Mom’s Book of Quotes

Many years ago I started keeping a “book of quotes” – short sayings or even paragraphs that expressed something of my life experience.  Those quotes have had to do with parenting, homeschooling, Christianity, grief, perseverance, and others.

I thought I would take the opportunity to share some quotes that have inspired me, challenged me, and in some cases, made me laugh.  I hope you find a few that you can take with you on your life journey as well.



  • Love – a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.
  • “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”
  • “The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.”  (Mignon McLaughlin)
  • “A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.”  (Frank A. Clark)
  • When asked, “What would you do differently if you were raising your family again?” a dedicated missionary mother replied, “I would stay home more, be kinder to my children, and feed them spiritually.”
  • “Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate!”  (Sandra J. Dykes)
  • “One of the quickest ways to meet new people is to pick up the wrong ball on the golf course.” (This one is for my golfer son!)


  • “Grief is a great teacher when it sends us back to serve and bless the living.  We learn how to counsel and comfort those who, like ourselves, are bowed in sorrow.  We learn when to keep silence in their presence, and when a word will assure them of our love and concern.”
  • “Closure is for business deals.  Closure is for real estate transactions.  Closure is not for feelings or for people that we love.” (Taken from “The Myth of Closure” published in the February 1999 newsletter of the Hospice Foundation of America)


  • “God feeds the birds, but he doesn’t throw the food into their nests.”
  • In the mid-1940’s a father was questioned about his decision to send his daugher to college since she “would probably just marry and raise a family.”  Her father’s response: “Educate a man and you educate an individual; educate a woman and you educate a family.”  (From a letter published in the Focus on the Family magazine many years ago.)
  • “It is hard: to forget; to apologize; to save money; to be unselfish; to avoid mistakes; to keep out of a rut; to begin all over again; to make the best of all things; to keep your temper at all times; to think first and act afterwards, to maintain a high standard; to keep on keeping on; to shoulder the blame; to be charitable; to admit error; to take advice; to forgive.  But it pays!”


  • “Be proud of every scar on your heart, each one holds a lifetime worth of lessons.”
  • “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.”  (Stephen R. Covey)
  • From a magazine article I read: “I believe…that sometimes, when everything is going wrong, the best thing to do is take a nap.”

The following are some longer quotes but because of their profound observations I chose to include them as well:

  • “I’m a rich man.  I live in a free country.  Millions and millions of people cannot know the richness of that.  They live behind iron curtains or under the shadow of a dictator.  Millions more in this country where I live have never realized that freedom is an obligation, not a license.  Thus they are poor.  Poor because they have not learned that freedom is not a license to drag others down into the depths of filth, but that freedom is an obligation to lift myself and my fellowman to greater and greater heights, pressing toward that high mark to which our Maker calls us.”  (Don Wildmon)
  • “It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”  (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • “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.”  (Mother Theresa)

So what do you think of my choices?  I am sure you have some favorite quotes of your own…won’t you please share them with me and my readers?

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  • Ann

    “God feeds the birds, but he doesn’t throw the food into their nests,” is the one that has stuck with me on several levels. Thanks, Anne, for sharing these.

  • Anonymous

    I read that probably 25 years ago and it really stuck with me. Thanks for commenting!

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the Hip Homeschool Hop awesome! I’m so glad you stopped by! Collecting quotes is something I was inspired to do a long time ago, and I love ones that talk about the realities of life, that encourage, or make us laugh.

    Thanks so much for the comment!

  • SweetsLady

    Love reading quotes especially when they are Christian. 😀
    Came by via Hip HomeSchool Hop!