Who else but Mom would spend literal years feeding you, clothing you, helping you with homework, always answering the phone when you call in a panic, and still think you’re absolutely killing it? (Well, Dad, because he's awesome, too, buuuuut...)

Ironically, it's Mom's all-around-awesomeness that can make figuring out what to write in a Mother's Day card surprisingly tough. Yes, your mama—whether she’s biological or chosen—knows you love her and think she’s the greatest, but she definitely deserves at least one day a year where you specifically tell her that. Not to mention, Mother's Day is also prime time to show some extra love to your grandmas, aunts, and new mom friends, too!

There's no doubt the maternal figures in your life will appreciate the sweet Mother's Day gift you’ve got stowed away in your online cart right now, but never underestimate how much she’ll love the thoughtful written sentiment that goes with it.

Telling your mom that you notice and appreciate everything she does for you, that you cherish all the life lessons she’s taught you, and that you promise to love her as much as she’s loved you is what she’ll remember most—guaranteed.

But if inspiration isn’t quite striking at the moment (because, pressure!), WH has got you covered. Include one of these 150 best Mother's Day quotes of all time in your card, and before you know it, the words will start flowing out of you. And when she reads it, Mom will be crying all the happy tears.

Short And Sweet Mother's Day Quotes

1. "A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin." —Unknown

2. "Life doesn't come with a manual. It comes with a mother." —Unknown

3. "I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood." —Lance Conrad

    4. "The best place to cry is in a mother's arms." —Jodie Picoult

    5. "Mother and daughter from the start. Best friends forever from the heart." —Unknown

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    6. "A mother and daughter’s love is never separated." —Viola Shipman

    7. "If you’re a mom, you’re a superhero. Period." —Rosie Pope

    8. "Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." —Robert Browning

    9. "A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend." —Unknown

    10. "The world needs our mothers." —Liya Kebede

    11. "A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go." —Unknown

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

    13. "Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind." —Kahil Gibran

    14. "To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world." —Unknown

    15. "Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow." —Reed Markham

    "Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."

    16. "To a child’s ear, 'mother' is magic in any language." —Arlene Benedict

    17. "My mother is a walking miracle." —Leonardo DiCaprio

    18. "Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." —Unknown

    19. "A mother understands what a child does not say." —Jewish Proverb

    20. "There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother." —Sara Josepha Hale

    21. "Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind." —Kahil Gibran

    22. "The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children." —Elaine Heffner

      23. "There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss." —Saleem Sharma

      24. "Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled." —Emily Dickinson

          25. "Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it." —Unknown

            Mother’s Day Quotes About Love

            26. "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

            27. "I love my mother as trees love water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights." —Terri Guillemets

            28. "A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them." —Victor Hugo

            29. "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

            30. "Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all." —Oliver Wendell Holmes

            "A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."

            31. "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

            32. "When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know." —Charley Benetto

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

            34. "A mother’s love is more beautiful than any fresh flower." —Debasish Mridha

            35. "No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love." —Edwin Chapin

            36. "Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible." —Marion C. Garretty

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

            38. "When you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know." —Mitch Albom

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            39. "Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved." —Erich Fromm

            40. "The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." —Henry Ward Beecher

            41. "I loved raising my kids. I loved the process, the dirt of it, the tears of it, the frustration of it, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, growth charts, pediatrician appointments. I loved all of it." —Jane Elliot

            42. "The biggest surprise, which is also the best, is that I didn't know I would love motherhood as much as I do." —Deborah Norville

            43. "Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love." —Mildred B. Vermont

            44. "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

            45. "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." —Honore de Balzac

            Inspirational Mother’s Day Quotes

            46. "I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become the greatest spiritual teacher there is. —Oprah

            47. "Successful mothers are not the ones that never struggled. They are the ones that never give up despite the struggles." —Sharon Jaynes

            48. "Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is… and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong." —Donna Ball

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

            50. "There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood." —Elder M. Russell Ballard

            51. "Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." —Barbara Kingsolver

            52. "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

            53. "What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker, and to be kind." —Adam Rippon

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

            55. "A mother is clothed with strength and dignity, laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise and she gives instructions with kindness." —Proverbs

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

            57. "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

            58. "Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had." —Linda Wooten

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

            60. "My mother taught me to be honest, to be selfless, and to touch people in a positive way." —Scott Eastwood

            61. "Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne." —Mabel Hale

            62. "The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent." —Erich Fromm

            63. "Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me." —Alice Walker

            "Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had."

            64. "The most inspirational person in my life has been my mother." —Nicole Maines

            65. It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful? —Mahatma Ghandi

            Funny Mother’s Day Quotes

            66. "A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don’t even have." —Robert Brault

            67. "In the end, mothers are always right. No one else tells the truth." —Randy Susan Meyers

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

            69. "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not." —James Joyce

            70. "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

            71. "My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." —Mark Twain

            72. "Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease." —Lisa Althe

            "If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?"

            73. "We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong." —Laura Stavoe Harm

            74. "I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them." —Phyllis Diller

            75. "There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it." —Chinese Proverb

            76. "The phrase 'working mother' is redundant." —Jane Sellman

            77. "My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me." —Diego Maradona

            78. "Mothers are all slightly insane." —J.D. Salinger

            79. "Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like." —Arnold Bennett

            80. "Mom, I love you, even though I’ll never accept your friend request." —Unknown

            Mother’s Day Quotes For A New Mom

            81. "A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place." —Amy Tan

            82. "There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one." —Jill Churchill

            83. "Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are." —Cheryl Lacey Donovan

            84. "For when a child is born the mother also is born again." —Gilbert Parker

            85. "It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding." —Erma Bombeck

            86. "Only mothers can think of the future—because they give birth to it in their children." —Maxim Gorky

            87. "My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine." —Maya Angelou

            88. "I thought I knew what love was before giving birth to my baby, but whatever I had experienced in the past paled in comparison to the utterly unconditional love I immediately felt for the little bundle I now held in my arms." —Linda Thompson

            "A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place."

