Ellie Burke
Ellie Burke

17 Beautiful Mother’s Day Quotes

Here at Classy, mothers hold a special place in our hearts. Our own story began when founder Scot Chisholm set out with a group of friends to raise money for the fight against cancer in honor of his mother’s personal battle. Today, we want to take a moment to reflect on how mothers around the world inspire each of us to take action every single day.

Moms, we want to say thanks. Thank you for all of the sleepless nights, Band-Aids, long drives, shoulders to cry on, and the other countless ways you’ve supported us from near and far. To put our gratitude into words, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most touching quotes ever said in honor of people like you.

So, thanks, Mom. This one’s for you.

On Life’s Lessons


“Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.”

Lady Gaga



“Over the years, I learned so much from Mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition. She also taught me that aging need not mean narrowing the scope of your activities and interests or a diminution of the great pleasures to be had in the everyday.”

Martha Stewart



“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

Abraham Lincoln

16th U.S. President


“My mother taught me to be nice to everybody. And she said something before I left home. She said, ‘I want you to always remember that the person you are in this world is a reflection of the job I did as a mother.'”

Jason Segel



“Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.”

Bern Williams


On Strength


“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

Author, Poet, Civil Rights Activist


“My mother is a walking miracle.”

Leonardo DiCaprio



“My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.”

Carly Fiorina

Businesswoman, Former Candidate for President of the U.S.

On Unconditional Love


“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

Washington Irving



“He didn’t realize that 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

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Author


“I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom’s the only reason I know it’s a real thing.”

Conor Oberst



“Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you.”

Louisa May Alcott

Jo’s Boys, Author

In Loving Memory


“The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.”

Andrew Jackson

7th U.S. President


“She is my first, great love. She was a wonderful, rare woman–you do not know; as strong, and steadfast, and generous as the sun.”

D.H. Lawrence



“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 A. Edison



“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.”

George Washington

1st U.S. President


“I know that [my mother] was the kindest, most generous spirit I have ever known, and that what is best in me I owe to her.”

President Barack Obama

Have a favorite quote about mothers? Share your own thoughts about your mom, or tell us your favorite famous mother’s day quote in the comments below!

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