— Shelagh Delaney English playwright 1938 - 2011
„Don’t get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That’s a story. Handled properly, it’s more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be.“
„“Do you get tired, singing?” she asked.
Gan Itai laughed quietly. “Does a mother grow tired raising her children? Of course, but it is what I do.”“
— Tad Williams novelist 1957
Chapter 23, “Deep Waters” (p. 591).
„The irony of her story is merely that her love became, in the end, her motive rather than her goal, the doorway rather than the house.“
— Tanith Lee British writer 1947 - 2015
Chapter 22 (p. 192)
„The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.“
— Germaine Greer Australian feminist author 1939
Context: Compulsory motherhood is not ennobling, although the friends of the foetus are at pains to point out that most women denied abortions end up loving their issue just the same. Whether they love them just the same as they would have if they had wanted them is of course unverifiable; most women are not so perverse and unjust as to punish their children for the crimes of society (their fathers), but the oppression of their circumstances is real notwithstanding. For the oppressors themselves to take credit for the women's magnanimity is sickeningly smug. The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement. "Abortion ii" (21 May 1972), p. 115
„The cold winds sweeping the mountain-height,
And pathless was the dreary wild,
And ’mid the cheerless hours of night
A mother wandered with her child:
As through the drifting snows she press’d,
The babe was sleeping on her breast.“
— Seba Smith American humorist 1792 - 1868
The Snow Storm.
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
„Three years ago, I came to you as a bride. Today, I come as a widow who, with a small child, was thrown out of her mother-in-law's house.“
— Maneka Gandhi Indian politician and activist 1956
During an election campaign speech in Amethi, as quoted in Mrs. "Gandhi's feisty daughter-in-law: more than a political nuisance?" http://www.csmonitor.com/1983/0406/040644.html, The Christian Science Monitor (6 April 1983)
„Misty path and the night is endless,
She could be a queen
Or a desert princess.
Hero takes her hand and leads her through…
Who knows what this night will do?
Only in the blue night he comes to her
That's when the whole night
Belongs to her.“
— Mike Oldfield English musician, multi-instrumentalist 1953
„Flow my tears, fall from your springs,
Exil'd for ever: let me mourn
Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,
There let me live forlorn.“
— John Dowland English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer 1563 - 1626
"Flow my tears", line 1, The Second Book of Songs (1600).
„She was forcing it with her scorn, the kiss she gave me, the hard curl of her lips, the mockery of her eyes, until I was like a man made of wood and there was no feeling within me except terror and a fear of her, a sense that her beauty was too much, that she was so much more beautiful than I, deeper rooted than I. She made me a stranger unto myself, she was all of those calm nights and tall eucalyptus trees, the desert stars, that land and sky, that fog outside, and I had come there with no purpose save to be a mere writer, to get money, to make a name for myself and all that piffle.“
— John Fante 1909–1983; American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Italian descent 1909 - 1983