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mothers Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about mothers
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“As I lay down on my mat and pulled the blanket up about my neck, it seemed to me that if this was the case, the demoness would surely be reborn as a rich Tang woman in her next life. I even toyed with the idea that perhaps we had been close to each other in some former life – a mother and child, even.”
Laurence Yep
author
Dragonwings
book
Moon Shadow
Miss Whitlaw
characters
mothers
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“We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death.”
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″ ‘Can it think?’ ‘Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,’ said the Creator.”
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“The angel shook her head slowly and said. ‘Six pairs of hands.... no way.’ ‘It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,’ God remarked, ‘it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.’ ”
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“And God said, ‘Have you read the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.’ ”
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″ ‘You are a genius,’ said the angel. Somberly, God said, ‘I didn’t put it there.’ ”
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“Mom sat there for the longest time, biting her cheek. Then she said, “People do change, you know. Maybe he’s had some revelations lately, too. And frankly, any boy who tries to kiss a girl in front of a room full of other kids does not sound like a coward to me.” She stroked my hair and whispered, “Maybe there’s more to Bryce Loski than you know.”
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″ ‘God,’ said the angel touching his sleeve gently, ‘Get some rest tomorrow...’ ‘I can’t,’ said God, ‘I’m so close to creating something so close to myself.’ ”
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″ Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. ‘There’s a leak,’ she pronounced. ‘I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.’ ‘It’s not a leak,’ said the Lord, ‘It’s a tear.’ ‘What’s it for?’ ‘It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.’ ”
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“Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”
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″ One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”
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“When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of ‘overtime’ when the angel appeared and said. ‘You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.’ ”
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“The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. ‘It’s too soft’ she sighed. ‘But tough!’ said God excitedly. ‘You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.’ ”
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“In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. The mother-women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.”
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“Led by her mother’s hand, she had drawn nearer to the Friend who always welcomes every child with a love stronger than that of any father, tenderer than that of any mother.”
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“What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?”
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“She may be an ignorant creature, degraded by the system that has brutalized her from her childhood; but she has a mother’s instincts, and is capable of a mother’s agonies.”
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“There’s nothing like your mother’s sympathetic voice to make you want to burst into tears.”
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“The small fox ran back along the tunnel as fast as he could, carrying the three plump hens. He was exploding with joy. ‘Just wait!’ he kept thinking, ‘just wait till Mummy sees these!’ He had a long way to run but he never stopped once on the way and he came bursting in upon Mrs. Fox. ‘Mummy!’ he cried, out of breath. ‘Look, Mummy, look! Wake up and see what I’ve brought you!’ Mrs. Fox, who was weaker than ever now from lack of food, opened one eye and looked at the hens. ‘I’m dreaming,’ she murmured and closed the eye again.”
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“Oh, but she never wanted James to grow a day older! or Cam either. These two she would have liked to keep for ever just as they were, demons of wickedness, angels of delight, never to see them grow up into long-legged monsters. Nothing made up for the loss.”
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“I took onto Raynell like she was all them babies I had wanted and never had. . . . Like I’d been blessed to relive a part of my life. And if the lord see fit to keep up my strength . . . I’m gonna do her just like your daddy did you . . . I’m gonna give her the best of what’s in me.”
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“You can’t visit the sins of the father upon the child.”
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“As [Ekwefi] buried one child after another her sorrow gave way to the despair and then to grim resignation. The birth of her children, which should be a woman’s crowning glory, became for Ekwefi mere physical agony devoid of promise. The naming ceremony after seven market weeks became an empty ritual.”
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“I’ll never tell about it,” he answered. “But I says to mother, ‘Mother,’ I says, ‘I got a secret to keep. It’s not a bad ‘un, tha’ knows that. It’s no worse than hidin’ where a bird’s nest is. Tha’ doesn’t mind it, does tha’?‘” Mary always wanted to hear about mother. “What did she say?” she asked, not at all afraid to hear. Dickon grinned sweet-temperedly. “It was just like her, what she said,” he answered. “She give my head a bit of a rub an’ laughed an’ she says, ‘Eh, lad, tha’ can have all th’ secrets tha’ likes. I’ve knowed thee twelve year’.‘”
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“He wondered what it would be like to have a mother whose stories were inside her head instead of marching across the television screen all day long.”
