Top 3332 Mom Quotes

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“My mom is proud of me. My pops proud of me. Everybody keeps motivating me.”

― A Boogie wit da Hoodie

“’Remember the Time’ and ‘You Rock My World’ from Michael Jackson were two of my favorite songs ever. My mom used to bump them all the time.”

― A Boogie wit da Hoodie

“I would forgive my mom, but she’s going to have to admit she did some things that were wrong.”

― Aaron Carter

“My mom says that when I was a little kid, I always used to say I wanted to be an actor, but I don’t remember that.”

― Aaron Douglas

“I know I wouldn’t be a New York Yankee if it wasn’t for my mom: the guidance she gave me as a kid growing up, knowing the difference from right and wrong, how to treat people and how to go the extra mile and put in extra work, all that kind of stuff.”

― Aaron Judge

“I think it was like, ‘I don’t look like you, Mom. I don’t look like you, Dad. Like, what’s going on here?’ They just kind of told me I was adopted. I was like, ‘OK, that’s fine with me.’”

― Aaron Judge

“My mom’s a psychologist, and I think that has influenced me on a personal level. Plus, I’m just generally interested in visualization and humanity, social activity and technology, and what happens in aggregate.”

― Aaron Koblin

“My mom tells me the first show we saw was ‘The Secret Garden,’ but I don’t remember that.”

― Aaron Lazar

“My dad is a chemical engineer, and my mom was a teacher. They were pretty serious about education, but I always thought about things a little bit differently.”

― Aaron Levie

“My dad and my mom were big Nat King Cole fans, so they had everything he did.”

― Aaron Neville

“My mother and my grandmother are pioneers of Mexican cuisine in this country, so I grew up in the kitchen. My mom, Zarela Martinez, was by far my biggest influence and inspiration – and toughest critic.”

― Aaron Sanchez

“My mom always knew I was going to be an actor because I was a ham from the very beginning, so she would push me toward it, which is really unconventional for Indian families to do.”

― Aarti Mann

“I rarely went to the mosque, I never fasted, and I only prayed namaaz on the holy nights because my mom bugged me about it.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“When I was 11 my friend’s mom made a peanut butter sandwich. I ate the sandwich and was like, ‘I’m never eating anything else again.’ And I still eat peanut butter every day. I would put peanut butter on a steak.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“That’s the Indian in me – you must put spices on everything. As a kid, whenever we got sick, my mom would take milk and put turmeric in it. That was our medicine. That was the cure-all. Some people turn to Robitussin.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“I really, really like interior design. I grew up in a really old house outside of Philly that was built in 1821. My mom is really into antiques, and my dad is very mid-century. They’re not together anymore, so in the middle of growing up, I, all of the sudden, had two houses that were very different but really well done in each of their own ways.”

― Abbi Jacobson

“When I was in high school, my mom worked at Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I was always there.”

― Abbi Jacobson

“If your mom cries a lot, you probably cry a lot. It’s what you learn.”

― Abby Lee Miller

“I always thought I would die of cancer because my mom and my dad both died of cancer. My dad died of osteocancer, and my mom died of colon cancer.”

― Abby Lee Miller

“I don’t know if I found soccer or if soccer found me. Especially because when I was younger, I was doing it, in a lot of ways, because I wanted the attention of my mom and dad.”

― Abby Wambach

“My mom didn’t ever think I would take to acting because I was a very shy, very reserved kind of child. But obviously, something changed!”

― Abigail Breslin

“As a child, I went to peace and ERA marches on the back of my mom and grandmother. Through them I learned that I wanted to find a way to make the world a more kind, compassionate place.”

― Abigail Washburn

“I lost my mom when I was young.”

― Ad-Rock

“I don’t have anything against my mom, but my family has no emotional connection to each other.”

― Adam Carolla

“My mom was on welfare and the occasional food stamp, but I have never participated in any of those governmental programs, even the ones that kind of work like education, scholarships and whatever, and I managed to do just fine.”

― Adam Carolla

“If I don’t call my mom back, she’ll go on Twitter and say, ‘Adam hasn’t called me. I’m worried about him,’ and strangers will say, ‘You’re horrible. You go call your mom right now!’ It’s very complicated.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“My mom was a shopaholic. She can literally never wear the same thing twice. That’s fine with me.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“I ended up going to NYU for film school – close to Pennsylvania – but we talked about what if I went to UCLA or USC, and my mom’s whole world was caving in.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“My mom was always writing me notes to get me out of stuff.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“My mom is not typical in any way.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“My mom is a pack rat.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“My mom was always trying to figure out ways to make Hanukkah exciting and compete with our neighbors the Kremps, who always had these amazing blow-out Christmas parties.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“My dad is a Deadhead, my mom’s a Jewish-American princess from Jersey.”

― Adam Lambert

“Ultimately, the only people who are in any way edified by hanging with famous people are you at the age of 11 and your mom.”

― Adam McKay

“Being gay is not something that defines me. What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker, and to be kind.”

