Best Quotes About Mothers

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. -E. W. Howe

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. -Oscar Wilde

I can't think why mothers love them. All babies do is leak at both ends. -Douglas Feaver

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. -Rudyard Kipling

Their mothers had finally caught up to them and been proven right. There were consequences after all but they were the consequences to things you didn't even know you'd done. -Margaret Atwood

One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid. -James D. Watson

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers. Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born. -Elayne Boosler

When the grandmothers of today hear the word 'Chippendales', they don't necessary think of chairs. -Jean Kerr

No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick. -Erma Bombeck

Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children. -Maxim Gorky

What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast! -Georges Bernanos

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

Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of. -Amy Heckerling

I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods 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

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown. -Adrienne Rich

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? -Milton Berle

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise… specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine. -Allan Bloom

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory. -Will Durant

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly. -Miguel de Cervantes

Men are what their mothers made them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles? -Louisa May Alcott

We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook? -Ellen Goodman

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. -Noam Chomsky

Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days… or a few months after childbirth. -Richard J. Codey

Mothers – especially single mothers – are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation's children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families' well-being. -Evan Bayh

Our mothers and fathers want change. They worked all of their lives, but today live in destitution. -Viktor Yushchenko

In the past, when I'd recorded during a break in a tour, it was so easy to sing, because I felt strong. Also, like so many new mothers, I wasn't getting a lot of sleep, and sleeping is such a huge part of being able to sing. -Amy Grant

Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups. -Cathy Guisewite

I value mothers and motherhood enormously. For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither. -William Trevor

My grandmothers are full of memories, smelling of soap and onions and wet clay, with veins rolling roughly over quick hands, they have many clean words to say, my grandmothers were strong. -Margaret Walker

What in heaven's name is strange about a grandmother dancing nude? I'll bet lots of grandmothers do it. -Sally Rand

I sincerely believe that if Bush and Cheney recognized the full humanity of other people's mothers around the world, they wouldn't commit the crimes they commit. -Wallace Shawn

The relationship I have to my fatherland is like that of mothers with crippled children: they love them all the more, the more crippled they are. Germany is the background of all my plans, the return to Germany. -Friedrich List

No country in history ever sent mothers of toddlers off to fight enemy soldiers until the United States did this in the Iraq war. -Phyllis Schlafly

What's really fun is seeing mothers bringing their daughters to the shows. And the best part is the mothers know they don't have to worry about sexual innuendo in the songs. The shows are family shows. -Peter Noone

For mothers who must earn, there is indeed no leisure time problem. The long hours of earning are increased by the hours of domestic labor, until no slightest margin for relaxation or change of thought remains. -Katharine Anthony

I'm definitely more attracted to chaos than to order. The point is, I find the female roles out there very cliche. If we are limited to being only lovers or mothers, we are limiting ourselves. -Connie Nielsen

Today, Arizona's sons and daughters, mothers and fathers are proudly serving their country. -Jane D. Hull

I nursed men back to sanity who were driven to despair. I solicited clothes for the ragged children, for the desperate mothers. I laid out the dead, the martyrs of the strike. -Mary Harris Jones

The capitalist class shoots down mothers and children. It stops at nothing, no matter how monstrous, to prevent the organization of the workers. -Ella R. Bloor

In their 30s women really start to live… they're not children anymore, and they're not just mothers. -Kelly Lynch

Working mothers do an hour more per day than working fathers do and working mothers do on average an hour more per day with the kids than working fathers do. -James Levine

So, the total number of hours spent on the stuff you have to do to take care of a family, working and caring for stuff at home, the total number of hours is actually about the same for mothers and fathers. -James Levine

We found that when people put this issue on the table, it turns out that men acknowledge the issue, and employers and employees can work out solutions just as working mothers do. -James Levine

I didn't know my mother had it. I think a lot of women don't know their mothers had it; that's the sad thing about depression. You know, you don't function anymore. You shut down. You feel like you are in a void. -Marie Osmond

So, babies are taken from their mothers because they get temporarily insane and it's not the mother's fault. This is the thing: they shouldn't feel ashamed. They didn't cause this. It is not something they did to themselves. -Marie Osmond

Obviously Victoria and Mel B have become mothers and there is a part of me that wants to be a mum. -Geri Halliwell

Sexism is not the fault of women – kill your fathers, not your mothers. -Robin Morgan

I hope the film will help mothers and fathers to be aware that 15 is a very vulnerable age. -Ellen Muth

Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it's the most exquisite love of all. -Maggie Gallagher

The images I like best are parts of series that I've started, in some cases, with the pregnancies of the mothers of the children in question, and I continue that series right on through the birth of children to the child that resulted from that first pregnancy. -Jock Sturges

A mother's got to be there to raise the children. That's all there is to it. I feel badly for those mothers who work hard, and can't do it all the time. -Eric Braeden

We should be the natural home for young mothers. But we're not. Because too often we sound like people who think the only good mother is a married mother. -Francis Maude

It's the kind of clothes that mothers and daughters can wear, in terms of concept… It's not about age. It's about taste, and it's about lifestyle. I believe women of all ages can wear anything. -Ralph Lauren

If Romeo and Juliet make a tragedy of it nowadays, they have only to blame their own mismanagement, for the world is with them as it has never been before, and all sensible fathers and mothers know it. -Richard Le Gallienne

If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government? -Victoria Woodhull

One thing all stage mothers share is an overpowering ambition for their daughters. -Lawrence Welk

Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth. -Mary Antin

That satisfied me until I began to figure that if God loved all his children equally, why did he bother about my red hat and let other people lose their fathers and mothers for always? -Frances Farmer

There are now grandmothers and grandfathers coming to see us because they are of that age, they grew up in the '50s and '60s and they bring their sons and their daughters to hear the songs they heard when they were young. -George Thorogood

A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

At about 40, the roles started slowing down. I started getting offers to play mothers and grandmothers. -Kathleen Turner

Like any other people, like fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in every land, when the issue of peace or war has been put squarely to the American people, they have registered for peace. -Paul Robeson

The bottom line in my view is that America's mothers and fathers deserve to have confidence in law enforcement's ability to ensure that their children are being raised in the safest possible environment. -Bob Ney

The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is mothers really need to be given the ability to parent. -Joan Blades

It has to be real, and I think a lot of the problems we have as a society is because we don't acknowledge that family is important, and it has to be people who are present, you know, and mothers and fathers, both are not present enough with children. -James Earl Jones

It was a very odd household, because the grandmothers were so different. Both of them had their own pianos. So it would be duelling pianos by grandmothers. -Diane Cilento

And getting older, what's happening is, I play only mothers. -Sonia Braga

David Stern should get with the mothers of the NBA and let the moms decide what the dress code should be. I asked my mother if I could wear a chain, and she told me yeah. So I do stuff that my parents allow me to do. -Shaquille O'Neal

But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966. -June Jordan

My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves. -Constance Baker Motley

Our mothers' generation fought so hard to change things and we're the first generation to benefit. And now you get girls in their twenties who say they're not feminists. -Kristin Davis

I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That's what we're upset about. -Toni Morrison

We have tried you citizens; we are trying you now, and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers, brothers and sisters by way of a charity gift. -Rose Schneiderman

Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax. -Mike Royko

Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being. -Miriam Makeba

The outcome can truly determine whether our homes will be destroyed, whether our children will be torn from their mothers, trained as conspirators and turned against their parents, their home and their church. -George Smathers

And some of what we're doing in Government even now, some of the welfare reform programs that are helping lone mothers come into work are based on things that were very new under the Labour Government in the eighties. -Patricia Hewitt

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers. -Margaret Sanger

I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers, If I belittle dogs and mothers. -Ogden Nash

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. -E. M. Forster

Until 45 I can play a woman in love. After 55 I can play grandmothers. But between those ten years, it is difficult for an actress. -Ingrid Bergman

If kids can forget their own mothers but still have a sense of comrade Lenin, then Soviet power really is here to stay! -Andrei Platonov

I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids! -Arianna Huffington

Since God had commanded it, it was necessary that I do it. Since God commanded it, even if I had a hundred fathers and mothers, even if I had been a King's daughter, I would have gone nevertheless. -Joan of Arc

Many working mothers feel guilty about not being at home. And when they are there, they wish it could be perfect. This pressure to make every minute happy puts working parents in a bind when it comes to setting limits and modifying behavior. -Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

You can make children believe whatever you want, and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow. -Dudley Nichols

They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates. -D. H. Lawrence

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.

The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills. -Tom DeLay

Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers' suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children. -Gro Harlem Brundtland

Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire. -Edna O'Brien

In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment as a sign of love and respect. Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation. -Michael Lewis

We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings. -F. H. Bradley

It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life. -Augustus Hare

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. -Benjamin Spock

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see – or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. -Alice Walker

The more we refuse to buy into our inner critics – and our external ones too – the easier it will get to have confidence in our choices, and to feel comfortable with who we are – as women and as mothers. -Arianna Huffington

I appeal to you, my friends, as mothers: are you willing to enslave your children? You stare back with horror and indignation at such questions. But why, if slavery is not wrong to those upon whom it is imposed? -Angelina Grimke

Even if society dictates that men and women should behave in certain ways, it is fathers and mothers who teach those ways to children not just in the words they say, but in the lives they lead. -Augustus Y. Napier

Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers' incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect, how can we equal them? -Anna Quindlen

I am so excited to let fans in on how important my relationship with my family is to me. I hope to motivate mothers and daughters to build lifetimes of memories together and inspire kids around the world to live their dreams. -Miley Cyrus

Whatever is said about roles drying up, I intend to keep working. Certainly now the roles couldn't be more interesting – playing mothers, divorcees. I think it's going to be exciting to play a mother of teenagers. The longer your life, the deeper it gets. -Naomi Watts

I know from my constituency what is going on. Doctors that are told, begged, by mothers, 'Please don't write down that my child as asthma. Please lie and say it's bronchitis, because if you write down asthma, when my child turns 18 or 20 and has to get his or her own insurance, it will be a pre-existing condition.' -Barbara Boxer

Let's take care of mothers and infants first, and then let's see what's left over for everybody over 50. I'm over 50. If I get sick, I would rather have money spent on children before it's spent on me. -Richard Dooling

As children, we looked up to our maids and our nannies, who were playing in some ways the role of our mothers. They were paid to be nice to us, to look after us, teach us things and take time out of their day to be with us. As a child you think of these people as an extension of your mother. -Kathryn Stockett

I know we will look back on this and think how odd it was we were championing the rights of lone mothers to bring up their children on benefit. -Harriet Harman

For any of us in this room today, let's start out by admitting we're lucky. We don't live in the world our mothers lived in, our grandmothers lived in, where career choices for women were so limited. -Sheryl Sandberg

We should recognize that women become mothers the moment they are pregnant. -Alveda King

My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it's cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love. -Bridget Moynahan

Don't fear the terrorists. They're mothers and fathers. -Rosie O'Donnell

I try to balance it out on the whole. Being a mum is always the priority. Next, it's taking care of yourself. Right now, I get to only work two days a week – it's a dream. I can't imagine how hard it is for mothers who work 40 hours a week. -Marcia Cross

