Your mother’s birthday should be a national holiday. The president should give a speech to honor her awesomeness and sing her praises. Somehow, this is not the case, and her birthday is not indicated on every calendar on the country. So, it’s up to you to say something special, whether it’s on a sappy post on social media, written in a card, or spoken out loud for her and all your loved ones to hear. On your mom’s birthday, tell her how loved she is, how strong her love, how rewarding her existence. Here’s 35 quotes to use if you’re in need of a place to start on that monumental task.
11 My dearest mother, thank you for being here with me in my hard times. Today on this special occasion I wish you strength, luck, health and the most important thing in life – happiness!
This is a nice, traditional message of well-wishes that covers all bases. This might be the perfect message if you’re raising a glass to Mom at family dinner for her birthday. It’s clear and loving and everyone can appreciate it.
1. My dearest mother, thank you for being here with me in my h...
22 Dearest Mother, you guided me and gave me your boundless love. On your birthday I wish you endless joy and peace in the heart. May your day and year be filled with blessings and be as wonderful as you.
If you like your words a little more dressed up, this is the message for you and your mom.
2. Dearest Mother, you guided me and gave me your boundless lo...
33 Happy birthday my most beautiful, my darling, my mom, my dear, my best friend. May your day be as bright as you.
Your mom is the bright sunshine of your life. This message lets her know how much she means to you, and wishes her all the brightest sunshine for herself, too.
3. Happy birthday my most beautiful, my darling, my mom, my de...
44 All moms give birth to a child. Except my mom, she gave birth to a damn legend. High five, Mom! Happy birthday
Not all birthday wishes have to be super serious or sappy. A message with a note of humor is definitely a way to personalize your birthday message to mom and make her laugh, too, and who couldn’t use an extra laugh?
4. All moms give birth to a child. Except my mom, she gave bir...
55 Thank you for: loving, caring, sharing, knowing, always listening and being there.
This has a nice rhythm to it, doesn’t it? Until you have a daughter of your own, you’ll never understand everything your mom did for you, but you can and should tell her you recognize it, especially on her birthday.
5. Thank you for: loving, caring, sharing, knowing, always lis...
66 Happy birthday to the most kind, loving, generous, and beautiful mother. Wishing you a birthday as special as you are.
This gets points for being a sweet way to wish your mom a happy birthday.
6. Happy birthday to the most kind, loving, generous, and beau...
77 You are an everlasting bloom in a wonderful garden where only love and beauty grows.
For the extra poetic crowd, this birthday message will sweep your mom off her feet.
7. You are an everlasting bloom in a wonderful garden where on...
88 Happy birthday to my Mom, the woman who sacrificed many gracious moments in her life, so that I could have them in mind.
Yes, you have probably been your mother’s world since you were born, but that doesn’t mean she always relished staying up with you when you were a fussy baby, cleaning up your messes when you were a kid, or shuttling you around to a million appointments and engagements when you were a teenager. Don’t forget that your mom gave you so much of her self out of love for you, so that you could lead a wonderful life yourself. What better time to let her know that you recognize all she did for you than on her birthday?
8. Happy birthday to my Mom, the woman who sacrificed many gra...
99 Happy birthday to my beautiful Mom!
She’s way, way more than just beautiful, but don’t all women like to be told they’re beautiful? Better yet, if you post this under a photo of you two on Instagram, all your friends will echo your sentiment. Go ahead, it’s her birthday— indulge her vanity.
9. Happy birthday to my beautiful Mom!
1010 Happy birthday Mom! Now that I’m older I wanna thank you for never leaving me in a shopping cart and running away. I know it was tempting.
Close your eyes and think back to the worst public tantrum you can ever remember having as a kid. Guess what? Your mom remembers a worse one, and she remembers way more of them, because she was a grown up with a fully developed brain. She tolerated a whole lot for you. Own up.
10. Happy birthday Mom! Now that I’m older I wanna thank you fo...
1111 Happy birthday to the BEST MOM EVER!
Yes, your mom is the best mom ever. So is mine. “BEST MOM EVER” is true every time anyone says it about their mom. That doesn’t make it any less of an endorsement.
11. Happy birthday to the BEST MOM EVER!
1212 I have success because you’re my Mom. I have happiness because you’re my Mom. I have love because you’re my Mom. I’m so glad I have you as my mother. Happy birthday Mom.
Think about it: it was your mom who taught you how to do all the most basic things, and then your mom who taught you right from wrong and good from bad in ways you could understand as a child. In a way, you are her creation, and whatever life you lead, you have her to thank for it. All that good stuff, all that beauty? Say thanks to your mom for that.
12. I have success because you’re my Mom. I have happiness beca...
1313 Dear Mom, you are loved much more than words can tell. Not just on special days like this, but every single day! Happy birthday!
We should all express ourselves to the people we love every single day, but of course we fall short of that. This message touches on that, and also on the difficulty of expressing a love that runs so deep.
13. Dear Mom, you are loved much more than words can tell. Not ...
1414 Happy birthday to a mother who is smart, good-looking, and funny. Love, your daughter, who you clearly passed those traits on to.
This message also proves that she did pass those traits on to you. If you got your sense of humor from her, she’ll appreciate this happy birthday message.
14. Happy birthday to a mother who is smart, good-looking, and ...
1515 It is only because of you, Mom, I am able to see this beautiful world. Happy birthday.
Really. She took care of you when you were young, and bestowed her values on you, too. That you’re able to appreciate your life is thanks to her, in more than one way.
15. It is only because of you, Mom, I am able to see this beaut...
1616 I have the best mom in the world, who gave me life, taught me to walk and live. Thanks, Mom. I love you.
She taught you some really simple things that seem unthinkable now: she taught you how to use a spoon and aim for your mouth. But she also taught you the big, complicated stuff, the stuff that defines how you lead your life.
