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Don’t Know What to Write to Mom? 30 Mother’s Day Quotes to Honor the Women in Your Life

Quotes, phrases, and heartfelt messages that will make moms, aunts, grandmothers, and mom-figures melt


Gifts and gatherings can make Mother’s Day a special occasion, but the true meaning of the holiday stems from love and appreciation for maternal figures. What better way to show that than with a heartfelt card and a meaningful quote? If you’re struggling with what to write to your mom, grandmother, aunt, or more important women in your life, you’re not alone. Here are 30 Mother’s Day quotes to choose from that honor those who are closest to you.

Mother’s Day quotes about moms

1. “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” – Jodi Picoult

2. “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” – Amit Kalantri

3. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo

4. “Such a mysterious business, motherhood. How brave a woman must be to embark on it.” – M.L. Stedman

5. “It takes a Mother’s love to make a house a home, a place to be remembered, no matter where we roam.” – Helen Steiner Rice

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6. “Whosoever does not believe in the existence of a sixth sense has clearly not regarded their own mother. How it is they know all they know about you, even those secrets you locked away so tightly in the most hidden compartments of your heart, remains one of the great mysteries of the world. And they don’t just know — they know instantly.” – Narissa Doumani

7. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom

8. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Cheryl Lacey Donovan,

9. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” – Robert A. Heinlein

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

Cheerful mature woman embracing senior mother at home and looking away.
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11. “A mother knows what her child’s gone through, even if she didn’t see it herself.” – Pramoedya Ananta Toer

12. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

13. “You realize that you habitually thought of Mom when something in your life was not going well, because when you thought of her it was as though something got back on track, and you felt re-energized. ” – Kyung-Sook Shin

14. “Selfless and unconditional. I have heard those words many times, but it did not occur to me before that they were perhaps discovered only to describe a Mother.” – Rohit Dharupta

15. “Mothers observe all, absorb all, give all, forgive all, offer all, suffer all, feel all, heal all, hope for all, pray for all. But most of all, Mothers love always.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Mother’s Day quotes about grandmothers

16. “Grandmothers are a gift not to be taken lightly. So many lose them, before they are old enough to know their magic. I am glad my bones were born with this knowledge. She taught me how to become a good ancestor. At least this – loving her presence, appreciating her wisdom – is something I know how to do well.” – Nikita Gill 

17. “Every house needs a grandmother in it.” –  Louisa May Alcott

18. “I could do worse than become my own grandma, or any one of the strong women who raised us. Our strengths emerged from theirs; we build on their heritage and transform their resilience and competence into our own.” – Regina Barreca 

19. “Grandmother. The true power behind the power.” – Lisa Birnbach

20. “There’s something special about a grandmother’s house. You never forget how it smells.” – Fredrik Backman

21. “A Grandmother thinks of her grandchildren day and night, even when they are not with her. She will always love them more than anyone would understand.” – Karen Gibbs

Mother’s Day quotes about aunts 

22. “An aunt is a safe haven for a child. Someone who will keep your secrets and is always on your side.” – Sara Sheridan

23. “I have always maintained the importance of aunts.” – Jane Austen 

24. “The bond between a child and an aunt is one of the most unique relationships anyone can enjoy. An aunt may look and even act just like your mother or she may be the complete opposite. Whatever the case, aunts are the ones who stand beside moms when nieces and nephews enter the world and from that moment on, they take their place as friends and mentors.” – Karen Moore

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Mother’s Day quotes about the important women in life 

25. “You encouraged like a mom, protected me like a mom, and always loved me like a mom. And that means the world to me.” – Andrew Blackburn 

26. “There are women who love you as if they brought you here themselves. They are mothers of the spirit, protectors of the heart.” – Melvina Young

27. The only thing better than having a mom is having a bonus mom, too. – Keely Chace

28. “Mother’s Day is for women who do exactly what you do best: Love.” – Valerie Stark

29. “Some women just have that extra something: extra room in their heart, extra places at their table, and extra time for the people they love.” – Suzanne Berry

30. “Here’s to the women whose lives have inspired us and whose love has changed us.” – Amy Trowbridge-Yates

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