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Say, ‘I Love You,’ With These 20 Quotes for Mom

Have you ever loved someone so deeply, there’s just no possible way to articulate the way you feel? The struggle is real, because sometimes there aren’t enough words in any language to express how we feel about our parents. Try as we might, it can seem like we’re always coming up short. Thankfully, because a great mom is basically filled with infinite wisdom, she usually knows we love her without us having to say anything at all. But for those moments when you do find yourself searching for the perfect way to say (or write, or engrave or… calligraph?), “I love you,” these sage quotes from famous folks can be just the thing.

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1. When Mom’s words of encouragement made all the difference

Quotes for Mom 1

“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” — Michael Jordan

2. When you’re just plain amazed

Quotes for Mom 2

“No language can express the power, and the beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” — Edwin Hubbell Chapin

3. When mom is selfless & has a sense of humor

Quotes for Mom 3

“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

4. When only a French translation will do

Quotes for Mom 4

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” — Honoré de Balzac

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5. When her multitasking is truly a marvel

Quotes for Mom 5

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” — Milton Berle

6. When she’s busy lifting cars with her bare hands

Quotes for Mom 6

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

7. When she’s dealt with all your post-breakup phone calls

Quotes for Mom 7

“Mother is the bank where we deposit all our hurts and worries.” — Author Unknown

8. When you’ve grown up to turn into your mom

Quotes for Mom 8

“No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.” — Sarah Josepha Hale

9. When you need a biologist to tell you the truth

Quotes for Mom 9

“The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” — Barbara Kingsolver

10. If you learned everything you really need to know from Mom

Quotes for Mom 10

“A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters.” — George Herbert

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A version of this article was originally published in May 2013.

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