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quotations about mothers and parenting



The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.
- - - - Francis Bacon "'Of Parents and Children"

I know how to do anything - I'm a mom.
- - - - Roseanne Barr

All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages.
- - - - Robertson Davies

If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
- - - - Bette Davis

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

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
- - - - George Eliot

Men are what their mothers made them.
- - - - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.
- - - - Kahlil Gibran

The love of a parent for a child is the love that should grow towards separation.
- - - - Kahlil Gibran

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

The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother - which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.
- - - - Sydney J. Harris

Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
a mother's secret hope outlives them all.
- - - - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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 troubles thicken 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

The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.
- - - - Carl Jung

For a woman, a son offers the best chance to know the mysterious male existence.
- - - - Carole Klein

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.
- - - - Ogden Nash

Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
- - - - Rita Rudner

Itís sad that children cannot know their parents when they were younger; when they were loving, courting, and being nice to one another. By the time children are old enough to observe, the romance has all too often faded or gone underground.
- - - - Virginia Satir

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
- - - - Sophocles

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of priests.
- - - - Spanish Proverb

All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood.
- - - - Benjamin Spock

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
- - - - Gloria Steinem

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

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 Taylor

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
- - - - William Makepeace Thackery

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

Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
- - - - Peter Ustinov

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
- - - - Alice Walker

In search of my mother's garden I found my own.
- - - - Alice Walker

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.
- - - - John W Whitehead

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, but only one mother in the whole world.
- - - - Kate Douglas Wiggin

There are no illegitimate children - only illegitimate parents.
- - - - Judge Leon R. Yankwich (1928)

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