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Honoring Mothers — Quotes

by Jonathan D. Sherman, LMFT

I love quotes. Here are some of my favorites. Many are touching and profound. Some are just plain silly and odd. 

I collected them for the two most important women I have ever known. I collected them in honor and rememembrance of my own beloved mother who not only loved me so fully and so simply but through her example taught me how to love my own children and my children's mother. And there, there is my greatest joy. My children's mother fortunately is also my best friend and my fantastic wife. To her I owe my unfailing allegiance, friendship, fidelity, commitment and partnership for she has given me the four greatest joys of my entire life. I will forever be grateful for her.

So here are the quotes. I hope you enjoy them.

Children are the sum of what mothers contribute to their lives.
Unknown 

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love
—Thomas C. Haliburton

The Cradle

The Cradle
Berthe Morisot

Only Adam had no mother-in-law. That's how we know he lived in paradise.
—Old Yiddish Saying

Isidor Isaac Rabi's mother used to ask him, upon his return from school each day, Did you ask any good questions today, Isaac?
—Steve Chandler 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself

Men are what their mothers made them.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path
—Agatha Christie (1890 —1976)

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
—Henry Ward Beecher

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
—Ed Dussault or Milton Berle (?)

Everything I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother
—Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

My mother's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
—Buddy Hackett

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

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

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

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. 
—Jane Sellman

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. 
—Rajneesh

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. 
—Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. 
—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. 
—Pearl S. Buck

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

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

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. 
—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. 
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

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

Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
—William Shakespeare

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

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

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, Women and Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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. 
—Author Unknown

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. 
—Marion C. Garretty

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. 
—Emily Dickinson

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. 
—Washington Irving

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

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

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

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

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

A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. 
—Honoré 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. 
—Washington Irving

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

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. 
—Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

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

The Bath

The Bath
Mary Cassatt

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. 
—George Herbert

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

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
—Ann Taylor

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

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

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

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. 
—Victoria Secunda

Mother's love grows by giving. 
—Charles Lamb

I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.
—Eliza Cook

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. 
—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. 
—Renita Weems

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

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. 
—Kate Douglas Wiggin

If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o'mine.
—Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

The mother's heart is the child's school-room. 
—Henry Ward Beecher

Women know
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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. 
—Francis Thompson

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

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

No painter's brush, nor poet's pen
In justice to her fame
Has ever reached half high enough
To write a mother's name.
—Author Unknown

Women who miscalculate are called mothers. 
—Abigail Van Buren

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

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. 
—Robert Fulghum

One lamp —thy mother's love —amid the stars
Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
The throne of God, burn through eternity -
Holy —as it was lit and lent thee here.
—Nathaniel Parker Willis

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. 
—Harry Truman

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

Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
Ripe on a plate.
And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.
—Phyllis McGinley

All mothers are working mothers. 
—Author Unknown

Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother,"
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.
—Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers.
—Jewish Proverb

Mothers are instinctive philosophers.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of children.
—William Makepeace Thackeray

When it comes to love, Mom's the word.
—Anon

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

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
—George Eliot

Mother is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all.
—Katherine Butler Hathaway

All I am, I owe to my mother.
—George Washington

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

A mother loves her children even when they least deserve to be loved.
—Kate Samperi

To a child's ear, "mother" is magic in any language.
—Arlene Benedict

The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
—Barbara Kingsolver

A mother is she who can take the place of all others.
—Cardinal Mermillod

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
—Margaret Mead

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

Mother is the bank where we deposit all our hurts and worries.
—Anon

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
—Anon

God sees us through our Mothers' eyes and rewards us for our virtues.
—Ganeshan Venkatarman

Who ran to help me when I fell, Or kissed the place to make it well? . . . My mother.
—Ann Taylor

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
—Henry Ward Beecher

Mother is the home we come from. She is nature, soil, ocean.
—Erich Fromm

A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters.
—George Herbert

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.
—Francis Bacon "'Of Parents and Children"

