— Rodney Dangerfield American actor and comedian 1921 - 2004
„Could she sing? (Was it nice to hear when she did?) Was she pretty? Was she a good friend? Could she have been a loving mother? A faithful wife? Have I got a sister and does she favor me? If my mother knew me would she like me?“
„Death did not come to my mother
Like an old friend.
She was a mother, and she must
Conceive him. Up and down the bed she fought crying
Help me, but death
Was a slow child
— Josephine Miles American poet, academic 1911 - 1985
"Conception" (1974) st. 1–2; Collected Poems, University of Illinois Press, 1983
„My mother and I have this really strangely close relationship. No other relationship can come close to it. It's frightening. Even when I'm in a relationship with a man, I compare it to my relationship with my mother. She is a friend, but she is still a mother, and everything a mother needs to be, she is. She is really observing and caring and doesn't want anything but giving because it's her joy. Even when I can't bear anybody, not even myself, she 's like the sun coming up to me. She dedicated all her life to me. Sometimes I feel that she gave her life to me and now it's my job to maybe take her somewhere. But what is it she doesn't know? She knows things I couldn't begin to know. Yet she is so fresh with ideas which I already take for granted. She sometimes wakes me up and says, 'Don't you see?“
— Nastassja Kinski German actress 1961
and she makes me see and feel things again. Nobody, not my father, not anybody, has done that for me, except movies.
As quoted in Denise Worrell (1989), Icons: Intimate Portraits.
„My patriotism is subservient to my religion. I cling to India like a child to its mother’s breast, because I feel that she gives me the spiritual nourishment I need. She has the environment that responds to my highest aspiration.“
— Lal Bahadur Shastri The second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party 1904 - 1966
„I rang my mother to thank her for giving birth to me and she said, "What choice had I? You were in there, how else were you going to get out?“
— Marian Keyes Irish writer 1963
Source: Anybody Out There?
„And my mother said—and I remember this as if it were yesterday—my mother with a washcloth in her hand and me standing at the sink, she said, "You must have said something to get them angry."“
— Harlan Ellison American writer 1934 - 2018
And it was an icicle just jammed into my chest. That my own mother—and with cause! It was not as if I was the greatest kid in the world. I was a troublemaker! I was a brat! I was a big-mouth pain in the ass! But that my own mother would not understand—at that moment I had what, now at age seventy-two I understand, was an enormous epiphany, which is: I really cannot support it, I cannot bear it, when people laugh at me.
Source: Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1018887/ (documentary), at about 28:10.
Context: About being beaten up by bullies as a child.
„When a woman grabs my braids and says "How cute!" I crab her breast and say "How cute!" She never touches me again!“
— Russell Means Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of Native American people 1939 - 2012
Source: Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means
— Kunti character from Indian epic Mahabharata
Karna looking up to Kunti asked her, in: p. 232.
The God of Small Things
Source: Goodbye, Columbus (1959), Chapter 2
„I sang to my dear dead mother
and she instantly understood me,
and pressing a kiss to my forehead said
as into her arms she pulled me:
Believe then in truth, or in fantasy, –
if you'll only believe in it utterly!
For truth is what you believe it to be.
My son, believe in your dream!“
— Eino Leino Finnish poet and journalist 1878 - 1926
Eino Leino, "Smiling Apollo," in: Antti Tuomainen (2015), Dark As My Heart, p. 87
„Mom?" Mother turned to Grandmother.
"She's going to lunch with her kidnapper!"
"Take a picture for me," Grandma said.“
— Ilona Andrews American husband-and-wife novelist duo
Source: Burn for Me
„When my mother delivered me, she didn't have milk, and I was breastfed by an Arab woman. Maybe that had an effect on my leftist views.“
— Amir Peretz Israeli politician 1952
„.. when I had my imaginary friend I would look out of the small glass panes of the window and fill them with steam. Then, I would draw a little window and go out through it. Opposite our house, there was a milk store that was named Pinzon, and I would travel from the little window through the "o" in Pinzon, and from there into the center of the earth, where I had my friend, and we would dance and play... I do not remember my friend's house, and she had no name. She was like me in age. She had no face. The truth is, I do not remember if she had a face or not, and she was very lively. I could not describe her.“
— Frida Kahlo Mexican painter 1907 - 1954
9 September 1950
Source: 1946 - 1953, "Song of herself"; interviews by Olga Campos, Sept. 1950, Chapter 'My life', pp. 66-67
„What worries me, Billy," she said — I could hear the change in her voice — "is how your mother is going to take this.“
Source: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), Ch. 29
„Once she kissed me with a jest,
Once with a tear —
O where's the heart was in my breast,
And the ring was in my ear?“
— Eleanor Farjeon English children's writer 1881 - 1965
More Nursery Rhymes of London Town (1917)
„The music industry, I've never been concerned with. I've been very fortunate that it has taken care of me. Like a baby being breast fed.“
— Flea (musician) American musician 1962
Quoted from Guitar Center Flea Interview http://www.guitarcenter.com/interview/flea/