"Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own."
"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."Nelson Algren 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."Nelson Algren on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Nelson Algren on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Nelson Algren 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."Nelson Algren on Pablo Picasso
"Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity."