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“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” ― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” ― Godfrey Winn

“Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” ― Evo Morales

“My mom has always been kind of my backbone. She keeps me strong. She is a mother, a friend. She is really everything to me.” ― Aerin Lauder

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

“I think that's the most beautiful thing about being confident - just loving yourself, not caring what everybody else thinks. Because you could be Mother Theresa, and people are still going to try to find some imperfection.” ― Joanna Krupa

“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whatever woman I love... I gotta love her. She might be a hood rat, but she's gotta have respect for my mother.” ― Astro

“If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England - you couldn't have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things.” ― Maya Angelou

“My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” ― Pablo Picasso

“I love my mother and father. The older I get, the more I value everything that they gave me.” ― Liev Schreiber

“No mother wants to hear her son say he's gay. Those two words rip the picture of a daughter-in-law and grandchildren into pieces. I felt sorry for my mom and wanted her to know everything was going to be all right. But then she said, 'I don't really care, Johnny, as long as I know that you are going to be happy.'” ― Johnny Weir

“A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.” ― Chanakya

“The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.” ― Mother Teresa

“I was born by myself but carry the spirit and blood of my father, mother and my ancestors. So I am really never alone. My identity is through that line.” ― Ziggy Marley

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.” ― Menachem Begin

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“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am closest to my mother, as she is my rock, my pillar of strength, and my world. Not only has she stood by me through all times - happy, sad, and otherwise - but there have even been moments when I had completely lost hope, and her immense belief in me had lifted me up.” ― Amruta Khanvilkar

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” ― Stevie Wonder

“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” ― Chief Joseph

“Abortion is part of being a mother and of caring for children, because part of caring for children is knowing when it's not a good idea to bring them into the world.” ― Katha Pollitt

“I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one.” ― Paul Simon

“There is no greater name for a leader than mother or father. There is no leadership more important than parenthood.” ― Sheri L. Dew

“Once vigorous measures appear to be the only means left of bringing the Americans to a due submission to the mother country, the colonies will submit.” ― George III of the United Kingdom

“My beauty icon is the love between my mother and father.” ― Stella Maxwell

“I was a weird teenager. My mother was actually worried because I didn't have any interest in dating in my teenage years. I had all this desire to pursue my passions like ballet, then sailing, then music, so I didn't have any emptiness to fill.” ― Kiesza

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” ― Jessica Lange

“Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.” ― Radhanath Swami

“I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.” ― Marie Antoinette

“Trying to impress my mother with words was one of my favourite pursuits.” ― John Mayer

“I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“An oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters of every household... carries discord and rebellion into every home of the nation.” ― Susan B. Anthony

“Love and honesty are the things that make a good wife and mother.” ― Jada Pinkett Smith

“My brother once lit his leg on fire. And after, when the fire was finally out, his leg was covered in third-degree burns. And we made the decision - or my parents did - not to take him to the hospital but to treat that at home with a salve my mother made of comfrey and lobelia.” ― Tara Westover

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” ― Mark Twain

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

“Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.” ― Francis of Assisi

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright

“I basically started performing for my mother, going, 'Love me!' What drives you to perform is the need for that primal connection. When I was little, my mother was funny with me, and I started to be charming and funny for her, and I learned that by being entertaining, you make a connection with another person.” ― Robin Williams

“I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.” ― Maya Angelou

“Necessity is the mother of taking chances.” ― Mark Twain

“My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing; the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother's Southern heritage; the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife's Midwestern roots; the Campbell's green-bean casserole; and of course, pumpkin pie.” ― Douglas Conant

“My greatest pleasure is spending time with my family: my husband and daughter, but also my mother, my three sisters, and their families.” ― Siri Hustvedt

“If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! I know whose love would follow me still Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!” ― Rudyard Kipling

“Whether you're a mother or father, or a husband or a son, or a niece or a nephew or uncle, breast cancer doesn't discriminate.” ― Stephanie McMahon

“Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn't interest you, don't do it - I would have made a terrible mother.” ― Katharine Hepburn

“The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters... and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.” ― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“My family and friends were definitely the key to my recovery. One thing that I do suggest is that anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness like cancer choose a point person for people to call to find out how you are doing - a sister, brother, mother, father, daughter, son, or close friend.” ― Olivia Newton-John

“Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” ― Erich Fromm

“Necessity... the mother of invention.” ― Plato

Necessity... the mother of invention.

“With over 3 million women battling breast cancer today, everywhere you turn there is a mother, daughter, sister, or friend who has been affected by breast cancer.” ― Betsey Johnson

“A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.” ― Robert Frost

“Some people are born good-looking. Some have the gift of gab. And some are lucky enough to be born smarter than the rest of us. Whether we like it or not, Mother Nature does not dole these characteristics out evenly.” ― Simon Sinek

“I'm very inspired by nature - you could say Mother Nature. I look at things around me and get all kinds of inspiration daily.” ― Martha Stewart

“Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” ― Antonio Banderas

“Most of me was glad when my mother died. She was a handful, but not in a cute, festive way. More in a life-threatening way, that had caused me a long time ago to give up all hope of ever feeling good about having had her as a mother.” ― Anne Lamott

“My family is everything. I am what I am thanks to my mother, my father, my brother, my sister... because they have given me everything. The education I have is thanks to them.” ― Ronaldinho

“Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home. I always tried to make my home like my mother's, because Mom was magnificent at stretching a buck when it came to decorating and food. Like a true Italian, she valued beautification in every area of her life, and I try to do the same.” ― Rachael Ray

“'Suffering should not make us bitter people,' my mother once said, 'it should make us better comforters.' Young people need to hear this from those who have walked before them, because someday they'll be walking those same steps, but there may not be anyone following behind.” ― Billy Graham

“A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother.” ― John Henrik Clarke

“People need to be cautious because anything built by man can be destroyed by Mother Nature.” ― Russel Honore

“I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.” ― Al Sharpton

“My mother told me, 'Always do your best,' and my dad says, 'It's important to be humble. That's the key. They're not there for you. You're there for them.'” ― Luke Benward

“Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.” ― Voltaire

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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“At the end of the day, you can't compete with Mother Nature. If you've got a great tomato, just a pinch of sea salt is all you need.” ― Zac Posen

“Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference.” ― Marc Morial

“Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.” ― Khalil Gibran

“As youngsters, my mother taught her children that while we might not be the smartest people around, we could be courteous, polite and considerate of others.” ― Zig Ziglar

“The mother of a family should look upon her housekeeping and the planning of meals as a scientific occupation.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother's voice and smile.” ― Jennifer Garner

“Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap - let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.” ― Erma Bombeck

“My mother and father were both much more remarkable than any story of mine can make them. They seem to me just mythically wonderful.” ― Orson Welles

“My mother always called me an ugly weed, so I never was aware of anything until I was older. Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.” ― Hedy Lamarr

“Everything my mother and father did was designed to put me where I am.” ― Henry Louis Gates

“When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner.” ― Halle Berry

“Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.” ― Liu Xiaobo

“God Bless my mother and father for all the hard work they've done for our family.” ― Coy Bowles

“Hypocrisy is the mother of all evil and racial prejudice is still her favourite child.” ― Don King

“Let every mother realize that she has no greater blessing than the children who have come to her as a gift from the Almighty; that she has no greater mission than to rear them in light and truth, in understanding and love.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols.” ― John Calvin

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“I think that I was raised by two of the best people ever. My mother and father are just the definition of hard work, like what hard work brings to you. They've taught me and my brothers and sisters to set your goals high and to give everything to reach them.” ― Josie Loren

“I was raised by a mother who told me I was great every day of my life.” ― Adam Sandler

“Then l learned to play guitar and l started writing songs and my mother formed for me a publishing business, so we started publishing and managing artists.” ― Tommy Rettig

“My mother is a walking miracle.” ― Leonardo DiCaprio

“The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.” ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” ― William Makepeace Thackeray

“A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” ― Victor Hugo

“My mother believed in curses, karma, good luck, bad luck, feng shui. Her amorphous set of beliefs showed me you can pick and choose the qualities of your philosophy, based on what works for you.” ― Amy Tan

“There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. I do not know its name; I call it Tao.” ― Lao Tzu

“A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love.” ― Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.” ― George Eliot

“A chef's palate is born out of his childhood, and one thing all chefs have in common is a mother who can cook.” ― Marco Pierre White

“My mother had a saying: 'Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you're not the last.'” ― Kamala Harris

“My mother inspired me to treat others as I would want to be treated regardless of age, race or financial status.” ― Tommy Hilfiger

“If you don't wake up and have your own thing, whether it's writing or reading or traveling or acting or dancing or singing or being a mother or a father, something that drives you, then it's all worth nothing. One of the key elements in happiness is purpose.” ― Logic

“The mob is the mother of tyrants.” ― Diogenes

“When you a ghetto star, when you a hood star, you gonna take care of your grandmother, your mother. When you on that next level, you gotta take care of the city, the streets.” ― Young Jeezy

“I've had two great loves: my mother and my daughter.” ― Viv Albertine

“The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.” ― Meryl Streep

“I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.” ― Antonio Villaraigosa

“A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” ― Honore de Balzac

“It used to be the one or the other, right? You were the 'bad girl' or the 'good girl' or the 'bad mother' or 'the good mother,' 'the horrible businesswoman who eschewed her children' or 'the earth mother who was happy to be at home baking pies,' all of that stuff that we sort of knew was a lie.” ― Annette Bening

“I love the process - collaborating with the photographers, traveling, and seeing different cultures. My mother always said I would regret it if I didn't do it. And I think she was right.” ― Freja Beha Erichsen

“A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.” ― Sigmund Freud

“We have a responsibility to Mother Earth to protect it as much as possible.” ― Wes Studi

“When I pray, I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world. It's about having an attitude of gratitude.” ― Miranda Kerr

“I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.” ― Sandra Cisneros

“My mother was a courageous woman, and she had such tremendous love for life. She loved the natural world. She would wake us up in the middle of the night to go look at the moon. When I was a teenager, this was a source of great frustration because I wanted to sleep.” ― Maya Soetoro-Ng

“One of my earliest memories is of seeing my mother in her beach chair, reading a book under an umbrella by the water's edge while my sisters and I played beside her. Of all the life lessons she taught me, that is one of my favorites: to take time at a place I love, restore my spirit with books and the beach.” ― Luanne Rice

“I think my mother... made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected.” ― Caroline Kennedy

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

“At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.” ― Queen Elizabeth II

“My father was a tailor. He worked from seven o'clock in the morning until seven at night. At least when he got home, my mother always cooked him a very good dinner. Lots of potatoes, I remember; he used to knock them down like a dose of salts. He needed it, after a 12-hour day.” ― Harold Pinter

“My mother says that my father truly enjoyed having a son. My two-years-younger twin sisters felt that he didn't quite know how to enjoy them. But I wasn't aware of those things then. So many of my childhood memories involve him. All the excursions into science were shaped by his knowledge and enthusiasm.” ― Robert F. Engle

“It was my mother who got me involved in gymnastics, sending me to classes when I was six just to stop me doing back flips on the couch and destroying the furniture.” ― Nadia Comaneci

“The credit of my good upbringing goes to my mother, who's not only been a single parent to my brother and I, but she's also been 'our' manager for the longest time. Our father, on the other hand, remained elusive and away from the family for most part of our lives, which left a certain void but also made us creative and reflective.” ― Kubra Sait

“I remember the bad times as a succession of painful emotional snapshots: Me walking into the library at 24 Sussex, seeing my mother in tears, and hearing her talk about leaving while my father stood facing her, stern and ashen.” ― Justin Trudeau

“Mother Nature is the great equalizer. You can't get away from it.” ― Christopher Heyerdahl

“When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” ― Albert Ellis

“When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother.” ― Rodney Dangerfield

“Mother Earth needs us to keep our covenant. We will do this in courts, we will do this on our radio station, and we will commit to our descendants to work hard to protect this land and water for them. Whether you have feet, wings, fins, or roots, we are all in it together.” ― Winona LaDuke