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“Suddenly his mother let out a great shuddering sob. ‘O my God. O my God.’ She said it over and over, her head down on her arms. His father moved to put his arm around her awkwardly, but he didn’t take his eyes off Jess.”
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“Immediately, Mrs. Ramsey seemed to fold herself together, one petal closed in another, and the whole fabric fell in exhaustion upon itself, so that she had only strength enough to move her finger, in exquisite abandonment to exhaustion”
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“Mothers! That word’s like a blow! Why am I so affected by it?”
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“And it is I, Raksha [the Demon], who answer. The man’s cub is mine, Lungri—mine to me! He shall not be killed. He shall live to run with the Pack and to hunt with the Pack; and in the end, look you, hunter of little naked cubs—frog-eater—fish-killer, he shall hunt thee!”
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“She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear unless she acknowledged hurt and fear, she has practiced denying them in herself.”
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“She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone.”
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“To resist occupation, whether you’re a nation or merely a woman, you must understand the language of your enemy. Conquest and liberation and democracy and divorce are words that mean squat, basically, when you have hungry children and clothes to get out on the line.”
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“There was a pause, then more words appeared—words I hadn’t known I needed to hear, but once I saw them, I realized I’d been searching my whole life for them. *You were my child. I should have protected you.* I lived a lifetime in the moment I read those lines, a life that was not the one I had actually lived. I became a different person, who remembered a different childhood. I didn’t understand the magic of those words then, and I don’t understand it now. I know only this: that when my mother told me she had not been the mother to me that she wished she’d been, she became that mother for the first time.”
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“To my dear and honored Mother, whose life, no less than her pen, has been devoted to the welfare of others, this little book is affectionately dedicated.”
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″ ‘You should leave them,’ I say. ‘It’s not safe for you there.’ I say it because he doesn’t know it. He’s trapped by the same memory of love, of better times, that his mother is, and it isn’t enough.”
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“There was the woman I was before my mom died and the one I was now, my old life sitting on the surface of me like a bruise.”
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“Her mother had already abandoned her. Since that day, I’ve had doubts about the so-called ‘maternal instinct.‘”
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“Later Achilles would play the lyre, as Chiron and I listened. My mother’s lyre. He had brought it with him. ‘I wish I had known,’ I said, the first day when he showed it to me.
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″‘Pooh – I have as much of mother as father in me!’ she said. ‘All my prettiness comes from her, and she was only a dairymaid.‘”
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“She hadn’t tied her scarf around her head yet this morning, and her bare scalp looked too soft, too fragile in the morning light, like a baby’s. It made Conor’s stomach hurt to see it.”
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“But stronger than all was maternal love, wrought into a paroxysm of frenzy by the near approach of a fearful danger. Her boy was old enough to have walked by her side, and, in an indifferent case, she would only have led him by the hand; but now the bare thought of putting him out of her arms made her shudder, and she strained him to her bosom with a convulsive grasp, as she went rapidly forward.”
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“I remembered suddenly the way he used to talk to his mother. If he couldn’t get what he wanted from her gently, he stopped being gentle. Why not? She always forgave him. ”
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“Not one of them is like another. Don’t ask us why. Go ask your mother.”
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“He will live at our house. He will grow and grow. Will our mother like this? We don’t know.”
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“…the death of my mother was the thing that made me believe the most deeply in my safety: nothing bad could happen to me, I thought. The worst thing already had.”
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″‘Where are you planning to sleep, the Arctic Circle?’ she asked. I thought, There or maybe the Peruvian Andes, since that’s where Dad once camped. I started to keep a notebook called How to Survive in the Wild.”
