Mothers are Like Miracles: They Make Everything Possible

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A tribute to mothers everywhere includes poems, words of wisdom and advice to pass on from generation to generation, and quotations form prominent people

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Janet Lanese combines multiple careers as a real estate broker, a co-hostess for a local program, a writer, and a mother. She lives in Castro Valley, California.

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A Legacy of Love

The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
Napoleon Bonaparte

All human life on the planet is born of a woman.
Muhammad Ali

These remarkable women of olden times are like the ancient paint and glass; the art of making them is lost; my mother was less than her mother, and I am less than my mother.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln

All mothers are rich when they love their children. There are no poor mothers, no ugly ones, no old ones. Their love is always the most beautiful of joys.
Maurice Maeterlinck

What a privilege it is to treasure your mother.
Katie Couric

If you've ever had a mother, and if she's given you and meant to you all things you care for most, you never get over it.
Anne Douglas Sedgwick

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
Milton Berle

What daughter can really appreciate what her mother has done for her until she has children of her own?
Mother Janet

My mother was a wit, but never a sentimental one. Once, when somebody in our house stepped on our cat's paw, she turned to the cat and said sternly, "I told you not to go around barefoot!"
Zero Mostel

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Mark Twain

My mother loved children. She would have given anything if I had been one.
Groucho Marx

My mother keeps telling me I look just like my dad. Who knows where she got that idea. I don't have a potbelly or a mustache.
Jason, age twelve

Our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not, anonymously handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
Alice Walker

A mother doesn't need to be an angel to be a saint.
Mother Janet

The debt of gratitude we owe our mothers and fathers goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.
Nancy Friday

My mother was a striking beauty who left the world a more beautiful place than she found it.
Barbara Bush

Forgiveness is one course from which mothers never graduate.
Mother Janet

Whenever a mother feels depressed about how life has treated her, all she has to do is glance at the family album to see all the wonderful things she has accomplished.
Mother Janet

It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself. It seems unfair. You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do -- or don't do.
Simone de Beauvoir

My mother, who was born in 1903, was a woman before her time. She was a philanthropist and human rights activist who gave so much to so many, but never at the expense of her own family. The most important lessons she taught me were to always live in the present and never to restrict myself to chronological age. I've followed her advice, and it works.
Mother Janet

A visitor asked a little girl, "And what will you do, my dear, when you are as big as your mother?" "Diet," said the child.
Lewis and Faye Copeland

I had the most satisfactory of childhoods because Mother, small, delicate boned, witty, and articulate, turned out to be exactly my age.
Kay Boyle

I get a lump in my throat every time I see Mom and Dad hug each other. Even though I laugh and accuse them of acting totally uncool, it makes me feel secure.
Janice, age fifteen

I think it must somewhere be written that the virtues of the mothers shall be visited on their children.
Charles Dickens

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

There is nothing enduring in life for a mother except what she builds in her child's heart.
Anonyomous

Oh, if there be in retrospection's chain
One link that knits us with young dreams again,
One thought so sweet we scarcely dare to muse
On all the hoarded rapture it reviews...
Which seems each instant in its backyard range,
Then to soften and its ties to chain,
And every spring, untouched for years, to move...
It is the memory of a mother's love.
Anonyomous

Children are like windows that open onto the future as well as the past, the external world as well as our own private inner landscapes.
Jane Swigart

Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.
Peter De Vries

For the mother is and must be, whether she knows it or not, the greatest, strongest, and most lasting teacher her children have. Other influences come and go, but hers is continual; and by the opinion men have of women, we can generally judge the sort of mother they had.
Hannah Whitall Smith

My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me. I felt that I had someone to live for -- someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.
Thomas A. Edison

When children want to grow up to be just like Mommy, it might be because she's making the best job offer.
Katherine Wyse Goodman

I want to marry a girl just like Mom, except a little thinner and minus the crow's-feet.
Jacob, age Eleven

No song or poem will bear my mother's name. Yet, so many stories that I write, that we all write, are my mother's stories.
Alice Walker

Stories first heard at mother's knee are never wholly forgotten -- a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years.
Given Ruffing

I learned your walk, talk, gestures, and nurturing laughter. At that time, Mama, had you swung from bars, I would, to this day, be hopelessly, imitatively hung up.
S. Diane Bogus

It is odd how all men develop the notion, as they grow older, that their mothers were wonderful cooks. I have yet to meet a man who will admit that his mother was a kitchen assassin and nearly poisoned him.
Robertson Davies

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers.
Aice Walker

I am really happy with my kids. They've turned into good people, and now we're able to be friends. There is a special feeling when your kids are friends. And besides that, they've given us grandkids who are cute and bright; real achievers, too. It's like living with your own kids again, but this time, they go home.
Del Verbis

Rejecting things because they are old-fashioned would rule out the sun and the moon -- and a mother's love.
Anonymous

A mother finds out what is meant by "spitting image" when she tries to feed cereal to her baby.
Imogene Fey

You know you've finally made it as a supermom when your kids can afford to pay for their own therapy.
Mother Janet

Advice to mothers: Take off your earrings, your ring, your precious family heirloom, and give them to your daughter-in-law, along with your love and trust. Trust and love are wonderful, but don't forget the earrings.
Estée Lauder

I understood...the value of having a mother who had not stopped taking chances and looking at life with delight. It was comforting to know that I was not at the head of the parade, that there was an older, wiser woman moving in front of me.
Phyllis Theroux

Copyright © 1998 by Janet Lanese

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