"
~ Milton Berle

"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."
~ Aristotle

"Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease."
~ Lisa Alther

"Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age."
~ William Feather

"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be President, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
~ John F. Kennedy

"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing."
~ Phyllis Diller

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"Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home."
~ Phyllis Diller

"If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent."
~ Bette Davis

"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 expererinced that feeling, her children are not adolescents."
~ Ann Diehl

"Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother."
~ Beverly Jones

"The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother's Day are the good ones."
~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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"A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after."
~ Peter De Vries

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

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

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

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Hard Working Mothers

"By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class."
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"The phrase 'working mother' is redundant."
~ Jane Sellman

"Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother."
~ Anonymous

"All mothers are working mothers."
~ Unknown

"A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done."
~ Unknown

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Insightful

"The precursor of the mirror is the mother's face."
~ D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."
~ William Makepeace Thackeray

"The mother's heart is the child's school-room."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

"When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself."
~ Nancy Friday

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Inspirational

"The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you - life."
~ Anonymous

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

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Jaded

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

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."
~ Maya Angelou

"My mother's great. She has the major looks. She could stop you from doing anything, through a closed door even, with a single look. Without saying a word, she has that power to rip out your tonsils."
~ Whoopi Goldberg

"We are about to make motherhood a crime. No civilized government in the history of mankind has ever done this."
~ Adrian G. Duplantier

"Don't forget Mother's Day. Or as they call it in Beverly Hills, Dad's Third Wife Day."
~ Jay Leno

"Okay, using the dreaded middle name is not the best way to forge a bond."
~ Adam Brody

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Men and Their Mothers

"A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest."
~ Irish Proverb

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

"Men are what their mothers made them."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

"There was never a great man who had not a great mother."
~ Olive Schreiner

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Mother and Adult Child

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing."
~ Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

"We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

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Mother as Comforter

"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

"Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries."
~ T. DeWitt Talmage

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Mother as Teacher

"The mother's heart is the child's school-room."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

"That best academy, a mother's knee."
~ James Russell Lowell

"One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters."
~ George Herbert

"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary."
~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

"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."
~ George Washington

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Mother-Child Relationship

"The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated."
~ Washington Irving

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."
~ Unknown

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Mother-Daughter Relationship

"A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters' role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships."
~ Victoria Secunda

"As is the mother, so is her daughter. "
~ Bible - Ezekiel 16:14

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Motherhood

"The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed,deserves the highest honor that man can give."
~ David O. McKay

"Motherhood is the greatest potential influence in human society. Her caress first awakens in the child a sense of security; her kiss the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world. Thus in infancy and childhood she implants ever-directing and restraining influences that remain through life."
~ David O. McKay

"Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Motherhood cannot finally be delegated. Breast-feeding may succumb to the bottle; cuddling, fondling, and paediatric visits may also be done by fathers...but when a child needs a mother to talk to, nobody else but a mother will do."
~ Erica Jong

"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

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"When I pick up one of my children and cuddle them, all the strain and stress of life temporarily disappears. There is nothing more wonderful than motherhood and no-one will ever love you as much as a small child."
~ Nicola Horlick

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."
~ Robert Browning

"Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare to lessen or misunderstand."
~ Helen Hunt Jackson

"Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own."
~ Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons

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"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. "
~ Meryl Streep

"With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood."
~ Isadora Duncan

"I affirm my profound belief that God's greatest creation is womanhood. I also believe that there is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation."
~ James E. Faust, April 1993 General Conference

"Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrificing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountains of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life."
~ David O. McKay

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Mother's Day

"Mother's Day is in honor of the best Mother who ever lived - the Mother of your heart."
~ Anna Jarvis

"The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother's Day are the good ones."
~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

"You never realize how much your mother loves you till you explore the attic - and find every letter you ever sent her, every finger painting, clay pot, bead necklace, Easter chicken, cardboard Santa Claus, paperlace Mother's Day card and school report since day one."
~ Pam Brown

"Don't forget Mother's Day. Or as they call it in Beverly Hills, Dad's Third Wife Day."
~ Jay Leno

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Mother's Love

"My Mother's love is the Almond Blossom of my mind and the fragrance is worth dying for. Her gentle compassionate touch shaped my very essence and -- forever -- I shall remember and although we are separated by the corridor of life and the door way of heaven, I will always attempt to become the man that she perceived me to be. I love you mom, where ever you are and I hope you can feel my written word and I envision you enveloped in a shortcut of kindness and love and -- forever -- happy and content. God bless all of the Mother's of his world and other Space Time Continuum."
~ Frank L. de Roos III

"A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking."
~ Helen Steiner Rice

"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. "
~ Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