― Adam Rippon

“All the sacrifices my mom and family had made had been worth it.”

― Adam Rippon

“I remember my mom let me stay up late and watch Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan compete in the 1998 Olympic Games. I made paper medals and wore them the whole night. I didn’t start skating until 2000, but I was so inspired by their skating that it was why I wanted to start.”

― Adam Rippon

“My mom always taught me to stand up for what I believe in.”

― Adam Rippon

“I remember when I told my mom that I wanted to come out, and my mom was a little hesitant. She was saying, ‘Are you sure? Do you think that might affect your scores?’ or, ‘Is it something that you think that you need to do?’ And I told her, ‘I don’t care. It’s important to me.’”

― Adam Rippon

“My mom has always taught me to stand up for people who don’t have a voice.”

― Adam Rippon

“I sing seriously to my mom on the phone. To put her to sleep, I have to sing ‘Maria’ from West Side Story. When I hear her snoring, I hang up.”

― Adam Sandler

“With Fountains of Wayne, after ‘Stacy’s Mom’ happened, we started making a little bit more money and getting a little bit more known.”

― Adam Schlesinger

“Dr. Bronner’s is the best. My mom had Dr. Bronner’s around since I was a little kid, and I’ve used it in the shower as soap ever since.”

― Adam Scott

“Work is hard, but being a mom is harder.”

― Adina Porter

“My father was born and raised in Sierra Leone, and my mom was from Bermuda.”

― Adina Porter

“My mom was working through my childhood, so I would be running around Mumbai from one dance class to another with my mom carrying the tape recorder with me. I would sit on the sidelines and watch her teach dance.”

― Aditya Roy Kapur

“My mom and dad are great cooks. We ate meals at the dinner table, as a family.”

― Adrienne C. Moore

“My mom has always been kind of my backbone. She keeps me strong. She is a mother, a friend. She is really everything to me.”

― Aerin Lauder

“My dad was a dentist; my mom managed his office.”

― Aileen Lee

“When I go visit my mom in the retirement community where my parents live, she has a bunch of friends, and she will say, ‘These neighbors I play bridge with have a son with an idea,’ and it goes from there.”

― Aileen Lee

“I have this wonderful schedule where I work full-time and also get to be a full-time mom.”

― Ainsley Earhardt

“Now I tell everyone, ‘Just become a mom if you can’ – it is so amazing, and God answers all your prayers, and all those things that you worry about don’t matter.”

― Ainsley Earhardt

“Now that I’m a mom, it brings tears to my eyes.”

― Ainsley Earhardt

“I think I was afraid of being a mother for many reasons. I wanted to be a good mom, and I was fearful at one point of even working at the national level because I was afraid that I would disappoint a child or I wouldn’t be as ready for a big position as maybe I should have been when I came to Fox.”

― Ainsley Earhardt

“For a little while, my mom was a school teacher. And I went to the school that she taught.”

― Aisha Tyler

“My only window into the Internet is Twitter because I am afraid of the Internet. I need my mom to hold my hand if I’m going to read anything about me.”

― AJ Lee

“I’ve been a rescue dog mom several times and occasionally found comfort in scrolling through pictures of animals on various adoption center websites, just to fantasize about adding to the family.”

― AJ Lee

“One time, my mom told us, ‘No TV.’ It was 3 P.M., and I was sneaking it in. She put her hand on the back of the TV to see if it was warm, and it was. So she pulled the cord out of the wall, opened the second-floor window, and just threw it out the window.”

― Akiva Schaffer

“I’ve seen my mom confined to a wheelchair in the last three years of her life. Both her knees had given way, and there was no way she could undergo surgery at her age. Even though I was concerned for her, I didn’t know at that time what she had to go through.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“I don’t consult anyone – not my mother, not my father, anyone – about my work. And I must add that neither Dad nor Mom interfere in my work.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“My dad was a Punjabi from Amritsar, and my mom is a Punjabi from Kashmir. My dad was a soldier in the Indian Army.”

― Akshay Kumar

“My dad didn’t graduate from high school, ended up being a printing salesman, probably never made more than $8,000 a year. My mom sold real estate and did it part time.”

― Al Franken

“I’m excited about becoming a transmedia storyteller. The idea that we can tell the ‘Agent Mom’ story online with MTV Comics and build a fan base that we can take over to Paramount to discuss turning that story it into a movie is just awesome.”

― Alaina Huffman

“My mother kept asking me, ‘When are you going to do a gospel album?’ And I’ve always wanted to do a gospel album. Everybody was going on about it, so mom started hounding me more.”

― Alan Jackson

“I could get away with not taking care of myself as a bachelorette but as a mom I can’t.”

― Alanis Morissette

“I was so ready to become a mom. Actually, I was ready secondarily to become a mom. I was so ready to have the intimacy and commitment of marriage.”

― Alanis Morissette

“My mom was a professional. My dad and mom met each other in a movie called ‘New Faces of 1937.’ My mom went under the name Thelma Leeds, and she did a few movies, and she was really a great singer, and when she married my dad and started to have a family, she sang at parties.”

