Poems, Art, and Quotes in Celebration of Mothers

Updated on June 2, 2019
Maternal Kiss
Maternal Kiss

A Dedication to Mothers

This article is a tribute to mothers and the contribution that they give to their children's lives. Through their nurturing love, they help us to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. They set us on the right path and are always there to give us guidance when we lose our way. They give their children a strong foundation in life by providing them with a loving and safe environment in which to grow, enabling them to discover their unique talents, believe in themselves, face life's challenges, and care about others.

Mother Playing with Her Child by Cassatt
Mother Playing with Her Child by Cassatt

A Poem About How Mothers Nurture A Promising Life

A Mother's Loving Heart

With alchemist’s power,

she transforms base metal into gold

as she sees gifts

that others may be unable to behold.

She values each and every child

for she knows best their individual worth,

giving them the power to believe-

holding a vision of what they might be.

And for one cast aside by others,

just as an object of art

spared by a collector from a pile of scrap-

she sees its beauty in the rough.

With special care,

she lends a loving hand

to bring forth beauty anew…

so that others may see it too.

She doesn’t accept the judgment of others

which may be flawed;

but instead through a mother’s insight,

spares a radiant light from being dimmed

and a soul from being imprisoned.

And nurturing this promising life

with both love and guiding light…

so with its true nature unthwarted

may give rise to glorious bloom.

-Lora Hollings

Auguste Reading to Her Daughter by Mary Cassatt
Auguste Reading to Her Daughter by Mary Cassatt

A Mother’s Love

She holds a mirror to what we can be

and helps to cultivate

what others may not see…

helping her children to succeed.

As she binds wounds

wiping the tears as they fall…

with her words she nurtures our souls

as deftly as she mends torn clothes.

She gives us a sense of the magic about life

and that the secret of happiness

is to follow our hearts…

and have faith in our dreams.

She gives us the freedom to find our own path

but guidance when we go astray,

and with the insight of new wisdom

to know we are going the right way.

We learn the importance of honor

and the virtues of loyalty and truth

as she reminds us never to abandon our values

in a meaningless chase of material pursuit.

She teaches us how to build character

as we learn from our mistakes,

and from the midst of our sorrow

to have hope for a brighter tomorrow.

We learn from her example

how to handle strife…

and the importance of forgiveness

as we go along in our life.

When tested to our endurance,

she reminds us of a larger purpose

as we learn from her example

that we have sufficient strength.

She inspires with her words,

empowers with her faith,

and gives us the capacity to love others

with the love she’s given us.

I see her face through tears

when I was first a child

learning to face my fears,

and an illuminating light for all these years…

She will remain my truest friend

until the very end

and even beyond…

-Lora Hollings

Mother and Sara Admiring the Baby by Cassatt
Mother and Sara Admiring the Baby by Cassatt

Favorite Quotes About Mothers

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

-- Washington Irving

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."

-- Lin Yutang

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."

-William Makepeace Thackeray

"To a child's ear, 'mother' is magic in any language."

-Arlene Benedict

"No influence is so powerful as that of the mother."

-Sarah Josepha Hale

"A mother understands what a child does not say."

-Jewish proverb

"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love."

-Edwin Chapin

"Mother is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all."

-Katherine Butler Hathaway

"Mothers can look through a child's eyes and see tomorrow.

"- Reed Markham

"Great mothers build bridges instead of walls."

- Reed Markham

"The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother."

-Napoleon Bonaparte

"The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist."

-Theodore Roosevelt

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

-- George Washington (1732-1799)

Mother and Child by Le Thi Luu
Mother and Child by Le Thi Luu

"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love."

-Edwin Chapin

"A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters."

-George Herbert

"When you were small and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cold night air. But now that you are tall and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you with prayer."

-Dona Maddux Cooper

"Make a memory with your children, spend some time to show you care; toys and trinkets can't replace those precious moments that you share."

-Elaine Hardt

"You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be I had a Mother who read to me."

-Strickland Gillilan

"Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life."


"My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for--someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me."

-Thomas A. Edison

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."

-Oprah Winfrey

"God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers."

-Jewish Proverb

"Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind."

-Kahlil Gibran

"Children and mothers never truly part - Bound in the beating of each other's heart."

-Charlotte Gray

"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."

-- Victor Hugo

A Mother Hugs and Kisses Her Child's Hurts Away

Mother and Child by Mary Cassatt
Mother and Child by Mary Cassatt

"Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother."

-Ann Taylor

Celine Dion - A Mother's Prayer (Lyrics)


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    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      10 months ago

      Thanks Dora for stopping by and for your gracious comment. Where would we be without the love and support of mothers and other caregivers? They really give us the foundation we need to feel good about ourselves, to be able to love others, and to pursue our dreams.

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Wonderful tributes to the most important person in the world. Yes, she teaches most by her example and she understands what the child does not say. Thanks for underscoring these two significant points (among others) about mothers.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      10 months ago

      Thanks for stopping by Mark and for your wonderful comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed my article. Have a great day!

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      Mark Tulin 

      10 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Great article on motherhood. You included a lot of beautiful sentiment through pictures, quotes, and poetry. Well done, Lora.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      15 months ago

      Glad that you enjoyed my article, Pamela, and thank you for your generous comment.

      I hope that this Mother’s Day will be a very special one for all mothers as I hope their children will take the time to tell them just how much they love them and appreciate all they have given to them. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      15 months ago

      Yes, mothers or caregivers play such an important role in our lives! It does make such a difference in giving us coping skills, emotional stability, and a fundamental sense of self- worth. It is a role that has to be taken very seriously! Thanks Flourish. Your comment is much appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      15 months ago

      Thanks so much for stopping by Lorna and your kind comment. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the poem and also the quotes especially the one by Kahil Gibran who has always been one of my favorite poets. Have a great weekend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Ths is a lovely tribute to mothers. The poem is beautiful and I like all the quotes. I thought the last one by Victor Hugo was such a beautiful thought. I think any mother would love this article Lora.

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      15 months ago from USA

      This was a beautiful poem. I’m fortunate to have had a great mother. I feel badly for those who did not.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      15 months ago

      Hi Lora, Another beautiful piece about mother's and their importance in our lives. I particularly liked your wonderful poem and also the quote by Kahlil Gibran who always manages to touch my heart. Thank you for sharing this celebration, which I thoroughly enjoyed.


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