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).)
There shall be no slave in your home, male or female: Least of all the mother of your son.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Libussa, in Libussa, act 2 (1872).)
You can make children believe whatever you want, and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow.
(Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Major Von Keller (Walter Slezak), This Land Is Mine (1943).)
Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb.
(Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian novelist, critic. repr. In The Literature Machine (1987). Grand Bazaar (Milan, September-October 1980).)
I will be all things to you. Father, mother, husband, counselor, Japanese bartender.
(Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, offer to Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) as he attempts to woo her (1940).)
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).)
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.)
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.)
Caution is the daughter of circumspection, but she tends to outgrow her mother.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1808).)
Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don't know.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Mersault, in The Outsider, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1944).)