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Mother's Day Quotations

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Mothers Day Quotations

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To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.

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

—Sydney Biddle Barrows

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.

Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1775-1817)

A mother's hardest to forgive.
Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
Ripe on a plate. And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.

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.

The best academy, a mother's knee.

My mother loved children—she would have given anything if I had been one.

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

I really learned it all from mothers.


A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive.

A boy's best friend is his mother.

—Joseph Stefano (from the Psycho screen play)

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

—William Ross Wallace

Good wombs have borne bad sons.

—William Shakespeare

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.

—Spanish Proverb

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

—Meryl Streep

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

—Emily Dickinson

There is nothing like a mama-hug.

—Adabella Radici

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.

—Jewish Proverb

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.

—Oprah Winfrey

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