We're all a big hippie family so I got five sisters and a bunch of different mothers. Not really, but my sisters' mothers are all good friends with my mother. We're a big family, 25 people. -Joel Kinnaman

I think women who lead full lives are better mothers. -Jada Pinkett Smith

All mothers go through the exact same things. -Angie Harmon

I get e-mails from mothers asking me to call their daughters for a date. I have a great life. -Shaun White

I know what it's like to struggle and to have those concerns that all mothers have. -Ann Romney

As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. -Hilary Rosen

I was called a misogynist because I was reducing women to mothers. 'Reducing women to mothers' – now there is possibly the most anti-women statement I've heard. -Steven Moffat

I'm one of those hovering mothers and I know it's really important to have an independent child, so I'm trying to back off, but it's hard. I love him so much, and he's so funny and cute to me. -Selma Blair

I've hung out at dozens of playgrounds, bored out of my mind, with not even a look of comfort from disapproving mothers all around me. Either they think I'm a pedophile or a deadbeat dad. That's what I get for being a single dad – suspicious looks at the playground. -Dominic West

So the experts think we could have an AIDS-free generation in Africa by 2015, even if the mothers are positive. -Alan Cumming

It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. -Caroline Kennedy

In reality the world is as full of bad mothers as it is of bad fathers, and it is not the motherless children who become delinquent but the fatherless ones. -Louis de Bernieres

I want to say a little something that's long overdue, the disrespect to women has got to be through. To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends, I wanna offer my love and respect till the end. -Adam Yauch

David Steinberg was the reason the Smothers Brothers got cancelled. -Dave Foley

It's the moms of this nation – single, married, widowed – who really hold this country together. We're the mothers, we're the wives, we're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters, we're the daughters. You know it's true, don't you? You're the ones who always have to do a little more. -Ann Romney

All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God's love – this world would be a far more gentle and better place. -Mitt Romney

It's unfortunate that there's such a disconnect between what's happening on our legislatures and what the public knows about, the consequences what that means for ourselves, our mothers and our wives. -Sandra Fluke

I don't have the hard everyday life that so many working mothers face. -Heidi Klum

I feel like I'm one of the many working mothers. And I only have one child. I know working mums who have three or four. It's definitely a challenge but it's a wonderful challenge to be able to do both. -Rachel Weisz

Today there are people trying to take away rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care. We the people can't let that happen. -Kerry Washington

I'm no longer just a candidate. I'm the President. I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who didn't return. I've shared the pain of families who've lost their homes, and the frustration of workers who've lost their jobs. -Barack Obama

I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say 'yes, women can.' -Dilma Rousseff

I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women. -Erykah Badu

My father was a great example of a strong and good man and Christian man, and my mother taught all my six sisters how to be young ladies and mothers and how to take care of your family. And so I think they were – they still are – great examples for all of us to their kids and to the world, too. -Magic Johnson

A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. -Norman Schwarzkopf

All chefs are like Jewish mothers. They want to feed you and feed you and impress you. It's an eagerness to please. -Padma Lakshmi

Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can't. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women. -Erica Jong

There are plenty of mothers who should not be allowed to raise their children. -Bernadine Dohrn

I was named after my two grandmothers – Julia Elizabeth. -Julie Andrews

I think the biggest reason I was able to express myself and not be intimidated was by not having a mother. For example, mothers teach you manners. And I absolutely did not learn any of those rules and regulations. -Madonna Ciccone

No one is more sentimentalized in America than mothers on Mother's Day, but no one is more often blamed for the culture's bad people and behavior. -Anne Lamott

I am the woman I grew to be partly in spite of my mother, and partly because of the extraordinary love of her best friends, and my own best friends' mothers, and from surrogates, many of whom were not women at all but gay men. I have loved them my entire life, even after their passing. -Anne Lamott

Broadcast TV is still the mothership and it will be for the foreseeable future. Audiences may be declining slightly but revenues are going up and profits are going up. -Leslie Moonves

To all those mothers and fathers who are struggling with teen-agers, I say, just be patient: even though it looks like you can't do anything right for a number of years, parents become popular again when kids reach 20. -Marian Wright Edelman

It's in the history books, the Holocaust. It's just a phrase. And the truth is it happened yesterday. It happened to my mother. I never met my grandmothers or my grandfathers. They were all wiped up in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany. -Gene Simmons

Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women. -Carlos Fuentes

We all grew up, our grandmothers and mothers had about three channels to watch, so we watched those soaps and now, a generation has grown up with the Internet and computers and video games. -Jack Wagner

Healthy children are born from healthy, respected, well-nourished and educated mothers and it is imperative that they have a voice in the decisions which affect them. If you empower a mother and let her have her say towards a poverty-free future, the positive impact this would have on ending hunger will be immense. -Dionne Warwick

Children born to teens have less supportive and stimulating environments, poorer health, lower cognitive development, and worse educational outcomes. Children of teen mothers are at increased risk of being in foster care and becoming teen parents themselves, thereby repeating the cycle. -Jane Fonda

If you are a nurturing mother, and a good one, you can go to play groups, sit on the floor and play all the games, and have tea with the other mothers, but wouldn't you like to think that's not all there is? That you haven't hung up your high heels without knowing how to walk in them? -Tori Amos

The fact that religion plays such a part in how people vote troubles me, troubles me as a minister's daughter. Because I always felt that the separation of church and state was what our forefathers and foremothers really fought for. -Tori Amos

There are enough scary rock & roll mothers in the world. -Tori Amos

When the mothers start to shatter, then everything just comes undone. -Tori Amos

Kids end up seeing my movies anyway but some of the mothers get mad at me so I figured I'd make one that I can't get yelled at for. -Adam Sandler

All my friends' mothers were appalling women. -Doris Lessing

Both my grandmothers had upright pianos, and I just knew how to play since I was a child. Nobody taught me. I sounded like a grown-up, and then I learned how to read music. I played so well by ear I could fool the teacher to believe I could play the notes. She'd make the mistake of playing the song once, and I could play it. -Valerie Simpson

To the former child migrants, who came to Australia from a home far away, led to believe this land would be a new beginning, when only to find it was not a beginning, but an end, an end of innocence – we apologise and we are sorry. To the mothers who lost the maternal right to love and care for their child – we apologise, and we are sorry. -Malcolm Turnbull

I can cook; but not well. I figure I have six years until my children discover what their friends' mothers make for dinner. -Jane Pauley

Most of us in the baby-boom generation were raised by full-time mothers. Even as recently as 14 years ago, 6 out of 10 mothers with babies were staying at home. Today that is totally reversed. Does that mean we love our children less than our mothers loved us? No, but it certainly causes a lot of guilt trips. -Jane Pauley

My sisters both are working mothers. I understand that my being an actress as well as being at home isn't some heroic thing. That doesn't mean it isn't confusing or difficult – especially that question of how you find a balance. -Jennifer Garner

I will tell you what I can't abide – and I think the Internet has really created a space for it – women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers. -Jennifer Garner

I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere. -Melinda Gates

I feel like there are women who are genuinely born to be mothers, and women who are born to be aunties, and women who really probably not should be allowed near children. The tragedy that happens is when any one of those women ends up in the wrong category. -Elizabeth Gilbert

The way Hollywood portrays mothers – you're either all good and saint-like, or you're all bad. And I think the real honesty of motherhood is not given a voice in movies. I miss that as an audience member. -Ellen Barkin

Men who love their mothers treat women wonderfully. And they have enormous respect for women. -Ellen Barkin

Both of my grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer – one is a survivor and one passed away. -Jessica Simpson

Catholics have guilt and Jews have guilt, fine. But mothers can trump them all. -Diane Lane

Like lots of women who marry young and find themselves mothers by the time they're 25, I felt I no longer had an identity. -Rachel Hunter

I believe that as women, we must commit ourselves to sustaining the progress made by our foremothers who fought so hard for women's equality and liberation. -Carre Otis

I think with motherhood and child-rearing in general, everyone's going to tell you how to do it and why. I've always said to other mothers and women when they've asked me, that you have to find your own way and find out what works for your family, at all costs. -Brooke Burke

I'm amazed when I see mothers wearing high heels. If your kids run off you can't run after them. -Claudia Schiffer

I know what I want to look like. I don't want to look trashy. I want mothers to be able to look at me and not have to close their kids' eyes! -Jordin Sparks

It's interesting to me that I get cast as mothers and really maternal, sweet, nice people… Maybe I have a vulnerability or something; maybe that's what it is. -Elizabeth Reaser

These days, it's often women in uniform – moms, wives, even grandmothers – who deploy and leave their families behind. -Tulsi Gabbard

I've played a lot of mothers in my movies. -Vera Farmiga

We take a lot for granted as second wave feminists, what our mothers and aunts did for us. -Vera Farmiga

I think there's a tremendous amount of guilt that goes on between mothers and daughters, no matter how good or bad their relationships are. -Ellen Page

When I was growing up, both my grandmothers would play the organ, and we would all sing. -Janelle Monae

All of us from fertile egg to embryo to corpse, are exactly that: warm, wet, furry animals compelled by the sexuality of our forefathers and foremothers to be, either directly or indirectly, our own exciting and excitable, provocative and provocable selves. -Lynn Margulis

In Sweden, we've moved away from the notion that mothers have some magical, special bond with children. -Camilla Lackberg

Each new generation builds on the work of the previous one, gaining new perspective. New verbs are introduced. We Google strange and dangerous places. We tweet mindlessly to the cosmos. We Facebook our own grandmothers. I, for one, don't want to be left behind. -Daniel H. Wilson

There's all kinds of mothers, so to use the label 'mother' and to think you really understood all that a human being is because she's a mother, is a mistake. -Phylicia Rashad

My argument is simple, which is, that for several thousand years in Western civilization, marriage has been the union of one man and one woman. Research is overwhelming that children need mothers and fathers. -Gary Bauer

Tommy Smothers is my longest mentor, and Dave Eggers is my youngest. -Don Novello

I remember my uncle and my father telling me that my mother didn't want me because I was blind. She thought being blind was a disgrace and a punishment from God. I understand that a lot of young mothers probably wouldn't know what to do in that situation, but over your life you learn to forgive everything. -Ronnie Milsap

Cohabitation seems a greater leap in cities because it's all the harder to extract oneself if things turn sour. It's what keeps otherwise functional adults living with their mothers. -Sloane Crosley

I believe that mothers should tell the truth, even – no, especially – when the truth is difficult. It's always easier, and in the short term can even feel right, to pretend everything is okay, and to encourage your children to do the same. But concealment leads to shame, and of all hurts shame is the most painful. -Ayelet Waldman

One of the darkest, deepest shames so many of us mothers feel nowadays is our fear that we are Bad Mothers, that we are failing our children and falling far short of our own ideals. -Ayelet Waldman

How many straight men maintain inappropriately intimate relationships with their mothers? How many shop with them? I want a gay son. People laugh, but they assume I'm kidding. I'm not. -Ayelet Waldman

We cannot ensure that women will be free of discrimination in the workplace and everywhere as long as women are not universally defended under our Constitution. As it stands now, the equal rights of women are subject to interpretation of law. That is a risk our mothers, sisters and daughters cannot afford. -Carolyn Maloney

