16 Heartwarming Mother-Son Quotes for Mother’s Day

Honest Abe

abraham lincolnNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln’s mother passed when he was just a young boy. His biographers report that he always referred to her as his “angel mother.” Here are 14 more inspiring Lincoln quotes for when you need some wisdom.

Strong roots

shel silversteinNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“And she loved a little boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself.” —Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree

This classic children’s book, known for its tear-jerking ending, is said to capture the unconditional love of a mother for her child. Whatever the underlying meaning, the tree in the story gives everything for the boy she loves. Don’t miss these Mother’s Day facts you never knew about.


moroccan proverb“Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.” —Moroccan Proverb

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and when your mom is doing the beholding, you’re all set. You can count on the fact that your mom is going to be your biggest fan. No matter what. Here’s the scientific reason why the bond between mother and child is so strong.

Forgive and forget

honore de balzacNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” —Honore de Balzac

The French novelist Balzac was famous for capturing reality in fiction. In this quote, he describes the depth of a mother’s love and the way she will probably forgive you for pretty much anything. (But maybe don’t test her.)


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Rock-a-bye baby

robert munschNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” —Robert Munsch, Love You Forever

The beloved children’s book Love You Forever gets to the heart of a mom’s love for her ever-changing and growing baby boy. She sings him the sweet refrain until he’s all grown up—and it’s his turn to return the lullaby to her. Here are some Mother’s Day poems that will melt her heart. 

Love me tender

washington irvingNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.” —Washington Irving

Irving is famous for writing the ghost tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but his work also captures the love between mothers and sons. He knew that the tenderness a mom gives her baby carries on through life.

Mommy’s little angel

booth tarkingtonNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“Mothers see the angel in us because the angel is there. If it’s shown to the mother, the son has got an angel to show, hasn’t he?” —Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

This Pulitzer prizewinning novel follows generations of an American family whose fortunes ebb and decline—at the center is the story of a mother who lavishes love on her son. He’s spoiled and arrogant, but to his mom, he’s still the perfect angel.

Royal hugs

princess dianaNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” —Princess Diana

The Princess of Wales could only have been referring to her two beloved princes when she told the truth about the real power of a mom’s embrace. Don’t miss these sweet terms of endearment they use in the royal family.

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Like mother, like son

olive shreinerNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“There was never a great man who had not a great mother—it is hardly an exaggeration.” —Olive Shreiner

The South African novelist got it right when she explained how greatness is born. Greatness comes from mom. You know it’s true. Don’t miss these 18 best compliments anyone can ever receive.

Dear Mama

tupac shakurNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“Ain’t a woman alive who could take my mama’s place.” —Tupac Shakur

Get ready to shed a few sentimental tears when you read through the lyrics of the iconic rapper’s famous ode to strong moms everywhere. He sings about the women who are raising men, sometimes on their own. “Dear Mama” makes sure these women are loved, honored, and appreciated in this moving tribute.

Nothing stronger

washinton irvingNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.” —Washington Irving

Here’s another familial observation from the early American writer, Washington Irving. In Irving’s mind, the family can fall apart, but moms will stay the course. He was writing during the 1800s, so his comment about dads turning their backs on kids may or may not be fair. Bottom line: Moms stay true.


Believe your mom

michael jordanNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” —Michael Jordan

Superstar athletes usually have a team of coaches and mentors taking them to the top. Jordan’s mom provided the foundation—she encouraged him to believe in himself, first and above all. These are some of the most meaningful Mother’s Day gifts moms have received.

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It’s the little things

allison mcgheeNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“Little boy, you remind me how so much depends on days made of now.” —Allison McGhee, Little Boy

Get ready to shed a few happy tears while you read this heartwarming children’s book about the tender moments of childhood in a little boy’s life. It’s all about living in the moment and reveling in the sweetness of pajamas and bedtime stories after a day of unbounded play.

Sweetest dreams

dixie chicksNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“Godspeed, little man. Sweet dreams, little man. Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings. Godspeed. Sweet dreams.” —Dixie Chicks, Godspeed

Get ready for sentiment and sweetness in this moving lullaby performed by the Dixie Chicks in their signature country twang. Who knew a simple act, tucking in your son for bed, could create such an epic ode? It’s the perfect song from a mama to her “little man.”

Hold tight

john irvingNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“When Jack Burns needed to hold his mother’s hand, his fingers could see in the dark.” —John Irving, Until I Find You

Irving’s novel follows a mother and son searching for a lost father. It has themes surrounding the nebulous quality of childhood memories, but this quote smacks with exactness. You know that if you’ve ever reached for your mom’s hand in the dark—or had a small child reach for yours. Don’t miss these 29 Mother’s Day quotes that show mom how much you love her.

Mystery woman

a.e. coppardNicole Fornabaio/rd.com, shutterstock (2)“Mothers are inscrutable beings to their sons, always.” —A.E. Coppard, Dusky Ruth And Other Stories

The noteworthy poet and short story writer knew that there’s always a little bit of mystery between a mom and her son. Because while sons have their mom’s unconditional love, they can never really know the woman she is beyond motherhood—or the woman she was and came to be before he was even born.

These meaningful quotes about mothers will make you want to call yours today.

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