There is a wonderful line in the play, Double Falsehood (or The Distrest Lovers) (1727) by Lewis Theobald: “The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.” (Incidentally, this quotation is often mistakenly attributed to Shakespeare.) The metaphor speaks to the enormous influence that parents have on their children — not only by what they say (as the quotation suggests), but what they do. Bookshelf honors mothers who have the most demanding and important job in the world, with the wisdom of mothers.
Zora Neale Hurston: ” Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
Mother Jones: “Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts.”
Alice Walker: “It’s so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that’s what I get from these older black women, that every should is to be cherished, that every flower is to bloom.”
Virginia Woolf: “But I don’t think of the future, or the past. I feast on the moment. This is the secret of happiness, but only reached now in middle age.”
Charlotte Bronte: “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.”
George Eliot: “That quiet mutual gaze of a trusting husband and wife is like the first moment of rest or refuge from a great weariness or a great danger.”
Agatha Christie: “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushed down remorsely all that stands in its path.”
Coretta Scott King: “Struggle is never ending process. Freedom is never really won — you earn it and win it in every generation.
Marian Wright Edelman: “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”
Eleanor Roosevelt: “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”
Jane Fonda: “I think that is one reason why women live longer than men. Friendship between women is different than friendship between men. We talk about different things. We delve deep… It’s my women friends that keep starch in my spine and without them, I don’t know where I would be.
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For further reading: A Woman’s Book of Inspiration by Carol Kelly-Gangi
Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers by Jena Pincott
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