Mother and Child - Mother's Day -

Mother and Child – Mother’s Day –

Mothers have been celebrated long since antiquity for their irreplaceable role as creators, nurturers and protectors. The ancient Romans and Greeks, for example, held special festivals to honor the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

In the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, Christians observed “Mothering Sunday” on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This gradually merged with the American Mother’s Day which developed in the 1930s and 40s.

Today, many around the world celebrate women and mothers on Mother’s Day by presenting them with gifts and flowers. It has even been a powerful date for launching political and feminist protest.

In one case, Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, hosted a march in 1968 on Mother’s Day in support of underprivileged women and children. Code Pink: Women for Peace give another example on their website:

“Mother’s Day was the brainchild of Julia Ward Howe during the Civil War.  She challenged the notion that women would sit idly by while their husbands and sons went to war to kill other women’s husbands and sons. She called for us to come together to promote peace and diplomacy.”

This is clearly an auspicious day to celebrate formidable women and mothers everywhere.

Here are some of the most beautiful quotes that I have found that honor the women who mother and protect us.

  1. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” — Rudyard Kipling
  2. “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” — Unknown
  3. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning 
  4. “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
  5. “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.”  — Chinese Proverb 
  6. “Mothers were the only ones you could depend on to tell the whole, unvarnished truth.” Margaret Dilloway 
  7. ”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 
  8. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” — Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  9. “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” — Jane Sellman
  10. ”Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” Donna Ball
  11. ”A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” Agatha Christie
  12. “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” — Barbara Kingsolve
  13. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. Rowling
  14. “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
  15. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” — Roald Dahl
  16. ”No one worries about you like your mother, and when she is gone, the world seems unsafe, things that happen unwieldy. You cannot turn to her anymore, and it changes your life forever. There is no one on earth who knew you from the day you were born; who knew why you cried, or when you’d had enough food; who knew exactly what to say when you were hurting; and who encouraged you to grow a good heart. When that layer goes, whatever is left of your childhood goes with her.” Adriana Trigiani
  17. “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
  18. ”Even as a small child, I understood that women had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity.” Alice Hoffman
  19. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey
  20. “You instantly become less selfish. You can’t be the biggest person in the world anymore—they are. [Motherhood] really grounds you.” —  Keri Russell
  21. “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
  22. “If I were hanged on the highest hill / Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! / I know whose love would follow me still / Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!” — Rudyard Kipling
  23. “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
  24. “Usually it is our biological mother or permanent mother substitute who profoundly influences our perceptions about ourselves, our lives, and our significant relationships.” — Brenda Hunter
  25. “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
  26. “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” — Tina Fey
  27. “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” — Erma Bombeck 
  28. “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 
  29. “[Motherhood is] ‘heart-exploding, blissful hysteria.’” — Olivia Wilde
  30. “A child’s hand in yours – what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.” — Marjorie Holmes
  31. “Behind every famous and influential person there is a driving force and in many cases this driving force is the unfailing love and support of their mothers.” — Lisa Valentine 
  32. “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” — Michael Jordan 
  33. “Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.”— Kabril Gibran
  34. “Motherhood is more awesome than I ever thought it could be and harder than I ever would have imagined.” — Sarah Williams
  35. “When it comes to parenting, the practice of framing mothers and fathers as good or bad is both rampant and corrosive -it turns parenting into a shame minefield. The real questions for parents should be: ‘Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?’” — Brené Brown
  36. “I finally understand / for a woman it ain’t easy tryin to raise a man / You always was committed / A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it / There’s no way I can pay you back / But the plan is to show you that I understand / You are appreciated” — Tupac Shakur
  37. “But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.” — Mitch Albom
  38. “One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.” — George Herbert 
  39. “Clarity and focus doesn’t always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you. “— Shannon L. Alder
  40. “Mothers are such a part of us that it can be hard to talk about them. We love them. We get mad at them. They teach us, even when we don’t realize it. We resist them. No matter what, they are part of us.” — Jane Gilgun
  41. “Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.” — Charlotte Gray 
  42. “[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” — Emily Dickinson
  43. “Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will.” — Richelle E. Goodrich
  44. ”Mothers, I believe, intoxicate us. We idolize them and take them for granted. We hate them and blame them and exalt them more thoroughly than anyone else in our lives. We sift through the evidence of their love, reassure ourselves of their affection and its biological genesis. We can steal and lie and leave and they will love us.” Megan Mayhew Bergman
  45. “After all the definitions and expression of thoughts on Mother, I still feel that ‘who is mother’ is a question that cannot be answered satisfactorily by words and one has to experience the love, nurturing, compassion and empathy of a mother at a personal level to know what is mother.”  Sanjay Kali