Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 11.
    Ignorance is the mother of all evils.
    (François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Aeditue, in Fifth Book, ch. 7, p. 740, Pleiade edition (1995).)
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  • 12.
    Men are what their mothers made them.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 13.
    Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 612 (Phaedra).)
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  • 14.
    Oh, I've got the prettiest mother. I've got the nicest mother. That's what I tell everybody. I say I've got the sweetest mother in the world.
    (John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Rhoda (Patty McCormack), The Bad Seed, this is what Rhoda says to keep her mother from inquiring too closely into her activities (1956). If you can think of a better category, you're welcome to change it.)
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  • 15.
    Such joint ownership creates a place where mothers can "father" and fathers can "mother." It does not encourage mothers and fathers to compete with one another for "first- place parent." Such competition is not especially good for marriage and furthermore drives kids nuts.
    (Kyle D. Pruett (20th century), professor, child psychiatrist. The Nurturing Father, ch. 13 (1987).)
  • 16.
    Breaking free from the delicious security of mother love can be a painful rupture for either mother or son. Some boys can't do it. Some mothers can't let it happen because they know the boy is not ready to leave her; others are simply not ready to give up their sons.
    (Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).)
  • 17.
    Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother.... Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.
    (Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British author. Mr. Keith, in South Wind, ch. 22 (1917).)
  • 18.
    Frankie! Frankie! Your mother forgives me.
    (Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. Gypo (Victor McLaglen), The Informer, after Mrs. McPhillip (Una O'Connor) gives him absolution, at the fade-out (1935).)
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  • 19.
    Who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?
    (Donald E. Westlake (b. 1933), U.S. screenwriter, and Stephen Frears. Roy Dillon (John Cusack), The Grifters (1990). Based on the novel by Jim Thompson.)
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  • 20.
    Obedience is the mother of success, and success the parent of salvation.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Seven Against Thebes, l. 224.)
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