Ever since my daughter was born, I feel the fleetingness of time. And I don’t want to waste it on getting the perfect lip color.
In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.
— Barbara Costikvan
Your children will nurse at the breast of your wisdom and draw it out through your conversation. Make sure that this milk is free of contaminants like bitterness, envy, pettiness or vulgarity.
— T.D. Jakes
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
Some fear that if parents start listening to their own wants and needs they will neglect their children. It is our belief that children are in fact far less likely to be neglected when their parents’ needs – for support, for friendship, for decent work, for health care, for learning, for play, for time alone – are being met.
— Wendy Sanford
To be a mother is the greatest vocation in the world. No being has a position of such great power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations; for to her is necessarily committed the making of the nation’s citizens.
— Hannah Whitehall Smith
I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
— Rose Kennedy
Motherhood is the most important of all professions – requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs.
— Elizabeth Stanton
Contrary to what feminist propaganda has claimed, it is not oppression, subjugation or abdication of any feminine quality-of-life potential to marry a man, be proud of your bonding, rejoice in your gifts and sacrifices for your marriage and family, and derive pleasure and sustenance from your role as a wife and mother.
— Dr. Laura Schlessinger
I would much rather be known as the mother of a great son or a great daughter than the author of a great book or the painter of a great masterpiece.
— Rose Kennedy
Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.
— Katharine Hathaway
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
— Abraham Lincoln
I am amazed (and secretly delighted) at how many people stop me to have a look at my baby. Motherhood seems to break all social barriers as conversations with strangers of all ages and backgrounds evolve.
— Simone Bloom
You have omitted to mention the greatest of my teachers – my mother.
— Sir Winston Churchill, on being asked to check a list of those who had taught him
In the event of an oxygen shortage on airplanes, mothers of young children are always reminded to put on their oxygen mask first, to better assist the children with theirs. The same tactic is necessary on terra firma. There’s no way of sustaining our children if we don’t first rescue ourselves. I don’t call that selfish behavior. I call it love.
— Joyce Maynard
My mother was the most beautiful woman. All I am I owe to her. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
— George Washington
There’s no way you can prepare for the presidency. The only things I ever learned from anybody that might have helped were some of the early things I learned from my mother.
— John F. Kennedy
My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s grief and everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. She was the natural ally and friend of the friendless.
— Mark Twain
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
— Stevie Wonder
In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.
— Booker T. Washington
There is no velvet so soft as mother’s lap, no rose so lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
— Archbishop Thomson
Mothers are the first books read and the last put aside in every child’s library.
— C. Lenox Remond
Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of his mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought, the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven.
— Henry Ward Longfellow
Stories first heard at a mother’s knee are never wholly forgotten – a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years.
— Giovanni Ruffini
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
— Washington Irving
The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a while . . . their hearts forever.
Since God created man in his own image, every newborn child is a heavenly gift entrusted to a mother’s tender care. The baby finds godliness in his mother’s eyes, life and warmth at her breasts, strength and protection in her tender arms.
— Louis Notkin
Despite my mom’s relentless chiding for eating too quickly and talking too much sports, I do not hesitate to use a phrase that up until now I have reserved for only those of my generation: She’s one of my best friends.
— Winston Lord
They always looked back before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window to nod and smile, and wave her hand at them. Somehow it seemed as if they couldn’t have got through the day without that, for whatever their mood might be, the last glimpse of that motherly face was sure to affect them like sunshine.
— Louisa May Alcott
Of all the friends we have, our mother is the most loyal, the most steadfast. Her love knows no limits.
— Rhonda Hogan
One mother can achieve more than a hundred teachers.
— Jewish proverb
We can’t nourish our children if we don’t nourish ourselves. Parents who manage to stay married, sane and connected to each other share one basic characteristic: the ability to protect even small amounts of time together no matter what else is going on in their lives.
— Ron Taffel
It seems to me that since I’ve had children, I’ve grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
— Anne Tyler
If you focus your attention on housework and meal preparation and diapers, raising children does start to look like drudgery pretty quickly. On the other hand, if you see yourself as nothing less than your child’s nurturer, role model, teacher, spiritual guide and mentor, your days take on a very different cast.
— Joyce Maynard