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Happy Mothers Day

Welcome to our Happy Mother’s Day headquarters.

Think of this as a resource and reference page to help you celebrate the mother(s) in your life.

Below we have over 175 Mother’s Day messages, wishes, and quotes to honor and recognize moms. There’s also a history of the holiday, along with some great Mother’s Day memes and images.

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Mother’s Day 2023

Mother’s Day should be very enjoyable for moms. It’s a time of year when all mothers like to hear from every one of their children.

Traditions vary from family to family, but mothers may receive Mother’s Day cards, flowers, gifts, dinner out, and assorted other expressions of love.

Always the second Sunday of May, Mother’s Day is the third biggest card-sending holiday occasion in the United States. Some 85% of adults celebrate the holiday.

When is Mother’s Day in 2023 in the U.S.?

This year, Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

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Wishes for Mom

1.) Always my mom, forever my friend.

2.) If I know what love is, it’s because of you. Happy Mother’s Day!

3.) Thank you for all the happy times we’ve shared.

4.) No matter how old I get, you’ll always be my hero.

5.) Wishing you all the love and happiness that you deserve.

6.) To an amazing Mom, Happy Mom’s Day. Now, sit back and relax.

7.) Mom, I am so thankful for you. Happy Mother’s Day!

8.) I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you.

9.) I wish you all the happiness and love you so richly deserve.

10.) MOM turned upside down is WOW! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Funny Mother’s Day Wishes

11.) I think my being your child is a gift enough.

12.) Happy Mother’s Day, and thanks for giving me my good looks.

13.) I know you taught me to be modest, but I got the best Mom ever!

14.) Great Job, Mom; I turned out awesome.

15.) I love how we don’t have to say out loud that I’m your favorite child.

16.) Happy Mother’s Day from your greatest financial burden.

17.) I can’t imagine how proud you are of me for remembering your card.

18.) You were right. There, I said it. Love you, Mom!

19.) I feel bad for other people. I clearly got the best Mom.

funny mother's day wishes.

Messages For Your Wife

20.) Seeing what a great mom you are, makes me love you even more. Happy Mother’s Day!

21.) Everything great about our family is because of you. Have a lovely and wonderful day!

22.) You put the sweet in our home, sweet home. Love all that you do for our family.

23.) Your beauty shines through in all of our children. Thanks for all you do.

Mother’s Day Messages

24.) A mother’s love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever.

25.) Home is where your mother is. Love you, Mom.

26.) You’re the Mom everyone wishes they had.

27.) Thanks for being my inspiration!

28.) Moms are the heart of the family. Happy Mother’s Day!

29.) Mom: a title just above Queen.

MOM turned upside down is WOW - Happy Mother' Day.

Happy Mother’s Day Greetings

30.) Not always eye-to-eye, but always heart-to-heart.

31.) To the world, you are a mom, but to our family, you are the world!

32.) Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place.

33.) Motherhood: the scariest “hood” you’ll ever go through.

Note: Happy Mother’s Day greeting cards are typically included with gifts. Use a message, quote or wish as a starter for your messaging to that very special person in your life.

Mother’s Day Image

Moms are the heart of the family - Happy Mother's Day.

Sayings for Sisters

34.) Definition of Mom: One who does the work of many for free.

35.) Sometimes, when I open my mouth, my Mama comes out.

36.) Moms are like buttons; they hold everything together. Happy Mother’s Day!

37.) Moms make the world a little softer, kinder, and warmer.

38.) That’s my Mama! Happy Mother’s Day!

39.) Moms make life beautiful.

40.) A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.

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41.) A man’s work is from the sun to the sun, but a woman’s work is never done.

Mother’s Day Card Messages

42.) Mom’s alone time: for everyone’s safety.

43.) Gift your mom your love!

44.) A mommy’s hug lasts long after she goes.

45.) A mother’s heart is always with her children.

46.) A mom weaves her loving art and leaves her magic in our hearts.

47.) Mother is a verb, not a noun.

48.) You’ve filled our house with love and laughter.

A mother's hug meme.

Humorous Greetings for Mom

49.) A worried mother does better research than the FBI.

50.) To my second least embarrassing parental unit on Facebook. Happy Mother’s Day!

