Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 61.
    Fathers and sons show much more consideration towards one another than mothers and daughters do.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 510, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 221, "Consideration," (1882).)
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  • 62.
    My mother wanted to shrink from my clinging, but did not.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 63.
    A boy's best friend is his mother.
    (Joseph Stefano, U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), in Psycho (1960).)
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Indifference is commonly the mother of discretion.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Sept. 1749, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 65, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980) I. 65.)
  • 66.
    A husband's mother and his wife had generally better be visitors than inmates.
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Lady D., in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 2, letter 5, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
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  • 67.
    Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. first published in Die Fackel, no. 288 (Vienna, October 11, 1909). Quoted in Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, ch. 8 (1976).)
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  • 68.
    I guess a man's best friend is his mother.
    (Vina Delmar, U.S. novelist, playwright. Daniel (Ralph Bellamy), The Awful Truth, after catching Jerry (Cary Grant) and Armand (Alexander D'Arcy) in Lucy's apartment (1937).)
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  • 69.
    Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother.
    (Beverly Jones (b. 1927), U.S. feminist writer. "The Dynamics of Marriage and Motherhood," The Florida Paper on Women's Liberation (1970).)
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  • 70.
    Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
    (Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 4, ch. 46 (1651).)
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