In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don't baptize the children of single mothers because they weren't conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today's hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. -Pope Francis

Many women assume they can't be good mothers and have challenging careers at the same time, so they might give up trying to do both as they get to a crucial point in their career. Although it can be hard at times, it's important for women to recognize the benefits of working outside the home. -Susan Wojcicki

At times of distress, we all like to recall the advice of fathers and mothers. The best advice my father gave me was to keep faith and deep confidence in the potential of the Greek people; nurture the belief that they can do things. -George Papandreou

I'm not a good father and they're not children any more; the eldest is in his fifties. My relationship with their mothers broke down and, because of what the law was, they went with their mothers and were imbued with their mothers' morality in life and they were not my people any more. -Wilbur Smith

I always resented books that tried to teach a lesson, where the characters are too good: They don't swear, they tell their mothers everything. -Cecily von Ziegesar

I don't see myself as a role model; people should look to mothers and sisters as role models. -Lily Allen

We mothers of grown-up daughters tend to view them with a mixture of love, exasperation, irritation and awe. -Anne Robinson

Good mothers and good fathers and good families don't always have great children. -Cissy Houston

When I was a young boy, very young boy, mothers didn't work. Women were home, they took care of the house, they washed the dishes and took care of the children. That's what they did, and that's what my mother did. -Jerry Weintraub

A health system that lacks commodities for managing high-mortality infectious diseases and the main killers of mothers and young children will not have an adequate impact. By the same token, even the best-stocked delivery system will have an inadequate impact if it fails to reach the poor. -Margaret Chan

I'm sure mothers are important across every culture, but particularly in Korean society, the role of the mother is of great importance. -Bong Joon-ho

I've shared the fate of many working mothers; I felt guilty like them. -Valerie Trierweiler

Children like their mothers especially to be standing still and watching them, even if they are sleeping. At least that's how I felt. There's nothing wrong with the self-interest of children; it's just the way they are. -Jamaica Kincaid

If you look at the 9/11 highjackers, certainly they were educated, some even had university degrees, but nobody really checked their mothers, who were nearly all illiterate. -Greg Mortenson

I wanted to write about women and their work, and about valuing the work we, as women, choose to do. Too many women I knew disparaged their work. Many working mothers thought they ought to be home with their children instead, so they carried around too much guilt to enjoy much job satisfaction. -Jennifer Chiaverini

Working mothers' laughter comes hardest when our double life is revealed for what it is: a juggling act in which the balls can drop at any time, invariably on our own head. -Allison Pearson

Tabloid discussion of bad children always blames baby-boomer liberals, careerist mothers and fashion-crazed Nathan Barley types who think it's all enormously funny. But the centre-leftish psycho-thinker Oliver James says it's all down to the Thatcher-and-after culture of turbo-capitalism, making people acquisitive and unsatisfied. -Peter York

Making music on TV used to be as common as commercials. In the '60s and '70s, prime time was stuffed with variety shows headlined by such major and treasured talents as Carol Burnett, Red Skelton, the Smothers Brothers and Richard Pryor, who had a very brief comedy-variety hour on NBC that was censored literally to death. -Tom Shales

Every day, President Obama and Senator McCaskill are making it harder for working mothers and women of all ages to find a good-paying job. They continue to dictate to our families how they should live, stripping them of opportunities and freedom. -Sarah Steelman

I'm sure there were plenty of loving, attentive mothers in the 'me generation,' but none of them lived at my house. -Ariel Gore

If birth matters, midwives matter. In Europe, there are hospitals where the cesarean rate is less than 10%, and you'll find midwives in these hospitals, you'll see a lot less re-admissions with infections and complications, and you'll see a lot less injury to mothers. -Ina May Gaskin

Women and men grow up with both sexes. Our mothers and fathers mean a lot to us, so it's just a question of finding a balance between their influences. I've found mine. And it tends to be more on the male side. I mean male side the way we understand it in the West. -Grace Jones

French women love to shop and prepare food. They love to talk about what they have bought and made. It's a deeply natural love, but one that is erased in many other cultures. Most French women learn it from their mothers, some from their fathers. But if your parents aren't French, you can still learn it yourself. -Mireille Guiliano

Women gain social influence through their roles as mothers, transmitters of culture, and parents for the next generation. -Patricia Hill Collins

Far too many black men who praise their own mother feel less accounted to the mothers of their own children. -Patricia Hill Collins

What mothers need, as well as fathers, spouses, and the children of aging parents, is an entire national infrastructure of care, every bit as important as the physical infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels, broadband, parks and public works. -Anne-Marie Slaughter

For a healthy society, those laws and conventions should always support marriage as an institution characterised by an openness to children and the responsibility of fathers and mothers remaining together to care for children born into their family. -Vincent Nichols

Let me tell you that the children from their very birth are born to evil. Satan seems to have control of them. He seems to take possession of their young minds, and they are corrupted. Why do fathers and mothers act as though a lethargy was upon them? They do not mistrust that Satan is sowing evil seed in their families. -Ellen G. White

Dogs have such short life spans, it's like a concentrated version of a human life. When they get older, they become much more like our mothers. They wait for us, watch out for us, are completely fascinated by everything we do. -Caroline Knapp

I once told Tommy Smothers, 'If I could just get the money and the women straightened out, the rest of my life would be easy.' -Pat Paulsen

I came down to Orange because I sold the Smothers Brothers a song called 'Chocolate,' and that gave me enough money to move down here. I was washing windows down in Orange County when they called me up and said they wanted me to do their TV show. -Pat Paulsen

I wanted to create clothes for women in their 40s and 50s and 60s who have careers and are sexy and don't want to look like grandmothers. -Joseph Altuzarra

TV family sitcoms have always been about fathers who know best and mothers who are so enchanted with everything they do. I wanted to be the first mom to be a mom on TV. I wanted to sent out a message about how us women really feel. -Roseanne Barr

For too many families, the aftershock of the war in Afghanistan will be felt every day, most probably for the rest of their lives. I know because I've looked into the eyes and the faces of grieving mothers. -Ross Kemp

We must speed up the time table for fathers, brothers and sons to provide their mothers, daughters and sisters with the same opportunities that they give themselves. -Madeleine M. Kunin

Most female CEOs have been more understanding than their male counterparts, of the stress that new mothers experience to 'do it all,' which often means, 'all by themselves.' Why? They've been there. They understand the policies needed to keep women in the workforce. -Madeleine M. Kunin

You have to build your credentials as a candidate, not just as a woman. You also have to be willing to exercise power. We've been educated to be mothers, peacemakers, but we must learn that we can't please everybody. -Madeleine M. Kunin

Even if they knew the truth of their own feelings, most mothers would be socially and emotionally incapable of revealing it. -Rachel Cusk

How can there be so many mothers in the world but so little sense of what it might be to become one? -Rachel Cusk

I believe that bringing a life into this world is the single most important thing a person can undertake, and it can also be the most challenging. I think as mothers we are all just trying our best. -Gisele Bundchen

There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months. -Gisele Bundchen

My two grandmothers both died of cancer, so I understand how painful and difficult this disease is on the entire family. My first grandmother passed away from bone cancer when I was about 10. It was really horrible. I remember the whole process like it was yesterday. -Gisele Bundchen

Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us. -Maria Shriver

Good mothers make all kinds of choices. Making a decision that might sound selfish does not make a woman a bad mother. -Jada Pinkett Smith

Empathy probably started out as a mechanism to improve maternal care. Mammalian mothers who were attentive to their young's needs were more likely to rear successful offspring. -Frans de Waal

I am very happy to say I look just like my dad. But mothers always think their children are prettier than they really are, and mine has always told me I look like Tom Cruise. -James Blunt

Our mothers put God first when they fill their highest mission within the walls of their own homes. -Ezra Taft Benson

Young people need their own private places which mothers don't belong to, even if they want mother all around the edge of that. -Dawn French

Look at the political base of the Democratic Party: It is single mothers who run a household. Why? Because it's so tough economically that they look to the government for help and therefore they're going to vote. -Rick Santorum

Some people aren't great with babies, or they're not great with a smaller child – it's not that they're bad mothers. -Cara Buono

Educated mothers are 50 percent more likely to immunize their children than mothers with no schooling. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Single mothers are raising more of America's children than ever before. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

A lot has been said about single mothers. Most of it has been less than flattering. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

My own mother, my sister and nearly all the women in my family had full-time jobs as mothers. They were wonderful at it. They drove their children back and forth to soccer, skating lessons, piano lessons, private schools, but I sensed, even in my own mother, a kind of distant dissatisfaction. -Janine di Giovanni

My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They're there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I'm definitely not a single parent. -Jill Scott

Children love their mothers. Especially with a boy child and his mother, there's a bond that's unbreakable. -Tyler Perry

I am very lucky. I have known wonderful romantic love in my life but to actually see this little creature and find him to be the most beautiful creature in the world. I know all mothers and fathers feel that way. -Anne-Marie Duff

I'm a mother myself, and sometimes mothers get a bad rap just because they've tried to do their job. Some people have more of a knack for it than others do, but almost all of it falls to, 'My mother's suffocating me.' Whatever. -Annie Potts

Revenge by young men is considered gain, even at the cost of their own lives, but old men who stay at home in times of war, and mothers who have sons to lose, know better. -Chief Seattle

As a child growing up in a grey-skied Yorkshire village, I would occasionally happen upon a Bollywood movie on the television. After a few minutes watching a bunch of sari-clad dancers cavorting on a Swiss mountain to tuneless music, I would switch over to some proper drama about housing estates and single mothers. -Simon Beaufoy

I absolutely love Ireland. It's one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and I have strong ties here. Both my grandmothers are from Ireland, and I have spent every summer in Bantry since my father, who is an artist, had the romantic idea 20 years ago to buy an old farmhouse on the west coast and renovate it. -Emily Ratajkowski

We believe in honoring our mothers and fathers and keeping our smallest residents – our children – healthy. The politicians in charge of Texas now clearly don't. Perry has refused to even consider expanding health care coverage in Texas because he cares more about scoring political points than he does about our Texas families. -Wendy Davis

One of the best things about good mothers is that they remind their children to take care of themselves. -Kristin Armstrong

All fatherhood is very important because single mothers shouldn't have to raise sons or daughters; they need that help. -Nas

I went to NYU Tisch for undergrad, and it was amazing. My life then was extremely experimental with acting. I did crazy theater where we would be rolling around on the floor. I would be playing grandmothers, and clowns, and all this crazy stuff. Then I would be doing Shakespeare eight hours a day. -Katie Lowes

I think you can have your career and still bring to your family something very, very special. There are some people who are born mothers, who don't want to work and just want to stay at home, and that's fantastic, but for me it was something very difficult. -Sarah Parish

Unless you burst into movies as a sex goddess, you're likely to play wives and mothers. I came into movies as a teenager in 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They' (1969) playing a pregnant waif from the Ozarks. I didn't get a chance to burst into movies in 'Body Heat.' My career isn't based on having a 23-inch waist and a big bust, though I do. -Bonnie Bedelia

I'm from New York; I've been in show business all my life. I'm a wild and crazy gal, yet I always play these soft, warm, loving earth mothers. It's a pain in the butt. I'm a femme fatale! -Bonnie Bedelia