51.) Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine for your mom for Mother’s Day. After all, you are the reason she drinks.

52.) To the woman who uses my voicemail like a podcast, Happy Mother’s Day!

53.) A mom’s patience: What you have when there are too many witnesses.

54.) Mom’s lament: I live in a madhouse run by a tiny army that I made myself.

55.) Silence is golden unless you have a toddler; then it’s suspicious.

56.) My mothering style has evolved to: “But, did anyone die?”

57.) 95% of mothering is wondering when you get to lie down again. Happy Mother’s Day!

Your mother's research.

Greetings for Friends

58.) Have a fantastic Mother’s Day!

59.) I love you to the moon and back – you’re an amazing Mom!

60.) I love you always. Happy Mother’s Day!

61.) Out of all the moms in the world, I’m glad you are mine.

62.) To my extraordinary Mom, you are my rock and my friend.

63.) You are all kinds of amazing!

64.) May your day be as sensational as you are.

65.) Sending hugs your way on your special day. I miss you.

66.) You’ve given me the three most important things: Your time, your care, and your love. For that, I’m forever grateful.

Forever my Friend.

Mother-in-law Messages

67.) For all that you’ve done for your daughter and me, thank you.

68.) The love of your life just doesn’t grow on trees. Thank you for raising such an amazing woman.

69.) The world is a better place because of people like you.

70.) You mean more to me than you know. Thanks a million!

71.) An amazing mother-in-law deserves an amazing day.

Kipling quote on God and Mothers.

For Your Grandmother

72.) Thanks for all the cookies and love.

73.) Happy Mother’s Day, Grandma. You make every day bright and sunny.

Mother Quotes

74.) Mothers of boys work from son up until son down.
Unknown

75.) The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.
Therese of Lisieux

76.) God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.
Rudyard Kipling

77.) And I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.
Mitch Albom

78.) Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
Robert Browning

79.) Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a mother.
Unknown

Short Mom Quotes

80.) All that I am or that I hope to be I owe to my mother.
Abraham Lincoln

81.) A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them.
Victor Hugo

82.) Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

83.) One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.
George Herbert

Life doesn't come with a manual.

Inspirational Quotations on Mothers

84.) Mother is the name for God on the lips and in the hearts of little children.
William M. Thackeray

85.) Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do.
Unknown

86.) I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Abraham Lincoln

87.) Sometimes, the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
Barbara Kingsolver

88.) The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Theodore Hesburgh

89.) Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
Emily Dickinson

90.) A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make learning unnecessary.
Dorothy C. Fisher

Inspiring

91.) Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.
George Eliot

92.) A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Tenneva Jordan

93.) No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.
Sarah Josepha Hale

94.) All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
Oscar Wilde

95.) Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
Louisa May Alcott

96.) It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
Mahatma Gandhi

97.) Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love, and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
Stevie Wonder

Funny Quotations for Mom

98.) It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.
The Golden Girls

99.) Nobody loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin’ too.
B.B. King

100.) Moms: Like Dads, only smarter.
Unknown

101.) If a woman speaks and no one listens, her name is probably “Mom.”
Unknown

102.) If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base.
Dave Barry

103.) I know how to do anything. I’m a mom.
Roseanne Barr

104.) Nothing is lost until your mother can’t find it.
Unknown

Moms, Like dads only smarter.

Amusing and Witty Mom Quotes

105.) My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Mark Twain

106.) When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.
Erma Bombeck

107.) Neurotics build castles in the air; psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
Rita Rudner

109.) The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant and let the air out of the tires.
Dorothy Parker

110.) Motherhood: Shower, hair, and makeup in less than 10 minutes with an audience.
Unknown

mother of sons.

Proverbs About Mom

111.) A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
Irish

112.) Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.
German

113.) An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
Spanish

114.) To understand your parent’s love, you must raise children yourself.
Chinese

115.) There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
Chinese

116.) He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin.
English

117.) A mother understands what a child does not say.
Jewish

118.) What the child says he has heard at home.
African

119.) A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap.
Danish

120.) He that has not traveled thinks that his mother is the only good cook in the world.
African

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Proverbs for Mothers.

