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46 Best Mother’s Day Quotes to Make Mom Smile

“If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way your mom told you to do it from the start."

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There's a reason there's so many quotes about motherhood — and a reason we all start echoing quotes from our own mothers — moms are full of wisdom. And Mother's Day is all about celebrating our mothers, grandmothers and the women who have lifted us up. That's why we always look for presents that will express our sentimentality and thanks. If you’re thinking about making a Chatbooks photo book for your mom (or you’re reading this because someone special sent you this link and wants a photo book for herself), add some personalized quotes that will make mom laugh—or cry from happiness. Choose from our Rifle Paper Co. designer covers, or opt for an interactive photo book with fill-in-the-blank page so you can include some sweet, personal notes just for her. And while's there’s plenty of Mother’s Day photo book options to choose from, don't forget to include text pages or captions in your photo book — and no worries, we've already rounded up 46 of the best Mother's Day quotes to make your mom smile.

Funny Quotes from Kids

"When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' It is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway." —Erma Bombeck

"Dear Mom, thank you for keeping all the bad stuff I did from Dad." —Anonymous

"Happy Mother’s Day, mom! And while I have you, quick apologies for my teenage years.” —Anonymous

"Mom: I love you and your super long voicemails." —Anonymous

“Sooner or later, we all quote our mothers.” —Anonymous

“If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way your mom told you to do it from the start." —Anonymous

“I do what I want, when I want, where I want...if my mom says it's ok.” —Anonymous

Funny Quotes from Moms

“Becoming a mom to me means you have accepted that for the next 16 years of your life, you will have a sticky purse.” —Nia Vardalos

"I always say if you aren't yelling at your kids, you're not spending enough time with them." —Reese Witherspoon

"Life doesn't come with a manual, it comes with a mother." —Anonymous

“I realized why I was born and more than anything all of the things I want to pass onto my child, and the best way of doing that is not by preaching or telling her but showing her by example.” —Beyoncé

“Being a mom has made me really tired and so happy.” —Tina Fey

"Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then, silence is just suspicious." —Anonymous

"A mother is the person you can always call to see how long chicken lasts in the fridge." —Anonymous

“The majority of my diet is made up of foods that my kids didn't finish." —Carrie Underwood

"Motherhood: feeding them as a baby and then through most of their twenties." —Anonymous

“You know how once you have kids you never ever pee by yourself again? At least one of them is always in there with you at all times.” —Jennifer Garner

“Why don't kids understand that their nap is not for them but for us?” —Alyson Hannigan

"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

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” —Lisa Alther

Sentimental Quotes from Him

"Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face." —George Eliot

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." —Abraham Lincoln

"We are born of love; Love is our mother." —Rumi

"When you look into your mother's eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this Earth." —Mitch Albom

"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." —Cardinal Meymillod

"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories." —Honore de Balzac

“If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” —Booker T. Washington

“A mother's love endures through all.” —Washington Irving

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?" —Milton Berle

"Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb." —Leroy Brownlow

“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” —Michael Jordan

Heartfelt Quotes

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." —Maya Angelou

"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." —Princess Diana

“A mother's hug lasts long after she lets go.” —Anonymous

"Once you're a mom, you're always a mom. It's like riding a bike, you never forget." —Taraji P. Henson

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." —Agatha Christie

"Mothers are like glue. Even when you can't see them, they're still holding the family together." —Susan Gale

“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.” —Stevie Wonder

“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” —Anonymous

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

“Happiness is seeing your mother smile." —Anonymous

“My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world.” —Maya Angelou

"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

"My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was." —Lisa Leslie

“She taught me that fear is not an option.” —Diane von Furstenberg

"The truth is that no matter how old we are, as long as our mothers are alive, we want our mother." —Goldie Hawn

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