It’s not easy to find the words to capture the true essence, magnitude, impact and significance of a good mother, but here are 15 of our favorite quotes about mothers that say it best:


1.  “A child’s first teacher is its mother.” — Peng Liyuan


2.  “Having kid —the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” —Maria Shriver


3.  “Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” —Kate Winslet


4. “You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.” —Naya Rivera


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


6.  “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama


7.  “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty


8.  “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” – Booker T. Washington


9.  “Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” — Donna Ball


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


11.  “I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.” – Antonio Villaraigosa


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


13.  “A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her.” – Erin Kelly


14.  “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” —R. Knost


15.  “A mother’s happines is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” —Honore de Balzac