Positive Quotes About Mothers

mother with baby and toddler

Verses and quotes about mothers that are all positive, inspirational words of wisdom and love.

I was only just eighteen when I became a mother, but not once have I ever regretted having children at such a young age. Being a mother is definately the greatest experience and joy of my life.

My first daughter (Julie) was such a delightful happy baby, that we decided to have another child when she was only a few months old, my son (Kevin) was born two months after her first birthday. My last child (Emma) was born three years later. I would have liked to have had more children, but it was not to be. But time moves on so fast, it wasn't long before at the age of thirty-six I became a grandmother, so my life is now blessed with more children to cherish and love.

Photo: With my first two children, taken in summer 1980.

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Quotes about mothers are listed alphabetically on authors surname

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams 1767 - 1848
All that I am, my mother made me.

Honore de Balzac

Honore de Balzac 1799 - 1850
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1987
Quotes About Mothers
God pardons like a mother
who kisses the offence into everlasting forgetfulness.

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

Arlene Benedict
To a child's ear, 'Mother' is magic in any language.

Robert Browning

Robert Browning 1812 - 1889
Motherhood...  all love begins and ends there.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle 1795 - 1881
Who is it that loves me and will love me for ever with affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.

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Positive Quotes About Mothers

Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter 1844 - 1929
Motherhood is, after all,
woman's great and incomparable work.

Edwin H. Chapin

Edwin H. Chapin 1814 - 1880
No language can express the power and beauty 
and heroism of a mother's love.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill 1874 - 1965
My mother made a brilliant impression upon my childhood life.
She shone for me like the evening star.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 - 1834
A mother is a mother, still the holiest thing alive.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison 1847 - 1931
The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.


Euripides 480BC - 406BC
Oh, what a power is motherhood, possessing a potent spell.

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Inspirational Quotes About Mothers

Harmony Ferrario
A mother's love is something we keep locked deep in our hearts, 
always knowing it will be there to comfort us.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1879 - 1958
A mother is not a person to lean on... 
but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm 1900 - 1980
Mother's love is peace. 
It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.

Maggie Gallagher
Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason, 
and those of us who are mothers know it's the most exquisite love of all.

Trina Graves

Trina Graves 1961

As a little girl I held your hand tightly
for the world was a scary place.
As the years went by our clasp loosened
as I became eager to explore.
Then the day came that we both let go
and I was able to walk alone.

Whatever I have faced in my life
I've known your hand is always there
for me to hold, if I need.
The warmth of your love
and the guidance of your hand
has steered me through the crowd of life
to bring me through.

Now as the years pass
I hold my hand out to you
for I will always be there -
if you ever need me.
Take my hand and together
we can walk the rest of the path.

When I was about eight, I wrote a poem for my mum called Mother's Hands. She kept it all these years and so I decided to write another one for her in 2001. Below is another verse for my mother on her 70th birthday in 2008.

I would love to shower you in gifts for your special day
To show how much I love you, but what can I say…

Instead of flowers...
I wish you to know the beauty of your soul.
Instead of gadgets...
I wish you good health for the rest of your days.
Instead of ‘toys'...
I wish you joy for the simple things in life.
Instead of books...
I wish you peace of mind, no matter what befalls.
And instead of precious stones...
I wish you love, the greatest gift of all.

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Loving Quotes About Mothers

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 - 1894
Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
a mother's secret hope outlives them all.

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo 1802 - 1885
A mother's arms are made of tenderness
and children sleep soundly in them.

Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant 1724 - 1804
I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. She opened my heart to the lasting impressions of nature. She awakened my understanding and extended my horizon and her perceptions exerted an everlasting influence upon the course of my life.

Rose Kennedy

Rose Kennedy 1890 - 1995
I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession, that was fully interesting and challenging as any honourable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.

Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb 1775 - 1834
Mothers love grows by giving.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865
I remember my mother's prayers and they have followed me,
they have clung to me all of my life.

James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell 1819 - 1891
The best academy...  a mother's knee.

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Quotes About Mothers To Uplift You

Maurice Maeterlinck

Maurice Maeterlinck 1862 - 1949
All mothers are rich when they love their children. 
There are no poor mothers, no ugly ones, no old ones. 
Their love is always the most beautiful of joys.

Olga Masters
Many people have said to me, "What a pity you had such a big family to raise." "Think of the novels and the short stories and the poems you never had time to write because of that."
And I looked at my children and I said, "These are my poems, these are my stories."

Cornelia Paddock
A mothers love perceives no impossibilities.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973
My mother said to me...
"If you are a soldier, you will become a General.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope."
Instead, I was a painter and I became Picasso.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult  1966
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.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe 1809 - 1849
In the heavens above
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, amid their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of 'Mother.'