― Albert Brooks

“There’ve been a few mother-daughter movies that are somewhat realistic. But the mother-son movies are more comical than realistic: ‘Throw Momma from the Train,’ ‘Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot.’ You don’t sit in the dark and go, ‘Oh my God, that’s my mother.’”

― Albert Brooks

“You really get your sense of women, to begin with, from your mom.”

― Albert Hammond, Jr.

“My mom wouldn’t let me do child acting.”

― Alden Ehrenreich

“I was in public school until third or fourth grade, and after that, I was homeschooled. I was homeschooled until I was 14, and then when I was 14, I began attending college. Mom was not playing about that education.”

― Aldis Hodge

“My wife is the greatest person I have ever known. She is just a living doll; she is great person and a great mom. We have a girl and a boy, and we are going to have another boy.”

― Alec Baldwin

“My mom had very low expectations for me, and she really had a point. I was a big problem at seventeen. If I had a kid like me, I would have those same expectations.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Whenever I feel I am going through my own ‘little’ challenging moment, I just think about my mom.”

― Alek Wek

“Everyone in my family is an artist. Both my parents are painters and my mom’s an opera singer. I was never shown any other way to process life.”

― Aleksa Palladino

“I was the child who would leave school and take her clothes off the second I got into the house. I made my mom buy me lingerie when I was 5 years old. I was a sicko. My mother must have been mortified.”

― Alessandra Torresani

“Both my parents are Italian. My mom was born and raised in Italy. My dad was born in Canada, but then they moved to Italy.”

― Alessia Cara

“I’m really in touch with my Italian roots. My mom’s whole side of the family is there.”

― Alessia Cara

“As a kid, my parents would always listen to a lot of Beatles, Queen, Elvis. My mom was born and raised in Italy, and my dad was born in Canada and moved back and forth between Canada and Italy, so they would also listen to all the big Italian stars like Eros Ramazzotti, Gigi D’Alessio, Tiziano Ferro, Laura Pausini.”

― Alessia Cara

“Having a mom as a hairdresser was really awesome: I was always her test dummy. I’ve had every style, every color you could imagine.”

― Alessia Cara

“When I was a kid, I played sports a lot. My mom and dad were divorced, but I hung out in the neighborhood a lot, and it was all about sports. I would be out all day on the sand lot or on the hockey rink. My dad would take me to baseball games, but he worked so hard, and he would always fall asleep.”

― Alex Gibney

“My mom is a self-taught home cook, so books that offer guidelines on how to organize menus are critical to ‘cook from the book’ people like her.”

― Alex Guarnaschelli

“As a chef, a mom, and a member of Team No Kid Hungry, I believe that every child deserves three meals a day, every day.”

― Alex Guarnaschelli

“My mom, ever the Italian, made braised chicken with tomato.”

― Alex Guarnaschelli

“I’m sponsored by the solar company Goal Zero, and they were gracious enough to install panels on my van and a nice battery system for the inside. I have lights and a fridge inside the van. And of course I had panels installed on my mom’s house.”

― Alex Honnold

“My parents got me a $25 Kent steel-string acoustic guitar when I was around 12. The following Christmas, my parents bought me a Conora electric guitar. It looked almost like a Gretsch. It cost $59, and my mom still has it.”

― Alex Lifeson

“My mom definitely inspired me. She’s a very determined woman and I look up to her massively.”

― Alex Roe

“My mom bought me a guitar when I was 12 and I used to pretend that I was a rock star in my own room. I was also obsessed with Elvis as a kid.”

― Alex Roe

“My mornings start with mom coming into my bedroom and waking me up, or trying to wake me up, and then I go back to sleep. Then my mom wakes me up again and yells at me. Then she’ll get me to wake up, and I’ll get dressed and go to school. We go to school, and my teacher tells me that I didn’t do the homework well enough. And that’s that.”

― Alex Wolff

“I told my mom: I said, ‘Mom, I’m going to try out for WWE.’ Her response was, ‘The heck you are!’ She was like, ‘You are not doing that!’ So I had to try out without her knowing, but now she’s, like, the biggest supporter and so proud of me.”

― Alexa Bliss

“I worry all the time that I’m going to run out of ideas, you know? I always tell my mom my fashion ideas, because I know she’ll remember them.”

― Alexa Chung

“My best memories growing up are of putting on musicals with my mom and dad, Both of them are real hams; it was like vaudeville in East Hampton.”

― Alexa Ray Joel

“I consider my mom and all my sisters my friends.”

― Alexa Vega

“I guess if you are making more money than your mom and dad, you can set your own boundaries.”

― Alexa Vega

“My mom always bails me out of things when I get in trouble.”

― Alexa Vega

“Personally, I am obsessed with my mom, and I would do literally anything for her.”

― Alexa Von Tobel

“My mom was a history teacher when I was a kid, so I hated history out of rebellion.”

― Alexander Dreymon

“My mom would take me to restaurants, and the first thing I’d ask for would be a pen and a napkin, and I’d sketch shoes and shoes and shoes.”

