Mother's Day: The best one-liners and life advice I've ever gotten from Mom

Fox News Digital gathered heartfelt advice and funny one-liners from the matriarchs who have guided us through life

Mother knows best — or so the saying goes.

In honor of Mother's Day 2024, Fox News Digital collected the best advice from the special women who guide us through life.

Whether you're in the mood to laugh a bit or get a little weepy, lean into these affirmations, insights and (in some cases) very funny one-liners.


They're all from actual moms, aunts, sisters and family members of all kinds.

You won't soon forget them!

mother's day advice split

Read through these wise, funny and sweet one-liners from real moms. (iStock)

Great advice, tips & heartfelt wisdom from moms 

"You never have two bad days in a row."

"The best thing you can do in life is be confident and believe in yourself."

"It's always going to be OK."

"Stop worrying about what the house looks like! They aren't putting, 'She had a clean house,' on your gravestone."


"She always told me to put others before myself — and to put myself in other people's shoes."

"Never trust anyone, especially after someone does you wrong."

"Live and learn." (As you grow older and run into a variety of experiences — and gain wisdom along the way — this simple little phrase grows into something quite profound.) 

Family walking down forested path

"Lead with your heart and speak with your heart." (iStock)

"Do not ever take grief from anyone."

"Nothing good happens after 11 o'clock."

"Please don't tell your father" (spoken whenever she overdid it during a shopping trip).

placeholder"Go out of your comfort zone and try something that makes you feel uncomfortable because you never know what could come out of it."

"I don't like that girl you're dating." ("And she was right every time," said the man who shared this.)

"Lead with your heart and speak with your heart."

"Fake it 'til you make it."

Mothers Day celebration

"Love yourself first. Others will notice and give you the same love back." (iStock)

"Always remember who you are."

"Why put off something until tomorrow when you can get it done today?"

"Always hold your head high. Remain true to yourself. Never stop trying because the possibilities are endless."

placeholder"Have a good time. Spend your money. You can't take it with you. Enjoy yourself."

"She would say, when I felt like I wasn't fitting in with other kids at school, 'Name five awesome things about yourself. OK, now name two more. See? That's why you have so many people who love you.'" 

Mother holds daughter

"You never have two bad days in a row." (iStock)

"Get rid of those things!" (This was a reference to cigarettes.)

"You can never be too overdressed."

"Slow down. Don’t rush through life — you’ll miss the good parts." ("My mom," shared one person, "would always say Billy Joel’s ‘Vienna’ was written for me: ‘Where's the fire, what's the hurry about? You better cool it off before you burn it out. You got so much to do and only so many hours in a day’ … It wasn’t until I had my own kids I realized what she was talking about.")

"Love yourself first. Others will notice and give you the same love back."

"Be safe, drink responsibly and most importantly, have fun."

placeholder"At the end of the day, we are all buried in the same dirt." (She meant that no one was better than anybody else.)

"Don’t rush through life — you’ll miss the good parts."  (iStock)

"You need to do what makes you happy. Don't worry about anyone else."

"You heard me the first time."

"Eat your vegetables."

"Keep your eye on the prize."

"You're amazing, but you're not perfect."

"Focus on what matters. Too many of us spend too much time worrying about the little things — the petty grievances that pop up, the perceived slights, the disappointments that occur when things don't go exactly as we wished or planned. We need to take a breath and take the long view. Stay focused on the big things, the big picture — the people and things that truly make us happy and healthy. Life is so much better this way!"

"We're family, and we have to stick together."

"Let her be the strong-willed little girl she is," she said about parenting a daughter. "It's only going to turn her into a powerful woman one day." 

mother talking to daughter on bench sharing advice

"Take things one day at a time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of planning and prepping for the future that we often forget to live in today." (iStock)

"Whatever you do, enjoy yourself."

"We love you girls, so we have decided to spend any extra money we have on experiences, not things. Our furniture might not be the best — but you will see the Grand Canyon." ("And we did!" added the woman who shared this.)

"Don't go to jail, because I won't bail you out."

"Take things one day at a time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of planning and prepping for the future that we often forget to live in today."

"Never trust anyone with two first names."

bride and mom

"Do your best and God will do the rest." (iStock)

"When you're upset about something, just say, 'Jujubes,' shake your head and move on. It's a silly thing, but it resets your brain and helps you not obsess over things that don't serve you."

"People change, and sometimes you just have to accept it."


"You never know unless you try. The possibilities are endless."

"Make sure you're always checking in on your brother because he doesn't listen to me."

"Be a leader, not a follower."

"Stick by your family."

Mother and cute little toddler playing with fishing toy on the sea.

"It's always going to be OK." (iStock)

"Want to have a good time? You need a good watch."

"Everything happens for a reason."

"If you mess up on your diet, enjoy the rest of your day. You can start over tomorrow."

"She has always said, 'I can hear my mother now. Make sure you always have a little money saved off to the side.'"

woman and girl dancing together

"Stop worrying what the house looks like! They aren't putting, 'She had a clean house,' on your gravestone." (iStock)

"Do your best and God will do the rest."

"Always hold the door for the person behind you."

"Have patience with others who struggle. One day, you might be in their shoes."

"No one will ever treat you in a way you don't allow them to. You create the standard."

"Laugh at yourself. You're a work in progress."

"Be brave."

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