Every woman's path is difficult, and many mothers were as equipped to raise children as wire monkey mothers. I say that without judgment: It is, sadly, true. An unhealthy mother's love is withering. -Anne Lamott

Mother's Day celebrates a huge lie about the value of women: that mothers are superior beings, that they have done more with their lives and chosen a more difficult path. -Anne Lamott

The unsung heroes of the civil rights movement were always the wives and the mothers. -Andrew Young

Let's face it: Most of us don't realize it, but we are failing our kids as reading role models. The best role models are in the home: brothers, fathers, grandfathers; mothers, sisters, grandmothers. Moms and dads, it's important that your kids see you reading. Not just books – reading the newspaper is good, too. -James Patterson

Yes, my mom does keep making references to marriage, like all mothers do, but it's only in a lighter mood… she just jokes. -Saina Nehwal

My children are English, and both of their mothers were English. -Salman Rushdie

Modern women are just bombarded. There's nothing but media telling us we're all supposed to be great cooks, have great style, be great in bed, be the best mothers, speak seven languages, and be able to understand derivatives. And we don't really have women we're modeling after, so we're all looking for how to do this. -Jamie Lee Curtis

I'm not the only one; most people's mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That's more important. -Diane von Furstenberg

I believe that all women should have children. I think women are made to have children and to be mothers. I also think women have to have an identity outside the home. -Diane von Furstenberg

Why don't we focus on what Afghan women can do? They can cook, bear children and pray. As I recall, that was fine for our grandmothers. -Al Franken

I have such admiration for single mothers. I simply don't comprehend how you'd cope with that intensity, the lack of breaks, ever, on your own. -Jo Brand

Tommy Smothers is a hero of mine. -Penn Jillette

I'd make a good friend, not mother. I'm too selfish. I think a lot of mothers are selfish and they end up having children, but I don't want to put some small tiny person through that. -Tracey Emin

I think as mothers we are all just trying our best. -Gisele Bundchen

I may discuss love, and I don't mind if two men fall in love, fine. Two women, fine. But I flinch when I think of two Jewish women getting together and having a child because the idea of having two Jewish mothers makes my head explode. I have one; I couldn't handle two. -Garry Shandling

Children who open their lunchboxes and find mothers' handwritten notes telling them how amazingly bright they are tend to falter when they encounter academic difficulties. -George Will

I have always loved lipstick. For women, that love comes from our mother and grandmothers. It's so natural for a woman to open up her mirror and apply lipstick. -Monica Bellucci

The idea of not being able to control my own fertility genuinely terrifies me. That one mistake might change your life. That everything I am, and do, could be ended by the repeal of laws our mothers fought so hard for, that women had waited for the entire span of humanity to come about. -Caitlin Moran

The relationship between parents and children, but especially between mothers and daughters, is tremendously powerful, scarcely to be comprehended in any rational way. -Joyce Carol Oates

I truly have a village supporting me. My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They're there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I'm definitely not a single parent. -Jill Scott

I think one of the biggest things that affects young women is when they hear their mothers using fat talk. -Tyra Banks

Guys don't like women telling them what to do. It reminds them of their mothers, or something like that. -Shakira

We never think that our mothers will die. It was like suddenly an abyss opened at my feet – I was standing on nothing. It was the strangest thing. Her passing away ripped the solidity out of the world. -Ben Okri

I grew up in a makeup chair. And to see the women around me getting ready was so aspirational. It's about mothers and daughters, a girl watching her mom at a vanity table. -Drew Barrymore

In 'Twice Born' I play my character in her 20s, 30s and 50s. For the fifty year old scenes, I had some prosthetics; it was interesting to see how I'm going to look when I'm fifty-five or so. I actually saw similarities between my grandmothers and my mother. -Penelope Cruz

I have so many pieces that once belonged to my mom and both of my grandmothers. All of these pieces are very sentimental, and I love to wear them. I also have many pieces from my father that I probably cherish the most. I love wearing his dress shirts. -Kourtney Kardashian

I certainly know what it is like to go to work and leave your baby at home. It is an ache that only other mothers can understand. I always say that it feels like you've left a limb at home. And I really struggled for the first few months of work. There were times when I shut myself in my room and cried. -Leigh-Allyn Baker

I'm not saying that men make better fathers than women do mothers. -Warren Farrell

My mother 'gave teas' the way other mothers breathed. Her own mother 'gave teas.' All of their friends 'gave teas,' each involving butter cookies extruded from a metal press and pastel bonbons ordered from See's. -Joan Didion

We won't get economic growth if we don't look after our mothers and the potential of the next generation. They need to be prioritised. -Erin O'Connor

Improv requires one thing I lack that I think most mothers need – the basic instinct to put someone else first. -Jen Kirkman

The world needs our mothers. -Liya Kebede

Dying in childbirth is something that's not new; it's been going on for ages, and so it's not something that people focus on; it's not something that gets funded a lot, and it's exactly for that reason that we are losing mothers all the time, and we have kids with no mothers. -Liya Kebede

We can't end poverty if we fail to save the lives of our world's mothers. -Liya Kebede

When our mothers are alive and healthy, they do extraordinary things… like the mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who marched in Argentinean plazas, defying the military junta dictatorship and demanding the whereabouts of their abducted children… or the Liberian mothers who faced down civil war armed only with T-shirts and courage. -Liya Kebede

Children with healthy mothers are much more likely to survive childhood, attend school and live healthy, productive lives. -Liya Kebede

We're living in a time, unfortunately, where, you know, a lot of young men, particularly young men of color, being raised by single mothers. And their mothers so desperately want to connect with them, but I found, in talking with a lot of young men, that sometimes it's difficult. -Hill Harper

'I am a bad mother.' Every Christmas, this is what I think because the holiday season fills me with such anxiety. I'm sure that other mothers are happily baking cookies, decorating trees, and finding perfect gifts for everyone. -Tess Gerritsen

The first thing I learned was the 'St Louis Blues' when I was eight. Both my grandmothers, my mother and uncle played the piano. This was post-war Britain, and they played boogie woogie and blues, which was the underground music of the time. -Jools Holland

The most common reason new mothers return to work sooner than they'd like to is because they can't afford to go without their salaries any longer. -Alexa Von Tobel

I remember the first time I read Freud, I was 25 or 30, and I was expecting it to be about the Oedipus complex. But what I actually discovered confirmed my own common experience, that you also had little boys who loved their fathers and little girls who loved their mothers. -Arnaud Desplechin

I find that the 'moms club' is a very, very exclusive club! It's the club of mothers who wear skinny jeans and white button-down shirts and wash their hair twice a day! I do not, and mothers who do make me feel really bad. You know who I am talking about! -Marissa Jaret Winokur

Stripped of its plot, the 'Iliad' is a scattering of names and biographies of ordinary soldiers: men who trip over their shields, lose their courage or miss their wives. In addition to these, there is a cast of anonymous people: the farmers, walkers, mothers, neighbours who inhabit its similes. -Alice Oswald

Juarez had become a failed city. The mayor of Juarez lived in El Paso. Not only did he not live in his own city, he didn't live in his own country. You had all these kids out of school who didn't want to work because they saw their mothers toiling in jobs for hardly any cash. -Beto O'Rourke

I have worked really hard on my game, but I think my mother has been a real pillar of strength. She has prayed a lot, sacrificed a lot for me. You know, she hasn't seen me bat so far. When I am batting, she is praying… mothers are like that, aren't they? -Yuvraj Singh

Some women work while they are pregnant, but not me. That was a choice I had made. That's when I took a break. Men can work at whatever stage they are; whether they turn daddy, they still have their own thing. But women can't afford that because by being mothers, they have to be there for their kids. -Madhuri Dixit

It's a notion that career-oriented women often neglect their families. But we should cut them some flak; these women are doing everything for the sake of family so that it progresses. I believe when kids see their mothers working hard, they take up responsibilities at home and are far more well-turned out than other children. -Madhuri Dixit

I'm eulogised by a lot of men, but they wouldn't take me home to meet their mothers. -Shilpa Shetty

New mothers should enjoy every phase of motherhood without caring about the world. Weight can be checked and controlled. Don't lose your head and mind over it. -Shilpa Shetty

For American families, Universal pre-K is an essential piece of the puzzle that not only allows their kids to get a good start, but it also allows mothers to remain on the job earning a paycheck and helping our economy grow. -Kirsten Gillibrand

When mothers earn their fair share, young children have greater access to quality health care, educational opportunities, and safe communities. By ending the wage gap, we will help ensure that every child can achieve his or her God-given potential. -Kirsten Gillibrand

Since the time of the witch burnings, the grandmothers and the healers and the midwives have been systematically targeted. And burned at the stake for hundreds of years, decimating whole communities. -Alice Walker

I think many people in my community had very different kinds of mothers: they had mothers who acquiesced in the system of male and white-supremacist domination, and my mother never did. She just could not do it. It just wasn't in her. -Alice Walker

My grandmothers are Irish-American and German-American; my grandfather is from the Caribbean. My father is African-American. My family looked funny. I just started naturally imitating whoever I was talking to. I didn't want to be a phony, but I felt very authentic in the moment. -Sarah Jones

What about those who help growth indirectly, those who stay at home and look after others – mothers, carers of elderly parents or sick relatives who save the state millions of pounds annually. What is their worth? How is their value to be determined? -Noreena Hertz

There's a certain amount of pain and heartache that goes with being the mother of a star and that all the mothers experience. It's not being with them as much as you like. -Georgia Holt

People that I have known that have been extremely creative, people in the business, they have always been influenced by their mothers. Their mothers are the ones that created whatever it is – the urge to create. -Georgia Holt

Real Texans believe in looking out for each other. We believe in honoring our mothers and fathers and keeping our smallest residents – our children – healthy. -Wendy Davis

I have seven children by six different mothers. Maybe success was too good to me. -Eazy-E

It is probably true that I would not have had as many children or mothers in my books without being a mother with children. It is definitely true that I would not have written about the Civil War without having a little guy who was obsessed with it. -Marly Youmans

Readers tell me that my novels are filled with significant mothers. Do I realize this? Do I do it on purpose? The truth is, I don't. I think of myself as a writer of family stories. I write more often than not from a male point of view, and I usually begin by focusing on siblings, spouses, even fathers, before I think about the mothers. -Julia Glass

To be sure, those who are actually engaged in combat – those who actually see the maimed bodies and mourning mothers – struggle more than the rest of us to make sense of the reality of war. -Stanley Hauerwas

'Harry Potter' made it cool to read children's fiction, and 'Twilight' did the same for a slightly older age group. What I'm seeing is mothers and daughters who love to read the same books. -L.A. Weatherly

Jeff Sachs has the Millennium Villages. He spends $2.5 million in one village. It's an absolutely ridiculous model, because I've said that if you gave me $2.5 million, I can train 100 grandmothers, solar electrify 100 villages – 10,000 houses – and save you 100,000 litres of kerosene. -Bunker Roy

A lot of the actors I knew threw in the towel when they became mothers. I couldn't do that financially, and I didn't want to – but I was knackered all the time. -Lesley Manville

