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16 Motherhood Quotes That’ll Make You Call Your Mom

Then thank your mom for everything!

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On undeserving love

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

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On leaning

“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”—Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Return the favor by sharing these 26 quotes about the secrets of happiness with your mom.

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On self-sacrifice

“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. Give your mom a gift in return–these are presents all moms will love. 

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On devotion

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall. A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes. To go beyond motherhood quotes, check out these 27 hope quotes guaranteed to lift you up.

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On affection

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them.”—Victor Hugo

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 On encouragement

“Mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”—Marion C. Garretty. Don’t miss these 50 other inspirational quotes that will get you through the day.

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On intuition

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

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On nurturing

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”—Charles R. Swindoll

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On selflessness

“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. Here are 19 more powerful quotes about compassion.

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On attachment

“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.”—Anonymous

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“The best medicine in the world is a mother’s kiss.”—Anonymous

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On providing

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”—Phyllis Diller. Don’t miss these other 11 hilarious fatherhood and motherhood quotes.

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On appreciation

“Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.”—George Eliot

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On what only a mother could love

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”—Roald Dahl. Check out these 30 best lines from the most quotable books.

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On thankless jobs

“Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.”—P.J. O’Rourke

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On unfaltering love

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom. Here are 29 more beautiful quotes on what a mother’s love really means.