― Alexander Wang

“My mom would put me in these preppy little suits and slick my hair to the side. I have these baby pictures of me where I’m this little preppy kid with a sweater tied around my neck.”

― Alexander Wang

“My mom lives in New York still in the home that I grew up in.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“My mom is a big scaredy cat, and I inherited that from her.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“All the money my mom spent on lessons paid off.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“My mom wears a lot of gold.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“I was a big fan of Aaliyah’s. Growing up, my mom was a big fan of her music. When I grew to have my own taste in music, I really loved ‘One In A Million.’ That was my jam.”

― Alexandra Shipp

“It’s a fight to get anyone other than your mom to care about your startup.”

― Alexis Ohanian

“In the Dominican, there are a lot of kids who need help. I just do that for my mom because my mom liked to help a lot of kids in the Dominican. Whoever I am right now is because of her. She gave me the education; she always took care of me like a mommy.”

― Alfonso Soriano

“I was No. 11 because my mom played basketball in college and was always No. 22. I just cut it in half, and I kept that. I’ve been No. 11 most of my life, and in college, I was No. 22.”

― Ali Krieger

“But to sustain a marriage for 50 years, you have to get real a little bit and find someone who is understanding and who you can grow with. My mom always says, ‘Marry the man who loves you a millimeter more.’”

― Ali Larter

“My mom used to be concerned ’cause I would never go outside. And when I’d go outside, I’d have friends, but I just was always in the house listening to music, practicing DJing all the time. Then my uncle got a keyboard, drum machine, so I’d just be in the house at 12, 13, just, like, messing up his presets. And my mom was like, ‘My son is strange.’”

― Ali Shaheed Muhammad

“Whenever I feel mom-guilt, or I feel pressure to be a better mom – to cook salmon on a bed of quinoa for my kids – I just think to myself, ‘I… have… suffered… enough.’ And then I feel fine about feeding my toddler a bag of chips for dinner.”

― Ali Wong

“When you’re a mom, you need sparkle to compensate for the light inside of you that has died.”

― Ali Wong

“I constantly peed in my pants up until the 8th grade and wore an extra-large sailor uniform from kindergarten to 8th grade because my mom was scared I’d grow out of it. So I learned to make fun of myself at school and summer camp.”

― Ali Wong

“I love being a mom and having two kids. But I’ve had two C-sections, and I have suffered enough. That’s my favourite mantra when it comes to motherhood.”

― Ali Wong

“I tried being a stay-at-home mom for eight weeks. I like the stay-at-home part. Not too crazy about the mom aspect.”

― Ali Wong

“Mothering is just so different now from the way it was before. Especially with my mom. She was like the anti-helicopter mom. She was like an inflatable-tube, blow-up-flamingo-in-the-pool mom. Her philosophy was, the situation will declare itself.”

― Ali Wong

“I have a hoarding problem because my mom is from a third-world country. And she taught me that you can never throw away anything because you never know when a dictator is going to overtake the country and snatch all of your wealth.”

― Ali Wong

“My dad grew up with straight-up no running water. He slept in a twin bed with his two sisters and his mom, like ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ style: like, feet at the head, feet at the head alternating. And then I think his dad slept on, like, a bed of newspapers on a floor in their apartment.”

― Ali Wong

“When I get a new script my mom will read them and just be aghast. I think it’s hysterical.”

― Alia Shawkat

“I’m a just a mom when I walk down the street.”

― Alice Barrett

“My father loved ‘Godard and Truffaut.’ He was more artsy. My mom loved the ‘Bourne’ trilogy; she likes big blockbusters. She loved that I did ‘I Am Legend.’ My passion for acting came with my passion for movies.”

― Alice Braga

“I’m too young to have kids, but I really want to be a mom. I don’t know if it’s a Latin thing, but I love kids.”

― Alice Braga

“As a kid, I did some running but especially loved biking and swimming. I grew up on Long Island, and our mom took us all the time to the ocean, so I grew up doing open-water swimming in the Atlantic.”

― Alice Dreger

“My mom used to bake so much when I was a child, and I have a big sweet tooth.”

― Alice Merton

“How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.”

― Alice Walker

“I do Pilates twice a week; I hike and I go to the gym. My days of being that hardcore-workout person are over. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to be the hot mom!”

― Alicia Coppola

“My mom has this thing where she doesn’t sugarcoat stuff.”

― Alicia Garza

“My mom is definitely my rock.”

― Alicia Keys

“I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That’s why I still love to sleep on couches now.”

― Alicia Keys

“My mom always said, ‘Don’t date a guy who thinks he’s prettier than you.’”

― Alicia Keys

“Both my mom and my dad have always included me in intelligent conversations about people, about characters, about how people work. My dad and my mom still read all scripts that I find interesting. I send them an e-mail, and I’m like, ‘Okay, I have my eye on this,’ or whatever.”

― Alicia Vikander

“My dad’s an architect and my mom owned a French bakery for twelve years.”

