My Favorite Quotes on Motherhood

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You've got big kids, so you've been at this a while. Yet isn't it so wonderful how something as simple as a tender quote about motherhood can still hit you in that place, stop you in your tracks and literally bring you to tears about the joys and blessings of being a woman and mom? I enjoy the Internet, but I love books. Here are some of my favorite literary (okay, kind of deep) quotes on the very essence of motherhood. Do you like these? Hit me back with some of yours!

"I was in love with my child, not sanely, not calmly, not rationally but wholly and completely, the way people get on an airplane and give control to the pilot, to the currents of wind, and let themselves be lifted up, taken away."--Anne Roiphe, Fruitful, Living the Contradictions: A Memoir of Motherhood

"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own."--Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers Gardens: Womanist Prose

"You see, there are no two ways about it: a mother must be mothered in mothering her own offspring. Though a woman has an inalienable spiritual and physical bond with her offspring, in the world of the instinctual Wild Woman, she does not just suddenly become a fully formed temporal mother all by herself."--Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D, Women Who Run With the Wolves

"There are certain goddesses--goddesses of compassion, goddesses of fertility, goddesses of love--that I see as nurturing, earthy, generous, abundant creatures and that's how I see mothers, how mothers should be. There's an abundance in motherhood that is also in nature."--Isabel Allende as quoted in Life Messages for Moms: Inspiration for a Mother's Spirit

"If your children notice you paying attention to your intuition, they will notice their own. If they hear you sharing your intuitive feelings, they will being to share their experiences as well."-- Sonia Choquette, Ph.D., The Wise Child: A Spirtiual Guide to Nurturing Your Child's Intuition

"Our Lady is not some magical being out there somewhere, like a fairy godmother. She's not the statue in the parlor. She's something inside of you. Do you understand what I'm telling you?"

"Our Lady is inside me," I repeated, not sure I did.

"You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do. Even if we already have a mother, we still have to find this part of ourselves inside." She held out her hand to me. "Give me your hand."--Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees


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