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Quote from the episode The Maternal Conclusion

Beverly Hofstadter: Have you calmed down?
Leonard: No, I'm not calm. You really hurt me.
Beverly Hofstadter: That wasn't my intention.
Leonard: It doesn't matter what you intended. What matters is the way you made me feel. Actually, the way y-you've always made me feel.
Beverly Hofstadter: I see, so you're here to tell me all the ways that I failed you as a mother.
Leonard: Yeah. And get comfortable, 'cause i-it's a long list. [exhales]
Beverly Hofstadter: Is it happening soon?
Leonard: You know what? It doesn't matter. Doesn't matter, you're never gonna change. If I want you to accept me for me, then I guess I'm gonna have to accept you for you. So I forgive you.
Beverly Hofstadter: I didn't ask you to forgive me.
Leonard: Too bad. I forgive you anyway. And I forgive myself for taking so long to do it. Oh, my God, that feels so good.
Beverly Hofstadter: I must admit, it it does feel good.
Leonard: What does?
Beverly Hofstadter: You forgiving me. It means a lot. Thank you.

Quote from the episode The Maternal Conclusion

Penny: You know, Leonard was really upset. Shouldn't you go talk to him?
Beverly Hofstadter: And send the message that he can get what he wants by throwing a tantrum? I don't think so.
Penny: Beverly, put down your phone and go apologize to your son. [Beverly stares blankly at Penny] Oh, so now you're not talking to me?
Beverly Hofstadter: When you're finished with your tantrum, I'd be glad to.
[Penny groans]
Beverly Hofstadter: Just let me know when you're done.

Quote from the episode The Maternal Conclusion

Penny: Beverly, I have to say, it's so nice seeing the two of you get along.
Beverly Hofstadter: Oh, I've always gotten along with Leonard. Of all of my children, he's the most docile.
Leonard: She wrote that in a birthday card once. I keep it in my nightstand.

Quote from the episode The Maternal Conclusion

Beverly Hofstadter: Yeah, that's a fair point. I hadn't considered your influence. Perhaps tomorrow I could observe the two of you together?
Penny: Uh, "observe"? [laughs] What is going on?
Beverly Hofstadter: I'm just visiting with my son and doing research for my book on how various parenting strategies affected my children as adults.
Leonard: This has all been work to you? Hanging out with me and coming to my lab, I- I thought we were enjoying each other's company, but it was just research.
Beverly Hofstadter: I was enjoying it; you know I love research.

Quote from the episode The Maternal Conclusion

Leonard: I can't believe this.
Beverly Hofstadter: What? You seem angry.
Leonard: Of course I'm angry!
Beverly Hofstadter: Well, so would you say that you're somewhat angry, very angry or extremely angry? Never mind. I can see it in your face, dear.

Quote from the episode The Maternal Conclusion

Leonard: How was your flight?
Beverly Hofstadter: There were some parents with a baby. A lot of crying.
Leonard: Well, babies do that.
Beverly Hofstadter: No, it was the parents. It seems they couldn't handle some constructive criticism.

Quote from the episode The Maternal Conclusion

Beverly Hofstadter: So it's just you?

Quote from the episode The Conference Valuation

Leonard: Just tell me the truth, Mother. Was my whole childhood just one big experiment?
Beverly Hofstadter: Of course not, dear. It was thousands of small experiments.
Leonard: So that's all I was to you, a-a test subject?
Beverly Hofstadter: No, you were my baby and I found you fascinating.
Leonard: Really?
Beverly Hofstadter: Yes, watching you develop, tracking your progress. I know I'm not the warmest of parents, but it was time we spent together, and, honestly, those are some of my fondest memories.
Leonard: When did you stop?
Beverly Hofstadter: Oh, I can't tell you. The experiment isn't over.

Quote from the episode The VCR Illumination

Beverly Hofstadter: Yes?
Leonard: Hello, Mother.
Penny: Hey, Beverly.
Beverly Hofstadter: Hello, Leonard. Hello, Penny. To what do I owe this call?
Leonard: I need your professional advice.
Beverly Hofstadter: Well, I'd love to help you out, dear, but I'm very busy at the moment. Perhaps we can schedule a time next week.
Penny: It's about Sheldon.
Beverly Hofstadter: Oh, well, I-I suppose I can spare a minute or two.
Leonard: Wh-Why did you just say you're too busy, but-
Beverly Hofstadter: Leonard, please, not everything is about you.

Quote from the episode The VCR Illumination

Beverly Hofstadter: Penny, go on.
Penny: Well, ever since his paper got disproven, he's been a wreck. He's been sad and and angry. He just seems kind of broken.
Beverly Hofstadter: Well, it sounds like he may be grieving.
Penny: Really? Over a theory?
Beverly Hofstadter: Of course. You can grieve over any emotional loss. The more you care about something, the greater the trauma of losing it.
Leonard: Oh, boy. He cared about this a lot.
Penny: Yeah. What can we do to help him?
Beverly Hofstadter: Well, grieving is a process. Every culture has its own rituals and traditions to facilitate mourning. The ancient Egyptians had their mummification, the Tibetans had their sky funerals-
Leonard: And when I was little and my dog died, my mom sat me down and very gently told me that she wished the truck had hit my dad instead.
Beverly Hofstadter: I was trying to lighten the mood. Your dog had just died.

Quote from the episode The Novelization Correlation

Leonard: I mean, I-I didn't intend to write about Penny, but I guess maybe subconsciously I did.
Beverly Hofstadter: I believe you mean "unconsciously," dear.
Leonard: Yeah, sure. You know, it would be nice if you didn't correct me all the time.
Beverly Hofstadter: It would be nice if I didn't have to.

Quote from the episode The Novelization Correlation

Leonard: Got to go.
Beverly Hofstadter: I think you mean "have to"- [Leonard closes his laptop]

Quote from the episode The Skank Reflex Analysis

Beverly Hofstadter: If you need any more help from me, my books are available on Amazon. Logging off.

Quote from the episode The Explosion Implosion

Beverly Hofstadter: Hi, Pen- Oh, hello, Leonard.
Leonard: Hello, Mother. How are you?
Beverly Hofstadter: Fine. And you?
Leonard: I'm great.
Beverly Hofstadter: Well, it's been lovely catching up.
Leonard: Wait. Hang on. We need to talk.
Beverly Hofstadter: Oh, brother.

Quote from the episode The Explosion Implosion

Leonard: I want to know, why aren't you proud of me?
Beverly Hofstadter: Well, isn't the real question, "Why aren't you proud of yourself?"
Leonard: No, that is a question - and I ask it a lot - but let's stick with the one I asked you.
Beverly Hofstadter: But why do you think I'm not proud of you?
Leonard: Because you never say it. But two days into chatting with Penny, and you can't stop telling her how great she is.
Beverly Hofstadter: She is great. Honestly, of all of my children's spouses, she's the one that I'm most impressed by.
Leonard: Seriously?
Beverly Hofstadter: Yes. She's confident, she's thoughtful, and she never complained about you once. I know what kind of strength that takes.

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