This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mothers Quotes

1. 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

2. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. - Mildred B. Vermont

3. A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. - Peter De Vries

4. The phrase “working mother” is redundant. - Jane Sellman

5. 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. - Rajneesh

6. If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. - Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

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

8. Some mothers 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

9. When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. You are connected to your child and to all those who touch your lives.- Sophia Loren

10. A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. - Helen Rice

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

12. Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young. - Unknown

13. A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. -Dorothy Canfield Fisher

14. A mother understands what a child does not say. - Unknown

15. Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. - Unknown

16. Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with it's offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill. - John Erskine

17. No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life. - Unknown

18. And remember that behind every successful woman……is a basket of dirty laundry. -Unknown

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

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

21. 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

22. 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

23. She is their earth… 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… - Katherine Butler Hathaway

24. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. – Sophia Loren

25. It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have… One pair that sees 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

26. A mother’s children are like ideas; none are as wonderful as her own. – Chinese Fortune

27. My point is that no matter what the ordinary person says…no matter who it is that speaks, or what superlatives are employed, no baby is admired sufficiently to please the mother. – E.V. Lucas

28. A mother doesn’t give a damn about your looks. She thinks you are beautiful, anyway. – Marion C. Garretty

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

30. The sweetest sounds to mortals given are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven. - William Goldsmith Brown

31. Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. -Marion C. Garretty

32. The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones. - Mignon McLaughlin

33. One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. - George Herbert

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

35. A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.” - Keith L. Brooks

36. Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

37. 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

38. Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. - Oprah Winfrey

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

40. A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all the stands in its path. - Agatha Christie

41. Children and mothers never truly part – Bound in the beating of each other’s heart. - Charlotte Gray

42. Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom with the dishes. -P.J. O’Rourke

43. I’d rather be a mother than anyone on earth bringing up a child or two of unpretentious birth, I’d rather tuck a little child all safe and sound in bed than twine a chain of diamonds about my head. I’d rather wash a smudgy face with round, bright, baby eyes, than paint the pageantry of fame or walk among the wise. -Meredith Gray

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

45. Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. Frogs, skinned knees, and the insults of teenage girls are not meant for the wimpy. - Danielle Steel

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

47. Two Temples
A builder builded a temple,
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said, as they saw its beauty,
“It shall never know decay;
Great is thy skill, O builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye.”

A mother builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts,
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.

Gone is the builder’s temple,
Crumpled into the dust;
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the mother builded
Will last while the ages roll,
For that beautiful unseen temple
Was a child’s immortal soul.

- Hattie Vose Hall

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