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Motherhood Quotes

 Nerd confession: I keep a file of my favorite quotes on my computer.  Sometimes other people have a way of saying exactly what I mean but in a way I never would have thought to say it and that makes me happy.  So, I hoard the words of others and read them from time to time when my own words fail me.  Or, just when I’m bored by all the words in my own head and would like a window into someone else’s head for a change.

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, here are a few of my most favorite quotes from my archives about motherhood or from the mouths of famous mothers…This first one is hanging on my fridge:

I catch them into my lap, press my nose to their scalps, and it is still the only way I know to be sure that I am fully here, now, soaking them in before they flood out of the house on the tides of their own growth and movement. That wild-animal smell of their hair, which I was born to breathe.

~Catherine Newman, an excerpt from her colum on wondertime.com

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

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. Phyllis Diller

Do you have any favorite motherhood quotes?  If you do, please share…I’m always looking to add to my word hoard!  I fixed the comments so you don’t have to have a google account or be logged in to leave a comment now.  Just in case, you know, that was the only thing preventing people from leaving a comment.  Cause for sure that’s all it was, right? So glad we got to the bottom of that…


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


  • lisag66

    I always think of the quote you told me regarding motherhood, (sorry for butchering) being a mother is forever deciding to let your heart walk around outside your body. Can you clarify that one for me? Who said it and how it really goes? I swear I think about it probably once a day. It's so true.

  • Jen

    Oooohh, good one. Can't believe I forgot that one…•“Making the decision to have a child – It's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”- Elizabeth Stone

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