Best Happy Mother's Day Quotes for Moms 2021

Last updated: May 13, 2021

These wonderful Happy Mother's Day quotes celebrate all the special things about being a mom, from the sweetness of motherhood to the craziness of day-to-day life. From short and sweet quotes to humorous and funny quotes, show your mom how much you care with a quote that's perfect for her.

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Best Mother's Day Quotes | Short & Sweet

These short Mother's Day quotes about moms and motherhood express just how wonderful moms are and how important they are in our life. As we grow up, our moms enrich our lives with comfort, love, wisdom, and guidance.

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

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

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
~ Robert Browning

Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.
~ Kahil Gibran

Everything I am, you helped me to be.
~ Author Unknown

To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.
~ Author Unknown

Life doesn't come with a manual. It comes with a mother.
~ Author Unknown

Mothers are like buttons. They hold everything together.
~ Author Unknown

There's a reason some people think they can achieve anything. They listened to their mother.
~ Author Unknown

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
~ Spanish Proverb

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
~ Jewish Proverb

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

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
~ Victor Hugo

The most precious jewels you'll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.
~ Author Unknown

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
~ George Eliot

The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.
~ Elaine Heffner

To a child's ear, "mother" is magic in any language.
~ Arlene Benedict

A mother's hug lasts long after she lets go.
~ Unknown

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Mother's Day Quotes | Mother Daughter Quotes

A collection of beautiful Mother's Day quotes for mothers from daughters. These Mother's Day quotes acknowledge how special the relationship is between moms and their daughters and how that friendship can blossom over a lifetime.

The older I grow, the more I realize that my mother is the best "best friend" that I ever had.
~ Author Unknown

We laugh, we cry, we make time fly...
We are best friends, my mom and I.
~ Author Unknown

A mother is a daughter's first best friend.
~ Author Unknown

As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. 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

Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition.
~ Martha Stewart

My mom is a hard worker. She puts her head down and she gets it done. And she finds a way to have fun. She always says, "Happiness is your own responsibility."
~ Jennifer Garner

By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she's wrong.
~ Author Unknown

A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart.
~ Author Unknown

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

Teach your daughter to worry less about fitting into the glass slippers and more about shattering the glass ceilings.
~ Author Unknown

She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great - but how to laugh through it.
~ Liza Minnelli

Lucky is the Woman whose first child is a daughter.
~ Prophet Mohammed

As my mom always said, "You'd rather have smile lines than frown lines."
~ Cindy Crawford

First my mother, forever my friend.
~ Unknown

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Mother's Day Quotes | Mother and Son Quotes

A selection of inspirational and funny Mother's Day quotes for moms from their sons, all about the beautiful and precious relationship between mothers and sons.

Moms are as relentless as the tides. They don't just drive us to practice, they drive us to greatness.
~ Steve Rushin

Men are what their mothers made them.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
~ Michael Jordan

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

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
~ Mark Twain

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
~ T. Dewitt Talmage

There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.
~ Washington Irving

Sons are the anchors of a mother's life.
~ Sophocles

A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know that he sees it.
~ W. D. Howells

There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son.
~ Author Unknown

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

My mother told me a million times not to exaggerate.
~ Author Unknown

He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark.
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

I have a hero, I call her Mom!
~ Author Unknown

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Mother's Day Quotes | Mom Love Quotes

A mother's love is powerful and awe-inspiring. These famous Mother's Day quotes and sayings capture the essence of the strong, loving relationship between a mother and her child. Use them as part of a message to say, "I love you, Mom"!

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.
~ Sarah Malin

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

A Mother's heart, a Mother's faith, and a Mother's steadfast love were fashioned by the Angels and sent from God above.

Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.
~ Lady Gaga

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

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

Mother's love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there, it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.
~ Erich Fromm

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

When you are a mother you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always thinks twice, once for herself and once for her child.
~ Sophia Loren

I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.
~ Antonio Villaraigosa

The days are long, but the years are short.
~ Gretchen Rubin

There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.
~ Elder M. Russell Ballard

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

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

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still she will 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

No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love.
~ Edwin Chapin

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
~ Stevie Wonder

I am closest to my mother, as she is my rock, my pillar of strength, and my world. Not only has she stood by me through all times - happy, sad, and otherwise - but there have even been moments when I had completely lost hope, and her immense belief in me had lifted me up.
~ Amruta Khanvilkar

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
~ Mother Teresa

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Mother's Day Quotes | Bible Verses about Mothers

From verses about parenting and family life to verses that provide encouragement and support for moms, these beautiful Bible verses about mothers are powerful Mother's Day quotes to share with your Mom.

These first Bible verses are about motherhood and the role of mothers.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Proverbs 31:26-29

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
John 16:21

These Mother's Day quotes from the Bible are directed to children, advising them to listen to and respect their parents, and highlight how important a mother's role is in raising her family.

Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9

My son, keep your father's command
and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
Proverbs 6:20-22

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" - which is the first commandment with a promise - "so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Ephesians 6:1-3

Children's children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
Proverbs 17:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

These next Bible verses are short prayers to thank God for your mother.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
Philippians 1:3-4

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:4

These Bible verses for mothers reflect on love, and how it can sustain relationships when they are strained.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

And these Bible verses are encouraging Mother's Day quotes you can send to new moms and to moms who are struggling or need comfort in difficult times.

