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Quotes

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers’ names.

Alice Walker (1944 – ), O Magazine, May 2003

The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous.

Anna Quindlen, O Magazine, May 2003

Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometime, though, it’s just pure, unthinking delight.

Barbara Schapiro, O Magazine, May 2003

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.

Bern Williams

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

Calvin Trillin (1935 – )

My parents only had one argument in forty-five years. It lasted forty-three years.

Cathy Ladman

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

Charles Wadsworth

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.

Clarence Darrow (1857 – 1938)

The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.

Elain Heffner, O Magazine, May 2003

The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children.

Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC), Phrixus

There is…nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people.

H. R. Schaffer, O Magazine, May 2003

For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.

Homer (800 BC – 700 BC), The Odyssey

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.

Jill Churchill, O Magazine, May 2003

The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.

King Edward VIII (1894 – 1972)

Some men just aren’t cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son.

Lois McMaster Bujold, Ethan of Athos, 1986

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.

Ogden Nash (1902 – 1971)

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