"Nobody knows of the work it makes To keep the home together. Nobody knows of the steps it takes, Nobody knows-but Mother." --Anonymous

"Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me? --Nancy Thayer

"Making the decision to have a child -- it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." --Elizabeth Stone

"Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family." --Clare Boothe Luce

"There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way." --Andrew Jackson

"All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother." --Abraham Lincoln

"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

"Who ran to help m e when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My Mother." --Ann Taylor

"That best academy, a mother's knee." --James Russell Lowell

"In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother." --Booker T. Washington

"Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital 'M'; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly...yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to." --Sophia Loren

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." --Jewish Proverb

"Only mothers can think of the future -- because they give birth to it in their children." --Maxim Gorky

"Making the decision to have a child -- it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. " --Elizabeth Stone

"Long were you a dream in your mother's sleep, and then she woke to give you birth." --Kahlil Gibran

"My mother was an authority on pigsties. 'This is the worst-looking pigsty I have ever seen in my life and I want it cleaned up right now'." --Bill Cosby

"Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease." --Lisa Alther

"Most mothers are instinctive philosophers." --Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." --Lin Yutang

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." --Honore de Balzac

"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

"By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class." --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." --Henry Ward Beecher

"Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all." --Oliver Wendell Holmes