Good Mother’s Day Greetings

121.) As a child, I remember you were my first friend, and I know you will be my friend forever. Thank You!

122.) I know you are my mother because you are made of love.

123.) Every minute I realize you are my mother, I realize just how lucky I am.

124.) As a mother, no one could ever measure up to you!

125.) Even when we are not together, when I am a long way away from you, I can still feel your presence with me. Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day meme.

Best Mother’s Day Expressions

126.) Mom, you were the first person to basically show me and teach me about everything. Thanks, Mom!

127.) You were a tremendous gift to me; I hope I was a gift to you.

128.) I love the fact that you are my wife and the mother of my children. You are just as beautiful as the day we met. Happy Mother’s Day!

129.) This day is dedicated to you, Mom, and to all the other amazing Mothers in the world. But, to be honest, none of them hold a candle to you.

130.) Mother is another word for unconditional love. I love you, Mom.

What to Say to Mom on Mother’s Day

131.) Your motherly love gave me the strength to do things that I never dreamed of. Thank you, Mom!

132.) It has been said that “Mothers are the glue that holds the family together.” In your case, you’re Super Glue!

133.) I may not have changed as many diapers, or spent as many sleepless nights, or comforted every one of our children’s boo-boos. But I sure admire the job you did. Happy Mother’s Day!

134.) Mom, you have been such a big, important part of my life that without you, I would lose a huge part of me.

135.) Happy Mother’s Day. I know it would have been easy to give up on me; thank goodness you didn’t.

136.) As a wife and mother, you really are amazing. And each day we are together, you amaze me more and more!

137.) There is no way I can express my gratitude, love, and respect for all that you did for me growing up. I can only say Thanks, Mom!

138.) There is no question about it, the most beautiful day of the year is Mother’s Day! Enjoy it!

139.) I turned out great because you were a great mother. Thank you, Mom!

140.) To see your smile, to have your support, and to feel your love means I can keep on charging ahead. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Image

You're my hero Mom.

Wishes For Mom

141.) Mom, when I open my eyes and see your smile, it makes everything better.

142.) When I fall down, I always know you’ll be there to pick me up.

143.) Happy Mother’s Day to the mother of our children; you complete me.

144.) Mom, when you hug me, I can feel all of my worries and cares disappear.

145.) I want you to know that I’m filled with love and gratitude because of you. Enjoy Mother’s Day!

146.) From all the love you have given me to the encouragement and support, I would be nothing without you.

147.) Mommy, I hope today is filled with kisses and hugs all for you.

148.) I feel so blessed to have been born from you.

149.) You accept me for who I am, you comfort me when I cry, you have always been there, and I know you always will be. Happy Mother’s Day!

Sweet and Sentimental Mother’s Day Wishes

150.) I’m not sure you even know that you are the best.

151.) Mom, may you have the best day ever because this day belongs to you!

152.) Thank you for being the best mother a kid could ever want!

153.) On behalf of our kids and myself, thank you for being the best mother and wife anyone could ever want.

154.) I owe you so much that I can never repay it all; thanks, Mom!

155.) You’re more than a mother; you’re my hero.

156.) Mom, you sacrificed a lot to raise me, but more than your sacrifice, your love means the world to me.

157.) There is no way I can show you or tell you how much you mean to me, so all I can say is thank you, and I love you. Happy Mother’s Day!

158.) No one can do all of the things you’ve done. Only another Mom could know how much hard work, love, and comfort you have given us. Thank You, and Happy Mother’s Day!

159.) You filled our house with love and happiness and made it into a home. Thanks, Mom!

160.) To my wife, on Mother’s Day, you raised our children incredibly well, and I still take half the credit.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Quotes

161.) Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my Mom taught me.
Lady Gaga

162.) All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln

163.) Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a mother.
Unknown

164.) To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.
Maya Angelou

165.) God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
Rudyard Kipling

166.) A mother’s arms are more comfortable than anyone else’s.
Princess Diana

167.) Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

168.) There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss.
Saleem Sharma

169.) Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.
George Eliot

170.) Being a Mom has made me so tired. And so happy.
Tina Fey

Mother’s Day Meme

Maya Angelou quote on her mother meme - Happy Mother's Day.

