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30 Positive Quotes About Mothers and Mother Figures

For over a decade, Ms. Dora has been sharing poetry, creative writing, positive quotes, and reflections online. Her aim is life enrichment.

Our mothers and mother figures are there for us when we need them most. These 30 quotes celebrate their impact on our lives.

Our mothers and mother figures are there for us when we need them most. These 30 quotes celebrate their impact on our lives.

Quotes About Mothers and Mother Figures

In 2017, Pam Goodfellow, a Prosper Principal Analyst, stated that “Consumers are planning to open up their wallets a little bit more to celebrate the women with the most important jobs in the world.” She was referring to the stupendous amount of money people spend on their mothers for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day spending increased from $14.9 billion in 2007 to $23.6 billion in 2017. Despite the staggering amount of money we spend on Mother's Day gifts, however, most of us recognize that the influence of the mothers and mother figures in our lives is beyond price. Below are 30 quotes about mothers and the immeasurably positive impact they have on our lives.

Quote Categories

  • Their presence (always there when needed and even when not)
  • Their words (affirming and unforgettable)
  • Their love (nurturing for a lifetime)
  • Their uniqueness (different than anyone else in the family)
"My mother . . . I cannot now imagine a life without her." —Kristin Hannah

"My mother . . . I cannot now imagine a life without her." —Kristin Hannah

Their Presence

1. "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." ―George Washington

2. "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 desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us." ―Washington Irving

3. "My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her." ―Kristin Hannah

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. "All these kings would do a deal better if they would put down their swords and listen to their mothers." ―George R.R. Martin

6. "The home should be to the children the most attractive place in the world, and the mother's presence should be its greatest attraction." ―Ellen White

7. "A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually VACCINATES her daughter against low self-esteem." ―Naomi Wolf

8. "My mother was . . . the judge in all our arguments. One disapproving word from her was enough to send us off to hide in a corner . . . One kiss could restore us to princedom. Without her, our lives would dissolve into chaos." ―Nicole Krauss

"My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother." —Wilma Rudolph

"My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother." —Wilma Rudolph

Their Words

9. "When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life." ―John Lennon

10. "When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." ―Pablo Picasso

11. "My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother." ―Wilma Rudolph

12. "My mother had always told her kids: if you're about to do something, and you want to know if it's a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see." ―Gillian Flynn

13. "'Can anything harm us, mother, after the night-lights are lit?' 'Nothing, precious,' she said; 'they are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children.'" ―J.M. Barrie

14. "When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day . . . I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world." ―Fred Rogers

15. "My mother whispered her strength into my ear." ―Sharon M. Draper

"My mother is that sweet flower of love." —Stevie Wonder

"My mother is that sweet flower of love." —Stevie Wonder

Their Love

16. "Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth." ―Marjorie Hinckley

17. "A mother's love . . . knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ―Agatha Christie

18. "My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me." ―R.J. Palacio

19. "I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know." ―Mitch Albom

20. "If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love." ―Stevie Wonder

21. "In womankind, we find the mothers of the race. There is no man so great, nor none sunk so low, but once he lay a helpless, innocent babe in a woman's arms and was dependent on her love and care for his existence." ―Mabel Hale

22. "When a baby is born, a flower begins to bloom in her continuously, this flower is the love of her mother." ―Debasish Mridha MD

23. "No place in this world is as safe as my mother’s womb, and nobody in this world is, as loving as my mother." ―Luffina Lourduraj

Their Uniqueness

24. "I don't know what it is about the food your mother makes for you, especially when it's something that anyone can make - pancakes, meatloaf, tuna salad - but it carries a certain taste of memory." ―Mitch Albom

25. "Mom—the person most likely to write an autobiography and never mention herself." —Robert Brault

26. "If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been." ―Robert Brault

27. "A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." ―Tenneva Jordan

28. "A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest." ―Irish Proverb

29. "I have learned that the love a mother has for her child is unique among human emotions. Every mother knows this instinctively, but that doesn't mean it doesn't need articulating." ―Lisa Scottline

30. "Whosoever does not believe in the existence of a sixth sense has clearly not regarded their own mother. How it is they know all they know about you . . . And they don't just know—they know instantly." ―Narissa Doumani

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© 2019 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 09, 2019:

Nicole, thanks for your input. Here's a bonus quote for you: "The king upon his throne has no higher work than has the mother. . . An angel could not ask for a higher mission . . . Her work is for time and for eternity." (Ellen White) Best to you and your sons always!