“I use a lot of sunblock, which is something I learned from my mother at a young age - to stay out of the sun and be careful of skin cancer. We live in a time where global warming is at its maximum level. The ozone is destroyed, and our skin is exposed to sunbeams on a daily basis.” ― Eiza Gonzalez

“Most times, Mother Earth's resources are used up without the realisation that these thoughtless actions might just be the root cause for the hardships future generations may face. It is everyone's responsibility to hand over a green, clean, and healthy environment to them.” ― Tulsi Tanti

“When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” ― Pablo Picasso

“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; the name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; the Named is the mother of all things.” ― Lao Tzu

“Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she's going to come around and whack you. You've got to be prepared.” ― Geraldo Rivera

“My mother is a strong woman. Her strength comes from being tested by life's unpredictability. It comes from soldiering on for her children, even when she might rather have given up. I know it hasn't always come easily, but I also know it's her greatest gift.” ― Matt Lauer

“When we were children, every day after school, my brother and sister and I would go to my mother's office. It was full of pencils and marker and fabrics and beads. It was so much fun to be a child and to express my creativity through drawing and to playing dress-up in all of the wonderful and colorful clothes.” ― Margherita Missoni

“Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.” ― Laurence J. Peter

“His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.” ― Mae West

“We should honor Mother Earth with gratitude; otherwise our spirituality may become hypocritical.” ― Radhanath Swami

“Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.” ― Erma Bombeck

“I would not be a good mother. I mean, I love being an aunt to my niece and nephew. And I used to want to, like, adopt 10 kids - because I had friends who were adopted, and I thought that was the coolest thing, to be chosen. But again, my job is too selfish.” ― Kelly Clarkson

“We'd had books in my house growing up, but we had never had anything like lectures. I had never written an essay for my mother. I had never taken an exam. Because I was working a lot as a kid, I just hadn't elected to read that much.” ― Tara Westover

“If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” ― Martin Scorsese

“As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women's issues, in bringing down the population growth rate... as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension - that of a mother.” ― Benazir Bhutto

“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly - indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” ― Arianna Huffington

“My mother has been the greatest influence on my life, morally. When I get right down to it, my mother and father are two people I can count on no matter what.” ― Jack Wagner

“I just feel so blessed to have had the time that I had with my mother. She made it so impactful in terms of how she raised me and my little brother, the values that she instilled in us, the way she inspired us, and how she lived her everyday life.” ― Kimberly Guilfoyle

“The importance of inclusive behavior was modeled for me early in life. I have many childhood memories of my mother - an entrepreneur and business owner - drawing people to herself and inspiring them with the genuineness of her interest in them.” ― Lynne Doughtie

“My mother and I have always had a very close relationship, so I wanted to honor my mom by naming my daughter Julia as well.” ― Lacey Chabert

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.” ― George H. W. Bush

“Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.” ― Eric Hoffer

“I am what I am thanks to my mother, my father, my brother, my sister... because they have given me everything. The education I have is thanks to them.” ― Ronaldinho

“I have had my share of choices and temptations, too; I would not lie about that. And I would also like to confess that had it not been for my mother, I would probably have never been able to make the right decisions during those formative years of my life.” ― Karan Patel

“My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” ― Wilma Rudolph

“All of us wish we'd had perfect childhoods, with a mother and father who modeled ideal parental attitudes and taught us to internalize the tenets of self-love. Many of us, however, did not.” ― Marianne Williamson

“I was blessed to have a mother and father that recognized the value of education.” ― Jeb Bush

“To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend.” ― Sade Adu

“My view on issues is based on common sense, and my experience as a mother of four children, as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop.” ― Pauline Hanson

“I'm a single parent, a working mother, an executive, and an author. My greatest accomplishment will be to raise three wonderful children.” ― Ivana Trump

“Whether you are pro-choice or strongly pro-life, as I am, there should be common ground that abortion ceases to be an option when a baby can live outside the mother's womb or experience excruciating pain from a procedure.” ― Kevin Brady

“My mother always told me not to handle a buffalo by its tail, but always catch it by its horns. And I have used that lesson in everything in my life, including the Railways.” ― Lalu Prasad Yadav

“When I was a child I thought I saw an angel. It had wings and kinda looked like my sister. I opened the door so some light could come into the room, and it sort of faded away. My mother said it was probably my Guardian Angel.” ― Denzel Washington

“The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

“I was mischievous. I wasn't bad. I stole food so we could eat. My mother didn't know. I used to tell her some man gave me $10 to sweep out the yard. I was like Robin Hood. I took from the rich and gave to the poor. Me.” ― Mr. T

“I'm immensely grateful for the precious gift my mother has given me. She is my hero today and every day.” ― Steven Cojocaru

“Coconut milk is the only thing on this planet that comes identically to mother's milk.” ― Dick Gregory

“I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christian life. And now that I'm getting older, I realized that I'm walking even closer with my God.” ― Andy Griffith

“I thought boxes were the best toy. When my parents got a new car, I ran to my mother and said, 'Did it come in a box?'” ― Colin Angle

“My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4. We actually had an election every year, and I always won. I'm an only child, and I could count on my mother's vote.” ― Condoleezza Rice

“In my 'Big Dinners' cookbook, I recreated my mother's recipe for crab dip. The creamy dressing for this dip, made with mayonnaise, tomato paste, a touch of honey, sliced chives, lemon juice and zest, horseradish and Tabasco, is reminiscent of Thousand Island dressing.” ― Tom Douglas

“My biggest hero was my mother. She told me every day that I could do or be anything. I knew it, I believed it, and I embraced it.” ― Chris Gardner

“I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.” ― Miguel de Cervantes

“A child's first teacher is its mother.” ― Peng Liyuan

“My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.” ― Roberto Benigni

“As far back as I can remember, my mother would have me down by the bed at night with her, praying. I can still hear her voice calling my name to God and telling him that she wanted me to follow him in whatever he called me to do.” ― Charles R. Swindoll

“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.” ― Aeschylus

“They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.” ― Sitting Bull

“I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I'm a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself - all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.” ― Maya Angelou

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ― Theodore Hesburgh

“My mom was a single mother in the South Bronx living in adverse conditions. Seeing her struggles to get herself off of welfare and get back into the workplace and give me and my sister a better life - it's an inspiration for me.” ― Andrea Navedo

“My father was retired military, and my mother was an educator. She was incredibly creative. I used to love going to her school during the summer and helping her decorate her classroom. I would draw Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck. She was a sixth grade teacher. She and my father are the ones that got me into my love of music.” ― Brian Tyree Henry

I've always tried to twist the ideas of beauty that are maybe considered to be ugly by the mainstream. I was already kind of toying with that when it comes to baldness, which came from a discussion with my mother about how to be considered a beautiful woman if you're bald.” ― Sasha Velour

“My mother had taught shorthand and typing to support us since my father died, and secretly she hated it and hated him for dying and leaving no money because he didn't trust life insurance salesmen.” ― Sylvia Plath

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” ― Honore de Balzac

“My mother always taught us that if people don't agree with you, the important thing is to listen to them. But if you've listened to them carefully and you still think that you're right, then you must have the courage of your convictions.” ― Jane Goodall

“My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.” ― Steve Jobs

“My mother was in the Army Reserve for six years. She taught me the importance of following rules, finishing what I start, never giving up, leadership skills, teamwork, staying positive, motivated and how to pack the military way when I'm traveling!” ― Laurie Hernandez

“We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It's the day I was born. My mother's birthday, and a lot of my friends' birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.” ― Beyonce Knowles

“Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.” ― Jean Arp

“I'm working at trying to be a Christian, and that's serious business. It's like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy - it's serious business.” ― Maya Angelou

“My mother was a Bible student, and when I was a youngster, both my mother and father would say, 'If people would only live by the Golden Rule, there wouldn't be the problems that there are.' In other words, 'treat people the way you want to be treated.' If somebody mistreats you, two wrongs won't make a right.” ― Monte Irvin

“My mother is from another time - the funniest person to her is Lucille Ball; that's what she loves. A lot of times she tells me she doesn't know what I'm talking about. I know if I wasn't her son and she was flipping through the TV and saw me, she would just keep going.” ― Steven Wright

“I was preppy, then suddenly switched around age 14. I asked my mother to go to this vintage store, and she let me buy a leopard swing coat, pink cigarette pants, and lime-green gloves.” ― Kate Spade

“Having children is the greatest thing that can happen to you as a husband and wife. They are infuriating at times when they're little, but on the whole, they're such a joy. I don't think I was the most brilliant mother when they were young. I had quite a bit of help because I was working and I enjoyed my work.” ― Mary Berry

“I have always known my mother as an agnostic, less certain than my father that the universe hadn't been created by some great intelligence. But she would get even more annoyed than my father did when she thought that people were invoking God to do their jobs for them - for example, when she saw a bus with a sticker saying 'Allah Protect Us.'” ― Elif Batuman

“I dress in a sophisticated and classy way - I always dress in a way I know my mother wouldn't be embarrassed to see.” ― Jessie Ware

“I was so ugly my mother used to feed me with a sling shot.” ― Rodney Dangerfield

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” ― Fred Rogers

“Man can never expect to start from scratch; he must start from ready-made things, like even his own mother and father.” ― Marcel Duchamp

“My father was very energetic; my mother was very energetic. He lived to a very old age, and so did my mother. I believe that I just have it from my father, from my parents. They had wonderful energy.” ― Donald Trump

“I think God made a woman to be strong and not to be trampled under the feet of men. I've always felt this way because my mother was a very strong woman, without a husband.” ― Little Richard

“If you can feel that Mother Earth is in you, and you are Mother Earth, then you are not any longer afraid to die because the earth is not dying. Like a wave appears and disappears and appears again.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.” ― John Dewey

“I think of exercise as the father of the body and nutrition as the mother.” ― Mandy Ingber

“For me, having a baby was never going to be timed randomly. I wanted to have mine while I was on 'Scandal.' Kerry Washington is one of my best friends, and I've gotten to watch her go through motherhood. I also have the greatest female boss in Shonda Rhimes, who is a mother of three and a huge advocate for women.” ― Katie Lowes

“I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice. He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano. They were always very supportive.” ― Judy Collins

“We were a family that made our Halloween costumes. Or, more accurately, my mother made them. She took no suggestions or advice. Halloween costumes were her territory. She was the brain behind my brother's winning girl costume, stuffing her own bra with newspapers for him to wear under a cashmere sweater and smearing red lipstick on his lips.” ― Ann Hood

“Becoming a mother has been the best thing ever for me. It's become my life's work. Not just parenting, but sharing information and encouraging other women to be receptive to the basic nature of motherhood.” ― Anna Getty

“We are born of love; Love is our mother.” ― Rumi

“I remember, after my first postpartum depression, I didn't know what had happened to me. I was stuck in this gray depression where I just wanted to retreat and pull the covers over my head and weep. My mother and I, we went to a psychiatrist, and he just patted me on the head and told me I had baby blues, which was not helpful, obviously.” ― Margaret Trudeau

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

“I saw my mother in a different light. We all need to do that. You have to be displaced from what's comfortable and routine, and then you get to see things with fresh eyes, with new eyes.” ― Amy Tan

“Seems you can't outsmart Mother Nature.” ― Mark Hyman

“Mother Nature made me the way I am, and I should be happy.” ― Karolina Kurkova

“No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.” ― Ronald Reagan

“There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing.” ― Billy Sunday

“Eyebrows are really important because they structure the face. In school it was funny because I was always the one walking around with tweezers plucking my girlfriends' eyebrows. I was really good; eyebrow tweezing runs in my family - my mother used to do mine, and I picked it up.” ― Rita Ora

“I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that's where the love came from.” ― Chuck D

“Hope... is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.” ― Samuel Smiles

“I grew up in a family with two very strong women, my mother and my older sister, and they were big influences on my life.” ― Darren Aronofsky

“My mother never made me do anything for my brothers, like serve them. I think that's an important lesson, especially for the Latino culture, because the women are expected to be the ones that serve and cook and whatever. Not in our family. Everybody was equal.” ― Dolores Huerta

