„There is no greater warrior than a mother protecting her child.“

—  N. K. Jemisin, livro The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Chapter 4 (p. 36)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010)

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„Ah! how much a mother learns from her child! The constant protection of a helpless being forces us to so strict an alliance with virtue, that a woman never shows to full advantage except as a mother. Then alone can her character expand in the fulfillment of all life’s duties and the enjoyment of all its pleasures.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

Ah! combien de choses un enfant apprend à sa mère. Il y a tant de promesses faites entre nous et la vertu dans cette protection incessante due à un être faible, que la femme n’est dans sa véritable sphère que quand elle est mère; elle déploie alors seulement ses forces, elle pratique les devoirs de sa vie, elle en a tous les bonheurs et tous les plaisirs.
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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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Contexto: He closed his eyes and tried to recover in his imagination the mudbrick walls and reed roof of her stories, the garden of prickly pear, the chickens scampering for the feed scattered by the little barefoot girl. And behind that child, in the doorway, her face obscured by shadow, he searched for a second woman, the woman from whom his mother had come into the world. When my mother was dying in the hospital, he thought, when she knew her end was coming, it was not me she looked to but someone who stood behind me: her mother or the ghost of her mother. 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.

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„Your mother waits, heart-weary, at the door.
Your child in hunger cries for its chewed rice.
I feed your mother, serving as her son,
and like a father teach your child to read.“

—  Đặng Trần Côn writer 1710 - 1745

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Original: (vi) Lòng lão thân buồn khi tựa cửa,
Miệng hài nhi chờ bữa mớm cơm.
Ngọt bùi thiếp đã hiếu nam,
Khuyến con đèn sách thiếp làm phụ thân.

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„God took a child to fondle him in His bosom of delight; but the mother wept and would not be consoled because her child no longer existed.“

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