I made a crash landing here on Earth on February 14, 1962, in the Shreveport Catholic Charities Home for un-wed mothers. The infamous Bonnie and Clyde lost their lives just miles from where I was born. Like outlaws ourselves, my birth mother and I were on the run from the day she found out I was part of her. -Kevyn Aucoin

Making sure that mothers are educated means we can lift more people out of poverty and build a more inclusive and sustainable society. -Peng Liyuan

So it – we have one enduring, uh, idea that will always live on with the Smothers Brothers, that 'Mom always liked you best.' We're the universal, uh, feeling that every child, every sibling has had somewhere along the line. Or, 'Who did she like best?' And that became kind of a little mantra. -Tom Smothers

When I was a deacon, the ominous signs of the Great Depression began to appear. Tens of thousands lost their jobs. Money was scarce. Families had to do without. Some young people did not ask their mothers, 'What's for dinner?' because they knew all too well that their cupboards held very little. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

'Hannity' had a a guy on that said, 'I fathered 20 kids by 14 mothers.' That is s cultural issue which has demeaned our society and has caused our society dearly in terms of imprisonment. Who's going to be the fathers to those children? Who's going to pay child support? -Foster Friess

I think older women's voices are the most hated voices in the world – whether it's because people are reminded of their mothers or what, I don't know. -Judy Horacek

Investing in girls can actually move the needle in communities… and can actually benefit boys, because girls are the mothers of boys. -Soledad O'Brien

On the day-long follows that I used to do with mothers and their offspring – these chimp families that I knew so well – there was hardly a day when I didn't learn something new about them. -Jane Goodall

Middle-class mothers and fathers turned out to be a very well-defined consumer group, easily gulled into buying almost anything that might remedy their parental deficiencies. -Jill Lepore

I used to shake my head when I heard about mothers who were shocked – shocked! – when their kids came out. I didn't understand how they had missed seeing something so essential when looking at their children. But too many parents see only what they want to see, and that's true whether our kids are gay or straight. -Suzanne Brockmann

In 1984, showing extraordinary courage, a group of Guatemalan wives, mothers and other relatives of disappeared people banded together to form the Mutual Support Group for the Appearance Alive of Our Relatives. -Stephen Kinzer

I guess that from the moment we are fed by our mothers, without even knowing it, we are caught in a net that brings us comfort, something we always feel when a special woman cooks for us. It is something unique and personal – it is something we want to keep for ourselves. -Jose Andres

Women often have a fraught relationship with their mothers, even though that's the most important relationship in their lives. -Alice Lowe

I have two children myself. I always laugh; they have you playing mothers pretty early, us women. You look at the television, the mothers get younger and younger, and the children get older and older, and you start to wonder when these people had these children. Were they breeding when they were 12? -Megan Follows

If mothers are our first teachers, then having a narcissistic one teaches us that human closeness is terrifying, and the world is a heartless, inconsistent place. -Koren Zailckas

America, ever the narcissistic mother, prefers baby bumps to children and expectant mothers to full-fledged bum-and-nose-wiping ones. -Koren Zailckas

I see lots of differences between Australians and Americans – but as mothers, I think we're pretty much alike! -Liane Moriarty

The working mothers of America deserve medals. -Constance Marie

My family and high school friends were the only people who were with me every step of the way through my mothers' illness. They sat by my side year after year and consoled me. If they ever sent me a bill, I would be paying them off for the rest of my life. -Jenna Morasca

On 'Love Actually,' I met Hugh Grant, who is a relative: our great-grandmothers were sisters. He'd call me cousin and ruffle my hair. And it was brilliant working with David Tennant on 'Doctor Who.' -Thomas Brodie-Sangster

If you don't show care and love for your children and leave the mothers to take care of all their needs, if they grow up, they will also not consider you. -Yahya Jammeh

I've played the wicked mothers; I've played the serial-killer-type mothers now. They have to have an edge on them. They can't just be everyday moms, because I never thought of myself as an everyday person in cinema – I'm an everyday person in real life, like anyone. But not in what I project out there. I want something more exciting. -Charlotte Rampling

A lot of mothers want to be with their children. They can't afford it for this reason or that reason. -Michael Leunig

There are a multitude of mothers in the world who have a daughter who is stolen, or who are stolen daughters themselves. -Tina Brown

An enormous number of mothers in the U.S. are working double time, graveyard shifts, and more than one job just to put food on the table for their kids. -Tina Brown

Bill Clinton, talking about the need to financially empower wives and mothers in regressive countries, once remarked that women have 'the responsibility gene.' No one has that gene more markedly than his wife. -Tina Brown

Whether it's in Washington, or whether it's with the mothers of extremists, or whether it's education in places like Pakistan… a lot of women in these emerging countries are taking charge and doing amazing things. -Tina Brown

Kids don't want to dye their whole head another color; that's what their mothers do. -Todd Rundgren

I think it's bad for fellas when they lose their mothers. Mine was such a character. Oh it was sad, really sad. And, with her gone, the family home was gone, so what was left of any roots I had were completely dug up. -Paul O'Grady

Everyone has a crazy old lady in their family like 'Mama.' No one ever comes up to me and says 'Mama' is just like them, so no one is ever offended by her. Even young people like to laugh at her. I think she helps kids appreciate their own grandmothers more. -Vicki Lawrence

I always imagine a good leader is surrounded by people who call their mothers at the end of the day and tell them, 'Mom, you can't believe what I did today. Let me tell you about it.' -James Altucher

I think mothers get a raw deal in American culture, so I've been defending them. I have three daughters, and I know that as they become mothers, they got a lot more gentle towards me! -Tyne Daly

As scary as it was being raised by one Jewish mother, I have to feel for my kids because they have two Jewish mothers. -Judy Gold

We see and hear about Israelis and Palestinians only when they are defined by the global media as 'occupiers,' 'terrorists,' and 'victims.' But we forget that they are fathers and mothers and sons and daughters and neighbors and doctors and shop-owners and farmers and students. -Jason Alexander

We stopped cleaning our houses with lemon water and vinegar like our mothers did, and we clean with chemicals. We're breathing chemicals, and then everyone wonders why cancer is the biggest killer. -Suzanne Somers

I think a lot of mothers are doing as I am: starting up their own ventures as their children grow older, and having a kind of second blooming. -Donna Air

Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage or family, no ward or stake is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other's strengths. -Sheri L. Dew

Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the Kingdom of God will fail. -Sheri L. Dew

You were born to lead as mothers and fathers, because nowhere is righteous leadership more crucial than in the family. -Sheri L. Dew

I'm very proud to be representing Latinas and women of color, young mothers and full-figured women. I just love that we're seeing different types of people on screen. -Dascha Polanco

As an actress, as you get older, you find yourself in a situation where you play mothers or women who are hoping to be mothers. -Natalie Dormer

Most of us believe that women can do what men do. The challenge is to convince employers, legislators, mothers, that men can do what women do. -Karen DeCrow

My appearance on 'Public School' garnered a smattering of fan mail from girls, which was good, and letters from mothers saying I was the sort of boy they'd like their daughters to go out with – which was not quite as good. -James Lovegrove

Saudi men have sisters, mothers, and wives, and in my working experience, I have had tremendous support from Saudi men. I really don't think that Saudi women are oppressed or abused. -Lubna Olayan

World fertility surveys indicate that anywhere from one third to one half of the babies born in the Third World would not be if their mothers had access to cheap, reliable family planning, had enough personal empowerment to stand up to their husbands and relatives, and could choose their own family size. -Donella Meadows

We are people, individuals comprising a variety of sexes, races, shifting sexualities and all the rest of it. Every convention that tries to reinforce this difference is a step back. Notions of gender pointlessly separate men from women, but also mothers from daughters and fathers from sons. -Robert Webb

You hear horror stories about scary mothers who just want their kids to be famous. I could be waitressing in a restaurant, and my mum would be happy as long as I was happy. -Maisie Williams

Work… family – I'm doing it all. But here's the secret I share with so many other nanny- and housekeeper-less mothers I see working the same balance: my house is trashed. It is strewn with socks and tutus. -Sandra Tsing Loh

I agree that mommy wars are not good for any mothers: that such wars are time and effort wasted. -Sandra Tsing Loh

Many men today can cook, or at least order takeout, and know where and how to hire domestic help, perhaps with refreshing clarity and less anxiety than ever-conflicted mothers. -Sandra Tsing Loh

I absolutely don't want to suggest that women are unreliable because we're mothers – on the contrary. But the question of who brings up the kids has a material effect on all women's careers. -Beeban Kidron

I love to hang out with my friends and go to the movies. My mom and I are involved in the Mother/Daughter Organization – national charity work. Whenever I get free time, we volunteer. It's an organization so mothers and daughters can spend time together while volunteering. -Hailee Steinfeld

Cop families have guns in their houses. It's a bigger question for mothers. When is the right time to introduce to your children the things that could hurt them? But not having the knowledge could hurt them. -Amy Carlson

I was joking with my mom that all Jewish mothers now will want their kids to be filmmakers instead of doctors. Because you can make one film, and suddenly you're directing a 'Jurassic Park' movie. -Colin Trevorrow

At the bottom, all wars are the same because they involve death and maiming and wounding, and grieving mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. -Tim O'Brien

I thought that the fashion world could be a bit fake sometimes, but it's nothing compared to Hollywood. These girls would walk over their grandmothers' graves to get a part, and the producers talk about actresses like they're dirt, picking over every part of them so that they end up paranoid and having surgery. -Elizabeth Jagger

The truth is that all great men have had great mothers. Great women have had, as a rule, great fathers. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Birth mothers choose life, and a family, for their child. But this choice is rarely celebrated. Women routinely face family, friends and even health-care providers who think that adoption equals abandonment, according to researchers and conversations with birth mothers. -Nina Easton

A full accounting of adoption as an option would not underestimate its emotional challenges – the grief and loss for birth mothers, the uncertainties for adoptive parents operating under a patchwork of state laws. -Nina Easton

Babies born to women who are infected with hep B – and mothers can carry the virus without their knowledge – will almost certainly be infected if they are not vaccinated within twelve hours of birth. -Eula Biss

I'll shout out to James L. Brooks. 'Terms of Endearment' always makes me cry. Also, 'Stepmom' always makes me cry. I guess, you know, mothers dying. It's a safe bet that I'm going to cry. -Sarah Steele

I have played old ladies since I was 17 years old, and very convincingly. I've always looked funny and was too tall to play the leads and so had to play the grandmothers. -Geraldine Page

A lot of writers dwell on their relationships with their mothers, but only a few are worth reading. -Kathryn Harrison

In order to overcome the spirit that creates war, mothers must begin in the tender years of childhood to teach children that right must be the foundation of all might, that authority can be exercised without the help of fists. -Ellen Key

In the '50s, women aspired to dress like their mothers – this polished, controlled, formal way of dressing. Then all of a sudden in the '60s, going into the '70s, they stopped dressing like their mothers. -Robin Givhan

I'm the father of three daughters, and they're all highly trained professionals. Two of them are mothers, and the other one wants to be at some point. -Tom Brokaw

My mom and both of my grandmothers have always been into fashion, so it's been around us our whole lives. -Kourtney Kardashian