I know how to do anything —I'm a mom.
—Roseanne Barr

All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages.
—Robertson Davies

If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
—Bette Davis

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

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed
Mary Cassatt

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
—George Eliot

Men are what their mothers made them.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
—Erich Fromm

Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.
—Kahlil Gibran

The love of a parent for a child is the love that should grow towards separation.
—Kahlil Gibran

You may have tangible wealth untold:
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be
I had a Mother who read to me.
—Strickland Gillilan

The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother —which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.
—Sydney J. Harris

Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
a mother's secret hope outlives them all.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

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 troubles thicken 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

The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.
—Carl Jung

For a woman, a son offers the best chance to know the mysterious male existence.
—Carole Klein

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.
—Ogden Nash

Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
—Rita Rudner

It's sad that children cannot know their parents when they were younger; when they were loving, courting, and being nice to one another. By the time children are old enough to observe, the romance has all too often faded or gone underground.
—Virginia Satir

Mothers & Children

Mothers & Children
Mary Cassatt

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
—Sophocles

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of priests.
—Spanish Proverb

All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood.
—Benjamin Spock

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
—Gloria Steinem

Making the 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

Give Mommy Some Sugar

Give Mommy Some Sugar
Tom McKinney

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
—Jane Taylor

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
—William Makepeace Thackery

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

Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
—Peter Ustinov

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
—Alice Walker

Mother & Child (cherries)

Mother & Child
Lord Frederic Leighton

In search of my mother's garden I found my own.
—Alice Walker

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.
—John W Whitehead

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, but only one mother in the whole world.
—Kate Douglas Wiggin

There are no illegitimate children —only illegitimate parents.
—Judge Leon R. Yankwich (1928)

You are the nectar, the hummingbird, the clover. You are the bloom, the bee, the OerHoverer. You are the child, the bond and the mother. You are the Love, the Beloved, the Lover. (to our mother).
—Saiom Shriver

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.
—W. S. Ross

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
—Henry Ward Beecher

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
—Jewish Proverb

 

Summer on the Beach

Summer on the Beach
John Townsend

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

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

Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: Love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.
— Kate Samperi

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

I thought my mom's whole purpose was to be my mom. That's how she made me feel.
— Natasha Gregson Wagner

History Through a Lens - Migrant Mother

"I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars."
—E. M. Forster
, Howards End

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
—William Makepeace Thackeray
, Vanity Fair

She was of the stuff of which great men's mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.
—Thomas Hardy
, Far From The Madding Crowd

"Aye, indeed! Hast been brought up at the Abbey then. I could read it from thy reddened cheek and downcast eye, Hast learned from the monks, I trow, to fear a woman as thou wouldst a lazar-house. Out upon them! that they should dishonor their own mothers by such teaching. A pretty world it would be with all the women out of it."
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
, The White Company

Oh what a power is motherhood, possessing
A potent spell
All women alike
Fight fiercely for a child.
—Euripides

A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror, that confidence of success that often induces real success.
—Sigmund Freud

The Princess
Happy he
With such a mother!
Faith in womankind
Beats with his blood.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson

It seems to me that my mother was the most splendid woman I ever knew....I have met a lot of people knocking around the world since, but I have never met a more thoroughly refined woman than my mother. If I have amounted to anything, it willbe due to her.
—Charles Chaplin

My opinion is that the future good or bad conduct of a child depends on its mother.
—Letizia Ramolino Buonaparte, Napoleon's mother

Our lady of the Snows
Daughter am I in my mother's house
But mistress in my own.
—Rudyard Kipling

Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
—William Shakespeare, Sonnets

Now that I've reached the age,
or maybe the stage,
where I need my children more
that they need me,
I really understand how grand it is
to be a grandmother.
—Mrs Margaret Whitlam

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

Motherhood is a wonderful thing —what a pity to waste it on chldren.
—Judith Pugh

Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God give the thee.
—The Bible

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
—H.W. Beecher

Mere et Enfant

Mere et Enfant
L. Toffoli

Let France have good Mothers, and she will have good sons.
—Napoleon I

My mother's influence in molding my character was conspicuous. She forced me to learn daily of chapters of the bible by heart. To that discipline and patient, accurate resolve I owe not only much of my general power of taking pains, but the best part of my taste for literature.
—John Ruskin

