Motherhood is the most sacred thing in the world. Sure, it sounds like a stretch but, somehow, we all seem to agree that it’s true. Why else would people choose to swear on their mothers when making promises?
Our lives begin with our mothers. Through her, we come into this world and learn what it is to be human. In hindsight, she is the First – the first teacher, the first friend, and the first person we ever love.
There is a reason why most cultures refer to the Earth as a Mother. She is the foundation of life and the one who shapes each and every one of us. She is both nature and nurture. She is love at its purest – and will have our backs even if the world will turn against us.
Here are some of the most touching quotes about mothers to remind us of just how marvelous these angels in disguise really are.
21 Touching Quotes on Motherhood
1. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” – Robert A. Heinlein
Just giving birth to a child does not make someone a mother. A mother is so much more than that. She is the sum of all the choices and sacrifices she happily makes to raise her child – regardless of whether the child is hers biologically or not. It is not the act of giving birth but this love that defines ‘Mother’.
2. “Being a mother is hard and it wasn’t a subject I ever studied.” – Ruby Wax
No one is ever really prepared to be a mother. It doesn’t matter how many books one reads or preparations a mother-to-be makes, being a mother is the most difficult job in the world.
3. “Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Behind every successful man (or woman), there is a woman. And that woman is his/her mother. We are the result of what our mothers made us. They shape our lives for better but never take credit for our success. Truly selfless individuals indeed!
4. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Jewish Proverb
A mother can be terrifying in her wrath – dealing grave punishments for our wrongdoing. But she is also caring, loving, nurturing, and always there for us when we need her. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in religion or not. In the eyes of their children, mothers are all goddesses.
5. “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” – Mark Twain
Even the things about us that would annoy most people are nothing more than hilarious quirks in the eyes of our mothers. Because for her, we will always be a little child that is prone to a little bit of mischief from time to time.
6. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac
Only mothers could forgive their children – even when the whole world is against her child. It is something that speaks volumes on just how much love a mother’s heart can hold. And if there is someone who even their own mother can’t forgive, you can bet they are one of the worst human beings to have ever lived.
7. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
If we were trees, then mothers would be the earth we grow upon. They nourish us, support us, and how we turn up entirely depends on how they raised us.
8. “Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.” – Maxim Gorky
It is why mothers dictate the future of the world. It is their values and beliefs we incorporate or challenge – and finally reflect back onto the world. As the old proverb goes, ‘the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.’
9. “My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me.” – Diego Maradona
We might be the ugliest human beings in the world but, in the eyes of our mothers, we are more good-looking than any GQ Model could ever hope to be. It is a strange trait that all mothers seem to share. They sincerely believe their children to be the best thing that ever happened on Earth. If we could only see ourselves through our mothers’ eyes, lack of self-esteem would be a thing of the past.
10. “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
Mothers are the epitome of selflessness and sacrifice. For a mother, her children always come first. She will work three jobs with no day-offs just to make sure her children can have a good life. She will go hungry for days without complaint as long as her children are fed. And she will take a bullet for her child without a second thought.
11. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver
We’ve all heard about mothers lifting cars off their children. We take them to be urban myths when the story is actually based in reality! Mothers can be incredible when it concerns their children. They defy logic and do what most of us would deem impossible. It’s almost as if every woman gains superpowers once she becomes a mother.
12. “Who’s a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?” – Donald E. Westlake
It’s strange how every time we feel the need to talk to someone, we think of our mothers. What’s funnier is that whenever we give in to the urge and call her up, she ALWAYS picks up the phone. It’s like mothers are miracles given human form; we just haven’t noticed it yet!
13. “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” – Erich Fromm
There is no better feeling in the world than to be loved by a mother. It is so pure and inexhaustible that it feels like the entire universe should not be enough to hold it. No wonder, it can often feel like we do not deserve it.
14. “The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother.” – Erich Fromm
It is heartbreaking to know that mothers pour all their love and sacrifice themselves again and again just to help their children become independent. A mother’s success in raising her children is measured in how much their children don’t need her after they grow up. Mothers realize this and yet they never stop doing their best for our sakes. Is there anything more selfless and amazing than that?
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15. “…she rejoiced as only mothers can in the good fortunes of their children.” – Louisa May Alcott
Nobody in the world will celebrate your achievements more than your mother. In fact, mothers are probably happier than we are when we succeed. Everything about you is a big deal to her, after all.
16. “Sweater (noun): garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” – Ambrose Bierce
We may have left their wombs but, to mothers, children remain an extension of themselves. Most human hearts are located within the ribcage – but a mother’s heart resides outside her body in her children.
17. “There is no b**** on Earth like a mother frightened for her children.” – Stephen King
Never mess with a mother. Whether it be a human being or an animal, nothing is more dangerous than a mother who feels her children are being threatened. Mothers are known for being willing to do anything to protect their children. So, unless you don’t mind being put in a hospital (or a morgue), it is wisest to never threaten someone in the presence of their mothers.
18. “You think you can threaten my mother?!” – Superman
On the same vein, it is best if you do not bring up someone else’s mother in an argument. Because mothers are often sacrosanct to most people. So, it no wonder that threatening someone’s mother are taken as fighting words. The calmest of people lose their composure when you insult their mothers. Even Pope Francis, one of the biggest advocates of peace, has admitted that he’d punch the lights out of anyone who’d dare insult his mother. What more proof do you need?
19. “The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.” – Karl Lagerfeld
Of all the love in the world, only a mother’s love is beyond doubt. She is living proof that unconditional love exists. And the fact alone can make a bleak world much brighter.
20. “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” – Jodi Picoult
Mothers will always be a source of comfort for us all. It is in her arms where even the toughest of people can allow themselves to feel vulnerable. Because we know that if there is one person who’ll never knowingly hurt us, it is our mothers.
21. “A good mother is irreplaceable.” – Adriana Trigiani
She may have her flaws and get on your nerves sometimes but could you imagine anyone else taking her place? We could fantasize about working in a different place with new colleagues, having a different circle of friends or even being in a relationship with someone else. But the one person we can never replace – even in our wildest fantasies – is our mother. And that alone shows just how important mothers are to their children.
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Mothers are amazing beings. Biological, foster, step, or adoptive – it doesn’t matter. They love us unconditionally, guide us when we falter, and are always there for us. We are all of us the result of their hard work and sacrifices. And the most extraordinary thing is that they ask for nothing in return – except perhaps our happiness.
So, here’s to the mothers everywhere – the most beautiful yet underrated women of all times!
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