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Quotes About Motherhood

"To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life.  She is a partner with God.  No being has a position of such power and influence.  She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens"

Spencer W. Kimball


"Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. But here again, because there is nothing to sell,  there is a very general disposition to regard a married woman's work as no work at all, and to take it as a matter of course that she should not be paid for it"

George Bernard Shaw


.....Nearby in the kitchen, a mound of dirty dishes waits for me in the sink.  The laundry is not done, the carpet not vacuumed, the bathroom not scrubbed.  Toys are strewn haphazardly all over the living room and kitchen floor.  A pile of unpaid bills sits arrogantly on top of the bookcase, exerting silent authority.  All of a sudden, the negative aspects of the moment seem to outweigh the positive.

But it is really not so.  I remind myself that I need to look beyond the temporarily mists and regain my eternal vision of clarity.  A house does not have to be perfect to be a home of joy, a child does not have to behave perfectly to love and be loved, and every moment of life does not have to be perfect to be of value.

There is perhaps nothing more delightful than the sound of a little child's laugh, nothing more earnest than a little child's inquiry for knowledge, nothing more genuine than a little child's hug, nothing more pure than a little child's love, and nothing more sacred than a little child's trust. Motherhood is not a burden to be borne; it is a privilege to be enjoyed.  It is not a trial of endurance; it is a time of celebration!

An excerpt from the Ensign March 1998


"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


"In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could.  If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother"

Booker T. Washington


"All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother.  I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life"

Abraham Lincoln


"Homemaker is the ultimate career.  All other careers exist for one purpose only-- to support the ultimate career!"

C.S. Lewis:


"The noblest calling in the world is that of mother.  True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions.  She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind;  but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give"

David O. McKay  (Gospel Ideals, pp. 453-54)


"A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary"

Dorothy Canfield Fisher


"Motherhood is the greatest potential influence in human society.  Her caress first awakens in the child a sense of security;  her kiss the first realization of affection;  her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.  Thus in infancy and childhood she implants ever-directing and restraining influences that remain through life"

David O. McKay


"I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring it"

Rose Kennedy


"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


"The story of a mother's life:  Trapped between a scream and a hug."

 Cathy Guisewite, "Like Mother, Like Daughter"


"I affirm my profound belief that God's greatest creation is womanhood.  I also believe that there is no greater good in all the world than motherhood.  The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation"

(James E. Faust, April 1993 General Conference)


"Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrificing.  Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountains of life and makes her co-partner with the  Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life"

(President David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, p. 456)


"Motherhood is near to divinity.  It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.  It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels"

(Messages of the First Presidency 6:178)


"Do without if you need to, but don't do without mother"

H. Burke Peterson,  CR 4/74:44


"Before you count the profit, count the cost of a working mother"

A. Theodore Tuttle,  CR 4/67:94


"I would go back to the home that has a mother there...I ask you...what good is a big picture window and the lavish appointments and the priceless decor in a home if there is no mother there?  The mother, as a mother, not as a breadwinner, is an essential figure in this battle against immorality and wickedness...Would you think me naive if I were to propose that this battle ultimately will be won on such simple grounds as the children coming in after school to homemade bread and jam and mama there?"

Boyd K. Packer


"The home is under siege.  So many families are being destroyed...If anyone can change the dismal situation into which we are sliding, it is you.  Rise up, oh women of Zion, rise up to the great challenge which faces you.  My message to you, my challenge to you, my prayer is that you will rededicate yourselves to the strengthening of your homes"

President Gordon B. Hinckley,  October 1998