Since time immemorial, human beings have wondered and commented on the fascinating yet often-confusing condition of parenthood. The famous, Victorian, eccentric Irishman, Oscar Wilde, encapsulates a few home truths in these words:
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. Some sources also cite the final phrase of the above quotation ~ “Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.”
The Humour of Parenthood
It helps if you can laugh about it! Some quotes from the turn of the 19th century to modern times include humour from dancers, comedians, and even the famous poet, Lord Byron.
What a price we pay for the glories of motherhood. ~ Isadora Duncan, American dancer, 1877-1927.
When I was born my mother was terribly disappointed. Not that she wanted a girl – she wanted a divorce. ~ Woody Allen, comedian.
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The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice. ~ Lord Byron, poet, 1788-1824, in a letter to Lady Melbourne in 1813.
The Sanctity of Motherhood
Of course, Moms are special. Everyone knows that! Here are some sweet words from famous sources.
God could not be everywhere, so, therefore, he made mothers. ~ The Talmud.
For one on the ocean of crime long tossed,
Who loves his mother, is not quite lost.
~ Thomas Dunn English, American Democractic politician, 1819-1902.
The God to whom little boys say their prayers, has a face very like their mother’s. ~ James M. Barrie, children’s author and creator of Peter Pan, 1860-1937.
Wealth and children are the adornment of life. ~ The Koran
Mothers Get it Wrong Sometimes
Little babies, toddlers and younger kids think Moms are infallible. Things can change when our little kids start growing up.
Mother always said that honesty was the best policy and money isn’t everything. She was wrong about other things too. ~ Gerald Barzan, humorist, writer.Decoded Pregnancy
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