"My mom and I used to listen to records, read, and take train rides across the country in the summer. It was a very chill life. She didn't expose me to anything that was ahead of my development, but she expected me to adjust to her world - she did not expect to adjust to mine."
"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."Martha Plimpton 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."Martha Plimpton on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Martha Plimpton on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Martha Plimpton 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."Martha Plimpton on Pablo Picasso
"That's the thing about interviews, at some point you're going to change your mind. But it's there forever and you can't escape it."
"The word 'equality' shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it's not the American way."
"I prefer to think of the audience as a single living organism with which I am sharing a singular, never-to-be-repeated experience."
"It's not common for a woman on television, especially if she's the mom of the family, to be funny. She's usually a straight man or foil."
"It's long been accepted as fact that the availability of family planning services saves lives. Where women have access to these services, children and families are healthier, and society at large benefits."