If you didn’t need another reason to call your mom, now you have a few more.

In this collection of 69 heartfelt mother quotes, we explore the diverse, touching, and even downright funny aspects of motherhood.

Mothers hold a unique place in our hearts, often embodying an irreplaceable source of love, wisdom, and support. Their influence shapes our lives in countless ways, from the early days of childhood to the journeys of adulthood.

These quotes, shared by writers, poets, celebrities, and everyday folks, remind us of the special bond we share with our moms and the profound impact of their love has on our lives.

Warning: as you read through these quotes, you’ll find yourself you may just find yourself missing your own mom and feeling the urge to reach out and share your appreciation for the amazing woman who has played such a significant role in your life! For those whose mothers are no longer with them, may these quotes can serve as a beautiful tribute and a source of solace, celebrating the enduring spirit of maternal love.

Empowering Quotes About Motherhood (19)

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

Robert Browning

“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 your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.”

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

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”

Maya Angelou

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Unknown

“A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.”

Amy Tan

“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”

Marion C. Garretty

“A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.”

Helen Rice

“A mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired; it need not be deserved.”

Erich Fromm

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

Honore de Balzac

“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

“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have.”

Joan Ryan

“Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I’ve become a juggler, I suppose. It’s all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.”

Jane Seymour

“(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer.”

Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

“Motherhood is hard enough without judgement from others who don’t know the whole story.”

Sarah Addison Allen

“You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”

Jennie Finch

“Chosen motherhood is the real liberation. The choice to have a child makes the whole experience of motherhood different, and the choice to be generative in other ways can at last be made, and is being made by many women now, without guilt.”

Betty Friedan, “The Feminine Mystique”

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and her children sleep soundly in them.”

Victor Hugo

Funny Quotes on Motherhood(27)

Strong mother quotes, mother holding her daughter on her legs and laughing.
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“Does this baby make me look fat?”

Amy Schumer

“You can tell what was the best year of your mother’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.”

Jerry Seinfeld

“Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks.”

Jim Gaffigan

“If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says, ‘keep away from children’.

Susan Savannah

“Honey, I’m your mother. It’s my job to strong-arm people into seeing how amazing you are.”

Beverly Goldberg, The Goldbergs

“Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.”

William Feather

““The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

Calvin Trillin

“Motherhood: feeding them as a baby and then through most of their twenties.”

Unknown

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”

Phyllis Diller

“A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children; obstetrically once and by car forever after.”

Peter De Vries

“Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then silence is just suspicious.”

Unknown

“Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.”

Unknown

“You know you’re a mom when you understand why mama bear’s porridge was cold.”

Unknown

“I don’t want to sleep like a baby, I want to sleep like my husband”

Unknown

“My two-year-old referred to her coat pockets as “snack holes,” and this is what I shall forever call them”

Rebecca Caprara

“I told my mom she was invading my personal space, and she said, ‘You came out of my personal space.’

Unknown

“I was a really good mom before I had kids.”

Trisha Nobile

“Parenthood: Where you can never find the scissors but your kids always know where you hide the chocolate

Unknown

“If a woman speaks and no one is listening, her name is probably ‘Mom!'”

Unknown

“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.”

Buddy Hackett

“I used to have functioning brain cells, but I traded them in for children.” – Unknown

“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.”

Lane Olinghouse

When your kids are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”

Nora Ephron

“I might look like I’m listening to you, but in my head, I’m thinking about what to cook for dinner.”

Unknown

“I asked Mom if I was a gifted child. She said they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.”

Calvin and Hobbes

“If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way your mom told you to do it from the start.”

Unknown

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”

Phyllis Diller

“When your ‘mom voice’ is so loud, even the neighbours brushed their teeth and get dressed”

Unknown

“They say to test out baby names, say them over and over again. Bull. What they should really suggest is to be called Mom over and over again and see if you still choose that.”

Unknown

Celebrity Quotes About Motherhood (23)

“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”

Meryl Streep

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”

Princess Diana

“It’s not easy being a mom. If it were easy, fathers would do it.”

Betty White

“’You have suffered enough.’ That became my mantra for motherhood from there on out. You have suffered enough. If you can make it easier, make it easier, and don’t feel guilty about it.”

Ali Wong

“Wine is necessary.”

Kelly Clarkson

“Motherhood is basically finding activities for children in three-hour pockets of time for the rest of your life”

Mindy Kaling

“Every day when you’re raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream ‘This is ridiculous!’ because there’s so much nonsense, whether it’s what they’re saying to you or the fact that there’s avocado or poop on every surface”

Kristen Bell

“Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future”

Amy Poehlr

“It’s the best acting of my life right here, the well-rested woman. It’s my finest role”

Kerry Washington

“You know how once you have kids you never ever pee by yourself again? At least one of them is always in there with you at all times.”

Jennifer Garner

“I always say if you aren’t yelling at your kids, you’re not spending enough time with them.”

Reese Witherspoon

“No one told me I would be coming home in diapers, too.”

Chrissy Teigen

“Ah, babies. They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.”

Tina Fey

“Usually the triumph of my day is, you know, everybody making it to the potty.”

Julia Roberts

“Stop saying ‘we’re pregnant.’ You’re not pregnant. Do you have to squeeze a watermelon-sized person out of your lady hole? No.”

Mila Kunis

“I don’t think so mommy!” is what my child said after, “Can you please pick up the popcorn you threw all over?”

Anna Faris

“‘I’ve leaned that it’s way harder to be a baby. For instance, I haven’t thrown up since the ’90s and she’s thrown up twice since we started this interview.”

Eva Mendes

“Twelve years later the memories of those nights, of that sleep deprivation, still make me rock back and forth a little bit. You want to torture someone? Hand them an adorable baby they love who doesn’t sleep.”

Shonda Rhimes

“The majority of my diet is made up of foods that my kid didn’t finish.”

Carrie Underwood

“Becoming a mom to me means you have accepted that for 16 years of your life, you will have a sticky purse.”

Nia Vardalos

“Parenting is f—ing hard!”

Adele

” I can be covered in spit up on a conference call while I’m pumping and that’s okay, because this is my perfect. It may not be somebody else’s, but this is mine.”

Kerry Washington

“Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, and hold our breath, and hope we’ve set aside enough money to pay for our kids’ therapy.”

Michelle Pfieffer

“I’m one of five kids. My husband is one of four, so we’re officially breeders.”

Blake Lively