Mother and daughter quotes talk about one of the most complex, intense and rewarding of all human relationships—mothers and their daughters...and their mothers. It's a circle without an end as this first mother-daughter quotation points out:
The complexity of the mother-daughter relationship is intriguing. When we look at each other we see a person we think we know completely, and yet we recognize that each is an individual—her own person. That's what I love most about so many of these mother-daughter quotes: the respect for who we are and who they are, and the love that cannot be broken—no matter what.
I also love the fact that so many of them are just plain funny.
The older I get, the more I see The power of that young woman, my mother.
I cannot forget my mother, she is my bridge.
My mother had handed down respect for the possibilities...and the will to grasp them.
From the time she was born, until she was fifteen, I didn't know where I left off and she began. We were joined at the hip or the heart or the brain.
God intended motherhood to be a relay race. Each generation would pass the baton on to the next.
Maybe Mom is my alter ego and the woman I'm able to be when I'm working.
~Mary Tyler Moore
She's my teacher, my adviser, my greatest inspiration.
From the time I was a child I wanted to be like my mother. Not necessarily an actress—I never dreamed I'd have the courage. But an active, volatile woman like she was.
~Isabella Rossellini, daughter of Ingrid Bergman
My mom made me think I was gorgeous. When I was younger she was like, 'Look at you! You're an angel. You sparkle!' And I was like, 'I do!' You believe your parents.
The essential thing about mothers is that one needs to know that they are there, particularly at that age when, paradoxically, one is trying so hard to break away from parental influence.
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.
There's nothing like a mama-hug.
My mother won't admit it, but I've always been a disappointment to her. Deep down inside, she'll never forgive herself for giving birth to a daughter who refuses to launder aluminum foil and use it over again.
When we weren't scratching each other's eyes out, we were making each other laugh harder than anyone else could.
~Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball
Whenever I’m with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines.
When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.
My mom is literally a part of me. You can't say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors.
Neurotics build castles in the air; psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
I'm friends with my mom. I get along with her real well. Now that I'm old enough to have children I'm regretting virtually everything I said to her until I was 30.
I like to talk to my mother every single day because hearing how delusional I may become one day makes me appreciate every day I have left with my sanity."
The woman who bore me is no longer alive, but I seem to be her daughter in increasingly profound ways.
We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters' lengthening flight.
Momma was home. She was the most totally human, human being that I have ever known, and so very beautiful. Within our home, she was an abundance of love, discipline, fun, affection, strength, tenderness, encouragement, understanding, inspiration, support.
I am all the time talking about you, and bragging, to one person or another. I am like the Ancient Mariner, who had a tale in his heart he must unfold to all. I am always buttonholing somebody and saying, "Someday you must meet my mother."
~Edna St. Vincent Millay
Mother give daughters advice all the time. It's an important part of the equation. And that advice becomes an important part of who we become. But I believe the very best, most important gift a mother can give to her daughter is to both encourage her and allow her just to be herself. And that's why this is my very favorite of all the mother and daughter quotes on this page: