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Aphorisms and quotes about the mother

Aphorisms and quotes about the mother

Quotes and aphorisms on mom
Quotes and aphorisms on mom

Quotes and aphorisms about the mother, ideas and thoughts by different and famous authors on the mom and the great importance of her presence in everyone’s life.

Mother’s Day in most European states, the United States, Japan, Australia and numerous other countries is celebrated on the second Sunday of May; in Spain, Portugal and Hungary on the first Sunday of May; in the Balkan countries on March 8; in many Arab countries the holiday instead falls on the day of the spring equinox.

Sigmund Freud said many profound, revealing and often frightening thing about God, and also about Mothers; yet he failed to see the connection between the two. The first God in every baby’s life is its mother. She is the Universal Explanation, the Great Protector, the Stern Disciplinarian, the Source of all Wisdom and the Supreme Guide. God was not born of a virgin, but all virgins, male and female, are born of a God. When the growing human child realises, to his sorrow and bewilderment, that his mother is not God, he starts searching for a substitute God: a plain-clothes God or a God in disguise.
George Mikes

After the end of time, mother, we will find ourselves in the reality that does not exist, in a fictional and mythical world; we will be happy, serene, at peace, and finally we will be able to enjoy what we are not.
Carl William Brown

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

On the verge of death he remembered his mother who was waiting for him in the reality that does not exist and almost pleased he consoled himself.
Carl William Brown

What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?
Louisa May Alcott

Children and mothers never truly part; bound in the beating of each other’s heart.
Charlotte Gray

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
E. M. Forster

A mother who is really a mother is never free.
Honore De Balzac

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

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

From now on I want to imagine death as a tender and affectionate mother who with extreme love, smiling and holding me at her breast for all eternity, instead of giving me life will take it away forever.
Carl William Brown

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

The Holy Virgin is the universal essence of woman, she is the divine symbol of the mother par excellence, she is the spirit of life and love who endures and resists pain, suffering and death, to make the memory of her children immortal.
Carl William Brown

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
Albert Einstein

There are so many times you will feel you have failed, but in the eyes, heart and mind of your child, you are supermom.
Stephanie Precourt

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

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

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

My Mom Innocenza
My Mom Innocenza

Literature and art, as well as memory and memories, are the only places where we can revive our dear and beloved deceased. They are sad palliatives that unfortunately will never give me back the emotions and comfort of my mother’s smile.
Carl William Brown

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

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

The kind of power mothers have is enormous.
Angela Carter

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

For Eliot, April is the cruelest month, and I agreed, in fact my father died in April, but then my mother passed away in October, so now the cruelest months are certainly two.
Carl William Brown

The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it – and sometimes three.
Alexandre (the Younger) Dumas

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

As my mom always said, ‘You’d rather have smile lines than frown lines.’
Cindy Crawford

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

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

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

A mother’s yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
George Eliot

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

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

See also It’s not over when you lose, but when you end it.

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

Quotes on mom
Quotes on mom

Moms should never die, they should disappear and then appear when you need to see them again, even just for a moment.
Valeria Fabrizi

Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.
Cheryl Lacey Donovan

A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.
Princess Diana

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

The patience of a mother might be likened to a tube of toothpaste – it’s never quite all gone.
Author Unknown

Death freed my father and mother from their evils and imprisoned me even more in mine.
Carl William Brown

When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
Pablo Picasso

Only after losing your mother forever can you understand the essence of true love and the excruciating pain of life passing away.
Carl William Brown

A mother is the one who is still there when everyone else has deserted you.
Author Unknown

You realize that you habitually thought of Mom when something in your life was not going well, because when you thought of her it was as though something got back on track, and you felt re-energized.
Shin Kyung Sook

No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.
Sarah Josepha Hale

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.
Author Unknown

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

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

A mother understands what a child does not say.
Jewish Proverb

God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers
Jewish Proverb

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My mom when she was 20
My mom when she was 20

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

The moments of happiness… We have had the experience of them, but the meaning has escaped us, as Eliot said. Or rather, we didn’t realize it, so life passed by and in the end all I was left with was the pain of losing my dearest person, my mother.
Carl William Brown

Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.
Henri Frederic Amiel

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
Victor Hugo

If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your mother told you to.
Author Unknown

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.
George Herbert

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.
Washington Irving

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

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

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

Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.
Tina Fey

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes and aphorisms on mothers
Quotes and aphorisms on mothers

My father and my mother are no longer with us, but their spirit lives in me, and therefore is still alive, except that I am already dead.
Carl William Brown

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

Anyone who doesn’t miss the past never had a mother.
Gregory Nunn

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

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

Whenever I’m with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines.
Amy Tan, The Kitchen God’s Wife

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

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

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

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

Women’s natural role is to be a pillar of the family.
Grace Kelly

I know how to do anything – I’m a mom.
Rosanne Barr

A busy mother makes slothful daughters.
Portuguese Proverb

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
Spanish Proverb

If Freud had had my mother’s dreams at his disposal, he would have become even greater than he was.
Carl William Brown

Think of your mother and smile for all of the good precious moments.”
Ana Monnar

Aphorisms and quotes on the mother
Aphorisms and quotes on the mother

A mother understands what a child does not say.
Jewish proverb

Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.
Cheryl Lacey Donovan

A mother loves her children even when they least deserve to be loved.
Kate Samperi

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

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

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

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

I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me “mommy.”
Author Unknown

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

Mothers are all slightly insane.
J.D. Salinger

That best academy, a mother’s knee.
James Russell Lowell

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.
William Feather

Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.
Hosea Ballou

In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.
N. K. Jemisin

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine — she helps me grow, prosper and reach great heights.
Terri Guillemets

A mother’s love liberates.
Maya Angelou

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

Apart from my mother, women have always encouraged me to deepen my knowledge of the profound illogicality of existence.
Carl William Brown

A mother holds her children’s hands for a while…their hearts forever.
Author Unknown

Quotes and ideas on mothers
Quotes and ideas on mothers

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

Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

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

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

There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
Jill Churchill

Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.
Lady Gaga

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.
Buddy Hackett

My mother always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.
Lupita Nyong’o

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

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

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
Michael Jordan

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

The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.
Jodi Picoult

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
Erma Bombeck

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

See also Without Courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Baltasar Gracian

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

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

To a child’s ear, ‘Mother’ is magic in any language.
Arlene Benedict

What is a mom? But the sunshine of our days and the North star of our nights.
Robert Brault

Mother quotes and aphorisms
Mother quotes and aphorisms

There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
Archibald Thompson

Mother’s hug… the drug that works every time, costs nothing and has no side effects.
Hassaan Ali

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

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
Ferrell Sims

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
Spanish Proverb

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

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

The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.
Jane Sellman

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.
Jessica Lange

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

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

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

When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she’d just make enough for 16 and only serve half.
Gracie Allen

It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.
Dorothy, The Golden Girls

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.

I thought my mom’s whole purpose was to be my mom. That’s how she made me feel.
Natasha Gregson Wagner

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

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.
Author Unknown

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Children are the anchors of a mother’s life.

Mother’s love surpasses all logic.
Author Unknown

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Theodore Hesburgh

To the world you might just be one person, but to one person you might just be the world.
Author Unknown

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
Robert Browning

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
Milton Berle

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.
Mildred Vermont

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.
W. R. Wallace

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

Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.
Henri Frederic Amiel

A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you, but then she lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same.
Author Unknown

Making a 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

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

Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.
Gail Tsukiyama

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