We think the best gift you can give this Mother’s Day isn’t one that Mom can wear. Nor does it chop vegetables, go in a vase, or come coated in chocolate. In fact, it costs nothing at all. What is it? Gratitude. That’s why we’ve put together some Mother’s Day quotes that will inspire you to express thanks to Mom (or for that matter, any woman in your life who you’re grateful for).
Why Gratitude is the Gift to Give
Gratitude is good for our well-being. It motivates us to be better. And, most appropriately of all for the occasion in question, it strengthens our relationships with others. So by expressing gratitude to Mom this Mother’s Day, you’ll be doing good not only for her but for yourself and the bond between you as well.
Sometimes, though, it’s hard to know how to show your gratitude, especially if words aren’t your thing. Luckily, there are some great Mother’s Day quotes that can sum it up for you. So all you have to do is choose one, write it down in a card, or read it out loud for maximum impact. Easy, right?
15 Mother’s Day Quotes to Express Your Gratitude
So without further ado, here are 15 quotes for Mother’s Day that will remind you why gratitude is important — and get you feeling pumped to go and give the gift of thanks.
Mother’s Day Quotes for Mothers
“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”
— Marion C. Garretty, author
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”
— Rudyard Kipling, writer and poet
“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, writer and historian
“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”
― N.K. Jemisin, author, in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” — Susan Gale, author.
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
— Robert Browning, poet
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”
— Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States
“A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.”
— Helen Steiner Rice, poet
“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”
— Honore de Balzac, novelist and playwright.
Mother’s Day Quotes for Special Women in Your World
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
— Diane Mariechild, author
“The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.”
— Amy Tenney
“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”
― C. JoyBell C., author
“Earth’s noblest thing — a woman perfected.”
— James Russell Lowell in his poem Irené
Expressing gratitude this Mother’s Day
Granted: Giving Mom a box of her favorite chocolates this Mother’s Day is a way of showing thanks. But when we talk about expressing gratitude, we’re really talking about going a little deeper. To reap the full benefits of gratitude, it’s important to actually think about why you’re grateful, and to be specific and expressive in your thanks.
Some ideas? Try adding a heartfelt note of thanks to your card or gift. Or present an important woman in your life with an artistic expression of your gratitude (whether it’s a painting, a song, or a cake baked with love) rather than a purchased gift. Or simply pick up the phone and tell her that you’re grateful for her — not forgetting to express why (here are some more ideas of gratitude messages for Mother’s Day).
Expressing gratitude is about more than saying thanks: It’s about focusing on the good things, pausing to really appreciate them, and sharing your thankfulness from the heart.
Your turn: How will you express gratitude to the important women in your life this Mother’s Day? What are your favorite Mother’s Day quotes?
Author: Tania Braukamper
Tania Braukamper is an Australian-born writer and photographer. She believes in curiosity, kindness, and adventure as a state of mind.