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Quotes for Mom

Updated on February 15, 2014

Mother's Day History

The history of Mother's Day can be traced back to ancient Greece where springtime celebrations were started in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. Mother's Day was initiated in England by the early Christians in the 1600s as a celebration of Mary, the mother of Christ. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, the Mothering Sunday was expanded to include all the mothers of England.

As a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, the first mother's day was observed on May 10, 1908.  Anna dedicated her life to her mother's cause to honor mothers, living and dead. Today, Mother's Day is celebrated on various days around the world. It is a day to celebrate the one you call Mom.

~ For the hand that rocks the cradle - Is the hand that rules the world. ~ William Ross Wallace

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

~ God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. ~ Rudyard Kipling

~ Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~ Mildred B. Vermont

~ 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

~ A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. ~ Helen Rice

~ But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man. ~ George Eliot

~ A mother understands what a child does not say. ~ Author Unknown

~ The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

~ All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln

~ A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

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

~ My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. ~ George Washington

Friends ~ Rachel's "Mom Test"

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

~ Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. ~ Lisa Alther

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

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

~ As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~ Meryl Streep

~ Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. ~ Beverly Jones

~ A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all. ~ Washington Irving

~ My mother loved children, she would have given anything if I had been one. ~ Groucho Marx

~ My mother had morning sickness after I was born. ~ Rodney Dangerfield

~ My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch. ~ Jack Nicholson

~ Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level. ~ Jami Gertz

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

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

~ Neurotics build castles in the air; psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them. ~ Rita Rudner

~ Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't want your mother to hear at your trial. ~ Sydney Biddle Barrows

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

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

~ My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia. ~ Dame Edna Everage

~ 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. ~ Calv

~ Mothers are all slightly insane. ~ J.D. Salinger

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

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

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

~ If at first you don't succeed, do it the way your mother told you to. ~ Author Unknown

~ Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom with the dishes. ~ P.J. O'Rourke

~ The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn't getting enough sleep. ~ John Fiebig

~ You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. ~ Albert Einstein

~ Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. ~ Lin Yutang

~ Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

~ No influence is so powerful as that of the mother. ~ Sarah Josepha Hale

~ Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~ Erich Fromm

~The only thing a lawyer won't question is the legitimacy of his mother. ~ W. C. Fields

~ 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

~ 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

~ If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

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

~ All mothers are working mothers. ~ Author Unknown

~ A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~ Emily Dickinson

~ A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don't even have. ~ Robert Brault

~ The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~ Honoré de Balzac

~ Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

~ The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. ~ Washington Irving

~ The best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks. ~ Carrie Latet


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