Happy Mother’s Day from Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose

Mother's Day

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society: 


  • 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.  –Tenneva Jordan
  • Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.  –Mildred B. Vermont
  • Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  –Author Unknown
  • Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  –Oprah Winfrey
  • A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.  –Author Unknown
  • A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.  –Author Unknown
  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  –Marcel Proust
  • Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  –Elizabeth Stone
  • Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.  –Lin Yutang, Chinese writer
  • All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That’s his.  –Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
  • Nobody knows of the work it makes
    To keep the home together.
    Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
    Nobody knows-but Mother.  — Anonymous
  • Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  –T. DeWitt Talmage
  • There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  –Chinese Proverb
  • When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  –Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
  • A mother understands what a child does not say.  –Jewish Proverb
  • 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 who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken 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 (1783-1859)
  • Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  –Marion C. Garretty
  • All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.  –Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
  • 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, U.S. President
  • There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness… 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, U.S. President
  • To the world you might just be one person, but to your mother you are the world.  –Author Unknown
  • There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.  –Archibald Thompson
  • Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.
    Mothers deserve the credit for raising value-based leaders who accept responsibility; who possess physical, mental, and spiritual strength; who possess courage and confidence; and look with optimism to the future.
    Great mothers help their children to recognize that they can achieve the impossible.
    Great mothers bring the arms of comfort to an insecure child in a world of uncertainty.  –Reed Markham, American Educator
  • There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.  –Jill Churchill
  • Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired; it need not be deserved.  –Erich Fromm, psychologist
  • Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.  –Clare Boothe Luce
  • The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  –Honore de Balzac
  • A mighty power and stronger Man from his throne has hurled, for the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.  –William Ross Wallace
  • A mother is person who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.  –Elizabeth Marie
  • Children and mothers never truly part. They’re bound in the beating of each other’s heart.  –Elizabeth Marie

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