Good Mother Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old good mother quotes, good mother sayings, and good mother proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Sometimes being a good mother gets in the way of being a good person.     

Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her. They must be the most important thing in her life, but if she is the most important thing in theirs, she has failed.     

Erin Kelly

A dutiful mother is someone who follows every step her child makes...And a good mother is someone whose child wants to follow her.     

Jodi Picoult

A good mother is protective but not over-protective. She's patient, she's affectionate, she's playful, but above all she is supportive.     

Jane Goodall

Being a good mother does not call for the same qualities as being a good housewife; a dedication to keeping children clean and tidy may override an interest in their separate development as individuals.     

Ann Oakley

There is no one perfect way to be a good mother... Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children... What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else.     

M. Russell Ballard

A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters.     

George Herbert

Good mothers are underrated, just like good defense.     

Andy Van Slyke

No role in life is more important than to be a good mother.     

James Cook

Every child gets a good mother, but not every mother gets a good child.     

Amit Kalantri

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.     

Benjamin Spock

Good mothers make all kinds of choices. Making a decision that might sound selfish does not make a woman a bad mother.     

Jada Pinkett Smith

I had thought a good mother would not elicit such comments, but now I see that a good mother is required to somehow absorb all this ugliness and find a way to fall back in love with her child the next day.     

Kelly Corrigan

A good mother remembers to serve fruit at breakfast, is always cheerful and never yells, manages not to project her own neuroses and inadequacies onto her children, is an active and beloved community volunteer. She remembers to make play dates, her children's clothes fit, she does art projects with them and enjoys all their games.     

Ayelet Waldman

Keep telling yourself and others there are no supermoms, there are only wonderful mothers.     

Jean Marzollo

A good mother is irreplaceable.     

Adriana Trigiani