Estelle Winslow
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Estelle Winslow (Character)
from "Family Matters" (1989)

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"Family Matters: Fight the Good Fight (#2.20)" (1991)
Harriette Winslow: Laura, you've had your head in those books all morning, got a big test coming up?
Laura Lee Winslow: Nope, this is Black History Month. Did you know an African American helped design the blueprint for Washington, D.C.?
Carl Otis Winslow: Yep, Benjamin Banneker.
Laura Lee Winslow: Hey, not bad.
Carl Otis Winslow: Hey, your old man's read a book or two.
Laura Lee Winslow: Now, for the championship and the toaster oven, who made the first patented shoe sewing machine?
Carl Otis Winslow: Uh, uh...
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Buzz!
Laura Lee Winslow: Grandma!
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: It was Jan Matzeliger, in 1883.
Laura Lee Winslow: Yeah, that's right, how'd you know?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Who do you think bought his first pair of shoes?

Harriette Winslow: Now here's something I didn't know. Alexandre Dumas was black.
Carl Otis Winslow: The guy who wrote The Three Musketeers?
Harriette Winslow: Yeah.
Laura Lee Winslow: Most people don't know that.
Harriette Winslow: Why? Don't they teach Black History at your school?
Laura Lee Winslow: Yeah, but only for one month.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: That's one month longer than they taught it to me.
Laura Lee Winslow: Well that really bugs me. I mean we've made contributions to this country for over 300 years, but you wouldn't know it looking at most history books, it's not fair.
Carl Otis Winslow: Well sweetheart, if you feel that strongly about it, maybe you should do something about it.
Laura Lee Winslow: Maybe I will.

Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Laura, do you mind if your old grandmother tells you a story?
Laura Lee Winslow: Grandma, you're not old.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Good answer! No wonder you're my favorite grandchild.

Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Laura, when I was about your age, I LOVED to read, just like you. But our little town only had ONE library, and it was for whites only.
Laura Lee Winslow: You couldn't check out a book?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: I couldn't even go in. And even then I knew it wasn't right. So one day I decided to do something about it. So I walked in the library, sugar, I couldn't believe my eyes, there were THOUSANDS of books just sitting there waiting to be read.
Laura Lee Winslow: Did they let you take one?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: The librarian, a white man that I'd known all my life, pushed me out into the street and told me never to come back.
Laura Lee Winslow: Did you cry?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: All the way home, and the next day I cried all the way back to the library.
Laura Lee Winslow: You went back?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Every day for 6 months. People stopped and starred, called me names, and some even spit at me.
Laura Lee Winslow: Weren't you scared?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Was I ever! And sometimes I was sorry I ever started the whole thing, but I didn't quit. Finally, one rainy day, I walked in dripping wet, and that same man that pushed me out, shook his head and gave me a library card. And from that day on, EVERYBODY could use that library.

Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: [to Laura] Sugar, I realize you're having a hard time, but you've got to stand up for whatever you believe in, or things will never change. This library card is proof that ONE person can make a difference. You understand? Come here, let me give you some sugar.
[kisses Laura]
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Love you.


"Family Matters: Jailhouse Blues (#3.15)" (1992)
Rachel Crawford: So, Clarence, how was your flight-ski bright-ski?
Clarence: Stupid.
Harriette Winslow: Excuse me?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Stupid means good.

Laura Lee Winslow: How's the weather back in Detroit?
Clarence: Ill.
Harriette Winslow: What's the matter, not feeling well?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Ill means lousy. You need to get out more.

Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Clarence, is young. Let's try to be patient.
Rachel Crawford: Yeah. Word-ski, Bro-ski in-law. Don't ill, take a chill pill.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: [Everyone looks at Mother Winslow] I have no idea what she's talking about.


"Family Matters: Good Cop, Bad Cop (#5.15)" (1994)
Carl Otis Winslow: Hey sweetheart, how about some pie?
Harriette Winslow: That's sounds good.
Carl Otis Winslow: Yeah, bring me a slice.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Carl, you lazy slug! Get up and get your own pie!
Carl Otis Winslow: Yes, Mother!
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: As long as you're up, bring me a piece.

Harriette Winslow: [Eddie got pulled over by the cops, and a ticket] What was the problem?
Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow: Failure to signal.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: I got one of those once, did you know the sidewalk isn't a passing lane?


