When I was going through a difficult time in college, my mom sent me two weeks' worth of tiny gifts and put dates on the wrapping paper, telling me to unwrap one gift per day. Every day, I got a little surprise — lip gloss, a small bottle of lotion or a single Lindt chocolate — and I would be happy, even just for five minutes, knowing how much my mom cared. The day after I had a particularly painful breakup, my mom, a dedicated psychologist who will never retire from her job, took off from work to make me hot chocolate and watch "The Daily Show" with me.
As it turns out, many mothers and daughters have similar stories. Mother-daughter relationships are some of the closest relationships many of us have ever had.
It's not Mother's Day yet, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate moms with some of our favorite mom quotes! Here are 20 inspirational quotes about motherhood from mothers who love their role and daughters who love their built-in best friends.
"That's who my mom is. She's a listener and a doer. She's a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love. So, this November, I'm voting for a woman who is my role model, as a mother, and as an advocate. A woman who has spent her entire life fighting for families and children." —Chelsea Clinton
“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou
"My mother...She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her." ―Jodi Picoult
“My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I was lucky enough to get to have one woman who truly helped me through everything.” —Emma Stone
“She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.” —Liza Minnelli (on mom Judy Garland)
“My mom had four kids, one with special needs. She had a full-time job, and she still came home and made dinner for us every night, from scratch. It was amazing.” —Eva Longoria
“Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition. She also taught me that aging need not mean narrowing the scope of your activities and interests or a diminution of the great pleasures to be had in the everyday.” —Martha Stewart
“Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.” —Lady Gaga
“Most people’s mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That’s more important.” —Diane von Furstenberg
“My mother is everything to me. She’s my anchor, she’s the person I go to when I need to talk to someone. She is an amazing woman.” —Demi Lovato
“I love our daughters more than anything in the world—more than life itself. And while that may not be the first thing that some folks want to hear from an Ivy-league-educated lawyer, it is truly who I am. So for me, being Mom-in-Chief is, and always will be, job number one." —Michelle Obama
"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
“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” —Tina Fey
“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, Pigs in Heaven
“You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.” —Naya Rivera
“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” —Jessica Lange
“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly—indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” —Arianna Huffington
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill
“You instantly become less selfish. You can’t be the biggest person in the world anymore—they are. [Motherhood] really grounds you.” —Keri Russell
“I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. You heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.” —Kate Beckinsale
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