Quotes and Sayings about Mothers



"For mothers who must earn, there is indeed no leisure time problem. The long hours of earning are increased by the hours of domestic labor, until no slightest margin for relaxation or change of thought remains."
- Katharine Anthony
(Related: Change, Time, Thought, Labor, Leisure, Mothers, Relaxation)

"Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth."
- Mary Antin
(Related: Growth, Mothers, Spiritual)

"Since God had commanded it, it was necessary that I do it. Since God commanded it, even if I had a hundred fathers and mothers, even if I had been a King's daughter, I would have gone nevertheless."
- Joan of Arc
(Related: God, Daughter, Fathers, Mothers)

"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."
- Aristotle
(Related: Children, Fathers, Mothers)

"Their mothers had finally caught up to them and been proven right. There were consequences after all but they were the consequences to things you didn't even know you'd done."
- Margaret Atwood
(Related: Consequences, Mothers, Right)

"Mothers, unless they were very poor, didn't work. Both of my parents had to leave education. My mother had to work in a cotton mill until 18 or 19, when she took some training in domestic science."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Science, Work, Education, Mother, Mothers, Parents, Poor, Training)

"Mothers - especially single mothers - are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation's children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families' well-being."
- Evan Bayh
(Related: Men, Children, Mothers, Nation, Responsibility)

"Until 45 I can play a woman in love. After 55 I can play grandmothers. But between those ten years, it is difficult for an actress."
- Ingrid Bergman
(Related: Love, Play, Woman, Years)

"If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?"
- Milton Berle
(Related: Evolution, Mothers)

"What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!"
- Georges Bernanos
(Related: Truth, Lies, Mothers, Sons, Taste)

"We never got anything out of the recordings. I'm still as broke as I was when I was with the Mothers."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Mothers)

"We are not a Zappa cover band. We only play Frank's songs that were recorded by the Mothers of Invention and I think a lot of those songs were complex."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Invention, Mothers, Play, Songs)

"I don't know how Frank presented the old Mothers, since I never read the book. There might be some opinions on what he said, but I - or anyone else - could not make any corrections to anything Frank did."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Mothers, Old, Opinions)

"I think a lot of the Mothers stuff that we recorded was written while we were on the road."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Mothers, Road)

"I think that the old Mothers started that trend of rehearsing long hours. We went as long as the later bands did except we didn't get paid for it like they did."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Mothers, Old)

"I went to work with a guy named Matt Fuller, who was a Mothers fan, and low and behold, Arthur was working for him also. We worked together for about six months and decided to strike out on our own."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Work, Months, Mothers)

"The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is mothers really need to be given the ability to parent."
- Joan Blades
(Related: Purpose, Ability, Motherhood, Mothers)

"Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine."
- Allan Bloom
(Related: Success, Idea, Children, Competence, Fathers, Mothers)

"The capitalist class shoots down mothers and children. It stops at nothing, no matter how monstrous, to prevent the organization of the workers."
- Ella R. Bloor
(Related: Children, Class, Mothers, Nothing, Workers)

"No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Bed, Children, Mothers)

"The Vatican is against surrogate mothers. Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born."
- Elayne Boosler
(Related: Mothers)

"I know from my constituency what is going on. Doctors that are told, begged, by mothers, 'Please don't write down that my child as asthma. Please lie and say it's bronchitis, because if you write down asthma, when my child turns 18 or 20 and has to get his or her own insurance, it will be a pre-existing condition.'"
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Lie, Doctors, Mothers, Will)

"We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings."
- F. H. Bradley
(Related: Mother, Children, Mothers)

"A mother's got to be there to raise the children. That's all there is to it. I feel badly for those mothers who work hard, and can't do it all the time."
- Eric Braeden
(Related: Time, Work, Mother, Children, Mothers)

"And getting older, what's happening is, I play only mothers."
- Sonia Braga
(Related: Mothers, Play)

"Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers' suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Morality, Children, Connection, Dying, Hypocrisy, Mothers, Suffering)

"Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together."
- Pearl S. Buck
(Related: Love, Kiss, Kissing, Mothers)

"No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Children, Fathers, Mothers, Ugly)

"The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: People, Fear, Control, Crime, Drugs, Mothers, Welfare)

"It was a very odd household, because the grandmothers were so different. Both of them had their own pianos. So it would be duelling pianos by grandmothers."
- Diane Cilento
"Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days... or a few months after childbirth."
- Richard J. Codey
(Related: Mom, Time, Mother, Depression, First, Months, Mothers)

