"Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind."
-- Kahlil Gibran
"Suddenly she was here. And I was no longer pregnant; I was a mother. I never believed in miracles before."
-- Ellen Greene
"Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began. They are bound by a shared destiny."
-- Signe Hammer
"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children."
-- Elaine Heffner
"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."
-- Victor Hugo
"God could not be everywhere and therefore he created mothers."
-- Jewish proverb
"Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother."
-- Beverly Jones
"Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity -- a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother."
-- Rose Kennedy
"Motherhood was the beginning of my own journey asking the question, 'Why am I here?' I had to stop and think: What am I doing to teach my daughter? What do I believe in?"
-- Madonna, Ladies' Home Journal
"Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother."
-- Moorish proverb
"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing."
-- Toni Morrison
"I really learned it all from mothers."
-- Dr. Benjamin Spock
"Making the decision to have a child -- it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
-- Elizabeth Stone
"Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me?"
-- Nancy Thayer
"And do respect the women of the world; remember you all had mothers."
-- Allen Toussaint
"For the hand that rocks the cradle/Is the hand that rules the world."
-- William Ross Wallace
"Sooner or later we all quote our mothers."
-- Bern Williams
"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."
-- Oprah Winfrey
"It's incredible. Everything you ever thought about love just becomes night and day. I mean, you never thought you could love that much. You rediscover the world, and it's just a beautiful thing."
-- David Arquette, on fatherhood
"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."
-- Bill Cosby
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, February 2007.