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
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
— St. Francis de Sales
Our sense of God’s presence is often in inverse proportion to the pace of our lives.
— Richard Swenson
To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
— William Shakespeare
Slow down. It requires a shift in focus from the demanding task at hand, and you may have to remind yourself about what your priorities really are, but your whole family will benefit. The dishes may sit in the sink a little longer, or that load of laundry may go undone for another day, but were they really more important than sharing a bedtime story with your preschooler and talking about her day?
— Judy Ford
She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to the children, who ate with avidity.
“She hath kept none for herself,” grumbled the Sergeant.
“Because she is not hungry,” said a soldier.
“Because she is a mother,” said the Sergeant.
— Victor Hugo
I only wanted him to say he loved me.
— Russell Chatham
Love names are those little nicknames that make your heart melt. Using pet names like Snookums, Sweetie-Pie, Honey Bunch, Smoochie-Girl, Lovey or Pookey-Poo is like sharing a special, heartfelt secret. Love names tell your child that you enjoy her company – that she is extra special and this is the name you use for only her.
— Judy Ford
We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves. When we first bend over the cradle of our own child, God throws back the temple door, and reveals to us the sacredness and mystery of the father’s and mother’s love. And in later years, when they have gone from us, there is always a certain sorrow that we cannot tell them we have found it out.
— Henry Ward Beecher
The more parents try to make their children happy, the more they prevent their children from learning how to make themselves happy.
— John Rosemond
To show a child what has once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness.
— J.B. Priestley
Your most important goal as a parent is not to make your children happy on a short-term basis. It’s to raise capable, responsible human beings. There are many times when your children will be unhappy with your decisions. Usually, this means you’ve made the right decision.
— Elizabeth Pantley
Parents who don’t make happiness a goal but who concentrate on the basics – making sure their child works hard in school and takes his chores and responsibilities seriously – will produce a child whose talents and values will bring him success.
— Marilu Henner
Mother had a lot to say. This does not mean she was always talking but that we children felt the wells she drew upon were deep, deep, deep. Her theme was happiness: what it was, what it was not; where we might find it, where not; and how, if found, it must be guarded. Never must we confound it with pleasure. Nor think sorrow its exact opposite.
— Mary Lavin
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