Quotations About / On:
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).)
Keep telling yourself and others there are no supermoms, there are only wonderful mothers.
(Jean Marzollo (20th century), U.S. writer. Your Maternity Leave, ch. 3 (1989).)
If necessity is the mother of invention, then resourcefulness is the father.
(Beulah Louise Henry, U.S. inventor. As quoted in Feminine Ingenuity, ch. 13, by Anne L. MacDonald (1992).
Said in 1962; Henry had invented a type of umbrella.)
Fathers and sons show much more consideration towards one another than mothers and daughters do.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 510, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 221, "Consideration," (1882).)
My mother wanted to shrink from my clinging, but did not.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
A boy's best friend is his mother.
(Joseph Stefano, U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), in Psycho (1960).)
His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.
(Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and Leo McCarey. Ruby Carter (Mae West), Belle of the Nineties, insult of a foe (1934).)