Mothers

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
 – Robert Browning

The hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.
 – William Ross Wallace

There was never a great man who had not a great mother.
 – Oliver Schreiner

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

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

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be —
I had a mother who read to me.
 – Strickland Gillilan

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.
 – Cardinal Mermillod

 Her children arise up, and call her blessed.
 – Proverbs 31:28

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
 – William Makepeace Thackeray
British writer
(1811-1863)

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
 – Jewish proverb

Children Live What They Learn

When I was a little baby,
I didn't have toys in the bathtub,
And I didn't know how to talk.
You held me and rocked me and
Tickled me under my chin.
You loved me so much and you talked to me,
And then, when I grew into big little boy,
I played with toys in the tub,
And I knew how to talk and how to be gentle and caring.
So now, I can say I love you, too, Mommy
 – Mattie J.T. Stepanek
(1990-2004)

Stubbling Sadness

If my mommy died, I would be so sad.
I would lock myself in my room for a very long time,
And not talk to anyone.
Then, I would come out, get over it,
And learn to shave off all the stubble I grew.
 – Mattie J.T. Stepanek
(1990-2004)

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
 – Jane Sellman

The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth;
It is a principal inherent in both women and men.
It is an attitude of the mind. It is LOVE–and LOVE is the very breath of life.
 – AMMA

When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction,
and framed it quickly—so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power
and beauty, was the conception.
 – Henry Ward Beecher
(1813-18870

"You are the caretaker of the generations, you are the birth giver," the sun told the woman. "You will be the carrier of the universe."
 – Brule Sioux
Sun Creation Myth

Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.
 – Gloria Steinem
(1934)

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
 – Oprah Winfrey
(1954)

Making the decision to have a child—it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
 – Elizabeth Stone
American journalist and author

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
 – George Eliot
(1819-1880)

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

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
American writer
(1890-1942)

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
American psychoanalyst
(1900-1980)

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.
 – unknown

 An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
 – Spanish proverb

The greatest lessons I have ever learned were at my mother's knees. . . . All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
 – Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States
(1809-1865)

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