Happy Mother’s Day Poem

171.) To My Mother by Robert Louis Stevenson

You, too, my mother, read my rhymes For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more The little feet along the floor.

Jokes for Mom

172.) Son, did you say a prayer before eating?
No, sir, I didn’t have to. My mom is a good cook.

173.) Q: Why do kangaroos hate rainy days?
A: The kids have to play inside.

174.) Q: What does “minimum” mean?
A: A small mother.

Happy Mother’s Day Images

175.) Hold their children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.

moms hold your hearts forever - Happy Mother's Day.

176.) Not all superheroes wear capes.

Not all superheroes wear capes - Happy Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day Memes

177.) Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
DeWitt Talmage

tender to hurts and worries - Happy Mother's Day.

Pictures

178.) For when a child is born, the mother also is born again.
Gilbert Parker

A mother is reborn with child - Happy Mother's Day.

Happy Mother’s Day In Spanish

How to say “Happy Mother’s Day” in Spanish? Feliz día de la Madre.

History of Mother’s Day

Celebrations of Motherhood have been around for thousands of years, dating back to the Greeks and the Romans. However, it was a woman who had lost her own Mother that led the charge to create a day that honored Mothers.

Anna Jarvis was a successful businesswoman living in Philadelphia when her Mother moved in with Anna and her brother. Anna’s Mother’s health was declining, and Anna spent most of her time caring for her Mother.

Anna and her mother were very close; she grew up in Grafton, West Virginia, where she attended Andrews Methodist Church with her mother and siblings.

Prayer For Mothers

Following a sermon one Sunday, Anna read a prayer that proposed a Memorial Day for Mothers. This would foreshadow her later efforts to establish a National Holiday celebrating all Mothers and Motherhood.

Anna’s mother died in 1905. Anna grieved the death of her mother deeply, and while she pondered the best way to memorialize her mother, she decided to hold a ceremony at Andrews Methodist Church in 1908.

A shrine still exists today to commemorate the ceremony at the church, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The idea of a day to remember and cherish Mothers was gaining momentum.

National Proclamation Creating the Holiday

Finally, President Woodrow Wilson signed a National Proclamation in 1914, creating a Holiday on the second Sunday in May to honor all
Mothers and Motherhood.

The holiday grew in popularity. Greeting Card Companies, Florists, and Candy Companies jumped on the bandwagon, and Mother’s Day became a commercial success.

Anna Jarvis was not pleased. She felt the commercialization of the Holiday was lessening the impact of the role of Mothers and tribute to them. She fought for years trying to get the Proclamation of the Holiday revoked but was unsuccessful.

Today, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is enjoyed by mothers and their children worldwide.

Mother’s Day Resources

Mother's Day Wishes link button.

Mother’s Day Wishes — When the person who had all the answers you ever needed when you were growing up – and still does, if you’d just listen – merits a day of recognition, it’s time to step up. Check out these awesome ways to wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day.

Best Mother's Day quotes.

Mother’s Day Quotes — A great collection of quotations to recognize mothers on their special day. From Abraham Lincoln to George Eliot, we’ve got you covered. Some inspirational, some funny, and all sure to generate some empathy for that special person in your life.

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Mom Quotes — Even more great sayings and quotes about Mom. Includes one of my favorites: “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers, by Rudyard Kipling.

Mother’s Day Sayings — Get ideas for the perfect message to your Mom with this fun collection of Mother’s Day Sayings.

Mother-Daughter Quotes — There’s a special bond between moms and their daughters. These quotes capture some of that specialness.

Happy Mother’s Day Sister — When you want to tell your sis that she’s a wonderful mom and sister, we have lots of options for you.

Parenting Quotes — A mother’s role in parenting children is huge. Check out this fun collection of quotations on parenting and raising kids.

Happy Mother’s Day Images and Memes

127 Things Mothers Say

Final Thoughts

A bond that can’t be broken by distance, years, or changing circumstances. Because Mothers are so special, they deserve a day all their own.

How did Mother’s Day come to be? Was it conceived by Mothers or Greeting Card Companies? Maybe it was Florists and Candy Companies that came up with the idea. We will answer these questions and more.

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is an author and founder of Greeting Card Poet.

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