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Mothers Day Quotations

Quotes can be witty, practical, wise, hilarious, famous or obscure.

When it comes to Mother's Day quotes, the best ones almost always combine that element of “just what I wanted to say” with an added touch of ingenuity.

This Mother’s Day, turn to quotes to find the precise, eloquent and caring words with which to honor Mom.

Below are some mother quotes we especially love, a link to our Motherisms section (always good for a laugh!), and resources for collecting quotes yourself. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Quotations About Moms & Motherhood


"There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there's a hell a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect."
- Roseanne Barr

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

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
- Theodore Hesburgh

"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

“All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.”
- Abraham Lincoln

"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

"Mothers can look through a child's eyes and see tomorrow."
- Reed Markham

"Great mothers build bridges instead of walls."
- Reed Markham

"The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist."
- Theodore Roosevelt


"I'm a mother with two small children, so I don't take as much crap as I used to."
- Pamela Anderson

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

"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them."
- Phyllis Diller

"My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it."
- Buddy Hackett

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

Collect Quotes from Loved Ones & Share 'Em with Mom!

Maybe you recall a witty statement or anecdote told by a relative or close family friend? Mom herself may have strung together an inspiring one-liner that’s just right for the occasion.

Or, if you don't recall any, try asking your family members if they recall any particularly memorable comments, or common "Motherisms" mom was fond of repeating.

With the family gathered around, read off a list of the most hilarious or pithy quotes that you've come up with. When delivered well, quotes can animate a crowd to hearty laughter, or bring them to tears.

Another idea: Compile a short collection of your own or someone else’s Mother’s Day quotations. If you or someone you know is a skilled calligrapher, you may be able to create a hand-made keepsake of special quotations.

Want More Quotes About Mothers?

Find just the right quote from among these literary quote collections at or the large online selections over at — everything from well-known to obscure quotations about Mom.





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