"I am so excited to let fans in on how important my relationship with my family is to me. I hope to motivate mothers and daughters to build lifetimes of memories together and inspire kids around the world to live their dreams."
- Miley Cyrus
(Related: Dreams, Family, Hope, Daughters, Fans, Kids, Memories, Mothers, World)

"Our mothers' generation fought so hard to change things and we're the first generation to benefit. And now you get girls in their twenties who say they're not feminists."
- Kristin Davis
(Related: Change, First, Girls, Mothers, Now)

"The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills."
- Tom DeLay
(Related: Control, Birth control, Causes, Evolution, Kids, Mothers, Parents, Schools, Teaching, Violence, Youth)

"Mothers don't let your daughters grow up to be models unless you're present."
- Janice Dickinson
(Related: Daughters, Mothers, Present)

"Let's take care of mothers and infants first, and then let's see what's left over for everybody over 50. I'm over 50. If I get sick, I would rather have money spent on children before it's spent on me."
- Richard Dooling
(Related: Money, Care, Children, First, Mothers)

"Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory."
- Will Durant
(Related: Time, Memory, Mothers)

"I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met."
- Marguerite Duras
(Related: Mother, People, Madness, Mothers)

"Men are what their mothers made them."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Men, Mothers)

"That satisfied me until I began to figure that if God loved all his children equally, why did he bother about my red hat and let other people lose their fathers and mothers for always?"
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, People, Children, Fathers, Mothers)

"I can't think why mothers love them. All babies do is leak at both ends."
- Douglas Feaver
(Related: Love, Babies, Mothers)

"I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Mothers, Nations)

"Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it's the most exquisite love of all."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Love, People, Mothers, Reason)

"If Romeo and Juliet make a tragedy of it nowadays, they have only to blame their own mismanagement, for the world is with them as it has never been before, and all sensible fathers and mothers know it."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: Blame, Fathers, Mothers, Tragedy, World)

"After the crash happened, I was so humiliated and embarrassed. I thought of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, that they must hate me."
- Tracey Gold
(Related: Thought, Hate, Mothers)

"We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?"
- Ellen Goodman
(Related: Fathers, Mothers)

"Only mothers can think of the future - because they give birth to it in their children."
- Maxim Gorky
(Related: Children, Future, Mothers)

"In the past, when I'd recorded during a break in a tour, it was so easy to sing, because I felt strong. Also, like so many new mothers, I wasn't getting a lot of sleep, and sleeping is such a huge part of being able to sing."
- Amy Grant
(Related: Being, Mothers, Past, Sleep)

"I appeal to you, my friends, as mothers: are you willing to enslave your children? You stare back with horror and indignation at such questions. But why, if slavery is not wrong to those upon whom it is imposed?"
- Angelina Grimke
(Related: Children, Friends, Horror, Questions, Slavery, Wrong)

"Mothers send strips to daughters to make a point. Daughters smack strips down on the breakfast table to make a point. My own mom sometimes cuts a strip out and sends it to me to make sure I understand her."
- Cathy Guisewite
(Related: Mom, Daughters, Mothers)

"Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups."
- Cathy Guisewite
(Related: Food, Love, Career, Guilt, Mothers)

"Obviously Victoria and Mel B have become mothers and there is a part of me that wants to be a mum."
- Geri Halliwell
(Related: Mothers)

"It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life."
- Augustus Hare
(Related: Life, Babies, Conceit, Importance, Intellect, Mothers)

"Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of."
- Amy Heckerling
(Related: Babies, Baby, Care, Fathers, Mothers, Needs)

"And some of what we're doing in Government even now, some of the welfare reform programs that are helping lone mothers come into work are based on things that were very new under the Labour Government in the eighties."
- Patricia Hewitt
(Related: Government, Work, Mothers, Now, Reform, Welfare)

"Mothers always find ways to fit in the work - but then when you're working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you're with your children, you're thinking about working."
- Alice Hoffman
(Related: Time, Work, Children, Mothers, Thinking)

"The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Men, Religion, Women, Key, Mothers, World)

"If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers."
- Edward W. Howe
(Related: Home, Time, Children, Mothers, Schools)

"The more we refuse to buy into our inner critics - and our external ones too - the easier it will get to have confidence in our choices, and to feel comfortable with who we are - as women and as mothers."
- Arianna Huffington
(Related: Women, Choices, Confidence, Mothers, Will)