I don't think the way I portray mother's and son's relationships has anything to do with my age or generation. It has to do with what I lived with my own mother and what it's transformed into and the point of view it has given me on mothers and women. The way I was brought up with women. It's all about personal background. -Xavier Dolan

I'm always telling my students that if they can't explain what they are doing, to their grandmothers, then they probably don't understand it themselves. -Gunter Blobel

I was one of the only people of color at my grade school and also my high school. It's weird recollecting on my childhood, I think, because my brothers are all white. We all share the same father but different mothers. I guess I kind of associated white, but I was occasionally reminded in a really negative way that I wasn't. -Ian Anthony Dale

Very often, people talk about mothers, and they think that mother has to lose her sexuality. Mother has to be plain. Mothers cannot be exciting. Mother should not be up on what's going on; she shouldn't know the jargon of the day. And I just find that so old-fashioned! -Sheryl Lee Ralph

Microchimeric sharing means that, even if the mother loses a child, she'll have a small memento of him or her secreted away inside her. Similarly, a bit of our mothers live on in all of us no matter how long ago Mom died. -Sam Kean

No element gets people telling crazy stories like mercury does. People have told me tales about pharmacists waxing floors with mercury, mothers rubbing it into babies' skin to kill germs, and 10-year-olds coating dimes in it to make them shine, then blithely carrying them around in their pockets. -Sam Kean

How many mothers have emerged from a family trip to a Disney movie and been obliged to explain the facts of death to their sobbing young? A conservative estimate: the tens of millions, since the studio's first animated feature, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' premiered in 1937. -Richard Corliss

The Disney animators' rules on adult females: mothers are perfect but imperiled; stepmothers are wicked and occasionally homicidal; godmothers are sweet things with magical powers. -Richard Corliss

My most visible goal is to do something in nutrition to children in India, and pregnant mothers. Because that would change the mental and physical health of our population in years to come. -Ratan Tata

I think a mother needs to be with mothers. I don't know what they talk about. -Marie Helvin

A lot of people have told me they have mothers like my mother. I seriously doubt it. -Hannah Gadsby

Whitney Houston and Ella Fitzgerald are my musical mothers. I learned everything I know about true R&B, pop and jazz singing from these stunning performers and unparalleled musicians. -Ciara Renee

Have you ever asked yourselves what you are going to do when you grow up? In all likelihood you will get married, and before you know where you are, you will be mothers and fathers; and you will then be tied to a job, or to the kitchen, in which you will gradually wither away. Is that all that your life is going to be? -Jiddu Krishnamurti

The maternal duty of suckling her own children, prescribed to mothers by hygienists, is based on a physiological principle: the mother's milk nourishes an infant more perfectly than any other. -Maria Montessori

I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens. -Donald Trump

There's something else that my mother taught me, public service is about service. And, as her daughter, I've had a special window into how she serves. I've seen her holding the hands of mothers, worried about how they'll feed their kids, worried about how they'll get them the healthcare they need. -Chelsea Clinton

My mother was totally different from the mothers of my friends. She would never separate from me. In a way, my life belongs to her. When I was a child, she complained that I was anorexic, so they sent me to places to get me to eat. When I look at pictures of myself, I was just a normal-looking child. It was her fantasy. -Chantal Akerman

People remember the different variations of stuffed cabbage based on their mothers and grandmothers. It's not just about food. Eating something as traditional as this is a cultural experience, one that is spiritual and nostalgic. It manages to transcend time; it's food for the soul. -Gil Marks

I think fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers – we should look at what young people are saying to us. -Gordon Brown

The glorification of sisters, mothers as the selfless Indian women who will do 'agni pariksha' and the one who sees her own betterment only in the betterment of their husbands and fathers, that has to stop. It's very regressive. -Kangana Ranaut

When I see kids standing next to their mothers at book signings, clutching a copy of 'Forever,' I know what's coming. They'll say to me, 'How old do I have to be to read this?' hoping I'll give them permission. But I can't do that. -Judy Blume

Imagine a world where mothers take as good care of themselves as they do their children and a world where mothers are so supported they're able to do that. That's the world we all need to create because our children, families, and communities are depending on us. -Christy Turlington

Mothers need mothers. Let's be there for one another. -Christy Turlington

May is the month when people focus on mothers more than any other time of year. -Christy Turlington

Every year, more than 1 million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal deaths, and children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not. -Christy Turlington

After delivering my daughter in 2003, I endured and survived a hemorrhage, the leading childbirth-related complication that takes the lives of thousands of other mothers all over the world. -Christy Turlington

I think mothers are so important. I mean, it seems like such an obvious thing to say, but I think we don't really express that enough, apart from one day a year. So I think we need to come together and celebrate us every day. -Christy Turlington

I've been really fortunate that I've worked with a lot of strong women who are also mothers. -Brie Larson

When lawmakers start to make laws that hurt single women, often the women that they're hurting the most are not the economically powerful ones. They're not Sandra Fluke. They're not Lena Dunham, who conservatives hate more than anybody. They're hurting low-earning single mothers. -Rebecca Traister

Women's roles in the movies remain, for the most part, girlfriends, mothers, wives. -Rebecca Traister

In 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 64 percent of mothers with children under six worked. -Rebecca Traister

I did some research into what was going on in terms of the sexual revolution that was happening in the '60s in the gay community and particularly in the drag world. Before the '60s, guys doing drag would dress like their mothers or iconic Hollywood actresses. -Liev Schreiber

I have always been a great believer that women should support women, and my admiration goes out to mothers everywhere, as they constantly put their own needs behind those of their children, embracing daily uncertainties and entering the new uncharted territories that each day brings, to be, in return, rewarded with joy and unending love. -Victoria Beckham

I'm stopped by mothers who say, 'Mr. Wilder, what advice would you give to my young boy? He's really talented.' -Gene Wilder

I have mothers with small children come to me and say, 'You found that I had early breast cancer – because of you, I don't have cancer.' You've just prevented that person from dying early, and to prevent an early, unnecessary death is incredibly meaningful. -Anne Wojcicki

One cannot understand what's happening to women in the Middle East if they don't realize that the mothers are a strong, progressive force. The mothers push the daughters to get out of the harem, to get the education, to achieve what they could not even dream of. -Fatema Mernissi

To understand the fanatic rejection of women's liberation in the Muslim world, one has to take into account the time factor. Most of us educated women have illiterate mothers. The conservative wave against women in the Muslim world is a defense mechanism against profound changes in both sex roles and the touchy subject of sexual identity. -Fatema Mernissi

I was one of the first six black kids to integrate a formerly all-white school. I remember being looked at all the time and people laughing at my hair. I was also very self-conscious about the food I had for lunch. I had egg sandwiches, and the other mothers gave kids fancy stuff like bologna and Marmite. It took about a year to settle in. -Petina Gappah

I loved what I did. I remember cruel mothers who would pinch their children to make them cry in a scene, but my mother encircled me with affection. -Shirley Temple

I definitely inherited a lot of from both my grandmothers and from my mother. I wear a lot of pieces that used to belong to other people. -Margherita Missoni

Isn't it strange that religious prejudices – beliefs none possess, not even the saints, so they have lamented – divide brothers and sons from their fathers. You see, I except mothers and sisters; the female is not a religious animal. If she were, the world would have ceased long ago. -George A. Moore

I've seen mothers and children really being vulnerable in the refugee camps; it's supposed to be temporary, but they end up having children who have grown up in refugee camps. -Alek Wek

There are mothers who sew for six months to make a fashion collection – someone's grandmother, someone's sister. We come in and get paid to walk for 10 minutes at the end. Whenever I think about that, I realise it's not about me. I was just the one chosen to represent those women and sell the clothes. -Alek Wek

Since 'Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights' came out, I've done a fair amount of public speaking, and the two statistics that always make the audience sit up are that nearly one in three women will have had at least one abortion by menopause and 61 percent of women who have abortions are already mothers. -Katha Pollitt

It would be a tragic mistake for Congress ever to adopt any public or tax policy which encourages mothers to assign child care to others and enter the labor force. -Phyllis Schlafly

Honestly, I was such a tomboy as a kid. People were taking from their mothers' closets – I was taking from my dad's closet. It was the '80s, so it wasn't terrible, but I was wearing my dad's dress shirts over jeans from the Gap. -Lauren Graham

My mother and my two grandmothers, I was lucky to have three women around me growing up that were very special, very elegant women, very beautiful women. They were my first step into the beauty world, let's say, and then the fashion world, of course. -Francois Nars

Who made me laugh when I was growing was Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, and then moving on, there were so many that I was a writer for for many years: I was a writer for the Smothers Brothers, Lily Tomlin, then I started on 'Saturday Night Live' as the head writer the first year we started it. -Chevy Chase

When my mother read 'The Joy Luck Club', she was always complaining to me how she had to tell her friends that, no, she was not the mother or any of the mothers in the book. -Amy Tan

American popular culture, like individuals in daily life, tends to either romanticize or demonize mothers. We ricochet between 'Everything I ever accomplished I owe to my mother' and 'Every problem I have in my life is my mother's fault.' -Deborah Tannen

Women as mothers grapple with corresponding contradictions. The adoration they feel for their grown daughters, mixed with the sense of responsibility for their well-being, can be overwhelming, matched only by the hurt they feel when their attempts to help or just stay connected are rebuffed or even excoriated as criticism or devilish interference. -Deborah Tannen

When daughters react with annoyance or even anger at the smallest, seemingly innocent remarks, mothers get the feeling that talking to their daughters can be like walking on eggshells: they have to watch every word. -Deborah Tannen

Many mothers or daughters assume that words only mean one thing. 'If I feel criticised, that has to be the whole story', and 'if I feel I am being helpful, that has to be the whole story'. -Deborah Tannen

Where the daughter sees power, the mother feels powerless. Daughters and mothers, I found, both overestimate the other's power – and underestimate their own. -Deborah Tannen

Many mothers and daughters are as close as any two people can be, but closeness always carries with it the need – indeed, the desire – to consider how your actions will affect the other person, and this can make you feel that you are no longer in control of your own life. -Deborah Tannen

When it comes to babies and children and being a mother, there is so much to talk about. There are products that I keep discovering – endless products! People love to read about these things. And I interview cool mothers, mums with babies, and mums with teenagers… all mums who I admire. -Julia Restoin Roitfeld

Baby fashion has become such a big thing. It used to be that everything had to be pink or blue or cute – you know, very precious – but not cool. But now, my friends who are mothers really want to dress their kids just like themselves. -Julia Restoin Roitfeld

I have written two books that have to do with fairy godmothers: 'The Magic Touch' and 'Wishing on a Star.' -Jody Lynn Nye

I played a lot of mothers before I even became a mother. It wasn't like I set out to be some sort of mother crusader. -Toni Collette

I think women's relationships with other women are very complicated and depend on their relationships with their mothers. Mine was fraught with problems. So I didn't necessarily trust women for a long time. -Dawn Steel

It's not ideal to always be one eye on the Blackberry and two arms around my children. For the sake of mothers out there who don't have the Blackberry but do have the children and are hoping someone will be raising their voice on their behalf, it's a great privilege. -Samantha Power

