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20 Beautiful Mother-Daughter Quotes That Will Stay with You

It’s difficult to explain the amazing and sometimes complicated relationship that you have with your mom, but these mother-daughter quotes sum it up perfectly.

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There is nothing quite like the bond between a mother and daughter.rd.com, Getty Images

The most important woman in your life

The connection between mother and daughter is one of the most complex and intense relationships in the universe. Mother-daughter relationships aren’t always easy, and, of course, some are more complicated than others. Hopefully, she is the shelter in any emotional storm and the person who will always be there for you. It can be difficult to know what Mother’s Day gifts or gifts for mom will be best, or what Mother’s Day quotes to put in a card. To help you tell Mom how you feel, try these brilliant mother-daughter quotes that capture the beautiful bond you two share. Of course, we’ve got mother-son quotes to celebrate that special relationship, too.

"Mother was comfort. Mother was home." —Ruta Sepetys, in Salt to the Seard.com, Getty Images

Short and sweet

“Mother was comfort. Mother was home.” —Ruta Sepetys, in Salt to the Sea

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"My mother shed her protective love down around me and without knowing why people sensed that I had value." —Maya Angelou, in Mom & Me & Mom.rd.com, Getty Images

A mother’s loving protection

“My mother shed her protective love down around me and without knowing why people sensed that I had value.” —Maya Angelou, in Mom & Me & Mom. Don’t miss these other great Maya Angelou quotes.

"My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent." —Ruth Bader Ginsburgrd.com, Getty Images

The best advice

“My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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"When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother...When your mother's gone, you've lost your past." —Anna Quindlen, in One True Thingrd.com, Getty Images

Shaping your identity

“When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother…When your mother’s gone, you’ve lost your past.” —Anna Quindlen, in One True Thing. Of course, we don’t all have our mothers, which can be incredibly hard. Here some tips on surviving Mother’s Day without your mother.

"My mother was a force. She had little tolerance for fools, she kept her hair short and wore practical non-fussy clothes. Everything about her radiated confidence and calm." —Michelle Obama, in Becoming.rd.com, Getty Images

Your biggest role model

“My mother was a force. She had little tolerance for fools, she kept her hair short and wore practical non-fussy clothes. Everything about her radiated confidence and calm.” —Michelle Obama, in Becoming. Of course, Michelle Obama is a pretty awesome mom herself. You’ll love these 25 inspiring quotes from the former first lady.

"When I had my children and I felt that type of love, which I know you understand and every mom out there understands...That there is an unconditional love." —Jennifer Lopezrd.com, Getty Images

Unconditional love

“When I had my children and I felt that type of love, which I know you understand and every mom out there understands…That there is an unconditional love.” —Jennifer Lopez

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"Having a little girl has been like following an old treasure map with the important paths torn away." —Heather Gudenkauf, in The Weight of Silencerd.com, Getty Images

The beauty of having your own daughter

“Having a little girl has been like following an old treasure map with the important paths torn away.” —Heather Gudenkauf, in The Weight of Silence

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"God couldn't be everywhere, so that is why he invented mothers." —Diane Keaton as Daphne Wilder, in Because I Said So.rd.com, Getty Images

The magic of motherhood

“God couldn’t be everywhere, so that is why he invented mothers.” —Diane Keaton as Daphne Wilder, in Because I Said So. Read these 14 heartwarming stories that prove there’s nothing in the world like the mother-daughter bond.

“My mother was my first country, the first place I ever lived." —Nayyirah Waheedrd.com, Getty Images

More than a person

“My mother was my first country, the first place I ever lived.” —Nayyirah Waheed

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"A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled." —Emily Dickinson.rd.com, Getty Images

The ultimate support system

“A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” —Emily Dickinson. For the poetry lovers, you’ll want to read these Mother’s Day poems.

"I tell my daughter every morning, 'Now, what are the two most important parts of you?' And she says, 'My head and my heart.'" —Viola Davis.rd.com, Getty Images

Expert advice

“I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.'” —Viola Davis. Try these fun mother-daughter bonding activities on Mother’s Day (or any day).

"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. rd.com, Getty Images

The perfect combination of softness and strength

“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. Enjoy a dozen short, sweet stories about moms that will make you want to call yours.

“One of the most important relationships we’ll have is the relationship we have with our mothers." —Iyanla Vanzantrd.com, Getty Images

A valuable bond

“One of the most important relationships we’ll have is the relationship we have with our mothers.” —Iyanla Vanzant. If you’re looking for a great gift for Mother’s Day, try a Mother’s Day gift basket—it’ll make her day!

"Maybe I stepped into the skin my mother left behind and became the girl my mother had been, the one she still wanted to be." —Laura Kasischke, in White Bird in a Blizzard.rd.com, Getty Images

Following in our mothers’ footsteps

“Maybe I stepped into the skin my mother left behind and became the girl my mother had been, the one she still wanted to be.” —Laura Kasischke, in White Bird in a Blizzard. Looking for the perfect gift? Check out these 25 Mother’s Day gift ideas that cost $25 and under she’ll actually love.

"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, in Women & Beauty.rd.com, Getty Images

Thinking for two

“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, in Women & Beauty.

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"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, in A Daughter's a Daughter.rd.com, Getty Images

An overwhelming love that knows no bounds

“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, in A Daughter’s a Daughter. Discover the surprising history of Mother’s Day.

"It is so nice to come home and have solitude with me and my daughter." —Mindy Kalingrd.com, Getty Images

Mother-daughter moments

“It is so nice to come home and have solitude with me and my daughter.” —Mindy Kaling

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"If you want to understand any woman, you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully." —Anita Diamant, in The Red Tentrd.com, Getty Images

The unmistakable nature of your relationship

“If you want to understand any woman, you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully.” —Anita Diamant, in The Red Tent

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"A mother understands what a child does not say." —Jewish proverbrd.com, Getty Images

Mothers speak the language of love

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” —Jewish proverb

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"My mom is a strong-willed lady. She taught me to believe in myself no matter what anybody else said." —Tracey Edmonds. rd.com, Getty Images

Mom is your biggest fan

“My mom is a strong-willed lady. She taught me to believe in myself no matter what anybody else said.” —Tracey Edmonds. Next, read these motherhood quotes that’ll make you call your mom.

Stacey Marcus
Stacey Marcus is a regular contributor to RD.com where she covers subjects ranging from penguin secrets to Jeopardy! conundrums. Stacey’s work has also appeared on FamilyHandyman.com and TheHealthy.com as well as in top regional and national outlets including Boston magazine, Boston Common Magazine, Destination I Do, Ocean Home Magazine, and Playboy.com. She earned a BA in Communications from Simmons University.