Quotes of Note on Motherhood

A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~Peter De Vries

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

Parenthood: That state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage. ~Marcelene Cox


It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  ~Phyllis Diller


You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all. ~Washington Irving
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

The phrase “working mother” is redundant. ~Jane Sellman

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. ~Lisa Alther


You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762

He is a poor son whose sonship does not make him desire to serve all men’s mothers. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. ~John Wilmot


It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge. ~Phyllis Diller


Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said. ~Author Unknown


The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. ~Lane Olinghouse

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it. ~Not Your Average Dictionary

Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.  ~Robert Gallagher


She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along. ~Margaret Culkin Banning

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum

Picture notes: Myself & my Mother November 1973 on my 5th birthday. Miss 18 & I June 1991. Miss 11 & I December 1996. Mr 8 & I August 2000.

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