Mother Quotes

Read these mother quotes and be inspired by what other mothers and their children have to say on the topic of motherhood. Reflect on the importance of mothers throughout time and culture. Let these sentiments soak into your being so that you can appreciate yourself for who you are and the essential work you are doing.

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I cannot forget my mother. She is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely. -Renita Weems

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

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

Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;Rock me to sleep, mother; rock me to sleep.-Elizabeth Chase

The hand that rocks the cradleIs the hand that rules the world.-W. R. Wallace

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

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

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 will be due to her.-Charles Chaplin

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

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

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

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

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 Original Poems for Infant Minds “My Mother”

Who is it that loves me and will love me for ever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.-Thomas Carlyle

And it came to me, and I knew what I had to have before my soul would rest. I wanted to belong – to belong to my mother. And in return – I wanted my mother to belong to me.-Gloria Vanderbilt

I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. She opened my heart to the lasting impressions of nature; she awakened my understanding and extended my horizon and her percepts exerted an everlasting influence upon the course of my life.-Immanuel Kant

My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.-Thomas A Edison

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

Fifty-four years of love and tenderness and crossness and devotion and unswerving loyalty. Without her I could have achieved a quarter of what I have achieved, not only in terms of success and career, but in terms of personal happiness…She has never stood between me and my life, never tried to hold me too tightly, always let me go free…-Noel Coward

I think my life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.-George Eliot

She tried in every way to understand me, and she succeeded. It was this deep, loving understanding as long as she lived that more than anything else helped and sustained me on my way to success.-Mae West

She was the best of all mothers, to whom I owe endless gratitude.-Thomas Carlyle

In the beginning there was my mother. A shape.A shape and a force, standing in the light.You could see her energy; it was visible in the air.Against any background she stood out.-Marilyn Krysl

My love for her and my hate for her are so bafflingly intertwined that I can hardly see her. I never know who is who. She is me and I am she and we’re all together.-Erica Jong

My mother is my mirror and I am hers. What so we see? Our face grown young again.-Marge Piercy

It was my mother who taught us to stand up to our problems, not only in the world around us but in ourselves.-Dorothy Pitman Hughes

My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.-Erica Jong

256365_asian_mother_and_childIt was my mother who gave me my voice. She did this, I know now, by clearing a space where my words could fall, grow, then find their way to others.-Paula Giddings

The older I become, the more I think about my mother.-Ingmar Bergman

I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother. -Charles Haddon Spurgeon

My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back. -Denzel Washington


Inspirational Mother Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. -Robert Browning

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

Mother’s Day is in honor of the best Mother who ever lived – the Mother of your heart.-Anna Jarvis

A woman’s love is mighty, but a mother’s heart is weak, and by its weakness overcomes.-Lowell

Mother’s love grown by giving.-Charles Lamb

The first home was made when a woman, cradling in her loving arms a baby, crooned a lullaby. The home is a tryst-the place where we retire and shut the world out.-Elbert Hubbard

The bearing and the training of a child is woman’s wisdom.-Lord Tennyson

Mother- the essence of loveliness,
The Beauty of a rose,The sparkle of a dewdrop
And sunset’s sweet repose.-Lydia M. Johnson

Men make a camp; a swarm of bees a comb; Birds make a nest; a woman makes a home.-Arthur Guiterman

In the man whose childhood has known caresses, there is always a fiber of memory that can be touched to gentle issues.-George Eliot

So for the mother’s sake the child was dear,And dearer was the mother for the child.-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Stories first heard at a mother’s knee are never wholly forgotten – a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years. -Giovanni Ruffini

Womanliness means only motherhood;All love begins and ends there.-Robert Browning

Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.-Hosea Ballou

Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.-Pope Paul VI

A mother has, perhaps, the hardest earthly lot; and yet no mother worthy of the name ever gave herself thoroughly for her child who did not feel that, after all, she reaped what she had sown.-Henry Ward Beecher

Cornelia, the mother of the Gracchi, once entertained a woman from Campania at her house.Since the woman made a great show of her jewels, which were among the most beautiful of the time, Cornelia detained her conversation until her children came home from school.Then, pointing to her children, she said, ‘These are my jewels.’-Valerius Maximus

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 real secret behind motherhood love, the thing that money can’t buy. -Anna Crosby

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 Muller

Women’s rights in essence is really a movement for freedom, a movement for equality, for the dignity of all women, for those who work outside the home and those who dedicate themselves with more altruism than any profession I know to being wives and mothers, cooks and chauffeurs, and child psychologists and loving human beings. -Jill Ruckelshaus

