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Mother's Day Quotes about Moms

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Here are quotes both funny and profound about the first woman in our lives, our mother.  Motherís day quotes from kids is a perfect gift for you mom to make this motherís day special. You might read these for inspiration, or copy them to put in a birthday or Motherís Day card:


A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
- By Robert Frost

My mom is literally a part of me.  You can't say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors. 
- By Carrie Latet

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. 
- By Tenneva Jordan

Women who miscalculate are called mothers. 
- By Abigail Van Buren

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. 
- By Jewish Proverb

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. 
- By Jane Sellman

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. 

Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
- By Ambrose Bierce

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his.
- By Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? 
- By Milton Berle

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

The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother's Day are the good ones.
- By Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

It's not easy being a mother.  If it were easy, fathers would do it. 
- From the television show The Golden Girls

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. 
- By Peter De Vries


The desolation and terror of, for the first time, realizing that the mother can lose you, or you her, and your own abysmal loneliness and helplessness without her.
- By Francis Thompson

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
- By Oprah Winfrey

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

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. 
- A Moorish Proverb

One of the very few reasons I had any respect for my mother when I was thirteen was because she would reach into the sink with her bare hands - bare hands - and pick up that lethal gunk and drop it into the garbage.  To top that, I saw her reach into the wet garbage bag and fish around in there looking for a lost teaspoon.  
Bare hands - a kind of mad courage.
- By Robert Fulghum

The best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks. 
- By Carrie Latet

A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self.  And mothers are their daughters' role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships.
- By Victoria Secunda

Grown don't mean nothing to a mother.  A child is a child.  They get bigger, older, but grown?  What's that suppose to mean?  In my heart it don't mean a thing. 
- By Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. 
- By Emily Dickinson


A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done. 

The sweetest sounds to mortals given

Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.

- By William Goldsmith Brown

What are Raphael's Madonnas but the shadow of a mother's love, fixed in permanent outline forever?
- By Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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 who rejoice with us in our sunshine 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.
- By Washington Irving

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
- By Abraham Lincoln

A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. 
- By Honorť de Balzac

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands.  But a mother's love endures through all.
- By Washington Irving

My mother is a poem
I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.

- By Sharon Doubiago

No one in the world can take the place of your mother.  Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right.  She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones.
- By Harry Truman

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is."
- By Keith L. Brooks

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
- By Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds.  
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world.
- By Kate Douglas Wiggin

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
- By James Joyce

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.
- By Mildred B. Vermont

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.
- By Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.

- By Helen Hunt Jackson

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. 
- By Aristotle

Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort.
- By John Lancaster Spalding

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.  Everything gets reduced to essentials. 
- By Meryl Streep

My mom is a never ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.
- By Graycie Harmon

The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests.

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. 
- By Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine - she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. 
- By Adabella Radici

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

That best academy, a mother's knee. 
- By James Russell Lowell

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. 
- By Victor Hugo

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.
- By Isadora Duncan

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.
- By George Herbert

There's nothing like a mama-hug.
- By Adabella Radici

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.
- By Washington Irving

I cannot forget my mother.  [S]he is my bridge.  When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely.
- By Renita Weems

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

Mother's love is peace.  
It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
- By Erich Fromm

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. 
- By T. DeWitt Talmage

The precursor of the mirror is the mother's face.
- By D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new. 
- By Rajneesh

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life. 
- By Abraham Lincoln

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. 
- By Pearl S. Buck

Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness.  It's the men who are discriminated against.  They can't bear children.  And no one's likely to do anything about that. 
- By Golda Meir

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. 
- By Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

He is a poor son whose sonship does not make him desire to serve all men's mothers.
- By Harry Emerson Fosdick

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
- A Spanish Proverb

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. 
- By Margaret Culkin Banning

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