There’s nothing quite as special as the unique and unbreakable relationship between a mother and her daughter. Mothers want what’s best for their children and daughters look up to their mothers for inspiration and advice. The relationship may shift and change as time goes on but one thing always remains the same: the unconditional love that they have for each other.

Expressing your feelings in just the right way can be difficult. We’ve gathered the best mother-daughter quotes and sorted them so you can find the ideal quote for your special relationship. Sometimes you’ll want to say “thank you,” “Happy Mother’s Day,” “happy birthday” or brighten her day just because. Included are quotes that range from inspirational to funny and everything in between. Select your desired category in the list below to find the perfect quote!

Sentimental Mother-Daughter Quotes

The mother-daughter bond is one unlike anything else. It comes with fond memories and unconditional love. Use these sentimental mother-daughter quotes to communicate how happy you are to have each other in your lives.

  1. “A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart.” – Unknown
  2. “A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.” – Unknown
  3. “There were times when…I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.” – Taylor Swift
  4. “Mother and daughter never truly part, maybe in distance but never in heart.” – Unknown
  5. “Someday when the pages of my life end, I know that you will be one of the most beautiful chapters.” – Unknown
  6. “A mother and a daughter always share a special bond, which is engraved on their hearts.” – Unknown
  7. “Words are not enough to express the unconditional love that exists between a mother and a daughter.” – Caitlin Houston
  8. “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.” – Unknown
  9. “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
  10. “In my life, you are the sun that never fades and the moon that never wanes.” – Unknown

 

Inspirational Mother-Daughter Quotes

Mothers and daughters serve as constant inspiration for each other. Many mothers encourage their daughters to pursue their dreams, and daughters feel empowered to follow those dreams because they were raised by a strong and supportive mom.

  1. “My daughter makes me laugh with her incredibly humorous take on the world. Everything makes her laugh, and I aspire to take in the world the same shoes she does.” – Unknown
  2. “A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” – Dorothy C. Fisher
  3. “The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life the stronger the daughter.” – Anita Diamant
  4. “My mom taught me a woman’s mind should be the most beautiful part of her.” – Sonya Teclai
  5. “The older I get, the more I see the power of that young woman, my mother.” – Sharon Olds
  6. “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
  7. “We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters’ lengthening flight.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  8. “You are my angel, you remind me of the goodness in this world and inspire me to be the greatest version of myself.” – Steve Maraboli

  1. “A mother is the only person in the world, who can turn daughter’s worries and fears into happiness.” – Unknown
  2. “My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be.” – Channing Tatum
  3. “I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.” – Ian McEwan
  4. “A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.” – Unknown
  5. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.” – Bethany Hamilton
  6. “If you ever feel like giving up, just remember there is a little girl watching who wants to be just like you.” – Unknown

 

Funny Mother-Daughter Quotes

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The classic phrase “like mother, like daughter” exists for good reason. With all of the heartfelt messages, it’s sometimes fun and necessary to point out the funny and ridiculous things that each other does. After all, you got your sense of humor from her, right?   

  1. “A daughter is God’s way of saying, ‘thought you could use a lifelong friend.’” – Unknown
  2. “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mother.” – Unknown
  3. “Mother. One person who does the work of twenty. For free.” – Unknown
  4. “The first lesson every child of Athena learned: Mom was the best at everything, and you should never, ever suggest otherwise.” – Rick Riordan
  5. “Having a little girl has been like following an old treasure map with the important paths torn away.” – Heather Gudenkauf
  6. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle
  7. “My mom is literally a part of me. You can’t say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors.” – Carrie Latet
  8. “Chin up Princess or the crown slips.” – Unknown
  9. “Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people. They are born with a little bit of angelshine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes there is always enough left to lasso your heart.” – Alan Beck
  10. “I could never love anyone the way I love you, I used to tell my wife. And then the second I looked in that baby’s eyes, in that exact moment, that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.” – Ryan Reynolds
  11. “It’s not ’empty nest syndrome’ until all of their crap is out of your basement.” – Unknown
  12. “What’s it like to have the greatest daughter in the world? I don’t know ask your grandmother.” – Unknown

