Quotes from the 10 Most-Amazing TV Moms

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on May 4, 2013
Doris Roberts delivered sharp wit as family matriarch Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," which aired from 1996-2005.

From “I Love Lucy” at the dawn of television to “Everyone Loves Raymond” in the 1990s, Americans have fallen in love with the sitcom families they welcome into their homes each week. We laugh and cry as they tackle parenting, in-laws, finances, careers, love and loss. Whatever the situation, a caring and devoted mother seems to be at the ready to offer a helping hand and friendly advice. Consider these words of wit and wisdom from 10 of TV’s most beloved moms.

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) on finances:
“This is my system for paying bills. See, I throw ’em all up in the air, and those that land face-up are the winners!”
—“The Quiz Show,” I Love Lucy, Season 1, Episode 5 (1951)

Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) on assertion:
“I realize you have to do what you think is right. I wouldn’t respect you if you let yourself get pushed around by anyone, including me. “
—“Washington vs. the Bunny,” The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 1, Episode 4 (1961)

Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) on humility:
“You shouldn’t put down a loser, Cindy, because you might be one yourself someday. Just remember that.”
—“You Can’t Win ‘Em All,” The Brady Bunch, Season 4, Episode 22 (1973)

Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones) on tolerance:
“People aren’t as different as we think. We may have different beliefs, but we’re all pretty much alike.”
—“Danny Converts,” The Partridge Family, Season 4, Episode 17 (1974)

Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton) on domestic bliss:
“I ain’t taking no orders. I can be a sunshine lady if I wanna be. And I wanna be. And I am.”
—“Edith Breaks Out,” All in the Family, Season 6, Episode 8 (1975)

Thelma “Mama” Harper (Vicki Lawrence) on disagreements:
“From now on if we have any backstabbing to do were going to do it the way we have always done it face to face.”
—“War of the Roses,” Mama’s Family, Season 6, Episode 12 (1983)

Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) on ambition:
“Theo, we never said become a doctor, become a lawyer, we say go to school, we say study, we say become something.”
—“I’m ‘In’ with the ‘In” Crowd,” The Cosby Show, Season 6, Episode 3 (1989)

Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) on bullying:
“It doesn’t matter. It’s what’s inside of you that counts, don’t sell yourself short.” –Slip Sleddin’ Away,” Home Improvement, Season 3, Episode 13 (1994)

 Marie Barone (Doris Roberts) on blessings:
“You know, actually, this could be a good lesson for me. To learn to be content with what is and not hope for what could be.”
—“The Will,” Everybody Loves Raymond, Season 4, Episode 5 (1999)

Debra Barone (Patricia Heaton) on in-laws:
“Every time Marie says something mean or insulting, I get mad. Maybe that’s why she keeps doing it. I should just change the way I react to her. God, that’s in every book.”
—“No Thanks,” Everybody Loves Raymond, Season 4, Episode 5 (1999)

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