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Mother’s Day Quotes

Mother’s Day quotes provide sons and daughters with great content ideas for cards, letters, texts, Facebook posts, and more.

To express your feelings about your mom, it might help to see how others have described their first teacher and confidant. Pick one of the quotations below to go with her Mother’s Day gift.

We have a lot of great quotations to review, but if you’re in a hurry, we’ve identified our Top 10 Best with the help of our expert panel. Please read on.

Best Mother’s Day Quotes: Top Ten

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

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

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

4.) Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they still hold the family together.
Susan Gale

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

6.) You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP!
Kevin Durant (Addressing his mother after receiving the NBA’s MVP award.)

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

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8.) Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
William Makepeace Thackeray

9.) Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.
Lisa Alther

10.) A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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11.) A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
Honore de Balzac

12.) A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
Agatha Christie

13.) I unapologetically and unabashedly am deeply biased toward my mother.
Chelsea Clinton

14.) With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood?
Isadora Duncan

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

16.) Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.
Tina Fey

17.) My mother had a slender, small body but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it and hospitable accommodation.
Mark Twain

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

19.) Children are the anchors of a mother’s life.

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TV Moms — Mother’s Day Quotes

20.) If you can raise three kids who can knock out and hog-tie a perfect stranger, you must be doing something right.
Marge Simpson, The Simpsons

21.) We are very fortunate to have the children, Cliff. Otherwise, we would never know the joy of leaving them at home.
Clari Huxtable, The Cosby Show

22.) Well, the big deal is that its part of my job to make sure you don’t grow up stupid. It’s bad for the world.
Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights

23.) If you’re going to throw your life away, he’d better have a motorcycle.
Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

24.) Honey, I’m your mother. It’s my job to strong-arm people into seeing how amazing you are.
Beverly Goldberg, The Goldbergs

25.) If you know what you did was wrong, that’s more important than any punishment.
Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch

26.) Ward Cleaver: Let’s face it, June, Wally, and Eddie have been friends for four or five years now – nothing’s ever really happened.
But Eddie has that look about him that makes you think something’s always about to happen.
June Cleaver

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27.) If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
Milton Berle

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

29.) Motherhood: Inspired by love; powered by wine.

30.) The phrase “working mother” is redundant.
Jane Sellman

31.) And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry.

32.) An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priests.

33.) Silence is golden. Until you have children. Then silence is just worrisome.

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

35.) It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.

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36.) We are born of love; love is our mother.

37.) But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story because hers is where yours begins.
Mitch Albom

38.) Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.

39.) Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.
Reed Markham

40.) She rejoiced as only mothers can in the good fortunes of their children.
Louise May Alcott

41.) 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.

42.) Mothers possess power beyond that of a king on his throne.
Mabel Hale

43.) We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.
Laura Harm

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

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45.) Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
Robert A. Heinlein

46.) Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

47.) A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.

48.) The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.
Elaine Heffner

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

50.) If mothers were flowers, I’d pick you.

51.) It’s not what we have in life but who we have in our life that matters.

52.) A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.

53.) Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired; it need not be deserved.
Erich Fromm

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

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

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

57.) Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.

58.) Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother.
Beverly Jones

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

60.) My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed on that I base my life, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
Michael Jordan

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For Friends

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

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

63.) Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.
Cheryl Lacey Donovan

64.) The love and kindness you carry in your heart make you a one-of-a-kind mother and a beloved friend.

65.) 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

66.) Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.
James Joyce

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67.) Once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer.
Jodi Picoult

68.) Always my mom, forever my friend.

69.) There is no greater warrior than a mother protecting her child.

70.) The phrase “working mother” is redundant.
Jane Sellman

71.) A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.

72.) Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

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

74.) As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine life without her.
Kristin Hannah from Summer Island

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Short Mother’s Day Quotes

75.) A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.
Amy Tan

76.) The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher

77.) Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.

78.) I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.
Lance Conrad

79.) My mother is a walking miracle.
Leonardo DiCaprio

80.) A mother’s love is more beautiful than any fresh flower.
Debasish Mridha

Mother’s Day Quotes From Daughter

81.) I smile because I’m your daughter; I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.

82.) A daughter may outgrow your lap but will never outgrow your heart.

83.) When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

84.) Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

85.) The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years, she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Calvin Trillin

86.) Being a full-time mother is one of the highest-salaried jobs — since the payment is pure love.
Mildred B. Vermont

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

88.) I will look after you, and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. (And) I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.
Maya Angelou

89.) Nothing is really lost till your mom can’t find it.

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

91.) You’re the mom everyone wishes they had.

92.) A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.

Mother could perform jobs of several air-traffic controllers.

For Grandmothers

93.) Grandmothers are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone.

94.) As I learned from growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.
Prince William

95.) Sometimes, our grandmas and grandpas are like grand angels.
Lexie Saige

96.) A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.

97.) Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
Welsh Proverb

98.) It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.
Christopher Morley

99.) Grandmothers are voices of the past and role models of the present. Grandmothers open the doors to the future.

100.) A grandma is warm hugs and sweet memories. She remembers all of your accomplishments and forgets all of your mistakes.
Barbara Cage

101.) A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit of a teacher, and a little bit best friend.