“My entire life changed when I became a mother - my priorities, my understanding, appreciation of life, and my relationship with God.” ― Kourtney Kardashian

“We have a lion, tiger, liger, which is the father is a lion and the mother is a tiger, black and spotted leopard, mountain lion, Asian leopard cats. Weve got a tremendous number of the exotic feline.” ― Tippi Hedren

“My mother as a young girl went out with a young SS officer and she didn't really know what was going on - she just liked the uniform. When he told her about the things that he did, she was disgusted and broke up with him.” ― Michael Haneke

“I am happier when I love than when I am loved. I adore my husband, my son, my grandchildren, my mother, my dog, and frankly, I don't know if they even like me. But who cares? Loving them is my joy.” ― Isabel Allende

“While working hard for my career, I looked after my family and have been there for my mother and in-laws when they needed me around. They reciprocated in kind with their unconditional love and support for my career.” ― Chanda Kochhar

“Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” ― Billy Graham

“My mom had beautiful clothes. My mom is elegant; my mom is glamorous. But my mom is also really real, and I grew up with a mother who had babies crawling on her head and spitting up on her when she was wearing gorgeous, expensive things, and it was never an issue.” ― Tracee Ellis Ross

“Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.” ― Petrarch

“The more times I was turned down, the more I believed I was getting closer to making it. A lot of people in Korea say that failure is the mother of success, so I believed that more times I failed, the more likely I was to succeed.” ― Rain

“The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.” ― Germaine Greer

“I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage.” ― Elizabeth Taylor

“My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” ― Elizabeth Taylor

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

“I had a father and mother, who were devout and feared God. Our Lord also helped me with His grace. All this would have been enough to make me good, if I had not been so wicked.” ― Saint Teresa of Avila

“My mother taught me what it is to have a sense of humour; my dad, who was a headmaster, everything you need to know about hard work. My dad is the most decent man you could come across.” ― James Nesbitt

“And I asked my mother about it; I said, 'Is there something wrong?' She said, 'God... God makes people. You understand that, don't you?' And I said, 'Yeah!' She said, 'Who makes a rainbow?" I said, 'God.' She said, 'I never presumed to tell anyone who could make a rainbow what color to make children.'” ― Richard Dawson

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” ― Margaret Sanger

“My mother and father are very involved with music. It's completely part of their soul. They have an incredible record collection, all vinyl, of some of the best artists, in my eyes, that you can come across.” ― P. J. Harvey

“My own mother always taught me that fairness was a family value - I think equal pay is about fairness for everyone.” ― Mike Honda

“Climate change is not the fault of man. It's Mother Nature's way. And sucking greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is too limited a solution. We have to be prepared for fire or ice, for fry or freeze. We have to be prepared for change.” ― Howard Bloom

“For a long time, men weren't respecting women. They weren't understanding Mother Earth, Mother Nature, the Motherland, all the motherly stuff. And now we are.” ― Skepta

“My mother is a fighter. After she battled polio and learned to walk again, the doctors told her she would be a cripple her entire life. Instead of accepting defeat, she refused this fate and went on to become the West African Women's Singles tennis champion in college.” ― Uzo Aduba

“My mother is quite a woman. She would push me, and when I got tired of her pushing, I'd say: 'Leave me alone. Don't push so much.'” ― Laurence Fishburne

“Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.” ― Harold Coffin

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass'; 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'” ― Harmon Killebrew

“I'm happy going home early and working out and just being a mother and being a wife.” ― Kim Alexis

“I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up. I wish my grandmother had done the same. I wanted my girls to know me.” ― Carol Burnett

“I stand on the shoulders of countless people, yet there is one extraordinary person who is my life aspiration. That person is my mother, Celina Sotomayor.” ― Sonia Sotomayor

“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

“The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.” ― Erich Fromm

“Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.” ― Thomas Hobbes

“A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles, and the church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.” ― Pope Francis

“My mother worked for a woman, Maria Ley-Piscator, who with her husband founded the Dramatic Workshop, which was connected to the New School. My mother did proofreading and typing and stuff or her, and as part of her payment, I was able to take acting classes there on Saturdays when I was 10.” ― Robert De Niro

“Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since.” ― Abigail Adams

“And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.” ― Black Elk

“People will ask, 'Are you famous?' And I always answer, 'My mother thinks so.'” ― Yo-Yo Ma

“My mother taught me to be honest, to be selfless, and to touch people in a positive way.” ― Scott Eastwood

“Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man's attitude may be, that problem is hers - and before it can be his, it is hers alone.” ― Margaret Sanger

“My biggest challenge every day is to be a great mother and a great businesswoman.” ― Tory Burch

“I got very lucky with the family I was born into. From my older sisters to my mother and father, they're just good, kind-hearted people.” ― Milo Ventimiglia

“As a small child in England, I had this dream of going to Africa. We didn't have any money and I was a girl, so everyone except my mother laughed at it. When I left school, there was no money for me to go to university, so I went to secretarial college and got a job.” ― Jane Goodall

“I dream of a church that is a mother and shepherdess.” ― Pope Francis

“Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated.” ― Wassily Kandinsky

“I was very fortunate in my gene mix. The gambling instincts I inherited from my father were matched by my mother's gift for analysis.” ― T. Boone Pickens

“Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” ― Ambrose Bierce

“What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.” ― Phyllis Schlafly

“My mother taught me to treat a lady respectfully.” ― Chris Brown

“Before I was born, my father told my mother, 'If it's a boy, he's going to be a scientist.'” ― Richard P. Feynman

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” ― Erma Bombeck

“When I was born, some of our relatives came to our house and told my mother, 'Don't worry, next time you will have a son.'” ― Malala Yousafzai

“I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family - mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx.” ― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“The mother-in-law came round last week. It was absolutely pouring down. So I opened the door and I saw her there and I said, 'Mother, don't just stand there in the rain. Go home.'” ― Les Dawson

“My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.” ― Mick Jagger

“My mother and father, with my newborn brother and me in the backseat of the 1938 Ford sedan that would be our family car for the next decade, moved to that hastily constructed Army ammunition depot called Igloo, on the alkaline and sagebrush landscape of far southwestern South Dakota. I was three years old.” ― Tom Brokaw

“The tattoos are about my grandmother dying, and they tell the story about my mother and father, my brothers and my sister, my kids. It's pretty much a family tree on my arm with my life in football, too.” ― Timothy F. Cahill

“Then I became a mother and it just fills every space, that isn't filled with something else important. It's just like this incredible balloon that blows up and fills life up.” ― Thandie Newton

“Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.” ― Germaine Greer

“How can a child adhere to school and the notion of secularism when they see their mother rejected from a school outing, stigmatized, left on the sidelines, just because she has a scarf on her head?” ― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“My mother was a phoenix who always expected to rise from the ashes of her latest disaster. She loved being Judy Garland.” ― Lorna Luft

“It was always about being first, about winning. There were no prizes for second place. My mother and father said, 'Do whatever you want, as long as you're the best at it.'” ― David Haye

“One of the things I enjoy is the challenge of Mother Nature.” ― Nik Wallenda

“I didn't feel a strong bond with the parents who raised me, and I had anything but a happy childhood. My mother was overly sensitive; my father, ascetic. I was neither. I felt as if I were living with complete strangers. I suspect that my parents felt the same way.” ― Lisa Lutz

“There's no more important bonding thing than a mother doing the daughter's hair. We sit at our mother's knee and learn who we are.” ― T'Keyah Crystal Keymah

“I don't have a bank account because I don't know my mother's maiden name.” ― Paula Poundstone

“My grandmother and I followed my mother here, to a house a block north of Hollywood Boulevard but a million miles away from Hollywood, if you know what I mean. We would hang out behind the ropes and look at the movie stars arriving at the premieres.” ― Carol Burnett

“That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.” ― Lauryn Hill

“If I don't make heritage visible and the strength of mother tongue important for my grandchildren, it scares me that they might say in 20 years from now, 'Well, it is rumoured that we used to be Africans long ago.' And in many urban areas, it's already happening.” ― Hugh Masekela

“Like my mother, I was always saying, 'I'll fix my life one day.' It became clear when I saw her die without fulfilling her dreams that my time was now or maybe never.” ― Liz Murray

“I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.” ― Pope John Paul II

“Without Khomeini, we would not be where we are. What a pity that, when pregnant with him, his mother did not choose to have an abortion.” ― Oriana Fallaci

“I did go on safari in Kenya when I was 17, with my mother, stepfather and little brother, and I kept a careful journal of the experience that was very helpful in terms of my sensory impressions of Africa. I have traveled quite a bit at distinct times in my life, though now that I have kids I've settled down.” ― Jennifer Egan

“When I was growing up, my mother was always a friend to my siblings and me (in addition to being all the other things a mom is), and I was always grateful for that because I knew she was someone I could talk to and joke with, and argue with and that nothing would ever harm that friendship.” ― Marlo Thomas

“When I had my first child, I went back to Ireland to live with my mother. So, a typical day there was me being a mother, with my mum showing me how to do things.” ― Roisin Murphy

“My mother would have enjoyed the idea that her name was being used to build bridges. She cared a great deal and was very thoughtful and passionate about education and young women.” ― Maya Soetoro-Ng

“When I think of my childhood, I see my mother, the complete sixties parent, decked in purple frappe silk caftans, the acidic smell of newly stripped pine mingling with incense.” ― Hamish Bowles

“My mother once said to me, 'You must promise to be happy; it is the greatest favour you can do to others'. It has guided me throughout my life.” ― Stephane Hessel

“My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, 'Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore,' and she said 'Why?' and I said 'Because an angel told me so.' Now, I don't remember saying it; that's just what she told me.” ― Prince

“To a billion people around the world surviving on just a dollar a day, the question of what to eat tonight is more about life and death than about recipes. The struggle of poor people around the globe weighs heavily on me, especially now that I am a mother, which is why I work with Oxfam.” ― Giada De Laurentiis

“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” ― Maya Angelou

“In my divorce, I stood up and said to my ex-wife, 'Hey, I messed up. This had nothing to do with you. I didn't understand what marriage was. I cheated. I was wrong. We couldn't fix it; it got worse. I stepped away because I didn't want it to get any worse. You're the mother of my kids - I don't want to hate you.'” ― Kevin Hart

“That's who my mom is. She's a listener and a doer. She's a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love. So, this November, I'm voting for a woman who is my role model, as a mother, and as an advocate. A woman who has spent her entire life fighting for families and children.” ― Chelsea Clinton

“The queen, I say, is the mother bee; it is undoubtedly complimenting her to call her a queen and invest her with regal authority, yet she is a superb creature and looks every inch a queen.” ― John Burroughs

“It was a very big decision when I decided to leave B. Tech to come to Mumbai. But they were always supportive. At one point, I felt I shouldn't do it. My mother encouraged me then.” ― Disha Patani

“My mother always used to say, 'Well, if you had been born a little girl growing up in Egypt, you would go to church or go to worship Allah, but surely if those people are worshipping a God, it must be the same God' - that's what she always said. The same God with different names.” ― Jane Goodall

“Fear is the mother of morality.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Green is my favorite. And it's my favorite because it's the color of my wife's eyes, grass, trees, life, and money, and mother earth!” ― Casper Van Dien

“'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'” ― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.” ― Alex Trebek

“Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.” ― Robert Frost

“My mother and father taught me about black excellence and dynasty. They experienced racism personally, and when something like that happens to you and not around you, you develop a different perception than someone who has never experienced racism a day in their lives.” ― Lizzo

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.” ― Sigmund Freud

“Poverty is the mother of crime.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God - I thank God every time I think of it - I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.” ― Maya Angelou

“I became the kind of parent my mother was to me.” ― Maya Angelou

“Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.” ― Sophocles

“My mother always taught me a lot of important life lessons, and she would always tell me how important it was to tip. We didn't have much money, so we would tip what we could. Now, it's at the point I'm financially stable. When I'm out eating, I hope I have the cash, but if I write it on the receipt, I'll leave a big tip.” ― Lil Yachty

“Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother.” ― Maya Angelou

“You've got a movie where the pro-choice family gives their daughter no choice. The pro-life family murders. What seems to be the good mother, the kind of hippie painter, sweet and cute mother has no love for her daughter really.” ― Ellen Barkin

“If I walked into the kitchen without washing my hands as a kid, I'd hear a loud 'A-hem!' from my mother or grandmother. Now I count on other people to do the same.” ― Maya Angelou

“Mothers have always held such symbolic weight in determining a person's worth. Your mother tongue, your motherland, your mother's values - these things can qualify or disqualify you from attaining myriad American dreams: love, fluency, citizenship, legitimacy, acceptance, success, freedom.” ―Jenny Zhang

“My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque.” ― Denzel Washington

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” ― Oprah Winfrey

“What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?” ― Rose Kennedy

“I want to make as much money as I possibly can so that when my day comes, my mother and sister is fine. My close friends are fine. They don't have to worry about anything ever again.” ― Tyler, The Creator

“If I were dammed of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, mother o' mine o mother o' mine.” ― Rudyard Kipling

“My mother never breast fed me, she told me she only liked me as a friend.” ― Rodney Dangerfield

“The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.” ― Robert Frost

“I love the idea that it doesn't take one person only to achieve your potential. It takes a village, it takes a community, a street, a teacher, a mother.” ― Mira Nair

“I want people to remember that Pakistan is my country. It is like my mother, and I love it dearly. Even if its people hate me, I will still love it.” ― Malala Yousafzai

“We lived in a tall, narrow Victorian house, which my parents had bought very cheaply during the war, when everyone thought London was going to be bombed flat. In fact, a V-2 rocket landed a few houses away from ours. I was away with my mother and sister at the time, but my father was in the house.” ― Stephen Hawking

“If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby 'it.'” ― T. S. Eliot

“My mother had morning sickness after I was born.” ― Rodney Dangerfield

“My family, frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn't raise me in the church, so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.” ― Barack Obama

“My mother did not raise me to ask for permission to lead.” ― Ayanna Pressley

“My mother's idea of natural childbirth was giving birth without makeup. She was hyper-positive - the world is a wonderful place, rainbows and unicorns. If you said anything contrary to her, you were basically exiled.” ― Robin Williams

“My mother is the most important person I know, and I try to be the same as she.” ― Trevante Rhodes

“My father, Oliver Hynes, was an educator. He was originally just a teacher, a very good one, but then he was promoted to be in charge of education for the entire area. He was always an inspirational teacher. He was my big personal supporter, always coming here for the Tony Awards. My mother, Carmel, was a homemaker.” ― Garry Hynes

“When I was a little girl, I watched all old movies. My mother liked old movies, and she loved shopping for antiques, so I was around old things all the time.” ― Dita Von Teese

“The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry.” ― Billy Graham

“The only thing I want is to awaken all humans on the planet that we are living on Mother Earth.” ― Afrika Bambaataa

“Mind you, I've always been musical... Mother used to sit me on her knee and I'd whisper, 'Mummy, Mummy, sing me a lullaby do,' and she'd say: 'Certainly my angel, my wee bundle of happiness, hold my beer while I fetch me banjo.'” ― Les Dawson

“My mother never wore much make-up, and she was a kind of natural beauty; she knew just how to enhance what she had.” ― Francois Nars

“I'm just one woman away, my mother, from being the same as Mike Tyson. I would've ended up like him if my mama had not been so tough and strong. A lot of people, including Mike, don't know I came from the ghetto. They think I'm too nice and proper. But that's the way my mama raised me - to look people in the eye and respect them.” ― Evander Holyfield

“My mother was a domestic goddess and Mother Earth figure. She was sweet and placid - just what the perfect wife was supposed to be and I was determined not to be.” ― Joan Collins

“Queen Victoria was a woman of peerless common sense; her common sense, which is a rare gift at any time, amounted to genius. She had been brought up by her mother with the utmost simplicity, and she retained it to the end, and conducted her public and private life alike by that infallible guide.” ― E. F. Benson

“My mother, whom I love dearly, has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce, step-children, dysfunction, and obfuscation. I've spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction.” ― Melissa Gilbert

“Dependence is not patriotism. A man does not love his mother if he hangs about her to the point of burdening her with a weak, feckless son.” ― Maria Montessori

“God blessed me with two unbelievable parents, and I am just like both of them. I have the smile and charisma of my mother and the big heart of my mom, because she wants to save the world and help the world, so I am just like her.” ― Magic Johnson

“There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother's milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won't be any winners.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

“When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said - and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded - 'It's like hair color. It's nothing. Some people are blond and some people have dark hair. It's not a subject.' This was a very healthy attitude.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

“Me and my mom are pretty cool. My mother's Caribbean, and she gets a little spicy, and I get a little spicy back.” ― Cardi B

“Both spiritual companionship and spiritual motherliness are not limited to the physical wife and mother relationship, but they extend to all people with whom woman comes into contact.” ― Edith Stein

“Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.” ― Coco Chanel

“Those of us raised in modern cities tend to notice horizontal and vertical lines more quickly than lines at other orientations. In contrast, people raised in nomadic tribes do a better job noticing lines skewed at intermediate angles, since Mother Nature tends to work with a wider array of lines than most architects.” ― Sam Kean

“That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in.” ― Whoopi Goldberg

“We all come to the point where it's time to get yourself straight, as a businesswoman, a mother, whatever you are in life. It's tough love but it's also being real with yourself. It's important to take those rose-coloured glasses off and see what's going on.” ― Kelly Rowland

“My mother's face floated to mind, a pale, reproachful moon, at her last and first visit to the asylum since my twentieth birthday. A daughter in an asylum! I had done that to her. Still, she had obviously decided to forgive me.” ― Sylvia Plath

“Mother believed that I should have an enormous amount of sleep, and so I was never really tired when I went to bed. This was the best time of day, when I could lie in the vague twilight, drifting off to sleep, making up dreams inside my head the way they should go.” ― Sylvia Plath

“Nature is our eldest mother; she will do no harm.” ― Emily Dickinson

“I'm not Mother Teresa, but I'm not Charles Manson, either.” ― Mike Tyson

“I was born 50 years after slavery, in 1913. I was allowed to read. My mother, who was a teacher, taught me when I was a very young child. The first school I attended was a small building that went from first to sixth grade. There was one teacher for all of the students. There could be anywhere from 50 to 60 students of all different ages.” ― Rosa Parks

“My mother encouraged me to be artistic. It was written in a contract at an early age that I would be an artist.” ― Kurt Cobain

“I think if you follow anyone home, whether they live in Houston or London, and you sit at their dinner table and talk to them about their mother who has cancer or their child who is struggling in school, and their fears about watching their lives go by, I think we're all the same.” ― Brene Brown

“I had so many freckles that my mother used to say that they were kisses from the angels. I still have them.” ― Lara Flynn Boyle

“If I had not played basketball and made the millions of dollars that I had made, I would never have been able to build a hospital in Congo. It started in 1997, and 10 years later I was able to unveil the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, named after my mother, in my hometown outside of Kinshasa. It was such a blessing.” ― Dikembe Mutombo

“Becoming a mother has turned my world upside down, but in a really good way - it's the best.” ― Katherine Kelly

“My mother is a huge fan of my work. I told her about 'Coraline' long before the film was made, and she got the book and read it. She reminded me that when I was about five years old, I used to sit in the kitchen for hours and talk about my 'other' family in Africa, my other mother and father. I had totally forgotten that.” ― Henry Selick

“My mother had always taught me to write about my feelings instead of sharing really personal things with others, so I spent many evenings writing in my diary, eating everything in the kitchen and waiting for Mr. Wrong to call.” ― Cathy Guisewite

“At Columbia Law School, my professor of constitutional law and federal courts, Gerald Gunther, was determined to place me in a federal court clerkship, despite what was then viewed as a grave impediment: On graduation, I was the mother of a 4-year-old child.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Sometimes a mother finds in her midst a handicapped child, one child who is abnormal mentally or physically. Then, a whole new set of baffling difficulties presents themselves, and then fervently she prays and how diligently she searches every avenue to find an answer to that child's problems.” ― Rose Kennedy

“I do not think that I am a natural born mother... If I ever wanted to mother anyone, it was my father.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“We were never intimate mother and children while she was our mother - but... when she became our child, the affection came.” ― Emily Dickinson

“I felt unhappy and trapped. If I left baseball, where could I go, what could I do to earn enough money to help my mother and to marry Rachel? The solution to my problem was only days away in the hands of a tough, shrewd, courageous man called Branch Rickey, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers.” ― Jackie Robinson

“I used to meditate all the time in bed. That was when I was raising my daughter, and I'd get her up and off to school, and then I would go back to bed and meditate. And then I would do the same in the evening, and that was very good for that period because I had so many things to juggle as a single mother.” ― Alice Walker

“I'm getting asked a lot, 'You don't have kids, so how do you know how to act like a mother?' I know nothing could compare, and I haven't had that experience, but when my niece was born, I felt like I would jump in front of a car and die for this little person I didn't even know yet.” ― Winona Ryder

“I knew I wanted to sing when I was a very small boy. When I was probably 4 years old. My mother played a guitar and I would sit with her and she would sing and I learned to sing along with her.” ― Johnny Cash

“The word's out: I'm a woman, and I'm going to have trouble backing off on that. I am what I am. I'll go out and talk to people about what's happening to their families, and when I do that, I'm a mother. I'm a grandmother.” ― Elizabeth Warren

“What inspired me to work so hard and to maintain my determination was seeing my mother. She was an immigrant and was struggling in America to make it by; that inspired me to work hard.” ― Michelle Phan

“Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” ― Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“I hardly can sleep. I feel that my target now is really to save Mother Earth for humanity. And it's doable.” ― Imelda Marcos

“You can be cool and at the same time respect your woman, who will hopefully become your wife, who will hopefully become the mother of your kids. America needs to get back to family values.” ― Martin Lawrence

“Mother Nature comes up against reality, and the reality is that the system doesn't work.” ― John Garamendi

“I love evening tuberoses. My mother used to have tuberoses in her garden, and in the summers in Sacramento, it would get really hot and then cool down in the evenings. You'd walk up the driveway, and it made it feel like 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'” ― Lela Loren

“When I look back on my life, I wonder how I survived - my mother said I had a guardian angel.” ― Micky Dolenz

“Thanks to my mother, people tell me I look younger than I am, especially without make-up. And I suppose my father had a part in making me more frugal with my money.” ― Dita Von Teese

“My mother made me truly appreciate women.” ― Drake

“Every mom knows it's hard to take care of yourself while you're trying to take care of your children because, when you become a mother, you become so selfless.” ― Jessie James Decker

“Nature is regulating our climate for free. Mother Nature, she's been doing that for free, for a long, long time. Now do you really want to get in there and do geo-engineering and all this kind of stuff?” ― Thomas Friedman

“My mother is such an incredibly strong woman. She raised a family of five boys extremely well. She made us all strong, loving, caring people. We all support each other. I'm really thankful to her.” ― Henry Cavill

“I'll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.” ― Jackie Kennedy

“My mother was a Sunday school teacher. So I am a byproduct of prayer. My mom just kept on praying for her son.” ― Steve Harvey

“My father, a math professor in Hong Kong, worked as an electrical engineer here. My mother was an art teacher, but once we came to the United States, she went back to school and became certified as a special-education teacher.” ― Clara Shih

“I made a very slatternly mother, notably unkeen on housework, unaware that homes need to be cleaned now and then, and too often to be found with a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other.” ― J. G. Ballard

“There's something wrong with a mother who washes out a measuring cup with soap and water after she's only measured water in it.” ― Erma Bombeck

“To turn our hearts to our fathers is to search out the names of our deceased ancestors and to perform the saving ordinances in the temple for them. This will forge a continuous chain between us and our forefathers eventually all the way back to Father Adam and Mother Eve.” ― James E. Faust

“Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!” ― Honore de Balzac

“My mother was a very natural woman. She never spoiled herself, never wore make-up, and wore modest jewellery, but she always had a few special items for when she wanted to feel like a lady. One of those special items - and I remember it because it seemed so elegant - was her Guerlain powder.” ― Angelina Jolie

“I remember all too well the premiere of Ecstasy when I watched my bare bottom bounce across the screen and my mother and father sat there in shock.” ― Hedy Lamarr

“My mother had no end of tragedy in her life. She would make herself get up and take a deep breath and go out and do laundry. Hang up sheets.” ― Patti Smith

“Each child is biologically required to have a mother. Fatherhood is a well-regarded theory, but motherhood is a fact.” ― P. J. O'Rourke

“Memory is the mother of all wisdom.” ― Aeschylus

“The maternal duty of suckling her own children, prescribed to mothers by hygienists, is based on a physiological principle: the mother's milk nourishes an infant more perfectly than any other.” ― Maria Montessori

“Mother Earth is very talented. She has produced Buddhas, bodhisattvas, great beings.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics.” ― Emmeline Pankhurst

“That is something that my mother instilled in me at a very young age - to know my self-worth. And I have had times again and again in the fashion industry where all of that was tested and I rose to the occasion because I was told that I am worthy and I should be able to walk away from something that is not worthy of me.” ― Iman

“I've been going through photos of my mother, looking back on her life and trying to put it into context. Very few people age gracefully enough to be photographed through their aging.” ― Jamie Lee Curtis

“It's easy for people in an air-conditioned room to continue with the policies of destruction of Mother Earth. We need instead to put ourselves in the shoes of families in Bolivia and worldwide that lack water and food and suffer misery and hunger.” ― Evo Morales

“Family doesn't necessarily mean that you have to have a mother, a father, a little brother, and an older sister.” ― Bindi Irwin

“I enjoy racing historic motorcars from the '50s and '60s. The seed of my interest was planted when I was about 12 years old and took over my mother's Morris Minor. I drove it around my father's farm. But my favorite car is still a McLaren F1, which I have had for 10 years.” ― Rowan Atkinson

“My folks met at the University of Oklahoma, in the theater department in the 1940s. They were married touring the country in 'Cinderella' and 'Snow White.' My mother was married in Cinderella's costume; the dwarves were the best men.” ― Ron Howard

“I don't know, when I was a kid, when I would see shows that changed my life, I would go to see shows where there was my mother taking us to see classic rock concerts, like Zeppelin, or when I saw Pink Floyd or when I saw, you know, when I was a little older, and I saw Nine Inch Nails, and I saw The Cure.” ― Jared Leto

“I have the biggest sweet tooth! You name it, I will eat it. My all-time favorite is my mother's butter cake. Every time I go home, my mom will already have the cake made because I love it so much. This makes my siblings mad because they think she favors me. I don't care because she probably does!” ― Michael Strahan

“The thing that I think a lot of guys need to know how to do is not take your mother's advice about honesty being the best policy. Listen to your cool, drunk uncle who tells you to lie. Those are the relationships that last.” ― Adam DeVine

“Would not the child's heart break in despair when the first cold storm of the world sweeps over it, if the warm sunlight of love from the eyes of mother and father did not shine upon him like the soft reflection of divine light and love?” ― Max Muller

“Mother Teresa was asked what was the meaning of life, and she said to help other people, and I thought, 'What a strange thing to say' - but maybe it's the right thing to say.” ― Jesse Eisenberg

“All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud. That's all I've ever wanted to do.” ― Prince Harry

“I tried to bake a cake for my mother's birthday - it took me four hours. It was terrible, and I cried for three days.” ― Rachael Ray

“Sometimes you want to skate along or just get by or fly under the radar, but sometimes you have to stand up and let your voice be heard and give it your best and give it your all. As a mother of young children, that's something I've tried to emphasize and highlight for them.” ― Angela Bassett

“My mother and father were never frightened of anything. They always felt that they should go through life happily and without fear, and they did that. And it was a great boon to my brother and myself.” ― John Cassavetes

“My mother married my father in 1956. She was twenty-eight, and he was thirty-one. She loved him with a fierce steadiness borne of loyalty, determination, and an unyielding dignity.” ― Jill Lepore

“The eyebrow pencil and false eyelashes were essential; my mother didn't feel dressed without them.” ― Lorna Luft

“Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days... or a few months after childbirth.” ― Richard J. Codey

“When I had my first child, I was too embarrassed to tell a single soul that I wasn't the over-the-moon, picture-perfect new mother I was supposed to be.” ― Stephanie Ruhle

“Fortunately, I grew up in a family that was grounded. My mother and father knew how to guide my career and look out for my best interests.” ― Larenz Tate

“On the good days, my mother would haul out the ukulele and we'd sit around the kitchen table - it was a cardboard table with a linoleum top - and sing.” ― Carol Burnett

“I truly think comedy is - being funny is DNA. My dad was a doctor, a wonderful doctor, and people still come up to me today, 'Your father helped my mother die.' You know what I'm saying? He made her laugh 'til she died. My father was always very funny.” ― Joan Rivers

“Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.” ― Erma Bombeck

My mother was always fascinated with the fact that I could rhyme so much stuff.” ― Dolly Parton

“My dad was in the army. World War II. He got his college education from the army. After World War II he became an insurance salesman. Really, I didn't know my dad very well. He and my mother split up after the war. I was raised by my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and by my mother.” ― Al Pacino

“I have always detested any departure from reality, an attitude which I relate to my mother's poor mental health.” ― Jean Piaget

“There would be more sense in insisting on man's limitations because he cannot be a mother than on a woman's because she can be.” ― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“It was always something I knew I was capable of and from an early age my mother was involved in the film industry. She used to work at a production company. So I was exposed to a renaissance period of films in New Zealand back in the early 80's.” ― Karl Urban

“When I was young, I could not imagine being old. My mother said, and the doctor confirmed, that I had an unusual amount of energy; and it followed me into young adulthood.” ― Billy Graham

“Headwise, I always kind of knew that everyone goes grey in our family very early - and I was like, it works for me. I started growing my beard, and it changes the shape of your skull and your face, and I started seeing my mother's side of the family in myself for the first time.” ― Douglas Coupland

“Modern parents want to nurture so skillfully that Mother Nature will gasp in admiration at the marvels their parenting produces from the soft clay of children.” ― George Will

“I realize now that I've hoped to be great - as an actress, as a mother - because I want to embody the greatness of women who didn't get to be all they could have been. Their dignity, their courage, and their brilliance make me strive to be better. They're a part of me.” ― Salma Hayek

“I was so afraid to go out west to my aunt's ranch. But the only choice my mother gave me was to go for two weeks or all summer. I wound up staying all summer. And that's where I learned about cattle. I could relate to their behavior, their fears.” ― Temple Grandin

“The severe household has no fierce slaves, but it is the affectionate mother.” ― Han Fei

“When I started getting so many haters and closed doors, I decided to prove that it could be done. I was a divorced single mother of three at the time and a size 12 - not your typical model artist that labels feel work for the music industry.” ― Jenni Rivera

“While I have felt lonely many times in my life, the oddest feeling of all was after my mother, Lucille, died. My father had already died, but I always had some attachment to our big family while she was alive. It seems strange to say now that I felt so lonely, yet I did.” ― Bill Murray

“My mother gave lots of good advice and had a lot to say. As you get older, you realize everything she said was true.” ― Lenny Kravitz

“I've been a war reporter and a human rights defender. A professor and a columnist. A diplomat and - by far most thrillingly - a mother. And what I've learned from all these experiences is that any change worth making is going to be hard. Period.” ― Samantha Power

“Jigging veins of rhyming mother wits.” ― Christopher Marlowe

“My mother was very good at encouraging me to dress however I wanted to dress. My sisters would sometimes think, 'Oh my God, you let her buy that fuzzy leopard coat at that vintage store?' I thought, of course, I looked like Audrey Hepburn.” ― Kate Spade

“I have different hats; I'm a mother, I'm a woman, I'm a human being, I'm an artist and hopefully I'm an advocate. All of those plates are things I spin all the time.” ― Annie Lennox

“There are so many different elements to surfing. Small waves, big waves, long boards, short boards. This makes it a sport you can share with people. It's not just a solitary thing - it's become a family thing, too. It's about exercising and passing something on from father to son, and from mother to daughter.” ― Kelly Slater

“For a long time I was scared I'd find out I was like my mother.” ― Marilyn Monroe

“There was an old acoustic in the house that my mother had given me for my fifth birthday. I took it off the wall and started jamming. I was seven years old at the time.” ― Yngwie Malmsteen

“Our next-door neighbour taught physics at Hampton University. Our church abounded with mathematicians. Supersonics experts held leadership positions in my mother's sorority, and electrical engineers sat on the board of my parents' college alumni associations.” ― Margot Lee Shetterly

“I think there's a mythology that if you want to change the world, you have to be sainted, like Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela or Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ordinary people with lives that go up and down and around in circles can still contribute to change.” ― Jody Williams

“My mother, in the last years of her life, became very negative, and it's hard to listen. I remember one day, I said to her, 'It's October 1 today,' and she said, 'I know, isn't it dreadful?' It's hard to listen when somebody's that negative.” ― Julian Treasure

“When I was a child I had a nightmare, and in the morning, I asked my mother and father, 'If I kill someone, would you still love me?' My parents were very preoccupied with this, but I think I'm not the only one to ask for that - not love, but absolute fidelity.” ― Claire Denis

“I enjoy my John Deere tractor quite a lot. It's a tool that I must use to keep Mother Nature at bay. I have all kinds of things encroaching on my property.” ― Les Claypool

“A mother is neither cocky, nor proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child had just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium.” ― Mary Kay Blakely

“My mother was a powerful influence. She made me toe the line. If I didn't have a perfect report card, she showed her disappointment.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I always say I'm one of the toughest mama's boys you're ever gonna meet. And I say that to send a message to all the young thugs out there; that it's nothing to be ashamed of to say you love your mother.” ― Mr. T

“I've never wanted to get adjusted to my income, because I knew I wanted to go back to public service. And in comparison to what my mother earns and how I was raised, it's not modest at all. I have no right to complain.” ― Sonia Sotomayor

“My mother loved entertaining, and I've followed suit, so we have big celebrations for New Year, Passover, Thanksgiving and birthdays.” ― Joan Rivers

“Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.” ― Dan Quayle

“My family has very strong women. My mother never laughed at my dream of Africa, even though everyone else did because we didn't have any money, because Africa was the 'dark continent', and because I was a girl.” ― Jane Goodall

“That's the gift that a mother can give, to make everyone feel like they are the special one.” ― Oprah Winfrey

“A mother who is really a mother is never free.” ― Honore de Balzac

“I have never in my life let a man disrespect me, verbally or physically, and that will never change. I feel very strongly about this because it's something my mother instilled in me and that I have instilled in my daughters.” ― Yolanda Hadid

“My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.” ― Michelle Obama

“While I believed deeply in my husband's vision for this country... and I was certain he would make an extraordinary President... like any mother, I was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. How would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight?” ― Michelle Obama

“I have a brother and sister; my mother does not care for thought, and father, too busy with his briefs to notice what we do. He buys me many books, but begs me not to read them, because he fears they joggle the mind.” ― Emily Dickinson

“I never had a mother. I suppose a mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” ― Emily Dickinson

“I have always been a flirt. My mother says whe I was a child, I used to stand outside the house and just smile at everyone who walked by. Like, 'Please take me with you!'” ― bell hooks

“I had a really happy childhood - my siblings were great, my mother was very fanciful, and I loved to read. But there was always financial strife.” ― Patti Smith

“I never saw any of my dad's stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts.” ― Stephen King

“When I first ran for Congress, I went to my daughter Alexandra, who was going to be a senior in high school, and said: 'I have a chance to run. I may not win, but I'd be gone three nights a week. So, if you want me to stay, I'll be happy to.' And do you know what she said to me? 'Mother, get a life!'” ― Nancy Pelosi

