Quotations on Mothering and Grandmothering
You could not give me
toys in those bleak days;
DuBose Heyward (1885-1940) Your Gifts
Oh, what a power is motherhood, possessing a potent spell. All women alike fight fiercely for a child.
Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis (c. 405 BC)
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.
Robert Frost, Interview, Writers at Work: Second Series (1963)
A mother is a mother still,
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) The Three Graves
She's somebody's mother, boys, you know
Mary Dow Brine Somebody's Mother
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
God pardons like a mother who kisses the offense into everlasting forgetfulness.
Henry Ward Beecher
A mother's example sketches the outline of her child's character.
Mrs. H. O. Ward
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Women know more about life than men, especially when it comes to the children.
Escaping Slowly in The Virago Book of Fairy Tales, ed. Angela Carter (London: Virago Press, 1990)
To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead --somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man --somewhere these, too, come together.
Just about the time a woman thinks her job is done, she becomes a grandmother.
When I was giving birth the nurse asked, "Still think blondes have more fun?"
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