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31

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Mother's Day Quotes | Strong Mother Quotes

These "strong mother" quotes acknowledge some of the sacrifices mothers make for their children and highlight just how strong mothers truly are. You can use them as Mother's Day quotes to thank your mom for raising you and inspiring you in life.

Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
~ Author Unknown

That's the wonderful thing about mothers: you can because you must, and you just do.
~ Kate Winslet

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.

Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite their struggles.
~ Sharon Jaynes

Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed.
~ Linda Wooten

I know how to do anything - I'm a mom.
~ Roseanne Barr

Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is... and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.
~ Donna Bell

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
~ E. M. Forster

You know you're a mom when you understand why mama bear's porridge was cold.
~ Author Unknown

Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person's everything.
~ Author Unknown

It takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child, and someone special to love someone more than herself.
~ Author Unknown

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
~ Jane Sellman

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
~ "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" by Ted Harris

I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time when you're just thinking, "This is impossible - oh, this is impossible." And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.
~ Tina Fey

She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That's more important.
~ Diane von Furstenberg

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter thank you think.
~ A. A. Milne

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

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Mother's Day Quotes for Grandmother

Beautiful Mother's Day quotes for grandmothers, reflecting on just how precious and special the relationship between a grandchild and their grandmother is.

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
~ Alex Haley

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
~ Marcy DeMaree

I look back on my childhood and thank the stars above. For everything you gave me, but mostly for your love.
~ Wayne F. Winters

A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.
~ Author Unknown

Grandmother and grandchild never truly part, maybe in distance but never in heart.
~ Author Unknown

Grandmother - grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
~ Author Unknown

There is no place like home - except Grandma's.
~ Author Unknown

Being a mother and grandmother is the best of the best in my life. My grandchildren multiply the joy my daughters bring me.
~ Alexandra Stoddard

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.
~ Ogden Nash

Grandma, thank you for being my anchor in this stormy sea of life.
~ Author Unknown

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Funny Mother's Day Quotes

Funny Mother's Day quotes and sayings about being a mom, about the sacrifices mothers make, and how motherhood changes you! They'd work well as a text message to your mom with an added note to say thanks for being an awesome mom!

You know you're a mom when you go to the store for yourself and come out with a bag of things for your kids.
~ Author Unknown

When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out.
~ Erma Bombeck

I love to play hide and seek with my kid, but some days my goal is to find a hiding place where he can't find me until after high school.
~ Author Unknown

If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says "keep away from children".
~ Susan Savannah

Children are a great comfort in your old age - and they help you reach it faster, too.
~ Lionel

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.
~ Phyllis Diller

I'd like to be the ideal mother, but I'm too busy raising my kids.
~ Author Unknown

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.
~ Peter De Vries

Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life.
~ Author Unknown

Nothing is really lost until your mom can't find it.
~ Author Unknown.

Silence is golden. Unless you have kids, then silence is just suspicious.
~ Author Unknown.

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children!
~ Sam Levenson

Motherhood: Feeding them as a baby and then through most of their twenties.
~ Author Unknown

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

If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way mom told you in the beginning.

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
~ Ambrose Bierce

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.
~ Author Unknown

My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.
~ Buddy Hackett

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.
~ William Feather

Mothers of teens know why some animals eat their young.
~ Author Unknown

Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.
~ P.J. O'Rourke

Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has instilled within each of us a powerful biological instinct to reproduce; this is her way of assuring that the human race, come what may, will never have any disposable income.
~ Dave Barry

The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.
~ John J. Plomp

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I am my mother after all!
~ Author Unknown

Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first.
~ Mignon McLaughlin

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
~ Calvin Trillin

It is never easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.
~ Author Unknown

Parenthood is the passing of a baton, followed by a lifelong disagreement as to who dropped it.
~ Robert Brault

It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
~ Roald Dahl

Raising kids is a walk in the park. Jurassic Park.
~ Author Unknown

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When is Mother's Day 2021?

Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and many other countries. This year it falls on Sunday May 9th, 2021.

In the United Kingdom "Mothering Sunday" is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This year it falls on Sunday March 14th, 2021.

What do you say on Mother's Day?

Mother's Day is a wonderful opportunity to thank your Mom for all that she has done for you over the years!

In general, it's always nice to thank your Mom for being there for you, acknowledge some of the sacrifices she has made raising you, and to wish her all the best for her special day.

On this page, you'll find a collection of Mother's Day quotes that you can use as part of a message to your Mom or a friend who is a mom. You can see our collection of Mother's Day wishes and greeting card messages here.

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Take a look at our free printable Mother's Day cards in high-quality PDF format that you can print and fold at home to give to your mom! They're really handy when you can't get to the store, and we have a collection of color-in designs, so you can create a beautiful homemade card for your mom!

Free Printable Mother's Day Cards

Mother's Day Coloring Pages

These sweet and fun Mother's Day coloring pages are a fun activity for children to make for their mom. And with high-resolution PDFs to download for free, they're an inexpensive activity for the kids to do and a lovely thing for Mom to put up on her fridge!

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More Happy Mother's Day quotes, messages, and poems

I hope that one of the Happy Mother's Day quotes on this page was just right for wishing your mom or your mom-friends a very Happy Mother's Day! If you're looking for more Mother's Day quotes, messages and inspiration, you might like to take a look at these pages:

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Christian Mother's Day Poems
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Make your mom a beautiful personalized Mother's Day gift to show her how much you love and appreciate her.

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