"You never realize how much your mother loves you till you explore the attic - and find every letter you ever sent her, every finger painting, clay pot, bead necklace, Easter chicken, cardboard Santa Claus, paperlace Mother's Day card and school report since day one."
~ Pam Brown

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"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."
~ Washington Irving

"Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved."
~ Erich Fromm

"Mother's love grows by giving."
~ Charles Lamb

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

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Mother's Prayers

"If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o'mine."
~ Rudyard Kipling

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
~ Abraham Lincoln

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New Mother

"Before you were conceived I wanted you
Before you were born I loved you
Before you were here an hour I would die for you
This is the miracle of life."
~ Maureen Hawkins

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."
~ Bagwan Shree Rajneesh

"In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other."
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Proverbs

"God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers."
~ Jewish Proverb

"Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother."
~ Moorish Proverb

"An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy."
~ Spanish Proverb

"A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest."
~ Irish Proverb

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it."
~ Chinese Proverb

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Quotes by Famous People

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."
~ Ann Landers

"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."
~ Aristotle

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"The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mother and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all."
~ Benjamin Spock

"If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent."
~ Bette Davis

"Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of 'Mother,'
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me."
~ Edgar Allan Poe

"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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"[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled."
~ Emily Dickinson

"It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have...One pair that see through closed doors. Another in the back of her head...and, of course, the ones in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and reflect 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word.
~ Erma Bombeck

"It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding."
~ Erma Bombeck

"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."
~ George Washington

"No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones."
~ Harry Truman

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"A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking."
~ Helen Steiner Rice

"I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. She opened my heart to the lasting impressions of nature; she awakened my understanding and extended my horizon and her percepts exerted an everlasting influence upon the course of my life."
~ Immanuel Kant

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

"Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I've become a juggler, I suppose. It's all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do."
~ Jane Seymour

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"Don't forget Mother's Day. Or as they call it in Beverly Hills, Dad's Third Wife Day."
~ Jay Leno

"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be President, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
~ John F. Kennedy

"My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart - a heart so large that everybody's joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation."
~ Mark Twain

"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. "
~ Meryl Streep

"If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?"
~ Milton Berle

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"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing."
~ Phyllis Diller

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"Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home."
~ Phyllis Diller

"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them."
~ Phyllis Diller

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

"I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring it."
~ Rose Kennedy

"If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o'mine."
~ Rudyard Kipling

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"I love being a mother...I am more aware. I feel things on a deeper level. I have a kind of understanding about my body, about being a woman."
~ Shelley Long

"Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital 'M'; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly...yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to."
~ Sophia Loren

"My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt htat I had someone to live for - someone I must not disappoint. The mermory of my mother will always be a blessing to me."
~ Thomas Edison

"Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness."
~ Thomas Jefferson

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"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 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."
~ Washington Irving

"The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated."
~ Washington Irving

"My mother's great. She has the major looks. She could stop you from doing anything, through a closed door even, with a single look. Without saying a word, she has that power to rip out your tonsils."
~ Whoopi Goldberg

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Raising Children

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

"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

"To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons."
~ Marilyn French

"Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children.
Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them,
especially when they least deserve to be loved."
~ Kate Samperi

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Sentimental

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. She opened my heart to the lasting impressions of nature; she awakened my understanding and extended my horizon and her percepts exerted an everlasting influence upon the course of my life."
~ Immanuel Kant

"She is my first, great love. She was a wonderful, rare woman - you do not know; as strong, and steadfast, and generous as the sun. She could be as swift as a white whiplash, and as kind and gentle as warm rain, and as steadfast as the irreducible earth beneath us."
~ D. H. Lawrence

"My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt htat I had someone to live for - someone I must not disappoint. The mermory of my mother will always be a blessing to me."
~ Thomas Edison

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"I cannot forget my mother. [S]he is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely."
~ Renita Weems

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

"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."
~ Honoré de Balzac

"The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven."
~ William Goldsmith Brown

"My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune."
~ Graycie Harmon

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"I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine - she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights."
~ Terri Guillemets

"Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over."
~ George Cooper

"Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother."
~ Anne Taylor

"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world."
~ Kate Douglas Wiggin

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"My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart - a heart so large that everybody's joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation."
~ Mark Twain

"Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of 'Mother,'
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me."
~ Edgar Allan Poe

"A mother laughs our laughter,
Sheds our tears,
Returns our love,
Fears our fears.
She lives our joys,
Cares our cares,
And all our hopes and dreams she shares."
~ Julia Summers

"A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, 'where mother is'."
~ Keith L. Brooks

"Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb."
~ Leroy Brownlow

"Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother."
~ Jane and Ann Taylor

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Women and Their Mothers

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

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The Dash

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