12 Mother's Day Quotes That Will Make You Cry

DandelionMom. Mommy. Mama. Mother. Mum. Mammy. Madre. So many words to describe the role, but so few that can adequately explain the wonder of motherhood and just how much it means. It's such a unique, unfathomable experience, it can be difficult to capture in words.

But thankfully some have done so beautifully and poignantly. As Mother's Day approaches, they provide inspiration for us to express to our own mothers how we feel about them and reflection for our own roles as mothers. Here are 12 of my favorite quotes about motherhood that are sure make you at least a little weepy ... in no particular order:

1. The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men -- from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

2. She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. -- Margaret Culkin Banning

3. A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. -- Washington Irving

4. My mother is a poem
I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.
-- Sharon Doubiago

5. Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not. -- James Joyce

6. The best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks. -- Carrie Latet

7. My mother's love for me was so great I have worked hard to justify it. -- Marc Chagall

8. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her. -- George Washington

9. The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. -- W.R. Wallace

10. If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis

11. 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

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

What are your favorite quotes about motherhood?

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Kimberly Virga

Love it. Posting to my FB. Thank you!

Momma... MommaSiete

Love those, so great! =) Thank you!

Momma... MommaSiete

The best parenting quote I've ever read says 'While we teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about'

Rita Masi Sanchez

The purest and truest love you will ever experience is your mother's love, it will never fail you, it will lift you up when the world has let you down, it will stand by you no matter the consequence, it will fight to protect you ferociously. Your Mother's love will feed your mind, body and soul. The moment a baby is born, a Mother is born and nothing can ever come between that...

glowmom5 glowmom5

I like #11~happens in my house a lot! :)

Abrar Russ

There are another word "MA" and "AMMA'' In Bangladeshi language which is recognize by the whole world as international mother language day on 21st February. i will be proud if everyone know about this.Regards

Krystal Wilson

My favorite mother quote of all time is "Mother is God in the eyes of a child."

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