10 quotes to write in Mum's card

This year, why not to look to literature for the perfect quote to write in your Mother’s Day card? We've rounded up 10 of the best

If you're stuck for something to write in your Mother's Day card that really expresses what your mum means to you, you'll probably find inspiration on your bookshelf. Or, if you're short on time, check out our favourite quotes about some of the most iconic mothers in fiction. Do any of them remind you of someone?


What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start? “The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child." 

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith




I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

Howards End by EM Forster



The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott




Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce




It's a funny thing about mothers... Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

Matilda by Roald Dahl



Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you'd be okay. Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved.

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes



Mother was a beautiful young woman; the house was too plain, too small to contain her. I watched her; for the first time I understood that she had an inner life that didn't have anything to do with me or my brothers and sisters.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis



It is the custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.

Peter Pan by JM Barrie



Think for a minute, darling: in fairy tales it's always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay at home and wait for the children to fly in the window.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger



She was of the stuff of which great men's mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.

 Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy


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