"If you would have a boy to despise his mother, let her keep him at home, and spend her life in petting him up, and slaving to indulge his follies and caprices."
~ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
by Anne Bronte
"The children in this country are the one center and focus of all our thoughts. Every step of our advance is always considered in its effect on them--on the race. You see, we are MOTHERS," she repeated, as if in that she had said it all
by Charlotte Gilman
"To be sure, a step-mother to a girl is a different thing to a second wife to a man!"
~ Wives and Daughters
by Elizabeth Gaskell
When a child is born the mother also is born again.
~ Parables Of A Province
by Gilbert Parker
The praise that comes of love does not make us vain, but humble rather. Knowing what we are, the pride that shines in our mother's eyes as she looks at us is about the most pathetic thing a man has to face, but he would be a devil altogether if it did not burn some of the sin out of him.
~ The Little Minister
by James M. Barrie
"I don't deny that an odd man here and there, if he's caught young and trained up proper, and if his mother has spanked him well beforehand, may turn out a decent being."
~ Anne's House of Dreams
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues -- faith and hope.
~ Nicholas Nickleby
by Charles Dickens
But she named the infant "Pearl," as being of great price--purchased with all she had--her mother's only treasure!
~ The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dame Ermyntrude Loring, wife, and mother of warriors, was herself a formidable figure. Tall and gaunt, with hard craggy features and intolerant dark eyes, even her snow-white hair and stooping back could not entirely remove the sense of fear which she inspired in those around her. Her thoughts and memories went back to harsher times, and she looked upon the England around her as a degenerate and effeminate land which had fallen away for the old standard of knightly courtesy and valor.
~ Sir Nigel
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars."
~ Howards End
by E. M. Forster