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24 Inspirational Quotes About Motherhood

24 Inspirational Quotes About Motherhood

In an instant, motherhood changes everything. Here are a few witty, honest, and heartwarming quotes about that magical, life-altering moment—and beyond.

Becoming a mother is a life change so profound, it's difficult to put into words. Difficult, but not impossible—as these 24 inspirational quotes about motherhood illustrate so well. For new moms (and experienced moms, too!) these sayings will make you smile with recognition. Read these quotes about being a mom, see yourself reflected in them, and share them with another.

"I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is." —Oprah Winfrey

"Having a child ends any feelings of complacency one might ever have." —Anne Lamott

"I was overcome with emotion on becoming a mother, and shocked at how quickly, and permanently, my worldview changed." —Rosanne Cash 

"Mighty is the force of motherhood…It transforms all things by its vital heart.​​" —George Eliot 

"As a mother I felt like the keeper of the flame, a woman who had been entrusted with something infinitely sacred. I had done nothing to earn the gift of this child."  —Susan Cheever

"[My daughter's] birth was the incomparable gift of seeing the world at quite a different angle than before and judging it by a standard that would apply far beyond my natural life." —Alice Walker

"I feel like, in a lot of ways, children come into the world to teach us." —Mariah Carey

"You hear people say it all the time, how life changes so drastically. But you can't possibly grasp how beautiful that is until you have your child." —Pink

"Having kids feels like that first seventh-grade crush that overwhelms every molecule in your body, but it’s permanent." —Kristen Bell 

"You never know how much your parents loved you until you have a child to love." —Jennifer Hudson 

"Just as there is no warning for childbirth, there is no preparation for the sight of a first child." —Anita Diamant

"We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong." —Laura Stavoe

"To give life to another being—what a gift!" —Gisele Bundchen

"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

"There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit—and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place." —Virginia Kelley

"Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give, the more you get. The more you get, the more you feel like giving." —Penelope Leach

"Becoming a mom has brought to the surface a sensitivity the depth of which I never knew existed." —Brooke Shields 

“Giving birth is little more than a set of muscular contractions granting passage of a child. Then the mother is born.” —Erma Bombeck

"A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart, till the day you die." —Mary Mason

"Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes." —Joyce Armor

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." —Eda LeShan

"Babies are always more trouble than you thought — and more wonderful." —Charles Osgood

"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one." —Leo J. Burke

“I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of a permanently exhausted pigeon.” —Anonymous

"Parenting is the easiest thing to have an opinion on, but the hardest thing in the world to do." —Matt Walsh

"Being a parent apparently means buying stuff in bulk." —Hari Kondabulu 

"As long as you sing to the tune of 'You Are my Sunshine,' you can literally say anything you want to a baby. I just vented all my frustrations and she still fell asleep. Best therapy ever." —Serena Dorman

"I don't want to sleep like a baby. I want to sleep like my husband." —Anonymous

"A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin." – Amy Tan

It's sometimes challenging to capture the endless emotions of motherhood, but as these being a mother quotes prove, a little humor and reflection go a long way. On that note, don't miss these thoughts on what real moms would tell their pregnant selves.