Interesting things my mother taught me: 22 quotes from famous people
"My mother used to say that there are no strangers,
only friends you haven’t met yet.
Dame Edna Everage
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but
understanding of illiteracy.
That some people, unable to go to school, were more intelligent
and more educated than college professors.”
“Men can’t be all just brute force and just male energy,
they have to be sensitive and understanding.
That’s the biggest lesson she taught me how to be myself,
how to be in touch with every part.”
"The best advice my mom has ever given me is to never give up.
She believes when one door shuts, another door opens.
Always, always move forward.
I admire her tenacity and her generosity and her ability to do 17 things at once."
"My mother's philosophy was 'If you get yourself in trouble,
you've got to get yourself out of trouble.'
There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible
for yourself in order to have what you want.”
"My mother told me when I was a kid that each time we get to what feels like
the edge of a cliff, we have two choices: to turn around and run, or to jump.
I have learned over time to jump and though it is scary,
I know somewhere inside me that I will be caught."
"Only my mum could have taught me how to cook the food I love,
like homemade lasagna and her amazing roast chicken with potatoes and gravy
and her pavlova with cream and berries and apple cake and…"
I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors
as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways
in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table.
But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where
you start, but where you're going. That's family values.
"The most important thing she taught me was to never want to look like
someone else or be someone else. She was a ballerina, and she made me dance,
and if I danced in a certain style or copied a specific person, she would tell
me to dance like myself.
She felt that if you knew how to own and respect what you're given naturally,
there's nothing more beautiful."
"Mom always tells us how beautiful we are. She embraces our differences
and tries not to make us cookie-cutter kids.”
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life."
"My mother was a feminist. She would have slapped you if you said she was pretty.
And she was pretty, but she wasn't very much into looks or anything like that.
She taught me about the mind and the meaning of life.
I learned about being a strong woman, and I think that's more beautiful to me."
"She taught me not to fear being the butt of the joke, taught me not to worry
about being likeable or perfect, and to lovingly go for the kill.”
"Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness.
If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love."
"From the time I was little, my mother told me,
'We're all just a product of our choices."
"She always told me to smile with my eyes. I learned that by watching her.
And what that meant to her and now means to me is:
To feel beautiful is to be beautiful. If you felt good, and you felt confident,
you could put that through your eyes in a picture. And that would be beautiful."
"The best advice my mom ever gave me was that you have to talk about
“Remember this: When you cross my doorstep, you have already been raised.
With what you have learned you know the difference between right and wrong.
Do right. Don't anybody raise you from the way you have been raised.
Know you will have to make adaptations, in love, in relationships, in friends,
in society, in work, but don't let anybody change your mind.”
"My mom has taught me how to be both a gracious host and guest,
the importance of keeping my commitments, how to be the bigger person
and most importantly to ALWAYS wear sunscreen!"
I think my mother is my biggest influence. There are so many things I hate
about her but at the same time I'm thankful for her.
All I know is that when I'm a parent I want to be just like my mom.
I can talk to my mom more than any of my friends could talk to their parents.
“My biggest hero is and always will be my mother. She has taught me about
caring for others, working hard and working smart,"
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carte
“Hearts will break and people will hurt you, darling.” Her mother said.
“But when you let those people control your outlook on the life,
you only allow them to have a greater hold on your happiness.
Once you accept the fact that every day is a new day to begin again,
life becomes a much easier path to walk.”
Originally published at Ahavaha.