Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    Who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?
    (Donald E. Westlake (b. 1933), U.S. screenwriter, and Stephen Frears. Roy Dillon (John Cusack), The Grifters (1990). Based on the novel by Jim Thompson.)
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  • 63.
    Obedience is the mother of success, and success the parent of salvation.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Seven Against Thebes, l. 224.)
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  • 64.
    Caution is the daughter of circumspection, but she tends to outgrow her mother.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1808).)
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  • 65.
    Ignorance is the mother of all evils.
    (François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Aeditue, in Fifth Book, ch. 7, p. 740, Pleiade edition (1995).)
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  • 66.
    May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 264.)
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  • 67.
    The great, the jewel and the mother of battles has begun.
    (Saddam Hussein (b. 1937), Iraqi president. speech, Jan. 6, 1991. quoted in Independent (London, Jan. 19, 1991). Said at the start of the Gulf War.)
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  • 68.
    Treat the cow kindly, boys; remember she's a lady—and a mother.
    (Federal Writers' Project Of The Wor, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Quoting Theophilus Hacker, University of Minnesota Dairy School head. Minnesota: A State Guide (The WPA Guide to Minnesota), p. 233, Viking Press (1938). Advice to students.)
  • 69.
    There was never a great man who had not a great mother.
    (Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Lyndall, in The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1883).)
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  • 70.
    Is not wounded vanity the mother of all tragedies?
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 184, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On Human Prudence," (1883).)
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