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20 Heartwarming Mother-Son Quotes for Mother’s Day

They say there's no love like a mother's for her son—except maybe his for her! Grab your hankie and prepare your heartstrings for these moving quotes that capture the incomparable bond between a mother and son.

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There's nothing quite like that mother-son bond!

The mother-son bond

Mothers and their little boys have a special relationship unlike any other—and as Mother’s Day approaches, it’s the perfect time to show your love. Of course, you can get Mom one of these Mother’s Day gifts she’ll love, or beautiful Mother’s Day flowers, but you should also make sure to tell Mom how much she means to you. Use some of these powerful mother-son quotes on Mother’s Day—or all year round, of course! And for the daughters out there, these mother-daughter quotes are perfect.

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." —Abraham Lincoln.

The woman who raised Honest Abe

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln. Here are 14 more inspiring Abraham Lincoln quotes for when you need some wisdom.

"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 became Picasso." —Pablo Picasso.

That’s one way to look at it

“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 became Picasso.” —Pablo Picasso.

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"Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother." —Moroccan proverb

Cutie patootie

“Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.” —Moroccan proverb

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"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." —Honore de Balzac.

Forgive and forget

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” —Honore de Balzac. These forgiveness quotes will help you finally move on.

"I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be." —Robert Munsch, in Love You Forever

Rock-a-bye baby

“I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” —Robert Munsch, in Love You Forever

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"There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart." —Washington Irving

Love me tender

“There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.” —Washington Irving

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"Mothers see the angel in us because the angel is there. If it's shown to the mother, the son has got an angel to show, hasn't he?" —Booth Tarkington, in The Magnificent Ambersons

Mommy’s little angel

“Mothers see the angel in us because the angel is there. If it’s shown to the mother, the son has got an angel to show, hasn’t he?” —Booth Tarkington, in The Magnificent Ambersons

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"A mother’s love doesn’t make her son more dependent and timid; it actually makes him stronger and more independent." —Cheri Fuller

A real “mama’s boy”

“A mother’s love doesn’t make her son more dependent and timid; it actually makes him stronger and more independent.” —Cheri Fuller

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"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." —Princess Diana.

Royal hugs

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” —Princess Diana. Here are 14 of the most inspiring Princess Diana quotes.

"There was never a great man who had not a great mother—it is hardly an exaggeration." —Olive Shreiner

Like mother, like son

“There was never a great man who had not a great mother—it is hardly an exaggeration.” —Olive Shreiner. In fact, did you know that kids get their intelligence from Mom?

"Ain't a woman alive who could take my mama's place." —Tupac Shakur

Dear Mama

“Ain’t a woman alive who could take my mama’s place.” —Tupac Shakur

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"A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all." —Washington Irving.

Nothing stronger

“A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.” —Washington Irving. Irving was writing during the 1800s, so his comment about dads turning their backs on kids may or may not be fair. We think these father-son quotes tell a different story.

Sons are the anchors of a mother's life. —Sophocles

Mothers and sons ground each other

Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life. —Sophocles

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"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

Believe your mom

“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

"Little boy, you remind me how so much depends on days made of now." —Allison McGhee, in Little Boy

It’s the little things

“Little boy, you remind me how so much depends on days made of now.” —Allison McGhee, in Little Boy

"Men are what their mothers made them." —Ralph Waldo Emerson.

All thanks to Mom

“Men are what their mothers made them.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson. We think this poet would love these great Mother’s Day poems.

"Godspeed, little man. Sweet dreams, little man. Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings. Godspeed. Sweet dreams." —The Chicks, Godspeed

Sweetest dreams

“Godspeed, little man. Sweet dreams, little man. Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings. Godspeed. Sweet dreams.” —The Chicks, Godspeed

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"When Jack Burns needed to hold his mother's hand, his fingers could see in the dark." —John Irving, in Until I Find You

Hold tight

“When Jack Burns needed to hold his mother’s hand, his fingers could see in the dark.” —John Irving, in Until I Find You

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"To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind." —Shannon L. Alder

A powerful role

“To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind.” —Shannon L. Alder

"Mothers are inscrutable beings to their sons, always." —A.E. Coppard, in Dusky Ruth and Other Stories.

Mystery woman

“Mothers are inscrutable beings to their sons, always.” —A.E. Coppard, in Dusky Ruth and Other Stories. Next, these meaningful motherhood quotes will make you want to call yours today.