Quotations About / On:
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).)
'African mothers are the best composers of baby songs'.
Memory, workmaid and mother of the Muses.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 461.)
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).)
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).)
What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way to the coffin.
(Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), U.S. clergyman and author.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)