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10 Memorial Quotes: In Memory of My Mother

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February 12 was my mother’s birthday. Mom was was just fifty-years-old when she lost her fight to cancer, forty-five years ago when I was eighteen and my sister was twenty-three – a mother herself of an eleven-month old daughter. Mom’s family has grown since then to include five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In memory of our loving mother and grandmother, I have gathered the following quotes that celebrate motherhood.

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” and “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” — Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809-1865)

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

“By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” — Cardinal Mermillod

“A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” — Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“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 (1732-1799)

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” — Henry Ward Beecher

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” — Honore’ de Balzac

“The best academy, a mother’s knee.” — James Russell Lowell

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” — Jewish proverb

“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” — Kate Douglas Wiggin

“Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes (1775-1817)

“An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” — Spanish proverb

“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

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” –William Makepeace Thackeray

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  • Reply Sharry 2014/12/31 at 3:02 pm

    Today is the 7th anniversary of the death of my mother. She was all of 88 when she died. Never sick with more than a cold her entire life, so it came as a hugh shock to find out in Aug. 2008 that she had breast cancer. Mom had never been to the doctors in probably 50 yrs. Mom did what she always did, when they all said she couldn’t live on her own anymore…she ran all the people out of her home & lived on her own. She got very sick in Nov. and left us on Dec. 31, 2008. In the end, she died, not at home where she begged to go that day, but in a nursing home. I miss & love my mother so much. So much has happened since she left us. The old house is falling down, family memebers have joined her in Heaven, including her oldest son. She has a grandson Xander she never got to meet. I know mom is with my dad,& my grandson Dylan in Heaven & one day we’ll all be together again. Yes Mom, your Christmas tree went up this yr. Love & miss you.

  • Reply Susan Adcox 2012/02/19 at 10:22 am

    How sad that you and your sister had to live so long without a mother! Great quotations. I especially like the last one.

  • Reply Sally Wendkos Olds 2012/02/14 at 11:48 am

    These quotes about mothers are wonderful, and a lovely tribute to your own mother whom you lost much too soon. Thank you for posting them, Sally

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