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Words of Inspiration: Mothers

Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a mother

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Updated July 07, 2014

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a selection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a mother. You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

Irish proverb
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.

Princess Diana
A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's.

Ann Taylor, English poet and literary critic
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.

Author unknown
A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go.

Honoré de Balzac, French novelist and playwright
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

Jewish proverb
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

William Dean Howells, American author and literary critic
A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it.

Margaret Sanger, American nurse and activist
The mother memories that are closest to my heart are the small gentle ones that I have carried over from the days of my childhood. They are not profound, but they have stayed with me through life, and when I am very old, they will still be near.

Author unknown
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool mom.

Mitch Albom, American author
You count the hours you could have spent with your mother. It's a lifetime in itself.

Author unknown
The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her.

William Goldsmith Brown, American editor and writer
The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.

Alice Walker, American author, poet and activist
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.

Eliza Cook, English author
I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and activist
A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

Author unknown
Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Marion C. Garretty, (fictitious?) author
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.

Kristin Hannah, American author
A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones.

Jewish proverb
A mother understands what a child does not say.

Mark Twain, American author
My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart -- a heart so large that everybody's joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.

Author unknown
For a mother is the only person on earth
Who can divide her love among 10 children
And each child still have all her love.

Olive Schreiner, South African author and suffragist
There was never a great man who had not a great mother.

George Washington, U.S. president
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.

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