56 Best Mother's Day Quotes Your Mom Needs to Hear This May

"Motherhood changes everything."

It's almost that time of year again, when we celebrate one of the most special people in our lives—it's Mother's Day! To celebrate Mom, you're likely shopping for a meaningful Mother's Day gift she'll absolutely love along with a Mother's Day card, and odds are, you've been searching for the perfect words to write inside. The lady means the world to you, so you want to get it just right!

Because it's not always easy to put your feelings into words, we've gathered our favorite Mother's Day quotes to help you express your love for Mom. Beautiful, poetic sentiment like the gorgeous prose of Maya Angelou says it all: “My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world.” For the superhero mom who seems to do it all (and do it all well), a witty saying like this one from Milton Berle will certainly garner a chuckle: “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”

Whether you're sappy or silly, we've got you covered with poignant mother-daughter quotes, heart-touching mother-son quotes, and single mom quotes, too. Share these treasured Mother's Day quotes and poems with all the special women in your life—grandmothers, aunts, wives, and mothers-in-law—and celebrate your love for them on this day and the rest of the year!

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1 William Makepeace Thackeray

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."

2 Lauren Alaina

"I've got her spirit/
She's always got my back/
When I look at her/
I think, I want to be just like that."

3 Unknown

"Happiness is seeing your mother smile."

4 Mahatma Gandi

"It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?"

5 Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner

"There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas/
Creation's most unique and precious pearls/
And heaven help us always to remember/
That the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."

6 Unknown

"I do what I want, when I want, where I want...if my mom says it's ok."

7 Hoda Kotb
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“The biggest adjustment is I just didn’t know there was that much room in a house for that much joy. I have to say it—I didn’t know I could feel like this but I am tired, I am so happy!”

8 Lauryn Hill
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“That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, ‘Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you.’ She says, ‘Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.’”

9 Maya Angelou
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“My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world.”

10 Lisa Ling
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“Personally, I’ve always known that I wanted to go back to work because I’m confident, and I’m certain that my daughter will have a better mother in me if I’m doing the things that I’m excited about and that I’m passionate about.”

11 Beyoncé
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“I realized why I was born and more than anything all of the things I want to pass onto my child, and the best way of doing that is not by preaching or telling her but showing her by example.”

12 Milton Berle
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"If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?"

13 Gilbert Parker
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"For when a child is born the mother also is born again."

14 Erich Fromm
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"Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved."

15 Abraham Lincoln
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"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."

16 Peng Liyuan
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"A child's first teacher is its mother."

17 Adriana Trigiani
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"Motherhood changes everything."

18 Ricki Lake
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"Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing."

19 Leroy Brownlow
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"Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb."

20 Charley Benetto
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"When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know."

21 Susan Gale
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"Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together."

22 James E. Faust
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"The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation."

23 Jodi Picoult
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"My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her."

24 Elder M. Russell Ballar
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"There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood."

25 Gilda Radner
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"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."

26 Lisa Leslie
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"My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was."

27 Oliver Wendell Holmes
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"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all."

28 Maya Angelou
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"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow."

29 Kahlil Gibran
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"The most beautiful word on the lips of mankind is the word 'Mother', and the most beautiful call is the call of 'My Mother'."

30 Agatha Christie
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"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity."

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

32 Barbara Kingsolver
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"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws."

33 Rose Kennedy
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"What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?"

34 Honoré de Balzac
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"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."

35 Taraji P. Henson

"Once you're a mom, you're always a mom. It's like riding a bike, you never forget."

36 Erma Bombeck
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"When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' It is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway."

37 Robert Browning
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"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."

38 Sophia Loren
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"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."

39 Abraham Lincoln
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"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

40 Jewish Proverb
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"A mother understands what a child does not say."

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

42 Sir Edwin Arnold
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"Don't poets know it better than others? God can't always be everywhere: and, so, invented mothers."

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43 Princess Diana
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"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's."

44 Marion C. Garretty
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"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible."

45 Jill Churchill
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"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."

46 Tenneva Jordan
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"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."

47 Dorothy Canfield Fisher

"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary."

48 Unknown
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"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

49 Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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"Mother is a verb. It's something you do. Not just who you are."

50 Kate WInslet
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"That's the wonderful thing about mothers: You can because you must, and you just do."

51 Unknown
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"A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend."

52 Rudyard Kipling
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"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers."

53 Washington Irving
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"A mother's love endures through all."

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

55 Jessica Lange
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"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness."

56 Unknown
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"Sooner or later, we all quote our mothers."

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