We all know that being a mother is the toughest job in the world. There’s no shortage of work and worrying (but also love) that happens every minute of the day. To show some appreciation for all you ladies rocking the “mom badge” out there, we’ve rounded up some of the most inspirational motherhood quotes. As if there was ever any doubt that moms know best. Keep reading to see them all.

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1. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

2. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

3. “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm

4. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

5. “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

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6. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Cheryl Lacey Donovan

7. “It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?”– Mahatma Gandhi

8. “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” – Jane Sellman

9. “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” – H.W. Beecher

10. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Rudyard Kipling

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11. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

12. “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

13. “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” – Unknown

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14. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning necessary.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

15. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” – Sharon Jaynes

— Leah R. Singer

 

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