I don't see people. I don't see men and women at all. When I see them, I see… their mothers and fathers. I see how old they are inside. Like when I look at the president, or anybody in a record company, or a store owner, I may see a little boy behind the counter with the face of an old man. And that's who I talk to. -Jeff Buckley

Both my parents worked. So it wasn't like the previous generation where we learned how to cook and bake from our mothers and grandmothers. -Johnny Iuzzini

Women are so many things. We're sisters, mothers, wives. There are so many things we encompass. -Nia Vardalos

I was thinking, mothers show their love for their sons so much greater than dads do. -Terry Bradshaw

The coolest thing to me, and especially now that our program is PG-friendly, and we advertise that to the hilt, but fathers and mothers come up to me and tell me to keep doing what I'm doing because I'm a good role model for their kids. -John Cena

I have seen America's sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers fight valiantly for our freedom and pay the ultimate sacrifice to defend us. -Ryan Zinke

We were very lucky. My mother and stepmothers were on very, very good terms, and so we, the children, grew up as brothers and sisters. -Oliver Tambo

Too many mothers have lost their children, for thousands of different reasons. -Debbie Reynolds

Most professional fighters, male and female, hold day jobs, but the women's game attracts a wide social spectrum: hash slingers, teachers, police officers, landscapers, stuntwomen. Many are wives and mothers. Their husbands or boyfriends work their corners, or hide in arena restrooms, scared to watch their bouts. -Katherine Dunn

When I was growing up in Russia, my grandmothers would cook the best pancakes in the world, the best meatballs, the best dumplings. -Irina Shayk

Now that I look back, all the things that I was teased about, became game changers and my strengths. That's what we have to learn as mothers. We push our children so much to be perfect, but it's their imperfections that make them unique. -Twinkle Khanna

Mexico is a very mom-centered culture. You'll find stores open on Father's Day, but never on Mother's Day. For us, mothers are very important. -Juan Gabriel

Since I was sent to an orphanage, and I saw very little of my mother, I can counsel mothers that you shouldn't abandon your children. Before you bring a child into the world, think deeply about things, so that they lack absolutely nothing, least of all love. -Juan Gabriel

I distinctly remember being very young, sixth grade maybe, and being at a party and hearing the mothers discuss the children. And the mothers said, 'Well, it's very clear who's the leader in the group.' And they were talking about me! -Megyn Kelly

I prayed often for deliverance from the pain caused by my decision to abort my baby. I suffered the threat of cervical and breast cancer and experienced the pain of empty arms after the baby was gone. And truly, for me, and countless abortive mothers, nothing on earth can fully restore what has been lost; only Jesus can. -Alveda King

If the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to live, our babies must live. Our mothers must choose life. If we refuse to answer the cry of mercy from the unborn, and ignore the suffering of the mothers, then we are signing our own death warrants. -Alveda King

By taking the lives of our young, and wounding the wombs and lives of their mothers, we are flying in the face of God. We cannot play God. If we continue down this path of destruction, we will be met at the gates by our own doom. -Alveda King

It has been very rare to see a black woman as a protagonist. And also as three-dimensional people – mathematicians, mothers, wives, complicated people, not perfect. -Margot Lee Shetterly

I think the Mama people remember is from 'Mama's Family.' She really turned into a pretty cool character. The sketches from the 'Burnett' show, if people are old enough to remember, were written by writers who all hated their mothers. -Vicki Lawrence

It is as a free French woman who has been able to enjoy, her whole life, the very precious freedoms fought for long and hard by our mothers and grandmothers, that I want to warn about a new form of social, human, and moral regression imposed on us by the migrant crisis. -Marine Le Pen

What kind of society have we become when children in a great city cannot rely on mothers or fathers for a bowl of cereal in the morning and a brown bag with a sandwich and apple in it for lunch? -Pat Buchanan

Our Party's policies of respecting the people and loving them and the people's hearty loyalty of trusting and following the Party as they would do their mothers have become integrated, and thus the blood-sealed ties between them have reached a new, higher stage. -Kim Jong-un

The truth is that no matter how old we are, as long as our mothers are alive, we want our mother. And it's a very powerful relationship if it's healthy. -Goldie Hawn

It is out of the question that the task of socialist women's activity should be to alienate proletarian women from duties as wives and mothers; on the contrary, it must operate so this task is fulfilled better than before, precisely in the interests of the proletariat. -Clara Zetkin

Motherhood may be a 'killer' when it comes to becoming a Master of the Universe, but among middle-class mothers, even after that touch of baby's lips to bosom, a big and growing number find themselves able – and often required – to bring home the family bacon. -Chrystia Freeland

I love the Smothers Brothers. -Brad Paisley

While it's easy for South Sudan to feel distant, the situation is all too real for the South Sudanese mothers choosing which child gets to eat tomorrow. This is a time when we must look outward together and declare that humanity has no borders – no one deserves to suffer like this, especially in a world of such abundance. -Forest Whitaker

I used to live with my grandmother. I used to wonder why the other kids in school went home with their mothers and fathers. I wanted to be the guy that got married. I wanted to be the guy with the children and the white picket fence. I never had that. -Kevin Gates

Most mothers think they are bad mothers. We all make terrible mistakes, often, and always think we're getting it wrong. -Essie Davis

The government must adopt a rights-based approach that speaks to the needs and aspirations of surrogate mothers, children born out of surrogacy, and all individuals who want access to altruistic surrogacy services. -Kapil Sibal

BJP is the mothership of violence. -Kapil Sibal

Young mothers who apply for housing assistance in our nation's capital literally could be grandmothers by the time their application is reviewed. -Matthew Desmond

I think I did four 'Law & Order' episodes. I did two 'Criminal Intent,' one mothership, and one 'SVU.' -Betty Gilpin

We are a total of our sum parts, right? I came from a family of very strong women – black women. And if I go back as far as my great grandmothers, there was always that love and the ability to be nurturing. Then I grew up in a household where my father was the one who was more affectionate with me. -Omari Hardwick

Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not. -Kate Middleton

Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with our very mental health. -Kate Middleton

Mother's Day is a welcome event in partisan times. Nearly everyone agrees that we should show mothers gratitude. -John Dickerson

There is good and there is bad, and then there are mothers. -Ali Fazal

Some of the most disturbing, sick relationships I've witnessed are between long-time friends, and especially mothers and daughters. -Gillian Flynn

I discovered that I was 'different' in the third grade. As the new kid at school, I was trying hard to find my footing. I thought I had made friends with a couple of girls – until they stopped talking to me. When I confronted them, they said their mothers had warned them to stay away because they might catch my skin condition. -Winnie Harlow

I've numerous times heard mothers in stores tell their children not to go near me. -Jason Mantzoukas

If I can go three grandmothers back and find a slave, that means someone else can go three grandmothers back and find a slave owner. When you interrogate your histories, it forces you to rethink who you are and where you are. -Dee Rees

When my son was little, we mothers always did the Halloween parties, and I would wear my orange-and-black Chanel. It comes in handy on October 31. I'm the chicest pumpkin around. -Karen Katz

Born Free is an idea that came from a place of deep respect for the delicate cycle of life. How incredible to be able to work with gifted designers who, as mothers, recognize what the devastating loss of a child could mean and how easily that loss can be avoided. -Wangechi Mutu

As women, we're trying to be the best mothers and partners and have careers. We're trying to do so much. It's okay to say to other women, 'How do you do this?' Because I honestly don't know. The more we are honest, the more you realize we're all just trying to figure this out. -Amanda de Cadenet

With each generation, women's ability to live the lives they choose reaches a place their grandmothers never thought possible. But that doesn't mean everything is perfect or that our work is finished. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

I did everything to get food. I have stolen for food. I have jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food. I have befriended people in the neighborhood who I knew had mothers who cooked three meals a day for food, and I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame. -Viola Davis

Cate Blanchett. Judi Dench. Helen Mirren. Everything about them. Even their fashion choices. They're so with it and cool and women I admire. They take chances. They're chameleons. Everything that they do. They're also amazing mothers. -Lily Collins

I think that's something that all mothers have to deal with, especially single mothers. We work, and we have to leave the kids behind. And I think that's one of the reasons that we, not only as women but as families, we have to advocate for early childhood education for all of our children. -Dolores Huerta

I never smoked in my life. Neither did my mother. And so many women I meet whose mothers or aunts or whoever who have gotten lung cancer were no-time smokers. -Valerie Harper

One of the things about the Constitution – that our forefathers wrote, and basically, there were none of our foremothers that were there. There were none of our fore-sisters there. There are changes that can take place, and there is room to change. -Danny K. Davis

There is so much conflicting advice for mothers. Women finding out what works for them is the most important aspect. For me, being connected to myself helps me make decisions better to take care of my children. -Carrie-Anne Moss

Bernie Sanders supports offering a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S. and halting deportations for almost 9 million hardworking undocumented fathers and mothers. -Nicholas Gonzalez

Women all over this great land are creating spaces just for themselves, most often out of sheds in their backyards. They're fantasy cottages, bespoke bungalows, 'mama maisons,' if you will, for mothers and wives who need a sanctuary – a haven where they can do anything, or nothing. -Faith Salie

Mother's Day is a bittersweet day for many of us. We all have mothers, but some of us have lost them. -Faith Salie

Are we a people who put politics over integrity? Or are we a country of voters and leaders, men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, colleagues, humans who care about treating each other with basic dignity? -Faith Salie

If you want to know the value of vaccines, just spend some time in a clinic in Africa. The faces of the mothers and fathers say it all: vaccines prevent illness and save lives. -Seth Berkley

There are good men out there. There are guys who have their priorities straight, who take care of their kids, who respect their mothers. -Pepa

My father ran an insurance company, but he passed away when I was 8. My mother was an economist working for the government of Liberia. But both my grandmothers were entrepreneurs in rural West Africa. -Richelieu Dennis

My earliest memory was watching my mother do her makeup. She was obsessed with beauty and collected makeup and experimented with it. I think it's a lot of young men and women's experiences, growing up: watching the ritual of what their mothers would do. -Pat McGrath

I just know I have so much to teach my child. And I just feel kind of like, what would our world be without mothers? What would our world be without mother love? I don't think we'd have a world. -Karyn Kusama

If you really want to heal our communities, more men to step it up to take care of their children. Safe neighbors happen when fathers and mothers are at home. -Darryl Glenn

Crying white mothers are ratings gold. -Dana Loesch

I always found the witches and wicked stepmothers far more interesting than the 'heroines' – at least they actually did something. -Sarah Pinborough

If you want to stand with me as a single mom – and I know so many of my friends and colleagues do – please don't appropriate my burden as a way to validate your own. To suggest that you are single-parenting when you are simply solo for the weekend devalues what real single mothers do. -Rachel Simmons

Both of my grandmothers were needlewomen, so I grew up around dress design. -Jenny Packham

I lived by the motto, 'If you don't flirt, you die.' And flirt I did. I flirted with all women, be they actresses, producers, or 80-year-old grandmothers. I even flirted with those who were out of bounds, like the wives of some of my best friends, which especially revolts me. -Richard Dreyfuss

Pope Francis has mentioned several times in public prior to 'Amoris Laetitia''s release that lack of work was keeping young people from marriage. He has also riffed on married life and 'mothers-in-law,' but this document shows that, even more than a theologian, he is a pastor. -Anthea Butler

