top 5 motherhood quotesThis Mother’s Day, we pick our top 5 favourite quotes about mothers from acclaimed authors.

“You don’t have to wait for happiness, because there’s no time but now to be happy. You don’t have to go somewhere else, because there’s no place but here to find it. You don’t have to do something else, because there’s nothing more to it. You don’t have to get something else, because everything you already have is enough. You just have to be happy.”
– Karen Maezen Miller

“Was it the act of giving birth that made you a mother? Did you lose that label when you relinquished your child? If people were measured by their deeds, on the one hand, I had a woman who had chosen to give me up; on the other, I had a woman who’d sat up with me at night when I was sick as a child, who’d cried with me over boyfriends, who’d clapped fiercely at my law school graduation. Which acts made you more of a mother? Both, I realized. Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.”
– Jodi Picoult

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”
– Cheryl Lacey Donovan

“Burnt toast is actually fairly symbolic of Motherhood. If you are the one who burned the toast, you scrape if off and eat it yourself. If they burned it, you eat it because the burned it specially for you.”
– Emily Watts

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”
– Donna Ball

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This article was first published in The New Age Parents Apr / May 2013 e-magazine