Nicole K on October 08, 2019:

Thanks for this wonderful hub! I was tearing up reading all of the different quotes about how special mothers are. It's easy to forget how significant this role is when you're completing the daily household chores involved (laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, meals, and so on). It gets mundane at times. This was a wonderful reminder just how truly priceless mothers are! I hope to always be close to my sons as they grow older and I hope we'll have a special bond.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 17, 2019:

Tamara, thank you for your inspiring contribution to this article. Blessings on you and your children and Happy Mother's Day when it comes less than a month away.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on April 17, 2019:

Except for our Lord, Who is Love, Himself, there is no greater love than that between a mother and her children. It is an amazing love; wholly unbreakable, and unquenchable. Such a love is fascinating, really, because it is so consuming. I know this because I love my children more than words, or even my actions will ever be able to describe.

Thank you, Dora, for putting forth your lovely, sweetly scented post on the quotes about such a magnificent love!



Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 11, 2019:

Rochelle, I know that you're grateful to have one of those wonderful moms. Thanks for sharing.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on March 11, 2019:

It's all true :) I sometimes wonder what would have become of me without my mom. She's my inspiration :) Thank you for the reminder :) God bless you!!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 27, 2019:

Thanks, Denise for such a heartening comment. Yes, whether we are the mothers or the children, our goal is to appreciate the status of motherhood.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on February 27, 2019:

Thanks for the reminder of how precious we are to our children, and our mothers are to us. The warm thoughts this article generated wrapped me in a blessed blanket of love and peace.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 25, 2019:

Thanks, Nell. Our mothers are exceptional, more than any quote can say. So glad that you enjoy them.

Nell Rose from England on February 25, 2019:

What fantastic quotes and sayings Dora! I love the one from John Lennon and the other one about children at night after the little lights are left on being a mothers eyes, wonderful!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 25, 2019:

Thelma, thanks for reading. Blessings on you and your siblings as you gather and eat to commemorate your mother. Good that you have each other!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 24, 2019:

Hi Dora. It is so nice reading all the quotes about a mother. Mothers love is infinite. Reading this reminds me of my mothers birthday next week but she had died 11 years ago. We still gather at home with my siblings and their respective families and enjoy the food that we make for her commemoration. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 22, 2019:

Delores, it is always a good feel when thoughts about our mothers surface. Happy to have written quotes which add to your good memory. Thanks for reading.

Antonio50S on February 22, 2019:

To dora. I really do like the articles you write about, learned a lot through them, grateful for that, and though i said it before, i wont be commenting any further now. I just wanted to share a few things of my own which i have, and as i said, learned a lot as well.

Thank You


Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 22, 2019:

I so enjoyed reading all the quotes about mothers. I've been thinking about my own mother so much lately - things that she said and did keep popping up. So this was a perfect fit.

Antonio50S on February 21, 2019:

I think thats a GREAT comment from Eric, but what makes the world and life grand, isn't the things we already have, its not even any suffering we maybe going through, its our whole outlook and perception to life itself.

Sometimes its hard knowing if what we have is as a result of Gods blessings ? Maybe we have these things because we have the right attitude to begin with ? or we could be just victims of circumdtances in life ? Only God knows these things, and only God knows how to deliver people out of trials.

Even Job in his testings "wasn't" found righteous, but he did have the right attitude towards God & life, For that, he was "considered" righteous, and received far more than he lost.

If were not being tested, how will we know our faith is real ? But we do need to maintain the right attitude, no matter what comes our way in life.

Antonio50S on February 20, 2019:

Wes Angelozzi.

"Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quikly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered"

Antonio50S on February 20, 2019:

If we travel the speed of light being 186,000 miles per second, it would take 100,000 years to cross our Milky Way Galaxy, yet there's billions of galaxies in our universe.

Despite that, "Love is the most powerful force in the universe, which has no limits" Albert Einstein.

Love is limitless, it gives meaning to everything in life and has the power to heal all wounds. Comes up a lot in these quotes.

Antonio50S on February 20, 2019:

Eric is funny. Life is definitely grand when we have the right attitude towards it. looking at this photo of Planet earth from outer space "from a distance" all the things the nations worry about ? In the end we don't really own anything. In the stream of time, we're here for a moment, then we're gone, but the spirirual treasures stored in the heavens are for eternity.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 19, 2019:

Eric, we're agreed on that. With children and grandchildren who love me, with writer-friends like you who support my work and offer me interesting content to read, with angels hovering over me and God providing for me, with so much more . . . life is really grand A pleasure to have you cross my path!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 19, 2019:

Ain't life grand Dora..

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 19, 2019:

Chitrangada, you echo the thoughts of many others like you have been blessed with good mothers. We cannot take them for granted. May our lives reflect theirs and our gratitude for them. Thanks for adding to this tribute.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 19, 2019:

Wonderful collection of quotes about the mothers. I loved all of them. Mothers are like angels on Earth and I find it very difficult to describe, their countless qualities.

