Mother’s Day is fast approaching, so we’ve put together this list of literary Mother's Day quotes from some of your favorite books. Feel free to use these quotes in cards or letters to your mother on that special day. Or read the quotes for inspiration and write your own letter to your mother.
Literary Mother's Day quotes from a child's perspective
“You mothers! God knew what He was about when He made you.” –L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams
“You were my home, Mother. I had no home but you.” –Janet Fitch, White Oleander
“She taught me what’s important, and what isn’t. And I’ve never forgotten. And that’s what mothers do, I say.” –Steven Herrick, A Place Like This
“Mom had the kind of love for her that you could feel, like it was part of the atmosphere.” –Peter Abraham, Down the Rabbit Hole
“If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam” –Lord Langdale, Henry Bickersteth
"My mother was either telepathic or she had secret cameras in my apartment, and I hoped for the latter." –Atom Yang, Red Envelope
“There’s nothing like your mother’s sympathetic voice to make you want to burst into tears.” –Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic
Literary Mother's Day quotes from a mother's perspective
“I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.” –Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom
“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, Women and Beauty
General literary Mother's Day quotes
“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, At Home on Ladybug Farm
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” –David C. Gross, Dictionary of 1000 Jewish Proverbs
“A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her. They must be the most important thing in her life, but if she is the most important in theirs, she has failed. –Erin Kelly, The Burning Air
“A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place. She teaches you the nature of happiness: what is the right amount, what is too much, and the kind that makes you want more of what is bad for you.” –Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning
“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” –E.M. Forster, Howard’s End
“Mothers are all slightly insane.” –J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.” –J.K. Rowling, The Sorcerer’s Stone
“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” –William Makepiece Thackaray, Vanity Fair
“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, The Last Séance
“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 the affection and its biological genesis. We can steal and lie and leave and they will love us.” –Megan Mayhew Bergman, Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories
“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” –Marion C. Garretty, A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul
“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.” –James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
“She was of the stuff of which great men’s mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generations, feared at tea-parties, hated in shops, and loved at crises.” –Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
“A mother’s love is everything, Jared. It is what brings a child into this world. It is what molds their entire being. When a mother sees her child in danger, she is literally capable of anything. Mothers have lifted cars off of their children, and destroyed entire dynasties. A mother’s love is the strongest energy known to man." –Jamie McGuire, Eden
Have you seen any good quotes about mothers in the books you are reading? Please list them in the comments!
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