Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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.)
  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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