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Taken from the pages of classic and contemporary reads, here are some inspiring and heartfelt quotes about mothers and motherhood.

“A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.” ~Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning

“Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you’d be OK.” ~ Jojo Moyes, One Plus One

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” ~E.M. Forster, Howard’s End


“I go back to that one moment when I stood in the driveway with small rocks and clumps of dirt around my feet and look back at the porch. And there they were. All these mothers.” Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

“This is what we do, my mother’s life said. We find ourselves in the sacrifices we make.” ~Cammie McGovern, Neighborhood Watch

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is the custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Happy African-American family outside

“But behind all your stories is your mother’s story.” Mitch Albom, For One more Day

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.” ~Zora Neale Hurston, A Biography of the Spirit

“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, At Home on Ladybug Farm

“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.” ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


“The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, setting a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter.” ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“Think for a minute, darling; in fairy tales, it’s always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay home and wait for the children to fly in the window.” ~Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveller’s Wife

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. ~ Dr. Suess


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