Quotations on Mothering and Grandmothering
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Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.

Mildred B. Vermont


Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.

Charlotte Gray


Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.

Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons


Of course I don't always enjoy being a mother. At those times my husband and I hop up somewhere in the wine country, eat, drink, make mad love and pretend we were born sterile and raise poodles.

Dorothy DeBolt On receiving the 1980 National Mother's Day Committee Award as the natural mother of 6 and adoptive mother of 14


Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I've become a juggler, I suppose. It's all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.

Jane Seymour


Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.

Meryl Streep


They say genes skip generations. Maybe that's why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable.

Joan McIntosh


I worked as a chief business executive for over 40 years. I made major decisions. I worked side by side with powerful men and women. But one grandchild has changed me more than any of those people I worked with, and I have learned more from watching my children be parents than I learned in all those 40 years in the work place.



It is remarkable how, overnight, a quiet mature lady can learn to sit cross-legged on the floor and play a tin drum, quack like a duck, sing all the verses of The Twelve Days Of Christmas, make paper flowers, draw pigs, and sew on the ears of severely-injured teddy bears.



A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm, that after they have lost all they are sure to lose in mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt and support them through great actions.

Julius C. Hare


She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to her children, who ate with eagerness. "She hath kept none for herself," grumbled the sergeant, "Because she is not hungry." said a soldier "No," said the sergeant, "Because she is a mother."

Victor Hugo


There can be no authentic progress for women without respect for women's role in the family.

Mary Ann Glendon


In the equation of human existence, women are the transformers. They give meaning to men's existence, purpose to their lives, and channel their energies into the conduits that sustain and create civilization.

Rod Van Mechelen


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