William Makepeace Thackeray quote about God from Vanity Fair - Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children; and here was one who was worshipping a stone!
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Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children; and here was one who was worshipping a stone!
 William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847). copy citation

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Author William Makepeace Thackeray
Source Vanity Fair
Topic God mother children
Date 1847
Language English
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Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/599/599-h/599-h.htm

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“There was the cheval-glass, that miracle of art, in which he could just see his own wondering head and the reflection of Dolly (queerly distorted, and as if up in the ceiling), plumping and patting the pillows of the bed. Oh, thou poor lonely little benighted boy! Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children; and here was one who was worshipping a stone!
Now Rawdon Crawley, rascal as the Colonel was, had certain manly tendencies of affection in his heart and could love a child and a woman still. For Rawdon minor he had a great secret tenderness then, which did not escape Rebecca, though she did not talk about it to her husband.” source

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