51 Mother-Daughter Quotes to Symbolize Your Sweet Relationship

Few things are more sacred than a mother-daughter relationship. For some, your daughter is your best friend over everyone else. For others, your mom is the first person you go to for advice, a good laugh or a quick phone call (that turns into an hour-long chat). With Mother’s Day coming up, there’s no better time to honor the special person in your life…by surprising her with a sweet saying. Straight from the mouths of Beyoncé and Princess Diana, here are 51 mother-daughter quotes to share with your number one.

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1. “There were times, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.” — Taylor Swift

2. “When I’m weak and unpretty I know I’m beautiful and strong. Because I see myself like my mother does.” — Lauren Alaina

3. “My mother shed her protective love down around me and without knowing why people sensed that I had value.” — Maya Angelou

4. “Mother and daughter got on very well indeed, with a deep affection founded on almost complete misunderstanding.” — Mary Stewart

5. “The woman who is my best friend, my teacher, my everything: Mom.” — Sandra Vischer

6. “I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.’” — Viola Davis

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

8. “Having a little girl has been like following an old treasure map with the important paths torn away.” — Heather Gudenkauf

9. “My mom is a strong-willed lady. She taught me to believe in myself no matter what anybody else said.” — Tracey Edmonds

10. “Words are not enough to express the unconditional love that exists between a mother and daughter.” — Caitlin Houston

11. “Mothers and daughters together are a powerful force to be reckoned with.” — Melia Keeton-Digby

12. “Maybe motherhood means honoring one’s mother.” — Sheila Heti

13. “Mother was comfort. Mother was home.” — Ruta Sepetys

14. “To become another is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is. I know for sure that few callings are more honorable.” — Oprah Winfrey

15. “My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

16. “A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.” — Laurel Atherton

17. “My daughter is my biggest achievement. She is a little star and my life has changed so much for the better since she came along.” — Denise van Outen

18. “My mom taught me a woman’s mind should be the most beautiful part of her.” — Sonya Teclai

19. “No one in your life will ever love you as your mother does. There is no love as pure, unconditional and strong as a mother’s love. And I will never be loved that way again.” — Hope Edelman

20. “Our daughters are the most precious of our treasures, the dearest possessions of our home and the objects of our most powerful love.” — Margaret E. Sangster

21. “My daughter introduced me to myself...the connection I had with her when I was giving birth was something I’ve never felt before.” — Beyoncé

22. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” — Princess Diana

23. “I love our daughters more than anything in the world, more than life itself. So for me, being Mom-in-Chief is, and always will be job number one.” — Michelle Obama

24. “The older I get, the more I see the power of that young woman, my mother.” — Sharon Olds

25. “The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life, the stronger the daughter.” — Anita Diamant

26. “No daughter and mother ever live apart, no matter what the distance between them.” — Christie Watson

27. “Sometimes the strength of mother is greater than natural laws.” — Barbara Kingsolver

28. “Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began.” — Signe Hammer

29. “We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters’ lengthening flight.” — Letty Cottin Pogrebin

30. “A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” — Emily Dickinson

31. “The mother-daughter relationship is the most complex.” — Wynonna Judd

32. “My mom is literally a part of me. You can’t say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors.” — Carrie Latet

33. “Mothers were the only ones you could depend on to tell the whole, unvarnished truth.” — Margaret Dilloway

34. “A mother who radiates self-love and acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem.” — Naomi Wolf

35. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” — Ricki Lake

36. “A mother’s treasure is her daughter.” — Catherine Pulsifer

37. “My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.” —Erica Jong

38. “A mother and daughter’s love is never separated.” — Viola Shipman

39. “My mother was my first country, the first place I ever lived.” — Nayyirah Waheed

40. “Being a mother is learning about the strengths you didn’t know you had...and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” — Linda Wooten

41. “As they get older, our daughters become more and more like us too.” — Amy Newmark

42. “I like it when my mother smiles. And I especially like it when I make her smile.” — Adriana Trigiani

43. “The love between a mother and a daughter is forever.” — Patricia Wayant

44. “She’s my best friend—she’s everything to me. It’s always just been me and her against the world.” — Jacquelyn Middleton

45. “My mother, she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” — Jodi Picoult

46. “One of the most important relationships we’ll have is the relationship we have with our mothers.” — Iyanla Vanzant

47. “By the time you realize your mother was right, you have a daughter who thinks that you’re wrong.” — Sada Malhotra

48. “The relationship between parents and children, but especially between mothers and daughters, is tremendously powerful, scarcely to be comprehended in any rational way.” — Joyce Carol Oates

49. “The bond between a mother and her child is the only real and purest bond in the world, the only true love we can ever find in our lifetime.” — Ama H. Vanniarachchy

50. “A mom is a daughter’s “first” friend. And, through life, becomes her best friend.” — Vicki Reece

51. “I cannot forget my mother. She is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadies herself long enough for me to run across safely.” — Renita Weems

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