My mother is my inspiration, my teacher, my guide and what not! In addition to being the most affectionate person, she never hesitates to correct me, when I am wrong.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute to the mothers!

Antonio50S on February 18, 2019:

Thanks for that dora, "appreciate it" number 5 about the kings is very good.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 17, 2019:

Thanks, Alyssa. We've been blessed to have several good mothers. May their legacy live on in us and in our children. A happy, productive week to you, too.

Alyssa from Ohio on February 17, 2019:

This is a beautiful tribute! I've been fortunate to have many mother figures in my life, each leaving a lasting impact on me. I love the collection of quotes! Thank you, Dora! Have a wonderful week!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 17, 2019:

Bill. agreed. No substitute for Moms. They deserve gratitude all year long.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 17, 2019:

Eric, you good-natured son that you are, your comments also gives me a boost. Thanks.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 17, 2019:

Not sure how I missed this one, Dora. All I can say is, there's no one like Mom!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 14, 2019:

Yahoo I needed the boost this morning. I am going to honor my mom today by deeds.

Antonio50S on February 13, 2019:

To dora. About them last couple of post of mine, they were a bit long and detailed, but just shairing my own past experience, if you feel its inappropriate leaving them post there ? ( just "delete" them ) whatever you think ? Already shaired the experience.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 12, 2019:

Nithya, you also made my day with your encouraging comment. So happy for you that you can still enjoy your mother. Blessings!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 12, 2019:

A great collection of quotes, loved them all. I have a wonderful mother and she is my friends, philosopher and guide. Thank you for sharing such wonderful quotes about a mother, reading them made my day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Antonio, thanks for all your contributions on this important topic about a mother's love.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Liz, my heart goes out to children young and older who do not (did not) have happy experiences with their moms. I pray that God will put some compassionate woman in the path of each person who needs someone to offer the love that they missed. Every child deserves a mother's love.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Tim, you made a wise choice of a wife they say, when your wife has many of the qualities of your mom. Blessings on your happy family.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Eric, you deserve all the love you get. Happy for your joyful satisfaction with your wife and mother. Your boy is showing the effect of the loving home you and your wife have given him. Best to you and your family, going forward.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Linda, I'm happy that the quotes triggered some happy memories for you. Thank God for good mothers.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Sean, you're twice blessed. Happy for you and your boys. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Pam, you're fortunate to have had the good example of your mother. What a blessing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2019:

Mary, sometimes we even feel their presence. Such is the power of their influence. Thanks for your comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 09, 2019:

You have compiled an interesting set of quotes. Sadly not everyone can have the best experience with their own mother, but we can all recognise these quotes in others.

Antonio50S on February 09, 2019:

This is the very best thing i miss about being a JW.

Everybody in the congregation could know the worst things about you, yet give you the best welcoming smile you ever seen when you walk through them doors. They treat you like a real brother or sister, like one of their own.

When someone is truly sorry for what they did, no matter how many times they fall back to old ways, what can you do other than forgive ? Nobody knows the real deep inward struggles of an individual, but ( God sees it ), and that's all that matters. In a similar way a good mother may choose not to see it, but it will never surpass the Love of God & Christ who sees all men, women, and children as their very own, regardless of faults, ( for now )

The world is ready to accuse and condemn individuals on the basis of what they did regardless of how sorry they are, some maybe justifiable, but God will have the final say on who lives and who dies, but without that love we will never have the opportunity to live in the first place.

Loannis is right, Mother is the Human form of Gods Love. I understand that backround.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 09, 2019:

Eric echoes my sentiments exactly, Ms. Dora. It takes good women to help raise good men. My wife just kind of grins when I would be up to mischief with the kids when they were young, now she just says: "Oh, Tim! you and those dogs of ours are like children some days." My wife has many of the qualities of my mom, doing a great job with the children, me, and life to help us all turn out o.k.

Thanks again, Ms. Dora. Great piece of writing.


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 09, 2019:

Oh my, I read this and thought about it and now I am back. What a wonderful influence in love my mom was. So special to each of us 6 kids and ones she brought in. She is my adoptive mother, so I thank my biological mother also.

I think of my wife as my mother also.She just gives me and my boy the love we need to prosper. Like my mom she is super judgmental - for about ten minutes a day.

Looking the other way when we are up to mischief is a special talent.

Antonio50S on February 09, 2019:

To look for perfection in others is not have faith in them, but if we really understand the mind of God, he don't look at others as we do. The more trust we have in God, the more our trust in others develop.

"My doctor told me i would never walk again, my mother told me i would. I believed my mother"

Sounds like some of my aunties, but the down side to some of these "Poweful Influences" towards their children, they can hold into things forever and ever with with certain others not of their own blood. If we can apply that kind of love towards all people irrespective, the world would be a different place to live. That's the ideal love God wants, and working towards through the death of Jesus.

