Mothers and 
Mothers of Invention

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Fisher
An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
- Spanish Proverb
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
- Miguel de Cervantes
Every work of art is the child of its time; often it is the mother of our emotions.
- Wassily Kandinsky
Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate . . .
- William Faulkner
For a short while, our mothers bodies are the boundaries and personal geography which are all that we know of the world. Once we no longer live beneath our mother's heart, it's the earth with which we form the same dependent relationship.
- Louise Erdrich
Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.
- Kate Douglas Wiggin 
God could not be everywhere, and so He made mothers.
- Jewish Proverb
Heaven is at the feet of mothers.
- Persian Proverb
I find, by close observation, that the mothers are the levers which move in education. The men talk about it . . . but the women work most for it.
- Frances Watkins Harper
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
- Agatha Christie
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.
- William Faulkner
In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born.
- Konstantin Stanislavsky
It's clear that most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
- Gloria Steinem
No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of motherwit, either in science or in practical life.
- Thomas Huxley
It's easy to pick children whose mothers are good housekeepers; they are usually found in other yards.
- Unknown 
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
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
- Aristotle
Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Jonathan Swift
Getting caught is the mother of invention.
- Robert Byrne
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.
- Roger von Oech
Poverty is the step-mother of genius.
- Josh Billings
Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
- Mark Twain
The mother eagle teachers her little ones to fly by making their nest so uncomfortable that they are forced to leave it and commit themselves to the unknown world of air outside. An just so does our God to us.
- Hannah Whitall Smith
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
- Henry Ward Beecher
There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother, but next in rank in efficacy is that of schoolmaster.
- Sarah Josepha Hale
To a mother, a son is never a fully grown man; and a son is never a fully grown man until he understands and accepts this about his mother.
- Unknown
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
- Benjamin Franklin
You' re not famous until my mother has heard of you.
- Jay Leno

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