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Mothers
  
  
  
Mother's love is peace.
It need not be acquired,
it need not be deserved.

Erich Fromm

   

The mother loves her children most divinely, not when she surrounds them with comfort and anticipates their wants, but when she resolutely holds them to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than their best.       -Hamilton Wright

   

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds.  Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world.       -Kate Douglas Wiggin

   
Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed.       -Linda Wooten
   

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.       -Washington Irving

   
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.  Everything gets reduced to essentials.       -Meryl Streep
    
Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children.  From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours.  You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them.  You long to comfort all who are desolate.        -Charlotte Gray

  
Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.        -Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
   
Though motherhood is the most important of all the professions--requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs--there was no attention given to preparation for this office.        -Elizabeth Cady Stanton
   
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.      -William Makepeace Thackeray
   
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life.  She is a partner with God.  No being has a position of such power and influence.  She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens.       -Spencer W. Kimball
   
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.       -Sophia Loren
   
A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.       -Agatha Christie
  
The mother, more than any other, affects the moral and spiritual part of the children's character. She is their constant companion and teacher in formative years. The child is ever imitating and assimilating the mother's nature.  It is only in after life that men gaze backward and behold how a mother's hand and heart of love molded their young lives and shaped their destiny.       -E.W. Caswell
   
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.       -Cardinal Mermillod
    
The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother—which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.        -Sydney J. Harris
   

   
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.       -Tenneva Jordan
   
A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.       -Dorothy Canfield Fisher
   
It is not until you become a mother than your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.        -Erma Bombeck
  
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be--
I had a mother who read to me.

Strickland Gillilan

    

Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability.  She is their earth.  She is the one they can count on for the things that matter most of all.  She is their food and their bed and the extra blanket when it grows cold in the night; she is their warmth and their health and their shelter; she is the one they want to be near when they cry.  She is the only person in the whole world in a whole lifetime who can be these things to her children.  There is no substitute for her.  Somehow even her clothes feel different to her children's hands from anybody else's clothes.  Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.        -Katharine Butler Hathaway

    
The noblest calling in the world is that of mother.  True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions.  She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give.       -David O. McKay
   
The mother is the most precious possessions of the nation, so precious that society advances its highest well-being when it protects the functions of the mother.       -Ellen Key
   
I affirm my profound belief that God's greatest creation is womanhood.  I also believe that there is no greater good in all the world than motherhood.  The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.        -James E. Faust
    
So when the great word 'Mother!' rang once more,
I saw at last its meaning and its place;
Not the blind passion of the brooding past,
But Mother -- the World's Mother -- come at last,
To love as she had never loved before --
To feed and guard and teach the human race. 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  

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The woman who creates and sustains a home, and under whose hands children grow up to be strong and pure men and women, is a creator second only to God.     -Helen Hunt Jackson
  
As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible and trust God with the impossible.     -Ruth Bell Graham
  
The greatest heroes in life are those that never give up on someone.  They stick it out and make it work.  They sacrifice things in their life in order to help others grow.  They give up what they want because someone needs it more.  They work hard and overcome adversity.  They fail for a moment, but get back up on their feet to show others they don’t have to stay down.  They show their loved ones that love is not “proved” by conformity.  They teach others that having a voice is a sign of courage, and they will not stay silent to make people feel comfortable.  They are fearless and will do whatever it takes to bring about the greatness in the ones they love because doing so brings them peace. Their name is---MOM.     -Shannon L. Alder
  
Ma was heavy, but not fat; thick with child-bearing and work. She wore a loose Mother Hubbard of gray cloth in which there had once been colored flowers, but the color was washed out now, so that the small flowered pattern was only a little lighter gray than the background. The dress came down to her ankles, and he strong, broad, bare feet moved quickly and deftly over the floor. Her thin, steel-gray hair was gathered in a sparse wispy knot at the back of her head. Strong, freckled arms were bare to the elbow, and her hands were chubby and delicate, like those of a plump little girl. She looked out into the sunshine. Her full face was not soft; it was controlled, kindly. Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding. She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since old Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear unless she acknowledged hurt and fear, she had practiced denying them in herself. And since, when a joyful thing happened, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials. But better than joy was calm. Imperturbability could be depended upon. And from her great and humble position in the family she had taken dignity and a clean calm beauty. From her position as healer, her hands had grown sure and cool and quiet; from her position as arbiter she had become as remote and faultless in judgment as a goddess. She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone.

John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath
  
Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.     -Kate Samperi
  
The mother memories that are closest to my heart are the small gentle ones that I have carried over from the days of my childhood. They are not profound, but they have stayed with me through life, and when I am very old, they will still be near. . . Memories of mother drying my tears, reading aloud, cutting cookies and singing as she did, listening to prayers I said as I knelt with my forehead pressed against her knee, tucking me in bed and turning down the light. They have carried me through the years and given my life such a firm foundation that it does not rock beneath flood or tempest.     -Margaret Sanger
  
Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.     -Marjorie Pay Hinckley
  
My mother. . . she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.     -Jodi Picoult
   

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