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100 Inspiring Quotes about Being a Mother

By Mormon.org
Mother holding her daughter outdoors

Motherhood

Every child can appreciate the value of a mother. Enjoy the following random collection of 100 quotes, tributes, scriptures, poems, and advice that honor the experience of motherhood.

  1. “The hand of a bride becomes the hand of a mother. Ever so gently she cares for her precious child. Bathing, dressing, feeding, comforting—there is no hand like mother’s. Nor does its tender care diminish through the years.” —Thomas S. Monson
  2. “We help God’s children best by providing ways to build faith in Jesus Christ and in His restored gospel when they are young.” —Henry B. Eyring
  3. “Life is not only meant to be appreciated in retrospect . . . There is something each day to embrace and cherish.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  4. “There are few things more powerful than the faithful prayers of a righteous mother.” —Boyd K. Packer
  5. “The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever.” —Jeffrey R. Holland“
  6. “To mothers who are raising their children without a father in the home, I promise you that as you speak of Jesus Christ, you will feel the power of heaven blessing you.” —Neil L. Andersen
  7. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.” —George Washington
  8. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill
  9. “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” —Genesis 3:20
  10. “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe
  11. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou
  12. “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” —Jodi Picoult
  13. “The joy in motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times, but amid the challenges there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction.” —M. Russell Ballard
  14. “My mother gave me life and never asked for anything in return. That is her secret you know, always giving without any expectations. She is as constant as the sunrise, the moon, the stars, and I count on her. She helps me find my way through the years and makes me laugh while doing it. There are some things only a mother can do.” —Unknown
  15. “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” —Jane Sellman
  16. “What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.” —Henry Ward Beecher
  17. “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” —Billy Graham
  18. “A mother is the truest friend we have. When trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” —Washington Irving
  19. “I love these little people, and it is not a slight thing when they who are so fresh from God love us.” —Charles Dickens
  20. “Pregnancy and motherhood are the most beautiful and significantly life-altering events that I have ever experienced.” —Elisabeth Hasselback
  21. “‘I have no need for children for it is happiness I am in search,’ and all the while she spoke, I smiled while happiness tugged at my skirt.” —Unknown
  22. “No society will long survive without mothers who care for their young and provide that nurturing care so essential for their normal development.” —Ezra Taft Benson
  23. “A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” —Emily Dickinson
  24. “A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth. It’s unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle indeed. Such an incredible blessing.” —Jennie Finch
  25. “Men have to have something given to them to make them saviors of men, but not mothers, not women. They are born with an inherent right, an inherent authority, to be the saviors of human souls … and the regenerating force in the lives of God’s children.” —Matthew Cowley
  26. “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” —Proverbs 31:27–30
  27. “Teach her to look to the Author and Finisher of her faith for her validation and worth. Help her to fear only God and not man. And remind her that the mission-field of home is a battleground worth fighting for.” —Kelly Crawford
  28. “All those clichés—those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood—all of them are true. And all of them are the most beautiful things you will ever experience.” —Penelope Cruz
  29. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln
  30. “I will protect you until you are grown and then I will let you fly free, but loving you, that is for always.” —Charlotte Gray
  31. “There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” —James E. Faust
  32. “A mother’s love is whole no matter how many times it’s divided.” —Unknown
  33. “Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one.” —Sunny Gupta
  34. “As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers and we have always been mothers. And we each have the responsibility to love and help lead the rising generation.” —Sheri L. Dew
  35. “Motherhood has completely changed me. It’s just about like the most completely humbling experience that I’ve ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in, and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.” —Diane Keaton
  36. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them.” —Victor Hugo
  37. “Parents must have the courage to say no, to defend truth, and to bear powerful testimony.” —Quentin L. Cook
  38. “Motherhood was the great equalizer for me; I started to identify with everybody. … As a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life.” —Annie Lennox
  39. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” —Unknown
  40. “I don’t know about changing my perspective, because motherhood is such a glorious blessing and I am very thankful for that. It is such a beautiful experience. I so strongly recommend it. It’s bliss, love, and fulfillment of another level.” —Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
  41. “My mom is a hard worker. She puts her head down and she gets it done. And she finds a way to have fun. She always says, ‘Happiness is your own responsibility.’ That’s probably what I quote from her and live by the most.” —Jennifer Garner
  42. “Perhaps the reason we respond so universally to our mothers’ love is because it typifies the love of our Savior.” —Bradley D. Foster
  43. “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in, it is what God gave you time for.” —Rachel JanKovic
  44. “Completeness? Happiness? These words don’t come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history.” —Anita Baker
  45. “There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood.” —M. Russell Ballard
  46. “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  47. “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” —Proverbs 31:26
  48. “Motherhood has taught me the meaning of living in the moment and being at peace. Children don’t think about yesterday, and they don’t think about tomorrow. They just exist in the moment.” —Jessalyn Gilsig
  49. “The ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven are our children and our posterity.” —Dallin H. Oaks
  50. “As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew.” —Rachel Cusk