Antonio50S on February 09, 2019:

About someone secretly following us around snapping a photoe of us at anytime. ( I really do appreciate ) Marlenes ways and mean that, me personally, i like the idea of being imperfect, knowing that I'v done and said things in the past which i am not proud of. Some places in the world, eveywhere we go your being watched. With the Almighty God himself and Jesus we're even watched in privacy of our own homes as well. No disrespect to anyone, but glad i messed up in the passed. But even for those who haven't, If our own conscience isn't already accusing us on a daily basis then maybe we dont need to show our faces before the Almighy himself who even knows our very thoughts.

About anything i said or done in the past ? My take on that is just leave it where it is, it's a good reminder of who i was. And believe it or not, it's good for others to, because if we can't, it's just shows up our own imperfect state.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 08, 2019:

The quotes that you collect are always interesting and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing these lovely ones about mothers, Dora. Many of them brought back happy memories of my mother.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 08, 2019:

Mother is the human form God's Love! I was blessed with a mother who taught me to love and with a mother for my boys who showed me how to become Love! Thank you for this great tribute, my dear sister!

Mother is a synonym of Love!


Antonio50S on February 08, 2019:

Number ( 7 ) Naomi Wolf. Is really good.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 08, 2019:

This is a very inspiring hub especially because we all love our mothers and admire her. There are times when I wish she is still around but we need to let go. Her presence is still around.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 08, 2019:

These are beautiful quotes about mothers. My mother was good and I tried hard to be a good mother to my 3 sons.

Have a great weekend Dora.

Antonio50S on February 08, 2019:

( There's a lot of "very good" quotes here )

Number 30, I think that "Sixth Sence" is the very highest of all Loves in creation. When you can love to them depths, that must be the real sacrificial "Agape" love the bible speaks about, a mother who never did care for pie, who would die for her kids.

Only that kind of love can know every detail about her kids. That's also the love God & Jesus has for ( ALL ) humanity "Impartially"

A real challenge for all of us, could we ever accsept other peoples children as our own, and love them in the same way ? If we could, that love would be even more pure than the love of a natural mother. Mitch Albom. ( 19 )

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 08, 2019:

Bill, what a positive blessing for you and your offspring! The influence of both your mother and your wife will live on.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 08, 2019:

Thanks, Marlene for sharing the positive influence of your mother's words. Some even hear their mother's voices after all these years. thank God for mothers.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 08, 2019:

Flourish, you are blessed twice. First, for having such a good mother, then for having such beautiful memories which inspire you in your motherhood. Wonderful!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 08, 2019:

Thanks, Tim. I'm sure that many readers will echo your reflection: "I wondered how many times did my mother do that."

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 08, 2019:

Thanks, Peg. I couldn't say it any better. "What a blessing and a gift mothers are if they choose to be."

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 08, 2019:

I had a good one, but my Bev is the best I've ever seen. Beautiful quotes. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend, my friend.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 08, 2019:

This is a wonderful tribute to mothers. My mother would often say something similar to #12, only she would say, imagine someone secretly following you around and is able to snap a photo of you at any moment and then show it to the world. Would it be a photo you could be proud of? That thought has been one of many thoughts that has kept me on the straight and narrow for all my years.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 07, 2019:

There are so many great quotes here, Dora. My mother is a selfless, confident person who gives much of herself and always makes her children feel loved. When my sister and I were teens we separately nominated her for a local Mother of the Year contest (neither of us knew that the other had nominated her), and she won the title. She still mentions it decades later. Now that I have my own child I especially value her sacrifices in raising three children in sometimes challenging circumstances.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 07, 2019:

Hello, Ms. Dora,

another fine article. I like the quote about a mother looking at a pie, seeing 4 children and deciding she didn't want pie. I smiled because I wondered how many times did my mother do that for her children?

A mother's love is special and I really enjoyed the powerful and thought provoking quotes in your work.

Superb read from a gifted, talented, and uplifting author who makes us think of the important things in life.

Bless you, Ms. Dora.

Much respect and admiration,


Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 07, 2019:

I love this beautiful collection of thoughts and quotes, Dora. So many memories of the beautiful times we spent together flood my thoughts. I can remember my mother wearing a fitted red dress with little pleats at the knee, how beautiful she appeared to me at 8 years old. I remember when she cut the apron strings off a lace apron and gave it to me as a gift when I married. I remember the first time she asked me how to cook something. I remember counseling her about dating when she suddenly found herself single in her fifties. Until the day she died she called me her baby. What a blessing and a gift mothers are if they choose to be.