Mother’s Day Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.
Unknown Author

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

All mothers are working mothers.
Unknown Author

All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.
Germaine Greer

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

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

And remember that behind every successful woman… is a basket of dirty laundry.
Unknown Author

Anyone who doesn’t miss the past never had a mother.
Gregory Nunn

Are we not like two volumes of one book?
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

As is the mother, so is her daughter.
Ezekiel

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

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.
John Wilmot

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

Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter.
Betty Rollin

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

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

Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.
Lionel Kauffman

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which brings worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

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

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

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
Claudia Gandhi

If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.
Lawrence Housman

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

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.
Robert Brault

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.
Barbara Kingsolver

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.
Phyllis Diller

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

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

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.
Zora Neale Hurston

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mom, when thoughts of you are in our hearts, we are never far from home.
Unknown Author

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
T. De Witt Talmage

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

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

Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.
Unknown Author

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

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

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

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

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

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
Red Buttons

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life.
Unknown Author

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

Now that… my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together. The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations. Thank you!
Forest Houtenschil

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

On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You’re my mother, I would have no other!
Forest Houtenschil

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.
Haim Ginott

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.
William Feather

Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.
Marilyn Penland

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

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

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

The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
James Fenton

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

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

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

The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.
John J. Plomp

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

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

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

We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

When you were small and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cold night air. But now that you are tall and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you with prayer.
Donna Maddox Cooper

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me?
Nancy Thayer

Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill.
John Erskine

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

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’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

You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.
William D. Tammeus

Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word “collectible” as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success.
Fran Lebowitz