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At the cross, her station keeping,
  Stood the mournful mother, weeping,
    Where He hung, the dying Lord.
      [Lat., Stabat mater, dolorosa
        Juxta crucem lacrymosa
          Que pendebat Filius.]
      - Anonymous,
        (translated by Dr. William Josiah Irons)

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. III, v. 20)

The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
      - Bible, Judges (ch. V, v. 7)

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXXI, v. 28)

[Milton] calls the university "A stony-hearted step-mother."
      - Augustine Birrell, Obiter Dicta

A mother is a mother still,
  The holiest thing alive.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Three Graves
         (st. 10)

If pregnancy were a book they would cut out the last two chapters.
      - Nora Ephron

The mother says to her daughter: Daughter bid thy daughter, to her daughter, that her daughter's daughter is crying.
  [Lat., Mater ait natae die natae filia natum
    Ut moneat natae plangere filiolam.]
      - see Rev. J. Greswell, Account of Runcorn
         (p. 24)

The mother said to her daughter, "Daughter, bid thy daughter tell her daughter that her daughter's daughter hath a daughter."
      - George Hakewill (Hokewell), Apologie
         (bk. III, ch. V, sec. 9)

There is none,
  In all this cold and hollow world, no fount
    Of deep, strong, deathless love, save that within
      A mother's heart.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, Siege of Valencia
         (sc. Room in a Palace of Valencia)

Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

If I were hanged on the highest hill,
  Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
    I know whose love would follow me still,
      Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
      - Rudyard Kipling, Mother O' Mine

There was a place in childhood that I remember well,
  And there a voice of sweetest tone bright fairy tales did tell.
      - Samuel Lover, My Mother Dear

A woman's love
  Is mighty, but a mother's heart is weak,
    And by its weakness overcomes.
      - James Russell Lowell, Legend of Brittany
         (pt. II, st. 43)

The bravest battle that ever was fought;
  Shall I tell you where and when?
    On the maps of the world you will find it not;
      It was fought by the mothers of men.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        The Bravest Battle--Mothers of Men

Fostering mother.
  [Lat., Alma mater.]
      - Old Saying,
        applied by students to the university where they have graduated

They say man rules the universe,
  That subject shore and main
    Kneel down and bless the empery
      Of his majestic reign;
        But a sovereign, gentler, mightier,
          Man from his throne has hurled,
            For the hand that rocks the cradle
              Is the hand that rules the world.
      - William Stewart Ross (used pseudonym Saladin),
        a poem in "Woman: Her Glory, her Shame, and her God", vol. II, p. 420 (1894)

That it should come to this,
  But two months dead, nay, not so much, not two,
    So excellent a king, that was to this
      Hyperion to a satyr, so loving to my mother
        That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
          Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth,
            Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him
              As if increase of appetite had grown
                By what it fed on, and yet within a month--
                  Let me not think on't; frailty, thy name is woman--
                    A little month, or ere those shoes were old
                      With which she followed my poor father's body
                        Like Niobe, all tears, why she, even she--
                          O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason
                            Would have mourned longer--married with my uncle,
                              My father's brother, but no more like my father
                                Than I to Hercules.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)

The pretty and sweet manner of it forced
  Those waters from me which I would have stopped;
    But I had not so much of man in me,
      And all my mother came into mine eyes
        And gave me up to tears.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, vi)

The one point on which all women are in furious secret rebellion against the existing law is the saddling of the right to a child with the obligation to become the servant of a man.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Getting Married

And say to mothers what a holy charge
  Is theirs--with what a kingly power their love
    Might rule the fountains of the new-born mind.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney,
        The Mother of Washington (l. 33)

Who ran to help me when I fell,
  And would some pretty story tell,
    Or kiss the place to make it well/
      My mother.
      - Ann Taylor (Mrs. Gilbert), My Mother
         (st. 6)

The bearing and the training of a child
  Is woman's wisdom.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess
         (canto V, l. 456)

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