― Alison Lohman

“Sunscreen is my number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 tip. I’m a fanatic, partially because I live in L.A. and have fair skin and freckles, and partially because of my kids. My mom always made me wear sunscreen and I’m trying to be that mom for them.”

― Alison Sweeney

“I wasn’t raised in any way where I was forced to be a vegetarian, too. I always had the choice. My mom would say, ‘I don’t eat the stuff, so I won’t cook it, but if you want to eat it, you can. Let me tell you why I don’t eat it.’ So she was open about it.”

― Alissa White-Gluz

“My mom always told me that I could be anything I wanted to be. And I truly, actually believed it. And I fought.”

― Allen Iverson

“I was a single mom.”

― Allison Anders

“I really am at peace with not being a mom.”

― Allison Janney

“The fact that ‘Mom’ is not joke, joke, joke – and is investing in these characters and their lives, things that really happen to people – I think it’s resonating, and that’s why people are tuning into it and not just dismissing it as a multi-cam sitcom.”

― Allison Janney

“Growing up, my mom made us this amazing thing called The Mack Theatrical Wardrobe. It was a massive trunk filled with everything that you’d want as a kid if you were into imagination and play.”

― Allison Mack

“I’ve done some version of that Minnesota accent – that Midwestern accent – in sketch comedy for years. It’s the quickest way to symbolize you’re a mom.”

― Allison Tolman

“’The Secret Garden’ was the first musical that I fell in love with when I was a kid. My mom took me to see it, and it was the first one that I owned the soundtrack to and listened to over and over again.”

― Allison Tolman

“My mom has beautiful eyes, and I inherited a lot of her rituals, accentuating eyes.”

― Allison Williams

“Catherine Keener is everyone’s dream sister slash mom slash aunt.”

― Allison Williams

“Just having my mom be healthy is, like, so overwhelming enough. Like, my heart’s just full of gratitude.”

― Ally Brooke

“My mom and I shopped for my ‘X Factor’ outfits at La Cantera. We went to Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. I live really close to the mall, so I’d always go there to shop.”

― Ally Brooke

“This is the hardest job I’ve ever had, being a mom, but it’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.”

― Ally Walker

“My dad’s a pastor and a seminary professor; my mom, she has such great faith.”

― Allyson Felix

“Just as a mother finds pleasure in taking her little child on her lap, there to feed and caress him, in like manner our loving God shows His fondness for His beloved souls who have given themselves entirely to Him and have placed all their hope in His goodness.”

― Alphonsus Liguori

“I was two years old when my mom put me in mommy and me classes. I always had a lot of energy so it was the perfect fit!”

― Aly Raisman

“Anyone who wants to offer me as mushy, earthy, crunchy a role as they can, I will probably take it. In real life, I cry at a drop of a hat, and I’m a mom, and I’m pretty mushy! We all have so many colors as actors that we want to show.”

― Alysia Reiner

“I’m one of those girls that cries at the drop of a hat. I’m oversensitive, if anything. I’m a mom. I’m very earthy, crunchy granola. I compost.”

― Alysia Reiner

“My mom was a photographer and whenever they needed a baby for a modelling job, she’d stick me in front of the camera. That’s how it started.”

― Alyson Hannigan

“My mom, Emilie, always taught me to think hard about marriage.”

― Alyson Hannigan

“As a mom, I think you always wonder if you could be doing more.”

― Alyson Hannigan

“I deal with postpartum feelings by reaching out to mom friends. I became very close with some of the women in my prenatal yoga class.”

― Alyssa Milano

“The first few weeks of being a mom were profound, not just emotionally but also, physically. All the changes you instinctually go through are miraculous.”

― Alyssa Milano

“I always tell people, I’m a better swimmer because I’m a mom and a better mom because I’m swimmer.”

― Amanda Beard

“As I have gotten older, I am more of an independent woman, and my mom and I have our own lives, but we are still best friends and can be there for each other.”

― Amanda Fuller

“My mom has a tape from when I was, like, 2 years old, talking with my grandma, telling her a story that’s really elaborate about werewolves and wolves.”

― Amanda Hocking

“I have used Twitter for so many things, from places to stay, places to go, things to do, things I need, medical advice, you name it. Especially when I’m on tour, it really feels like I’m being taken care of by half a million people. It is like having a mom.”

― Amanda Palmer

“Well, my mom is single and we’ve both been single at the same time over the last ten years, so I really related to the bond between my character and Diane’s.”

― Amanda Peet

“I did some pretty bad things as a teenager. When I was 13, I took my friend’s mom’s car out for a joyride, and I actually managed to hit somebody else’s car. No one was hurt, but needless to say, I didn’t get behind the wheel again until I had my driver’s license.”

― Amanda Righetti

“Exactly what I’m doing is what success looks like. I get to create on my own terms, on my own timeline, and I’m able to support myself and my mom and my cat comfortably.”

― Amanda Seales

“My mom is an incredibly direct person, and I like things to make sense.”

― Amanda Seales

“My mom reminds me that all things are possible.”