  1. “I smile because I’m your daughter, I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.” – Unknown
  2. “By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she’s wrong.” – Unknown
  3. “Thank you to the woman who carried me for 9 months and for 29 years financially.” – Unknown
  4. “I got it from my mama.” – Will.I.Am.
  5. “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” – Jane Sellman
  6. “Daughters are like flowers, they fill the world with beauty, and sometimes attract pests.”  – Anonymous
  7. “All I know is that I carried you for nine months. I fed you, I clothed you, I paid for your college education. Friending me on Facebook seems like a small thing to ask in return.”  – Jodi Picoult

 

Cute and Short Mother-Daughter Quotes

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Sometimes everything that you need to say can be summed up in a short and sweet phrase. These quotes are perfect for small bouquet cards, picture captions and personalized gifts. Make her smile with these concise and kind mother-daughter quotes.

  1. “A mother is a daughter’s best friend.” – Unknown
  2. “A mother’s treasure is her daughter.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  3. “Happiness is mother and daughter time.” – Unknown
  4. “Always love your mother because you will never get another.” – Unknown
  5. “The love between a mother and daughter is FOREVER.” – Unknown
  6. “A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.” – Unknown
  7. “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” – Jodi Picoult
  8. “Mother and daughter from the start, best friends forever from the heart.” – Unknown
  9. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – Winnie the Pooh
  10. “My greatest blessings call me mom.” – Unknown
  11. “You’re always with me, like a handprint on my heart.” – Unknown
  12. “Daughters are far more precious than jewels.” – Unknown
  13. “Angels are often disguised as daughters.” – Unknown
  14. “You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.” – E.E. Cummings
  15. “The dearest things I know are what you are.” – Oscar Hammerstein II
  16. “As they get older, our daughters become more and more like us too.” – Amy Newmark
  17. “Daughters are like flowers that fill the world with beauty.” – Unknown
  18. “No one in this world can love a girl more than her mother.” – Unknown
  19. “Life is tough my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennet Henry
  20. “From a little girl so very small, how and when did you get so tall?” ―Karen Mortensen

 

Mother to Daughter Quotes

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From the moment you first held her in your arms, you fell in love. Use these quotes to show her the impact she’s had on your life and how much you love her. No matter how old she gets, she will always be your little girl.

  1. “To my daughter. Never forget that I love you. Life is filled with hard times and good times. Learn from everything you can. Be the woman I know you can be.” – Unknown
  2. “Her smile makes me smile. Her laugh is infectious. Her heart is pure and true. Above all, I love that she is my daughter.” – Unknown
  3. “To my beautiful daughter, always remember: you are brave, you are capable, you are pretty, and you can accomplish ANYTHING your heart desires! I know this because I am your mother.” – Unknown
  4. “A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.” – Laurel Atherton
  5. “No matter how old you get, you’ll always be my baby girl.” – Unknown
  6. “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – William Shakespeare
  7. “I hope you believe in yourself as much as I believe in you.” – Unknown
  8. “I did not give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you.” – Unknown
  9. “Since I’ve heard your first scream and saw your wonderful eyes, my heart has been stolen. And it was the prettiest thief I’ve ever seen.” – Unknown
  10. “I have never dreamt of having a better daughter than you. You made my life complete.” – Unknown
  11. “A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous…full of beauty and forever beautiful…loving and caring and truly amazing.” – Deanna Beisser
  12. “You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete.” – Unknown
  13. “You are such a beautiful girl, and I’m so proud of the incredible way that you are growing up. Even at such a young age, you are full of wisdom, kindness, compassion, and courage.” – Unknown
  14. “Find it within you to love exactly who you are and to know you’re capable, you’re loved and you’re beautiful. The world is a better place, because of you. You are unique because there is only ONE of you.” – Shantel VanSanten

 

Daughter to Mother Quotes

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From the moment we take our first steps to the day we walk across the graduation stage, our mothers are our biggest supporters and friends. Show your mom your appreciation and love with these quotes specifically from daughter to mother.

