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When Eve was brought unto Adam, he became filled with the Holy Spirit, and gave her the most sanctified, the most glorious of appellations. He called, her Eva--that is to say, the Mother of All. He did not style her wife, but simply mother--mother of all living creatures. In this consists the glory and the most precious ornament of woman.
      - Martin Luther

In after-life you may have friends--fond, dear friends; but never will you have again the inexpressible love and gentleness lavished upon you which none but a mother bestows.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

My mother loved children—she would have given anything if I had been one.
      - Groucho Marx

A mother's hardest to forgive.
  Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
    Ripe on a plate. And while you live,
      Relentlessly she understands you.
      - Phyllis McGinley

A mother's love--how sweet the name!
  What is a mother's love?
    --A noble, pure and tender flame,
      Enkindled from above,
        To bless a heart of earthly mould;
          The warmest love that can grow cold;
            This is a mother's love.
      - James Montgomery

Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing.
      - Toni Morrison

France needs nothing so much to promote her regeneration as good mothers.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Sweet is the image of the brooding dove!
  Holy as heaven a mother's tender love!
    The love of many prayers, and many tears,
      Which changes not with dim declining years--
        The only love, which, on this teeming earth,
          Asks no return for passion's wayward birth.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton)

The only love which on this teeming earth asks no return for passion's wayward birth.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton)

She led me first to God;
  Her words and prayers were my young spirit's dew--
    For when she us'd to leave
      The fireside every eve,
        I knew it was for prayer that she withdrew.
          How often has the thought
            Of my mourn'd mother brought
              Peace to my troubled spirit, and new power
                The tempter to repel!
                  Mother, thou knowest well
                    That thou hast bless'd me since my natal hour.
      - John Pierpont

Maternal love! thou word that sums all bliss,
  Gives and receives all bliss,--
    fullest when most
      Thou givest! spring-head of all felicity,
        Deepest when most is drawn! emblem of God!
          O'erflowing most when greatest numbers drink!
      - Robert Pollok

Never, never has one forgotten his pure, right-educating mother! On the blue mountains of our dim childhood, towards which we ever turn and look, stand the mothers who marked out to us from thence our life; the most blessed age must be forgotten ere we can forget the warmest heart. You wish, O woman, to be ardently loved, and forever, even till death. Be, then, the mothers of your children.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Unhappy is the man for whom his own mother has not made all other mothers venerable.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Heaven is at the feet of mothers.
      - Roebuck

But one on earth is better than the wife; that is the mother.
      - Leopold Schefer

And all my mother came into mine eyes
  And gave me up to tears.
      - William Shakespeare

Observe how soon, and to what a degree, this influence begins to operate! Her first ministration for her infant is to enter, as it were, the valley of the shadow of death, and win its life at the peril of her own! How different must an affection thus founded be from all others!
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

His sweetest dreams were still of that dear voice that soothed his infancy.
      - Robert Southey

If there be aught surpassing human deed or word or thought, it is a mother's love!
      - Marchioness de Spadara

Mother, when your children are irritable, do not make them more so by scolding and fault-finding, but correct their irritability by good nature and mirthfulness. Irritability comes from errors in food, bad air, too little sleep, a necessity for change of scene and surroundings; from confinement in close rooms, and lack of sunshine.
      - Herbert Spencer

The child takes most of his nature of the mother, besides speech, manners, and inclination.
      - Herbert Spencer

I really learned it all from mothers.
      - Benjamin Spock

A boy's best friend is his mother.
      - Joseph Stefano, Psycho, a screenplay

Whenever my mother talks to me, she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument.
      - Amy Tan

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