Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Motherhood Quotes

These are some quotes I saved on index cards, but I want to throw out the cards. Here are the quotes. Do you like some of them?

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.

There is nothing wrong with teenagers that reasoning with them won't aggravate.

Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them.
Maria Mannes

If evolution really works how come mothers have only two hands?

I have willed to go forward and have not advanced beyond the borders of my grave.
Saniya Salih, Syrian poet.

I have this wretched willow soul of mine, patiently enduring, plaited or twisted by other hands.
Karin Boye

Children need love, especially when they don't deserve it.
Harold S. Hulbert

It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
Rebecca West

Mother has an uncanny way of thinking that if she doesn't tell us about something we will never find out--that she is our only source of knowledge.
Nancy Friday

One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions.
Cornelia Otis Skinner

Who will cry when you die?
Robin Sharma

Govern a family as you would cook small fish--very gently.
Chinese proverb

If you bend over backwards for your children, you will eventually lose your balance.
John Rosemond

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 a. Elia Parsons.

The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection and not a fountain, to show them that we love them, not when we feel like it, but when they do.
Nan Fairbrother

The parents exist to teach the child, but they also must learn what the child has to teach them; and the child has a very great deal to teach them.
Arnold Bennett

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once and by car forever after.
Peter De Vries

A mother understands what a child does not say.
Jewish proverb

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
Muriel Rukeyser


ruth said...

I love your collection of motherhood quotes! I had to laugh at reasoning aggravating teenagers! I see that a lot these days! Some of the others are very inspiring -- they make me want to be better -- more loving, more grace-driven. One can't do it on one's own; it shows me how I need the Holy Spirit's empowering.

Brigitte said...

Hello Ruth: it's so nice to hear from you. It will also be great to see the birthday girls, aka the G6 next week. Did you see the Paul Gerhardt video? That was my birthday present to myself. Watched it with Martin, too.