Our moms are amazing! They nurture our talent along with our bodies, minds, and souls and encourage us to follow our dreams — including becoming a writer.

This Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up 21 quotes that sum up the magic of motherhood. Enjoy — and then go tell your mother how much you love her!

But behind all your stories is your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.
 — Mitch Albom, For One More Day
Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.
 — John Steinbeck, East of Eden
But 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, Pigs in Heaven
Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall. A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.
 — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
 — Robert Heinlein, Have Space Suit — Will Travel
No man is poor who has a godly mother.
 — Abraham Lincoln
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
There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
 — Archibald Thompson
Mom had the kind of love you could feel, like it was part of the atmosphere.
 — Peter Abrahams, Down the Rabbit Hole
Even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you’d be okay.
 — Jojo Moyes, One Plus One
God could not be everywhere, and so he made mothers.
 — Jewish proverb
He didn’t realize that a love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.
 — JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
Dan clung to her in speechless gratitude, feeling the blessedness of mother love — that divine gift which comforts, purifies, and strengthens all who seek it.
 — Louisa May Alcott, Jo’s Boys
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, “The Last Séance”
You may have tangible wealth untold,
 Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
 Richer than I you can never be — 
 I had a mother who read to me.
 — Strickland Gillilan, “Richer than Gold”
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
 — Irish proverb
We think back through our mothers if we are women.
 — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
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, Dreaming Water
A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.
 — Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning
No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.
 — Edwin H. Chapin
Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.
 — Kahlil Gibran

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