25 Inspiring Mom Quotes For Those Days When You Literally Just Can’t Anymore

If you answer to Mom, Momma, or Mommy, you need these inspiring mom quotes – especially when you feel like you can’t do it anymore. 

If I had one piece of advice to give a new mother, it’d be this: know that some days your heart will swell to epic proportions after hearing your sweet child say your name, while others will play out like the first five minutes of Saving Private Ryan.

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The cold hard truth about motherhood is that it is the most mentally and physically exhausting, yet monumentally rewarding endeavor on this planet. But you can’t pour from an empty cup. These quotes are not just about uplifting you, they’re a reminder to take care of yourself too. 

If you’re having one of those days or weeks, these inspiring mom quotes will remind you that all the days you spent wearing that nasty, pizza-stained shirt and going without a shower pay off in the long run.

“There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” —James E. Faust

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“There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.” – Sara Josepha Hale 

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“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” —Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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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

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“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” – Jane Sellman

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“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Rudyard Kipling 

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“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” – Amit Kalantri

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“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” – Susan Gale

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

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“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” —Oprah Winfrey

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“There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.”—Julie B. Beck

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“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” — Jill Churchill

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“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”—Barbara Kingsolver

“I find the backbone of a mother to be the strongest, yet most pliable of them all; to bend over backward and still be a pillar—some call it magic.”-Ka’ala

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“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” —Mahatma Gandhi

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“Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. … To have been loved so deeply … will give us some protection forever.”
—J. K. Rowling

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“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” – Erma Bombeck 

“A warrior believes in an end she can’t see and fights for it. A warrior never gives up. A warrior fights for those weaker than herself. It sounds like motherhood to me.” —Kristin Hannah, “The Four Winds”

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“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” – Unknown

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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.”—Robert J. Quillen

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

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” – Unknown 

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“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” – Elaine Heffner

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“[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner

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“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It’s about understanding that he is exactly the person he is supposed to be. And that, if you’re lucky, he just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.” ― Joan Ryan, The Water Giver: The Story of a Mother, a Son, and Their Second Chance

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No matter where you are in your journey as a mom, I hope these quotes help you remember why you don’t get to pee alone anymore. And that reason is one hundred percent worth it.

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