„He is her glory. Any woman could say it. For every one of them, God is in her child. Mothers of great men must have been familiar with this feeling, but then, all women are mothers of great men -- it isn't their fault if life disappoints them later.“

—  Boris Leonidovič Pasternak, livro Doutor Jivago

Fonte: Doctor Zhivago

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História

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„To me she was a woman but to herself she was still a child calling to her mother to hold her hand and help her. And her own mother, in the secret life we do not see, was a child too. I come from a line of children without end.“

—  J.M. Coetzee, livro Life & Times of Michael K

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—  Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951

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—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

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