Inspirational and Inspiring Gifts


Mothers

A MOTHERS MOTTO: You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child." -- Unknown

"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money." -- Abigail Van Buren ('Dear Abby')



"Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Blessed is the Mother...
Who can hold onto her children while letting them go;
Who puts a tranquil home ahead of an immaculate house;

Who knows a kind act will be remembered longer than an easy word;
Who really believes that prayer changes things;

Whose faith in the future sweetens the present;
Whose Bible never needs dusting;
and
 Whose sense of humor is alive and well.

-- The Promoter

"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 who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken 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 (1783-1859)



"Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face." -- George Eliot





"A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary." -- Dorothy C. Fisher (1879-1958)



"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." -- Oscar Wilde



"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." -- George Washington (1st President of U.S.A.)



"No one is poor who had a godly mother"  -- Abraham Lincoln (16th President of U.S.A.)



"My mother was the making of me." Thomas Alva Edison (American Inventor)



"Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you." -- Robert Fulghum

"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love." -- Mildred B. Vermont

"The sweetest sounds to mortals given are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven." -- William Goldsmith Brown

"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

"If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam." -- Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

"All mothers are working mothers." -- Author Unknown

"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, Women and Beauty

"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible." -- Marion C. Garretty

"She gave me love, as well as life; so whatever goodness I may bring to earth began with the gift of my mother's heart."
-- Robert Sexton

M... is for the million things she gave me,
O... means only that she's growing old,
T... is for the tears she shed to save me,
H... is for her heart of purest gold;
E... is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
R... means right, and right she'll always be.
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.
-- Howard johnson (c. 1915)

"Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over."
-- George Cooper

"If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden." -- Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

"The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven." -- William Goldsmith Brown

"If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam." -- Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother's Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill." -- John Erskine

"Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly." -- Ambrose Bierce

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible." -- Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

"Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand." -- Helen Hunt Jackson

"Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries." -- T. DeWitt Talmage

"A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done." -- Author Unknown

"A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest." -- Irish Proverb

"The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." -- Jewish Proverb

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." -- Oprah Winfrey

"Now that... my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together.  The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations.  Thank you!" -- Forest Houtenschil

"My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune." -- Graycie Harmon

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." -- Elizabeth Stone

"Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother." -- Anne Taylor

"Are we not like two volumes of one book?" -- Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

"On Mother's Day I have written a poem for you.  In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines:  You're my mother, I would have no other!" -- Forest Houtenschil

"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, Women and Beauty

"Now the thing about having a baby - and I can't be the first person to have noticed this - is that thereafter you have it." -- Jean Kerr

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it." -- Chinese Proverb

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children." -- William Makepeace Thackeray

"Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine.  You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star.  If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word "collectible" as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success." -- Fran Lebowitz, "Parental Guidance," Social Studies, 1981

"This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love's true instinct, back to thee!" -- Thomas Moore

"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

 

What the Bible says about Mothers-----------

"Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living." -- Genesis 3:20

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." -- Exodus 20:12

"Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God." -- * Leviticus 19:3

"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you." -- Deuteronomy 5:16

The proverbs of Solomon: "A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother." -- Proverbs 10:1

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." -- Isaiah 66:13

"Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: 'Like mother, like daughter.'" -- Ezekiel 16:44

"When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home." -- John 19:26-27

 

HUMOROUS---------

"If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." -- Unknown

"A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after." -- Peter De Vries

"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own." -- Aristotle

"It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge." -- Phyllis Diller

"A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother." -- Author Unknown

"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

"A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after." -- Peter De Vries

"Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness.  It's the men who are discriminated against.  They can't bear children.  And no one's likely to do anything about that." -- Golda Meir