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
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
— Joseph Addison
A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.
— Mark Twain
Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
— Lord Brougham
More people have to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court. If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things are done.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
It is the studying that you do after your school days that really counts. Otherwise, you know only that which everyone else knows.
— Henry Doherty
My dear mother with the truthfulness of a mother’s heart, ministered to all my woes, outward and inward, and even against hope kept prophesying good.
— Thomas Carlyle
On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You’re my mother, I would have no other!
— Forest Houtenschil
I did not have my mother long, but she cast over me an influence which lasted all my life. If it had not been for her appreciation and her faith in me at a critical time in my experience, I should never likely have become an inventor.
— Thomas Edison
There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness. The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.
— Andrew Jackson
You painted no Madonnas
On chapel walls in Rome;
But with a touch diviner
You lived one in your home.
You carved no shapeless marble
To some high soul design
But with a finer sculpture
You shaped this soul of mine.
— Thomas Fessenden
You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things.
— General George Patton
I know the secret to success. It is my friend, Discipline.
— Bella Karolyi
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done whether you like it or not.
— Thomas Huxley
I have never known a really successful man who deep in his heart did not understand the grind, the discipline it takes to win.
— Vince Lombardi
Fortunate is the person who has developed the self-control to steer a straight course toward his objective in life, without being swayed from his purpose by either commendation or condemnation.
— Napoleon Hill
Listening well is an even greater accomplishment than speaking well. If your interest is focused, you will gain the greatest possible advantage from any encounter.
— Napoleon Hill
The more you listen to someone else, the more they are inclined to listen to you.
— Robert Dedman
When we listen, we’re telling the people around us that we value them. We’re telling them that we respect them. We’re telling them that we care deeply about their thoughts and feelings, and that we esteem their perspective on the world.
— Mary Lou Retton
You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.
— Robert Frost
You can learn so much from listening, watching and asking questions. I still do that with people I’ve just met and friends I’ve known for years. Even if I’m dealing with a person whose opinions I disagree with, I’ll look into his eyes and I’ll never interrupt him when he’s speaking.
— Derek Jeter
My best training came from my father.
— Woodrow Wilson
The things that I respected so much about my father were his values and that he wanted so much for his children. He stressed upon all of us the values of hard work, honesty and respect for others. My father’s words were always backed up with action.
— Hank Aaron
Fatherhood was full-time work for Dad. When I was about ten, I took up the clarinet. Instead of buying me a metronome and sending me off to a soundproof room to squeak my way through the scales, he sat with me and beat time against the arm of his chair.
— William Tapply
For years, as a boy, I had eaten the food and worn the clothes provided by that humble, slaving, threadbare man. I had seen him mend his own shoes and toil for an hour drawing rusty nails out of old boards to get nails to patch up the woodshed or the garden fence, without having once realized that he practiced these economics that I might wear better shoes than he, and have leisure that was never his.
— W.O. Saunders