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12 Quotes and Poems for Mother’s Day

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this year, let us take a moment to reflect on some of the most profound words ever spoken or written about one of the most important roles a woman can play in life.

Here are 12 quotes and poems that celebrate the love, compassion, and strength that mothers show all around the world.


Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world. -Kate Douglas Wiggin

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

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  ~Author Unknown

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  ~Oprah Winfrey

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.  ~Author Unknown

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  ~Chinese Proverb

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. -Abraham Lincoln

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life.  ~Author Unknown

When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.  ~Nancy Friday

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