ellie’s Favorite Mom Quotes: Inspirational, Funny, and Judgement-free

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One of our core beliefs here at ellie is that when it comes to parenting, it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone. Our shared experiences of motherhood are what bring us together as a community—whether it’s laughing at our children’s latest antics, sharing their joys and triumphs, juggling our commitments, or commiserating during the tough stuff.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite quotes about motherhood and parenting. Whether you’re relishing #momlife right now, or just trying to make it ‘til bedtime, we’ve got some words of wisdom and camaraderie that we think you’ll love.

Top 31 Mom Quotes Categorized

It’s the hardest and best job in the world.

On the importance of being a mom:


other’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 that stands in its path. —Agatha Christie

  • To the world, you are a mother. But to your family, you are the world. —Unknown

  • Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love. —Zig Ziglar

  • God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. —Jewish Proverb

  • Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on. Maria Shriver

Some things parents can only know by doing.

On the way life changes after you have kids:


Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears. —Kate Winslet

  • Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving. —Gail Tsukiyama

  • After having children, life becomes about living beyond yourself; about being bigger and better. —Jaclyn Smith

  • One thing about having children is that even as it complicates many aspects of your life, it simplifies others. —Katie Kitamura

  • Having children is not for everyone, but I think it's a beautiful lesson in it not being all about me anymore. It's a relief, in a way. It's like, this is her story now, and I'm her mom. It's a nice shift. —Lake Bell

How did that happen?!

On how quickly kids grow up:


The days are long but the years are short. —Gretchen Rubin

  • Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.  —Dr. Seuss

  • Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them--a mother's approval, a father's nod--are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories and all their accomplishments sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.  Mitch Albom

  • You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers. John J. Plomp

  • Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. —Robert Brault

This too shall pass.

On getting through the challenging times:


You can learn many things from children--how much patience you have, for instance. —Franklin P. Jones

  • My instinct is to protect my children from pain. But adversity is often the thing that gives us character and backbone. It’s always been a struggle for me to back off and let my children go through difficult experiences. —Nicole Kidman

  • What's easy isn't always right, and what's right isn't always easy. —Kristen Ingarra

  • The absolute [greatest] thing about being a parent is that every day is a fresh start. You always can say, ‘Today we’re going to try this!’ And, if it goes horribly, you can say, ‘Today we’re throwing that out, and we’re trying this!’ —Jennifer Garner

  • The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you are one. —Jodi Picoult

It takes a village to raise a child.

On the essential role of dads, friends, moms groups, grandparents, teachers, and other members of your tribe:


I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. —Umberto Eco

  • Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. —Wade Boggs

  • A Grandmother thinks of her grandchildren day and night, even when they are not with her. She will always love them more than anyone would understand. —Karen Gibbs

  • Society needs both parents and nonparents, both the work party and the home party. While raising children is the most important work most people will do, not everyone is cut out for parenthood. And, as many a childless teacher has proved, raising kids is not the only important contribution a person can make to their future. Virgina Postrel

  • We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then, there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. —Fred Rogers

  • I don’t know where I’d be without my mom friends and my moms groups. Just being able to tell other moms what I’m feeling at 3am while I’m up with a baby trying to nurse him back to sleep is therapeutic. Only other moms really know what it’s like to be a mom. I know I didn’t until I was one—I had no clue how much it’d rock my world, mostly for the best. —Hayley Nivelle, co-founder of ellie

Keeping it all in perspective.

On having a sense of humor through it all:


Becoming a mom to me means that you have accepted that for the next 16 years of your life, you will have a sticky purse. —Nia Vardalos

  • The quickest way to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. —Lane Olinghouse

  • Buying your kid a fish is a great way to teach them about responsibility for 24-48 hours.  Conan O'Brien

  • Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has peed on his own face. Olivia Wilde

  • Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up. —Ray Romano

We’d love to hear which of these quotes resonate with you. Or maybe you know a good one we’ve missed?  Let us know in the comments or on ellie’s social pages, and share your favorite with a mom you appreciate!

About the author: Hayley Nivelle is the Co-Founder & CEO of ellie, the new app for parenting groups. Originally from Kansas City, she lives in the NYC area with her husband and two boys. She has relied on her moms groups for everything from breastfeeding supply tips to dealing with the fun and challenges of a two year old!