Motivational Mom quotes for those hard days

Messy bun, dirty floors, shouts of “Nooooo!”, and whoops, the cat darted out again. Mama, you need some motivational mom quotes.

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I see you. You are everything. But sometimes, you feel like an invisible nothing. I get it.

Right now I want you to put down the socks and the 10 other items you just picked up off the floor, and go get your cup ‘o’ joe (it’s in the microwave, where it’s been the last hour. It’s cold (again), so push that little button and once it’s piping hot (again), take a seat and read).

I’ve got 20 of the best motivational mom quotes to keep you smiling, laughing, and going when the going gets tough—like, every day, am I right?

Our Top Motivational Mom Quotes

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“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.“ – Meryl Streep

“My daughter introduced me to myself.” – Beyoncé Knowles

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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“You cannot do everything at once, so find people you trust to help you. And don’t be afraid to say no.” – Jane Seymour

“Sometimes I open my mouth, and my mother comes out.” – Unknown

“If you’re a mom, you’re a superhero. Period.” – Rosie Pope

Mom Quotes for Inspiration

“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” – Arianna Huffington

“Postpartum is a quest back to yourself. Alone in your body again. You will never be the same. You are stronger than you were.” – Amethyst Joy

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“Not only am I a fighter, but I’m a survivor. I think being a mother really plays into that.” – Willow Cross

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.” – Golden Girls

“Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.” – Unknown

“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” – Linda Wooten

“Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Hey Mama, has anyone told you that you’re doing an awesome job?” – Unknown

“Being a mom might mean that my hands are full, but so is my heart.“ – Unknown

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.“ – C.S. Lewis

“The art of mothering is teaching the art of living to children.“ – Elaine Heffner

“I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of a permanently exhausted pigeon.” – Unknown

“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” – Tina Fey

Maybe motivation isn’t what you need, though. Sometimes we wanna just chill, and not feel like we need to be accomplishing above and beyond the already-exhausting work of mothering itself.

Best Inspirational Mom Quotes

Sometimes we just need to be reminded how amazing moms are. Here are 20 more of the best inspirational mom quotes.

“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

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“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.” – J.K. Rowling

“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love.“ – Edwin Hubbell Chapin

“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” – Erich Fromm

“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” – Matthew L Jacobson

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love, and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder

Meaningful Mom Quotes

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana

“Any mother could do the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” – Lisa Alther

“My mother had handed down respect for the possibilities – and the will to grasp them.” – Alice Walker

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod

“To a child’s ear, “mother” is magic in any language.“ – Arlene Benedict

“In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.“ – Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

 “We are born of love; love is our mother.” – Rumi

“My mother . . . she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” – Jodi Picoult

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“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.“ – Rajneesh

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

“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” – Jodi Picoult

“She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That’s more important.” – Diane von Furstenberg

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“No matter how much I say I love you, I always love you more than that.” – Unknown

“To the world, you are a mother … To your family, you are the world.“ – Henry Miller

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Final Note

Do you feel it, Mama? Do you feel lighter and proud and like you wanna give yourself a freakin’ high five?!

I sure hope you do. Those motivational and inspirational mom quotes are about YOU.

You, me, and all the other moms—we deserve a million quotes about motherhood, its challenges, its chaos, its beauty … but let’s be honest: the coffee is cold again and your kid just broke the tablet.

Time to get back to it!

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.