Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Quotes | Quotes about Mothers

All year, moms around the world provide love, support, direction, guidance, discipline, and a million other things that we’ve come to count on. Our moms are our first cheerleaders, role models, and friends. And she might like to remind you that she’s full of endless wisdom too…from how to apply nail polish, to cooking, to opening stuck jars, our moms just seem to know how to do it all!

Mom’s disappointment is a tough thing to deal with, but when we’re growing up it’s almost impossible to avoid the awkward moments and slip-ups that our moms have to witness. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Because we don’t always know the right words, we’ve put together this list of quotes about mothers, motherhood, and for moms around the world who always deserve our love and appreciation.

Inspiring Quotes About Mothers

“A mother’s love liberates.” ― Maya Angelou

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

“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

“A mother isn’t the person who births you; it’s the person who rears you and shows you love.” ― Raquel Cepeda,

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

“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

“Grandmothers see the best in us, think the best of us, and bring out the best in us.” —Cheryl Hawkinson

“A mother teaches us that there is no end at all to what love can do.” — Keely Chace

“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

“We all long for a guardian angel in our lives. The luckiest among us call that angel mother.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” ― Cheryl Lacey Donovan

“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” —Unknown

“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

“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” ― N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Quotes on Motherhood

“Motherhood brings you to your knees in a way that doesn’t leave room for you to judge others.” ― Maggie Gyllenhaal

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

“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” ― Meryl Streep

“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

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.” ― Jessica Lange

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, 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, At Home on Ladybug Farm

Funny Mother’s Day Quotes

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” —Dorothy on The Golden Girls

“Pain cannot be ignored. However, it can be endured. When necessary, a great deal of pain can be endured. Just ask my mother.” ― Charlie Huston, Sleepless

“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” —Tina Fey

“You don’t have favourites among your children, but you do have allies. ” ― Zadie Smith, On Beauty

“Show me a messy house and I’ll show you a really fun mom.” — Ellen Brenneman

“Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.”
― P.J. O’Rourke

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” ― Milton Berle

“A grandmother is a mom with all the worries worn off.” — Barbara Loots

“My mother believed in all superstitions, plus she made some up.” ― Donald E. Westlake

Philosophical Mother’s Day Quotes

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“There is entirely too much tut-tutting in this realm, if you ask me. All these kings would do a deal better if they put down their swords and listened to their mothers.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“When your mom is gone, the thing no one ever tells you is that the little compass needle inside keeps spinning around and around, never finding North.”
― Megan Abbott

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”
― Jodi Picoult, House Rules

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

“A queen could leave her throne. But a mother never leaves her son.” ― V.E. Schwab, A Conjuring of Light

“By day the banished sun circles the earth like a grieving mother with a lamp.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road

“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

“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess… I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” ― N.K. Jemisin

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” ― Rudyard Kipling

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

“Moms are like buttons — they hold everything together.” ― Unknown

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes

“A widow, the mother of a family, and from her heart she produces chords to which my whole being responds.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said. This is what the editors chose to lead with, about a woman whose inventions made satellites possible.” ― Jessica Knoll, The Favorite Sister

“Mother’s Day is sacred because life is sacred. We owe that breath of life to our mothers. Their sacrifices allow us this extraordinary experience.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” ― Princess Diana

“Mother’s love is infinite. A child can’t outgrow it and a mother can’t conceal it.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson

“They wanted the real mother, the blood mother, the great womb, mother of a fierce compassion, a woman large enough to hold all the pain, to carry it away.” ― Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” —Robert A. Heinlein

“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

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” — Roald Dahl

“Maybe she’d never really known her mother at all. And if you couldn’t know the person whose body was your first home, then who could you ever know?” ― Brit Bennett

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

Quotes About Moms

“I don’t think of myself as a terribly confident person. But I have a survival mechanism that was instilled in me by my mother.” —Naomi Watts

“[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.” —Lupita Nyong’o

“My mother said her friends told her that I had once been seen jumping on the street with my son and playing as if I were a child. She said, “No, she was not playing. She was just being a good mother.” ― Maya Angelou

“My mother was good at that, making people feel normal. Safe. Like as long as she was there, nothing truly bad could happen.” ― Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

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

“My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.”
― Sylvia Plath

“My mom had four kids, one with special needs. She had a full-time job, and she still came home and made dinner for us every night, from scratch. It was amazing.” —Eva Longoria

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

“I was always at peace because of the way my mom treated me.” ― Martina Hingis

“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

“My mother … had a very deep inner spirituality that allowed her to rebuild her life. It’s extraordinary that she had such a strong sense of self and such a commitment to the future and such a strong creative sense that she could build new worlds for herself and for us out of the total devastation in her life.” —Caroline Kennedy

“I realized why I was born and more than anything all of the things I want to pass onto my child, and the best way of doing that is not by preaching or telling her but showing her by example.” ― Beyoncé

“Six years later my mother’s absence remained in the air around us, a deafening silence that I had not yet learned to stifle with words.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“I finally understand / for a woman it ain’t easy tryin to raise a man / You always was committed / A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it / There’s no way I can pay you back / But the plan is to show you that I understand / You are appreciated” —Tupac Shakur

“When one of us (children) caught measles or whooping cough and we were isolated in bad upstairs, we wrote notes to each other perhaps on the hour. Our devoted mother would pass them for us, after first running them in a hot oven to kill the germs. They came into our hands curled up and warm, sometimes scorched like toast.” ― Eudora Welty

“She drove me to ballet class…and she took me to every audition. She’d be proud of me if I was still sitting in that seat or if I was watching from home. She believes in me and that’s why this [award] is for her. She’s a wonderful mother.” —Elisabeth Moss

“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

“My mother was propelled through the universe by the brute force of reason. She was the judge in all our arguments. One disapproving word from her was enough to send us off to hide in a corner, where we would cry and fantasize our own martyrdom. And yet. One kiss could restore us to princedom. Without her, our lives would dissolve into chaos.” ― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

“But our mother, the most distant from him, perhaps, seemed the only one who could accept him as he was, maybe because she didn’t try to find an explanation.” ― Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees

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

Celebrate Mother’s Day with The Bouqs

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and as we reminisce on these touching moments, check out our tips for choosing the right flower color scheme for Mother’s Day. And don’t forget to choose from our collection of fresh Mother’s Day flowers. They will be as sweet as she is, because she’s got your back and we’ve got your Bouq. We want to hear about the heartwarming acts of love that she’s done for you. Tell us about it on Instagram, or tag us in your posts @thebouqsco. And for brunch or dinner, check out our Mother’s Day dining experiences in partnership with Open Table.

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