I adore quotes! In fact, I collect them. They can inspire, enliven, encourage and even drive a person forward. When it comes to Motherhood, that treasure trove of sayings and wisdom is astounding! Here is a list of my favorite motherhood quotes sure to make you think or cry.
Quotes about Motherhood
“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
“Mothers and their 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
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” ~ Mitch Albom
“Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all.” ~ Julie B. Beck
“The danger of motherhood. you relive your early self, through the eyes of your mother.” ~ Joyce Carol Oates, ‘The Gravedigger’s Daughter
“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
“- A mother, a real mother with a little child, thinks day and night about the welfare of the little one in her arms. A mother knows what dangers the child will have to encounter as he grows up. She does not let the father reassure her when he makes light of things and says that the children have to find their own way.
A mother worries, for she carries the burden, and she often sees much deeper than the father just where the child is in danger.” ~ Johann Christoph Blumhardt
“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
“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
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” ~ Princess Diana
“To nourish children and raise them against odds is any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.” ~ Marilyn French
“Motherhood is neither a duty nor a privilege, but simply the way that humanity can satisfy the desire for physical immortality and triumph over the fear of death.” ~ Rebecca West
“Motherhood: The most exhausting, emotional, rewarding and life-enhancing journey a woman can take.” ~ Charlotte Pearson
“Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women’s opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering.” ~ Elaine Heffner
“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” ~ Bette Davis
“Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he’ll end up hating you.” ~ Jill Bennett
“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” ~ Kate Douglas Wiggin
“Every mother can easily imagine losing a child. Motherhood is always half loss anyway. The three-year-old is lost at five, the five-year-old at nine. We consort with ghosts, even as we sit and eat with, scold and kiss, their current corporeal forms. We speak to people who have vanished and, when they answer us, they do the same. Naturally, the information in these speeches is garbled in the translation.” ~ Karen Joy Fowler, ‘Black Glass’
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