Friday Five: Lit. Moms

Mothers in literature are more rare than one would expect, yet, when a good one comes along, man is she good. Here are a few quotes in literature about the mother’s who are out of this world. Happy Mother’s day to all those stellar moms out there!

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“The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter.”

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

 “She was of the stuff of which great men’s mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.”

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”

 —Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start?”

“The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day, I know this is the secret.”

“I will read,” promised Katie. “What is a good book?”

 — Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”

 — Agatha Christie, The Hound of Death

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One thought on “Friday Five: Lit. Moms

  1. This is a great list. Personally, I was inspired by Molly Weasley. She not only took care of an orphan, she was a very kick a$$ wizard. The Maya Angelou quote was great, too. I’m teaching that book to my students next year, and I’ll have to draw their attention to that part.

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