Motherhood Quotes

Often a new mom finds it hard to just take a breath, let alone sit down and enjoy some inspiring quotes. Well, when and if you get a chance, you can take a well needed break, and peruse these motherhood quotes.

This page contains a unique collection of inspirational and meaningful quotes about mothers and motherhood. They can be inspiring and uplifting, just when you need it most.

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Inspirational Motherhood Quotes

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."

– Abraham Lincoln


"Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all.” 

– Maya Angelou


"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


"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." 

– Lin Yutang


"I think my life began with waking up and loving my mother's face."

– George Eliot


"Mothers reflect God's loving presence on earth." 

– William R. Webb


"Motherhood changed me because it is so fundamental what you're doing for another person. And you are able to do it even though it takes a lot."

– Meg Ryan


"Motherhood is... difficult and... rewarding."

– Gloria Estafan


"Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.” 

– Elie Weisel


"Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes." 

– Francis Bacon


"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." 

– Chinese proverb


"A boy's best friend is his mother." 

– Joseph Stefano


"A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, ‘where mother is.’ "

– Keith L. Brooks


"A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” 

– Irish Proverb


"A mother holds her children's hands for a while...their hearts forever.” 

– Author Unknown


"Children and mothers never truly part -Bound in the beating of each other's heart.”

– Charlotte Gray


"I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me "mommy."

– Author Unknown


"The greatest thing she'd learned over the years is that there's no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.”

– Author Unknown


“First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.” 

– Dale Carnegie


"The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”

– Barbara Kingsolver


"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” 

– Oprah Winfrey


"Men are what their mothers made them.” 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew.” 

– Saint Francis de Sales


"The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” 

– Tenzin Gyatso


"Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain." 

– Kahlil Gibran


"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


"What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin."

– Henry Ward Beecher


"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." 

– Jewish proverb


"Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all." 

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” 

– Sophocles


“Where there is love there is life.” 

– Mohandas Gandhi


“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” 

– Lao Tzu


"A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive." 

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge


“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.” 

– Mildred B. Vermont


“To a child's ear, "mother" is magic in any language.” 

– Arlene Benedict


“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” 

– Cardinal Mermillod


“Only mothers can think of the future - because they give birth to it in their children.” 

– Maxim Gorky


“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” 

– W.R. Wallace


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

– Jewish Proverb


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

– Albert Einstein


“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


"We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” 

– Mother Teresa



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