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


  • We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.
    * F. H. Bradley


  • 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.
    * Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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


  • To have a son in wartime is the worst curse that can befall a mother, no matter what anyone says.
    * Slavenka Drakulic


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


  • For a mother the project of raising a boy is the most fulfilling project she can hope for. She can watch him, as a child, play the games she was not allowed to play; she can invest in him her ideas, aspirations, ambitions, and values- or whatever she has left of them; she can watch her son, who came from her flesh and whose life was sustained by her work and devotion, embody her in the world. So while the project of raising a boy is fraught with ambivalence and leads inevitably to bitterness, it is the only project that allows a woman to be--to be through her son, to live through her son.
    * Andrea Dworkin


  • 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.
    * Barbara Ehrenreich


  • 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.
    * George Eliot


  • The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
    * Erich Fromm


  • Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children.
    * Maxim Gorky


  • God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
    * Jewish Proverb


  • I opine..."Judicious mothers will always keep in mind, that they are the first book read, and the last put aside, in every child's library."
    * C. Lenox Redmond


  • 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.
    * Betty Rollin


  • It is impossible for any woman to love her children twenty-four hours a day.
    * Milton R. Sapirstein


  • The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction.
    * Milton R. Sapirstein


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


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