55+ Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes for Mothers

Whether it’s Mother’s Day or not – every mom could use a little motherhood encouragement from time to time!

These 55+ beautiful and inspirational quotes for mothers are here to help give you a quick pick-me-up for those days when you’re feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated, and just downright exhausted as a mom.

According to a recent survey by Mother.ly, moms are feeling less appreciated and less supported by society than ever before.

So, in an effort to support you as a mom and to remind you of the incredibly important role that you play, here are more than 55 of the most beautiful and inspirational quotes for mothers that we could find!

Scroll through and pin your favorites to your Pinterest, or join the Free Printable Library here at Jen Bradley|MOMs to get a free set of a dozen inspirational mom quotes to print and put up around your house (or share with a mom friend who could use them!).

And if you’re looking for a personalized or unique Mother’s Day gift, scroll all the way to the bottom to see our top picks for Mother’s Day this year!

But for now, enjoy these beautiful words of encouragement for mothers!

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Inspirational quotes about a mother’s love

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“Motherhood is love in its purest form.” – Revathi Sankaran

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“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln

J.K. Rowling mother's love quote

“Love as powerful as your mother’s leaves its own mark … To have been loved so deeply … will give you some protection forever.” -J.K. Rowling

(As HUGE Harry Potter fans, we had to include this one!!)

motherhood quote for moms of multiples

“A mother’s love is whole no matter how many times it is divided.” -Unknown

If you have more than one child, you’ll know exactly why this is true, even if we don’t quite understand HOW it happens – every. single. time.

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“A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” – Emily Dickinson

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“Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.” – Zig Ziglar

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“A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish proverb

Related article: 13 Cringeworthy Mom Fail Stories to Help You Feel Better About Being a Mom

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“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac

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“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty

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“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things, and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” -Agatha Christie

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“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

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“When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” -Charley Benetto

Related post: The Joy of Being a Mother – 20 Things to Remember on the Hard Days

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“Youth fades, love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Inspirational motherhood quotes about pregnancy and adoption

Whether you are a biological mom, an adoptive mother, or a foster mom, these quotes about either pregnancy or adoption will resonate with you! Instead of focusing on how we came to be mothers, supporting each other in our motherhood is what’s most important!

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“A birthing plan doesn’t define who you are as a mother. The way you raise your child does.” -Unknown

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“However motherhood comes to you, it is a miracle.” -Valerie Harper.

Just a simple shoutout to all of the amazing adoptive mothers and foster mothers out there! You are amazing.

mother is born quote

“The moment a child is born, a mother is also born. The woman existed, but the mother – never. A mother is something absolutely new.” -Rajneesh

We all remember that moment when we were born as mothers, don’t we?

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“Little souls find their way to you whether they’re from your womb or someone else’s.” -Cheryl Crow

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“Motherhood is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you gained from having one.” -Unknown

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“When you feel that first little kick, and a heartbeat for the first time, you suddenly understand what it means to love someone more than your own life.” -@proudhappymama

Mom life quotes that’ll touch your heart

FYI: You might want to have a tissue nearby from here on out!

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“There is no perfect way to be a mother and a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill

(This is one of our favorite inspirational quotes for mothers of all time!)

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“Motherhood is messy. And challenging. And crazy. And sleepless. And giving. And still unbelievably beautiful.” -Rachel Martin

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“I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me ‘Mommy.'” -Heather Stillufsen

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“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a little while, but their hearts forever.” -Unknown

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“There will be many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are super mom.” -Stephanie Precourt

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“The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.” -Unknown

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“Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.”

(We all go through periods of mom guilt. To learn how to overcome it, read this article about getting past mom guilt here.)

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“Mothers have no idea how they’ll do it, but every day it still gets done.” -Unknown

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“Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite the struggles.” -Sharon Jaynes

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“Motherhood is a delicate balance between holding on and letting go.” -Unknown

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“Motherhood: the days are long but the years are short.” -Gretchen Rubin

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“Motherhood: If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.” -Unknown

(This is our favorite way to reply when strangers make the often-heard comment, “Wow, you’ve sure got your hands full!”)

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“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” -Angela Schwindt

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“I am proud of many things in life. But nothing beats being a mother.” -Unknown

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“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” -Linda Wooten

A bit of mom humor

To find tons of funny mom quotes and humorous mom moments, check out our Instagram for our funny mom letter boards that hundreds of other moms appreciate daily!

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“Thus far the mighty mystery of motherhood is this: How is it that doing it all feels like nothing ever gets done?” -Rebecca Woolf

Two words: Mind. Blown.

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“My nickname is ‘Mom,’ but my full name is ‘Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom ….” -Unknown

You know how it is.

Related article: How to Overcome Mom Guilt for Good

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“Being a parent is like folding a fitted sheet; no one really knows how.” -Unknown

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“Parenting is 50% feeling like your head might explode and 50% feeling like your heart might.” -@chaosandquiet

Inspirational quotes about motherhood and parenting

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“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” -Sue Atkins

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“There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.” -Unknown

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“Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a mother.” -Unknown

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“Let motherhood be more about what you do with your children instead of what you do for them.” -Mamie L. Pack

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“Having a parent who listens creates a child who believes he or she has a voice that matters in this world.” -Rachel Macy Stafford

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“In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.” -Unknown

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“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” -Cardinal Mermillod

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“To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.” -Unknown

taylor swift quote about her mom

“There were times when … I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.” -Taylor Swift

(Doesn’t this just hit you with all the feels?)

george w. bush motherhood quote

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

Quotes about the calling of motherhood

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“There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” -James E. Faust

motherhood is a calling

“Motherhood is the greatest and noblest of all callings.” -L. Tom Perry

moms are heroes quote

“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” – Lance Conrad

power of motherhood

“There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.” -Julie B. Beck

motherhood is a calling

“Motherhood is not a hobby; it is a calling.” -Neil L. Andersen

who you raise quote

“Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” -Andy Stanley

michael jordan motherhood quote

“As a mother’s prayers for her children are unending, so are the wisdom, grace, and strength they provide to her children.” -George W. Bush

influence of motherhood

“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” -Harold B. Lee

mother's day inspirational quote

“Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him, but on all whom he met, not only for a day, a month, or a year – but for an eternity – a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.” -Rose Kennedy

role of mothers

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” -M. Russell Ballard

Final thoughts about these inspirational quotes for mothers:

We hope these inspirational mom life quotes will bring you feelings of happiness, motivation, and empowerment as a mom.

The work you are doing IS important. You do matter.

And just in case you haven’t heard it in a while: Thank you for everything you do as a mom.

Be sure to join the Free Printable Library to grab your 12 free inspirational motherhood quotes!

Related posts with encouragement for moms:

How to be a Happy Stay-at-Home Mom

7 Incredible Tips to Help You Set (and Crush!) Your Mom Goals

How to be More Productive as a Mom

Which of these inspirational mom life quotes resonates the most with you?

55+ Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes for Mothers55+ Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes for Mothers55+ Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes for Mothers55+ Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes for Mothers

Jen Bradley, the founder of Jen Bradley|MOMs

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