How do you thank the person who has had the biggest impact on your life? When your own words don’t feel like enough, famous Mother’s Day quotes can help.

We’ve gathered 80 sayings from the greatest minds and wittiest of wordsmiths. Use the buttons below to filter the results and find short quotes about motherhood or funny quotes about mom. Then, deliver the perfect Mother’s Day message to go with a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers.


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Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.

— Stevie Wonder

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

— Jewish Proverb

When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she'd just make enough for 16 and only serve half.

— Gracie Allen

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

— Abraham Lincoln

My mother is a walking miracle.

— Leonardo DiCaprio

Children are the anchors of a mother's life.

— Sophocles

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

— Theodore Hesburgh

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

— Milton Berle

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... since the payment is pure love.

— Mildred Vermont

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.

— Peter De Vries

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

— Unknown

All mothers are working mothers.

— Unknown

A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go.

— Unknown

As is the mother, so is her daughter.

— Ezekiel 16:4

Men are what their mothers made them.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me?

— Nancy Thayer

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

— Honore de Balzac

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

— Lin Yutang

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

— Florida Scott-Maxwell

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

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.

— Spanish Proverb

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.

— T. DeWitt Talmage

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.

— Oprah Winfrey

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

— Abraham Lincoln

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

— Robert Browning

Kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.

— Barbara Kingsolver

The best place to cry is on a mother's arms.

— Jodi Picoult

The phrase 'working mother' is redundant.

— Jane Sellman

A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's.

— Princess Diana

My mother was a reader, and she read to us. She read us Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when I was six and my brother was eight; I never forgot it.

— Stephen King

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.

— Michael Jordan

It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.

— Dorothy, The Golden Girls

You sacrificed for us. You're the real MVP.

— Kevin Durant, Award Acceptance Speech

Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.

— Tina Fey

Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.

— Lady Gaga

As my mom always said, 'You'd rather have smile lines than frown lines.'

— Cindy Crawford

[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.

— Lupita Nyong'o

My mom is a hard worker. She puts her head down and she gets it done. And she finds a way to have fun. She always says, 'Happiness is your own responsibility.'

— Jennifer Garner

She drove me to ballet class…and she took me to every audition. She'd be proud of me if I was still sitting in that seat or if I was watching from home. She believes in me and that's why this [award] is for her. She's a wonderful mother.

— Elisabeth Moss

[What's beautiful about my mother is] her compassion, how much she gives, whether it be to her kids and grandkids or out in the world. She's got a sparkle.

— Kate Hudson

My mom is my hero. [She] inspired me to dream when I was a kid, so anytime anyone inspires you to dream, that's gotta be your hero.

— Tim McGraw

If I've learned anything as a mom with a daughter who's three, I've learned that you cannot judge the way another person is raising their kid. Everybody is just doing the best they can. It's hard to be a mom.

— Maggie Gyllenhaal

I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn't seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life.

— Mindy Kaling

My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I was lucky enough to get to have one woman who truly helped me through everything.

— Emma Stone

Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.

— Kate Winslet

[When] you're dying laughing because your three-year-old made a fart joke, it doesn't matter what else is going on. That's real happiness.

— Gwyneth Paltrow

Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition.

— Martha Stewart

[Motherhood is] heart-exploding, blissful hysteria.

— Olivia Wilde

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

It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that.

— Judit Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It's huge and scary - it's an act of infinite optimism.

— Gilda Radner

She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great - but how to laugh through it.

— Liza Minellie

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

— Henry Ward Beecher

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

— Maxim Gorky

I was always at peace because of the way my mom treated me.

— Martina Hingis

And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry.

— Unknown

When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.

— Erma Bombeck

My mother always said 'Don't bother other people.' I think that's good advice.

— Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

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

Blessed is a mother that would give up part of her soul for her children's happiness.

— Shannon L. Alder

Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will.

— Richelle E. Goodrich

They are not kidding when they say that mothers are strong women. We need to be strong in more ways than our children will ever know.

— M.B. Antevasin

My sister taught me everything I really need to know, and she was only in sixth grade at the time.

— Linda Sunshine

There is nothing as sincere as a mother's kiss.

— Saleem Sharma

In the end, Mothers are always right. No one else tells the truth.

— Randy Susan Meyers, The Murderer's Daughters

I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.

— Lance Conrad, The Price of Creation

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

— Agatha Christie

A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her.

— Erin Kelly, The Burning Air

Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne.

— Mabel Hale

But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begins.

— Mitch Albom, For One More Day

My mother once told me, when you have to make a decision, imagine the person you want to become someday. Ask yourself, what would that person do?

— Barry Deutsch, How Mirka Met a Meteorite

The daughter prays; the mother listens.

— Amanda Downum, The Drowning City

Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.

— Marguerite Duras

Right, except I'm not going to lie to my mom, because what kind of (man) lies to his own mother?

— John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.

— Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter

She rejoiced as only mothers can in the good fortunes of their children.

— Louisa May Alcot, Jo's Boys

Clarity and focus doesn't always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you.

— Shannon L. Alder

A child's hand in yours - what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.

— Marjorie Holmes

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