  1. “Dear mom, I get it now.” – Unknown
  2. “No matter how old she may be, sometimes a girl just needs her mom.” – Cardinal Mermillod
  3. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
  4. “My mom is the greatest mom in the whole wide world. She’s done everything for me to make my dreams come true.” – Josh Hutcherson
  5. “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
  6. “I am a princess not because I have a prince, but because my mother is a queen.” – Unknown
  7. “I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine. She helps me prosper and reach great heights.” – Terri Guillemets
  8. “First my mother, forever my friend.” – Unknown
  9. “Every day I become a little bit more like my mother… and I couldn’t be prouder.” ―Anonymous

 

Quotes for the Woman Who’s Like Family

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Sometimes life brings someone special who makes such a big impact that it’s hard to believe they aren’t related by blood. These quotes are for those important role models and supportive people in your life who are like your mother or daughter.

  1. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” – Oprah Winfrey
  2. “You are the woman who came into my life unexpectedly, whose presence kissed my soul.” – Marisa Donnelly
  3. “Thank you for caring. You don’t have to, but I sure am glad you do.” – Kasey Chatburn
  4. “You’re a very special lady, who showered me with love I am thankful for you as I’ve told God above.” – Charly Lester
  5. “Each day I give thanks for you and appreciate all that you do.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  6. “What sunshine is to flowers, and tides are to the sea, is nowhere as important you’re being in my life is to me.” – C. Stellar
  7. “Thank you for being the answer to the prayer I hadn’t realized I asked for.” – Marisa Donnelly
  8. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” – Robert A. Heinlein
  9. “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

Quotes About Motherhood

Motherhood can be exhausting, hilarious, love-filled, difficult and above all, one of the most rewarding experiences. Although it’s hard to sum up the intricacies of motherhood, these quotes do a great job describing what it’s like to be a mother.

  1. “I don’t want my children to follow in my footsteps. I want them to take the path next to me and go further than I could have ever dreamt possible.” – Unknown
  2. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill
  3. “Mom – a title just above the queen.” – Unknown
  4. “Motherhood is difficult and rewarding.” – Gloria Estefan
  5. “The biggest surprise about motherhood was how completely and totally it changed how I look at myself, and what I believe I deserve, for the better.” – Unknown
  6. “Mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod
  7. “The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms your children.” – Cardinal Mermillod
  8. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

mother daughter quotes mom and daughter and grandma, three generations

  1. “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field since the payment is pure love.” – Mildred Vermont
  2. “A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.” – Unknown
  3. “It’s a different kind of love. It’s very pure, it’s unconditional, but they haven’t earned it yet. They didn’t do anything, they just exist and you love them completely, but it’s not built on anything other than their existence.” – John Legend
  4. “The day you came into this world was the day that my life was forever changed. I never thought it was possible to feel so many different emotions all at the same time. One look at your beautiful face and I felt overjoyed, incredulous, blessed, relieved, exhausted, and utterly terrified.” – Unknown
  5. “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.” – Regina King
  6. “From the moment they placed you in my arms, you snuggled right into my heart.” – Unknown
  7. “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” – Susan Gale

 

The best way to show appreciation for the amazing women in your life is by letting them know often how important they are to you. There may be ups and downs every now and again, but at the end of the day, she is your biggest ally and only wants what’s best for you. The time we spend with loved ones is the most valuable commodity so take advantage of every moment.

Share one of your favorite memories with your mother or daughter in the comment section below! To show her some extra love, gift her a potted plant or flowers to represent your ever-growing relationship.





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