Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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).)
  • 63.
    What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?
    (Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), U.S. author. Jo March, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 23 (1869).)
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  • 64.
    We are idiot, younger-sons of gods, begotten in dotages divine; and our mothers all miscarry.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 180, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
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  • 65.
    Men are what their mothers made them.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 66.
    Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
    (James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Cranly, in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 5 (1916).)
    More quotations from: James Joyce, mother, love, world
  • 67.
    Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 612 (Phaedra).)
    More quotations from: Sophocles, mother, children, life
  • 68.
    If women's role in life is limited solely to housewife/mother, it clearly ends when she can no longer bear more children and the children she has borne leave home.
    (Betty Friedan (20th century), U.S. feminist writer. The Fountain of Age, ch. 4 (1993).)
  • 69.
    Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometimes, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight.
    (Barbara Schapiro (20th century). Mother Journeys, ed. Maureen T. Reddy, Martha Roth, Amy Sheldon, section 3 (1994).)
  • 70.
    There is...nothing to indicate any biological need for an exclusive primary bond; nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people.
    (H. R. Schaffer (20th century), U.S. psychologist, author. Mothering (1977).)
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