In celebration of mothers around the world, all who have played the role of mother, and for what “mothering” itself symbolizes in our personal lives and relationships, here is a list of inspirational quotes, in gratitude, for the priceless gifts we have received.

What are some of the gifts of “mothering”?

The gift of security, a sense of safety:

“I cannot forget my mother. She is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely.” ~ RENITA WEEMS

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers.” ~ JEWISH PROVERB

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” ~ VICTOR HUGO

The gift of everlasting love:

“Fifty-four years of love and tenderness and crossness and devotion and unswerving loyalty. Without her I could have achieved a quarter of what I have achieved, not only in terms of success and career, but in terms of personal happiness.” ~ NOEL COWARD

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” ~ ROBERT BROWNING

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” ~ HONORE DE BALZAC

The gift of an inner life:

“Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb.” ~ LEORY BROWNLOW

“The hand that rocks the cradles the hand that rules the world.” ~ W. R. WALLACE

“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.” ~ ALICE WALKER

The gift of affection:

“In the man whose childhood has known caresses, there is always a fiber of memory that can be touched to gentle issues.” ~ GEORGE ELIOT

“Who is it that loves me and will love me for ever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.” ~ THOMAS CARLYLE

“The real secret behind motherhood love, the thing that money can’t buy.” ~ ANNA CROSBY

The gift of morality (treatment of others):

“I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. She opened my heart to the lasting impressions of nature; she awakened my understanding and extended my horizon and her percepts exerted an everlasting influence upon the course of my life.” ~ IMMANUEL KANT

“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

“The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.” ~ ANDREW JACKSON

The gift of gentle strength:

“There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness.” ~ ANDREW JACKSON

“She could be as swift as a white whiplash, and as kind and gentle as warm rain, and as steadfast as the irreducible earth beneath us.” ~ D.H. LAWRENCE

“It was my mother who taught us to stand up to our problems, not only in the world around us but in ourselves.” ~ DOROTHY PITMAN HUGHES

The gift of giving:

“She is my first, great love. She was a wonderful, rare woman – you do not know; as strong, and steadfast, and generous as the sun.” ~ D.H. LAWRENCE

“My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.” ~ MARK TWAIN

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” ~ JEWISH PROVERB

The gift of believing:

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.” ~ THOMAS A. EDISON

“It was my mother who gave me my voice. She did this, I know now, by clearing a space where my words could fall, grow, then find their way to others.” ~ PAULA GIDDINGS

“Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall, a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” ~ OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

The gift of mirroring possibilities:

“A mother’s love perceives no impossibilities.” ~ PADDOCK

“My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.” ~ ERICA JONG

“In the beginning there was my mother. A shape. A shape and a force, standing in the light. You could see her energy; it was visible in the air. Against any background she stood out.” ~ MARILYN KRYSL

The gift of schooling about life:

“The best academy, a mother’s knee.” ~ JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

“Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.” ~ HOSEA BALLOU

“Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the Promised Land. She prepares a world she will not see.” ~ POPE PAUL VI

In closing, the following may speak to many hearts:

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~ WASHINGTON IRVING

Wishing you and yours a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!



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