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“I stayed where I was and studied the tree. I wondered if my mama, wherever she was, had a tree full of bottles; and I wondered if I was a ghost to her, the same way she sometimes seemed like a ghost to me”
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“I thought she might change her mind, or at least tell me when she was leaving. But she did neither of those things. She left me a letter which explained that if she said good-bye, it would be too terribly painful and it would sound too permanent. She wanted me to know that she would think of me every minute and that she would be back before the tulips bloomed.”
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″‘See,’ I said, ‘you don’t have any family and neither do I. I’ve got the preacher, of course. But I don’t have a mama. I mean I have one, but I don’t know where she is. She left when I was three years old. I can’t hardly remember her. And I bet you don’t remember your mama much either. So we’re almost like orphans.‘”
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Mothers are often fondest of the child which has caused them the greatest pain.
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“I think the preacher thinks about my mama all the time, too. He’s still in love with her...But he doesn’t tell me that. He won’t talk to me about her at all.”
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“I don’t know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it’s something that anyone can make - but it carries a certain taste of memory.”
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“And I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”
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“A child embarrassed by his mother - is just a child who hasn’t lived long enough.”
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“I also keep most of my pain, anger and feelings inside. I refuse to be vulnerable to anyone, especially my husband. The only people who see that more emotional or softer side are my children. That too because of my mother.”
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“There is an emptiness inside of me -- a void that will never be filled. No one in your life will ever love you as your mother does. There is no love as pure, unconditional and strong as a mother’s love. And I will never be loved that way again.”
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″‘She loved you very much.’ ‘But she left me,’ I told him. ‘She left us,’ said the preacher softly...‘She packed her bags and left us, and she didn’t leave one thing behind.‘”
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“A mother’s death also means the loss of the consistent, supportive family system that once supplied her with a secure home base, she then has to develop her self-confidence and self-esteem through alternate means.”
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“When a daughter loses a mother, the intervals between grief responses lengthen over time, but her longing never disappears. It always hovers at the edge of her awareness, prepared to surface at any time, in any place, in the least expected ways.”
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“When a mother dies, a daughter grieves. And then her life moves on. She does, thankfully, feel happiness again.”
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“But the missing her, the wanting her, the wishing she were still here—I will not lie to you, although you probably already know. That part never ends.”
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“When a mother dies, a daughter’s mourning never completely ends.”
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″‘When I told you your mama took everything with her, I forgot one thing, one very important thing she left behind.’ ‘What?’ I asked. ‘You,’ he said. ‘Thank God your mama left me you.‘”
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“She loses not only her mother but also the encouragement and revalidation of the self she needs as well as the real sharing she would want to do with her mother at that time.”
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“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his.”
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“She had a bottomless well of love for me. Her only flaw was that she didn’t make me work for it.”
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″‘I hate her,’ I said, and waited for the blow to fall. But Doctor Nolan only smiled at me as if something had pleased her very, very much and said, ‘I suppose you do.‘”
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“My mother’s death was brave. I remember how calm she was, how determined. It isn’t just brave that she died for me; it is brave that she did it without announcing it, without hesitation, and without appearing to consider another option.”
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“The mother of Gilgamish, she that knows all things.”
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“All this stuff I’m learning,′ she said, ‘it make me realize that I did have a mother, and all the tragedy she went through. It hurts but I wanna know more, just like I wanna know about my sister. It make me feel closer to them, but I do miss them. I wish they were here.”
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“I’m a lady. You might not believe that from my offspring, but I am.”
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“Scrubbing the floor when no one else wanted to was something that my mother would have done. If I can’t be with her, the least I can do is act like her sometimes.”
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“Joana still had her mother. Reuniting with her mother was her motivation. She would slay dragons to get to her. Mother was anchor. Mother was comfort. Mother was home. A girl who lost her mother was suddenly a tiny boat on an angry ocean.”
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“I know I’m just a trouble and a burden to you.”
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″‘Your mother was a very strong woman, a good mother. She loved you very much, more than her own life. And that’s why you can understand why a mother like this could never forget her other daughters. She knew they were alive, and before she died she wanted to find her daughters in China.‘”
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“Hey don’t get me wrong, I’m not a mama’s boy or anything. It’s totally manly and normal for me to cling to a letter from my mom.”
