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Mother and child quotes

Updated on May 10, 2015

Two quotes describing her!

Here are two quotes that make it clear what a mother is and what her importance in her child's life is:

What better than this to describe a mother?
What better than this to describe a mother? | Source

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is."

— Keith L. Brooks

I have never seen anyone so protective and caring as a mother! Be it in humans or animals, it is the mother who guards her children from all sorts of harm from the environment. The best thing about all this is that she does it willingly and selflessly. Give and take is not something that a mother knows when it comes to her child. Although fathers equally love their children, they are not so possessive or at least expressive when it comes to showing their love. Moms tend to get sentimental! Maybe this quote from Aristotle answers why mothers are so affectionate!

What Aristotle said about mothers!
What Aristotle said about mothers! | Source

Have you noticed this?

I have personally observed this around me. A girl might throw tantrums and live life as per her own wishes before becoming a mother. But once the change happens, once she becomes a mother, she kind of gets transformed into a whole new being. No more tantrums after that. She stops being stubborn and her life starts revolving around one sole motto: Make her child happy and work for the child's better future. I do not intend to restrict my discussion to housewives since this is the era of working women. Speaking in general, a higher sense of awareness gets developed in a girl when she turns into a mother.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

— Osho Rajneesh

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With Motherhood come responsibilities!

As I said earlier, a mother no longer behaves as per her whims and fancies because she now has two lives to take care of! This quote by Sophia Loren is apt in that sense:


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

What joy it gives when you rest your head on her lap and share all you worries, no matter how old you both are! If you just go and hug her, all your worries tend to vanish into thin air at least for the time being. That is the power of a mother's love.

The most beautiful necklace a mother can wear is not gold or gems, but her child’s arms around her neck.

— Anonymous

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don't mean a thing."

-- Toni Morrison


A mother's arms

are made of


and children sleep

soundly in them.

--Victor Hugo

"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

First of all she is the one who decides to bring you into this world! Then, she can be your caretaker when you are small, a teacher as you grow, a friend in your teenage days, an experienced advisor when you need help, and the list goes on. There is hardly any role that she cannot play with ease. But, have you ever wondered what it would be like without her?There is a saying in Marathi which says,"Even the mighty king of the three worlds is a beggar without his mother." If for a few days she goes to her maternal place, dad finds it difficult to manage everything. You might have experienced some scolding during such times. It is all because of the same.


A mother is

she who can

take the place of all others


whose place

no one else can take.

--Cardinal Mermillod


"I still don't know how she did it.

She always protected us—

she would never let us know

when we had problems, even financially.

I still got to go and

get a perm every four weeks."



"Life began with

waking up and

loving my mother’s face."

-- George Eliot

"Mothers and their children are in a category all their own.

There’s no bond so strong in the entire world.

No love so instantaneous and forgiving."

--Gail Tsukiyama


"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

"Youth fades;

love droops;

the leaves of friendship fall;

A mother’s secret hope outlives them all."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


"My mother was the one constant in my life.

When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20,

and working and paying the bills,

and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams,

I think is a feat that is unmatched."

-- Barack Obama

"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


"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.

Everything gets reduced to essentials."

-- Meryl Streep

"There's no bitch on earth

like a mother

frightened for her kids."

--Stephen King

"Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood - finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without."

--Jodi Picoult

"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, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms


"All that I am

or ever hope to be,

I owe to my angel Mother."

-- Abraham Lincoln

"Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character."

--Hosea Ballou

"What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

"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


"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

The Selfless one!

Plaque dedicated to Mother Teresa, Wenceslas Square, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Plaque dedicated to Mother Teresa, Wenceslas Square, Olomouc, Czech Republic. | Source

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Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. --Rachel Wolchin




P.S. You can also suggest me quotes that you found interesting and I will make it a point to put it in this list. After all, no amount of quotes are enough to describe a mother!

© 2015 Ramachandra A Pai


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