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
—Lincoln

A father may turn his back on his child; brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies; husbands may desert their wives and wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother still loves on, and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways, and repent; still she remembers the infant smiles that once filled her bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of his childhood, the opening promise of his youth; and she can never be brought to think him all unworthy.
?Washington Irving

Mother
Simply having children does not make mothers.
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;
Rock me to sleep, mother; rock me to sleep.
—Elizabeth Chase

The hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
—W. R. Wallace

Her children arise up, and call her blessed.
—Proverbs 31:28

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

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
—H. W. Beecher

What are Raphael's madonnas but the shadow of a mother's love, fixed in a permanent outline forever?
—T. W. Higginson

Madonna and Child (detail)

Madonna and Child (detail)
Bernardino Luini

 

Mother always said that honesty was the best policy, and money isn't everything. She was wrong about other things too.
—Gerald Barzan

"Once in Royal David's City"
Once in Royal David's City
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby,
In a manger for its bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.
—Cecil Frances Alexander

A mother who is really a mother is never free.
—Honore De Balzac

What the mother sings the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
—Henry Ward Beecher

Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating you.
—Jill Bennett

An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
—Benjamin Disraeli

Men are what their mothers made them.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother and to become fully independent.
—Erich Fromm

I demand for the unmarried mother, as a sacred channel of life, the same reverence and respect as for the married mother; for Maternity is a cosmic thing and once it has come to pass, our conversation must not be permitted to blaspheme it.
—Ben Lindsey

"A boy's best friend is his mother."
—Anthony Perkins, in the movie Psycho

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
—Lin Yutang

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
—Honore' de Balzac (1799-1850)

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
—George Washington (1732-1799)

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
—Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1907—)

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
—Author Unknown

We only have One Mom, One Mommy, One Mother in this World, One life. Don't wait for the Tomorrow's to tell Mom, you love her.
—Author Unknown

To my Mother — Elizabeth Mary, who is not with me anymore, On Mother's Day and always... ...my heart remembers you. Much love always, love from your ever loving daughter 
—Elaine Mary Berger.

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 troubles thicken 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 (1783-1859)

They joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed.
—Author Unknown.

A mother is a person who if she is not there when you get home from school you wouldn't know how to get your dinner, and you wouldn't feel like eating it anyway.
—Anonymous

"Infant Sorrow"
My mother groaned! my father wept.
Into the Dangerous world I leapt:
Helpless, naked, piping loud;
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
—William Blake

Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
—Will Durant

"Disobedience"
James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James
Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down to the end of the town, if you don't go down with me."
—A. A. Milne

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

"My Mother"
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother.

Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of children.
—William Makepeace Thackeray

"We Have a Beautiful Mother"
We have a beautiful
 
mother
Her green lap
immense
Her brown embrace
eternal
Her blue body
everything
we know.
—Alice Walker

You must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear.
—Alfred Lord Tennyson, from The May Queen

Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother.
—Anonymous

Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital 'M'; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly...yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to.
—Sophia Loren

There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.
—Andrew Jackson

In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.
—Booker T. Washington

Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.
—Clare Boothe Luce

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Humor...

Story-Telling Dad
Six-year-old Mary woke up about two in the morning. "Tell me a story, mamma," she pleaded.
"Hush, darling," said mother. "Daddy will be in soon and tell us both one."

 

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Mothers are the pivot on which the family spins,
Mothers are the pivot on which the world spins.
—Pam Brown

The mother is the most precious possessions of the nation, so precious that society advances its highest well-being when it protects the functions of the mother.
—Ellen Key

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

There is so much to teach, and the time goes so fast.
—Erma Bombeck

It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear.
—Dorothy Evslin

Children and mothers never truly part -
Bound in the beating of each other's heart.
—Charlotte Gray

You never realize how much your mother loves you till you explore the attic —and find every letter you ever sent her, every finger painting, clay pot, bead necklace, Easter chicken, cardboard Santa Claus, paperlace Mother's Day card and school report since day one.
—Pam Brown

