Mothers’ Day

The Influence of a Mother

“All I am I owe to my mother.”
– George Washington

“He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother. Praise the Lord!”
– Psalm 113:9, NLT

“The best medicine in the world is a mother’s kiss.”
– Anonymous

“God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers.”
– Jewish Proverb

“I think my life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.”
– George Eliot

“I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.”
– Isaiah 66:13, NLT

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”
– Cardinal Mermillod

“Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.”
– Prov. 1:8, NLT

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool Mom.”
– Unknown

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“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

“Mothers have as powerful an influence over the welfare of future generations as all other earthly causes combined.”
– John S.C. Abbott

“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

“An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.”
– Spanish proverb

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”
– W. R. Wallace

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

“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

“I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother.”
– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.”
– Hosea Ballou

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”
– Barbara Kingsolver

“The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.”
– Maya Angelou

“It seems to me that my mother was the most splendid woman I ever knew… I have met a lot of people knocking around the world since, but I have never met a more thoroughly refined woman than my mother. If I have amounted to anything, it will be due to her.”
– Charles Chaplin

“The mother, more than any other, affects the moral and spiritual part of the children’s character. She is their constant companion and teacher in formative years. The child is ever imitating and assimilating the mother’s nature. It is only in after life that men gaze backward and behold how a mother’s hand and heart of love molded their young lives and shaped their destiny.”
– E.W. Caswell

“The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after painting shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give.”
– David O. McKay

When Robert Ingersoll, the notorious skeptic, was in his heyday, two college students went to hear him lecture. As they walked down the street after the lecture, one said to the other, “Well, I guess he knocked the props out from under Christianity, didn’t he?” The other said, “No, I don’t think he did. Ingersoll did not explain my mother’s life, and until he can explain my mother’s life I will stand by my mother’s God.”
– James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited, Tyndale.

Many scholars have concluded that you cannot really understand John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, unless you understand his mother Susanna Wesley. She was so instrumental in his life that she inevitably affected the movement and its direction. Americans know that Abraham Lincoln led this nation through perhaps it is time of greatest crisis; but who was it that made Abraham Lincoln the man that he was? I know what Lincoln thought. He said it was his mother. I would submit to you this morning that there is not a person sitting here that in one, five, ten, a thousand different ways has not been forever influenced by their mother. I firmly believe that you cannot understand who a person is and what motivates them until you understand their past. And you cannot understand a person’s past without understanding the source that co-created that person along with God—their parents.
– Unknown

“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.”
– Stevie Wonder

“My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.”
– Denzel Washington

“My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”
– Pablo Picasso

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
– David O. McKay

“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”
– Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Creating a warm, caring, supportive, encouraging environment is probably the most important thing you can do for your family.
– Stephen Covey

Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.
– Lord Rochester

“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

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.”
– Jewish Proverb

“The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother – which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.”
– Sydney Harris

On Mother’s Day a minister gave this perfect tribute: “My mother practices what I preach.”
– Capper’s Weekly

Make a list of 31 things your wife does for you and the family that you seldom thank her for. Make a point of thanking her specifically for one on each day of the coming month. On each day of the following month pay her a new compliment on one of her good attitudes, character qualities, habits or talents. And be prepared for a better relationship than you’ve enjoyed in quite a while.
– Unknown

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
– Jane Howard

Healthy families are our greatest national resource.
– Dolores Curran

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall. A mother’s secret love outlives them all.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

When the evening of this life comes, we shall be judged on love.
– St. John of the Cross

The noted jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once observed, “Anywhere we love is home.” All who have experienced the warmth of a love-filled household can second that emotion.

Our only chance for survival lies in creating our own little islands of sanity and order, in making little havens of our homes. – Sue Kaufman

Whatever the times, one thing will never change: Fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but what happens inside your house.
– Barbara Bush

The Stages of Motherhood

* 4 Years Of Age – My Mommy can do anything;
* 8 Years Of Age – My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot
* 12 Years Of Age – My Mother doesn’t really know quite everything.
* 14 Years Of Age – Naturally, Mother doesn’t know that, either
* 16 Years Of Age – Mother? She’s hopelessly old-fashioned
* 18 Years Of Age – That old woman? She’s way out of date
* 25 Years Of Age – Well, she might know a little bit about it
* 35 Years Of Age – Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion
* 45 Years Of Age – Wonder what Mom would have thought about it
* 65 Years Of Age – Wish I could talk it over with Mom
– Author Unknown


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