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The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A mother is the biological or social female parent of a child.

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Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray
Alphabetized by author


  • A Kanga is Generally Regarded as One of the Fiercer Animals. I am not frightened of Fierce Animals in the ordinary way, but it is well known that, if One of the Fiercer Animals is Deprived of Its Young, it becomes as fierce as Two of the Fiercer Animals.
  • We should take mothers in high seas and drown them there, they are as poisonous as lead in the air.
  • The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.
  • All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
    • Attributed to Abraham Lincoln in Josiah G. Holland, The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1866), p. 23; and George Alfred Townsend, The Real Life of Abraham Lincoln (1867), p. 6. According to Townsend, Lincoln made this remark to his law partner, William Herndon. It is disputed whether this quote refers to Lincoln's natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when he was nine years old, or to his stepmother, Sarah Bush (Johnston) Lincoln.
  • It is as unnatural to force a child from the mother as from the father.
    • C.J. Parker, in Inhabitants of St. Katherine v. St. George (1714), Fortescue, 218; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 188.
  • So loving to my mother
    That he might not esteem the winds of heaven
    Visit her face too roughly.
  • And all my mother came into mine eyes
    And gave me up to tears.
  • Everywhere the need exists for maternal sympathy and help, and thus we are able to recapitulate in the one word motherliness that which we have developed as the characteristic value of woman. Only, the motherliness must be that which does not remain within the narrow circle of blood relations or of personal friends; but in accordance with the model of the Mother of Mercy, it must have its root in universal divine love for all who are there, belabored and burdened.
    • Edith Stein, in The Significance of Woman's Intrinsic Value in National Life (1928).
  • The bearing and the training of a child
    Is woman's wisdom.
  • Happy he
    With such a mother! faith in womankind
    Beats with his blood, and trust in all things high
    Comes easy to him, and though he trip and fall,
    He shall not blind his soul with clay.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 531-32.
  • Stabat mater, dolorosa
    Juxta crucem lacrymosa
    Que pendebat Filius.
    • At the cross, her station keeping,
      Stood the mournful mother, weeping,
      Where He hung, the dying Lord.
    • Anon. Translation by Dr. Irons.
  • Alma mater.
    • Fostering mother.
    • Applied by students to the university where they have graduated.
  • [Milton] calls the university "A stony-hearted step-mother."
    • Augustine Birrell, Obiter Dicta. Phrase used also by De Quincey, Confessions of an Opium Eater, Part I. Referring to Oxford Street, London.
  • The mother of all living.
    • Genesis, III. 20.
  • * There is none,
    In all this cold and hollow world, no fount
    Of deep, strong, deathless love, save that within
    A mother's heart.
    • Felicia Hemans, Siege of Valencia, scene Room in a Palace of Valencia.
  • The mother said to her daughter, "Daughter, bid thy daughter tell her daughter that her daughter's daughter hath a daughter."
  • Mater ait natæ die natæ filia natum
    Ut moneat natæ plangere filiolam.
    • The mother says to her daughter: Daughter bid thy daughter, to tell her daughter, that her daughter's daughter is crying.
    • See Greswell, Account of Runcorn, p. 34. Another translation.: Rise up daughter, and go to thy daughter, For her daughter's daughter hath a daughter. Another old form in Willets' Hexapla, in Leviticum, Chapter XXVI. 9.
  • I arose a mother in Israel.
    • Judges. V. 7.
  • 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!
  • There was a place in childhood that I remember well,
    And there a voice of sweetest tone bright fairy tales did tell.
  • * A woman's love
    Is mighty, but a mother's heart is weak,
    And by its weakness overcomes.
  • The bravest battle that ever was fought;
    Shall I tell you where and when?
    On the maps of the world you will find it not;
    It was fought by the mothers of men.
  • Her children arise up and call her blessed.
    • Proverbs, XXXI. 28.
  • They say man rules the universe,
    That subject shore and main
    Kneel down and bless the empery
    Of his majestic reign;
    But a sovereign, gentler, mightier,
    Man from his throne has hurled,
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.
    • William Stewart Ross ("Saladin"). Poem in Woman: Her Glory, her Shame, and her God, Volume II, p. 420. 1894.
  • And say to mothers what a holy charge
    Is theirs—with what a kingly power their love
    Might rule the fountains of the new-born mind.
  • Who ran to help me when I fell,
    And would some pretty story tell,
    Or kiss the place to make it well?
    My mother.
  • They say that man is mighty,
    He governs land and sea,
    He wields a mighty scepter
    O'er lesser powers that be;
    But a mightier power and stronger
    Man from his throne has hurled,
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.
  • Sure I love the dear silver that shines in your hair,
    And the brow that's all furrowed, and wrinkled with care.
    I kiss the dear fingers, so toil-worn for me,
    Oh, God bless you and keep you, Mother Machree.

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