I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary–it’s an act of infinite optimism.
When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.
—P. J. O’Rourke
[Judy Garland] raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.
Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.
A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
—Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.
To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.