"Family Matters: Busted (#2.19)" (1991)
Harriette Winslow: [Rachel carries on about how sad it is Aunt Clotilda died] She was 94 years old. She lived a long and full life.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: How did she die?
Rachel Crawford: She keeled over leading a game of Simon says!
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: [cracks a laugh but tries to stop] It's so sad.
Rachel Crawford: When the paramedics got there, they thought SIXTY-SEVEN people had died!

Rachel Crawford: Mother Winslow, when you... when you...
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Bite the big one?
Rachel Crawford: Yeah... do you want to be buried or cremated?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Surprise me.


"Family Matters: The Mama Who Came to Dinner (#1.1)" (1989)
Edward 'Eddie' Winslow: The party doesn't start until 9 and my curfew's at 10.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: That stinks. That's not enough time for Rambo to blow anything up.
Edward 'Eddie' Winslow: That's what I said, but Dad still said no.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Don't you worry, I'll work on him. Your grandma is gonna fight for your right to party.


"Family Matters: The Substitute Son (#6.14)" (1995)
[Comes in the lving room with Mother Winslow as Eddie is taking his frustrations out on his sack of dirty laundry because Carl has just taken Waldo to the Chicago Bulls game instead of him]
Harriette: That won't get the stains out.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Yeah, you have to use bleach.
Eddie: I don't believe wat just happened, dad took Waldo to the bulls game.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Oh honey, I hope they don't cheer too hard. I got fifty bucks on the Knicks.
Eddie: No, grandma. Dad took Waldo instead of me. Can you believe that?
Harriette: [unsympathetic] Yes! Eddie, your father left you three messages for you and you never called him back.
Eddie: It's not fair.
Harriette: [still unsympathetic towards Eddie's selfishess] Fair? Was it fair that you stood your father up for bowling? And what about the car show last Saturday? Your father waited at the Box Office for an hour.
[Eddie has just realized his mistake in standing his father for the chance to go out on his date with a girl that he likes]
Eddie: Oh no, I forgot all about the car show.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: [sympathetically] Eddie, Carl was just about your age when he lost his dad.
Eddie: Really?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Carl and his father planned on doing a lot of things together, but they never got the chance. You'll never know how much time you'll have together. So you have to make every minute count.
[Eddie agrees as Mother Winslow and Harriette walks out of the living room]


"Family Matters: Mr. Badwrench (#1.8)" (1989)
Rachel Crawford: Mother Winslow, guess what?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: What?
Rachel Crawford: Little Richie spoke his first word
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Oh that's sweet, what did he say?
Rachel Crawford: Mama.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Aww that's cute. Carl's first word was Donut.
[Carl is appalled as he has a donut in his mouth]


"Family Matters: The Big Reunion (#1.15)" (1990)
Judy: Were all of Dad's friends named Darnelle?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Yes, those were very confusing times.


"Family Matters: Citizen's Court (#3.6)" (1991)
Carl Otis Winslow: [after being frightened by Pablo, the stick bug] Did you see the size of that thing?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: I'll bet that's what the bug was thinking, too!


"Family Matters: Food, Lies and Videotape (#3.17)" (1992)
Carl: This baby has a remote. I'll be in all the videos.
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Then, you'll need a wide-angle lense.


"Family Matters: Choir Trouble (#3.13)" (1991)
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Steve, how did you get so good at checkers?
Steve Urkel: Practice. Fortunately, when I was young I had no friends.


"Family Matters: Robo-Nerd (#3.7)" (1991)
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: [to Carl] I know you're stubborn as a mule but you don't have to act like a jackass!


"Family Matters: Sitting Pretty (#1.18)" (1990)
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Harriette, there is a child outside digging up your azaleas.
[sees the kids]
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Oh my Lord!


"Family Matters: Woman of the People (#3.19)" (1992)
Carl: What? I'm on duty? Well, why didn't you tell me?
Harriette: I posted the schedule, Carl!
Carl: Well, I didn't see it, Harriette!
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: Well, how did you miss it? It was right in your favorite spot.
Carl: And where's that?
Estelle 'Mother' Winslow: The refrigerator.


"Family Matters: Rock Video (#1.22)" (1990)
Harriette Winslow, Carl Otis Winslow, Laura Lee Winslow, Rachel Crawford, Estelle 'Mother' Winslow, Judy Winslow, Edward 'Eddie' James Arthur Winslow: [in the rap video] We are a family, we share all we got and that's easy to see, cuz we are a family!