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
Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
— Bill Cosby
I loved those years of being Mr. Mom. One of the saddest days in my life was when Jennifer said, “Dad, I can wash my own hair.”
— Billy Crystal
It’s quite astonishing: I see most of these fathers all year. Depending on the week, a few might be happy, and some are never happy. At this father-and-son tournament, they are all happy, every round, every day.
— Gary Player
When these parenting years have passed, something precious will have flickered and gone out of my life. Thus, I am resolved to enjoy every day that remains in this fathering era.
— Dr. James Dobson
Becoming a father fulfilled my life because it added a sense of immortality, with my life and spirit being passed on to future generations through my children. It also enabled me to relive my childhood through the disguise of being a parent, as I play with my children and their toys. I think each one of us maintains our childhood memories and fantasies. Being a parent allows us to release them.
— Dave Shewmon
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that has.
— Margaret Mead
To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.
— Joseph Billings
Respectable men and women content with the good and easy living are missing some of the most important things in life. Unless you give yourself to some great cause you haven’t even begun to live.
— William Merrill
I learned in my four decades in Washington that one person can make a difference.
— Liz Carpenter
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.
— Harold Kushner
I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait.
— Og Mandino
Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
— Reginna Brett
Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.
— Cuthbert Collingwood
Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, where they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.
— Og Mandino
True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind. Fathers like mine don’t ever die.
— Leo Buscaglia
God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spend time loving You and loving other people – because that’s what life is all about.
— Rick Warren
He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
— Proverbs 17:9
I know people who have a lot of money and they get testimonial dinners and hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody loves them. When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life.
— Warren Buffett
You can impress people at a distance, but you can impact them only up close.
— Howard Hendricks
I think you have to place the betterment of society, your community and your profession as one of your goals in life. When you do that, you become more productive in general.
— Philip Oxley
For whatever reason, God has blessed me with the ability, put me in a position to make these leaps and bounds. I’m fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others.
— Denzel Washington
Go out and be a center, a life-giving power, as it were, to a whole community, when an opportunity comes, when you may give life where there is no life, hope where there is no hope, power where there is no power. Begin in a humble way, and work to build up institutions that will put people on their feet.
— Booker T. Washington
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
— Albert Pine
We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.
— Douglas Lawson
The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth which you have given away.
— Marcus Martial
I want you to consider making your life one long gift to others. All that lasts is what you pass on. The rest is smoke and mirrors.
— Stephen King