Sunday, 22 January 2012

Paintings: Mother and child

"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance
but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, 
unable to go to school, were more educated 
and more intelligent than college professors."
- Maya Angelou

William Adolphe Bouguereau - Juene Fille et Enfant mi corps
"I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
William Adolphe Bouguereau - Maternal admiration (1869)
"Children are a great comfort in your old age
– and they help you reach it faster, too." 
- Lionel Kauffman

Hippolyte Camille Delpy - Mother and child in the garden
"A mother takes twenty years
to make a man of her boy,
and another woman makes a fool
of him in twenty minutes."
- Robert Frost

Frederick Warren Freer - Mother and Child Reading
"Insanity is hereditary; 
you get it from your children."
- Sam Levenson

An interlude by William Sergeant Kendall
"If you’ve never been hated by your child,
you’ve never been a parent."
- Bette Davis

Gustav Klimt - Mother and child
"Children seldom misquote. 
In fact, they usually repeat word for word
what you shouldn’t have said."
- Author Unknown

William Adolphe Bouguereau - Young mother gazing at her child (1871)
"There are no seven wonders
of the world in the eyes of a child.
There are seven million."
- Walt Streightiff

Frederick Goodall - Mother and child
"There are three ways to get something done:
do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it."
- Monta Crane

William Adolphe Bouguereau - The Bunch of Grapes (1868)
"It is not that I half knew my mother.
I knew half of her: the lower half 
- her lap, legs, feet, her hands and wrists 
as she bent forward."
- Flann O'Brien

Leon Jean Basile Perrault - A mother with her sleeping child
"Women as the guardians of children possess a great power.
They are the molders of their children's personalities
and the arbiters of their development."
- Ann Oakley
Leighton - Mother and Child
 "Whenever I'm with my mother,
I feel as though I have to spend the whole time
avoiding land mines."
- Amy Tan
Renoir, Pierre-Auguste - Mother and child (1881)
 "The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced
until the children are in bed."
- Author Unknown
William Adolphe Bouguereau - Lullaby
 "Before becoming a mother
I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children.
Now I have seven children and only one theory:
love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved."
- Kate Samperi

Frederick Richard Pickersgill - Mother and child with a poppy
"Motherhood brings as much joy as ever,
but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too.
Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad,
as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard
as helping a person develop his own individuality
especially while you struggle to keep your own."
- Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
William Adolphe Bouguereau - Rest (1879)
"What you teach your own children
is what you really believe in."
- Cathy Warner Weatherford

Marry Cassatt - Mother and child
Marry Cassatt - Mother and child (1900)
"Our children are not going to be just "our children"
- they are going to be other people's husbands
and wives and the parents of our grandchildren."
 Mary S Calderone
Shriya Das - Mother and child
 "Love your children with all your hearts,
love them enough to discipline them before it is too late...
Praise them for important things,
even if you have to stretch them a bit.
Praise them a lot. They live on it like bread and butter
and they need it more than bread and butter."
- Lavina Christensen Fugal
William Adolphe Bouguereau  - Maternal admiration
 "If I had my child to raise over again
I’d build self-esteem first and the house later
I’d finger paint more and point the finger less
I would do less correcting and more connecting
I’d take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes
I would care to know less and know to care more
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites
I’d stop playing serious and seriously play
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars
I’d do more hugging and less tugging
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often
I would be firm less often and affirm much more
I’d model less about the love of power
And more about the power of love."
– Diane Loomans

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Photo: Winter I.

"Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage
as the trees which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring."
- William Alexander
"The color of springtime is in the flowers, 
the color of winter is in the imagination." 
- Terri Guillemets

"Nothing is more beautiful
than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise."
- George Washington Carver

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel
the bone structure of the landscape -
the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.
Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."
- Andrew Wyeth

"Remember when old December's darkness
is ll about you, that the world is really
in every minutest point as full of life as in
the most joyous morning you ever lived through.."
- William James

"Reading about nature is fine,
but if a person walks in the woods
and listens carefully, he can learn more
than what is in books..."
- George Washington Carver

Villach, Austria

Villach, Austria

Villach, Austria


"Winter is the season in which people try to keep 
the house as warm as it was in the summer, 
when they complained about the heat."
- Author Unknown

Klagenfurt, Austria

Maria Theresia, Klagenfurt, Austria

Klagenfurt, Austria

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up, snow is exhilirating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather."
- John Ruskin


"Of winter's lifeless world each tree
now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer's secret
deep down withing its heart."
- Charles G. Stater

"During winter my attention
was attracted to the changes
in the stars and planets in the sky."
- Paul Nurse

"Adversity draws men together and produces beauty 
and harmony in life's relationships, 
just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, 
which vanish with the warmth."
- Soren Kierkegaard

"Melancholy were the sounds on winter's night."
- Virginia Woolf

"A morning-glory at my window 
satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books."
- Walt Whitman

"Let your soul stand cool and composed
before a million universes."
- Walt Whitman

 "What we anticipate seldom occurs; 
what we least expect generally happens."
- Benjamin Disraeli