"My mom didn't want me to go to college. She didn't want me to read - when I read, I may as well have been holding a pineapple."
"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."Lynda Barry 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."Lynda Barry on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Lynda Barry on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Lynda Barry 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."Lynda Barry on Pablo Picasso
"I live in constant fear of being fired or dropped for that dark part of my work I can't control."
"I need to be cheered up a lot. I think funny people are people who need to be cheered up."
"I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking."
"If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time."
"Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time."