hand that rocks the cradle, the

hand that rocks the cradle, the

A mother is a powerful influence, a thought derived from this phrase’s completion: “is the hand that rules the world.” It comes from a poem by William Ross Wallace, “The Hand that Rules the World” (1865), and has been quoted ever since. A British schoolmistress’s change on it makes for a humorous mixed metaphor: “The hand that rocks the cradle kicked the bucket.” A more sinister interpretation is given in the 1992 motion picture The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, about a demented nanny seeking revenge for the death of her husband.
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"Reminiscent of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, the story's tension builds relentlessly even though the author has telegraphed the morbid ending at the beginning of the book.
The hand that rocks the cradle, the hand that rules the world.