When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.
There are other letters for the child to learn than those which Cadmus invented. The Spaniards have a good term to express this wild and dusky knolwedge, Grammatica parda, tawny grammar, a kind of mother-wit derived from that same leopard to which I have referred.
What do you do with mother love and mother wit when the babies are grown and gone away?
you can give it a long name if you like, but I'm an old-fashioned woman and I call it mother-wit, and it's so rare for a man to have it that if he does you write a book about him and call him Sherlock Holmes.
Metaphor is, as a common feature of linguistic practice, an incidental expediency, a homely administering of first-aid by mother-wit to jams or halts in expression suddenly confronting speakers, with no respectable linguistic solution immediately in sight.
Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit. In those homely sayings are couched the collective wisdom of generations.
Jigging veins of rhyming mother wits.
No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life.
In crowds it is stupidity and not mother wit that is accumulated.
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