Memorable Quotes in Honor of Mother’s Day

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday of May would become a national holiday honoring mothers, thus, Mother’s Day was officially born. However, it was through the efforts of West Virginian Anna Jarvis that the holiday became officially recognized. Jarvis held celebrations honoring her own beloved mother, U.S. peace activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, and actively campaigned to make it a national holiday. Jarvis believed that a mother was “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” A lot has been written about mothers and motherhood in general, including heartwarming and even hilarious observations. Here are a few of our favorites. Happy Mother’s Day!

“Mothers are people who fold over your peanut butter sandwich for you.” –Robert Paul Smith

“Being constantly with her children was like wearing a pair of shoes that were expensive and too small. She couldn’t bear to throw them out, but they gave her blisters.” –Beryl Bainbridge

“The way I saw it, my mother was a goddess—sometimes a cranky one, but a goddess nonetheless.” –Cher

“If you would reform the world from its errors and vices, begin by enlisting the mothers.” –Charles Simmons

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” –Henry Ward Beecher

“A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once and by car forever after.” –Peter De Vries

“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.” –Spanish proverb

“There has never been an act of heroism that could compare with the life’s work of the humblest mother.” –Harry H. Schlacht

“A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” –Dorothy C. Fisher

“The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no one way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one”.  –Jill Churchill