“My mother had bought a sewing machine for me. When I went away to college, she gave me a sewing machine, a typewriter and a suitcase, and my mother made $17 a week working as a maid 12 hours a day, and she did that for me.” ― Alice Walker

“Out of Ireland have we come, great hatred, little room, maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic heart.” ― William Butler Yeats

“I think over the years, being a mother, I've matured in so many ways.” ― Whitney Houston

“My mother is not a woman of ordinary culture. She knows literature and speaks Spanish better than I do. She even corrected my poems and gave me advice when I was studying rhetoric.” ― Jose Rizal

“Rose Adams is a wonderful Christian woman who cared for my mother, Morrow Coffey Graham, in her last years of life.” ― Billy Graham

“Being a wife and mother are the single most important roles in my life. They take a lot of work, a lot of patience, and help from God and His Word, but if you put in the effort, it's more fulfilling than anything on earth.” ― Candace Cameron Bure

“No one calls me Belcalis except for my family, my mother, and my daddy.” ― Cardi B

“I was fourteen years old when I went to my first suffrage meeting. Returning from school one day, I met my mother just setting out for the meeting, and I begged her to let me go along.” ― Emmeline Pankhurst

“Growing up, my mother and grandparents often talked about our family's Native American heritage. As a kid, I never thought to ask them for documentation - what kid would?” ― Elizabeth Warren

“My mother buried three husbands - and two of them were only napping.” ― Rita Rudner

“One of the great advantages of cremation - apart from all sanitary conditions - lies in the swift restoration to Mother Nature of the material elements composing the physical and astral corpses, brought about by the burning.” ― Annie Besant

“For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.” ― Sophocles

“My mother taught public school, went to Harvard and then got her master's there and taught fifth and sixth grade in a public school. My dad had a more working-class lifestyle. He didn't go to college. He was an auto mechanic and a bartender and a janitor at Harvard.” ― Ben Affleck

“We always said if we were going to target a millennial consumer, then we had to do it in their mother tongue, which is digital.” ― Angela Ahrendts

“My mother would thump me sharply on the head with a thimble or a spoon if I became too noisy with the whistle when I was playing I was a steamboat captain. She had no sense of the dignity of command.” ― Lincoln Steffens

“My favorite subject was recess. Fortunately for me, I had a mother who believed I was smart.” ― Ben Carson

“For when a child is born the mother also is born again.” ― Gilbert Parker

“My family - my mother and father had gone through such a hard time that by the time I graduated from sixth grade, they were separated.” ― Ruby Bridges

“My mother and our pastor always said you have to pray for your enemies and people who do you wrong, and that's what I did.” ― Ruby Bridges

“Mother Nature just gave me the ultimate physique.” ― Lee Haney

“It's a feminine universe, and every person who has ever tried to convince you otherwise is doing little more than pounding on his mother's breast, enraged by the predicament he faces as a leaf, dangling from the tree of life.” ― Anohni

“If your mother did not know how to love herself, or your father did not know how to love himself, then it would be impossible for them to teach you to love yourself. They were doing the best they could with what they had been taught as children.” ― Louise L. Hay

“I'm happiest walking through fields, on beaches, and over riverbanks. Nature is my surrogate mother.” ― Marco Pierre White

“We must teach science in the mother tongue. Otherwise, science will become a highbrow activity. It will not be an activity in which all people can participate.” ― C. V. Raman

“My mother raised me in the church. I was not allowed to stay home on Sunday; there was no option. I sang in the choir all the way up until I went to college.” ― Steve Harvey

“I wanted a relationship like the one my mother and father had. It wasn't perfect; they had to work on it. But there was an unbelievable mutual respect.” ― Mary Steenburgen

“It's something my mother believed in: If you are in a position of privilege, if you can put your name to something that you genuinely believe in, you can smash any stigma you want, and you can encourage anybody to do anything.” ― Prince Harry

“Not long before my mother died, I found a long-lost portrait of Jane Franklin's granddaughter, Jane Flagg, aged nine - oil on canvas - in the basement of a public library not a dozen miles from my mother's house.” ― Jill Lepore

“My mother gave me a pair of diamond earrings when I was 13. It symbolised becoming a teenager. I also remember getting a collection of costume jewellery from my grandmother when I was in high school.” ― Erin Wasson

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” ― Hassan Rouhani

“My mother struggled immensely with mental illness, and so did I. She grew up bipolar, but it was never diagnosed nor recognized. It was shrugged off like a 'symptom' of being female - of her being weak. I also experienced this growing up: I felt that the great pain I experienced was a dramatisation.” ― Petra Collins

“I saw Kim Nam Ju and Yu Jun Sang sing 'Trouble Maker' on 'Unexpected You,' and my mother really liked it. That's why it's the most memorable.” ― Hyuna

“Welsh is my mother tongue, and my children speak it. If you come and live in this community you'll work out pretty quickly that it's beneficial to learn the language, because if you're going to the pub or a cafe you need to be a part of the local life.” ― Bryn Terfel

“So it was a thing that my mother always taught me to go for your goals and never give up no matter what they are, and I started believing that later on in life.” ― Michael Clarke Duncan

“I have a lot of scars, man. My mother said that a man is not a man unless he has a scar on his face. And what she meant by a scar was some kind of battle that you had to go through, whether it was psychological or physical. To her, a scar was actually beautiful and not something that marred you.” ― Nick Nolte

“Though I didn't quite plan it that way, I had my two sons at just about the same ages my mother saw me and my sister off to college, and my first novel was published when I was 46. This 'tardiness' isn't something I'm proud of, but I'm happy to be an inspiration to others who arrive at these milestones later than most of us do.” ― Julia Glass

“My mother always gives the best advice. When I left Puerto Rico to pursue my dreams, she always supported me and said to me, 'I'm never going to cut your wings, so don't let anyone else do that to you.' That has been my philosophy through life. I want to share that valuable lesson with my little girl someday.” ― Roselyn Sanchez

“Yes, it's true I once knocked out a horse. It was at a fiesta in my mother's home town of Guarare. Someone bet me a bottle of whiskey that I couldn't do it.” ― Roberto Duran

“I grew up to have my father's looks, my father's speech patterns, my father's posture, my father's opinions, and my mother's contempt for my father.” ― Jules Feiffer

“My number one inspiration was my mother. She worked two jobs and had breakfast and dinner prepared. I essentially called my mother, The Lion. She's fierce and she's proud. I'd like to think some of that rubbed off on me.” ― Christopher Judge

“People expect you to change when you become a mother, and of course my priorities changed when I had Violet. She's number one in my life and the best thing that ever happened to me, but I still have fun. I am still myself, but that is made out to seem like I am rebelling against motherhood.” ― Imelda May

“I was born and brought up in South Mumbai. My father, Jagdeep, is a businessman and a Sindhi. My mother is half Brit and half Muslim. I am thus a cocktail of mixed blood. From the time I remember, I wanted to be an actress.” ― Kiara Advani

“Who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?” ― Donald E. Westlake

“My mother's death put me in touch with my most savage self. As I've grown up and come to terms with her death and accepted it, the pieces of her that I keep don't exist materially.” ― Cheryl Strayed

“My mom was a professional fitness competitor, so I go into the gym with her. I train with my dad and mother. It's embarrassing, because she's really strong.” ― Booboo Stewart

“People get so trapped by their technology now. Real life is so much better. I love talking with my mother and father. We really enjoy staying in and making a meal together. I'm very close with all four of my older sisters as well.” ― Sammi Hanratty

“My mother had a marvelous talent for mishandling money - mine.” ― Judy Garland

“My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.” ― Denzel Washington

“I spent my whole life helping my mother carry around her psychic trunks like a bitter bellhop. So a great load was lifted when she died, and my life was much easier.” ― Anne Lamott

“I come from Texas, and my grandmother and mother were born in Arkansas.” ― Carol Burnett

“I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was 'the man goes on top and the woman underneath.' For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.” ― Joan Rivers

“I had no education whatsoever, and my mother said, 'Oh, you'll get a much better education in life.' I did to some extent, though I always wish I could have tried it.” ― Julie Andrews

“I am a mother and I know the feeling of having a baby come out of my gut.” ― Eartha Kitt

“I am lucky. I had a very beautiful mother.” ― Sophia Loren

“My parents were just constantly affirming me in everything that I did. Late at night, I'd wake up and hear my mother talking over my bed, saying, 'You're going to do great on this test. You can do anything you want.'” ― Stephen Covey

“When a father puts in long hours at work, he's praised for being dedicated and ambitious. But when a mother stays late at the office, she's sometimes accused of being selfish, neglecting her kids.” ― Michelle Obama

“Because wherever I am today, I still owe it to God and I owe it to two men - the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X and of course, two very special women, my mother and my wife.” ― Louis Farrakhan

“Silence is the mother of truth.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

“You never know what's going to happen. My mother was an English teacher. If someone had told her that I was going to write a book, she would never have believed that. So you can never say never.” ― Tony Dungy

“There's always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself - whether it's Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. - because that's the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.” ― Audre Lorde

“I don't join the New Atheists. So, for example, I wouldn't have the arrogance to lecture some mother who hopes to see her dying child in Heaven - that's none of my business, ultimately. I won't lecture her on the philosophy of science.” ― Noam Chomsky

“I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had.” ― Prince

“This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson

“I don't think my mother and father ever had any doubts about what I was to be punished for or not. My parents come from a very strictly defined culture.” ― B. F. Skinner

“As the mother teaches her children how to express themselves in their language, so one Gypsy musician teaches the other. They have never shown any need for notation.” ― Franz Liszt

“I grew up hearing stories about my grandmother - my mother's mother - who used to go to villages in India in her little VW bug. My grandmother would take a bullhorn and make sure women in these villages knew how to access birth control.” ― Kamala Harris

“If a studio is going to offer me the opportunity to invite my mother and grandmother and all my friends to visit me free of charge in Thailand, I'm going to take that opportunity.” ― Leonardo DiCaprio

“My mother was a dominant force in our family. And I always saw her as the leader. And that was great for me as a young woman, because I never saw that women had to be dominated by men.” ― Dolores Huerta

“A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.” ― Thurgood Marshall

“Somewhere deep inside me was the will and determination not only to live, but to be a more present mother for my kids, instead of one who was emotionally unavailable because she was in so much pain, as my own mother was.” ― Alana Stewart

“My mother was my biggest role model. She taught me to hate waste. We never wasted anything.” ― W. Edwards Deming

“When I was younger, I didn't understand how a mother could put her son on a plane and just say, you know, 'Here you go, I'll see you later.' And she never followed, she never came.” ― Jose Antonio Vargas

“I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image.” ― David Bowie

“Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.” ― Camille Paglia

“We can not have equilibrium in this world with the current inequality and destruction of Mother Earth. Capitalism is what is causing this problem and it needs to end.” ― Evo Morales

“The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class.” ― Jack London

“My father was a certain kind of man - I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers. And I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father's name.” ― Sidney Poitier

“My mother, brave woman, lost her whole family when she decided to marry a black man in the '60s. When the marriage fell apart, she had to come back to her family.” ― Lisa Bonet

If you know anything about ducks, you know a baby duck will imprint itself on you. It misses its mother.” ― Michael Leunig

“I have an uncle I no longer talk to because of a joke I made about my grandmother, who is his mother. He's an 80-year-old man upset about a woman who died 15 years ago.” ― Jim Jefferies

“I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars, that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.” ― David McCullough

“My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana brought me along and taught me to never quit, and to strive to be the best.” ― Joe Montana

“My curiosity and love for food started at an early age. My mother was a working mom, so I learned to whip up sweet and savory food using everyday pantry and grocery store ingredients that required little supervision.” ― Christina Tosi

“I've never sold widely enough to be able to relax about money. I had two kids and their mother to support and my own life. So there was never an option of cutting out.” ― Leonard Cohen

