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.)
Oh, I've got the prettiest mother. I've got the nicest mother. That's what I tell everybody. I say I've got the sweetest mother in the world.
(John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Rhoda (Patty McCormack), The Bad Seed, this is what Rhoda says to keep her mother from inquiring too closely into her activities (1956).
If you can think of a better category, you're welcome to change it.)
Such joint ownership creates a place where mothers can "father" and fathers can "mother." It does not encourage mothers and fathers to compete with one another for "first- place parent." Such competition is not especially good for marriage and furthermore drives kids nuts.
(Kyle D. Pruett (20th century), professor, child psychiatrist. The Nurturing Father, ch. 13 (1987).)
Breaking free from the delicious security of mother love can be a painful rupture for either mother or son. Some boys can't do it. Some mothers can't let it happen because they know the boy is not ready to leave her; others are simply not ready to give up their sons.
(Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).)