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Mother's Day Quotes

Mother's Day is coming up in Britain, so if you need a quote to decorate a card, here are a few beautiful (and funny) quotes about motherhood.


I was completely prepared for all that motherhood entails, said no one ever. Motherhood (and fatherhood for that matter) is an experience that's hard to describe until you actually go through it yourself. Not least because it's different for everyone. Still, there are some truisms about what motherhood entails. 

As Mother's Day is coming up in Britain, you might want some good quotes to put inside a greeting card, or send virtually if you aren't able to see your mother in person. These are a few quotes I found on QuoteGarden that are either profound, beautiful, or hilarious. 

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 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

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

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

The sweetest sounds to mortals given

Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.

~William Goldsmith Brown

Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. ~Rachel Wolchin

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

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

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

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

There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child — and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own. ~Robert Brault

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. ~Author Unknown

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

My mother is a poem

I’ll never be able to write,

though everything I write

is a poem to my mother.

~Sharon Doubiago

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool mom. ~Author Unknown

Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do. ~Author Unknown

There’s nothing like a mama-hug. ~Terri Guillemets

Who fed me from her gentle breast

And hushed me in her arms to rest,

And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?

My Mother.

~Anne Taylor

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

What is a mom but the sunshine of our days and the north star of our nights. ~Robert Brault

Mother is a verb, not a noun. ~Proverb

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

Mother is a name held sacred

By most mortals of the earth;

It means great love and sacrifice

From the very day of birth,

A love that's so full of beauty,

So tender, so very true!

Something, seemingly, from Heaven

That has come to me and you.

There's no love so understanding

And so faithful to the end

As a Mother's love—God bless her!—

That to us our Lord did send.

~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Mother" (1940s)

Mother’s love grows by giving. ~Charles Lamb

A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review. ~Robert Brault

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

Mom — the person most likely to write an autobiography and never mention herself. ~Robert Brault

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

My mom is a lifelong smile in my heart, her voice a comfort to my soul, her hugs my ladder to the stars. ~Terri Guillemets

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

My Mother's hands, so thin and work-worn,

Were loved by me as jewels, rare,

For they had rocked me in my cradle,

And, lovingly, they'd stroked my hair.

They worked for me, both night and morning;

They helped to smooth away my fears,

For never were these dear hands idle;

I think of them with love and tears!

My Mother's hands to me were precious:

I thought their beauty was sublime;

I felt no harm on earth could touch me

If they were near me all the time!

~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "My Mother's Hands" (1940s)

The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room. ~Henry Ward Beecher

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine — she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. ~Terri Guillemets

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

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

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

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