Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
— Ann Taylor
Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me?
— Nancy Thayer
Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.
— Zora Neale Hurston
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
— Abraham Lincoln
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
— Author Unknown
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
— George Washington
Nobody knows of the work it makes;
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows – but Mother.
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
— Chinese Proverb
The Greatest Battle That Ever Was Fought
The greatest battle that ever was fought— Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not: It was fought by Mothers of Men.
Not with cannon or battle shot, With sword or nobler pen;
Not with eloquent word or thought From the wonderful minds of men;
But deep in a walled up womanʼs heart; A woman that would not yield;
But bravely and patiently bore her part; Lo! there is that battlefield.
No marshalling troops, no bivouac song, No banner to gleam and wave;
But oh these battles they last so long— From babyhood to the grave!
But faithful still as a bridge of stars She fights in her walled up town; Fights on, and on, in the endless wars; Then silent, unseen goes down!
Ho! ye with banners and battle shot, With soldiers to shout and praise,
I tell you the kingliest victories fought Are fought in these silent ways.
— Joaquin Miller