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Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 71.
    An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
    (Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. speech, Nov. 19, 1873, at a banquet given by the city of Glasgow to Disraeli. On his inauguration as Lord Rector of Glasgow University.)
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  • 72.
    Marriages that made out of love (so-called "love-matches") have error as their father and misery (necessity) as their mother.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 267, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 389, "Love-Matches," (1878).)
  • 73.
    Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.
    (Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. Woman's Work: The Housewife, Past and Present, ch. 8 (1974).)
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  • 74.
    It destroyed him and your mother, because he ventured into areas of knowledge where man is not meant to go.
    (Edward L. Bernds (b. 1911), and Edward L. Bernds. François Delambre (Vincent Price), Return of the Fly, explaining to Phillippe what happened to his father (1959). Based Upon George Langelaan's short story, "The Fly"....)
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  • 75.
    No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
    (Florida Scott Maxwell (20th century), U.S./Scottish author and suffragist. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 16 (1992).)
  • 76.
    His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.
    (Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and Leo McCarey. Ruby Carter (Mae West), Belle of the Nineties, insult of a foe (1934).)
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  • 77.
    It is a pregnant complex, gleaming up from the unconscious, of mother-fixation, sexual desire, and fear.
    (Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größe Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau" (Berlin) Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 203, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957). Thomas Mann's characterization of Wagner's musical world.)
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  • 78.
    Nothing is quite so horrifying and paralyzing as to win the Oedipal struggle and to be awarded your mother as the prize.
    (Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).)
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  • 79.
    A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
  • 80.
    Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.
    (John Dewey (1859-1952), U.S. philosopher. Originally published 1934. Art as Experience, ch. 2, Capricorn Books (1958).)
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