Andy Weir
author
Mark Watney
character
mothers
concept
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“Oh, and she inexplicably mails me a cactus every Valentine’s Day. And I’m like, ‘Thanks a heap, Coyote Ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment.‘”
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“The gray-green surface changes to the bright colors of our three images, sharpening and deepening all at once. And although we don’t speak, I know we all see it: Together we look like our mother. Her same eyes, her same mouth, open in surprise to see, at last, her long-cherished wish.”
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“I turned and caught the briefest of moments in Maxon’s life. His mother, the beautiful Queen Amberly, pushed some stray hairs back into place.”
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“‘Think about it, Cath. That’s what makes a god—or a mother. There’s nothing more intoxicating than creating something from nothing. Creating something from yourself.’”
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“So much went through my head. How families are families, no matter the caste. How mothers all have their own worries to bear.”
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“But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.”
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“When I was little my mother used to get a certain look in her eyes and say, ‘One day you’re going to fall in love.’ I wanted to say, but never said: Not in a million years.”
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“She’d been taking care of his material needs for a good year and a half, and his emotional ones, to the extent he wanted them taken care of, for almost as long. ‘I love him as if I birthed him,’ she said.”
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“Let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”
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“It was your mother chopping wood. There you see your mother – getting up early; cooking meals all day long; washing and ironing; – and still she has to go out in the back yard and chop wood. I suppose she just got tired of asking you. She just gave up and decided it was easier to do it herself. And you eat her meals, and put on the clothes she keeps nice for you, and you run off and play baseball . . .”
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“When Nath had been born, then Lydia, Marilyn had not informed her mother, had not even sent a photograph. What was there to say? She and James had never discussed what her mother had said about their marriage that last day: it’s not right. She had not ever wanted to think of it again. So when James came home that night, she said simply, “My mother died.” Then she turned back to the stove and added, “And the lawn needs mowing,” and he understood: they would not talk about it.”
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“The son went to his mother. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.”
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“A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.”
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“If all the lights in her son’s house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.”
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“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be.”
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“Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo!”
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“Well, that mother, she got older. She got older and older and older.”
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“Life is strange now. Before even when she lay in bed looking frail and weak she still managed to make me feel safe. Mothers do that don’t they? Their very presence can help. And even if I ended up mothering her in the final days, she still was taking care of me. I miss her.”
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″[Ma] gets sick of things fast, it’s from being an adult.”
Room
book
Jack
character
adults
sickness
mothers
time
concepts
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“I learned to love my son without wanting to possess him and I learned how to teach him to teach himself.”
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“I had always assumed he knew me as a baby. My mom had never said it outright, but still, I’d felt it must be true. Now, to be told that he’d never even seen me . . .”
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“When the queen at last set down the parchment and met her daughter’s eyes, Ani was expecting an accusing stare and was surprised by the sorrow that weighed down her features. She could not tell if the sorrow was for her father or for her. A thought buzzed in Ani’s head: I do not know this woman at all. Her stomach turned uneasily.”
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“Would you ask a mother to sell one of her children?” “Whyever not? They can always make more. Mothers sell their children every day.” “Not the Mother of Dragons.” “Not even for twenty ships?” “Not for a hundred.”
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“The love, respect, and confidence of my children was the sweetest reward I could receive for my efforts to be the woman I would have them copy.”
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“Can anything harm us, mother, after the night-lights are lit?” Nothing, precious,” she said; “they are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children.”
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“Mother has said that she sees us more as friends than as daughters. That’s all very nice, of course, except that a friend can’t take the place of a mother. I need my mother to set a good example and be a person I can respect, but in most matters, she’s an example of what not to do.”
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“I have seen the man I loved preparing to become the murderer of my son!” She said these words with such overwhelming grief, in such a desperate voice, that when he heard it a sob rose in the count’s throat. The lion was tamed, the avenging angel overcome.