“Just as my search for my mother had in some ways shaped my life, her faith that I was alive had shaped hers. She couldn't search, but she did the next best thing: She stayed still.” ― Saroo Brierley

“My biological dad was Armenian. My last name is Lopez, and I have a darker complexion, which throws people for a loop. My mother's first husband is Mexican. That's where I got Lopez.” ― Seth Rollins

“When I heard Edward Snowden's story, it reminded me of my mother in a strange way. She was in the French resistance from early on, 1941. At that time, the Resistance were considered troublemakers - even traitors - in France.” ― Jean-Michel Jarre

“An Editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an Editor.” ― Jackie Kennedy

“I lost my mother and my brother when I was 15 in two separate car accidents. I was doing well at school. I was a good sportsperson, but at that point, I gave up on all of those things that were there to be done. I couldn't deal with them.” ― Manu Bennett

“If a good mother is one who loves her child more than anyone else in the world, I am not a good mother. I am in fact a bad mother. I love my husband more than I love my children.” ― Ayelet Waldman

“I always went to my sister, because she was older and had the care of me after my mother died.” ― Lizzie Andrew Borden

“I'm glad that as a 33-year-old working mother, I can still choose to wear a Hello Kitty T-shirt or stay up late scrolling through the Twitter feed of my junior-high crush.” ― Diablo Cody

“I think being raised by a single mother put me on the outside, and I would watch my mother's married friends and think, 'Why does she put him down in public?' or, 'Why is he so rude to her?' It seemed to me that there were very few marriages where the couple were genuinely in a supportive, loving partnership.” ― Cherie Lunghi

“My brother still calls me didi, which is so endearing. That's how our mother raised us.” ― Kubra Sait

“Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting.” ― John Hume

“It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.” ― Joseph Wood Krutch

“I have the strength from my mother, the survivability. I have wonderful qualities from my mother - but please, Mother, forgive me - I heard judgment constantly about my father.” ― Mandy Patinkin

“As it turns out, my grandmother, my mother, my wife, and my daughter are all women, and I like those people. I'm concerned about the issues that they face in their lives. So I'm a feminist, but that's not all I am.” ― Tommy Lee Jones

“As well as being blind, Ma turned out to have the same mental illness that her mother had had. Between 1986 and 1990, she suffered six schizophrenic bouts, each requiring her to be institutionalised for up to three months.” ― Liz Murray

“I want to show that the underdog can win. I believe we're all the same: you, a slum girl, my mother.” ― Vikas Swarup

“Don't be fooled. Looks can be deceptive. Like every working mother, I'm paddling away like a duck beneath the water.” ― Katherine Kelly

“There's nothing that symbolizes loss or grief more than a mother losing a child.” ― David LaChapelle

“My mother really would make these dreadful concoctions. She really prided herself on something called 'Everything Stew,' where she would take everything in the refrigerator, all the leftovers, and put them all together.” ― Ruth Reichl

“I'm doing it with a rock format and the words are about people living in harmony with Mother Earth. It's very important to me - and I feel it should be for every living human on this planet.” ― Jimmy Carl Black

“I experienced no conflict between my mother and father, which was entirely due to my mother's compassion, intelligence, and maturity.” ― Christie Hefner

“Ignorance is the mother of all evils.” ― Francois Rabelais

“My mother is the sort of a person who has no boundaries and no filter. She also has a big ego, but it's a very unique one. And I grew up with lots of artists in an environment where conformity and the norm were totally not what anybody was after.” ― Gaby Hoffmann

“I don't really remember, but I'm positive that whenever I cried, my mother gave me something to eat. I'm sure that whenever I had a fight with the little girl next door, or it was raining and I couldn't go out, or I wasn't invited to a birthday party, my mother gave me a piece of candy to make me feel better.” ― Jean Nidetch

“I prefer to be a mother in the Pacific Northwest! I grew up outside of Seattle and personally find it to be the most beautiful place in the world.” ― Josie Bissett

“My fascination with women's clothes began very early. My mother was a very fashionable woman. She also made her own clothes. She had these fashion magazines, and I would draw the women in them. My middle school art teacher suggested that I have a fashion drawing show.” ― Alexander Chee

“My mother would give my brothers and me a pile of catalogues and let us pick what we wanted for Christmas.” ― Kary Mullis

“Apparently, my grandfather left from Cork to America without saying goodbye to his mother! The family in Longford is still not happy about that.” ― Peggy Johnson

“When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she'd just make enough for 16 and only serve half.” ― Gracie Allen

“I come from a family of compulsive collectors, and my first memories are really all about collecting. I remember visiting flea markets with my mother or my grandmother - she goes to local ones around Varese, Italy, every Sunday when she's at home.” ― Margherita Missoni

“My mother was an enthusiastic chef but wildly disorganized, and often preferred purchasing yet another jar of mace or chili powder rather than having to hunt down its last incarnation.” ― Janet Fitch

“Being a good mother does not call for the same qualities as being a good housewife; a dedication to keeping children clean and tidy may override an interest in their separate development as individuals.” ― Ann Oakley

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” ― Francisco Goya

“My mother is an incredibly beautiful woman who has laughed at every single thing my father's ever said. At a young age, my brother and I understood that if you can make girls laugh, you can punch well above your weight class.

Seth Meyers

“I have pets, but they're the really ordinary sort - yellow Labrador, tabby cat, white rabbit, a few goldfish - that kind of stuff. Nothing very... extravagant or unusual or exotic, but I find, in terms of inspiration, Mother Nature is just it.” ― Graeme Base

“The fact of simultaneously being Christian and having as my mother tongue Arabic, the holy language of Islam, is one of the basic paradoxes that have shaped my identity.” ― Amin Maalouf

“My first memory of cinema is my mother taking me to see 'Silkwood,' which is about a whistleblower at a nuclear power plant.” ― Joshua Oppenheimer

“My father had not even completed high school when he started as an office boy working for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and I am not sure that my mother completed high school.” ― Douglass North

“If we want to increase our own happiness, we need to invest in growing the community happiness and also take care of the whole, of Mother Earth.” ― Guilherme Leal

“My mother taught me caring and sensitivity towards the feelings of others, animals as well as humans. She gave me much good, practical advice for getting through life.” ― Robert C. Merton

“I didn't grow up in public life. I lived with my mother in Boston, not in Washington, DC, so I was somewhat sheltered from that.” ― Alexandra Kerry

“I want to be a good wife, a good mother, a good person.” ― Peaches Geldof

“My mom is just incredible. She's delved into both the mother and father figure in my life.” ― Devin Druid

“The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

“I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. I used to get very angry at her when I was growing up-it's a natural thing.” ― Elvis Presley

“My mother was very funny. My dad had a great sense of humor. My grandmother, too.” ― Carol Burnett

“I come from a long line of below-stairs maids and gardeners. Good ol' peasant stock. My mother and her sister made a quantum leap out of that life. Then I made another quantum leap.” ― Julie Andrews

“Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.” ― Erma Bombeck

“Women have always ruled my life, be it my mother, my wife, my assistant, or my daughter, so I don't really fight with them. I relinquished control years ago.” ― Jon Bon Jovi

“I've always taken pride to be the white guy that can talk to the black people, that can refer to them truly as a brother from a different mother.” ― Duane Chapman

“My father is an atheist. My mother is Buddhist. They encouraged my siblings and me to take the best part of other religions to make our own belief system.” ― Winona Ryder

“My mother's a... beautiful woman, and I think, in some way, I felt intimidated by that sometimes.” ― Zoe Kravitz

“I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.” ― James Joyce

“I come from a mixed family, where my mother is art house cinema and my father is B-movie genre cinema. They're estranged, and I've been trying to bring them together for all of my career to one degree or another.” ― Quentin Tarantino

“I can't say I ever loved my mother; I admired her.” ― Humphrey Bogart

“I have a mother that's very strong and family that surround me and constantly tell me they love me.” ― Whitney Houston

“When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life.” ― Whitney Houston

“My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection.” ― Michael Jackson

“When a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her family.” ― Bernie Sanders

“Comic books and The Chronicles of Narnia. My mother used to read those to me and my twin brother growing up.” ― Shawn Ashmore

“Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.” ― Rita Rudner

“We start caring way too much about that new TV show or how many likes we're getting on Facebook or what our mother will think of our new house plant. These are bad values that turn us into frivolous people.” ― Mark Manson

“My mother was a midwife and a herbalist, so we would go on these long walks, looking for yarrow or rosehips or whatever she needed to make her tinctures.” ― Tara Westover

“My mother had a beautiful, soothing voice that made me melt.” ― Gloria Estefan

“Scents evoke very, very powerful memories, whether it's the scent of someone that you know and someone that you love, or if it's a meal that your mother made.” ― Blake Lively

“I was a Yankee fan in Brooklyn because my father was a Yankee fan. And my father was required to live in Brooklyn with my mother's family, who were all Dodger fans. So he was surrounded by Dodger fans. He was a Yankee fan. So his revenge was to make me a Yankee fan.” ― Rudy Giuliani

“I was always made aware of inequality in society, that there was a class system. In Somalia, we have clan structures. My mother's family is ethnically not Somali, and so we spoke often about what it meant to be 'other' in that way.” ― Ilhan Omar

“I remember seeing my father shaving my mother's head in the bathroom after her chemo treatments; It was so traumatizing.” ― Normani Kordei

“Sometimes when you love someone like a mother loves her child, that love can turn into fear. It happens to me all the time. I am so afraid that the world will not be kind to my children.” ― Glennon Doyle Melton

“My mother was born in your state, Mr. Walter, and my mother was a Quaker, and my ancestors in the time of Washington baked bread for George Washington's troops when they crossed the Delaware, and my own father was a slave.” ― Paul Robeson

“My mother taught me that it is important to be prepared for a last-minute polish.” ― Aerin Lauder

“My own interest in art was because of my mother. My father didn't like contemporary art, so he didn't give her large sums to spend. So, she began buying prints and drawings. During my school days, I remember sitting in on many of the early meetings.” ― David Rockefeller

“It's always difficult when you're working with Mother Nature, because you need to adapt to that.” ― Pilou Asbaek

“You know the passage where Scarlett voices her happiness that her mother is dead, so that she can't see what a bad girl Scarlett has become? Well, that's me.” ― Vivien Leigh

“My mother was against me being an actress - until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra.” ― Angie Dickinson

“I've said it before, but it's absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” ― Liza Minnelli

“My mother taught me to drive using the 'Detroit Method,' where speed limits and traffic lights are taken as cute suggestions.” ― W. Bruce Cameron

“My father left me when I was 6. My mother tried to take care of all of us on public assistance.” ― Ghostface Killah

“The prejudice was so bad in the United States at that time that a dark person with a white person would not be served in a restaurant. My father, mother, and I would try it occasionally. We would sit there, and the food would never come.” ― Amar Bose

“Everywhere I look, there are ads marking Mother's Day. Mostly they conform to stereotype: flowers, jewelry, perfume. Not a lot of books. Not many computers. Few tools. Little that's useful.” ― Margaret Heffernan

“My father is from Newark in Nottinghamshire and my mother is from the very north of Ireland. They've ended up in Scotland, where my father - well, both of them - will always be seen as having come from somewhere else.” ― Ali Smith

“When I was born, my mother was very disappointed. She wanted a son. I knew that from a very early age. So I was a tomboy.” ― Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

“I was afraid of just about everything in this world, with the possible exception of my mother and I wasn't too sure about her.” ― G. Gordon Liddy

“This universe can very well be expressed in words and syllables which are not those of one's mother tongue.” ― Tahar Ben Jelloun

“I came out of the womb drawing on everything; I used to draw on my mother's white furniture and her white walls with her red lipstick and my pencils. Little did she know that would later materialize into me doing what I do now - I'm a painter as well and a micromechanical engineer.” ― Aldis Hodge

“When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, my middle school friends and myself really had no idea the impact of that diagnosis, but my family did.” ― Jenna Morasca

