My mom always used to say, “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” Boy, was she right (as moms always are)! Wikipedia may have cornered the market on random knowledge, but moms are the greatest source of information when it comes to the truly valuable life lessons and things we really need to know. Need proof? Check out these mom quotes that prove my point.
Mom Quotes That Are Loaded with Valuable Life Lessons
Just like the grandparent’s quotes that I shared last week, we’ll start with some of the short and sweet things that moms always say. Sure, we rolled our eyes at them as kids, but now we know just how true they really are! Then, we’ll check out some brilliantly true quotes from famous and historical moms that are just so incredibly loaded with life lessons.
Short Mom Sayings That Are Just So True
“There’s no use crying over spilled milk”
One of my favorites is really a double life lesson. First, don’t cry over the little things. Spilled milk (real r metaphorical) takes two seconds to clean up and doesn’t affect your life beyond that. Second, don’t cry over things you can’t change. Instead, clean yourself up and get a new glass of milk!
“Wait until you have children of your own.”
She may have meant it as a warning, but she was so right. The moment you become a mom yourself, you suddenly realize that everything she ever said was spot on.
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
I can’t say anything nice about people who don’t listen to this advice, so I’ll do as my mom says and not say anything at all!
“If someone doesn’t love you for who you are, that’s their problem, not yours.”
In other words, don’t ever let someone make you feel like less of a person just because they don’t like you. It’s on them, not you.
“If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it, too?”
This was mom’s way of reminding us to think for ourselves. Never just go with the flow, because that flow can take you right over a cliff.
“There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience and a heart at peace.”
In other words, live a life that never gives you a reason to feel guilty and you’ll sleep like a dream.
Quotes from Famous Moms
No explanation needed with these famous mom quotes. They speak volumes all on their own!
“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 Kingsolver
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie
“Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.” – Sojourner Truth
“Leave every place you go, everything you touch, a little better for your having been there.” -Julie Andrews
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Diana, Princess of Wales
“Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it. All the changes in the world, for good or evil, were first brought about by words.” Jackie Kennedy
“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.” -Queen Elizabeth II
“Worry about being respected, never worry about being liked because that’s the trap.” -Jada Pinkett Smith
“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing and must therefore be treated with great caution.” – J.K. Rowling
Meaningful Quotes about Moms
As a little bonus, keep reading for some wonderful quotes about moms! Go ahead and put them in that thank you card she has coming for teaching you all those valuable life lessons!
“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
“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
“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” —Unknown
“Moms are life’s number one cheerleaders without uniforms.” —Richelle E. Goodrich
“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
“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes