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When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning,
by Margaret Sanger

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning,
not the result of ignorance or accident,
its children will become the foundation of a new race.
- Margaret Sanger

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The submission of her body without love or desire is
degrading to the woman's finer sensibility,
all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding.
- Margaret Sanger

Dire poverty drives this mother back again to the factory
(no intelligent person will say she goes willingly).
- Margaret Sanger

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.
No woman can call herself free until she can choose
consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.
- Margaret Sanger

 

The most merciful thing that a family does to one of
its infant members is to kill it.
- Margaret Sanger

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.
- Margaret Sanger

Against the State, against the Church,
against the silence of the medical profession,
against the whole machinery of dead institutions of the past,
the woman of today arises.
- Margaret Sanger

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Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts.
- Margaret Sanger

Woman must not accept; she must challenge.
She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her;
she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.
- Margaret Sanger

Women of the working class, especially wage workers,
should not have more than two children at most.
The average working man can support no more and and
the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion.
- Margaret Sanger

Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom
of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and
how many children she will have.
Regardless of what man's attitude may be,
that problem is hers - and before it can be his,
it is hers alone.
- Margaret Sanger

War, famine, poverty and oppression of the workers
will continue while woman makes life cheap.
They will cease only when she limits her reproductivity
and human life is no longer a thing to be wasted.
- Margaret Sanger

She goes through the vale of death alone,
each time a babe is born.
As it is the right neither of man nor the state to
coerce her into this ordeal,
so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it.
- Margaret Sanger

A mutual and satisfied sexual act is of great benefit to the average woman,
the magnetism of it is health giving.
When it is not desired on the part of the woman and she gives no response,
it should not take place.
- Margaret Sanger

Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
- Rebecca West

Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
- Helen Hunt Jackson

I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag,
motherhood and the Bible.
That's why people love me.
- Art Linkletter

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.
- Isadora Duncan

Motherhood is...
difficult and...
rewarding.
- Gloria Estefan

Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of
sympathy have been touched.
- Paul Harris

Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
- Barbara Kingsolver

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.
Everything gets reduced to essentials.
- Meryl Streep

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.
When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe.
You relinquish that position to your children.
- Jessica Lange

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
- Robert Browning

First of all, returning from motherhood,
I was looking for something lighter,
and I wasn't as much attracted to Kate as I was to
the relationship between the two people.
- Tea Leoni

Of all the haunting moments of motherhood,
few rank with hearing your own words come out of your daughter's mouth.
- Victoria Secunda

The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is:
mothers really need to be given the ability to parent.
- Joan Blades

Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close
to describing my emotions.
There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me,
particularly given my medical history.
- Anita Baker

Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it
on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out,
about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the
career ladder nonexistent.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

Motherhood change me because it is so fundamental what
you're doing for another person.
And you are able to do even though it takes a lot.
- Meg Ryan

Sexual liberation, as a slogan, turns out to be another kind of bondage.
For a woman it offers orgasm as her ultimate and major fulfillment;
it's better than motherhood.
- Victoria Billings

I never knew motherhood could be so truly gratifying until I had Natasha.
- Natalie Wood

Until women learn to want economic independence,
and until they work out a way to get this independence
without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood,
it seems to me feminism has no roots.
- Crystal Eastman

Motherhood in all its guises and permutations is more art than science.
- Melinda M. Marshall

The most consistent gift and burden of motherhood is advice.
- Susan Chira

I've always been so apathetic.
I figured, OK, maybe the world is going to fall down around me.
Now I want to make a better world...
that's motherhood.
- Cass Elliot

The question of peace, progress and prosperity,
it's a motherhood statement, all of us like it.
- Sellapan Ramanathan

There is no theoretical study of motherhood.
You know, before I became a mother, I did play a mother,
but I was like - I was more thinking of my own mother.
I was doing my mother.
- Joan Chen

None of my own experiences ever finds its way into my work.
However, the stages of my life - motherhood,
middle age, etc.
- often influence my subject matter.
- Anne Tyler

The best thing that could happen to motherhood already has.
Fewer women are going into it.
- Victoria Billings

I value mothers and motherhood enormously.
For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction
I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither.
- William Trevor

The only thing that seems eternal and natural in motherhood is ambivalence.
- Jane Lazarre

Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways.
You learn to deal with crisis.
I've become a juggler, I suppose.
It's all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage,
but sometimes I do.
- Jane Seymour

Passion has always been important to me.
That won't change.
What changes in a woman's perspective.
I mean, I have two kids now.
I'm a single parent balancing motherhood and my career.
That changes the equation.
- Jody Watley

Other than motherhood, the eight years that I spent
at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, I have incredibly fond memories of.
It's a beautiful place, with four seasons up in Wisconsin.
And really wonderful people.
- Laurel Clark

I had a dozen years to act before starting a family
then found that motherhood dwarfed everything else.
Once or twice a year, I take a project that appeals
to me for its redeeming social value.
- Sissy Spacek

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Call a plant beautiful, and it becomes a flower.
Call it ugly, and it becomes a weed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives,
everything he does becomes tainted.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength,
the latter becomes irresistible.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Helen Keller

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together becomes reality.
- John Lennon

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

One movement toward light becomes a clear signpost on a long road.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

The only place where your dream becomes impossible
is in your own thinking.
- Robert H. Schuller

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Love that does not renew itself every day
becomes a habit and in turn a slavery.
- Khalil Gibran

Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature.
By and by love becomes not a relationship,
it becomes a state of your being.
Not that you are in love - now you are love.
- Osho

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
- Albert Einstein


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