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No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children.
- Ehrenreich, Barbara
Mothers Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Mothers

1.
The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access; doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.
Mcginley, Phyllis

2.
But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
Eliot, George

3.
A mother's heart is always with her children.
Proverb

4.
Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realize you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.
Weldon, Fay

5.
For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.
Duras, Marguerite

6.
The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
Fenton, James

7.
Only in America do these peasants, our mothers, get their hair dyed platinum at the age of sixty, and walk up and down Collins Avenue in Florida in pedal pushers and mink stoles -- and with opinions on every subject under the sun. It isn't their fault they were given a gift like speech -- look, if cows could talk, they would say things just as idiotic.
Roth, Philip

8.
Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher

9.
Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.
Oakley, Ann

10.
Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter.
Rollin, Betty

11.
There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.
Carter, Angela

12.
A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
Eliot, George

13.
Men never think, at least seldom think, what a hard task it is for us women to go through this very often. God's will be done, and if He decrees that we are to have a great number of children why we must try to bring them up as useful and exemplary members of society.
Victoria, Queen

14.
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.

15.
A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it.
Howells, William Dean

16.
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
Maugham, W. Somerset

17.
I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhood and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
Duras, Marguerite

18.
Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
Bonaparte, Napoleon

19.
The best thing that could happen to motherhood already has. Fewer women are going into it.
Billings, Victoria

20.
The kind of power mothers have is enormous. Take the skyline of Istanbul -- enormous breasts, pathetic little willies, a final revenge on Islam. I was so scared I had to crouch in the bottom of the boat when I saw it.
Carter, Angela

21.
God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers
Proverb, Jewish

22.
Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
Alcott, Amos Bronson

23.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
Walker, Alice

24.
He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin.
Proverb, English

25.
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.
Washington, George

26.
Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.
Paglia, Camille

27.
As her sons have seen her: the mother in patriarchy: controlling, erotic, castrating, heart-suffering, guilt-ridden, and guilt-provoking; a marble brow, a huge breast, an avid cave; between her legs snakes, swamp-grass, or teeth; on her lap a helpless infant or a martyred son. She exists for one purpose: to bear and nourish the son.
Rich, Adrienne

28.
Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.
Wilde, Oscar

29.
Maternity is on the face of it an unsociable experience. The selfishness that a woman has learned to stifle or to dissemble where she alone is concerned, blooms freely and unashamed on behalf of her offspring.
Putnam, Emily James

30.
All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.
Greer, Germaine

31.
The fact that we are all trained to be mothers from infancy on means that we are all trained to devote our lives to men, whether they are our sons or not; that we are all trained to force other women to exemplify the lack of qualities which characterizes the cultural construct of femininity.
Dworkin, Andrea

32.
Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
Lin Yu-tang

33.
The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true mother duty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now.
Gillman, Charlotte P.

34.
When a woman is twenty, a child deforms her; when she is thirty, he preserves her; and when forty, he makes her young again.
Blum, Leon

35.
Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother. Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.
Douglas, Norman

36.
A busy mother makes slothful daughters.
Proverb, Portuguese

37.
Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.
Ehrenreich, Barbara

38.
Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother.
Nunn, Gregory

39.
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.
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

40.
Morality and its victim, the mother -- what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
Goldman, Emma

41.
No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children.
Ehrenreich, Barbara

42.
The watchful mother tarries nigh, though sleep has closed her infants eyes.
Keble, John

43.
The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown.
Rich, Adrienne

44.
Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
West, Rebecca

45.
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.
Buck, Pearl S.


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