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

I never thought that you should be rewarded for the greatest privilege of life.
—Mary Roper Coker, Mother of the Year 1958

I love being a mother...I am more aware. I feel things on a deeper level. I have a kind of understanding about my body, about being a woman.
—Shelley Long

A woman with a child rediscovers the world.
All is changed —politics, loyalties, needs.
For now all is judged by the life of the child ... and of all children.
—Pam Brown

A mother laughs our laughter,
Sheds our tears,
Returns our love,
Fears our fears.
She lives our joys,
Cares our cares,
And all our hopes and dreams she shares.
—Julia Summers

Being a mother is an excitement and enticement and a growth. It is the possibilty that haunts and delights the young girl as she grows to womanhood. It is a part of the fantasy, both her longing for it and her fear of it. The months of pregnancy highlight all the richness of the remembered and internalized experience about mothering. The birth itself brings forth the baby, until now a fantasy, into reality. This real baby is a constant changing, crying, knowing being, and for me the delight of this experience has been one of the most important parts of my life as a women.
—Dr. Beverley Raphael

The greatest battle that ever was fought -
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not:
It was fought by the mothers of men.
—Joakuin Miller

Mothers have as powerful an influence over the welfare of future generations as all other earthly causes combined.
—John S C Abbott

Women as the guardians of children possess a great power. They are the moulders of their children's personalities and the arbiters of their development.
—Ann Oakley

Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. She is the one they can count on for the things that matter most of all. She is their food and their bed and the extra blanket when it grows cold in the night; she is their warmth and their health and their shelter; she is the one they want to be near when they cry. She is the only person in the whole world in a whole lifetime who can be these things to her children. There is no substitute for her. Somehow even her clothes feel different to her children's hands from anybody else's clothes. Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.
—Katharine Butler Hathaway

The love of husbands and wives may waver; brothers and sisters may become deep-rooted enemies; but a mother's love is so strong and unyielding that it usually endures all circumstances: good fortune and misfortune, prosperity and privation, honor and disgrace. A mother's love perceives no impossibilities.
—Paddock

Children, ay forsooth,
They bring their own love with them when they come...
—Jean Ingelow

In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other.
—Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Motherhood (Maternity)

Motherhood
Pablso Picaso

Making the 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

Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.
—Charlotte Gray

There is in all this world
no fount of deep, strong,
deathless love,
save that within
a mother's heart.
—Felicia Hemans

Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.
—Kate Samperi

Motherly love is not much use if it expresses itself only as a warm gush of emotion, delicately tinged with pink. It must also be strong, guiding and unselfish. The sweetly sung lullaby; the cool hand on the feverd brow, the Mother's Day smiles and flowers are only a small part of the picture. True mothers have to be made of steel to withstand the difficulties that are sure to beset their children.
—Rachel Billington

The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best.
—Hamilton Wright Mabie

Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.
—Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons

I saw pure love when my son looked at me, and I knew that I had to make a good life for the two of us...
—Suzanne Somers

She is my first, great love. She was a wonderful, rare woman —you do not know; as strong, and steadfast, and generous as the sun. She could be as swift as a white whiplash, and as kind and gentle as warm rain, and as steadfast as the irreducible earth beneath us.
—D H Lawrence

My Mother's love is the Almond Blossom of my mind and the fragrance is worth dying for. Her gentle compassionate touch shaped my very essence and — forever — I shall remember and although we are separated by the corridor of life and the door way of heaven, I will always attempt to become the man that she perceived me to be. I love you mom, where ever you are and I hope you can feel my written word and I envision you enveloped in a shortcut of kindness and love and — forever — happy and content. God bless all of the Mother's of his world and other Space Time Continuum.
—Frank L. de Roos III

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
—Alice Walker

Whenever I'm with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines. 
—Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
—Annie Sullivan

My mother used to say, "He who angers you, conquers you!" But my mother was a saint.
—Elizabeth Kenny

