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A busy mother makes slothful daughters.
~ Portuguese Proverb

 

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A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
~ Anonymous

 

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A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it.
~ William Dean Howells

 

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A mother understands what a child does not say.
~ Jewish Proverb

 

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A mother who is really a mother is never free.
~ Honore De Balzac

 

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A mother's heart is always with her children.
~ Proverb

 

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A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
~ George Eliot

 

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All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.
~ Germaine Greer

 

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An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
~ Spanish Proverb

 

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Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother.
~ Gregory Nunn

 

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As her sons have seen her: the mother in patriarchy: controlling, erotic, castrating, heart-suffering, guilt-ridden, and guilt-provoking; a marble brow, a huge breast, an avid cave; between her legs snakes, swamp-grass, or teeth; on her lap a helpless infant or a martyred son. She exists for one purpose: to bear and nourish the son.
~ Adrienne Rich

 

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Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter.
~ Betty Rollin

 

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But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
~ George Eliot

 

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Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.
~ Ann Oakley

 

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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

 

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Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
~ W. Somerset Maugham

 

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For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.
~ Marguerite Duras

 

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God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.
~ Jewish Saying

 

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God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers
~ Jewish Proverb

 

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He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin.
~ English Proverb

 

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