Inspiring Mother & Daughter Quotes

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1. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
– Sophia Loren

2. “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
– Pablo Picasso

3. “My mom has made it possible for me to be who I am. Our family is everything. Her greatest skill was encouraging me to find my own person and own independence.”
– Charlize Theron

4. “The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”
– Jessica Lange

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

6. “It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”
– Erma Bombeck

7. “That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.”
– Lauryn Hill

8. “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”
– E. M. Forster

9. “Mothers are the necessity of invention.”
– Bill Watterson

10. “Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.”
– Alice Walker

11. “My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don’t need another plaque.”
– Denzel Washington

12. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”
– Meryl Streep

13. “My mother was a personal friend of God’s. They had ongoing conversations.”
– Della Reese

14. “There was never a child so lovely but his mother was[n’t] glad to get him to sleep.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. “Mothers and children are human beings, and they will sometimes do the wrong thing.”
– Maurice Sendak


16. “I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
– Ellen DeGeneres

17. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”
– Ricki Lake

18. “I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time.”
– Barbara Bush

19. “The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.”
– Jean Kerr

20. “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”
– Rudyard Kipling

21. “My mother gets all mad at me if I stay in a hotel. I’m 31-years-old, and I don’t want to sleep on a sleeping bag down in the basement. It’s humiliating.”
– Ben Affleck

22. “I was a brownie for a day. My mom made me stop. She didn’t want me to conform.”
– Sandra Bullock

23. “When I was 7, I came up with the idea of ‘charm socks.’ My mom would take me to buy bags of plastic charms, we would sew them on frilly white socks, and I sold them at school.”
– Sara Blakely

24. “I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom’s the only reason I know it’s a real thing.”
– Conor Oberst

25. “Once you’re a mom, always a mom. It’s like riding a bike, you never forget.”
– Taraji P. Henson

26. “My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.”
– Mitt Romney

27. “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.”
– Tina Fey

28. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”

–Roald Dahl

29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”
–Jill Churchill

30. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”
–Milton Berle

31. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”
–Robert A. Heinlein

32. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
–Maya Angelou

33. “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.”
–Jane Sellman

34. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply … will give us some protection forever.”
–J.K. Rowling

35. “My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think is a feat that is unmatched.”
–Barack Obama

36. “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”
–Michael Jordan

37. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”
–Oprah Winfrey

38. “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.”
–Dorothy on The Golden Girls

39. “I finally understand / for a woman it ain’t easy tryin to raise a man / You always was committed / A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it / There’s no way I can pay you back / But the plan is to show you that I understand / You are appreciated”
–Tupac Shakur

40. “Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.”
–Lady Gaga

41. “I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn’t seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life.”
–Mindy Kaling

42. “[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.”
–Lupita Nyong’o

43. “Most people’s mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That’s more important.”
–Diane von Furstenberg

44. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
Agatha Christie, “The Last Sance”

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

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

47. “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.”
– Mildred Vermont

48. “A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.”
– Peter De Vries

49. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”
– Honore De Balzac


50. “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”
– Jodi Picoult

51. “Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.”
– Mitch Albom

52. “No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.”
– Florida Scott-Maxwell

53. “As my mom always said, ‘You’d rather have smile lines than frown lines.'”
–Cindy Crawford

54. “Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.”
– Kate Winslet

55. “[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.”
– Gilda Radner

56. “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”
– Erma Bombeck

57. “Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.”
– Kate Samperi

58. “A child’s hand in yours – what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.”
– Marjorie Holmes

59. “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

60. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”
— Oscar Wilde

61. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.”
– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

62. “Making a 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

63. “If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.”
– Lawrence Housman

64. “Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.”
– Sam Levenson

65. “When I stopped seeing my mother through the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.”
– Nancy Friday

66. “I’m a mother with two small children, so I don’t take as much crap as I used to.”
– Pamela Anderson

67. “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”
– Calvin Trillin

68. “My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.”
– Michelle Obama

69. “My mother gave lots of good advice and had a lot to say. As you get older, you realize everything she said was true.”
– Lenny Kravitz

70. “To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don’t feel it, you have to pretend.”
– Sade Adu

71. “You make sacrifices to become a mother, but you really find yourself and your soul.”
– Mariska Hargitay

72. “When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.”
– Alicia Keys

73. “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”
– Ambrose Bierce

74. “I love my mother. She’s my first love. She has been through a lot and is a sole survivor.”
– Missy Elliott

75. “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

76. “No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.”
– Florida Scott-Maxwell

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

78. “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.”
– Pamela S. Nadav

79. “Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing.”
– Toni Morrison

80. “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”
– Marion C. Garretty

81. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. I attribute all my success in my life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.”
– George Washington