― Amandla Stenberg

“My mom, she was, at a young age, caught up in the worldly ways. At that time, it was very intriguing to be out partying and having fun. As a young mother, she was caught in that.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“I think our dad and our mom have always told us that in racing we’re a team, and we work together, and that’s how it’s always been, and I think that’s how it’s always going to be.”

― Amber Cope

“My mom was a house mom when we were growing up, and that’s all I knew about her. I had a really big disconnect with her because she only spoke Chinese. Her English isn’t good at all. Being a typical second-generation, you have the basic stuff, but I never had a deep conversation with her.”

― Amber Liu

“My mom has the best style ever.”

― Amber Stevens

“Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“My mom was really of the belief that, as long as you were reading anything, it was okay. Just read.”

― Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

“You’ll never see me at the launch of the new PlayStation or some club. For me, the fun stuff is being able to get my mom tickets to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – she loves Mario Lopez.”

― America Ferrera

“I’m a proud strict mom and, you know, I’m really proud of the two daughters I’ve raised. And I’m especially proud of my relationship with them. We’re very close. I think we’re good friends.”

― Amy Chua

“My youngest sister, Cindy, has Down syndrome, and I remember my mother spending hours and hours with her, teaching her to tie her shoelaces on her own, drilling multiplication tables with Cindy, practicing piano every day with her. No one expected Cindy to get a Ph.D.! But my mom wanted her to be the best she could be, within her limits.”

― Amy Chua

“When I’m not the Tiger Mom, I’m a professor at Yale Law School, and if one thing is clear to me from years of teaching, it’s that there are many ways to produce fabulous kids. I have amazing students; some of them have strict parents, others have lenient parents, and many come from family situations that defy easy description.”

― Amy Chua

“The Chinese mom is not the helicopter mom. I would never do their homework for them. It’s all about: Take responsibility, don’t blame others. Be self-reliant. Never blame the teacher.”

― Amy Chua

“Come Christmas Eve, we usually go to my mom and dad’s. Everybody brings one gift and then we play that game when we all steal it from each other. Some are really cool, others are useful and some are a bit out there.”

― Amy Grant

“I grew up in the public schools, my mom taught in them, and then my daughter is in them.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn’t, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don’t think any of my relatives are surprised.”

― Amy Lee

“My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.”

― Amy Sedaris

“This business – the auditions, the anxiety – it’s all so, aaah, crazy! But I can always call my mom in Cuba to be reminded of what real life is.”

― Ana de Armas

“I was watching tennis on TV, and between games, they were showing a commercial for a tennis school. I wrote down the number, gave it to my mom, and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ She thought it was a joke, but I was very stubborn, and I kept bringing it up.”

― Ana Ivanovic

“I know I’d be a good mom.”

― Ana Kasparian

“I still feel like a kid sometimes myself so hard to believe that I’m a mom. Now I’m an adult! It only took 38 years!”

― Ana Ortiz

“I was really lucky. My gal pal was my mom.”

― Ana Ortiz

“I realized I didn’t want there to be anything left unsaid with my mom. I didn’t want there to be questions that I still had about who she was and what her life was like. And I didn’t want her to have questions about me as an adult.”

― Anderson Cooper

“Obviously I was well aware that I had what people consider a privileged upbringing. My mom was never a bake-cookies sort of mom. I really had no reins whatsoever.”

― Anderson Cooper

“When my mom turned 91, I wanted to use the time that we have left in our lives to get to know each other as adults.”

― Anderson Cooper

“My mom’s made it clear to me that, like, there’s no trust fund.”

― Anderson Cooper

“I think my mom and dad both wanted to get across to me that… I obviously grew up with great privilege and was very lucky and was able to afford college and not have student loans, and they would pay for college, but beyond that, it would be up to me to make a living.”

― Anderson Cooper

“’Anderson’ is what I’ve been called since I was a kid; my mom is about the only person who calls me ‘Mike.’”

― Anderson East

“My mom was born in Korea – Seoul, Korea, during the ’50s, ’51. She was abandoned; her and my uncle were abandoned. My grandfather was a Seabee and adopted my mom and my uncle, and brought them to Compton in the ’50s. That’s where she was raised.”

― Anderson Paak

“My mom eventually got out to Oxnard and started a produce company and was in the strawberry business. My pops was out of the picture by the time I was 7.”

― Anderson Paak

“I grew up in Oxnard, CA, and I went to a church called St. Paul, where I was playing drums. My mom had a strawberry company. The whole town of Oxnard is basically built on produce, and more particularly, strawberries.”

― Anderson Paak

“Growing up in a house where there was a lot of different musical influences – my mom listens to soul stuff and Top 40, my sisters would listen to hip-hop – and the church, I grew up listening to a lot of gospel stuff. So I think that plays a role in how I make music now because my music has a lot of range. I don’t just do one thing.”

― Anderson Paak

“As I celebrate life, I can’t help but think how young my mom was when she died of a heart attack at 53. My mom didn’t get to meet her grandchildren, but I’m determined to watch mine grow up.”

