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MOTHERS
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I think it must somewhere be written that the virtues of mothers shall, occasionally, be visited on their children, as well as the sins of fathers.
      - Charles Dickens

No mother who stands upon low ground herself can hope to place her children upon a loftier plane. They may reach it, but it will not be through her.
      - Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr

I have not wept these forty years; but now my mother comes afresh into my eyes.
      - John Dryden

Mighty is the force of motherhood! It transforms all things by its vital heat; it turns timidity into fierce courage, and dreadless defiance into tremulous submission; it turns thoughtlessness into foresight, and yet stills all anxiety into calm content; it makes selfishness become self-denial, and gives even to hard vanity the glance of admiring love.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
      - Dorothy Canfield Fisher

The older I get the more of my mother I see in myself.
      - Nancy Friday, My Mother, My Self (ch. 1)

O wondrous power! how little understood,--
  Entrusted to the mother's mind alone,
    To fashion genius, form the soul for good,
      Inspire a West, or train a Washington!
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

There is 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

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.
      - George Herbert

"An ounce of mother," says the Spanish proverb, "is worth a pound of clergy."
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

What are Raphael's Madonnas but the shadow of a mother's love, fixed in permanent outline forever?
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

What instruction the baby brings to the mother!
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
  A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        A Mother's Secret

It is generally admitted, and very frequently proved, that virtue and genius, and all the natural good qualities which men possess, are derived from their mothers.
      - Theodore Hook

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother still loves on, and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways, and repent; still she remembers the infant smiles that once filled her bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of his childhood, the opening promise of his youth; and she can never be brought to think him all unworthy.
      - Washington Irving

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated, except by those whose feelings are withered by vitiated society. Holy, simple, and beautiful in its construction, it is the emblem of all we can imagine of fidelity and truth.
      - Washington Irving

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
      - James Joyce

I would desire for a friend the son who never resisted the tears of his mother.
      - Jacques de Lacretelle

The loss of a mother is always keenly felt, even if her health be such as to incapacitate her from taking an active part in the care of the family. She is the sweet rallying-point for affection, obedience, and a thousand tendernesses. Dreary the blank when she is withdrawn!
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

The instruction received at the mother's knee, and the paternal lessons, together with the pious and sweet souvenirs of the fireside, are never effaced entirely from the soul.
      - Abbe Hugo Felicite de Lamennais

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother into the other, the world would kick the beam.
      - Lord Langdale, Henry Bickersteth

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
      - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Even He who died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of His mother, as if to each 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 Wadsworth Longfellow

The best academy, a mother's knee.
      - James Russell Lowell


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