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Jane Lazarre

  • ... there is only one image in this culture of the 'good mother.' ... She is quietly strong, selflessly giving, undemanding, unambitious; she is receptive and intelligent in only a moderate, concrete way; she is of even temperament, almost always in control of her emotions. She loves her children completely and unambivalently. Most of us are not like her.

  • The only thing which seems to me to be eternal and natural in motherhood is ambivalence ...

  • My mother had died when I was seven. For many years I lived primarily to search for her. I would pretend to find her in every new woman I met. I imagined her to be hiding behind walls, on the other side of mirrors, within my favorite photographs of her.

  • Satisfaction is the enemy of creativity ...

Jane Lazarre, U.S. writer

(1943)