24 Literary Quotes About Mothers That Every Woman Needs to Read, ASAP

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These Quotes Will Remind You How Much You Love Your Mother

There's nothing as strong as a mother's love. The bond between mother and daughter simply cannot be put into words, but plenty of authors have definitely come close. Some of the best literary quotes about mothers will make you want to pick up the phone and call your own mother right now.

If you're not the best at putting your emotions into words - don't worry! These famous authors have done it for you. Whether you're looking for the perfect Mother's Day quote, or you simply want to remind your mother how much she means to you, look no further.

These 24 literary quotes about mothers come straight from the heart.

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Quotes That Express A Mother's Love

  • “The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day, I know this is the secret.” - Betty Smith

  • “Mothers, I believe, intoxicate us. We idolize them and take them for granted. We hate them and blame them and exalt them more thoroughly than anyone else in our lives. We sift through the evidence of their love, reassure ourselves of their affection and its biological genesis. We can steal and lie and leave and they will love us.” - Megan Mayhew Bergman

  • “A mother knows what her child’s gone through, even if she didn’t see it herself.” - Pramoedya Ananta Toer

  • “A mother's love is everything, Jared. It is what brings a child into this world. It is what moulds 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. You must that love, and its power.” - Jamie McGuire

  • “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” - Robert A. Heinlein

  • "My love for my mother is like an axe. It cuts very deep." - Deborah Levy

  • "Mother was a beautiful young woman; the house was too plain, too small to contain her. I watched her; for the first time I understood that she had an inner life that didn't have anything to do with me or my brothers and sisters." - Ayana Mathis

  • "No mother is ever, completely, a child's idea of what a mother should be, and I suppose it works the other way around as well." - Margaret Atwood

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Inspiring Quotes About Motherhood

  • "There is an emptiness inside of me- a void that will never be filled. No one in your life will ever love you as your mother does. There is no love as pure, unconditional and strong as a mother's love. And I will never be loved that way again." - Hope Edelman

  • "It's a funny thing about mothers... Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful." - Ronald Dahl

  • "The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter." - Louisa May Alcott

  • "The only thing Jess really cared about were those two children and letting them know they were okay. Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you'd be okay. Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved." - Jojo Moyes

  • "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

  • "Over time, we would learn each other and I would learn to love her like a mother loves a daughter, imperfectly and without roots." - Vanessa Diffenbaugh

  • "...sudden tears coming into her eyes as a recollection came before her like a picture seen long ago and forgotten for years – a young mother washing and dressing her little girl; placing the half-naked darling on her knee, and twining the wet rings of dark hair fondly round her fingers, and then, in ecstasy of fondness, kissing the little curly head." - Elizabeth Gaskell

  • "Blood is thicker than water, my mother had always said when I was growing up, a sentiment I’d often disputed. But it turned out that it didn’t matter whether she was right or wrong. They both flowed out of my cupped palms." - Cheryl Strayed

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Quotes That Remind You Of Your Mother's Love

  • "A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin." - Amy Tan

  • "Even as a small child, I understood that woman had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity." - Alice Hoffman

  • "My mother hasn’t asked the questions that a normal person would ask, and I’m grateful for it. It’s like the world has become so crazy that it makes sense to her now. I turn on the engine and drive us out. ‘Thanks, Mom. For coming to rescue me.’ My voice comes out reedy and a little wobbly. I clear my throat. ‘Not every mom would do that in a world like this." - Susan Ee

  • "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

  • "Here’s something about Mum: she’s bad with annoyances, but great in a crisis. If a waiter doesn’t refill her water after she’s asked three times, or she forgets her dark glasses when the sun comes out, look out! But when it comes to something truly bad happening, Mom plugs into this supreme calm." - Maria Semple

  • "I knew then that no matter how hard you tried, no matter how many jars of honey you threw, no matter how much you thought you could leave your mother behind, she would never disappear from the tender places in you." - Sue Monk Kidd

  • "You were my home, Mother. I had no home but you." - Janet Fitch

  • "Mothers are urgently trying to tell something to their daughters, and this urgency is precisely what repels their daughters, forcing them to turn away. Mothers are left stranded, madly holding a lump of London clay, some grass, some white tubers, a dandelion, a fat worm passing the world through itself." - Zadie Smith