Famous Mother's Day Thoughts
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
~ Abraham Lincoln
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
~ Abraham Lincoln
"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
"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws."
~ Barbara Kingsolver
"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
"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
"I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother."
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"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
"My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back."
~ Denzel Washington
"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
"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
"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."
~ Henry Ward Beecher
"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
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.
"Mothers have as powerful an influence over the welfare of future generations as all other earthly causes combined."
~ John S.C. Abbott
"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."
~ Maya Angelou
"The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
"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
"An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest."
~ Spanish proverb
"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
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 its 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.
"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
~ W. R. Wallace