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50 Mother’s Day quotes for inspiration

Struggling to put your love into words? Find 50 wise, heartwarming and funny quotes for Mother’s Day that (attempt to) sum up all the incredible things that moms do. So whether you’re a daughter, son, partner or friend of an amazing mum, these Mother’s Day quotes should help you find the right way to say thank you (they also go great with a personalized Mother’s Day book). 

Mother’s Day quotes for everyone

1. “We are born of love; Love is our mother.” – Rumi

2. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

3. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac

4. “A child’s first teacher is its mother.” — Peng Liyuan

5. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

6. “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

7. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo

8. “The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” – Elaine Heffner

9. “A mother throws her heart over the fence and then climbs after it.” – Miranda July

10. “Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.” – Unknown

Quote about motherhood from Rosie Pope

Funny Mother’s Day quotes

11. “Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.” – Bern Williams

12. “Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.” – T. Dewitt Talmage

13. “Mothers don’t sleep. They just worry with their eyes closed.“ –  Unknown

14.“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

15. “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

16. “Over the years I have learned that motherhood is much like an austere religious order, the joining of which obligates one to relinquish all claims to personal possessions.”  – Nancy Stahl

17. “If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way mom told you to in the beginning.” – Unknown

18. “Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.” – Marguerite Duras

19. “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” – Lisa Alther

Mother’s Day quotes from daughters

20. “When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother.” – Anna Quindlen

21. “I felt the wash of her love every day, pouring over me.” – Aimee Bender

22. “I can only hope to be 10% of the mom mine was to me.” – Charlize Theron

23. “My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” – Jodi Picoult

24. “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

25. “My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.” – Lisa Leslie

26. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” – Gail Tsukiyama

27. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

28. “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” – George Eliot

Quote about motherhood from Susan Gale

Mother’s Day quotes from sons

29. “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” – Booker T. Washington

30. “All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

31. “My mother was the one constant in my life.” – Barack Obama

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

33. “If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder

34. “I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom’s the only reason I know it’s a real thing.” – Conor Oberst

35. “It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” – Mahatma Gandhi

Mother’s Day quotes for wife or partner

36. “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” – E. M. Forster

37. “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

38. “No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” – Edwin Chapin

39. “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” – Susan Gale

40. “Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb.” – Leroy Brownlow

41. “A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.” – Amy Tan

42. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde

43. “I think this power of living in our children is one of the sweetest things in the world.” – Louisa May Alcott

Quote about motherhood from Unknown

Happy Mother’s Day quotes for friends

44. “Motherhood was the great equalizer for me; I started to identify with everybody.” – Annie Lennox

45. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish Proverb

46. “In the end, mothers are always right. No one else tells the truth.” – Randy Susan Meyers

47. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

48. “If you’re a mom, you’re a superhero. Period.” – Rosie Pope

49. “For when a child is born the mother also is born again.” – Gilbert Parker

50. “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