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Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 1.
    A mother, who is really a mother, is never free.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée in a letter to Louise, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
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  • 2.
    Japanese mothers credit "effort" as the key determinant of a child's achievement in school, while American mothers name "ability" as the more important factor.
    (Perry Garfinkel (20th century), U.S. freelance writer, teacher. "The Best 'Jewish Mother' in the World," Psychology Today (September 1983).)
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  • 3.
    This mother needs happy, reputable children, and that one needs unhappy ones: otherwise she cannot show her kindness as a mother.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 267, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 387, "Maternal Kindness," (1878).)
  • 4.
    I would have gone home to my mother, but I'm not that crazy about my mother.
    (Cher (20th century), U.S. entertainer and actoress. As quoted in The Mother Book, by Liz Smith (1978).)
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  • 5.
    Hatred of the mother is familiar, but the mother's hatred still comes as a surprise.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 6.
    Memory, workmaid and mother of the Muses.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 461.)
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  • 7.
    A boy's best friend is his mother.
    (Joseph Stefano, U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), in Psycho (1960).)
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  • 8.
    Indifference is commonly the mother of discretion.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Sept. 1749, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 65, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980) I. 65.)
  • 9.
    Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
    (Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 4, ch. 46 (1651).)
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  • 10.
    Ignorance is the mother of devotion.
    (Dean Henry Cole (1500-1580), British prelate. Disputation with the Papists at Westminster (March 31, 1559).)
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