Mother's Day
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For Your Mom

"A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary." —Dorothy C. Fisher

"It's as if, in the mother's eyes, her smile, her stroking touch, the child first reads the message: 'You are there!'" —Adrienne Rich

"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children." —Elaine Heffner

"[My mother] had handed down respect for the possibilities—and the will to grasp them." —Alice Walker

"We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters' lengthening flight." —Letty Cottin Pogrebin

"More than in any other human relationship, overwhelmingly more, motherhood means being instantly interruptible, responsive, and responsible." —Tillie Olsen

"Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same." —Pearl S. Buck

"I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is." —Oprah

From a Mom to Her Mother

"Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometimes, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight." —Barbara Schapiro

"What children take from us, they give... We become people who feel more deeply, question more deeply, hurt more deeply, and love more deeply." —Sonia Taitz

For the One Who's Like a Mother to You

"There is... nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people." —H. R. Schaffer

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