All that I am my mother made me.
—John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) American Head of State, Lawyer
Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–96) American Abolitionist, Author
Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same — and most mothers kiss and scold together.
—Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) American Novelist, Human Rights Activist
Observe how soon, and to what a degree, a mother’s influence begins to operate! Her first ministration for her infant is to enter, as it were, the valley of the shadow of death, and win its life at the peril of her own! How different must an affection thus founded be from all others!
—Lydia H. Sigourney
Unhappy is the man for whom his own mother has not made all other mothers venerable.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
—Victor Hugo (1802–85) French Novelist
A man never sees all that his mother has been to him till it’s too late to let her know that he sees it.
—William Dean Howells (1837–1920) American Novelist, Short story Author, Editor
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
—Oprah Winfrey (b.1954) American TV Personality
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
—Honore de Balzac (1799–1850) French Novelist
That best academy, a mother’s knee.
—James Russell Lowell (1819–91) American Poet, Critic, Editor, Diplomat
The dignity, the grandeur, the tenderness, the everlasting and divine significance of motherhood.
—Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832–1902) American Presbyterian Clergyman, Religious Leader
The loss of a mother is always severely felt: even though her health may incapacitate her from taking any active part in the care of her family, still she is a sweet rallying point, around which affection and obedience, and a thousand tender endeavors to please, concentrate; and dreary is the blank when such a point is withdrawn.
—Alphonse de Lamartine (1790–1869) French Poet, Politician, Historian