82. “The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant
–and let the air out of the tires.”
– Dorothy Parker

83. “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible
— oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”
– Tina Fey

84. “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” -George Eliot

85. “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” -Phyllis Diller

86. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”
–Diana, Princess of Wales

87. “It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?”
– Mahatma Gandhi

88. “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around–and why his parents will always wave back.”
– William D. Tammeus

89. “I need you, I need you here, I need you now. I cannot do this alone. I need my Mommy, and dammit, I don’t care who knows it.”
Rory, Gilmore Girls

90. “Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me? -Nancy Thayer, author

91. “Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young.”
~ Author Unknown

92. “My mother loved children – she would have given anything if I had been one.”
– Groucho Marx

93. “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.”
– Chinese Proverb

94. I really learned it all from mothers.
– Dr. Benjamin Spock

95. “She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great–but how to laugh through it.”
— Liza Minnelli

96. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”
– Gail Tsukiyama

97. “Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.”
– Pearl S. Buck

98. “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”
– Laura Stavoe Harm

99. “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.”
– Lisa Alther

100. “A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don’t even have.”
– Robert Brault


101. “A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her.”
– Erin Kelly


102. “A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of herself. And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships.”
Victoria Secunda


103 . “Mother-daughter disagreements were, in hindsight, basically mother stating the truth and daughter taking her own sweet time coming around.”
Barbara Delinsky


104.“ We mothers have a wonderfully precious and truly powerful role to play in the future self-images of our daughters. The truth is, the most effective way to inculcate in our daughters a fighting chance at life-long self-love and empowerment is not in the books we read to them, or the workshops we send them to, or the media we do or do not expose them to, or even the things we tell them, rather it is in the reflection of self-love and empowerment they see in us, their mothers. The model of our own empowerment gives our daughters permission to be powerful.”
Melia Keeton-Digby


105. “Having a little girl has been like following an old treasure map with the important paths torn away.”1
Heather Gudenkauf

106.  “Mothers and daughters together are a powerful force to be reckoned with.”
Melia Keeton-Digby

“107.  As a child, I was very careful not to erase my mother’s writing on the chalkboard because I would miss her.”
Joyce Rachelle

108.  “When I think of the exquisite love and sympathy which might be between a mother and daughter, I feel myself defrauded of a beautiful thing rightfully mine, in a world where for me such things are pitiably few.”
Mary MacLane

109.  “By the time you realize your mother was right, you have a daughter who thinks that you’re wrong”
Sada Malhotra

110.  “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
Maya Angelou

102.  “From her thighs, she gives you life and how you treat she who gives you life shows how much you value the life given to you by the Creator. And from seed to dust there is ONE soul above all others. That you must always show patience, respect, and trust – this woman is your mother.”
Suzy Kassem

103.  “No matter how old you are, you always want your mother’s love and acceptance. I guess I’m hoping one day I’ll get it back.”
Hilary Grossman

104.  “The woman who is my best friend, my teacher, my everything: Mom.”
Sandra Vischer

105.  “Whosoever does not believe in the existence of a sixth sense has clearly not regarded their own mother. How it is they know all they know about you, even those secrets you locked away so tightly in the most hidden compartments of your heart, remains one of the great mysteries of the world. And they don’t just know—they know instantly.”
Narissa Doumani

106.  “When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother… When your mother’s gone, you’ve lost your past. It’s so much more than love. Even when there’s no love, it’s so much more than anything else in your life. I did love my mother, but I didn’t know how much until she was gone.”
Anna Quindlen

107.  “My mother was like sand. The kind that warms you on a beach when you come shivering out of the cold water. The kind that clings to your body, leaving its impression on your skin to remind you where you’ve been and where you’ve come from. ”
Clare Vanderpool

108.  “Maybe she’d never really known her mother at all. And if you couldn’t know the person whose body was your first home, then who could you ever know?”
Brit Bennett

109.  “I allowed myself unintentionally to be led to hurt you, my dearest child, for whom I would have given at every moment my life! Reflection came always too late, but not the deserved punishment! My sufferings were great, very great. God be praised that those terrible times are gone by and that only death can separate me from you, my beloved Victoria.”
Cecil Woodham-Smith

110.  “Probably there is nothing in human nature more resonant with charges than the flow of energy between two biologically alike bodies, one of which has lain in amniotic bliss inside the other, one of which has labored to give birth to the other. The materials are here for the deepest mutuality and the most painful estrangement.”
Adrienne Rich

