My mother was the most beautiful woman. All I am I owe to her. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
— George Washington
There’s no way you can prepare for the presidency. The only things I ever learned from anybody that might have helped were some of the early things I learned from my mother.
— John F. Kennedy
My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s grief and everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. She was the natural ally and friend of the friendless.
— Mark Twain
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
— Stevie Wonder
In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.
— Booker T. Washington
There is no velvet so soft as mother’s lap, no rose so lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
— Archbishop Thomson
Mothers are the first books read and the last put aside in every child’s library.
— C. Lenox Remond
Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of his mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought, the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven.
— Henry Ward Longfellow
Stories first heard at a mother’s knee are never wholly forgotten – a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years.
— Giovanni Ruffini
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
— Washington Irving
The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a while . . . their hearts forever.
Since God created man in his own image, every newborn child is a heavenly gift entrusted to a mother’s tender care. The baby finds godliness in his mother’s eyes, life and warmth at her breasts, strength and protection in her tender arms.
— Louis Notkin
Despite my mom’s relentless chiding for eating too quickly and talking too much sports, I do not hesitate to use a phrase that up until now I have reserved for only those of my generation: She’s one of my best friends.
— Winston Lord
They always looked back before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window to nod and smile, and wave her hand at them. Somehow it seemed as if they couldn’t have got through the day without that, for whatever their mood might be, the last glimpse of that motherly face was sure to affect them like sunshine.
— Louisa May Alcott
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
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