They say there’s no greater love than the love of a mother, and we can’t argue with that. It’s instant, it’s pure, it lasts forever, and needs to be celebrated.

Being a mother goes beyond the meaning of the word itself. It’s not just about giving birth, even though many dictionaries might limit its definition to this.

Many of us have been raised by grandmothers, distant relatives, or women we are not blood-related to, yet we use the word “mother” when we address them. And that’s because we’re taught to associate it with love and nurturing.

In a world where people think that having a job takes effort, mothers show that growing a child means being “on call” 24/7. Hell, some of them have the “superpower” of having a career while rising a child!

Shout out to all the mothers who are strong, brave, positive, and forgiving enough to understand our foolishness for not appreciating your true value. We love you and we miss you every day!

Here are 25 quotes from mothers that show us every day should be Mother’s Day.

Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.

Maria Shriver

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly—indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.

Arianna Huffington

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.

Jessica Lange

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

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

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

Meryl Streep

I know how to do anything—I’m a mom.

Roseanne Barr

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

Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.

Barbara Walters

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

Jodi Picoult

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?

Rose Kennedy

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

Princess Diana

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

A mother’s love liberates

Maya Angelou

Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. Frogs, skinned knees, and the insults of teenage girls are not meant for the wimpy.

Danielle Steel

In the end… I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.

Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Once you’re a mom, you’re always a mom. It’s like riding a bike, you never forget.

Taraji P. Henson

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

Emma Bombeck

That’s the wonderful thing about mothers: You can because you must, and you just do.

Kate Winslet

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

Mildred Vermont

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

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

Marjorie Holmes