102.) Parent-child relationships are complex. Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
Janet Lanese

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Classic Mother’s Day Quotes

103.) Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.

104.) If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.
Italian Proverb

105.) Grandmother – a wonderful mother with lots of practice.

106.) A garden of love grows in a grandmother’s heart.

107.) Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
Alex Haley

108.) It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother—that’s why the world calls her grandmother.

109.) There’s no place like home—except Grandma’s.

110.) There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.
Jill Churchill

111.) When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.
Charley Benetto

112.) My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.
Lisa Leslie

113.) A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.
Princess Diana

Beautiful Mother’s Day Quotes

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

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

116.) A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.
Cardinal Mermillod

117.) All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.
George Washington

118.) Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.
Gilda Radner

119.) He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

120.) To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.
Maya Angelou

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

122.) The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.
James E. Faust

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

Warmhearted Quotes

124.) Motherlove is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
Marion C. Garretty

125.) Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
Oprah Winfrey

126.) The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Honore de Balzac

127.) Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
Meryl Streep

128.) I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn’t seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life.
Mindy Kaling

129.) A mother is the truest friend we have; when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
Washington Irving

130.) No language can express the power and beauty, and heroism of a mother’s love.
Edwin Chapin

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

132.) I love you, Mom! Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. (And) Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love have guided me and gave me wings to fly.
Sarah Malin

Famous Mother’s Day Quotes

133.) Which one?
Ida Stover Eisenhower (Mother of Dwight Eisenhower, when asked if she was proud of her son)

134.) The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother — which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.
Sydney J. Harris, The Progressive, May 1967

135.) Dear Mother: I’m all right. Stop worrying about me.
17-year-old Egyptian girl, papyrus letter 2000 BC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

136.) Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is… and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.
Donna Ball

137.) My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.
George Washington

138.) An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
Spanish Proverb

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

140.) No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

141.) When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.
Nancy Friday

142.) The best academy, a mother’s knee.
James Russell Lowell

143.) The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.

Notable Quotations on Mother’s Day

144.) Sweater, n.: garment worn by a child when its mother is feeling chilly.
Ambrose Bierce

145.) When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

146.) A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once and by car forever after.
Peter De Vries

147.) Richer than I you can never be, I had a mother who read to me.
Strickland Gillilan

148.) In the Heavens above, the angels, whispering to one another, can find, among their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of Mother.
Egar Allan Poe

149.) There was never a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

150.) Children and mothers never truly part – Bound in the beating of each other’s hearts.
Charlotte Gray

Mother’s Day Wishes For Aunts

151.) An aunt is a safe haven for a child. Someone who will keep your secrets and is always on your side.
Sara Sheridan

152.) Great sisters get promoted to aunt.

153.) By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.
Edwin Elliot

154.) You are far more precious than jewels.

155.) Aunts never run out of hugs or cookies.

156.) Only an aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend.

157.) An aunt is someone special to remember with warmth, think of with pride, and cherish with love.

Mother’s Day Captions

How do you make your mom feel special?

Mother’s Day is special because it’s the one day of the whole calendar year that we set aside to recognize the love we have for our mothers. How can you make this day feel special for your mother? Well, here are some ideas.

A.) Bring her flowers.

B.) Invite Mom to dinner.

C.) Buy her a present — it could be a book, jewelry, clothing items, or something else you know she’ll like.

D.) Give her a spa day.

E.) Text her three reasons you love her for the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

F.) Write her a letter.

G.) Have a picnic lunch at the park with her.

H.) Bring her some groceries and dinner.

I.) Help her out with seasonal chores, e.g., raking.

J.) Create a special photo album for her of her grandchildren.

Use your imagination to help her have a wonderful day!

FAQS on Mother’s Day

Here are some frequently asked questions on the topic of Mother’s Day.

What is another word for mother?

Synonyms for mother include mom, ma, mama (also spelled mamma or momma), mammy, mater (used mostly in Great Britain), mommy, and supermom.

What is the best quote for a mother on Mother’s Day?

Three favorite quotes for mothers include Rudyard Kipling’s, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” Maya Angelou’s “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” And, lastly, Robert Browning’s “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

What words describe a mother?

Caring, giving, protective, nurturing, supportive, strong, loving, gracious, wise, guiding, hardworking, generous, inspirational, compassionate, beautiful, and understanding are words frequently used to describe a mother.

When is Mother’s Day this year?

Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 14, 2023, in the United States and many other countries, including Australia, Canada, China, and most of Europe.

The Mother’s Day holiday was celebrated in the UK on March 19, 2023. The date in the UK is linked to Easter – a date that changes yearly. In Mexico and many Latin American countries, mothers are celebrated on May 10 each year.

By Michael O’Halloran

About Michael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran founded Greeting Card Poet in 2014 and has worked as its publisher and editor ever since. He has co-authored four books on kids’ trivia and four on coaching. Previously, Michael was the president of Magnetic Poetry. He has invented and brought over 75 new gift and toy products to market, most of which deal with wordplay. Mike is married and a father of four daughters.


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