Voices On Motherhood

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

-- Jewish proverb

Motherhood is an essential, difficult, and full-time job. Women who do not wish to be mothers should not have babies.

--Edward Abbey

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

-- George Washington

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.

-- Abraham Lincoln

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

-- Honore de Balzac

A mother can detect her child's cry in a crowd and is an expert on deciphering the meaning of that cry.

-- Rachel Keller

A mother is a mother still,

The holiest thing alive.

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A mother is the only person on earth who can divide her love among all her children and each child still have all her love.

-- Author Unknown

Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.

Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.

Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him.

Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.

-- Pamela Glenconner


I search among earth's lovely words to find

The meaning of a word loved by mankind:

The brief word Mother, yet no pens express

A definition for her tenderness,

Her constancy, her selfless love, her care--

I search for words for her--

they are not there.

--Grace Noll Crowell

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

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

-- Elizabeth Kenny

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

--Chinese proverb

So when the great word Mother! rang once more,

I saw at last its meaning and its place;

Not the blind passion of the brooding past,

But Mother -- the World's Mother -- come at last,

To love as she had never loved before --

To feed and guard and teach the human race.

-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Women know the way to rear up children (to be just). They know a simple, merry, tender knack of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes, and stringing pretty words that make no sense. And kissing full sense into empty words.

--Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.

--Pearl S. Buck