  51. “Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.” —First Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  52. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” —Barbara Kingsolver
  53. “Women bring with them into the world a certain virtue, a divine gift that makes them adept at instilling such qualities as faith, courage, empathy, and refinement in relationships and in cultures.” —D. Todd Christofferson
  54. “Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is, … and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.” —Donna Ball
  55. “You instantly become less selfish. You can’t be the biggest person in the world anymore—they are. Motherhood really grounds you.” —Keri Russell
  56. “The highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother.” —Russell M. Nelson
  57. “Being a mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field since the payment is pure love.” —Mildred B. Vermont
  58. “A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.” —Unknown
  59. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while but their hearts forever.” —Unknown
  60. “I know of no better answer to [the] foul practices that confront our young people than the teachings of a mother, given in love with an unmistakable warning.” —Gordon B. Hinckley
  61. “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 Jordan
  62. “Becoming a mother makes you realize you can do almost anything one-handed.” —Unknown
  63. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” —Linda Wooten
  64. “Mothers of today have no greater opportunity and no more serious challenge than to do all they can to strengthen the home.” —L. Tom Perry
  65. “I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine; she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.” —Terri Guillemets
  66. “There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed, but in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are super mom.” —Stephanie Precourt
  67. “Who can justly measure the righteous influence of a mother’s love? What enduring fruits result from the seeds of truth that a mother carefully plants and lovingly cultivates in the fertile soil of a child’s trusting mind and heart? As a mother, you have been given divine instincts to help you sense your child’s special talents and unique capacities.” —Richard G. Scott
  68. “Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world.” —C.S. Lewis
  69. “I believe in love at first sight, because I’ve been loving my mother since I opened my eyes.” —Unknown
  70. “God’s most extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people in the seeming obscurity of a home and family.” —Neal A. Maxwell
  71. “When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.” —Connie Shultz
  72. “Mothers and children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama
  73. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. … To have been loved so deeply … will give us some protection forever.” —J. K. Rowling
  74. “The more I live, the more I recognize that the teaching moments in my youth, especially those provided by my parents, have shaped my life and made me who I am. It is impossible to overestimate the influence of parents who understand the hearts of their children.” —Robert D. Hales
  75. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone elses.” —Princess Diana
  76. “Being a young mom means that we met a little early, but it also means I get to love you a little longer. Some people said that my life ended when I had a baby, but my life had just begun. You didn’t take away from my future, you gave me a new one.” —Unknown
  77. “If you try your best to be the best parent you can be, you will have done all that a human being can do and all that God expects you to do.” —Jeffrey R. Holland
  78. “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” —Andy Stanley
  79. “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
  80. “You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.” —Gordon B. Hinckley
  81. “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
  82. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” —Oprah Winfrey
  83. “Feeling the security and constancy of love from a spouse, a parent or a child is a rich blessing. Such love nurtures and sustains faith in God. Such love is a source of strength and casts out fear. Such love is the desire of every human soul.” —David A. Bednar
  84. “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 Wonder
  85. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” —Meryl Streep
  86. “The bond between mothers and their children is one defined by love. As a mother’s prayers for her children are unending, so are the wisdom, grace, and strength they provide to their children.” —President George W. Bush
  87. “No woman who understands the gospel would ever think that any other work is more important or would ever say, “I am just a mother,” for mothers heal the souls of men.” —Sheri Dew
  88. “Because I feel that in the heavens above, the angels whispering to one another can find among their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of ‘mother.’” —Edgar Allan Poe
  89. “There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas, creation’s most unique and precious pearl, and heaven help us always to remember, that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” —Glen Campbell
  90. “The joy of motherhood comes in moments. … Families need unstructured time when relationships can deepen and real parenting can take place. Take time to listen, to laugh, and to play together.” —M. Russell Ballard
  91. “When my children are hurt or disappointed I need to lead them to Jesus. I am not enough, but Jesus is.” —Unknown
  92. “I see myself as a mom first. I’m so lucky to have that role in life. The world can like me, hate me, or fall apart around me and at least I wake up with my kids and I’m happy.” —Angelina Jolie
  93. “You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. … Do not trade your birthright as a mother for some bauble of passing value. … The baby you hold in your arms will grow quickly as the sunrise and sunset of the rushing days.” —Gordon B. Hinckley
  94. “Being a mom has made me so tired—and so happy.” —Tina Fey
  95. “The name of mother: The noblest thoughts my soul can claim. The holiest words my tongue can frame. Unworthy are to frame the name more sacred than all other. An infant when her love first came, a man, I find it just the same. Reverently I breathe her name—The blessed name of mother.” —George Griffith Fetter
  96. “Motherhood is heart-exploding, blissful hysteria.” —Olivia Wilde
  97. “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 McGraw
  98. “If a child is not listening, don’t despair. Time and truth are on your side. At the right moment, your words will return as if from heaven itself. Your testimony will never leave your children.” —Neil L. Andersen
  99. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.” —Kate Beckinsale
  100. “There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.” —Unknown

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