Quotations on Mothering and Grandmothering
page IX


Mothers ought to bring up and nurse their own children; for they bring them up with greater affection and with greater anxiety, as loving them from the heart, and so to speak, every inch of them.

Plutarch. De Lib. Educ., Cap V


Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.

German Proverb


Adieu beloved child, you whom I have nourished with my milk and whom I would like to penetrate with all my sentiments. A time will come when you will be able to judge the efforts that I make at this time not to weaken [at the thought of’] your sweet face. I press you to my breast.

Manon Roland, awaiting execution on the guillotine, in a letter to her daughter Eudora


A little child born yesterday
A thing on mother's milk and kisses fed

Homer. Hymn to Hermes, 1:406


Nature's loving proxy, the watching mother.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton


But you can't always tell-with somebody's mother, I mean. Mothers are all slightly insane.....

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher and the Rye


He that wipes the child's nose kisseth the mother's cheek.

George Herbert


I wish I would have put as much emotion into my relationships with my mom and dad as I do now with my memories of them.

Elderly Woman


And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.

Alice Walker


Life is nothing but a series of crosses for us mothers.



When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.

Margaret Sanger


With my poems, I finally won even my mother. The longest wooing of my life.

Marge Piercy, Braided Lives


Blaming mother is just a negative way of clinging to her still.

Nancy Friday


I am my kid's mom.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger


My mother used to say, "He who angers you, conquers you!" But my mother was a saint.

Elizabeth Kenny


She was the archetypal selfless mother: living only for her children, sheltering them from the consequences of their actions -- and in the end doing them irreparable harm.

Marcia Muller


I find, by close observation, that the mothers are the levers which move in education. The men talk about it, but the women work most for it.

Frances Watkins Harper

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