Mother Says . . .

Mother Says . . .

From Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

Mother Says . . .

Throughout the centuries, mothers have given their children plenty of good advice and notable quotes. Here’s just a small sampling:

PAUL REVERE’S MOTHER: “I don’t care where you think you have to go, young man. Midnight is past your curfew!”

MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY’S MOTHER: “I don’t mind your having a garden, Mary, but does it have to be growing under your bed?”

MONA LISA’S MOTHER: “After all the money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that’s the biggest smile you can give us?”

HUMPTY DUMPTY’S MOTHER: “Humpty, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Noooo!”

COLUMBUS’S MOTHER: “I don’t care what you discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!”

BABE RUTH’S MOTHER: “Babe, how many times have I told you—quit playing ball in the house! That’s the third broken window this week!”

MICHELANGELO’S MOTHER: “Mike, can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?”

NAPOLEON’S MOTHER: “All right, Napoleon. If you aren’t hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it!”

CUSTER’S MOTHER: “Now, George, remember what I told you—don’t go biting off more than you can chew!”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S MOTHER: “Again with the stovepipe hat, Abe? Can’t you just wear a baseball cap like all the other kids?”

BARNEY’S MOTHER: “I realize strained plums are your favorite, Barney, but you’re starting to look a little purple.”

MARY’S MOTHER: “I’m not upset that your lamb followed you to school, Mary, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you.”

BATMAN’S MOTHER: “It’s a nice car, Bruce, but do you realize how much the insurance is going to be?”

GOLDILOCKS’S MOTHER: “I’ve got a bill here for a busted chair from the Bear family. You know anything about this, Goldie?”

LITTLE MISS MUFFET’S MOTHER: “Well, all I’ve got to say is if you don’t get off your tuffet and start cleaning your room, there’ll be a lot more spiders around here!”

ALBERT EINSTEIN’S MOTHER: “But Albert, it’s your senior picture. Can’t you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something . . . ?”

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOTHER: “George, the next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!”

JONAH’ SMOTHER: “That’s a nice story, Jonah, but now tell me where you’ve really been for the last three days.”

SUPERMAN’S MOTHER: “Clark, your father and I have discussed it, and we’ve decided you can have your own telephone line. Now will you quit spending so much time in all those phone booths?”

And finally . . . THOMAS EDISON’S MOTHER: “Of course, I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!”

Martha Bolton

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