Apt Mother’s Day song title: All the Things You Could Be by Now if Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother
—Charles Mingus (1922–79) American Jazz Bassist, Composer
No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones.
—Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) American Head of State
Whenever I heard thunder in the mountains it was like the iron of my mother’s love.
—Jack Kerouac (1922–1969) American Novelist, Poet
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
—Erich Fromm (1900–80) German-American Psychoanalyst, Social Philosopher
On privacy and the birth of Prince William: I felt the whole country was in labor with me.
—Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–97) English Royal, Humanitarian, Peace Activist
Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
—Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832–1902) American Presbyterian Clergyman, Religious Leader
The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
—Honore de Balzac (1799–1850) French Novelist
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same—and most mothers kiss and scold together.
—Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) American Novelist, Human Rights Activist
A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all the stands in its path.
—Agatha Christie (1890–1976) British Novelist, Short-Story Writer, Playwright
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
God forgive us—but most of us grew up to be the sort of men our mothers warned us against.
—Brendan Behan (1923–64) Irish Poet, Novelist, Playwright
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
—Oprah Winfrey (b.1954) American TV Personality
Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall;
A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–94) American Physician, Essayist
Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom with the dishes.
—P. J. O’Rourke (1947–2022) American Journalist, Political Satirist
One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.
—George Herbert (1593–1633) Welsh Anglican Poet, Orator, Clergyman