            89. "You get to relive your childhood when you have a baby and you see these toys and these books you read when you were little—the innocence that you are able to maintain because you have to find that again in order to connect with your child keeps you in a special state of mind." —Idina Menzel

            90. "My baby is the joy in my life." —Candace Parker

            Mother’s Day Quotes For Grandma

            91. "It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother—that’s why the world calls her grandmother." —Unknown

            92. "Grandmothers are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone." —Unknown

            93. "If nothing is going well, call your grandmother." —Italian Proverb

            94. "Grandmothers always have time to talk and make you feel special." —Catherine Pulsifer

            95. "A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend." —Unknown

            96. "Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love." —Unknown

            97. "My grandmother is my angel on earth." —Catherine Pulsifer

            98. "I know what it is like to be brought up with unconditional love. In my life that came from my grandmother." —Andre Leon Talley

            "It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother—that’s why the world calls her grandmother."

            99. "Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete." —Marcy DeMaree

              100. "There’s no place like home, except Grandma’s." —Unknown

              Mother's Day Quotes For An Aunt

              101. "An aunt is always there for all the times when you need a second mom." —Unknown

              102. "An aunt is a safe haven for a child. Someone who will keep your secrets and is always on your side." —Sara Sheridan

              103. "Only an aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister and share love like a friend." —Unknown

              104. "The best aunts aren’t substitute parents, they’re co-conspirators." —Daryl Gregory

                105. "An aunt makes life a little sweeter." —Unknown

                106. "I smile because you’re my aunt. I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it." —Unknown

                  107. "An aunt is someone special to remember with warmth, think of with pride, and cherish with love." —Unknown

                  108. "An aunt grows more treasured as time goes by." —Unknown

                  109. "Aunt—like a mom, only cooler." —Unknown

                  110. "Great sisters get promoted to aunt." —Unknown

                  111. "Aunt: A cherished friend and personal cheerleader who will always see you through rose-colored glasses." —Unknown

                  112. "Aunt―a double blessing. You love like a parent and act like a friend." —Unknown

                  Mother’s Day Quotes for A Chosen Mom

                  113. "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." —Oprah Winfrey

                  114. "It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters." —Unknown

                  115. "There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family." —Unknown

                  114. "Time passes quickly but one thing always lasts—the love and support found in you." —Catherine Pulsifer

                  "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."

                    115. "The love and compassion you’ve always carried in your heart makes you a wonderful mother and a beloved friend." —Unknown

                    116. "I have so much of you in my heart." —John Keat

                    117. "By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before." —Edwin Elliot

                    118. "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." —Eleanor Roosevelt

                    Mother’s Day Quotes from Celebrity Moms

                    119. "My daughter introduced me to myself." —Beyoncé Knowles

                    120. "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

                    121. "Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing." —Ricki Lake

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

                    123. "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

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

                    125. "My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent." —Ruth Bader Ginsburg

                    126. "My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day." —Jennifer Garner

                    127. "My mom is definitely my rock." —Alicia Keys

                    128. "My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother." —Wilma Rudolph

                    129. "I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity." —Eleanor Roosevelt

                    130. "When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." —Sophia Loren

                    131. "The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children." —Jessica Lange

                    132. "Sometimes you want to skate along or just get by or fly under the radar, but sometimes you have to stand up and let your voice be heard and give it your best and give it your all. As a mother of young children, that's something I've tried to emphasize and highlight for them." —Angela Bassett

                    133. "Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home. I always tried to make my home like my mother's, because Mom was magnificent at stretching a buck when it came to decorating and food. Like a true Italian, she valued beautification in every area of her life, and I try to do the same." —Rachael Ray

                    134. "When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner." —Halle Berry

                    "Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing."

                    135. "My mother always taught us that if people don't agree with you, the important thing is to listen to them. But if you've listened to them carefully and you still think that you're right, then you must have the courage of your convictions." —Jane Goodall

                    136. "Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my savior. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what's important." —Elle Macpherson

                    137. "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." —Arianna Huffington

                    138. "Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials." —Meryl Streep

                    139. "I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up. I wish my grandmother had done the same. I wanted my girls to know me." —Carol Burnett

                    140. "I can only hope to be 10 percent of the mom mine was to me. She encouraged me to be confident and enjoy life. That's what I want for my son." —Charlize Theron

                    141. "Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history." —Anita Baker

                    142. "I guess I was a mom so late in life, my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread." —Candice Bergen

                    143. "I want to be more successful as a mother than I am in show business." —Celine Dion

                    144. "My mother gave me a sense of independence, a sense of total confidence that we could do whatever it was we set out to do. That's how we were raised." —Robin Wright

                    145. "Of all the roles I've played, none has been as fulfilling as being a mother." —Annette Funicello

                    146. "Becoming a mother has made me next-level confident. I've never felt more empowered. I feel like my twenties were spent walking on eggshells making sure everyone felt loved and not really expressing my opinion. As a mom, you just don't have time, so you get straight to the point." —Kelly Clarkson

                    147. "My favorite thing about being a mom is just what a better person it makes you on a daily basis." —Drew Barrymore

                    148. "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

                    149. "Little souls find their way to you whether they're from your womb or someone else's." —Sheryl Crow

                    150. "Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight." —Kate Middleton

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