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40 Mother’s Day Quotes That Are Sure to Brighten Her Day

These Mother's Day quotes will make you laugh, cry, and call your mom! Whether you're a mom or just have one, you'll love these motherhood words of wisdom.

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It can be easy to take our moms for granted. We should all let our moms know how much we admire them on the regular, but of course we have a yearly holiday just for appreciating our moms! One of the best ways to let your mom know how much you love and appreciate her is with words, and thanks to this list of the best Mother’s Day quotes, they don’t even have to be your own. We’ve collected the wisest words on mothers and motherhood to share with your mom and warm her heart. If you really want to impress Mom, read her one of these Mother’s Day poems, or tailor your words to your specific relationship with these mother-daughter quotes and mother-son quotes.

"Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love." —Stevie WonderGetty Images, rd.com

Stevie Wonder

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." —Abraham LincolnGetty Images, rd.com

Abraham Lincoln

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

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"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." —Tenneva JordanGetty Images, rd.com

Tenneva Jordan

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." —UnknownGetty Images, rd.com

Unknown

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

"As is the mother, so is her daughter." —Ezekiel 16:4Getty Images, rd.com

Ezekiel 16:4

“As is the mother, so is her daughter.”

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"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." —Lin YutangGetty Images, rd.com

Lin Yutang

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”

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"An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." —Spanish ProverbsGetty Images, rd.com

Spanish Proverbs

“An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.”

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"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." —Robert BrowningGetty Images, rd.com

Robert Browning

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

"The best place to cry is on a mother's arms." —Jodi PicoultGetty Images, rd.com

Jodi Picoult

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

"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 JordanGetty Images, rd.com

Michael Jordan

“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.”

"Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy." —Tina FeyGetty Images, rd.com

Tina Fey

“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.”

"Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me." —Lady GagaGetty Images, rd.com

Lady Gaga

“Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.”

"[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point." —Lupita Nyong'oGetty Images, rd.com

Lupita Nyong’o

“[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.”

"My mom is my hero. [She] inspired me to dream when I was a kid, so anytime anyone inspires you to dream, that's gotta be your hero." —Tim McGrawGetty Images, rd.com

Tim McGraw

“My mom is my hero. [She] inspired me to dream when I was a kid, so anytime anyone inspires you to dream, that’s gotta be your hero.”

"If I've learned anything as a mom with a daughter who's 3, 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 GyllenhaalGetty Images, rd.com

Maggie Gyllenhaal

“If I’ve learned anything as a mom with a daughter who’s 3, 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.”

"I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn't seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life." —Mindy KalingGetty Images, rd.com

Mindy Kaling

“I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn’t seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life.”

"My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I was lucky enough to get to have one woman who truly helped me through everything." —Emma StoneGetty Images, rd.com

Emma Stone

“My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I was lucky enough to get to have one woman who truly helped me through everything.”

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"My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody's joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation." —Mark TwainGetty Images, rd.com

Mark Twain

“My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.” 

"[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It's huge and scary—it's an act of infinite optimism." —Gilda RadnerGetty Images, rd.com

Gilda Radner

“[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.”

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"My mother always said 'Don't bother other people.' I think that's good advice." —Amy SedarisGetty Images, rd.com

Amy Sedaris

“My mother always said ‘Don’t bother other people.’ I think that’s good advice.”

"Blessed is a mother that would give up part of her soul for her children's happiness." —Shannon AlderGetty Images, rd.com

Shannon Alder

“Blessed is a mother that would give up part of her soul for her children’s happiness.”

"Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will." —Richelle GoodrichGetty Images, rd.com

Richelle Goodrich

“Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will.”

"They are not kidding when they say that mothers are strong women. We need to be strong in more ways than our children will ever know." —M.B. AntevasinGetty Images, rd.com

M.B. Antevasin

“They are not kidding when they say that mothers are strong women. We need to be strong in more ways than our children will ever know.”

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"In the end, mothers are always right. No one else tells the truth." —Randy Susan MeyersGetty Images, rd.com

Randy Susan Meyers

“In the end, mothers are always right. No one else tells the truth.”

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." —Agatha ChristieGetty Images, rd.com

Agatha Christie

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”

"A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her." —Erin KellyGetty Images, rd.com

Erin Kelly

“A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her.”

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"But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begins." —Mitch AlbomGetty Images, rd.com

Mitch Albom

“But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.”

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"Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met." —Marguerite DurasGetty Images, rd.com

Marguerite Duras

“Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.”

"Clarity and focus doesn't always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you." —Shannon Alder.Getty Images, rd.com

Shannon Alder

“Clarity and focus doesn’t always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you.”

Lance Conrad

“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.”

"My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was." —Lisa LeslieGetty Images, rd.com

Lisa Leslie

“My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.”

"All I am I owe to my mother." —George WashingtonGetty Images, rd.com

George Washington

“All I am I owe to my mother.”

"I can only hope to be 10% of the mom mine was to me." —Charlize TheronGetty Images, rd.com

Charlize Theron

“I can only hope to be 10% of the mom mine was to me.”

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"If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?" —Milton BerleGetty Images, rd.com

Milton Berle

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”

"Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together." —Susan GaleGetty Images, rd.com

Susan Gale

“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.”

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"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow." —Maya AngelouGetty Images, rd.com

Maya Angelou

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

"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one." —Jill ChurchillGetty Images, rd.com

Jill Churchill

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”

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"That's the wonderful thing about mothers: You can because you must, and you just do." —Kate WinsletGetty Images, rd.com

Kate Winslet

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

"My mother sacrificed her dreams so I could dream." —Rupi KaurGetty Images, rd.com

Rupi Kaur

“My mother sacrificed her dreams so I could dream.”

"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." —Princess DianaGetty Images, rd.com

Princess Diana

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

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