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115 Inspirational Quotes for Moms

Hannah Larson

Licensed Professional Counselor

Last modified 20 Apr 2024

Published 20 Apr 2024

Being a Mom is tough but there are so many moments of joy and love. Here is our list of 115 quotes meant to inspire you and to help you keep going on those tough days. What you do does matter. When the days are tough remember the sun always comes after the night. 

Inspirational Quotes for Moms

“This struggle is real. The juggle is real. That’s why everyone should hire working mothers. They are put in crazy situations all the time and are forced to problem-solve. They are some of my most resourceful employees.” ~Sara Blakely

“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible – oh, this impossible.’ And then you just keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” ~ Tina Fey

“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed, to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” ~ Ariana Huffington

“Get rid of the guilt. When you’re at one place, don’t feel bad that you’re not at work. When you’re at work, don’t feel bad that you’re not at home.” ~ Katie Couric

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary — it’s an act of infinite optimism.” ~ Gilda Radner

“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.” ~ Jodi Picoult 

“Don’t wait until everything is just right [..] There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger… ~ Mark Victor Hansen

If you’re a mom, you’re a superhero. Period. ~ Rosie Pope

“There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.”  ~ Anne Lamott 

“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”    ~ Marion C. Garretty

“A mother’s love is everything. 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

“Children do not need us to shape them; they need us to respond to who they are.”        ~Naomi Aldort

“You must first teach a child he is loved. Only then is he ready to learn everything else.”           ~ Amanda Morgan

“Children do not need us to shape them; they need us to respond to who they are.”        ~Naomi Aldort

“Speak with your children as if are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” ~ Brooke Hampton

It’s time we stop buying the lie that we need to be hard on kids because ‘the world is hard.” Love them as hard as you can. That’s what they need.”  ~ Tara Vogler

“If your children fear you, they cannot trust you. If they don’t trust you, they cannot learn from you.” ~ Lori Petro

“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better? ~ Jane Nelson

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ~ L.R. Knost

“The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.” ~ Peggy O’ Mara

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”  ~ Joyce Maynard

“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

“The real questions for parents should be: “Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?” If so, plan to make lots of mistakes and bad decisions. Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time. The mandate is not to be perfect and raise happy children. Perfection doesn’t exist, and I’ve found what makes children happy doesn’t always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults.” ~ Brene Brown

The question isn’t so much “Are you parenting the right way?” as it is: “Are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be?”~ Brene Brown 

“Have we created a space in our families where our kids know that they belong. Where there are no prerequisites for worthiness, you don’t have to hustle here for me to believe you’re worthy of loving. You don’t have to perform here for me to think that you belong here. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to get a certain grade on your test. You don’t have to hit so many home-runs. You belong here.”  ~ Brené Brown

“The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means you already are one.”                ~ Jodi Picoult

“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.” ~ Betsy Jacobsen

“Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never gave up despite the struggles.” ~ Sharon Jaynes

“Never limit yourself. You can be a mom and pursue your dream simultaneously.”  ~ Unknown

“I am brave and courageous for even trying, when I think I can’t do it.” ~ Unknown

“I am not a bad mom because I work, and I am not a bad employee because I am a mom.”  ~ Unknown

“A happy mother is a good mother, and if work makes you hum, your whole family sings along.” ~ Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

“I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” ~ Rose Kennedy

“Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one.” ~ Jill Churchill

“At the end of the day, my most important job is still mom-in-chief.” ~ Michelle Obama

 “A mother needs only step into the shower to be instantly reassured she is indispensable to every member of her family.” ~ Lynne Williams

“Having a baby is just living in the constant unexpected. You never know when you’re gonna get crapped on or when you’re gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics.” ~ Blake Lively

“I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.’ Because that’s what I’ve learned in the foxhole: What gets you through life is strength of character and strength of spirit and love.” ~ Viola Davis

“No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice.” ~  Marisa de los Santos

“Whenever you feel like you are failing, look in the eyes of your child and know your value.” ~ Unknown

