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130 Mother-In-Law Quotes To Make You Appreciate Them More

130 Mother-In-Law Quotes To Make You Appreciate Them More

A relationship that is very often portrayed in quite an unflattering way, causing us to have fear and resentment from the get-go, is the one we have with our mothers-in-law.

To fight this stereotype and shed a different light on this relationship, I’ve collected 130 mother-in-law quotes that prove moms-in-law are not to be feared.

Here we go!

10 Best Mother-In-Law Quotes

1. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey

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2. “A man who treats his woman like a princess is proof that he has been raised by a queen.” — Taiwan Brown

3. “As in most marriages, the most important person for me to build a relationship with was my mother-in-law.” ― Lisa See

4. “Behind every successful person, stands a very successful mother-in-law.” — Lou Holtz

5. “Men are what their mothers made them.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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6. “There is no way to be a perfect mother-in-law but millions of ways to be a good one.” — Jill Churchill

7. “Family is not always by blood. It is by heart.” — Soumen Das

8. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” — Robert A. Heinlein

9. “At the heart of the mother-in-law-daughter-in-law conflict lies control.” — Veena Venugopal

10. “A mother gives you a life, a mother-in-law gives you her life.” — Amit Kalantari

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Heartwarming Mother In Law Quotes

1. “Once blessed with a wonderful mother; twice blessed with my mother-in-law.” ― Danielle Carson

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2. “My mother-in-law happens to be a second mother to me.” — Unknown

3. “A mother-in-law is not just an extended family member but a precious gift who blesses our lives every day.” — Unknown

4. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for my spouse’s mother. I have chosen him to spend the rest of my life with because I admire him. And I admire his mother who raised him to be the person he is. Simple as that.” — Nicole Carter

5. “How blessed we are, how fortunate we’ve been that you are his mother and also my friend.” — Unknown

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6. “My marriage gave me more than a husband: it gave me a second mom. Thanks for all the love and support you have given me over the years. It truly means the world to me.”

7. “Dear Mother-in-law, I might have not always said it, but deep down, I always refer to you as a mom. I will always have a memory of you filled with love and positivity only. You’re lovely, and your acts also remind me and motivate me to be kind and generous. I cannot pack my love for you in words.” — Unknown

8. “You are the mother I received the day I wed your son. I just want to thank you, mom, for all the things you’ve done.” — Unknown

9. “I used to think mothers-in-law are difficult the world over, but on that day I came to understand that they’re simply unknowable.” ― Lisa See

10. “You are more than my mother-in-law, you are my mother. You did not give birth to me but give me my soulmate.” — Unknown

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11. “Two amazing women can love the same incredible man in completely different ways. One is his wife, the other is his mother.” — Unknown

12. “I am happy every day because of the way you raised your son – the most amazing man I have ever met! And, how you accepted me into your family.” — Unknown

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13. “Normally mothers-in-law are shown in a bad light, but you are the light in the darkness for me when I have lost my way. For all the times you’ve guided me, please know that I am deeply grateful.” — Unknown

14. “I prayed for the right husband. I prayed for a man who would be a good example, supporter, and friend. I didn’t know that I would also be blessed with a wonderful woman who fulfills those roles. So happy to call you mother-in-law.” — Unknown

15. “Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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16. “A mother-in-law’s love is a special kind of love that makes a family complete.” — Unknown

17. “The mother-in-law is the center of a family.” — Les Dawson

18. “Her family may not share her blood, but family wasn’t just about blood. It was about love and trust. It was about the people who would always be there, supporting and encouraging, no matter what mistakes she made or how tough life got.” — Ashley Stoyanoff

19. “Gaining a mother-in-law is one of the best things that can happen to you in life. You get double the support, double the comfort, and double the love. What more could you wish for?” — Unknown

20. “You are different than my mom, but similar in one way – the great love you have for your son and your family.” — Unknown

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Mother In Law Quotes To Show Your Appreciation

1. “Your gift to me was giving birth to the man of my dreams. My gift to you is being the daughter you never had.” — Unknown

