Here in the United States, this coming Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. I was blessed with an extraordinary mother who loved me unconditionally. To honor her and mothers everywhere, here are some inspiring quotes on motherhood and parenthood.

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them. -Victor Hugo

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. –Dorothy Canfield Fisher

A mother’s love! O holy, boundless thing! Fountain whose waters never cease to spring! -Marguerite Gardiner

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss, at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. -Honore de Balzac

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. -Elizabeth Stone

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. –Unknown

A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. –Tenneva Jordan

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much. -Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. -Abraham Lincoln

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children. Sam Levenson

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. -Erich Fromm

Children are a great comfort in your old age — and they help you reach it faster, too. -Lionel Kauffman

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine–she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. -Adabella Radici

My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.- Graycie Harmon

We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. -John Wilmot

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings. -Hodding Carter, Jr.

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