Mother’s Day Quotes to Make Your Mama Smile

Mother’s Day Quotes to Make Your Mama Smile

Mother’s Day can feel a little overwhelming. How do you sum up your feelings for one of the most important people in your life with one thought, in one card, on one day? The answer is, you can’t. If you try, you’re likely to find yourself Monday morning having missed the Mother’s Day boat.

So instead of hemming and hawing, take action! We’ve got a whole bunch of gorgeous templates to get you started, along with some inspiring, moving, and clever Mother’s Day quotes that’ll make your mom psyched that she decided to have you.

Short and sweet

You can easily customize our Mother's Day templates for the special lady in your life.

The Classy Lassy template turns the traditional bouquet of pink roses on its head by showing withering flowers scattered about, their petals turning brown, suggesting a mother’s love will endure no matter what. There’s just enough room at the bottom to insert one of these pithy, profound Mother’s Day quotes by unknown authors that sum up the essence of motherhood in a few choice words.

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.
A mother understands what a child does not say.
Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.
A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.
An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.

Endless love

Pick your favorite Mother's Day quote and insert it into a template with your own photo.
The Floral Splatter template combines the wisdom of the world’s great thinkers with a personal photo of your beloved mom. It’s easy to switch out the photo and text. And you can even change the color of the bursts to match your photo with our handy eyedropper tool. Here are some timeless quotes that describe the uniqueness of a mother’s love.

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
— Marion C. Garretty
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.
— James Joyce

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. — Honore De Balzac
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. — Erich Fromm
Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. — Robert Browning

A mother’s work

PicMonkey's Mother's Day templates will give you the inspiration you need.

What is the job of a mother? What makes her a success? Here are some quotes that address that elusive idea of what makes a mother great. Our Following the Lines template can be used as is, without changing a thing, or you can insert your own photo and quote. Either way, this is a lovely, stylish card that’s sure to make your mom feel warm, snuggly, and loved.

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

All mothers are working mothers. — Unknown
There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
— Jill Churchill

Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run. — Barbara Kingsolver
The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. — Elaine Heffner

Dual thoughts

This modern Mother's Day card template is perfect for quotes with two sentences.

Here’s a unique take on a Mother’s Day card: No flowers, no photos, and no pink. The Swiss Miss template uses the contrasting colors of orange and blue to fantastic effect, and we love the way the M-O-M graphic plays with layering and transparencies. This template is perfect to use with longer, multi-sentence quotes that can be divided into two thoughts, like the ones below.

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.
It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. — Agatha Christie

Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you’d be okay.
Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved. ― Jojo Moyes, One Plus One

The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that —
a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest. — Debra Ginsberg

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

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall;
A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mama’s boy

Here's a great Mother's Day template to use for all you sons out there.

If you want to add a touch of masculinity to your Mother’s Day card but also want to keep that lovin’ feeling, try the Words on the Edge template. These quotes address the special mother-son relationship and go well with this hirsute template.

A boy’s best friend is his mother. — Joseph Stefano
Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. — Louisa May Alcott
There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between the mother and a son. — Unknown
When a man treats his woman like a princess, it is proof that he has been raised in the arms of a queen. — Unknown
There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. — Washington Irving
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
— Irish Proverb

Light but hearty

If you have a funny Mother's Day quote, try putting it in this template.

Looking for a funny quote to share with your mom? Here are a few good ones from the likes of Milton Berle, P.J. O’Rourke, and an anonymous Chinese philosopher. Stick it in the 80s Blocks template and your card will have a funky vibe (think perms, culottes, and lucite).

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. — Chinese Proverb
Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.
— P.J. O’Rourke

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? — Milton Berle
Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it. — Unknown
Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. — Ambrose Bierce

Punny mummy

These pun-filled templates are great for moms with a silly side.
Maybe your mum prefers a good pun? We’ve got templates that can wordplay with the best of them. The Highlight and Middle Focus templates are optimized for sharing on social media apps like Instagram and Facebook, so you can wish your mom a happy Mother’s Day while also giving your friends a good chuckle.

Mommy minimalism

Sometimes a minimalistic card is just the right thing on Mother's Day.
Sometimes less is more, and that’s definitely the case with these social sharing templates. Mirror Words illustrates that the mirror image of MOM is WOW, which sums up our feelings about matriarchs. Multiples offers six different ways of saying “mother,” but feel free to add your own favorites: Mama, Mummy, Mère, Moeder, Hooyo, Ina, Anya…

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Molly Shapiro
Before joining PicMonkey’s editorial team, Molly wrote about topics as varied as politics, finance, global health, and online dating. As a fiction writer, she’s published two books, both available on Amazon through totally non-sketchy retailers. A midwestern transplant who now calls Seattle home, Molly firmly believes that the Space Needle is way cooler than the Eiffel Tower.
  • Great quotes! Definitely stealing some of these. Thanks!