"It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion it is a joy of every moment."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Honore de Balzac on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Honore de Balzac on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Honore de Balzac on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Honore de Balzac on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Honore de Balzac on Pablo Picasso
"Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty."
"One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul."
"If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye."
"Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless."
"The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute."