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How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
~ Alice Walker

 

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I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhood and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
~ Marguerite Duras

 

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Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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Maternity is on the face of it an unsociable experience. The selfishness that a woman has learned to stifle or to dissemble where she alone is concerned, blooms freely and unashamed on behalf of her offspring.
~ Emily James Putnam

 

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Men never think, at least seldom think, what a hard task it is for us women to go through this very often. God's will be done, and if He decrees that we are to have a great number of children why we must try to bring them up as useful and exemplary members of society.
~ Queen Victoria

 

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Morality and its victim, the mother -- what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
~ Emma Goldman

 

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Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
~ Rebecca West

 

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Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

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

 

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My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
~ George Washington

 

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No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich

 

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Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother. Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.
~ Norman Douglas

 

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Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
~ Lin Yn-tang

 

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Only in America do these peasants, our mothers, get their hair dyed platinum at the age of sixty, and walk up and down Collins Avenue in Florida in pedal pushers and mink stoles -- and with opinions on every subject under the sun. It isn't their fault they were given a gift like speech -- look, if cows could talk, they would say things just as idiotic.
~ Philip Roth

 

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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

 

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Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich

 

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The best thing that could happen to motherhood already has. Fewer women are going into it.
~ Victoria Billings

 

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The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access; doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.
~ Phyllis Mcginley

 

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The fact that we are all trained to be mothers from infancy on means that we are all trained to devote our lives to men, whether they are our sons or not; that we are all trained to force other women to exemplify the lack of qualities which characterizes the cultural construct of femininity.
~ Andrea Dworkin

 

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