At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent.
—Golda Meir

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.
—Jane Welsh Carlyle

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
—Ariel and Will Durant

So when the great word "Mother!" rang once more,
I saw at last its meaning and its place;
Not the blind passion of the brooding past,
But Mother — the World's Mother — come at last,
To love as she had never loved before —
To feed and guard and teach the human race.
—Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Life is nothing but a series of crosses for us mothers.
—Colette

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

Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering.
—Elaine Heffner

Women know
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes
And stringing pretty words that make no sense.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh

The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids.
—Jill Bensley

She was the archetypal selfless mother: living only for her children, sheltering them from the consequences of their actions — and in the end doing them irreparable harm.
—Marcia Nuller

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.
—Margaret Sanger

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.
—Margaret Sanger

With my poems, I finally won even my mother. The longest wooing of my life.
—Marge Piercy, Braided Lives

Before you were conceived I wanted you
Before you were born I loved you
Before you were here an hour I would die for you
This is the miracle of life.
—Maureen Hawkins

Blaming mother is just a negative way of clinging to her still.
—Nancy Friday

Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.
Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him.
Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.
—Pamela Glenconner

I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.
—Pearl S. Buck

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

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
—Virginia Woolf

Being a mother has made my life complete.
—Darcy Bussell

When I pick up one of my children and cuddle them, all the strain and stress of life temporarily disappears. There is nothing more wonderful than motherhood and no-one will ever love you as much as a small child.
—Nicola Horlick

Discovering that with every child, your heart grows bigger and stronger —that there is no limit to how much or how many people you can love, even though at times you feel as though you could burst —you don't —you just love even more.
—Yasmin Le Bon

Never being number one in your list of priorities and not minding at all.
—Jasmine Guinness

Having someone else to blame when there is a rude smell in the air.
—Jane Horrocks

I feel whole at last.
—Meg Matthews

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."
—Robert Browning

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

"To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens."
—Spencer W. Kimball

"Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. But here again, because there is nothing to sell, there is a very general disposition to regard a married woman's work as no work at all, and to take it as a matter of course that she should not be paid for it."
—George Bernard Shaw

"The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed,deserves the highest honor that man can give."
—David 0. McKay

"Motherhood is the greatest potential influence in human society. Her caress first awakens in the child a sense of security; her kiss the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world. Thus in infancy and childhood she implants ever-directing and restraining influences that remain through life."
—David 0. McKay

"I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring it."
—Rose Kennedy

"The story of a mother's life: Trapped between a scream and a hug."
—Cathy Guisewite, "Like Mother, Like Daughter"

"I affirm my profound belief that God's greatest creation is womanhood. I also believe that there is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation."
—James E. Faust, April 1993 General Conference

"Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrificing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountains of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life."
—President David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals

"Her dignity consists in being unknown to the world; her glory is in the esteem of her husband; her pleasures in the happiness of her family."
—Jean Rousseau

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

"There was never a great man who had not a great mother."
—Olive Schreiner

"How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
—Alice Walker

"Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family."
—Clare Boothe Luce

"Mother's Day is in honor of the best Mother who ever lived —the Mother of your heart."
—Anna Jarvis

"It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."
—Ann Landers

Who takes the child bythe hand takes the mother by the heart. —German

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. 
—Jewish

The greater love is a mother's; then come dog's; then sweetheart'. 
—Polish

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. 
—Spanish

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household. And eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
—Proverbs 31:26-28

When jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy son! And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
—John 19:26-27

The father of every good work is discontent, and its mother is diligence. 
—Lajos Kassak

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. 
—Margaret Sanger

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

Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee calls back the lovely April of her prime. —William Shakespeare, Sonnet III

"My Mother"
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother. 
—Jane and Ann Taylor

Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of children. 
—William Makepeace Thackeray

"We Have a Beautiful Mother"
We have a beautiful mother
Her green lap immense
Her brown embrace eternal
Her blue body everything we know. 
—Alice W

Like mother, like daughter. 
—16th century Proverb

What the child says, he has heard at home. 
—African Proverb

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. 
—Chinese Proverb

"A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap." 
—Danish Proverb

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