Summing up a mother's love is no easy feat. But that has not stopped people throughout history trying.
Ahead of Mother's Day, IBTimes UK recaps some of the best heart-warming quotes to come from literary greats, celebrities and even the Bible.
If you are tired of relying on tired clichés to express your gratitude, these inspiration odes should get your creative juices flowing:
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." – Abraham Lincoln
"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." – Proverbs 31:25-30 ESV
"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."– Honore de Balzac
"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." – Agatha Christie
"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible." – Marion C Garretty
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."– Jewish proverb
"Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There's no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving." – Gail Tsukiyama
"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible."– Marion C Garretty
"A good mother is irreplaceable."– Adriana Trigiani
"Sweet mother I no go forget you, for the suffer wey you suffer for me." – Prince Nico Mbarga