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The fiercest animals are disarmed by a tribute to their young. The mother thanked her and invited her to sit on the bench by the door while she herself remained seated on the step.
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“Sorry is the fool who ever underestimates my mother.”
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“Mississippi is like my mother. I am allowed to complain about her all I want, but God help the person who raises an ill word about her around me, unless she is their mother too.”
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“That night I lay in bed and thought about dying and going to be with my mother in paradise. I would meet her saying, ‘Mother, forgive. Please forgive,’ and she would kiss my skin till it grew chapped and tell me I was not to blame. She would tell me this for the first ten thousand years.”
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“Our mother said she was like Mary, with her heart on the outside of her chest.”
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″. . . Big Mama kept bees, too, right out there in the same spot they’re in today. Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, ‘cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. ‘It comes from years of loving children and husbands,’ she’d say.”
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“Egg laying is the main thing, Lily. She’s the mother of every bee in the hive, and they all depend on her to keep it going. I don’t care what their job is—they know the queen is their mother. She’s the mother of thousands.”
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“I live in a hive of darkness, and you are my mother, I told her. You are the mother of thousands.”
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“She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken.”
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“And from her great and humble position in the family she had taken dignity and a clean calm beauty. From her position as healer, her hands had grown sure and cool and quiet; from her position as arbiter she had become as remote and faultless in judgment as a goddess. She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone.”
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“I am a mother and mothers don’t have the luxury of falling apart in front of their children, even when they are afraid, even when their children are adults.”
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“In his face, I see the whole of my life. I see a baby who came to me long after I’d given up … and a hint of the beauty I once had. I see … my life in his eyes.”
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“That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours. ”
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“The at-home mother’s life: it was a race with no finish line.”
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“We women have something of the mother in us that makes us rise above smaller matters when the mother-spirit is invoked.”
Mina Murray
character
women
mothers
concepts
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When [bait fishermen] come back home they don’t even kiss their mothers on the front porch before they’re in the back garden with a red Hills Bros. coffee can digging for angleworms.
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“Sometimes his mother felt like she was in a zoo!”
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“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.”
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“The mysterious bond of mother and child was not a mystery to me any longer. There was no bond greater than one that required your life for another’s.”
Wanda
character
mothers
concept
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“You don’t know what it’s like to grow up with a mother who never said a positive thing in her life . . . For a long time I let her say what she wanted about me, and what was worse, for a long time I believed her.”
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“I wasn’t afraid anymore. I thought of that look on my mother’s face when I’d told her I was ashamed. I thought of that look of love and compassion that she wore as she looked at me.”
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“I wanted to tell them that he was the first human being, apart from my mother, who had ever made me want to talk about the things that scared me.”
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“I’m, being the girls’ mother, should understand them more than anyone. But that’s what’s so frightening. I don’t know. Once they’re out of you, they’re different, kids are. Leaving their home, they will become another’s.”
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“Besides, how should a woman void of reflection be capable of educating her children?”
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“Don’t have any silly ideas about soldiers. Soldiers have mothers, you know, and most of us end up as farmers and fishermen like everyone else.”
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“In spite of everything, Enrique has failed again - he will not reach the United States this time, either. He tells himself over and over that he’ll just have to try again.”
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“I lost their childhood. Sometimes, you feel bad.”
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“The train lurches hard from side to side. Enrique holds on with both hands.”
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“She stares awkwardly down at the kitchen counter. Then, quietly, she tells me about four other children I never knew existed.”
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“The conversation is awkward. His mother is a stranger. This is probably expensive.”
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″‘Dónde está mi mami?’ Enrique cries, over and over. ‘Where is my mom?‘”
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“The train crawls out of the Tapachula station. From here on, he thinks, nothing bad can happen.”
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“Jasmín waves with both hands and calls out, “Adiós, mami. Adiós, mami. Adiós, mami.”
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“People come here to prosper. You have nothing here. What have you accomplished?”
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“The mother is nineteen, but she doesn’t feel that old.”
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″ Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
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″ In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”
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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
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″ I do my best because I am counting on you counting on me.”
