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16 Great Quotations from Writers about Mothers by Jessica Barrah

If you haven’t passed a card shop or florists recently, or have been hibernating so far under a duvet that your wifi signal has been cut off, you may not have noticed – it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK. If you’re in the USA, don’t panic, you still have until 8th May to organise the perfect gift/card/skydiving experience.

Stories about mothers and their relationships with their children are naturally central themes in all kinds of literature. We’ve gathered together these quotations to celebrate all kinds of mothers, biological or otherwise.

1. “A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.”
― Amy Tan, The Bonesetter’s Daughter

2. “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” — George Eliot

3. If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby ‘it.’ ― T. S. Eliot

4. “She was of the stuff of which great men’s mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, feared at tea-parties, hated in shops, and loved at crises.” ― Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

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

6. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” —Roald Dahl

7. “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”― Mark Twain

8. “But kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven

9.“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel

10. “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.”―Harriet Beecher Stowe

11. “It is the custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.” ― JM Barrie

12. “It is the ‘bad’ mother, unafraid of a joke and a glass of wine, richly self-expressive, scornful of suburban values, who is, in reality, good.” ―Rachel Cusk

13. “He didn’t realise that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

14.“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” ― E.M. Forster, Howards End

15. “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” ― James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

16. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning

We hope you have enjoyed these quotations – do let us know your personal favourites.

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