111.  “A mother’s and daughters love is never separated.”
Viola Shipman

112.  “She is the creature of life, the giver of life, and the giver of abundant love, care, and protection. Such are the great qualities of a mother. The bond between a mother and her child is the only real and purest bond in the world, the only true love we can ever find in our lifetime.”
Ama H. Vanniarachchy

113.  “Mother! The holiest body on earth without which even god’s existence seems next to impossible. A woman whose sufferings cannot be conveyed. A women whose love cannot be measured. The one who loves you unconditionally and protects you beyond her limits. Yes, she’s the real hero, a true warrior. Who can win millions of hearts just by her tender touch? She’s my bestie.”
Sarvani Rajdeep

114.  “The thing about mothers, I want to say, is that once the containment ends and one becomes two, you don’t always fit together so nicely… The living mother-daughter relationship, you learn over and over again, is a constant choice between adaptation and acceptance.”
Kelly Corrigan

115.  “I’m blessed and I couldn’t be more grateful. Do you want to know why? Because I’m a mother, but that’s only half of it. I’m blessed because, when I need to, I can still just be a daughter. I get the feeling that there is nothing more precious than to have both of these roles, simultaneously.”
Adrianna Stepiano

116.  “How can she explain to Gustaf that within the magic circle of maternal energy, Irena has never managed to rule over her own lifeHow can she explain that the constant proximity of the mother would throw her back, into her weakness, her immaturity?”
Milan Kundera

117.  “I like it when my mother smiles. And I especially like it when I make her smile.”
Adriana Trigiani

118.  “He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.”
J.K. Rowling

119.  “As a little girl, she remembered many nights just like this one. Taking these long, halcyon walks with her mother; sometimes stopping for ice cream or even a soda and afterward sitting together outside on the apartment stoop to further escape the unbearable heat of their apartment. The interesting thing was, life with her mother didn’t start out twisted. It just ended up that way.”
L. Donsky-Levine

120.  “Mother was comfort. Mother was home. A girl who lost her mother was suddenly a tiny boat on an angry ocean. Some boats eventually floated ashore. And some boats, like me, seemed to float farther and farther from land”
Ruta Sepetys

121.  “You are my rainbow to keep. My eyes will always be watching you; never will I lose sight of you.”
Vesna M. Bailey

122.  “Her mother would tell her she was beautiful and that everything was all right.”
Sarah Addison Allen

123.  “I see my mother exactly as she is – sad and strong, tense and trying.”
Corey Ann Haydu

124.  “When “Here Comes the Sun” started, what happenedNo, the sun didn’t come out, but Mom opened up like the sun breaking through the clouds. You know how in the first few notes of that song, there’s something about George’s guitar that’s just so hopefulIt was like when Mom sang, she was full of hope, too. She even got the irregular clapping right during the guitar solo.”
Maria Semple

125.  “I smiled and looked at her- there she was with such a genuine grin and twinkle in her eyes. I kissed my mother on her forehead and took a long look into her hazel eyes. I wondered when I would have the next chance to see her as I whispered, ‘I love you.’„
Jori Nunes

126.  “On this walk, I’d had so much time and space to actually figure out who I was without my mother’s influence. I understood now: the things that my mother had found made her happy were not the same as the things that made me happy. And I understood: that was okay.”
Aspen Matis

127.  “Daughter, I want you to forgive easily, laugh loudly and never allow yourself to become the invisible, silent woman that your mother was. Daughter, this is how we soften our hearts and become better human beings.”
Diriye Osman

128.  “The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life […] the stronger the daughter.”
Anita Diamant

129.  “My mother is not evil. She is just a perfectly sensible snake, protecting her eggs and making her way in the world as best she can.”
Frances Hardinge

130.  “It is not the job of the child to protect her mother. It’s the mother’s job to protect the child. By allowing your mother to protect you, you gave her a gift. Do you understand me?”
Kristin Cashore

131.  “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”
Jodi Picoult

132.  “My mother spoke highly of me, and to me. But more important, […] she was there with me. She had my back, supported me. This is the role of the mother, and in that visit, I really saw clearly, and for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and unworldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known.”
Maya Angelou

133.  “I had never confronted my parents with the true feelings I had for them, and I had certainly never expressed the depth of my feeling for my mother, being too selfish to try when I should have.”
Brooke Hayward

134.  “Lately, Mami’s eyes have been so dark, I don’t like looking into them because I’m afraid I’ll fall in.”
Raquel Cepeda

135.  “The first lesson every child of Athena learned: Mom was the best at everything, and you should never, ever suggest otherwise.”
Rick Riordan

136.  “Vividly seeing that love had always been my mother’s guide, I could finally release my anger—let go of it there in the woods—and move past it.”
Aspen Matis

