Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 51.
    Morality measured in centimeters: all mothers believe that only their daughters dance decently.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 41, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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  • 52.
    A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
    (Dorothy Canfield Fisher (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
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  • 53.
    A day is sometimes our mother, sometimes our stepmother.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 825.)
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  • 54.
    The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 409, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 77, "Excess," (1879).)
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  • 55.
    No mother-in-law ever remembers that she was once a daughter-in-law.
    (Unknown.)
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  • 56.
    Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 57.
    For if my father was the head of our house, my mother was its heart.
    (Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Voiceover narration (by Rhys Williams) of Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall) as an adult, How Green Was My Valley, reminiscing about his parents (1941). Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.)
  • 58.
    My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
    (Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 5 (1968).)
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  • 59.
    You'd leave your own mother here, if the rules called for it.
    (Michael Wilson (1914-1978), U.S. screenwriter, Carl Foreman (1914-1984), and David Lean. Shears (William Holden) to Warden (Jack Hawkins), The Bridge on the River Kwai, when Warden asks to be left behind on a mission following his injury (1957). Wilson and Foreman were originally uncredited because they were blacklisted; novelist Pierre Boulle, who spoke no English, received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. A restored version of the film credits all three writers.)
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  • 60.
    Mothers don't put their children in daycare because they don't love them.
    (Alison Clarke-Stewart (20th century), child development specialist, researcher. Daycare, ch. 2 (1982).)
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