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2. “To my mother-in-law, you are more than I ever expected and better than I ever imagined.” — Unknown

3. “I feel like mothers-in-law are unsung heroes of our society. They are under-appreciated, and their hardships and hard work are often ignored.” — Unknown

4. “Dear Mom-in-law, thank you for raising the man of my dreams.” — Unknown

5. “A mother-in-law’s praise says more in a woman’s favor than anything else in the world.” — Caroline Pafford Miller

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6. “I don’t know how to thank you for welcoming me into a new family after my marriage.” — Unknown

7. “I went from resenting my mother-in-law to accepting her, finally to appreciating her. What appeared to be her diffidence when I was first married, I now value as serenity.” — Ayelet Waldman

8. “You were a part of our daily lives when we were going through the most difficult situation. Your help was invaluable.” — Unknown

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9. “When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who supports you, understand that you are lucky.” — Unknown

10. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

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11. “Their attention and love have made your spouse grow into the lovely man or woman that you are today. She patted and took care of your spouse’s little head and body so that your spouse can grow up and take care of you and yours.” — Unknown

12. “You have nurtured your son to become a loving and responsible person. Now I am going to teach the same thing to my children, and I thank you for being a motivation to all of us.” — Unknown

13. “I appreciate that you care about our family. Your dedication to your family’s happiness is apparent and something we don’t take for granted.” — Unknown

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14. “You are a shining example of what a perfect mother-in-law should be, and that shows in the man I married. You raised him to be the wonderful person he is today. I am so grateful to have you as my mother-in-law.” — Unknown

15. “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” — Misty Copeland

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16. “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” — Stevie Wonder

17. “For me, you are my mother away from home. You make me feel like I belong, and I think that’s the best gift I could’ve ever gotten. This new home doesn’t feel foreign at all and for that, I am eternally grateful to you.” — Unknown

18. “It is not always about flesh and blood but the heart which makes the family. Call them your kin, your unit, your home, your folks, whatever name you call them. Thank God for those who make us feel like we belong and who accepts us like family.” — Brigitte Nicole

19. “I am so grateful for the way my mother-in-law raised her son. It literally changed the course of my entire life.” — Unknown

20. “Life has given me plenty of reasons to be happy, and you are one of them. I’m so grateful to have you in my life.” — Unknown

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Sweet Mother In Law Quotes

1. “A mother-in-law is not someone to tolerate, but someone to love and cherish.” — Unknown

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2. “Your mother-in-law is a wonderful mother, just like your mother. Treat her well so that your kids and in-laws will treat you the same way.” — Unknown

3. “A mother-in-law’s appreciation for her daughter-in-law is no less than a reward.” — Unknown

4. “When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something.” — Lou Gehrig

5. “You used to pat his little head and now I hold his hand. You raised and loved a little boy then gave to me a man.” — Unknown

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6. “You can make the dullest day so damn interesting with your bright smile. You are awesome to have around.” — Unknown

7. “The best thing about having you as my mother-in-law is my children having you as their granny.”

8. “A mother-in-law deserves love and respect just as your own mother does. Treat her like you want your mother to be treated.” — Unknown

9. “I never dreamt that I would have a mother-in-law like you in my life. You are my best blessing!” — Unknown

10. “My mother-in-law you may be, but a friend in you I’ll always see.” — Unknown

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11. “Getting married is a perfect chance to have a second mother, who will care about you and support you.” — Unknown

12. “Thank you for being a second mother to me. You are a complete world for me.” — Unknown

13. “A good mother-in-law is a priceless treasure that adds value to our lives and brings joy to our hearts.” — Unknown

14. “Having a mother-in-law like you is no less than a pure blessing. I love how you unselfishly give everything to me be it love or material or tips. Only a heart as dear as yours will be so lovely and generous.” — Unknown

15. “If you love and respect your partner, you have to feel the same for the person that brought them into this world.” — Nicole Carter

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16. “Family isn’t always the one you’re born into. Sometimes it’s about people who get into your blood, inside your heart, and under your skin all on their own.” — L.H. Cosway

