125 Mother’s Day Quotes

Mother’s Day is the special time of year when you get to celebrate your first best friend and the person you always turn to when you need advice. Mother’s Day is also a great time to show your love for all the other wonderful women in your life. If you’re looking for a way to show your mother, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends how special you think they are, these lovely quotes about mothers are just what you need.

We’ve collected 125 funny, caring and sweet quotes for Mother’s Day that are perfect for all the women who inspire you. Whether you want to make your mom laugh with a humorous Mother’s Day quote or show her how much you care with a sweet saying, there’s sure to be a quote here that is perfect for you. Make your Mother’s Day message even more special by adding your quote to a personalized gift for mom like photo mugs, blankets or pillows.

Quotes For Mom

On her special day, tell your mom how much she means to you with these heartwarming messages about motherhood.

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  • “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” —Unknown
  • “When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Charley Benetto
  • “Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb.” —Leroy Brownlow
  • “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” —Susan Gale
  • “My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her. ” —Jodi Picoult
  • “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” —William Makepeace Thackeray
  • “The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” —James E. Faust
  • “It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” —Mahatma Gandhi
  • “There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” —Elder M. Russell Ballard
  • “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.” —Unknown
  • “Only mothers can think of the future because they give birth to it in their children.” —Maxim Grosky
  • “My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.” —Lisa Leslie
  • “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” —Maya Angelou
  • “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

Short And Sweet Mother’s Day Quotes

You don’t have to write an essay to convey how you much you love your mom. Make her Mother’s Day card special with one of these short but sweet messages.

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short mothers day quotes
  • “My mother is a walking miracle.” —Leonardo DiCaprio
  • “A mother understands what a child does not say.” —Jewish proverb
  • “The world needs our mothers.” —Liya Kebede
  • “A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” —Unknown
  • “There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss.” —Saleem Sharma
  • “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” —George Eliot
  • “A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.” —Unknown
  • “We are born of love; love is our mother.” —Rumi
  • “Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” —Kahil Gibran
  • “There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.” —Sara Josepha Hale
  • “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” —Princess Diana
  • “All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln
  • “A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.” —Amy Tan
  • “Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” —Emily Dickinson
  • “A mother’s love is more beautiful than any fresh flower.” —Debasish Mridha

Caring

Show your mom how much you value her love and strength with one of these beautiful quotes.

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  • “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” —Victor Hugo
  • “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” —Cardinal Mermillod
  • “A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” —Honore de Balzac
  • “The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” —Elaine Heffner
  • “In the mother’s eyes, her smile, her stroking touch, the child reads the message: ‘You are there!’” —Adrienne Rich
  • “If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” —Stevie Wonder
  • “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” —Unknown
  • “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” —Erich Fromm
  • “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love.” —Mildred B. Vermont
  • “When you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Mitch Albom
  • “There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill
  • “There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.” —Archibald Thompson
  • “A mother’s love is everything. It is what brings a child into this world. It is what molds their entire being. When a mother sees her child in danger, she is literally capable of anything. Mothers have lifted cars off of their children, and destroyed entire dynasties. A mother’s love is the strongest energy known to man.” —Jamie McGuire
  • “A mother is clothed with strength and dignity, laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise and she gives instructions with kindness.” —Proverbs
  • “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. ” —Robert Browning

Funny Mothers Day Quotes

If making your mom laugh is your goal, why not have The Golden Girls convey your message? Or use any other of these funny quotes and watch your mom giggle.

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  • “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” —Lisa Alther
  • “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
  • “An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” —Spanish Proverb
  • “A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don’t even have.” —Robert Brault
  • “In the end, mothers are always right. No one else tells the truth.” —Randy Susan Meyers
  • “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” —Rudyard Kipling
  • “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” —Laura Stavoe Harm
  • “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.” —The Golden Girls
  • “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
  • “The phrase ’working mother’ is redundant.” —Jane Sellman
  • “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them.” —Phyllis Diller
  • “Any mother could do the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease” —Lisa Alther
  • “If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?” —Milton Berle
  • “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” —Chinese Proverb
  • “Mom, I love you, even though I’ll never accept your friend request.” —Unknown

Inspirational Mother’s Day Quotes

Sometimes all a mom needs is a little inspiration. Tell her she means the world to you with an encouraging saying.