"I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!"
- Arianna Huffington
(Related: Feelings, Guilt, Mothers)

"Today, Arizona's sons and daughters, mothers and fathers are proudly serving their country."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Country, Daughters, Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Today)

"Mothers and daughters can stay very connected during teenage years. In the middle of your life, you can become very alone. Even though you're connected deeply to other family members, lovers, husbands, friends."
- Holly Hunter
(Related: Family, Life, Daughters, Friends, Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, Teenage, Years)

"It has to be real, and I think a lot of the problems we have as a society is because we don't acknowledge that family is important, and it has to be people who are present, you know, and mothers and fathers, both are not present enough with children."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Family, Society, People, Children, Fathers, Mothers, Present, Problems)

"I nursed men back to sanity who were driven to despair. I solicited clothes for the ragged children, for the desperate mothers. I laid out the dead, the martyrs of the strike."
- Mary Harris Jones
(Related: Men, Children, Clothes, Despair, Martyrs, Mothers, Sanity)

"But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966."
- June Jordan
(Related: Friendship, Freedom, Mothers)

"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Mothers, Politicians, President, Sons, Want)

"When the grandmothers of today hear the word "Chippendales," they don't necessary think of chairs."
- Jean Kerr
(Related: Today, Word)

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
- Rudyard Kipling
(Related: God, Mothers)

"It's the kind of clothes that mothers and daughters can wear, in terms of concept... It's not about age. It's about taste, and it's about lifestyle. I believe women of all ages can wear anything."
- Ralph Lauren
(Related: Women, Age, Clothes, Daughters, Mothers, Taste)

"They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Mothers)

"We found that when people put this issue on the table, it turns out that men acknowledge the issue, and employers and employees can work out solutions just as working mothers do."
- James Levine
(Related: Men, Work, People, Employees, Mothers)

"Working mothers do an hour more per day than working fathers do and working mothers do on average an hour more per day with the kids than working fathers do."
- James Levine
(Related: Day, Fathers, Kids, Mothers)

"So, the total number of hours spent on the stuff you have to do to take care of a family, working and caring for stuff at home, the total number of hours is actually about the same for mothers and fathers."
- James Levine
(Related: Family, Home, Care, Caring, Fathers, Mothers)

"In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment as a sign of love and respect. Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: Love, Achievement, Accomplishment, Children, Mothers, Respect)

"By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Related: Time, Class, Mothers, Workers)

"The relationship I have to my fatherland is like that of mothers with crippled children: they love them all the more, the more crippled they are. Germany is the background of all my plans, the return to Germany."
- Friedrich List
(Related: Love, Germany, Mothers)

"In their 30s women really start to live... they're not children anymore, and they're not just mothers."
- Kelly Lynch
(Related: Women, Children, Mothers)

"Mothers don't want to pinch me or put me in their purse."
- Paul Lynde
(Related: Mothers, Want)

"Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being."
- Miriam Makeba
(Related: Society, Focus, Future, Girls, Mothers)

"Working mothers are just as likely to want to conform to a standard of perfection and just as likely to suffer from their failure to meet it as their stay-at-home counterparts."
- Melinda M. Marshall
(Related: Failure, Mothers, Perfection, Want)

"We should be the natural home for young mothers. But we're not. Because too often we sound like people who think the only good mother is a married mother."
- Francis Maude
(Related: Home, Mother, People, Mothers, Sound)

"Sexism is not the fault of women - kill your fathers, not your mothers."
- Robin Morgan
(Related: Women, Fathers, Fault, Mothers, Sexism)

"I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That's what we're upset about."
- Toni Morrison
(Related: Money, Morality, Mothers, Poor, Question)

"Personally I'm very happy to be behind the scenes. I like collaboration, I like working with directors."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Collaboration)

"I don't cook - I can cook - but I'm not very good. I like being asked over for dinner, because she can't cook either. We would starve if it weren't for modern technology. I know how to work a microwave, but love home cooked meals."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Home, Love, Work, Technology, Being)

"To me I think artists in general make a statement - and for the rest of their lives - every album, every book - are variations on a theme."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Artists, Rest)

"Right now I just finished writing the music for a Rugrats feature film and the third week of September I go to London, and the Orchestra is going to perform the score."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Music, Film, London, Now, Right, Writing)