16. I have the best mom in the world, who gave me life, taught ...
1717 Mom, thanks for making me sit at the table and eat all my vegetables.
Do you know how frustrating this must have been? And you had no idea that she was doing what was best for you! Sometimes, it’s the little things you should thank her for, to let her know you really get it now.
17. Mom, thanks for making me sit at the table and eat all my v...
1818 I was raised in the best nest! Happy birthday, Mom
This one is too cute and I love it so. It makes you think of how safe and warm and loved your mom could make you feel when you were little, and also of how she prepared you to eventually strike out on your own.
18. I was raised in the best nest! Happy birthday, Mom
1919 Mom, thanks for making me crazy!
Another thing we only realize in retrospect: all the stuff our moms nagged us about and wouldn’t let us do as kids and teenagers was CLEARLY FOR THE BEST. And hassling you made her crazy, too, but she wanted the best for her daughter. Imagine how satisfying it would be for her to hear this from her daughter on her birthday!
19. Mom, thanks for making me crazy!
2020 You’ve aged well.
First of all, let’s do away with the notion that living another year is the worst thing that could happen because getting old is supposedly the worst, especially for women. Let’s do away with this, recognize that your mom’s age speaks to her wisdom and experience, and definitely, definitely write this on a card attached to a bottle of her favorite wine.
20. You’ve aged well.
2121 Happy birthday to a mom who still looks good enough to have creepy men ask if we are sisters.
This happens to me and my mom all the time. She refuses to believe how amazing she looks, but I guess me and the creepy guys agree on one thing: she looks great.
21. Happy birthday to a mom who still looks good enough to have...
2222 Mom, I took a long, hard look at myself in the mirror this morning, and I just thought I’d tell you…good job!
Remember, you got your sense of humor and your irreverent sass from her. If you think it’s funny, she probably will, too. And who doesn’t want to be responsible for a confident daughter?
22. Mom, I took a long, hard look at myself in the mirror this ...
2323 Mom: from teenage tantrums to adult ones, thanks for always handling my crap.
I really wish I could say I no longer flip out and get into pointless arguments with my mom, but I’m not inclined to lie. It happens. And my mom? She still loves me. On her birthday, thank her, and keep your cool.
23. Mom: from teenage tantrums to adult ones, thanks for always...
2424 Well done, Mom. I’m amazing.
If she weren’t brilliant and beautiful and patient, you wouldn’t be any of those things. This little line pays both of you a compliment.
24. Well done, Mom. I’m amazing.
2525 Sorry for the stretch marks.
Another one on the list of things your mom did not want, but accepted for your sake.
25. Sorry for the stretch marks.
2626 If I became half the woman you are, that would mean a whole lot.
This one is clever and touching, as well. Your mom worked hard on making you who you are, and she’s proud of you. Turn it back on her, and remind her that you look up to her for all her hard work and so much more.
26. If I became half the woman you are, that would mean a whole...
2727 You’re not a regular mom, you’re a cool mom!
Quoting Mean Girls to the important women in your life is just, like, the rules of feminism. Also, your mom (and Amy Poehler) ARE cool. Actually, all moms are pretty cool.
27. You’re not a regular mom, you’re a cool mom!
2828 I would have sent you a funny birthday card, but, you know, at your age…bladder control and all that.
If your mom doesn’t love the thought of getting older (and loads of women don’t), you don’t have to tip-toe around it. Depending on her personality, acknowledging and poking fun at it might be just the birthday message she needs.
28. I would have sent you a funny birthday card, but, you know,...
2929 When I was young, I gave you handmade birthday cards that looked cheap and terrible. You still accepted them with love. Oh, what a loving mother you have been. Happy birthday, Mom!
She did this and whole lot more. Remember how hard you worked on cards for your mom, and how excited you were to give them to her? That’s why she was so happy to get them. You may not be making macaroni cards anymore (right? You aren’t doing that anymore, right?), but the love you put into wishing her a happy birthday remains.
29. When I was young, I gave you handmade birthday cards that l...
3030 I believe in love at first sight, because I’ve been loving my mother since I opened my eyes
Remember that she loved you even before that. This is such a beautiful thing to think about, isn’t it?
30. I believe in love at first sight, because I’ve been loving ...
3131 Thank you for being my heart’s first home.
This one goes pretty deep, and reminds both of you that the bond you share is irreplaceable. How can you even express a love that runs so deep?
31. Thank you for being my heart’s first home.
3232 Out of all the moms in the world, I’m so glad you’re mine.
Like I said, all moms are the BEST MOM EVER, but yours is special and the best because she’s just right for you, and loves you the most.
32. Out of all the moms in the world, I’m so glad you’re mine.
3333 To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.
Anyone would be honored to have the words of Maya Angelou dedicated to them. Who is more deserving of such poetic beauty than your mom?
33. To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane i...
3434 There is no greater heaven than the heart of a loving mother.
She takes care of you when you are still in her womb.
She nurtures you after you are born.
She hurts when you fall,
She celebrates when you make your first steps.
She is the only person who genuinely cares about you.
She loves you as she loves herself.
Her heart is your true paradise.
I love you mama.
-Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom
This one starts so deep and takes you on a journey, and it ends with such a simple, innocent statement that reminds you both: you’re still her baby, and she’s the greatest love you know.
34. There is no greater heaven than the heart of a loving mothe...
3535 Dear mom, thanks for living a life inspired. You are my inspiration.
Every mother wants her daughter to be inspired to greatness and lead an amazing life. If you’re doing that, remind her that you know she’s to thank for who you are and what you do.
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