Quotations About / On:
Caution is the daughter of circumspection, but she tends to outgrow her mother.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1808).)
Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don't know.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Mersault, in The Outsider, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1944).)
Boredom, not the will, is the mother of change. Necessity is the father.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. The Female Eunuch, "The Psychological Sell," (1970).)
May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 264.)
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.)
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).)
Treat the cow kindly, boys; remember she's a ladyand 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.)
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).)
Necessity may well be called the mother of inventionbut calamity is the test of integrity.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 7, pp. 201-2, AMS Press (1990).)