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My mother was passionate.
by Hugh Leonard

My mother was passionate.
She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family.
She dominated my father.
- Hugh Leonard

My life is every moment of my life.
It is not a culmination of the past.
- Hugh Leonard

We are all the foolishness and all the crimes we did.
We're also all the kindnesses we did.
I hate to think of life as if we understood time.
We don't understand time.
- Hugh Leonard

I'm a much nicer person since my wife died.
I found out what pain is, so on that level I'm much nicer.
- Hugh Leonard

 

My father I liked, but it was only after his death
that I got to know him by writing the play.
- Hugh Leonard

As somebody once said, we're not punished for our sins,
we're punished by them.
- Hugh Leonard

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent.
- Hugh Leonard

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It's a natural thing for people to say,
you know, Who's in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive.
People come along and I'm waiting for that first question.
- Hugh Leonard

I've always enjoyed a woman's company more than men's.
They're usually better looking.
- Hugh Leonard

I feel like the writer observing the grief,
but it is difficult to be detached from it.
- Hugh Leonard

I think with every writer there are two people there.
- Hugh Leonard

I've always believed in survival.
- Hugh Leonard

A thing well done is worth doing.
- Hugh Leonard

Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired.
He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed.
- Hugh Leonard

I'm a writer, and what I do is write.
I wasn't able to do anything else.
- Hugh Leonard

I came down to the living room one day and my wife
was standing in the living room.
It wasn't an illusion.
I saw her out of the corner of my eye.
The moment I saw her, she vanished.
- Hugh Leonard

Gossip is more popular than literature.
- Hugh Leonard

I don't think anyone is the perfect one to play me.
- Hugh Leonard

We were married for almost 45 years.
We fought all the time, it wasn't a great love or anything,
it wasn't a great, all-consuming passion.
She was just there.
A lot of people were startled because we didn't seem devoted but we were.
- Hugh Leonard

I went through life like an idiot for a great deal of the time,
saying there's nothing I would change.
That was a very arrogant thing to say.
There's a lot I would change.
There are people I would have steered clear of.
- Hugh Leonard

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Mother is the name for God
in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Proverb

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action.
- Mother Teresa

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
- Mother Teresa

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
- Mother Teresa

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within reach of every hand.
- Mother Teresa

A mother is not a person to lean on,
but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Mother Teresa

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox,
that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.
- Mother Teresa

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

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

I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
- Emily Dickinson

We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
- Mother Teresa

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- Mother Teresa

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
- Mother Teresa

Mother's love grows by giving.
- Charles Lamb

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
- Mother Teresa

The girl of my dreams is my mother's shadow,
cast upon the distant movie screen of my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
- Mother Teresa

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters.
- Mother Teresa

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
- Abraham Lincoln

There was never a child so lovely
but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a nurturing mother,
when you just remember to say "thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hunger for love is
much more difficult to remove
than the hunger for bread.
- Mother Teresa

The success of love is in the loving -
it is not in the result of loving.
Of course it is natural in love
to want the best for the other person,
but whether it turns out that way or not
does not determine the value of what we have done.
- Mother Teresa

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
- Mother Teresa

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We think sometimes that poverty is only
being hungry, naked and homeless.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and
uncared for is the greatest poverty.
We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
- Mother Teresa


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