Osho Rajneesh

Osho Rajneesh 1931 - 1990
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.

Giovanni Ruffini

Giovanni Ruffini 1807 - 1881
Stories first heard at mothers knee are never wholly forgotten.

Barbara Schapira
Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. Sometimes though, it's just pure, unthinking delight.

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Inspirational Guidance From Quotes About Mothers


Sophocles 496BC - 406BC
Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.

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Archibald Thompson
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.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy 1828 - 1910
Beautiful as seemed mama's face, it became more lovely when she smiled and seemed to enliven everything about her.

Mildred B. Vermont
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs...
The payment is pure love.

William Ross Wallace

William Ross Wallace 1819 - 1881
They say that man is mighty,
He governs land and sea,
He wields a mighty sceptre,
O'er lesser powers that be.

But a mightier power and stronger,
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle,
Is the hand that rocks the world.

George Washington

George Washington 1732 - 1799
My mother was the most beautiful woman. All I am, I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

John Wesley

John Wesley 1703 - 1791
My mother was the source from which I derived 
the guiding principles of my life.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey 1954
Mothers always know.

Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang  1895 - 1976
Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.

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Proverbs & Unknown Author
Quotes About Mothers

Proverb Quotes About Mothers

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best,
but his mother the longest.

A mother understands what a child does not say.

A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap.

God couldn't be everywhere - so he created mothers.

Heaven is at the feet of mothers.

He who takes the child by the hand... takes the mother by the heart.

There's only one pretty child in the world...
and every mother has it.

Unknown Author Quotes About Mothers

A mother holds her children's hands for a while...
their hearts forever.

A mother is like an island in life's ocean,
a peaceful quiet shelter from the restless tide.

A mother is like the stars...
even when you don't see her, you know she's always there.

A mother is she who can take the place of all others,
but whose place no one else can take.

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Beautiful Verse & Quotes About Mothers

A mother is:
Someone who cares...when others care less.
Someone who encourages...when others ridicule.
Someone who defends...when others condemn.
Someone with patience...when others are impatient.
Someone who appreciates...when others fail to notice.
Someone who gives security...in a world of insecurity.
Someone who is accepting...when others reject.

A mother is a friend for all time, to cherish and protect,
as her achievements will linger for generations.

A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you,
but then she lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself
and loves you just the same.

A mother laughs our laughter, sheds our tears,
returns our love, and fears our fears.

A mother's heart is a garden of love that is always in bloom.

A mother's heart is always with her children

A mother's love is forever...
Time, Distance and Hardship
All fall before the Strength of her Love.

A mother's love is like a circle... it has no beginning and no ending.

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As I was growing up you always seemed to know,
the times that you should keep me safe and when you should let me go.
No one else could love their Mum as much as I love you,
and no one is more grateful for the many things you do.
I can't ever repay you for what you give to me,
but I can always do my best to try and make you see.
That you are truly wonderful, the greatest mum by far,
a precious guiding light to me, a shining superstar.

Children and mothers never truly part,
they are bound in the beating of each other's heart.

Running errands
and talking on the phone
I am pleasantly reminded
That I am not alone.

Little tiny hands
A precious rounded knee
Pushing and twisting
That no one can see.

Oh sweet child
Kicking up your heels
It is our little secret
That only I can feel.

I look forward to your birth
When I can kiss your skin 
But for now I will just smile
As I feel you play within.

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I won't always cry Mummy
When you leave the room
And my supermarket tantrums
Will end too soon.  

I won't always wake, Daddy
For cuddles through the night
And one day you will miss
Having a chocolate fact to wipe.

You won't always wake to find my foot
Is kicking you out of bed
Or find me sideways on your pillow
Where you want to lay your head.  

You won't always have to carry me  
In asleep from the car
Or piggy back me down the road
When my little legs can't walk that far.

So cherish every cuddle
Remember them all
One day, Mummy and Daddy
I won't be this small.

Mother is the heartbeat in the home.

Mother is the name for God,
on the lips and in the hearts of little children.

Some houses try to hide the fact
That children shelter there
Ours boasts it quite openly
The sights are everywhere.

For smears are on the windows
Little smudges are on the doors
I should apologize, I guess
For toys strewn on the floor.

But I sat down with my child
And we played and laughed and read
And if the doorbell doesn't shine
His eyes will shine instead.

For when at times I'm forced to choose
The one job or the other
I'd like to cook and clean and scrub
But first I'll be a mother.

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

The most precious jewels you'll ever have around your neck are...
the arms of your children.

There is no love like that of the mother for her child.

There is no love like - BLOG

When you need real understanding, when you need someone to care,
when you need someone to listen, a mother is always there.

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Older woman with her adult daughter

Photo: The wonderful examples of motherhood that I grew up with: my mother Doreen with her mother Jennie, taken in 1980's

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