My Top Ten Favourite Quotes on Motherhood

I’ve compiled a list of quotes I like on motherhood by authors I’ve read and liked to share with all of you.  Although I haven’t read any of Jodi Picoult’s novels, I decided to include her in the list because I really like what she wrote about children.  I hope you all enjoy these quotes as much as I do.

Warning:  Not all are sugar-coated, but they all speak the truth and that’s why I like them.

1.  Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without. – Jodi Piccoult, Author of “Perfect Match”

 2.  The great motherhood friendships are the ones in which two women can admit [how difficult mothering is] quietly to each other, over cups of tea at a table sticky with spilled apple juice and littered with markers without tops. – Anna Quindlen, Author of “One True Thing”

3.  What is so real as the cry of a child?

        A rabbit’s cry may be wilder

        But it has no soul.

                  – Sylvie Plath, Ariel

4.  It seems to me that since I’ve had children, I’ve grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from. – Anne Tyler, Author of Accidental Tourist

5.   By and large,mothers and house wives are the only workers who do not have regular time off.They are the great vacationless class.  -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Author of Gift from the Sea

6.  I looked at the clock with the faint unconscious hope common to all mothers that time will somehow have passed magically away and the next time you look it will be bedtime. Shirley Jackson, Author of We have always lived in the castle

 7.  What do you think was the first sound to become a word, a meaning?…

 I imagined two people without words, unable to speak to each other. I imagined the need: The color of the sky that meant ‘storm.’ The smell of fire taht meant ‘Flee.’ The sound of a tiger about to pounce. Who would worry about these things?

And then I realized what the first word must have been: ma, the sound of a baby smacking its lips in search of her mother’s breast. For a long time, that was the only word the baby needed. Ma, ma, ma. Then the mother decided that was her name and she began to speak, too. She taught the baby to be careful: sky, fire, tiger. A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin. – Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club”

 8.  Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are. – Isabelle Allende, author of House of Spirits

 9.  Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. -Toni Morrison, author of Beloved

Number ten is the quote I like the most and it is also written by one of my favourite author, Marilyn French – see on the side of this blog.

What’s your favourite?

Filed under Little Lessons

I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Samantha

    This list & your other posts about motherhood make me excited for if/when that happens for me. 🙂

    • Motherhood is difficult – I’m finding that out everyday, but the rewards are just priceless! You’ll know this someday – in the meantime, enjoy your single blessedness to the hilt! Live life to the hilt =)

      • Samantha

        🙂 definitely! Boyfriend & I are a long way from getting married & having babies, but we’re in awe of our friends who are new parents!

  2. Enjoy your relationship and grow stronger together … And just allow “life” to happen =)

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