The proverbial 21 gun salute to moms everywhere.
I’ve been a mom for 11 years, one month and 12 days.
In honor of my mom-hood—and moms everywhere—I searched the internet for the best mom-related quotes that I could find.
Twenty-one of ’em. Some are inspiring, some may just make you chuckle.
(If you have a fave that’s not listed here, please post it in the comments section.)
My son + I (Photo: Sally Roeckell)
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
~ Marion C. Garretty
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
~ Oprah Winfrey
If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
~ Milton Berle
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
~ Chinese Proverb
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.
~ Barbara Kingsolver
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~ Elizabeth Stone
A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don’t even have.
~ Robert Brault
Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.
~ William Feather
The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones.
~ Mignon McLaughlin
Mother is a verb, not a noun.
I cannot forget my mother. Though not as sturdy as others, [S]he is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely.
~ Renita Weem
A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.
~ Peter De Vries
Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all.
~ Author Unknown
Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.
~ Dan Quayle
If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
~ Florida Scott-Maxwell
Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
~ Oscar Wilde
If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.
~ Lawrence Housman
PS. You can read my story about how I became a mom here.