Mothers/Mothering Quotes

** I’ve been collecting inspiring quotations for a lot of years now. The Word document I store them in is up to 106 pages now [now 128].  I’ve also been a mother for a donkey’s age , & since we ALL have mothers & celebrate motherhood (I think??), my latest offering is this item with quotations about mothers & mothering.

“The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is a principle inherent in both women and men. It is an attitude of the mind. It is love – and that love is the very breath of life. No one would say, ‘I will breathe only when I am with my family and friends; I won’t breathe in front of my enemies.’ Similarly, for those in whom motherhood has awakened, love and compassion for everyone are as much a part of their being as breathing.” – Amma Chi, also known as Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – quoted in Utne magazine

“God could not be everywhere, so he invented mothers.” – Source unknown

“Through religion we are going to find those who are searching for the right way of living the truth and the peaceful way of harmony with each other and with nature all around, the cloud, the rain, the animals and the plant life. We are all a part of Mother Earth. We cannot break away from that. We are going to have to understand this so that we can look at each other. We are just like the trees out there – all different people with different languages, different colors and ways of expression. We are just like any other part of nature that is around us. This, we must understand.” – Thomas Banyacya, Hopi elder

Mother Teresa quotes:

“We must make our homes centres of compassion and forgive endlessly.”

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

“It is not a sin to be rich. There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. But I tell you this provokes avarice, and there comes sin. Richness is given by God and it is our duty to divide it with those less favoured.”

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

“The statement that the earth is our mother is more than a sentimental platitude: we are shaped by the earth. The characteristics of the environment in which we develop condition our biological and mental being and the quality of our life. Even were it only for selfish reasons, therefore, we must maintain variety and harmony in nature.” – Rene Dubos, microbiologist

“What I remembered then was Reenie, from when we were little. It was Reenie who’d done the bandaging, of scrapes and cuts and minor injuries; Mother might be resting, or doing good deeds elsewhere, but Reenie was always there. She’d scoop us up and sit us on the white enamel kitchen table, alongside the pie dough she was rolling out or the chicken she was cutting up or the fish she was gutting, and give us a lump of brown sugar to get us to close our mouths. Tell me where it hurts, she’d say. Stop howling. Just calm down and show me where. But some people can’t tell where it hurts. They can’t calm down. They can’t ever stop howling.” – From Margaret Atwood’s novel Blind Assassin

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Jackson Brown, Jr., writer

“May the world’s feast be made safe for women and children. May mothers’ milk run clean again. May denial give way to courageous action. May I always have faith.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber in Having Faith

“Baby books explain that an infant assumes her mother’s body to be her own, that it takes several months for a baby to learn where her own body stops and her mother’s begins. The books say nothing about how much longer it takes a mother to absorb this difficult lesson.” – Helen Klein Ross, New York-based writer, I Wanna be Sedated: 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers (Seal Press) – Utne Reader, May/June 2005

“She even thanked God for giving her such a difficult mother, because she believed that while it had been nearly life-threatening to survive Isa’s mothering, the price she and Al [her brother] had paid was exactly what it cost to become who they were.” – from Blue Shoe, a novel by Anne Lamott

In reference to the awakening of the right half of our brains:   “This is no small revolution. Within it lies the last great hope for Mother Earth. I believe this awakening comes from Mother Earth herself, who is not inert and passive, but very aware and sensitive that her days are numbered. With every MX missile placed on her bosom, three thousand creation mystics are coming out of the closet. Of that I am sure.” – Matthew Fox in The Coming of the Cosmic Christ – The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance, Harper & Row, 1988.

“But matricide also includes within it a kind of patricide as well. The father will become distorted in this process for there is no mother without a father. A distorted fatherhood is what a pathological patriarchy is all about.” – Matthew Fox in The Coming of the Cosmic Christ – The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance, 1988, HarperSanFrancisco

“The things we call “cars” may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet.” – Michael Moore

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” – Mary Harris “Mother” Jones

“Recognizing our despair over the ravages to the biosystem is necessary. However, when we become paralyzed by despair, we opt out of the organism which is our proper home and become part of the destructive force…Nature is still the provider of epiphanies. One does not abandon one’s mother in her illness…” – Peri Phillips McQuay (nature writer)

“A woman is an important somebody and sometimes you win the triple crown: good food, good sex, and good talk. Most men settle for any one, happy as a clam if they get two. But listen, let me tell you something. A good man is a good thing, but there is nothing in the world better than a good, good woman. She can be your mother, your wife, your girlfriend, your sister, or somebody you work next to. Don’t matter. You find one, stay there. You see a scary one, make tracks.” – grandfather character Sandler Gibbons speaking to his grandson Romen, from the novel Love, by Toni Morrison

“A breakdown in male-female relations, epidemic among us, is a biological anomaly that has grown out of and is symbolic of the split between mind and heart in each of us. Intellect, trying to usurp nature and the wisdom of the heart for its own ends, has cut itself off from that heart. And like a child cut off from its mother, its entire development is at risk. Indeed, the mother figure is disappearing today, and an orphaned generation falls upon us. We humans do poorly without her.” – From the introduction to Evolution’s End – Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence, by Joseph Chilton Pearce