Quotations About / On:
The kind uncles and aunts of the race are more esteemed than its true spiritual fathers and mothers.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 84, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
We are not a nation, so much as a world; for unless we claim all the world for our sire, like Melchisedec, we are without father or mother.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Redburn (1849), ch. 33, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 4, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1969).)
How shall a man escape from his ancestors, or draw off from his veins the black drop which he drew from his father's or mother's life?
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 1360.)
Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!
(John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 8 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).)
Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them: the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 114, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).)
The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
(James Fenton (b. 1949), British poet, critic. "Ars Poetica," no. 7, Independent on Sunday (London, March 11, 1990).)
You already know I desire that neither Father or Mother shall be in want of any comfort either in health or sickness while they live.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to John D. Johnston, Jan. 12, 1851. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 2, p. 96, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1905). Cusins, in Major Barbara, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
"I suppose with the French Revolution for a father and the Russian Revolution for a mother, you can very well dispense with a family," he observed.
(Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Mr. Maynard to Martha Quest, in A Proper Marriage, pt. 4, ch. 4, p. 345, Simon and Schuster (1952).)