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“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
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“Where were my instincts? Isn’t the female of the species hardwired to recognize her own offspring?”
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“She looked up at him, her eyes as cold as the eyes of a lioness. This was Juana’s first baby – this was nearly everything there was in Juana’s world. And Kino saw her determination and the music of the family sounded in his head with a steely tone.”
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“That’s how Mother told stories. Never enough detail, and she always left you hanging at the end.”
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“Whatever you do, don’t die. Your children will never forgive you.... So your mother ran away to death. And after that, how could you trust anyone.”
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“The encounter with the driver of the red Ferrari showed me the way to discovering what the arena was in which I could apply myself and also to learning how to do that. But it was my mother’s earlier pronouncement that had planted the belief in me that I could attain whatever goals I set for myself.”
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“Losing Moms did break my heart, creating a void in the world where once her smile had been--the sight of which I will miss until the day I die. There was so much more to come that I still wanted to share with her, to make her happy.”
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“Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea... ‘One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.’ ”
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“I have to find my mother!”
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″ ‘Yes I know who you are,’ said the baby bird. “You are not a kitten. You are not a hen. You are not a dog. You are not a cow. You are not a boat, or a plane, or a Snort! You are a bird, and you are my mother.”
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“You may go into the fields or down the lane, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden. Your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. Mcgregor.”
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“He did not know what his mother looked like. He went right by her. He did not see her.”
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″ I want to go home! I want my mother!”
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“Where is my mother?”
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“He looked way, way, up. He saw a big plane. ‘Here I am, Mother,’ ”
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“Are you my mother?”
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“I did have a mother, I know I did. I have to find her. I will. I WILL!”
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“Did he have a mother?”
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“Then he saw a car. Could that old thing be his mother? No it could not.”
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″‘Mother,’ Stellaluna squeaked. ‘Where are you?’ By daybreak, the baby bat could hold on no longer. Down, down again she dropped.”
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″ He told his mother all about his adventures while she took of his wet socks. ”
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“Mamas and papas and uncles and aunts hug their little dears, then dust their pants.”
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″‘Jacob have I loved …’ Suddenly my stomach flipped. Who was speaking? I couldn’t remember the passage. Was it Isaac, the father of the twins? No, even the Bible said that Isaac had favored Esau. Rebecca, the mother, perhaps? It was her conniving that helped Jacob steal the blessing from his brother. Rebecca—I had hated her from childhood, but somehow I knew that these were not her words...”
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“Although she was a widow (her husband had died only the preceding summer), Mrs. Frisby was able, through luck and hard work, to keep her family—there were four of them—happy and well fed.”
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“llama llama red pajama reads a story with his mama.”
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“Llama llama red pajama hollers loudly for his mama.”
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“Llama llama red pajama gets two kissed from his mama, snuggles pillow soft and deep...”
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“Llama llama red pajama waiting waiting for his mama.”
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“Ralph really felt sorry for the boy, hampered as he was by his youth and his mother.”
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“Llama llama red pajama in the dark without his mama. Eyes wide open, covers drawn...What if Mama Llama’s gone?”
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“Mama Llama’s always near even if she’s not right here.”
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“Baby Llama, what a tizzy! Sometimes Mama’s very busy.”
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“Mama says she’ll be up soon. Baby Llama hums a tune.”
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“And suddenly all the puppies were her puppies; she was their mother—just as Pongo had felt he was their father.”
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“Mothers always fuss about the way you eat. You can hardly eat any way that pleases them.”
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“Mrs. Owens bent down to the baby and extended her arms. “Come now,” she said warmly. “Come to mama”″
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“Think, my dear. We owe it to these people. They’ve come to help us. We must do what we can to help them. And think of our daughter. Isn’t it natural she wants to play her part? When this horror is over, what would you have her say, that she had to stand by and watch while others took all the risks?”
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“In the great forest a little elephant is born. His name is Babar. His mother loves him very much. She rocks him to sleep with her trunk while singing softly to him.”

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