“I'm an exile. My father had the courage to leave with his wife, his mother and three children under twelve. It took more courage to leave, to sacrifice everything for freedom, than to stay.” ― Andy Garcia

“I was my mother's favorite, and she'd help me with everything.” ― H. R. Giger

“My mother was right: When you've got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.” ― Jane Birkin

“When I was a young man, my mother said to me, 'You can't be a communist without being a militant atheist.' So I had to be a militant atheist because I wanted to be a communist.” ― Norman Finkelstein

“When I was a child I had a best friend who lived across the road from me. When her mother died unexpectedly it was like losing a member of my own family. I think I am still affected by the memory of that loss.” ― Margaret Mahy

“My mother and father told me I was god. I was a good Italian boy who hung out with the same four guys. I was a little god.” ― Chazz Palminteri

“You know how my mother and father met? In a train robbery!” ― Tzipi Livni

“My mom was my mother and father. My father lost his mind when I was about 4 years old. And my mom did everything she could to make sure that we was brought up right.” ― Anthony Ray Hinton

“When it came to healthy eating, my parents did their best to set me on the right path. At school, my friends ate McDonalds at lunchtime, but I had a packed lunch that my mother made for me. I hated it at the time, but looking back, I'm glad.” ― Daniel Negreanu

“We happen to believe that emissions going into the atmosphere are not good for us as humans or Mother Earth.” ― Dick Durbin

“Being a mother is the most fun job I've ever had.” ― Ellen Pompeo

“You think about child abuse and you think of a father viciously attacking a daughter or a son, but in my family it was my mother. My mother, I would say, was a... very brutal disciplinarian.” ― Lynn Johnston

“I can easily tap into the feeling of being a mother and the feeling of, you always want what's best for your kids. And that's where most parents come from.” ― Andrea Navedo

“In every movie and every TV show, the dads are morons. And dads tend to react by doing what dads do best: They check out. They say, 'Ask your mother.'” ―

Steve Schirripa

“When I was a kid, my mother used to film all of our holidays and all of the good times, and I kind of associated the camera with everything being okay and everything being happy.” ― Natalia Kills

“I tend to project my father figure onto any director that I'm working with, or mother, if I'm working with a female, or it can be confused.” ― Guy Pearce

“They took my mother's stomach out six months ago.” ― Dave Eggers

“My parents were singularly uninterested in me. My father was too self-centered and too busy with his own practice to pay a lot of attention to me, and my mother was probably deflected more by my sister.” ― Rainer Weiss

“I have been juggling so many roles. I am a mother, too. I have three sons to take care of. I don't even know how I manage to pull it off sometimes.” ― Mary Kom

“Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.” ― Jane Welsh Carlyle

“If salt ocean is the Great Mother from whom all life has sprung, fresh water is the Nurse entrusted to nourish life within her wanderings and around her wave-lapped margins.” ― Henry Williamson

“I think my mother was like a small company which, because things are not ship-shape, keeps two sets of books, one for the auditors and then there's the other one.” ― Michael Lindsay-Hogg

“I think the Mother is gradually revealing itself to me and taking over. But it is not the Mother alone. It is the Mother and the Father, the male and the female, sort of gradually having their marriage.” ― Bede Griffiths

“I'm focusing on cultivating my land. I have vegetables and fruit trees; I want to get some chickens and solar and really get off the grid and focus on just, really, being a mother.” ― Angela Lindvall

“The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.” ― Nancy Friday

“As a child, our house had a backyard lined with roses tended vigilantly by my mother. So the fragrance fills me with nostalgia for my youth.” ― Thelma Golden

 “My mother knew how to read music and everything. But I just kinda learned off of records. And so, I was listening to records and I'd play 'em over and over.” ― Clint Eastwood

“My mother always told me it wasn't polite to ask what people make.” ― Clint Eastwood

“My mother's eyes were large and brown, like my son's, but unlike Sam's, they were always frantic, like a hummingbird who can't quite find the flower but keeps jabbing around.” ― Anne Lamott

“I was a Brownie Scout mother.” ― Joan Rivers

“I was brought up in a very ordinary family, in fact, a worker's family. Both my father and mother were ordinary citizens.” ― Vladimir Putin

“Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother.” ― W. Somerset Maugham

“I had stopped going to church the moment I joined the Regiment. No more could my mother nag me into God's presence.” ― Spike Milligan

“My mother and father had so many ups and downs and stayed with each other and helped each other. My mother took in ironing and she was a waitress. My father was working in the factory and he did people's tax returns.” ― Patti Smith

“I used to think that my mother got into arguments with people because they didn't understand her English, because she was Chinese.” ― Amy Tan

“I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.” ― Meryl Streep

“For me, the one relationship in my life that I cherish the most has to be the one I share with my parents, especially my mother.” ― Amruta Khanvilkar

“Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.” ― Edith Wharton

“You may lose your wife, you may lose your dog, your mother may hate you. None of those things matter. What matters is that you achieve success and become free. Then you can do whatever you like.” ― Kevin O'Leary

“Since childhood, my mother made sure I oiled my hair and conditioned them properly every week. I still follow that regimen. Plus, I have naturally good quality hair.” ― Disha Patani

“I pecked my stories out two-fingered on the Remington portable typewriter my mother had bought me. I had begged for it when I was ten.” ― Octavia E. Butler

“I don't have to have a child come from my womb to have a connection. Children that are already born are beautiful to me. I can definitely be a mother to them.” ― Tyra Banks

“They made it to the middle class, my dad working as a bartender and my mother as a cashier and a maid. I didn't inherit any money from them. But I inherited something far better - the real opportunity to accomplish my dreams.” ― Marco Rubio

“My mother used to tell me, No matter what they ask you, always say yes. You can learn later.” ― Natalie Wood

“There was nothing girlish about me. I wore clothes hand-stitched by my mother... I had only one ear pierced and preferred loose shirts and trousers. I think I was imitating my father!” ― Divyanka Tripathi

“Of course Black Lives Matter and the killing of young black boys is heartbreaking to all of us. Everyone knows I am a black mother of a black son, so there is no way I could watch what's happening and not be affected.” ― Rozonda Thomas

“My playground was the theatre. I'd sit and watch my mother pretend for a living. As a young girl, that's pretty seductive.” ― Gwyneth Paltrow

“My mother did what all great leaders do: She sparked the growth of future leaders.” ― Marillyn Hewson

“My mother and father didn't know anything about instruments. Me just see a man in the country play guitar one time and say, 'My, the man play that guitar nice.'” ― Peter Tosh

“Leaders have to see past problems to solutions, and my mother excelled at just that.” ― Marillyn Hewson

“Probably the sexiest woman I know is my mother.” ― Shia LaBeouf

“My mother was the most amazing person. She taught me to be kind to other women. She believed in family. She was with my father from the first day they met. All that I am, she taught me.” ― Sidney Poitier

“I didn't grow up with a mother, so I don't have that resource to rely on and ask a million questions.” ― Vanessa Lachey

“Growing up my mother played Sarah Vaughan and Nat Cole in the house regularly.” ― Aaron Neville

“An unhappy mother does not raise a happy child.” ― Joni Mitchell

“I have two young children, and I will say that motherhood is its own peak, just like in the process of writing: one climbs and is continuously moving with each book. Becoming a mother is the greatest connection I've ever felt to being spiritual.” ― Jhumpa Lahiri

“'Yes' is the mother of all positive words, next to 'love.' Maybe 'love' is the father of all positive words.” ― Jason Mraz

“Mothers are truly great who can do anything for you. But no one can do what a mother can for her child. That's what makes them special.” ― Urvashi Rautela

“You cannot put a contaminant in the ground and just think that Mother Nature whips it up and runs it off somewhere else and we never see it again.” ― Erin Brockovich

“When I was growing up, I dreamed about becoming a cowgirl, a detective, a spy, a great actress, or a ballerina. Not a dentist, like my father, or a homemaker, like my mother - and certainly not a writer, although I always loved to read.” ― Judy Blume

“In such misfortunes my Mother was of an heroic spirit, in suffering patiently when there was no remedy, and being industrious where she thought she could help.” ― Margaret Cavendish

“I've always liked women more. I was brought up by my mother and older sister. I found my way into dance class.” ― Ryan Gosling

“My father, my mother, and then my father was always on top of me - 'Keep your nose clean. Do you love what you're doing?' 'Yes.' 'Then be aware, or you're going to lose it.'” ― Paul Anka

“My mother was killed in a plane crash, so I hate travelling in planes. Death is so unexpected. I would actually rather stay at home and not go anywhere.” ― Linda McCartney

“Can you imagine, I lost my mother at age six? My childhood ended then.” ― Marco Pierre White

“I have the same bedroom I've always had. It's clean and tidy when I get home, and after two or three days it gets messy and my mother nags me.” ― Rafael Nadal

“When your mother gives you confidence about anything that you do, you carry that confidence with you.” ― Gene Wilder

“I have lived with extraordinary women, whether it was my grandmother, my mother. My father passed away when I was 16... I was witness to a woman who single handedly brought up the entire family and managed to do everything... She was an extraordinary role model for me.” ― Christine Lagarde

“I love performing, but I never really liked show business. My success is my family. I want to be more successful as a mother.” ― Celine Dion

“A mother cooking exclusively for her child might be preparing just rice and buttermilk, but it will be immensely tasty. Fast food, on the other hand, may be very tasty, but it has not been prepared exclusively for you, you see.” ― Ilaiyaraaja

“Even the notion that women should have children at all is based on the idea that a woman's inherent and most important role is that of mother. Shockingly, men's 'innate' roles are a lot more fun than the ones bestowed on women.” ― Jessica Valenti

“When it is real person, especially who means so much to millions of people, you have an obligation, you cannot take liberties, you cannot pretend to know. But we are telling the love story of Michael Aris and his wife, the story of a beautiful, lush country, and the emotions of a mother.” ― Michelle Yeoh

“My mother's sister was killed in a trolley car accident, so I was raised as one of eight with my sister and six male cousins.” ― Alan King

“I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician because, as a second job, my mother would clean up a pediatrician's office. So I was like, 'Oh, OK, baby doctor.' Until I got to college, and all the courses of science with the blood, guts and cadavers? I was like, 'Mm, no.'” ― Angela Bassett

“When I was born, my parents - my mother especially - couldn't come to terms with that fact that they had another baby girl. I know these stories in detail because every time a guest visited, or there was a gathering, they repeated this story in front of me that how I was the unwanted child.” ― Kangana Ranaut

“The fact of leaving one's country, one's family, one's roots, can be painful. My father had already found his place, but for us, for my mother, it was very difficult to get our bearings.” ― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“My mother painted and wrote. She always had a painting in progress on an easel in the kitchen, so our house always smelled like oil paint. At night, she wrote after she'd put my sisters and me to bed, and the sound of her typing was our lullaby.” ― Luanne Rice

“My mother was a great inspiration to me to always do my best. My father has always been my mentor and friend. They taught me the basic principle that guides most all that I do: faith, focus, finish.” ― Larry Fitzgerald

“My mother was the first African-American policewoman in Seattle - recruited, actually - and she did it for only 2 years, as she did not want to carry a gun. She worked mostly on domestic disturbances. The NAACP wanted her to do it. She did not actually have the temperament to be a cop - she was very sweet. She had a Masters in social work.” ― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“Mother Nature and Father Time have not been happy with me.” ― Mick Foley

“I never really paid attention to sports, which, coming from the mecca of football in Texas, is kind of odd. I played sports, but I was nerdy. Having a single mother, the pressure was on me to get good grades and a scholarship and go to college.” ― Sarah Shahi

“As a kid, I'd eat at my mother's house, then go down the road to my girlfriend's and eat, and then sometimes go to my friend's house and eat again. I could gain five pounds in a day. In a week, there wouldn't be a scale to weigh me.” ― Bruce Smith

“Marriage and being a mother are absolutely crucial to my happiness and my life.” ― Keeley Hawes

“I am a Cuban mother, and you do not let your cubs get into trouble without you trying to help them all the way.” ― Cristina Saralegui

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