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Mother's Day Proverbs / Quips



A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap.
~ Danish Proverb

There never was a woman like her.  She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness...
The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to
start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.
~ Andrew Jackson

Her children arise up, and call her blessed.
~ Proverbs 31:28

In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully
my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could.
If I have done anything in life worth attention,
I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.
~ Booker T. Washington

God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers."
~ Jewish proverb

Fifth Commandment:   Honor thy father and thy mother:
that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
~ Exodus 20:12

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

I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual,
and physical education which I received from my mother.
~ George Washington


The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
~ Author Unknown

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

My mother groaned! my father wept.
Into the Dangerous world I leapt:
Helpless, naked, piping loud;
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
~ William Blake, Songs of Experience "Infant Sorrow"

Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death,
was mindful of His mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly
thought - the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I asked my mother for fifty cents
To see the elephant jump the fence.
He jumped so high he reached the sky,
And didnt get back till the Fourth of July.
~ unknown

I love my mother for all the times she said absolutely nothing . . . .
Thinking back on it all, it must have been the most difficult part
of mothering she ever had to do:  knowing the outcome, yet
feeling she had no right to keep me from charting my own path.
I thank her for all her virtues, but mostly for never once having said,
I told you so.
~ Erma Bombeck
Motherhood, the Second Oldest Profession, ch. 42 (1983)


Honour thy father and mother; which is
the first commandment with promise.
~ Ephesians 6:2

Like father, like son; like mother, like daughter.
~ Chinese proverb

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.
~ William Ross Wallace

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
~ Irish Proverb

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
~ Phyllis Diller

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice
as much time with them, and half as much money.
~ Abigail Van Buren

My mother was the making of me.
~ Thomas Alva Edison

Oh what a power is motherhood, possessing
A potent spell
All women alike
Fight fiercely for a child.
~ Euripides


Last Words to Her Fourteen-Year-Old Son
by Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson (Mother of Andrew Jackson)


Andrew, if I should not see you again, I wish you to remember and treasure
up some things I have already said to you.  In this world you will have to make
your own way.  To do that you must have friends.  You can make friends
by being honest andyou can keep them by being steadfast.  You must keep
in mind that friends worth having will, in the long run, expect as much from
you as they give to you.  To forget an obligation or be ungrateful for a kindness
is a base crime, not merely a fault or a sin, but an actual crime.  Men
guilty of it sooner or later must suffer the penalty.  In personal conduct be always
polite but never obsequious.  None will respect you more than you respect yourself.
Avoid quarrels as long as you can without yielding to imposition. But sustain your
manhood always.  Never bring a suit in law for assault and battery or for defamation.
The law affords no remedy for such outrages that can satisfy the feelings of a true man.
Never wound the feelings of others.  Never brook wanton outrage upon your own feelings.
If you ever have to vindicate your feelings or defend your honor, do it calmly.
If angry at first, wait till your wrath cools before you proceed.


"Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears.
The woman came out of a man's rib.  Not from his feet to be walked on.
Not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal.
Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved."
The Talmud


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