I’m a big fan of quotes. Before the internet, I would write down particularly good quotes in a fancy blank notebook I bought from Borders (I miss Borders!). Nowadays I pin my favorite quotes on Pinterest.
The experience of being a mother has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I’m proud of my other accomplishments, and they took hard work, but raising children is on another level.
On any given day I feel a range of emotions about being a mother – from joy to boredom, to excitement, to pride, to overwhelm. Every day is different.
Here are ten of my favorite quotes about motherhood. If you’d like to see more, follow my Pinterest board.
“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” – Brooke Hampton
“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” – Erma Bombeck
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” – C.S. Lewis
“There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.” – Hodding Carter
“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner
“The most important work will you ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” – Harold B. Lee
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” – Garrison Keller
“The days are long, but the years are short.” – Gretchen Rubin
“I think it’s worth trying to be a mother who delights in who her children are, in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions. A mother who spends less time obsessing about what will happen, or what has happened, and more time reveling in what is.” – Ayelet Waldman
“If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” – C.M. Wallace
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