quotations about mothers
If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
SIGMUND FREUD, A Childhood Recollection
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
OSCAR WILDE, The Importance of Being Earnest
The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence; it enlarges the imagined range for self to move in: but in after years it can only continue to be joy on the same terms as other long-lived love--that is, by much suppression of self, and power of living in the experience of another.
Mother love is the most powerful, the most irrational force on earth, even more powerful than sexual love. However, one does lead to the other, so best not to spurn the former.
My happiest childhood memories are of times in our backyard. My mother had an old clothesline that hung out in front. It seemed like it stretched a mile long, and I loved sitting in the sun while she hung clothes.
TRACI LORDS, Underneath It All
It is a fact perhaps kept a little too much in the background, that mothers have a self larger than their maternity, and that when their sons have become taller than themselves, and are gone from them to college or into the world, there are wide spaces of their time which are not filled with praying for their boys, reading old letters, and envying yet blessing those who are attending to their shirt-buttons.
If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn't the same as the one I was wearing, I'd run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother.
Pity the mother who assumes the name without being all this implies!
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
Motherhood is an early retirement position. Your children do grow up.
COLLEEN PARRO, PBS interview
I wanted to go to a place where you were important and people listened to what you had to say. Mothering hadn't done that ... and yet ... wouldn't it be ironic if my turf yielded the most important commodity being grown today? A family? A crop of children, seeded by two people, nourished by love, watered by tears, and in eighteen or twenty years harvested into worthwhile human beings to go through the process again.
ERMA BOMBECK, Family: The Ties that Bind--and Gag!
In the love of a brave and faithful man there is always a strain of maternal tenderness; he gives out again those beams of protecting fondness which were shed on him as he lay on his mother's knee.
GEORGE ELIOT, Mr. Gilfil's Love Story
No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother's love.... It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over the wastes of worldly fortune sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star in heaven.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
If evolution works, how come mothers still have only two hands?
CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers
Woo her not till thou hast seen her mother, for a score of years worketh wonders.
GELETT BURGESS, The Maxims of Methuselah
There is no occupancy limit on a mother's heart. It expands with each child, whether you gave birth to that child or not--you just add another room.
HEATHER LENDE, Woman's Day, May 2011
Where there is a mother in the house, matters speed well.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
A mother's love, in a degree, sanctifies the most worthless offspring.
HOSEA BALLOU, Edge-Tools of Speech
What is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood?
HONORE DE BALZAC, Letters of Two Brides
A mother's love is indeed the golden link that binds youth to age, and he is still but a child, however time may have furrowed his cheek, or silvered his brow, who can yet recall, with a softened heart, the fond devotion, or the gentle chidings, of the best friend that God ever gives us.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
When I feel like I'm not doing what I am supposed to as a mother, I will torture myself. I don't know how to deal with it. I find some consolation in the fact that all mommies feel it. If there was a way to cure mommy guilt, I would bottle it and be a bazillionaire.
ANGIE HARMON, Good Housekeeping, Jul. 2011
One of the very few reasons I had any respect for my mother when I was thirteen was because she would reach into the sink with her bare hands - bare hands - and pick up that lethal gunk and drop it into the garbage. To top that, I saw her reach into the wet garbage bag and fish around in there looking for a lost teaspoon. Bare hands - a kind of mad courage.
ROBERT FULGHUM, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It
You, mother, are not responsible to set the whole world right; you are responsible only to make one pure, sacred, and divine household.
LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life: Selections from the Writings of Rev. Lyman Abbott
The so-called mother of the child isn't the child's begetter, but only a sort of nursing soil for the new-sown seed. The man, the one on top, is the true parent, while she, a stranger, foster's a stranger's sprout.
If every child might live the life predestined in a mother's heart, all the way from the cradle to the coffin, he would walk upon a beam of light, and shine in glory.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
- Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
- Make me a child again, just for to-night!
- Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
- Take me again to your heart as of yore;
- Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care,
- Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
- Over my slumbers your loving watch keep--
- Rock me to sleep, mother--rock me to sleep!
ELIZABETH AKERS ALLEN, "Rock Me to Sleep"
Lose possession of your child once and the fear it'll happen again becomes your resident hair-trigger insomniac. Once a bad mother, always a bad mother. It's like being an alcoholic: you only ever haven't fallen of the wagon yet.
GLEN DUNCAN, By Blood We Live
Moms are, in my opinion, the wonders of the universe. They can leap tall buildings in a single bound, they can go where no person has gone before, and they can somehow get toddlers to eat. The problem is that mothers are also some of the most stressed people on the planet. There's just so much to do and not enough of them.
KEVIN LEMAN, What a Difference a Mom Makes
In the presence of a mother, we feel that our childhood has not all departed.
Read Christopher Morley's essay: Our Mothers
Read T. Augustus Forbes Leith's short essay: On a Mother's Love