An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


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


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


A mother who is really a mother is never free.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


My wife is the kind of girl who will not go anywhere without her mother, and her mother will go anywhere.


John Barrymore (1882-1942, American actor)


The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Be kind to your mother-in-law, but pay for her board at some good hotel.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


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


Victoria Billings (1945-, American journalist, author)


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 (1872-1950, French President)


Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


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 (1806-1861, British poet)


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 (1892-1973, American novelist)


The kind of power mothers have is enormous.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


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 (1940-1992, British author)


The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it -- and sometimes three.


Alexandre (the Younger) Dumas (1824-1895, French writer)


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 (1914-1996, French author, filmmaker)


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 (1914-1996, French author, filmmaker)


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 (1946-, American feminist critic)


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 (1941-, American author, columnist)


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 (1941-, American author, columnist)


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


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


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 (1819-1880, British novelist)


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


James Fenton (1949-, British poet, critic)


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 P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


Morality and its victim, the mother -- what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it.


William Dean Howells (1837-1920, American novelist, critic)


Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


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


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


The watchful mother tarries nigh, though sleep has closed her infants eyes.


John Keble (1792-1866, British Anglican clergyman, poet)


Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


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


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access; doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


It seems to me that the nursing mother of most false opinions -- both public and private -- is the excessively high opinion one places on oneself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


It seems to me that the nursing mother of most false opinions -- both public and private -- is the excessively high opinion one places on oneself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother.


Gregory Nunn (1955-, American golfer)


Maternity is on the face of it an unsociable experience. The selfishness that a woman has learned to stifle or to dissemble where she alone is concerned, blooms freely and unashamed on behalf of her offspring.


Emily James Putnam


Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


A mother understands what a child does not say.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


A busy mother makes slothful daughters.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


As her sons have seen her: the mother in patriarchy: controlling, erotic, castrating, heart-suffering, guilt-ridden, and guilt-provoking; a marble brow, a huge breast, an avid cave; between her legs snakes, swamp-grass, or teeth; on her lap a helpless infant or a martyred son. She exists for one purpose: to bear and nourish the son.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter.


Betty Rollin


Only in America do these peasants, our mothers, get their hair dyed platinum at the age of sixty, and walk up and down Collins Avenue in Florida in pedal pushers and mink stoles -- and with opinions on every subject under the sun. It isn't their fault they were given a gift like speech -- look, if cows could talk, they would say things just as idiotic.


Philip Roth (1933-, American novelist)


There was never a great man who had not a great mother.


Olive Schreiner


Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


Mother is the name for God on the lips and in the hearts of little children.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Author Unknown


A mother's heart is always with her children.


Author Unknown


Mother weaves her loving art and leaves her magic in our hearts.


Author Unknown


Mother-in-law: A woman who destroys her son-in-law's peace of mind by giving him a piece of hers.


Author Unknown


Men never think, at least seldom think, what a hard task it is for us women to go through this very often. God's will be done, and if He decrees that we are to have a great number of children why we must try to bring them up as useful and exemplary members of society.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mother's names.


Alice Walker (1944-, American author, critic)


Mothers work, not upon canvas that shall perish, nor marble that crumbles into dust, but upon mind, upon spirit, which is to last forever, and which is to bear, for good or evil, throughout its duration, the impress of a mother's plastic hand.


George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


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 (1732-1799, American President (1st))


Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realize you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.


Fay Weldon (1933-, British novelist)


Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


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