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

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

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

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

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

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


Powerful Mother Quotes

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

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 molders of their children’s personalities and the arbiters of their development.-Ann Oakley

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

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

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

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

The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother. -Napoleon Bonaparte

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby ‘it.’-Jerome K Jerome

It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have…One pair that see through closed doors. Another in the back of her head…and, of course, the ones in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and reflect ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.-Erma Bombeck

The role of mother is probably the most important career a woman can have.-Janet Mary Riley

There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.-Sarah Josepha Hale

A woman is like a teabag. Only when in hot water do you realize how strong she is.-Nancy Reagan

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest. -Spanish proverb

Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.  -Barbara Kingsolver


358301_happy_mom_series_2The mother, more than any other, affects the moral and spiritual part of the children’s character. She is their constant companion and teacher in formative years. The child is ever imitating and assimilating the mother’s nature. It is only in after life that men gaze backward and behold how a mother’s hand and heart of love molded their young lives and shaped their destiny. -E.W. Caswell


Motherhood Quotes

The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed.-Author Unknown

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

Motherhood is a wonderful thing – what a pity to waste it on children. -Judith Pugh

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

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

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

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 fevered 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 Great Umbilical

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

Being a mother is an excitement and enticement and a growth. It is the possibility 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

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

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

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

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

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 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”


The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.-Jean Kerr

No animal is so inexhaustible as an excited infant.-Amy Leslie

The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth.-Goldie Hawn

What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.-Cathy Warner Weatherford

Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.-Nadia Boulanger

Our children are not going to be just “our children” – they are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren. -Mary S Calderone

Love your children with all your hearts, love them enough to discipline them before it is too late…Praise them for important things, even if you have to stretch them a bit. Praise them a lot. They live on it like bread and butter and they need it more than bread and butter.-Lavina Christensen Fugal

What feeling is so nice as a child’s hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp.-Marjorie Holmes

Those who say they “Sleep like a baby” haven’t got one.-A new mother

Children should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones. Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.-Natalia Ginzburg

Many people have said to me ‘What a pity you had such a big family to raise. Think of the novels and the short stories and the poems you never had time to write because of that.’ And I looked at my children and I said, ‘These are my poems. These are my short stories.’-Olga Masters

There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’-Carrie Fisher

There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.-Agatha Christie

The best advice from my mother was a reminder to tell my children every day: ‘Remember you are loved.’-Evelyn McCormick

There is a point at which you aren’t as much mom and daughter as you are adults and friends.-Jamie Lee Curtis

A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.-Helen Steiner Rice

Then someone placed her in my arms. She looked up at me. The crying stopped. Her eyes melted through me, forging a connection in me with their soft heat.-Shirley Maclaine

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. You are connected to your child and to all those who touch your lives. A mother always has to think twice: once of herself and once for her child. -Sophia Loren

In the evening, after she has gone to sleep, I kneel beside the crib and touch her face, where it is pressed against the slats, with mine.-Joan Didion

We are together, my child and I. Mother and child, yes, but sisters really, against whatever denies us all that we are.-Alice Walker

As a parent you try to maintain a certain amount of control and so you have this tug-of-war … You have to learn when to let go. And that’s not easy.-Aretha Franklin

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

I stood in the hospital corridor the night after she was born. Through a window I could see all the small, crying newborn infants, and somewhere among them slept the one who was mine. I stood there for hours filled with happiness until the night nurse sent me to bed.-Liv Ullman

When a child enters the world through you it alters everything on a psychic, psychological and purely practical level.-Jane Fonda

All the earth, though it were full of kind hearts, is but a desolation and a desert place to a mother when her only child is absent.-Elizabeth Gaskell

Motherhood cannot finally be delegated. Breast-feeding may succumb to the bottle; cuddling, fondling, and pediatric visits may also be done by fathers…but when a child needs a mother to talk to, nobody else but a mother will do.-Erica Jong

My son is my son till he gets him a wife, But my daughter’s my daughter all the days of her life.-Author Unknown

God knows that a mother needs fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul. But because I happen to be a parent of almost fiercely maternal nature, I praise casualness. It seems to me the rarest of virtues. It is useful enough when children are small. It is useful to the point of necessity when they are adolescents. -Phyllis McGinley

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

Though motherhood is the most important of all the professions — requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs — there was no attention given to preparation for this office. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton


Mother’s Wisdom Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hundred years from now… it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.-Kathy Davis

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that ‘achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.’-Helen Hayes

Only a mother knows a mother’s fondness.-Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.-Judy Garland

A daughter reminds you of all the things you had forgotten about being young. Good and bad.-Maeve O’Reilly