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17. “I have a great relationship with my mother-in-law. We’re both Leos, we understand each other.” — Tori Amos

18. “In the tapestry of life, family isn’t solely woven with blood, but with threads of love, compassion, and shared moments.” — Unknown

19. “True family transcends biology; it’s an extraordinary composition of kindred spirits, chosen affections, and an endless symphony of love.” — Unknown

20. “A mother-in-law is not just an in-law, she is a true friend who stands by us through thick and thin.” — Unknown

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Mother In Law Quotes To Deepen Your Bond

1. “The bond between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law should be like a good cup of tea – strong, warm and comforting.” — Unknown

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2. “You might be my mother-in-law, but I always consider you to be my friend.”

3. “You are my Mother in law, but I have always considered you a friend for whom I am grateful.” — Unknown

4. “The bond and relationship that we share with our mother and our mothers-in-law are soft and heart touching.” — Unknown

5. “Blood relatives often have nothing to do with family, and similarly, family is about who you choose to make your life with.” — Oliver Hudson

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6. “A daughter-in-law cannot be perfect by herself. A beautiful mother-in-law helps her be one.”

7. “Family isn’t about blood relationships, it is about the meaning behind them.” — Unknown

8. “It is not possible for a daughter-in-law to be flawless, and it is the mother-in-law who helps her to become a perfect one.” — Unknown

9. “True family isn’t limited to just the blood relations of a person. It’s more about the depth of the bond between people.” — Unknown

10. “A mother-in-law’s love is not limited by blood, but by the bond of love that connects us.” — Unknown

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11. “I am fortunate that you are the mother of my husband and also my best friend. You taught me that family always comes first and I’m grateful for that” — Unknown

12. “You have given me a gracious man with whom I share my life. You are his lovely mother, and I his lucky wife.” — Judy Wilson

13. “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.” — Maya Angelou

14. “A mother-in-law doubles the joy of having a mother!” — Unknown

15. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” — Anais Nin

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16. “What can you say about a man, who on Mother’s Day sends flowers to his mother-in-law, with a note thanking her for making him the happiest man on Earth?” — Nancy Reagan

17. “Family is not always blood relative, It’s about the person who stands with you in your hard time, shares your happiness and problems.” — Aryan Singh

18. “If I didn’t have you as my mother-in-law, I would choose you as a friend.” — Unknown

19. “Family is not always about where you were born and to what household. Real family is often about the people we meet along the way in life. The ones that will love you no matter what path you choose and accept you like family. The ones who smile and love you and bring respect and joy to your life every day.” — Unknown

20. “The relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law should be based on love, trust, and mutual respect.” — Unknown

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Mother In Law Quotes To Wish Her A Happy Birthday 

1. “You’re not only a mother-in-law but more of a mother to me. Thank you for accepting me for who I am. Happy birthday!”

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2. “God has shown me a great example of how to be a humble and caring mother-in-law in the future. May God bless you!”

3. “I want you to know that I could never replace you in your son’s heart, and I would never want to. I only hope to join you there. Happy birthday mother-in-law!”

4. “Happy Birthday to the only other person who knows what it is like to live with (spouse’s name). Thanks for not selling him/her to the circus when s/he was young, I know that must have been tempting!”

5. “I never thought that life would give me a second mother until I gained you as my mother-in-law! Happy birthday, you lovely lady!”

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6. “I am so blessed not only to have gained another mother through marriage but a best friend too. I hope your birthday is just as spectacular as you are. Happy birthday mother-in-law!”

7. “I can proudly say that I have two mothers; one is my mom who gave birth to me and the second one is you who made me a perfect woman. You are the best mother-in-law in the world. Thanks for all the teachings. Have a blissful birthday!”

8. “You have always been like my mom and less like a mother-in-law. I cannot believe how blessed and lucky I am to have brilliant and caring mothers. Happy birthday Mom! I hope your lovely day is filled with laughter and happiness.”

