The Influence of Mothers

alex atkins bookshelf quotationsThere is a wonderful line in the play, Double Falsehood (published by Lewis Theobald in 1727 who edited a an unnamed play by William Shakespeare; however scholars believe it was an adaptation of The History of Cardenio, first performed in 1613, a collaboration between John Fletcher and Williams Shakespeare): “The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heavens lieutenants.” 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 doBookshelf honors mothers throughout the world, who truly have the toughest job in the world, with the best quotations about the influence of mothers.

“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.”
Elaine Heffner

“Children have never been very good at listening to adults but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

“I believe that what a woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
Jim Henson

“Live your life the way you want your kids to live theirs.”
Michael First

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

“A mother’s children are self-portraits of herself.”

“If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in.”
Louise Hart

“Children should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones. Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.
Natalia Ginzburg

Read related posts: What is the Toughest Job in the World?
The Legacy of Mothers
Best Quotes About Mothers
Favorite TV Moms of All Time
The Wisdom of a Grandmother

For further reading: Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers by Jena Pincott


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