“Make the most of today because it is right here. Play that game, sing that song, read one more book, and enjoy those cuddles. Treasure all those precious little moments. Because at the end of your life, you’ll never look back and think, ‘I spent too much time with my kids.’” ~ Anonymous

“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

“I’ve never met a 2-year-old who is terrible. I’m so cool with every stage my daughter goes through. I just think she’s amazing. I hope she’s not looking at me thinking, ‘Mom, are the terrible 30s coming on with you?’” ~ Katie Holmes

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” ~ Jill Churchill

“Say yes to the feelings, even as you say no to the behavior.” ~  Daniel J. Siegel

“It’s not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” ~ Ann Landers

“Even if I’m setting myself up for failure, I think it’s worth trying to be a mother who delights in who her children are, in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions. A mother who spends less time obsessing about what will happen, or what has happened, and more time reveling in what is. A mother who doesn’t fret over failings and slights, who realizes her worries and anxieties are just thoughts, the continuous chattering and judgment of a too-busy mind. A mother who doesn’t worry so much about being bad or good but just recognizes that she’s both, and neither. A mother who does her best, and for whom that is good enough, even if, in the end, her best turns out to be, simply, not bad. ” ~ Ayelet Waldman

“If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.” ~ Bette Davis

“Even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you’d be okay”. ~ Jojo Moyes

“When you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”                                     ~ Mitch Albom

“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

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”     ~ Cardinal Mermillod

“Effective discipline means that we’re not only stopping a bad behavior or promoting a good one, but also teaching skills and nurturing the connections in our children’s brains that will help them make better decisions and handle themselves well in the future.” ~ Daniel J. Siegel

“As parents, we are wired to try to save our children from any harm and hurt, but ultimately we can’t. They’ll fall down, they’ll get their feelings hurt, and they’ll get scared and sad and angry. Actually, it’s often these difficult experiences that allow them to grow and learn about the world. Rather than trying to shelter our children from life’s inevitable difficulties, we can help them integrate those experiences into their understanding of the world and learn from them.” ~ Daniel J. Siegel

“As parents become more aware and emotionally healthy, their children reap the rewards and move toward health as well. That means that integrating and cultivating your own brain is one of the most loving and generous gifts you can give your children.” ~ Daniel J. Siegel

“Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.”- Brene Brown

“It is not change that causes anxiety; it is the feeling that we are without defenses in the presence of what we see as danger that causes anxiety.” ~ Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey

“Raising children who are hopeful and who have the courage to be vulnerable means stepping back and letting them experience disappointment, deal with conflict, learn how to assert themselves, and have the opportunity to fail. If we’re always following our children into the arena, hushing the critics, and assuring their victory, they’ll never learn that they have the ability to dare greatly on their own.” ~ Brene Brown

“So often, when we feel lost, adrift in our lives, our first instinct is to look out into the distance to find the nearest shore. But that shore, that solid ground, is within us. The anchor we are searching for is connection, and it is internal.” ~ Brene Brown 

“To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is.”  ~ Fred Rogers

“So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.” ~ Rebecca Eanes 

“By loving them for more than their abilities, we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.” — Eileen Kennedy-Moore

“Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we should not be trusted.” ~ John Holt

“Too much love never spoils our children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence.” ~ Anthony Withman

“When I had my children and I felt that type of love, which I know you understand and every mom out there understands, it made me understand that there was a purity to love. That there is an unconditional love.” ~ Jennifer Lopez

“My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I was lucky enough to get to have one woman who truly helped me through everything.” ~ Emma Stone

“I try to call my mother with more regularity because I think, what if Hazel didn’t call me for two weeks? I’m able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point.” ~ Julia Roberts

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” ~ Princess Diana

“Usually, the triumph of my day is, you know, everybody making it to the potty.”- Julia Roberts

“Motherhood is basically finding activities for children in three-hour pockets of time for the rest of your life.”~ Mindy Kaling

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“I’m not a good mom. I’m not a bad mom. I’m the mama I am, and I try very hard, and when I fail, that’s ok.” ~ Kristen Bell

