1. “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

2. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” – Robert A. Heinlein

3. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

4. “In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” – N.K. Jemisin

5. “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

6. “The most magical day of my life was the day I became a mother.” – Anonymous

7. “Moms are the people who know us the best and love us the most.” – Anonymous

8. “Being a mama can be tough, but always remember in the eyes of your child, no one does it better than you.” – Anonymous

9. “24/7—once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer.” – Jodi Picoult

10. “Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner

11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” – Ricki Lake

12. “Being a mama isn’t easy, but it is definitely the best job anyone could ever have.” – Anonymous

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

14. “Motherhood: all love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

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

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16. “A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty

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

18. “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” – Anonymous

19. “If you’re worried about being a good mother, it means you already are one.” – Anonymous

20. “A mother’s love endures through all.” – Washington Irving

21. “In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

22. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” – Maria Shriver

23. “Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood—finding a piece of yourself separate and apart from that, all the same, you could not live without.” – Jodi Picoult

24. “Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” – Kate Winslet

25. “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” – Pamela S. Nadav

26. “Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.” – Ani DiFranco

27. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

28. “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” – Tina Fey

29. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish Proverb

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

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31. “I don’t know about changing my perspective, because motherhood is such a glorious blessing and I am very thankful for that. It’s such a beautiful experience. I so strongly recommend it. It’s bliss, love, and fulfillment on another level.” – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

32. “I’ve never had more appreciation for anyone in my entire life until I became a mom.” – Chrissy Teigen

33. “At the end of the day my most important job is still mom-in-chief.” –

34. “For when a child is born the mother also is born again.” – Gilbert Parker

35. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.” – Jennie Finch

36. “In the end—I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.” – Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

37. “Whenever you’re feeling hopeless, hug your child. It’s amazing how they remind us our life is always full of love.” – Anonymous

38. “He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.” – J.K. Rowling

39. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” –

40. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” – Anonymous

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

42. “My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.” – Michelle Obama

43. “My favorite thing about being a mom is just what a better person it makes you on a daily basis.” – Drew Barrymore

44. “Motherhood is magical. It grants you the power to fall in love with someone before ever meeting them. It gifts you amazing instincts to look after your cubs. It fuels you in ways you can’t explain to keep you going no matter how exhausted you are. And it expands your heart and fills it with more love than you have ever felt.” – Anonymous

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45. “Motherhood is difficult and rewarding.” – Gloria Estefan

46. “If you’re a mom, you’re a superhero. Period.” – Rosie Pope

47. “Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had.” – Deborah Mailman

48. “Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.” – Barbara Walters

49. “As a mama I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I forget things. I lose my cool. And some days I go a little crazy. But, it’s okay because, in the end, no one could ever love my child the way I do.” – Anonymous

50. “My mother, poor fish, wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a week, telling me to be happy, ‘Henry, smile! why don’t you ever smile?’ And then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the saddest smile I ever saw.” –

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51. “I feel awful for women who are trying to raise kids on their own, with zero income and no fathers present—that’s single motherhood.” – Natascha McElhone

52. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had.” – Linda Wooten

53. “Even on the days, you feel like you are failing, look around. Your child’s smile will bring you right back up.” – Anonymous

54. “She has to have four arms, four legs, two hearts, and double the love. There is nothing single about a single mother.” – Anonymous

55. “Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids.” – Anonymous

56. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.” – Anonymous

57. “To the world you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.” – Anonymous

58. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

59. “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” – Anonymous

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60. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” – Meryl Streep

61. “Motherhood is amazing. And then it is really hard. And then it is incredible. And then it is everything in between. So, hold onto the good, breathe through the bad, and welcome the wildest and most wonderful ride of your life.” – Anonymous

62. “Motherhood has made me a much better person. I see everything from a new perspective—with a sense of wonderment.” – Juhi Chawla

63. “The biggest surprise, which is also the best, is that I didn’t know I would love motherhood as much as I do.” – Deborah Norville

64. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

65. “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.’” –

66. “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

67. “The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” – Elaine Heffner

68. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” – Margaret Sanger

69. “Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.” – Rebecca West

70. “Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.” – Sheri L. Dew

71. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love is so instantaneous and forgiving.” – Gail Tsukiyama

72. “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

73. “Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the Kingdom of God will fail.” – Sheri L. Dew

74. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana

75. “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah Winfrey

76. “I loved you before I knew you.” – Anonymous

77. “Of all the things my hands have held, the best, by far, is you.” – Anonymous

78. “I’m proud of many things in life but nothing beats being a mother.” – Anonymous

79. “I gave you life, but really, you gave me mine.” – Anonymous

80. “Let me love you a little more before you’re not little anymore.” – Anonymous

81. “Just when you think you know love, something little comes along and reminds you just how big it is.” – Anonymous

82. “Everything has changed, and yet, I’m more me than I’ve ever been.” – Iain Thomas

83. “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

84. “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

85. “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” – Ferrell Sims

86. “I know how to do anything—I’m a mom.” – Roseanne Barr

87. “Mother’s love grows by giving.” – Charles Lamb

88. “There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss.” – Saleem Sharma

89. “One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

90. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.” – Margaret Culkin Banning

91. “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

92. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” – W.R. Wallace

93. “No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.” – Florida Scott-Maxwell

94. “Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. Frogs, skinned knees, and the insults of teenage girls are not meant for the wimpy.” – Danielle Steel

95. “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” – Erich From

96. “Making a decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

97. “A mother knows what her child’s gone through, even if she didn’t see it herself.” – Pramoedya Ananta Toer

98. “Grown doesn’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart, it doesn’t mean a thing.” –

99. “The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” – James E. Faust

100. “Mother—that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.” – T. DeWitt Talmage

101. “No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” – Edwin Chapin

102. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle

103. “Even if I’m setting myself up for failure, I think it’s worth trying to be a mother who delights in who her children are, in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions.” – Ayelet Waldman

104. “Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

105. “I’ve always tried to control everything and every aspect of my life, and this is maybe the biggest lesson I’ve learned with motherhood—you just can’t control everything, and I’m much more relaxed now about unexpected changes and things that happen.” – Margherita Missoni

106. “Motherhood: if you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.” – Anonymous

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

108. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom

109. “Little souls find their way to you whether they’re from your womb or someone else’s.” – Sheryl Crow

110. “Motherhood changes everything.” – Adriana Trigiani

111. “A mom’s hug lasts long after she let’s go.” – Anonymous

112. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” –

113. “Always my mother; forever my friend.” – Anonymous

114. “Home is where your mom is.” – Anonymous

115. “My daughter introduced me to myself.” –

116. “The best place to cry is in a mother’s arms.” – Jodi Picoult

117. “A child’s first teacher is its mother.” – Peng Liyuan

118. “Sometimes I open my mouth and my mother comes out.” – Anonymous

119. “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.” – Golden Girls

120. “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help mom do the dishes.” – P.J. O’Rourke


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