9. “Before I got married, I have heard so many awful stories about how life would change for the worst. I must have done something incredible in my previous life to have you as my mother-in-law, the most wonderful mother-in-law one can ever ask for. Thank you so much! Happy birthday mom-in-law!”

10. “I am blessed to have a phenomenal woman like you as my mother-in-law. Happy birthday!”

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11. “I didn’t realize until I met you that I was missing something in my life: the relationship between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law. Thanks for bringing so much into my life, mom!”

12. “You are the kind of woman proving that all the mother-in-law jokes out there are untrue. Happy birthday to the most awesome mother-in-law on this planet!”

13. “Here’s to the mother-in-law whose faith has been a shining example to us all – may God bless you abundantly on your birthday and always.”

14. “Happy birthday to my second mom! I want to use this occasion to thank you for bringing light, love, and hope to this home. You’re the best marriage counselor I’ve ever known!”

15. “Technically, you and I may be in-laws, but we are besties for all other practical reasons. Happy birthday to you.”

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16. “I am glad to have you in my life as a silent supporter and an amazing friend. I hope this turns out to be a beautiful day. Happy birthday, love.”

17. “I need to remember to tell you this every day and not just your birthday: you are not only adored but deeply loved as well. Thank you for being such a lovely mother-in-law.”

18. “Having a husband with impeccable behavior and a caring soul is a real testament to what an amazing job his mother did raising him. Kudos for being the best mother-in-law and the best mom.”

19. “Life as a couple could have been difficult if you had not shared some of your life experiences with us. Thanks for always being there. Happy birthday!”

20. “Happy Birthday! Thanks for not being the nightmare mother-in-law Hollywood told me about.”

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Funny Mother-In-Law Quotes

1. “Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.” — Hubert H. Humphrey

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2. “I told my mother-in-law, my house is your house. So she sold it.” — Henny Youngman

3. “Wherever you find a wife and mother-in-law slugging it out, you’ll find a son who’s not speaking up to either his mother or his wife.” — Harriet Lerner

4. “A car is like a mother-in-law – if you let it, it will rule your life.” — Jaime Lerner

5. “My wife is the kind of girl who will not go anywhere without her mother, and her mother will go anywhere.” — John Barrymore

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6. “My mother-in-law has come round to our house at Christmas seven years running. This year we’re having a change. We’re going to let her in.” — Les Dawson

7. “Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.” — H. L. Mencken

8. “You never meet your mother-in-law on the day that you are well dressed.” — Creole Proverb

9. “I haven’t spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months. I don’t like to interrupt her.” — Ken Dodd

10.  “Be kind to your mother-in-law, but pay for her board at some good hotel.” — Josh Billings

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11. “A person often catches a cold when a mother-in-law comes to visit. Patients mentioned mothers-in-law so often that we came to consider them a common cause of disease in the United States.” — Thomas Holmes

12. “I love that you at least knock before unlocking our door when you come over unannounced.” — Unknown

13. “I can’t believe she’s lived this long. God must be avoiding her.” — Brian Francis

14. “The mother-in-law came round last week. It was absolutely pouring down. So I opened the door, and I saw her there, and I said, ‘Mother, don’t just stand there in the rain. Go home.” ― Les Dawson

15. “Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.” — Henny Youngman

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16. “On Valentine’s Day, I wired flowers for my mother-in-law, but she found the fuse.” — Milton Berle

17. “I appreciate the “delayed umbilical cord clamping” on your son. But I think after 35 years you can cut off.” — Unknown

18. “I wanted to do something nice so I bought my mother-in-law a chair. Now they won’t let me plug it in.” — Henny Youngman

19. “The only thing more intimidating than a huge international film star is your mother-in-law.” — Benjamin Walker

20. “My mother-in-law belongs in Hell, but the devil is afraid she’ll end up taking over.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

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To Wrap Up

I hope these mother-in-law quotes have inspired you to show love and appreciation for your mom-in-law. After all, she has brought the love of your life into this world.

130 Mother-In-Law Quotes To Make You Appreciate Them More