― Andie MacDowell

“I was living with my mom in a tiny apartment in Chula Vista, near Third and H Street behind the 7-Eleven. It was crazy to be on the phone with Stevie Wonder. I felt like a meteor hit our apartment!”

― Andra Day

“My dad and mom divorced when I was around ten, and I didn’t live with him after that, though he was close by and we saw each other weekly. I wasn’t really aware that he was a writer; I didn’t start reading his writing until I was about fifteen. It occurred to me then that my dad was kind of special; he’s still one of my favorite writers.”

― Andre Dubus III

“I’m the type who minds my own business and am not keen on giving interviews on my mom’s birthday, or my dog’s birthday.”

― Andrea Jeremiah

“My mom was a single mother in the South Bronx living in adverse conditions. Seeing her struggles to get herself off of welfare and get back into the workplace and give me and my sister a better life – it’s an inspiration for me.”

― Andrea Navedo

“I came out to my mom at the age of 14. She didn’t understand it at first, but she’s been very supportive since.”

― Andreja Pejic

“I always dreamt of being a girl. One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom’s skirt trying to look like a ballerina.”

― Andreja Pejic

“On a personal level, my mom is my biggest inspiration. She’s always been an idol for me. I used to dream about growing up and being like her.”

― Andreja Pejic

“I think the reason I’m a writer is because first, I was a reader. I loved to read. I read a lot of adventure stories and mystery books, and I have wonderful memories of my mom reading picture books aloud to me. I learned that words are powerful.”

― Andrew Clements

“It’s usually my mom who gets on me about my facial hair. I can’t grow a good mustache, so I guess it’s just a neck beard. I just have trouble growing up there.”

― Andrew Luck

“I always appreciated my dad coming outside and playing with us – or my mom – and being a part of the game we were playing or refereeing it or just being outside. That was fun for us, and it was very encouraging.”

― Andrew Luck

“When you think of couponing, you picture a mom cutting coupons out of the back of the newspaper.”

― Andrew Mason

“My mother was predominately a stay-at-home mom.”

― Andrew Rannells

“Usually on Sundays, I won’t cook because I’ll have dinner at my mom’s. She’s the provost of Mills College in Oakland and lives on campus. It’s a very beautiful school in a very bad part of town.”

― Andrew Sean Greer

“My mom is an experimental chemist and physicist, so she is a cut-and-dried, nuts-and-bolts kind of woman, and my dad is a theoretical chemist, so we were definitely raised with his philosophical point of view: imaginary numbers and dimensions beyond our own. That’s the kind of thing we would talk about.”

― Andrew Sean Greer

“People still ask my husband and me which of us is the mom – which, as one lesbian friend pointed out to me, is like asking which chopstick is the fork. This pressure on us to embody normative traditions can be paralysing.”

― Andrew Solomon

“My mom was as brilliant a cook as my dad is.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“When I was 19 years old, both of my parents died in the same year; my mom of cancer and my dad in a car accident. Through the next two or three years and a series of bad decisions – all my own, I might add – I ended up literally homeless, before that was even a word. I even slept occasionally under a pier on the Gulf Coast.”

― Andy Andrews

“Dinner ‘conversation’ at the Cohens’ meant my sister, mom, and I relaying in brutal detail the day’s events in a state of amplified hysteria, while my father listened to his own smooth jazz station in his head.”

― Andy Cohen

“My mom is a Sikh immigrant born in a refugee camp. My Irish-Swedish-Norwegian-Danish-English-American dad grew up Baptist.”

― Andy Dunn

“From losing my mom, I’ll never be okay; I’ll never be put together again.”

― Andy Grammer

“Going to church and stuff was just something I did with my mom.”

― Andy Mineo

“I told my mom I went gold, and she didn’t know what that meant, and I was immediately humbled.”

― Andy Mineo

“My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever.”

― Andy Partridge

“I remember, my mom, she’s lived in Spain for about thirty years, and we were playing the Royal Albert Hall, and she was with some friends from New York. Morrissey came out with the sign ‘The Queen is Dead,’ and my mom’s friends are like, ‘Oh my God.’ They took it literally.”

― Andy Rourke

“As a busy working mom I’m always pressed for time, so a quick and easy beauty routine is key!”

― Angela Kinsey

“Now that I’m a mom, I’m way more laid back. If you come into my house, don’t look for a coaster. Forget it. There is not a piece of furniture in my house now that is too precious.”

― Angela Kinsey

“My mom, the fabulous Bertie Kinsey, is an amazing seamstress. She quilts and sews and is so crafty. We call her the Southern Martha Stewart!”

― Angela Kinsey

“He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

― Angelina Jolie

“I became an actress because my mom wanted me to become an actress. It took me until my mid-30s to realize I actually didn’t. I actually wanted to write and direct and be more involved in politics and humanitarian issues.”

― Angelina Jolie

“My mom always wanted me to be an actor. And I started going to theater and going on auditions young.”

