Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 71.
    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).)
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  • 72.
    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).)
  • 73.
    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).)
  • 74.
    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.)
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  • 75.
    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).)
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  • 76.
    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).)
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  • 77.
    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).)
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  • 78.
    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).)
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  • 79.
    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).)
  • 80.
    "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).)
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