Beautiful quotes about being a mother and father.

By Compiled by Deirdre Byrne

Motherhood

"Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind."

-- Kahlil Gibran

"Suddenly she was here. And I was no longer pregnant; I was a mother. I never believed in miracles before."

-- Ellen Greene

"Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began. They are bound by a shared destiny."

-- Signe Hammer

"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children."

-- Elaine Heffner

"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."

-- Victor Hugo

"The three most beautiful sights: a potato garden in bloom, a ship in sail, and a woman after the birth of her child."

-- Irish proverb

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he created mothers."

-- Jewish proverb

"Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother."

-- Beverly Jones

"Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity -- a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother."

-- Rose Kennedy

"Motherhood was the beginning of my own journey asking the question, 'Why am I here?' I had to stop and think: What am I doing to teach my daughter? What do I believe in?"

-- Madonna, Ladies' Home Journal

"Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother."

-- Moorish proverb

"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

"I really learned it all from mothers."

-- Dr. Benjamin Spock

"Making the decision to have a child -- it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."

-- Elizabeth Stone

"Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me?"

-- Nancy Thayer

"And do respect the women of the world; remember you all had mothers."

-- Allen Toussaint

"For the hand that rocks the cradle/Is the hand that rules the world."

-- William Ross Wallace

"Sooner or later we all quote our mothers."

-- Bern Williams

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."

-- Oprah Winfrey

Fatherhood

"It's incredible. Everything you ever thought about love just becomes night and day. I mean, you never thought you could love that much. You rediscover the world, and it's just a beautiful thing."

-- David Arquette, on fatherhood

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."

-- Bill Cosby

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, February 2007.

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