17 Strong Mom Quotes that Speak to Tough Working Mothers
Times are always tough—especially to mothers.
Our precious and irreplaceable vessels of life need all the encouragement they can get, so we have collected seventeen of the most galvanizing strong mom quotes from tough personalities we have come to know and love.
We even wrapped them into charming e-cards, so you can send them to other mothers—just to give them a little boost of energy and inspiration and keep them going.
#1. “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” —Maya Angelou
#2. “I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. . . . so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you’re going. That’s family values.” —Al Sharpton
#3. “That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, ‘Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you.’ She says, ‘Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.’” —Lauryn Hill
#4. “My mother always taught us that if people don’t agree with you, the important thing is to listen to them. But if you’ve listened to them carefully and you still think that you’re right, then you must have the courage of your convictions.” —Jane Goodall
#5. “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
#6. “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
#7. “Making sure that mothers are educated means we can lift more people out of poverty and build a more inclusive and sustainable society.” —Peng Liyuan
#8. “Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher, stronger writer.” —Jessica Hagedorn
#9. “Seeing my mother become very strong and very independent had a huge impact on me.” —Missy Elliott
#10. “To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don’t feel it, you have to pretend.” —Sade Adu
#11. “Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.” —Coco Chanel
#12. “Ultimately, as long as my kid is all right, everything is fine. I think motherhood puts everything into perspective, I really do.” —Kiera Knightley
#13. “Being a parent, your life gets bigger and more interesting than it was before.” —Lucy Liu
#14. “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” —Tina Fey
#15. “There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill
#16. “It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” —Erma Bombeck
#17. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” —Maria Shriver