15 Quotes on Motherhood

Thoughts on the role of motherhood from women we admire and revere.
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Illustration Credit: Ashley Barlow

Illustration Credit: Ashley Barlow

There are obviously no shortage of quotes on Clementine. And with Mother's Day only a few days away, we thought it the perfect time to share a list of our favorite thoughts on the role from women we love and admire.  

“[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” — Gilda Radner

“Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain—your life will never be the same.” — Catherine Jones

“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing.” — Toni Morrison

"Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” — Barbara Kingsolver

When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.” — Connie Schultz

“I often feel like I’m acting drunk or high when I’m out alone [without my son]. I’m just giddy and laughing and I realize it’s just this level of freedom.” — Miranda July

“[My mother] had handed down respect for the possibilities—and the will to grasp them.” — Alice Walker

“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” — Gail Tsukiyama

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

“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” — Meryl Streep

“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” — Tina Fey

“When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.” — Ina May Gaskin

"When your children arrive, the best you can hope for is that they break open everything about you. Your mind floods with oxygen. Your heart becomes a room with open windows." — Amy Poehler

“Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Motherhood has completely changed me. It's just about like the most completely humbling experience that I've ever had. I think that puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can't stand up to those principles when you are raising a child, forget it." — Diane Keaton

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