"We've turned down multi million dollar films, simply because we liked the film better. We have the luxury to do so - we have projects that make the money, and others that we do for love."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Love, Money, Film, Luxury, Projects)

"I was lucky enough to get to perform on stage in front of 20 million people on TV, and 150 thousand in concerts. For 15 minutes I got to be a rock star, the 15 minutes is great! It turns into Spinal Tap after 20 minutes."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: People)

"As far as the style, I was fascinated by surrealism."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Style, Surrealism)

"I went to Kent State basically to avoid going to Vietnam, I had no idea what I was doing in the world. I was lost, and trying not to get into a fight every day."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Idea, Day, Fight, State, Trying, Vietnam, World)

"My major was Fine Arts and Education thinking I would become an Art Teacher. I couldn't visualize myself as an art teacher, thinking how it wouldn't work."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Art, Education, Work, Thinking)

"My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Parents)

"I hope the film will help mothers and fathers to be aware that 15 is a very vulnerable age."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Age, Hope, Fathers, Film, Help, Mothers, Will)

"Even if society dictates that men and women should behave in certain ways, it is fathers and mothers who teach those ways to children not just in the words they say, but in the lives they lead."
- Augustus Y. Napier
(Related: Men, Society, Women, Children, Fathers, Mothers, Words)

"I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers, If I belittle dogs and mothers."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Hope, Dogs, Mothers, Tongue)

"The bottom line in my view is that America's mothers and fathers deserve to have confidence in law enforcement's ability to ensure that their children are being raised in the safest possible environment."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Ability, America, Being, Children, Confidence, Environment, Fathers, Law, Mothers)

"You can make children believe whatever you want, and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow."
- Dudley Nichols
(Related: Children, Mothers, Soldiers, Today, Tomorrow, Want)

"What's really fun is seeing mothers bringing their daughters to the shows. And the best part is the mothers know they don't have to worry about sexual innuendo in the songs. The shows are family shows."
- Peter Noone
(Related: Family, Daughters, Fun, Mothers, Songs, Worry)

"Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire."
- Edna O'Brien
(Related: Countries, Fathers, Mothers)

"David Stern should get with the mothers of the NBA and let the moms decide what the dress code should be. I asked my mother if I could wear a chain, and she told me yeah. So I do stuff that my parents allow me to do."
- Shaquille O'Neal
(Related: Mother, Dress, Mothers, Parents)

"I didn't know my mother had it. I think a lot of women don't know their mothers had it; that's the sad thing about depression. You know, you don't function anymore. You shut down. You feel like you are in a void."
- Marie Osmond
(Related: Women, Mother, Depression, Mothers)

"So, babies are taken from their mothers because they get temporarily insane and it's not the mother's fault. This is the thing: they shouldn't feel ashamed. They didn't cause this. It is not something they did to themselves."
- Marie Osmond
(Related: Mother, Babies, Cause, Fault, Mothers)

"If kids can forget their own mothers but still have a sense of comrade Lenin, then Soviet power really is here to stay!"
- Andrei Platonov
(Related: Power, Forget, Kids, Mothers, Sense)

"Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers' incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect, how can we equal them?"
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Fear, Strength, Children, Mothers, Will)

"What in heaven's name is strange about a grandmother dancing nude? I'll bet lots of grandmothers do it."
- Sally Rand
(Related: Dancing, Heaven, Name)

"The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown."
- Adrienne Rich
(Related: Children, Mothers)

"Like any other people, like fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in every land, when the issue of peace or war has been put squarely to the American people, they have registered for peace."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Peace, War, People, American, Daughters, Fathers, Land, Mothers, Sons)

"Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax."
- Mike Royko
(Related: American, Cheating, Tax, Income, Mothers)

"Mothers are all slightly insane."
- J. D. Salinger
(Related: Mothers)

"A free race cannot be born of slave mothers."
- Margaret Sanger
(Related: Mothers, Race)

"No country in history ever sent mothers of toddlers off to fight enemy soldiers until the United States did this in the Iraq war."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: History, War, Country, Enemy, Fight, Iraq, Mothers, Soldiers, states, United)

"We have tried you citizens; we are trying you now, and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers, brothers and sisters by way of a charity gift."
- Rose Schneiderman
(Related: Brothers, Charity, Mothers, Now, Sisters, Trying)

"I sincerely believe that if Bush and Cheney recognized the full humanity of other people's mothers around the world, they wouldn't commit the crimes they commit."
- Wallace Shawn
(Related: People, Humanity, Mothers, World)

