Quotations About / On: MOTHER
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).)
Boredom, not the will, is the mother of change. Necessity is the father.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. The Female Eunuch, "The Psychological Sell," (1970).)