Quotations About / On: MOTHER

  • 11.
    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).)
  • 12.
    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).)
  • 13.
    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).)
  • 14.
    My mother's mild-eyed sadness looks at me from the eyes of those I love.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York ( 1985).)
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  • 15.
    You know, that's the only good thing about divorce; you get to sleep with your mother.
    (Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. diplomat, writer. Little Mary, in The Women, act 3 (1936).)
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  • 16.
    What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way to the coffin.
    (Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), U.S. clergyman and author.)
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  • 17.
    Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
    (Gloria Steinem (20th century), U.S. feminist and author. New York Times (August 26, 1971).)
  • 18.
    Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 626, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 19.
    Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire.
    (Edna O'Brien (b. c. 1932), Irish author; relocated to England. Mother Ireland, ch. 1 (1976).)
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  • 20.
    My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
    (Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 5 (1968).)
    More quotations from: Quentin Crisp, father, mother, world
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