"Simply having children does not make mothers."
- John A. Shedd
(Related: Children, Mothers)

"The outcome can truly determine whether our homes will be destroyed, whether our children will be torn from their mothers, trained as conspirators and turned against their parents, their home and their church."
- George Smathers
(Related: Home, Church, Children, Mothers, Parents, Will)

"Folk music was out there. Clubs were springing up and they were hot with the college kids."
- Dick Smothers
(Related: Music, College, Folk, Kids)

"It works much like a marriage, an old marriage. You've got to work on it."
- Dick Smothers
(Related: Work, Marriage, Old)

"Our shows today are better and funnier than they've ever been."
- Dick Smothers
(Related: Today)

"We learned a verse of this and that and we were having fun with the songs. Tommy would make up stories to go along with them and I would yell at him, 'Hey, stupid, that's not right,' and he was like a silly kid trying to impress."
- Dick Smothers
(Related: Fun, Right, Silly, Songs, Trying)

"Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you!"
- Tommy Smothers
(Related: Now)

"When you don't know what you're talking about, it's hard to know when you're finished."
- Tommy Smothers
(Related: Talking)

"The ultimate censorship is the flick of the dial."
- Tommy Smothers
(Related: Censorship)

"The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen."
- Tommy Smothers
(Related: People, Ideas, Censorship, Right)

"What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all."
- Benjamin Spock
(Related: Babies, Fathers, Mothers)

"The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all."
- Benjamin Spock
(Related: People, Babies, Children, Fathers, Mothers)

"Most mothers are instinctive philosophers."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Related: Mothers)

"The images I like best are parts of series that I've started, in some cases, with the pregnancies of the mothers of the children in question, and I continue that series right on through the birth of children to the child that resulted from that first pregnancy."
- Jock Sturges
(Related: Children, First, Mothers, Pregnancy, Question, Right)

"Many working mothers feel guilty about not being at home. And when they are there, they wish it could be perfect. This pressure to make every minute happy puts working parents in a bind when it comes to setting limits and modifying behavior."
- Cathy Rindner Tempelsman
(Related: Home, Behavior, Being, Limits, Mothers, Parents, Pressure)

"There are now grandmothers and grandfathers coming to see us because they are of that age, they grew up in the '50s and '60s and they bring their sons and their daughters to hear the songs they heard when they were young."
- George Thorogood
(Related: Age, Daughters, Now, Songs, Sons)

"I value mothers and motherhood enormously. For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither."
- William Trevor
(Related: Mother, Fiction, Motherhood, Mothers, Value)

"At about 40, the roles started slowing down. I started getting offers to play mothers and grandmothers."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Mothers, Play)

"How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names."
- Alice Walker
(Related: Mothers, Names)

"And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read."
- Alice Walker
(Related: Mothers)

"My grandmothers are full of memories, smelling of soap and onions and wet clay, with veins rolling roughly over quick hands, they have many clean words to say, my grandmothers were strong."
- Margaret Walker
(Related: Memories, Quick, Words)

"One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid."
- James D. Watson
(Related: Successful, Contrast, Mothers, Newspapers, Popular, Scientists)

"Mothers are the necessity of invention."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Invention, Mothers, Necessity)

"Whatever is said about roles drying up, I intend to keep working. Certainly now the roles couldn't be more interesting - playing mothers, divorcees. I think it's going to be exciting to play a mother of teenagers. The longer your life, the deeper it gets."
- Naomi Watts
(Related: Life, Mother, Mothers, Now, Play, Teenagers)

"We felt often that we were perceived as mothers trying to be lawyers, while a male colleague of ours who had a young child was perceived as a lawyer who also happened to be a father."
- Anne C. Weisberg
(Related: Father, Lawyers, Mothers, Trying)

"One thing all stage mothers share is an overpowering ambition for their daughters."
- Lawrence Welk
(Related: Ambition, Daughters, Mothers)

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Women, Man, Mothers, Tragedy)

"A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Related: Time, Babies, Baby, Boys, Girls, Today)

"If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?"
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Government, Women, Congress, Future, Mothers)

"Good mothers know that their relationship with each of their children is like a movable feast, constantly changing and evolving."
- Sue Woodman
(Related: Children, Mothers)

"Our mothers and fathers want change. They worked all of their lives, but today live in destitution."
- Viktor Yushchenko
(Related: Change, Fathers, Mothers, Today, Want)