I am an onlooker on my daughter’s dance, which I made possible because she came through me…I’m not a part of her dance. Yet whenever she takes a pause and needs someone to talk to, I am there. But that special dance with the child and the future is hers.-Liv Ullman

People always talked about a mother’s uncanny ability to read her children, but that was nothing compared to how children could read their mothers. -Anne Tyler

My mother taught me to walk proud and tall ‘as if the world was mine’. -Sophia Loren

My mother’s best advice to me was: ‘Whatever you decide to do in life, be sure that the joy of doing it does not depend upon the applause of others, because in the long run we are, all of us, alone.’-Ali MacGraw

The doctors told me that I would never walk, but my mother told me I would, so I believed my mother.-Wilma Rudolph

The outside world doesn’t have a lot to offer. You have to make your own heaven in your own home.-Bette Midler

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


Funny Mother Quotes

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

Experts say you should never hit your children in anger. When is a good time? When you’re feeling festive?-Roseanne

If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.-Nora Ephron

There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Families with babies and families without are so sorry for each other.-Ed Howe

I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, “Get the hell off my property.”-Joan Rivers

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.-Mark Twain
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.-Calvin Trillin

I was born because my mother needed a fourth for meals.-Beatrice Lillie

My mother loved children – she would have given anything if I had been one.-Groucho Marx

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.-Phyllis Diller

565496_mother_and_daughterYou see much more of your children once they leave home.-Lucille Ball

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.-Erma Bombeck

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.-Phyllis Diller

I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don’t even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.-Rita Rudner

My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can’t decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.-Rita Rudner

I figure that if the children are alive when I get home, I’ve done my job.-Roseanne

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.-Ogden Nash

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.-Elinor Goulding Smith

If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent. -Bette Davis


You have a wonderful child. Then, when he’s 13, gremlins carry him away and leave in his place a stranger who gives you not a moment’s peace… You have to hang in there, because two or three years later, the gremlins will return your child, and he will be wonderful again.-Jill Eikenberg

Children seldom misquote you. They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.-Mae Maloo

A sweater is a garment worn by a child when the mother feels chilly.Barbara Johnson
One time I ran out of the store and took the bus home by myself after my mother asked a salesclerk where the ‘underpants’ counter was. Everyone in the store heard her. I had no choice.-Phyllis Theroux

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

My mother’s great. She has the major looks. She could stop you from doing anything, through a closed door even, with a single look. Without saying a word, she has that power to rip out your tonsils.-Whoopi Goldberg

At the moment that a boy of 13 is turning toward girls, a girl of 13 is turning on her mother. This girl can get rather unreasonable, often saying such comical things as ‘Listen, this is my life!’-Bill Cosby

Do not, on a rainy day ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won’t feel like watching. -Fran Lebowitz

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.-Duke of Windsor

This would be a better world for children if parents had to eat the spinach.-Groucho Marx

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. -Aristotle My mother could make anybody feel guilty — she used to get letters of apology from people she didn’t even know.” -Joan Rivers

Sometimes when I look at all my children, I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.’ -Lillian Carter, at the 1980 Democratic Convention, where her son was nominated for a second term as US President

Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy — the mother. -Claudette Colbert

Spend at least one Mother’s Day with your respective mothers before you decide on marriage. If a man gives his mother a gift certificate for a flu shot, dump him. -Erma Bombeck

No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there’s a wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick. -Erma Bombeck

Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers. -Judith Martin

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce. -Mark Twain

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


Other Mother Quotes

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

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

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

Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention. -Margaret Mead

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:One is roots.The other is wings.-Hodding Carter, Jr.

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.-Martin Wright Edelman

The country clubs, the cars, the boats,
Your assets may be ample,
But the best inheritance
You can leave your kids
Is to be a good example.-Barry Spilchuk

When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.-Harper Lee

We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forgot that he is someone today.-Stacia Tauscher

A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by mother, who sees that the others get it.-Marcelene Cox

Babies don’t need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.-Amy Heckerling

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

Holding your firstborn, your wife looks at you through different eyes, a traveler from another country. The mothering cues are clearly rooted very deep in the female psyche.-Charlton Heston

There came a moment quite suddenly a mother realized that a child was no longer hers. … without bothering to ask or even give notice, her daughter had just grown up.-Alice Hoffman

What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?-Louisa May Alcott

A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother – and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment. –Anna Jarvis

Motherhood is neither a duty nor a privilege, but simply the way that humanity can satisfy the desire for physical immortality and triumph over the fear of death. -Rebecca West

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

Women who miscalculate are called mothers. -Abigail Van Buren

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


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