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Celebrate Mothers in Literature

How about celebrating Mother’s Day with quotes from famous writers?

Study these quotes with your students, explain the meaning of each one, ask them to choose their favourite quote and include it in a card dedicated to their mothers on this special day!

What do the writers have to say about Mother’s Day? From Edgar Allan Poe to Washington Irving, read what famous writers have written about their mothers.

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” - Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)


Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)


The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)


A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” – Washington Irving (1783-1859)


Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” – James Joyce (1881-1941)


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust (1871-1922)


Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” – William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), “The Importance of Being Earnest,” 1895


How have mothers influenced the lives of writers? How have women writers balanced the demands of motherhood with the need to write? And, what have authors written about their mothers? Celebrate mothers in literature!

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