How do we possibly put into words how much mom means to us? It’s hard to sum up decades of a mother’s love and sacrifices into just a few words that fit on a greeting card. If you’re struggling to find the right words, get some inspiration from these beautiful and inspirational Mother’s Day quotes.
20 Quotes That Perfectly Describe How Much Mom Means to Us
If ever there was a time to tell your mom how much she means to you, this is it. The world is a strange and scary place right now. We should never wait until it’s too late to tell people we love them, but that’s even more true today. Use these quotes to kick-start your inspiration, then sit down and write mom a heartfelt letter for Mother’s Day.
You may also love: 17 Mom Quotes That Are Loaded with Valuable Life Lessons
1. Moms are tough as steel yet soft around the edges
“My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” ― Jodi Picoult
I love this one by Jodi Picoult, don’t you? Moms definitely have some of the world’s toughest materials running through their spine! At the same time, though, they know how to be soft and gentle with us.
2. The bond between mothers and daughters
“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.” – Kristin Hannah, Summer Island
Kristin Hannah beautifully describes the intense bond between moms and daughters. Mom lends us some of that steel spine when we feel like we can’t stand up for ourselves. When our heart breaks, hers beats for us. Perhaps most important of all, when the day comes that she’s no longer with us, we take solace in the fact that she’s never really gone because a part of her always runs through our veins.
3. She is our greatest teacher
“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.”
The lessons we learn from our mothers are not taught in a classroom. She’s the first one to teach us about compassion and how to love others. She helps us learn to be brave, especially when we’re scared. Mom’s love is definitely the sweetest flower of all.
4. Our moms sacrifice so much for us
We’ve talked about how much parents sacrifice for their kids in the past, but have you ever really thought about just how deep those sacrifices go? Our moms would be willing to part with every last piece of their souls if it meant that we would live happy, healthy lives. I know I would for my children!
5. Only a mother can forgive anything
Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you.
—Louisa May Alcott
No matter how much we mess up as kids, mom always forgives us. We’d be hard pressed to find anyone else on this planet that puts up with as much as mom does! Now would be a great time to call her up and say you’re sorry for breaking her favorite vase or coming in past curfew all those times.
6. Mom raises us up to higher ground
“Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.”
― Marjorie Hinckley
If there’s one thing all moms have in common, it’s our desire to see our kids lead better lives than we did. Our moms lift us up and elevate us, always striving to help us overcome limitations that could hold us back. Without her, very few of us would be the people we are today.
7. Our moms are true warriors
I think this may be one of my top 3 favorite quotes that perfectly describe how much mom means to us. Our mothers are absolutely warriors, helping us learn how to change the world and- hopefully- leave it a better place than we found it.
Just one note about this quote, though, I’m NOT saying that ONLY women can raise children, and only mothers can raise them correctly. This isn’t meant to take away anything from all of the dads raising their kids, or imply anything about gender identity.
8. Mom can make even the smallest things seem miraculous
Mom could make small things seem miraculous. That was her talent.
Moms have a unique talent for taking the seemingly tiniest things and making them seem like a miracle, especially when those things came from us. Who else but a mom could look at toddler’s scribbles and see an amazing unicorn, or make us feel like we were Olympic athletes the first time we pulled off a dive into the deep end?
9. She always encouraged us to be the best version of ourselves
My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. – Pablo Picasso
Mom teaches us to strive for greatness in all that we do. She encourages us to set higher goals and reminds us that we can reach them. When we’re feeling down on ourselves, she’s there to remind us that we are capable of greatness.
10. She’s our number-one cheerleader
Moms are life’s number one cheerleader without uniforms. – Richelle E. Goodrich
This goes along with the last two. Simply put, moms are the world’s greatest cheerleaders, even if they don’t wear the uniforms. Given how uncomfortable some of those uniforms look, I bet mom is just fine with not wearing one!
11. A mother’s love knows no boundaries
Okay, so this one is a smidge darker, but what do you expect from the greatest murder mystery writer of all time? It’s true, though. There’s a reason why they call us “mama bears” when our kids are wronged. Mom would go to the ends of the earth to protect us, and nothing can stand in her way.
12. There’s only one mom like yours
Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world. – Kate Douglas Wiggin
There is literally no one else in the entire world like your mom, and she’s worth more than every star in the sky, every petal on a rose, and every last beam of light in a sunrise. Make sure she knows that you appreciate just how unique and rare a gem she is.
13. We can always depend on mom to tell it like it is
14. Mom is a hurricane of perfect power
To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is perhaps one of the best people to help us find the perfect words to describe how much mom means to us. Of all her quotes about moms, this is my favorite, Our mothers truly are a force of nature, more powerful than the strongest hurricane and more vibrant than the brightest rainbow.
15. There’s no love so instantaneous as a mother’s love
“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
Our moms are one of the very few people on this planet who love us before we even draw our first breath. There’s simply no bond greater than that.
16. A mother’s love is bliss and peace
“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
For those who have lost their moms, it can feel like all of the beauty has gone out of the world. Just remember that although you can’t feel it, the bliss and peace that her unconditional love gave you are still within you.
17. What “Mother” Really Stands for
Mom is aMazing, lOving, sTrong, Happy, sElfless, and gRaceful!
18. A mom’s hug lasts forever
A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. Even when she’s no longer with it, we can still feel her arms wrapped around us keeping us safe.
19. She’s our first, best, and forever friend
When we are little, mom is our first friend. When we’re adults, she becomes our best friend, and no matter how old we are, no matter how far apart we move, she is ALWAYS our forever friend.
20. We owe mom everything
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. – Abraham Lincoln
I can’t think of a more appropriate quote to explain how much mom means to us to close with than this one by Abraham Lincoln. We own mom everything. All that we are, and all that we will ever become is only possible because of her.
It’s hard to sum up just how much mom means to us with a few words, but these quotes definitely do a great job of putting our deepest feelings for her into words. Take some time to write mom this Mother’s Day and just really speak from the heart. She’ll love that more than all the flowers, chocolates, and thoughtfully chosen greeting cards in the world.