Top 50 Mom Quotations

  • "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
    -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  • "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
    -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  • "A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
    -- Agatha Christie

  • "You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."
    -- Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

  • "Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like."
    -- Arnold Bennett

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

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

  • "I really learned it all from mothers."
    -- Dr. Benjamin Spock

  • "If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers."
    -- Edgar Watson Howe

  • "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 (1732-1799)

  • "The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."
    -- Henry Ward Beecher

  • "What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin."
    -- Henry Ward Beecher

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

  • "Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character."
    -- Hosea Ballou

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

  • "The best academy, a mother's knee."
    -- James Russell Lowell

  • "The phrase "working mother" is redundant."
    -- Jane Sellman

  • "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
    -- Jewish proverb

  • "Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
    -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  • "A boy's best friend is his mother."
    -- Joseph Stefano

  • "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

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

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

  • "Motherhood is like Albania-- you can't trust the descriptions in the books, you have to go there."
    -- Marni Jackson

  • "We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful. Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth."
    -- Mary Antin

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

  • "Over the years I have learned that motherhood is much like an austere religious order, the joining of which obligates one to relinquish all claims to personal possessions."
    -- Nancy Stahl

  • "Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all."
    -- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1775-1817)

  • "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
    -- Oscar Wilde

  • "When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."
    -- Pablo Picasso

  • "A mother's hardest to forgive. Life is the fruit she longs to hand you, Ripe on a plate. And while you live, Relentlessly she understands you."
    -- Phyllis McGinley

  • "Men are what their mothers made them."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • "A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive."
    -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • "People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived.' They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates, and society."
    -- Stephen R. Covey

  • "Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't want your mother to hear at your trial."
    -- Sydney Biddle Barrows

  • "The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother-which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician."
    -- Sydney J. Harris

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

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

  • "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

  • "Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing."
    -- Toni Morrison

  • "Children are the sum of what mothers contribute to their lives."
    -- Unknown

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

  • "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

  • "The only thing a lawyer won't question is the legitimacy of his mother."
    -- W. C. Fields

  • "A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know that he sees it."
    -- W. D. Howells

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

  • "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
    -- William Ross Wallace

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