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  • “The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room.” —Henry Ward Beecher
  • “To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.” —Unknown
  • “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the the heart of a mother.” —St. Therese of Lisieux
  • “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” —Marion C. Garretty
  • “Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.” —Lady Gaga
  • “To a child’s ear, ‘mother’ is magic in any language.” —Arlene Benedict
  • “A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” —Lance Conrad
  • “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” —Lin Yutang
  • “Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.” —Reed Markham
  • “Mother—that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.” —T. Dewitt Talmage
  • “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
  • “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had.” —Linda Wooten
  • “Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne.” —Mabel Hale
  • “No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” —Edwin Chapin

Mother’s Day Quotes For Grandma

Grandmothers always have a special place in our hearts. Pick a quote you think she’d like to go with her Mother’s Day gift.

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mother's day quotes for grandma
  • “It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother—that’s why the world calls her grandmother.” —Unknown
  • “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a grandmother.” —Unknown
  • “As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.” —Kristin Hannah
  • “Everything I am, you helped me to be.” —Unknown
  • “Grandmothers are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone.” —Unknown
  • “Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.” —Unknown
  • “A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” —Unknown
  • “Grandmothers always have time to talk and make you feel special. ” —Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while…but our hearts forever. ” —Unknown
  • “If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.” —Italian Proverb
  • “My grandmother is my angel on earth. ” —Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.” —Marcy DeMaree
  • “I know what it is like to be brought up with unconditional love. In my life that came from my grandmother.” —Andre Leon Talley
  • “There’s no place like home except Grandma’s.” —Unknown

Quotes For An Aunt

Many aunts take the role of a second mother and confidant. Write one of these heartfelt quotes to the special aunt in your life.

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mothers day quotes for aunt
  • “Only an aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister and share love like a friend.” —Unknown
  • “An aunt is someone special to remember with warmth, think of with pride, and cherish with love.” —Unknown
  • “Aunt: A cherished friend and personal cheerleader who will always see you through rose colored glasses.” —Unknown
  • “Aunt; like a mom only cooler.” —Unknown
  • “The best aunts aren’t substitute parents, they’re co-conspirators. ” —Daryl Gregory
  • “Aunt ― a double blessing. You love like a parent and act like a friend.” —Unknown
  • “I smile because you’re my aunt. I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.” —Unknown
  • “An aunt makes life a little sweeter.” —Unknown
  • “An aunt grows more treasured as time goes by.” —Unknown
  • “An aunt is always there for all the times when you need a second mom.” —Unknown
  • “God couldn’t be everywhere so he created aunts.” —Unknown
  • “An aunt is a safe haven for a child. Someone who will keep your secrets and is always on your side.” —Sara Sheridan
  • “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” —Oprah Winfrey
  • “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” —Barbara Kingsolver
  • “Great sisters get promoted to aunt.” —Unknown

Quotes For A Sister

Our mommy sisters deserve to hear how amazing they are as sisters, friends and mothers. Tell her she’s a queen with one of these inspiring messages.

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mothers day quotes for sister
  • “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • “Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it.” —Unknown
  • “Mom: a title just above queen.” —Unknown
  • “I have so much of you in my heart.” —John Keats
  • “An older sister is a friend and defender — a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too.” —Pam Brown
  • “The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend.” —Cali Rae Turner
  • “Time passes quickly but one thing always lasts – the love and support found in you. ” —Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Your sisters are the only people in the world who know what it’s like to have been brought up the way you were.” —Betsy Cohen
  • “To have a loving relationship with a sister is not simply to have a buddy or a confident – it is to have a soulmate for life.” —Victoria Secunda
  • “A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. ” —Isadora James

Quotes For A Friend

One of our greatest support systems are our friends. Use one of these messages to tell your friend how much you value their friendship and admire their role as a mother.

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mothers day quotes for friend
  • “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” —Cheryl Lacey Donovan
  • “By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” —Edwin Elliot
  • “You are far more precious than jewels.” —Proverbs
  • “You are a gift from God a friend that I can count on and a wonderful model of a mother.” —Unknown
  • “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, heart and mind of your child you are super mom.” —Stephanie Precourt
  • “It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds.” —Gina Barreca
  • “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family.” —Unknown
  • “The love and compassion you’ve always carried in your heart makes you a wonderful mother and a beloved friend.” —Unknown
  • “It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.” —Unknown