137.  “If it weren’t for me, she wouldn’t have to take jobs like this. She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar. I felt my guilt like a brand…. I had seen girls clamor for new clothes and complain about what their mothers made for dinner. I was always mortified. Didn’t they know they were tying their mothers to the ground? Weren’t chains ashamed of their prisoners?”
Janet Fitch

138.  “I turn around, looking for my mother. It’s not that I don’t care about her. It’s just that our relationship is more complicated than the usual daughter-mother relationship. The rosy love I’m supposed to feel for her is slashed with black and splattered with various shades of gray.”
Susan Ee

139.  “I think about following her, but I want to give Zoe a minute alone with her mother. I want them to have the shift and redistribution of their relationship that I never got to have with my own mom, that acrobatic feat of love where everything is turned upside down and yet they are both still able to keep their balance.”
Jodi Picoult

140.  “There are women locked in my womb forever, the memory of their birth. All I can do now is liberate the fruit of their wombs. And it may be too late.”
Kiana Davenport

141.  “A mother’s love is like an everlasting bed of roses, that continues to blossom. A mother’s love bears strength, comfort, healing, and warmth. Her beauty is compared to a sunny day that shines upon each rose petal and inspires hope.”
Ellen J. Barrier

142.  “Her voice was perfect, custom-made for my ears. I wanted to hit the record button in my brain and save this all for later. Half of me was listening to her words, but the other half was mesmerized by the melody.”
Kathy Hatfield

143.   “In a corner of her heart she imagined her compassion as kindling that could ignite not only her tender and guarded feelings for her mother, but also jump across the void and ignite her mother’s feelings for her.”
Sonja Yoerg

144.  “I am first and foremost me, but right after that, I am a mother. The best thing that I can ever be, is me. But the best gift that I will ever have, is being a mother.”
C. JoyBell C.

“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.”
R.J. Palacio

145.  “Maybe I stepped into the skin my mother left behind, and became the girl my mother had been, the one she still wanted to be.”
Laura Kasischke

146.  “I got almost eighteen years with you. The best eighteen years of my life.”
Kristen Simmons

147.  “Out of the corner of one eye, I could see my mother. Out of the corner of the other eye, I could see her shadow on the wall, cast there by the lamp-light. It was a big and solid shadow, and it looked so much like my mother that I became frightened. For I could not be sure whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world.”
Jamaica Kincaid

148.  “Mother’s Day is coming up soon. If you’re lucky enough to still have your mother, tell her you’re grateful to her […] at some point, we must forgive each other for being flawed human beings. Many of us have trouble putting love or gratitude into words, but keep in mind that out actions always reveal our feelings. Always.”
Cassandra King

149.  “Her religious beliefs went first, for all she could ask of a god, or of immortality, was the gift of a place where daughters love their mothers; the other attributes of Heaven you could have for a song.”
Thornton Wilder

150.  “That’s the thing about Chinese mothers: hidden behind their maternal expectations and critical diatribes are women who will fight to the death for you. As soon as I called her Mama, Li-Ming would be my strongest ally for the only months I knew her.”
Kaitlin Solimine

151.  “She thought, she hoped, that the handkerchief was something fantastic, like a piece of a tale, but real, and just for her, a symbol of the real, hidden love of her mother.”
Shannon Hale

152.  “The bride’s getting ready to toss her bouquet, so get me up there! Mom said the day after she turned 96.”
June Shaw

153.  “Yes, it’s quite amazing how I continue to shock my mother even after all these years together”
Eloisa James

154.  “My mother and my mother’s mother were as silly and stumbling as I am when they were girls… Still, the love from my heart is overflowing, as bright and crimson as the heated metal in a blacksmith’s forge.”
Kim Dong Hwa

155.  “If you can’t go back to your mother’s womb, you’d better learn to be a good fighter.”
Anchee Min

156.  “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
Washington Irving

157.  “In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”
N.K. Jemisin

158.  “I loved my mother too,’ I said. ‘I still do. That’s the thing – it never goes away, even if the person does.”
Anna Carey

159.  “But now I see there’s no such thing as a woman. one woman. There are dozens inside every one of them. I probably should’ve figured this out sooner, but what child can see the women inside her mom, what with all that Motherness blocking out everything else?”
Kelly Corrigan

160.  “Mothers are urgently trying to tell something to their daughters, and this urgency is precisely what repels their daughters, forcing them to turn away. Mothers are left stranded, madly holding a lump of London clay, some grass, some white tubers, a dandelion, a fat worm passing the world through itself.”
Zadie Smith

161.  “Mother and daughter got on very well indeed, with a deep affection founded on almost complete misunderstanding.”
Mary Stewart

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