At one time, there was a stereotype that your Girl Scout leader was the mother of a Brownie, but increasingly, we are having young businesswomen and professional women who are not mothers but care about children. -Frances Hesselbein

Stay-at-home mothers are building our future. And I feel like if we had more of them, our society would not be in such a decline. -Stacey Dash

If you want to retain your identity and culture, we're a really great mothership. If you want to sell out… there are definitely other companies to talk to. -Bobby Kotick

Kirsten Gillibrand and I are very similar in our biographies. We're both mothers, we're both lawyers. But we couldn't be more different in our beliefs, in our principles, in our politics. -Wendy Long

I can't even remember anything before Albee. There is this bursting love you feel, but it's so intense and so all-consuming. I've become one of those psychopath mothers who loves looking at my kid and being with my kid, and then, when he takes a nap, I'm just looking at videos and pictures of him on my phone. I'm obnoxious. -Katie Lowes

Hardworking women are the foundation of Arkansas's success. But we must do more to ensure that all of our mothers, sisters, and daughters are protected and that they have the choices available to make the best decisions for them and their families. -Conner Eldridge

Being a good mother is really so hard and so important, and it's this thing that all people long for. Think of all the soldiers who cry out for their mothers on the battlefield as they die. It's a primal relationship. -Mira Sorvino

I have the greatest respect for working mothers. -Samantha Akkineni

I have always joked that I have three mothers. I couldn't get away with anything as a kid. Whether I got a bad mark or was told off, it would always end up getting back to my parents. -James William Middleton

So many gay men are mothers to so many young people, me included. I've had gay men who were more mother to me than my own mother ever was. -Michael Arden

All across the country, the Women's March inspired doctors and teachers and mothers to become activists and organizers and, yes, candidates for office. -Cecile Richards

I fight to prioritize black mothers and black children because we deserve to live in a world where our healing is centered and our lives are treated with dignity, respect, and care. -Patrisse Cullors

I don't think about the reader when I'm writing, but I do when I'm editing, of course. For instance, I self-consciously didn't want to do anything to increase the divide between mothers and nonmothers – I think that divide is so horrible and destructive and unnecessary. -Sheila Heti

A woman will always be made to feel like a criminal, whatever choice she makes, however hard she tries. Mothers feel like criminals. Non-mothers do, too. -Sheila Heti

Women without children can help mothers, and we can just be all in this together. -Sheila Heti

I gradually understood why European mothers aren't in perpetual panic about their work-life balance and don't write books about how executive moms should just try harder: Their governments are helping them – and doing it competently. -Pamela Druckerman

Every hour that goes by with family separation policies in effect is another hour that mothers weep thinking of their children, another hour that kids are fearfully wondering where their parents have been taken, another hour that trauma deepens. -Pramila Jayapal

It is true that all mothers do things differently from their own mothers, but they don't necessarily do them better. -Elizabeth Berg

My dad has children by four different mothers. -Alicia Vikander

Partners and mothers allow men to get away with too much. -Lennie James

The idea that a lot of sons marry their mothers subconsciously, which I have done in my own life, was interesting to explore. -Jay Duplass

My brother and I have never been that close. We have different mothers and never lived in the same house. As kids, my sister, Samantha, and I lived in San Diego and Brad in Brooklyn. The only time I saw him was in the summer when our visitations with our father overlapped. -Jenny Mollen

My father himself was a human geneticist who was recognized for demonstrating that older mothers tend to get more Down syndrome children, but he had lots of scientific interests. -Roger Penrose

My grandmothers on both sides chose not to go to doctors and passed away. We were entrenched in the Christian Science faith. -Myles Kennedy

I think there's a contempt for care work and caregiving in this country that seeps into how we think about mothers, professional workers who are mothers. -Alissa Quart

A lot of people in the African-American community are raised by grandmothers, and that relationship is a special bond and circle. -Lizz Wright

The gospel is the power of God for salvation for all who believe, not just old, black grandmothers or not just old, white Republican guys. -Trip Lee

I went on the Andy Williams show, the Smothers Brothers show, and maybe I shouldn't have. But regrets – I don't think I have any. -Donovan

A lot of time, mothers put their kids first, their selves aside, and then there's some moms who are like, 'Look, I'm going to try and balance it all out and still have my personal life.' -LeToya Luckett

Before I was a mother, when I played characters that were mothers, I used my imagination, of course. -Emily Deschanel

To talk of food is to talk of mothers, at least for me. -Lisa Brennan-Jobs

I love Milano. Historically, the city is the biggest intellectual design thinking container. It is the cradle of design as well as the hometown of the mothers of its important heroes. -Marcel Wanders

A mother isn't someone who does it on purpose; mothers are who they are, and just by existing, they affect the way other people negotiate with the environment and with themselves. -Arca

We're contemptuous of 'distracted' working mothers. We're contemptuous of 'selfish' rich mothers. We're contemptuous of mothers who have no choice but to work, but also of mothers who don't need to work and still fail to fulfill an impossible ideal of selfless motherhood. You don't have to look very hard to see the common denominator. -Kim Brooks

I always knew my mother was different, different from the other mothers in the way she dressed, the way she spoke, but most obviously, the way she mothered. I remember a slumber party where, instead of a sleeping bag, she urged me to bring a small, inflatable mattress because the dust on the floor was liable to aggravate my allergies. -Kim Brooks

I've harassed pediatricians and nurses, demanded extra conferences with preschool teachers, contacted speech therapists and occupational therapists over delays other mothers probably wouldn't have noticed, stressed over magnet school applications three years before they're due. -Kim Brooks

What an awful burden we mothers and fathers, Jewish and not, have to bear – to hatch a thing we love more than ourselves into a world so fundamentally unworthy. -Kim Brooks

I went to school with a lot of kids whose fathers and mothers were part of the El Paso black history. -Ron Stallworth

I was the kid a lot of other mothers wouldn't let you play with. -Lemmy

We live in a culture that does not encourage women to be epic heroes of their own Big Stories but the mothers and lovers and wives and mistresses and muses and personal assistants, the femme fatales and fantasies and manic pixie dream girls, in someone else's Big Story, and this someone else is usually a dude. -Justine Musk

I was so anxious for it to be my turn, for the manager to read the letter from my mum. I waited and waited for it. The manager had spoken to the mothers of every player in the team; he'd been reading a message before every game for months, and finally my turn had come. -Philippe Coutinho

I do consider myself a postfeminist. I just want women to have choices – they can be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, or they can be stay-at-home mothers and raise their kids as a job. -Meghan McCain

I have one of those old-fashioned mothers who told me every single day, 'Son, you can do or be anything that you want to do or be.' And I believed it. I bought into it 100%. -Chris Gardner

Unfortunately, some of the best fathers are mothers. -Chris Gardner

I've seen so many women in my family, so many mothers, that have lost children in the war in such absurd ways. I wonder how they do it. How do they keep living? How do they keep smiling? -Nadine Labaki

You have people there from all walks of life: people who made mistakes and have to deal with the consequences, mothers and fathers. You wouldn't expect them to be behind bars. -Prodigy

When I was younger, I always saw my friends with their mothers and fathers and felt a little jealous of them for having a father close by. -Gabriel Jesus

As women, we have super powers. We are sisters. We are healers. We are mothers. We are goddess warriors. -Merle Dandridge

Many countries do not allow women to convey their nationality to their children – if they are single mothers, the children become stateless. -Antonio Guterres

When you're actually talented, and you have something to offer, people start to look at you for you as opposed to who you're the offspring of. I feel like a lot of actors, artists, or musicians who come from famous fathers or mothers all deal with the same thing. -Katie Cassidy

Being mothers, we try to stay home as much as possible and attend to the children. -Nancy Wilson

I grew up in a household where we cooked all the time. My mom cooked all the time; my dad cooked. My grandmothers cooked. I have memories of sitting on the counter and snapping green beans with my grandmother. -Haylie Duff

There's an identity crisis – a lot of us become mothers, and all of a sudden, we're expected to become these selfless people. That's not a really natural process. That, for me, never felt organic. -Catherine Reitman

There's a repression against mothers where we're expected to be full-time workers and pretend we're not mothers, and then expected to be full-time mothers who pretend we're not working. Simultaneously, within the hours of the week that exist. -Catherine Reitman

There's a different expectation, not just on mothers but on women. We're expected to do it all, to have it all, and look good through the process and have a smile on our face, and that's not always the case. -Catherine Reitman

Stay-at-home mothers, working mothers, people are very tough on each other. I don't see that in the world of men. I don't see working men who have children, and those who don't, judging each other. I think there's a different category of expectation. -Catherine Reitman

'Workin' Moms,' obviously, is about mothers who also work. But we're also expected to remain graceful when we return to work, and that's just impossible. -Catherine Reitman

There are proven health benefits for both babies and mothers who breastfeed, and it's unfortunate that it still carries an unfair stigma in our society. -Rashida Tlaib

We should be encouraging moms to breastfeed their infants, not discouraging it by unfairly judging and discriminating against nursing mothers. -Rashida Tlaib

We can be mothers and have careers. We can finish our education with children in tow. Is it a challenge? Yep. But women are made for challenges. We are strong enough to handle the challenges presented to us. It's what we were made to do. -Abby Johnson

It's a complicated dynamic sometimes, mothers and daughters. There's this thing of, like, 'This is a model of womanhood for you,' but yet we find so many reasons why we don't want to be like our mother. -Susan Kelechi Watson

Assess and then decide whether women who are in active politics and public life, like men, whether in this process they may not lose their importance and role as mothers, daughter, and sisters. -Yogi Adityanath

High respect goes out to our mothers, our single mothers. This is why today the real community uplifts femininity and holds womanhood above, not equal to, masculinity. -KRS-One

I have fielded mothers, whose empowerment can bring the real double engine growth. -Naveen Patnaik

Some people don't have the luxury to see a future without the man, as they are dependent on him. That's because they put their education or priorities aside to be mothers or wives to somebody. -Pooja Bhatt

There's something very frightening about the vulnerability of mothers and babies. -Jed Mercurio

For me as a mom, not an allocated player, there have been some years that have been a difficult journey because NWSL doesn't really support mothers. -Jessica McDonald

For working mothers, creating a work-life balance is critical, as we must ensure we do not neglect any significant part of our lives – our children, our family's health, our own health and fitness, our marriage, and, of course, our careers. -Sonali Bendre

Repealing the Eighth Amendment is about women who don't want to be pregnant. It's not about a certain type of woman, a certain age of woman – we all known sisters and mothers who have chosen to go on with a pregnancy and those who haven't. -Aisling Bea

For so many career women who are also mothers, our own well-being comes last. But when you take the time to make your health a priority, other parts of your life will fall into line. -Stephanie Ruhle

Black people are on earth for one purpose: to destroy, and not to build. The reason: It's not in them to show respect to anyone – they don't have love. They don't have God. They're angry at their mothers and disconnected from their fathers. They call good evil and evil good. -Jesse Lee Peterson

Most people's problems start as children when their parents, especially mothers, cause them to become angry. -Jesse Lee Peterson

I hate what I look like on TV, and I want to look better, and nothing makes the mothers more jealous. -Abby Lee Miller

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