We celebrate mothers and motherhood for a simple reason: moms have a tremendous impact on the world we live in.

Most successful businesspeople owe at least part of their success to their mothers. Here are some quotes about mothers meant to inspire, motivate, and appreciate the role of mothers in our society:

  1. "A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them." - Victor Hugo
  2. "To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." - Maya Angelou
  3. "Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears." - Kate Winslet
  4. "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." - Oprah Winfrey
  5. "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." Abraham Lincoln
  6. "[My mother] used to say, 'It takes the same energy to think small as to think big.' Whenever I went to her, thinking one way about something, she'd say, 'Bigger.' Whatever I wanted out of life, she'd say, 'Bigger.' I grew up wanting a little bit more. I was taught to aim high." -Daymond John
  7. "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, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." Washington Irving
  8. "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."--Oscar Wilde
  9. "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
  10. "Don't yell at your kids. Lean in real close and whisper, it's much scarier."--unknown
  11. "All mothers are working mothers." Author Unknown
  12. "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." -- Sophia Loren
  13. A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  14. "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." Honore de Balzac
  15. "Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground." Zora Neale Hurston
  16. "There is nothing as sincere as a mother's kiss." Saleem Sharma
  17. "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not." James Joyce
  18. "Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met." Marguerite Duras
  19. "There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it." Chinese Proverb
  20. "My mother told me, 'The best weapon in life is the smile'"--Simon Porte Jacquemus
  21. "Men are what their mothers made them." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course, one could easily write 100, 200, or more quotes about how mothers impact our lives. Are there any quotes in particular that inspire you?

Published on: May 9, 2015
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