Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    No mother-in-law ever remembers that she was once a daughter-in-law.
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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.)
  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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).)
  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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