Best Quotes About Mothers

atkins-bookshelf-quotationsJena Pincott is a former senior editor at Random House and has assembled some of the best collections of quotations. The inspiration for her most recent collection, entitled Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers, was her own experience as a mother. “A few years ago, before I became a mother,” she writes in the introduction, ” I wouldn’t have known much about the range that goes with the role. Now I do. Motherhood is as elastic as taffy; it stretches from the banal to the sublime. Amidst all the nose-wiping, hand-holding, and task-mastering are upwellings of wonder, delight, and overwhelming, awe-inspiring love… Mom Candy is a collection of crystallized wisdom… [The quotations] speak to motherhood’s ephemeral and eternal joys; of strength, sacrifice, and courage; of limits and life balance; and a mother’s infinite value and legacy.” The book is divided into 19 sections that represent the many facets of motherhood: beginning, becoming, bond, delicious, one & only, delight, heart, influence, time, balance, laugh, gifts, nurture, strength, perfection, lifesavers, renewal, release, and legacy. Bookshelf honors the motherhood by presenting some of the sweetest, most delicious nuggets from Mom Candy:

“Making a decision to have a child — it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
Elizabeth Stone, writer

“When a baby is born the mother… enters into a new larger relationship with the world. She has become connected to all people. She is part of keeping us on earth — not the ‘us’ comprised of individuals but the species itself. By protecting this one baby, this gift, a mother accepts life’s clearest responsibility.”
Gavin de Becker, psychologist

“In a child’s eye, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”
N. K. Jemisin, writer

“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.”
Erich Fromm, psychologist

“Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.”
Laura Schlessinger, talk show host

“While we teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
Angela Schwindt, writer

“Each generation stamps itself onto the next one. The impression is indelible. Like the flowers in my mother’s gardens that come and go with the changing seasons, life re-creates itself. And the best of life must be nurtured if it is to thrive.”
Lurlene McDaniel, writer

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for — someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.”
Thomas Edison, inventor

“By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.”
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, psychologist

“If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”
Isabel Allende, novelist

Read related posts: The Wisdom of Tom Shadyac
The Wisdom of Morrie Schwartz
The Wisdom of a Grandmother
Letters to a Young Poet

For further reading: Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers by Jena Pincott, Random House (2014)

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