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
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont
The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown
A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~Peter De Vries
If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)
Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown
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
All mothers are working mothers. ~Author Unknown
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
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
Mother — that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. ~T. DeWitt Talmage
A mother is a mother still,The holiest thing alive.~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. ~Jewish Proverb
A mother understands what a child does not say. ~Author Unknown
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln
It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge. ~Phyllis Diller
Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill. ~John Erskine
Women’s Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It’s the men who are discriminated against. They can’t bear children. And no one’s likely to do anything about that. ~Golda Meir
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb
You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around — and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus
Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart. ~Author Unknown
Now that… my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together. The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations. Thank you! ~Forest Houtenschil, c.1980
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey
Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare To lessen or misunderstand.~Helen Hunt Jackson
A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. ~Author Unknown
Are we not like two volumes of one book? ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love. ~Author Unknown
On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines:
You’re my mother,
I would have no other!
~Forest Houtenschil, c.1979
Mom, when thoughts of you are in our hearts, we are never far from home. ~Author Unknown
Children are a great comfort in your old age — and they help you reach it faster, too. ~Lionel Kauffman
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
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
This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love’s true instinct, back to thee!
Insanity is hereditary. You can get it from your children. ~Sam Levenson
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)
The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents. ~John J. Plomp
Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe
Before a day was over,
Home comes the rover,
For mother’s kiss — sweeter this
Than any other thing!
I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, M*A*S*H, “Identity Crisis,”
Where we love is home — home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust
If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia Adrienne Grandi
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. ~Author Unknown
Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. ~Ambrose Bierce
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his. ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. ~Aristotle
A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done. ~Author Unknown
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone
Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it. ~Haim Ginott
Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children. ~Marilyn Penland
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. ~Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family
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)
If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family. ~Lawrence Housman
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~Chinese Proverb
Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. ~Red Buttons
Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age. ~William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949
Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word “collectible” as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success. ~Fran Lebowitz, “Parental Guidance,” Social Studies, 1981