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30 Positive Quotes About A Mother's Influence

Updated on February 10, 2019
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“Consumers are planning to open up their wallets a little bit more to celebrate the women with the most important jobs in the world,” said Pam Goodfellow, Prosper Principal Analyst. She was referring to the stupendous amount of spending for mothers on Mother’s Day (up to an estimated 23.6 billion dollars in 2017 from 14.9 billion in 2007).

Yet, despite the amount of money spent for Mother's Day gifts, the world recognizes that the influence of mothers is beyond price.

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Consider their powerful influence in four areas which are basic to motherhood:

  • Their presence (always there when needed and even when not);
  • Their words (affirming and unforgettable);
  • Their love (nurturing for a liftime);
  • Their uniqueness (different than any one else in the family or not duplicated anywhere else).

Reminisce, celebrate and give thanks for mothers as you ponder the following 30 quotes.

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

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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

Their Words

9) When I was 5 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

Public Domain. Wilma Rudolph at the finish line during 50 yard dash at track meet in Madison Square Garden (1961)
Public Domain. Wilma Rudolph at the finish line during 50 yard dash at track meet in Madison Square Garden (1961) | Source

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

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

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Their Uniqueness

24) I don't know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it's something that anyone can make - pancakes, meat loaf, 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

Mother's Influence Poll

Through which of the following attributes (if you could separate them) did your mother most positively influence you?

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

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      2 days ago

      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.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 days ago from Dubai

      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.

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      5 days ago

      Picking up on Marlenes question ( Would it be a photo you could be proud of ? ) theres things i would never repeat.

      But my own memories as child was mothers illness, while at the same time father running his business and mother would roam the streets by day waiting for him to come home. Out on the street everyone made fun of her, calling her the Crazy woman. But if only they knew her, despite her illness and what she was going through, the insight she had on life, education, faith, teaching "to much to mention" was phenomenal. ( But her real passion was her kids ) despite all the suffering she went through.

      As a young Kid out and about on the streets with friends, you would hear words like, here comes the Crazy woman, and i would cross the street to avoid being seen with her.

      There may exist photos in life we're not to proud of in that moment, but nobody needs to show me a photo of me crossing the street to avoid been seen with my own mother. An interesting question, Would we do the same in that situation as a kid, Or would we go over to her and proudly say ( this is my mother ) ?

      Sometimes even when we think it's not our fault, our conscience can still play on us, and accuse us. But theres absolutely nothing that's out of Gods hands. Only he has the know how, in being able to fix anything through time.

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      6 days ago

      When i first read this Title i thought to myself ( how is this relevant ) to anything in life ? But reading through them quotes, most of them touched a nerve i never knew existed, at least not consciously.

      Coming from the same backround as loannis, with many aunties, my own Mother for some "unknown reason" developed a kind of Mental Health problem. Without putting a lable on it, at the age of around 4 she started destroying furnitures in the home, and talking to herself, she never really did recover from the illness but medications helped controlled it throughtout her life till she reached her 70s when the condition died down altogether. Before that, she was in and out of hospitals for years.

      You would think having serious Mental Health issues like that would prevent someone from having any faith in God, yet my own mother had the strongest faith in God than anyone i ever knew.

      Amongst her illnesses, she would say ( God will provide ) My dad being an atheist thought that was amusing, but looking back over the years, she was right, God did provide, but he used my father who had is own business to do that, and In all the years of my Mothers illness, he never cheated on her once, and stayed with her throughout her life.

      I think most people would have thought about their own needs at that point and remarry again, "but not my father" he never left her, that thought of remarrying never even existed with my father.

      You know the really odd thing about all this ? Looking back at it all, despite my Mothers ongoing illness & constantly destroying the furnitures, she was actually battling with unseen forces, maybe due to the strong faith she had. I know that now, because i experienced the same things myself.

      Eric & Tim would call it satan, that's probably a general term, but for me, it was real Demons making outright attacks in the early stages, but as i started to trust God more, them attacks stopped altogether. Unlike Tims ( Metaphor for those unaware ) i was to aware of what was going on. And wished i wasn't. Atheist and unbelievers would probably struggle believing things like that actually happen for real, but when you experience it for real, you know its real. Glad the Demons made them attacks, because it Just made me strust in the ( Almighty ) more.

      Even though them Demons don't give me to much physical trouble anymore, they're not to far away either, still causing issues in other ways. ( Eph 6:12 ) But not for long.

      And despite my Mothers own illnesss battling with them unseen forces, never really being there for us in a physical sense, she definitely had a "Poweful Influence" on me and some of my brothers for the good.

      You never know what circumstances in life can make a believer out of you, and also learned one very big lesson as well, the Demons definitely shudder at the name of God. ( James 2:19 ) but without my Mothers own influence, battling them forces, i may be an atheist. Maybe that's why God ( Allows ) some things to happen to begin with.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 days ago from UK

      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.

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      6 days ago

      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.

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      Tim Truzy 

      6 days ago from U.S.A.

      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.


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      Eric Dierker 

      6 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      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.

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      6 days ago

      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.

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      7 days ago

      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.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      7 days ago from Greece, Almyros

      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!


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      7 days ago

      Number ( 7 ) Naomi Wolf. Is really good.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

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      7 days ago

      ( 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 )

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      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!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 days ago from USA

      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.

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      8 days ago from USA

      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.

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      Tim Truzy 

      8 days ago from U.S.A.

      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,


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      Peg Cole 

      8 days ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      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.


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