I love being a mother. I am more aware. I feel things on a deeper level. I seem to have more of everything now; more love, more magic, more energy.
— Shelley Long
Being a full time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love.
— Mildred Vermont
In the evening, after she has gone to sleep, I kneel beside the crib and touch her face, where it is pressed against the slats, with mine.
— Joan Didion
I had to become a mother before I realized what a wonderful place in the scheme of things the Creator has given women.
— Ida Wells
Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia.
— Phyllis McGinley
My mother was the source from which I derived the guiding principles of my life.
— John Wesley
I thought my mom’s whole purpose was to be my mom. That’s how she made me feel.
— Natasha Wagner
Motherhood cannot be delegated. Breast-feeding may succumb to the bottle; cuddling, fondling and pediatric visits may also be done by fathers. But when a child needs a mother to talk to, nobody else but a mother will do.
— Erica Jong
Mother – she was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
— T. De Will Talmage
Only a mother can powder a baby’s behind with one hand and hold the phone with the other. Only a mom can discern which teen is entering the door just by the sound of the key in the lock. Only a mom can spend a day wiping noses, laundering enough socks for the Yankees, balancing a checkbook down to $1.27, and still means it when she thanks God for her kids. Only a mom.
— Max Lucado
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
— Abraham Lincoln
In a time of adversity, you were the one who held us together through your courage and spirit and devotion. Everything I have achieved, that our family has achieved, is due to you.
— Henry Kissinger, to his mother on her ninetieth birthday
Mother deserves more credit than she gets. She is the one who was there. She is the one who read to us, who took us to Plymouth Rock and the Old North Church and other historic places. She gave me my interest in history.
— John F. Kennedy
My mom gave me unconditional support and unfailing love. You can’t get any better than that. That’s why I’ve never been afraid to lose.
— Mike Krzyzewski
My mother’s influence in molding my character was conspicuous. She forced me to learn daily chapters of the Bible by heart. To that discipline and patient, accurate resolve I owe not only much of my general power of taking pains, but the best part of my taste for literature.
— John Ruskin
My dear mother with the truthfulness of a mother’s heart, ministered to all my woes, outward and inward, and even against hope kept prophesying good.
— Thomas Carlyle
On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You’re my mother, I would have no other!
— Forest Houtenschil
I did not have my mother long, but she cast over me an influence which lasted all my life. If it had not been for her appreciation and her faith in me at a critical time in my experience, I should never likely have become an inventor.
— Thomas Edison
There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness. The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.
— Andrew Jackson
You painted no Madonnas
On chapel walls in Rome;
But with a touch diviner
You lived one in your home.
You carved no shapeless marble
To some high soul design
But with a finer sculpture
You shaped this soul of mine.
— Thomas Fessenden
A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.
— Helen Steiner Rice
A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
— Victor Hugo
You never realize how much your mother loves you till you explore the attic – and find every letter you ever sent her, every finger painting, clay pot, bead necklace, Easter chicken, cardboard Santa Claus, paper lace Mother’s Day card and school report since day one.
— Pam Brown
My mother loved me completely and selflessly, and her special legacy was a quiet, inner peace, and the determination never to despair.
— Richard Nixon
Not until I became a mother did I understand how much my mother had sacrificed for me. Not until I became a mother did I feel how hurt my mother was when I disobeyed. Not until I became a mother did I know how proud my mother was when I achieved. Not until I became a mother did I realize how much my mother loves me. Therefore, be encouraged. One day, your children will feel the same way.
— Victoria Farnsworth
Mom always told us to become whatever we dreamed of. All we dreamed of was becoming her.
Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.
— Mary Bethune
God made mothers His earthly partners and charged them with the task of perpetuating creation. As befits God’s partners, mothers have been endowed with all the heavenly virtues: love, devotion, tenderness, purity and the spirit of sacrifice. These are but a few of the divine attributes of motherhood.
— Louis Notkin
No one is poor who had a godly mother.
— Abraham Lincoln
There is no more influential or powerful role on earth than a mother’s. Significant as political, military, education or religious public figures may be, none can compare to the impact made by mothers. Their words are never fully forgotten, their touch leaves an indelible impression and the memory of their presence lasts a lifetime.
— Charles Swindoll
There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.
— Sarah Hale
For any normal woman in normal circumstances there is bound to be a special excitement and joy and gratitude to God when she holds her first baby in her arms.
— Rose Kennedy
To get time for civic work, for exercise, for neighborhood projects, reading or meditation, or just plain time to themselves, mothers need to hold out against the fairly recent but surprisingly entrenched myth that “good mothers” are constantly with their children.
— Wendy Sanford
It is at our mother’s knee that we acquire our noblest and truest and highest ideals.
— Mark Twain
No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.
— Theodore Roosevelt