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40 Best Single Mom Quotes That Are as Uplifting as They Are Inspiring

To send to the strongest woman in your life, or to help keep motivating you as a single mom.

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Being a mother is one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs on the planet — being a single mother is even more of a feat. While there are many ways to navigate and celebrate single motherhood, there's no doubt that some days the challenges of the role can be all too apparent. On such days, it helps to have inspirational single mom quotes to fall back on to remind yourself (or the single mother in your life) just how important and valued they are.

Of course, single mom quotes aren't only appreciated on hard days. These motivational and insightful words can remind moms just how vital their roles are on a daily basis. So, if you're a single mom yourself, consider using these sayings as positive affirmations to start or end each day. On the other hand, if one of your family members or close friends is a single mom, sending them a text or mailing a hand-written card with one of these could instantly brighten their day. Another idea? A Mother's Day (and Father's Day!) come, think of the ways you could incorporate these inspiration quotes into your gifts for the mothers that do double-duty raising their children.

No matter which route you take, these single mom quotes are sure to elicit a smile from the single mamas in your life.


Elizabeth Gilbert

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“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”


Diane Keaton

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“The loves of my life are my children and my mother. I don't feel as if I need a man.”


Yvonne Kaloki

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“Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”

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“Some days she has no idea how she’ll do it. But every single day. It still gets done.”


Denise Richards

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“The best gift a parent can give children is time... Single moms need to know it’s okay to have a little ‘me’ time. You’ll feel refreshed, and you’ll be a better mom!”


Helena Christensen

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“Because your child is your first priority, you're more selective, so in order to let someone into that world, they have to be really special.”

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Sophia Loren

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“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”


Molly Sims

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“I value so many people who have to work full time, definitely single mothers. Their work is the hardest work. I applaud it so much.”

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Sheryl Crow

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“I pride myself on finding balance. I love making music, and I love raising my boys. I find time to make both a priority.”

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Padma Lakshmi

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“I was told I couldn't have children, so every day I am kissing the sky with happiness about it.”



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“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.”

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Kate Winslet

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“You always have to carry on. And you can, because you have to.”

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Felicity Jones

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“Being a working mother and a working single parent instills in you a sense of determination.”


Jill Churchill

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“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”


Mandy Hale

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“Single moms: You are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”

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Emma-Louise Smith

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“As a single mum, you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”



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“You can be a mess and still be a good mom. You are allowed to be both.”


Tichina Arnold

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“I know it's hard being a single parent, but I’d rather do it by myself than with someone who doesn’t want to.”

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Halle Berry

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“For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”


Stephanie Precourt

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“There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”

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Rebecca Norris
Freelance Writer

Rebecca Ravee Norris is a full-time freelance writer with a decade's worth of lifestyle media experience. Based out of the Washington metropolitan area, she writes for a variety of publications, covering everything from beauty and wellness to style and celebrity news. She is a graduate of George Mason University. There, she earned her B.A. in Media: Production, Consumption, and Critique, along with a minor in Electronic Journalism. When she's not working, she can be found with her beloved Jack-Chi, Cash, adventuring with family and friends, working through reps at the gym, dreaming up her next home decor project, testing a new recipe, getting lost in the pages of a book, or catching up on her favorite shows. 

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