“I don’t think empathy is something you can drill in someone’s head. You have to have faith that while your kids can seem to be selfish and concerned only about the word ‘mine’ sometimes, overall, they are watching you really carefully. And if you care about other people, they will too.” ~ Jennifer Garner

“Sometimes we try to protect our children so much that when something doesn’t go right in their lives, they’re unprepared to deal with adversity. I don’t think that does our kids any favors.” ~ Taraji P. Henson

“I have to keep reminding myself that I created life, and there’s no cooler thing than being able to create life inside of you. So if the repercussions of that are extra stretch marks, saggy skin and more weight on my body, so be it.” ~ Ashley Graham

“The one thing you’ve got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time.”  ~ Emma Thompson

“Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.” ~ Marguerite Kelly

“What children take from us, they give… We become people who feel more deeply, question more deeply, hurt more deeply, and love more deeply. ~ Sonia Taitz

“How I feel about myself is more important than how I look. Feeling confident. being comfortable in vour skin-that’s what really makes you beautiful. ~ Bobbi Brown

To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth… is potentially to have everything. ~ Joan Didion

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey

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

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. ~ Kristin Hannah

Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom, but for me, she’s really the guiding force. ~ Taylor Swift

I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is. ~ Oprah 

I think of motherhood as a great big adventure. You set off on a journey, you don’t really know how to navigate things, and you don’t exactly know where you’re going or how you’re going to get there. ~ Cynthia Rowley 

If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. ~ Stevie Wonder

Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me. ~ Lady Gaga

“A warrior believes in an end she can’t see and fights for it. A warrior never gives up. A warrior fights for those weaker than herself. It sounds like motherhood to me.” ~ Kristin Hannah

“Right in the difficult, we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. ~ Fred Rogers 

Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up. ~ Unknown

“We are born of love; love is our mother.” —Rumi

“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have.” ~ Joan Ryan

“Your words as a parent have great power. Use them wisely and make sure they come from the heart.” ~ Carolina King

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” ~ Barbara Johnson

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~ Rumi

“Nothing that grieves us can be called little. By the eternal law of proportions, a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of his crown are events of the same size.” ~ Mark Twain

“A child seldom needs a good talking to as much as a good listening to.” ~ Robert Brault

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” ~ Matthew L. Jacobson

“Feeling heard and understood allows children to release the feelings, let go, and move on.” ~ Janet Lansbury

“Being a mom means choosing to show up day after day and love day after day and give day after day and try day after day and not having all the answers and not being perfect but simply doing your best.” ~ Rachel Martin

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it myself.” ~ Joyce Maynard

“By making eye contact, getting down to your child’s level, offering a touch, or using a tone of your voice that conveys a desire to genuinely connect, you disarm yourself. You make it possible to reach your child more deeply and truly move forward together.” ~ Hilary Flowers

“Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~ Riney Jordan

“Kids raised from birth on to feel safe expressing their emotions, who feel their parents are on their side, aren’t perfect. They’re easier to parent, though, because they’re better at managing their emotions, and therefore their behavior. They’re more willing to accept our guidance.” ~ Laura Markham

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.” ~ Marianne Williamson

“I wholeheartedly believe that when we are fully engaged in parenting regardless of how imperfect, vulnerable, and messy it is, we are creating something sacred.” ~ Brene Brown

“One day, your child will make a mistake or a bad choice and run to you instead of away from you, and in that moment, you will know the immense value of peaceful, positive, respectful parenting.” ~ L.R. Knost

“The golden rule of parenting is to always show your children the kind of person you want them to be.” ~ Elizabeth Roxas

 “Parents are not perfect, nor are they saints. Dads and moms make mistakes all the time. How you handle these situations will be an important life lesson for your children.” ~ Bethany Bridges

“I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do what you do.” ~ Jennifer Lopez

“One generation of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.” ~ Charles Raison

“Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. To raise problem-solvers, focus on solutions not retribution.” ~ L.R. Knost

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