Quotations About / On:
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).)
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.)
Men are what their mothers made them.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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).)
Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 612 (Phaedra).)
As long as fathers rule but do not nurture, as long as mothers nurture but do not rule, the conditions favoring the development of father-daughter incest will prevail.
(Judith Lewis Herman (b. 1942), U.S. author. Father-Daughter Incest (1981).)
Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother.
(Claudette Colbert (20th century), U.S. actoress. As quoted in Wit and Wisdom from the Peanut Butter Gang, by H. Jackson Brown (1994).)
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).)
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).)
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).)