Mother O’ Mine
Mother o’ mine, because you gave
To me the joy of living;
Because your soul, your life, your whole
Were mingled in that giving;
Because you’ve known my frailities,
Yet counted them as naught;
Because you’ve guessed my hidden best,
That others never sought;
Because when my ambition flagged
You always understood;
Because I’ve seen your pride serene
In what I did of good;
Because of your belief in me
That nothing can undo;
My every prayer is to be
The me that honors you.
— Rudyard Kipling
All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. — Abraham Lincoln
There is no love like a mother’s,
‘Tis the sun that shineth forth;
There is no truth like a mother’s,
‘Tis the star that pointeth north;
There is no hope like a mother’s,
‘Tis the April in the clod;
There is no trust like a mother’s,
‘Tis the charity of God;
The love and truth, the hope and trust,
That make the mortal more than dust.
— John Jarvis Holden
The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother. — Napoleon
God made mothers before he made ministers; the progress of Christ’s kingdom depends more upon the influence of faithful, wise and pious mothers than upon any other human agency. My mother’s discipline was loving but thorough. She never bribed me to good conduct with sugar plums; she praised every commendable deed heartily, for she held that an ounce of honest praise is often worth more than many pounds of punishment. — Theodore Cuyler
In the heaven above
The angles whispering to one another,
Can find, amid their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of mother. — E. A. Poe
My dear mother with the truthfulness of a mother’s heart, ministered to all my woes, outward and inward, and even against hope kept prophesying good. — Thomas Carlyle
Most of all the beautiful things in life come by two and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in all the wide world. — Kate D. Wiggin
A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive. — Coleridge
The love of a mother is never exhaused.
It never changes, it never tires.
It endures through all; in good rupute, in bad repute, in the face of the world’s condemnation.
A mother’s love still lives on. — Washington Irving
The happiest part of my life has been my mother, and with God’s help she will be more to me than ever. — Phillips Brooks
I should have been an atheist had it not been for the recollection and memory of the time when my mother used to take my little hand in hers and cause me on my knees to say, Our Father, who art in heaven. — John Randolph
One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. — Proverb
They say that man is mighty.
He governs land and sea,
He wields a mighty scepter
O’er lesser powers that be;
But a mightier power and stronger
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
— W.R. Wallace
Thou, while thy babes around thee cling
Shalt show us how divine a thing
A woman may be made.
When Mother Reads Aloud
When Mother reads aloud, the past
Seems real as every day;
I hear the tramp of armies vast,
I see the spears and lances cast,
I join the thrilling fray;
Brave knights and ladies fair and proud
I meet when Mother reads aloud.
When Mother reads aloud, far lands
Seem very near and true;
I cross the deserts’ gleaming sands,
Or hunt the jungle’s prowling bands,
Or sail the ocean blue.
Far heights, whose peaks
the cold mists shroud,
I scale, when Mother reads aloud.
When Mother reads aloud, I long
For noble deeds to do—
To help the right, redress the wrong;
It seems so easy to be strong,
So simple to be true.
Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd
My eyes, when Mother reads aloud.