― Angelina Jolie

“My mom, she was a very, very soft woman. It was hard for her to yell or even curse. But when it came to fighting for her kids, she found a strength she didn’t always know she had.”

― Angelina Jolie

“My mom was a diabetic. Her sister was a diabetic, so I was already a candidate.”

― Angie Stone

“Of course, my mom is my biggest and loudest cheerleader, and my family and friends are happy for me, but I’m still just Angie, not Angie-the-author-with-this-hyped-up-book. I appreciate that.”

― Angie Thomas

“I’ve never had a very closely connected family. My parents split up when I was young and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn’t some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn’t stand in my way.”

― Ani DiFranco

“My parents split up when I was young, and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn’t some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn’t stand in my way.”

― Ani DiFranco

“I love salsa. I use to take salsa classes when I was a little girl with my mom.”

― Anitta

“I’m a very observational storyteller, and I’m always relational – a lot of stories stem from relationships, whether it’s me with my husband, me with my mom or my siblings.”

― Anjelah Johnson

“Don’t try to be anybody else, because that’s what I do. I do me. I’m not trying to impress anybody. I’m not trying to please my pastor at church. I’m not trying to even please my mom, to be honest.”

― Anjelah Johnson

“I’ve been doing the Vietnamese nail lady impressions since my mom first took me to get my nails done when I was 12.”

― Anjelah Johnson

“In Washington, I’ll always support military families and help veterans make the transition home, not just as your congressman but as a proud Army mom.”

― Ann Callis

“People know my story – how I started like they did and that I struggled with things, like being a working mom. They ask me things they wouldn’t ask anyone else.”

― Ann-Marie Campbell

“It’s the moms of this nation – single, married, widowed – who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.”

― Ann Romney

“From the very start of all of this, my mom has read the scripts first. And if she liked something, she let me read it. She told our agent what kinds of parts that we would want.”

― Anna Chlumsky

“I had no idea of the size of my bank account as a teen, and I didn’t care to know. That was my mom’s job, I figured that I would just find out when I turned 18. If you can’t trust your mom, then who can you trust?”

― Anna Chlumsky

“As a working mom, you’re running around all the time, and you’re trying to figure out what can my kid eat that’s healthy because, I guess, I’m ‘supposed to do that.’”

― Anna Faris

“My mom told me I could do anything I want, be anyone I want. I believed it. And so I want my daughters to as well.”

― Anna Gunn

“I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks. When I was a teenager, I was an ultra late bloomer, and my mom would say it was a blessing because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs.”

― Anna Kendrick

“I think when you’re a mom and an actor, it forces you to leave any actor neuroses behind and just concentrate on the work.”

― Anna Silk

“My friends and I would get up early and take our horses through the national forest. My mom was very free. It was always ‘Out of the house!’ There was no watching television on weekends.”

― Anna Torv

“My mom is an elementary school gym teacher and a track and cross-country coach, so she really wanted me to be a runner. But I was not a runner. I was horrible at running.”

― Annaleigh Ashford

“My mom was a great cook and also a very creative cook.”

― Anne Burrell

“I’ll wear my mom jeans in public that haven’t been tailored ‘just so’ yet, just because they feel good.”

― Anne Hathaway

“My mom was a problem solver.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“I first heard about ‘genes’ when I was six years old. At dinner one night, I heard my mom tell my sister, ‘It’s in your genes.’”

― Anne Wojcicki

“I grew up with my mom being very, very cheap, so when it’s free, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, it’s free – I have to take as much as I can!’”

― Anne Wojcicki

“My dad is from India, my mom is from Russia. Fortunately, we moved a lot. I went to a lot of different schools and completely different cultures, so that’s my background.”

― Annet Mahendru

“When I watch my kids, and I see the primal level at which the sibling relationships are formed, then I completely understand what these unresolved adult sibling problems are based on. You know, ‘Mom liked you better’ and, ‘You got your own room and I didn’t.’”

― Annette Bening

“Of all the roles I’ve played, none has been as fulfilling as being a mother.”

― Annette Funicello

“I knew I’d love being a mom, but it’s so much cooler than I even thought it would be.”

― Annie Wersching

“Technology moves so fast and social media moves so fast because everyone wants the new thing, but also, everyone wants to be where their parents are not. Once the mom got a Facebook and a Twitter and an Instagram, I don’t want to be there anymore.”

― Ansel Elgort

“My dad photographed a lot of beautiful dancers. My mom was a dancer.”

― Ansel Elgort

“My mom is very romantic. As is my dad. They appreciate real romance.”

― Ansel Elgort

“My mom had Julia Child and ‘The Fannie Farmer Cookbook’ on top of the refrigerator, and she had a small repertoire of French dishes.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“My mom was a high school science teacher for decades. She just never made it feel like we had to choose between the arts and the sciences. We had bookshelves full of novels, and she also had Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold and Carl Sagan.”

― Anthony Doerr

“My parents would drive us to Florida every spring in this big old, rusy Suburban, and we’d collect stuff on the beach for our aquarium back in Ohio; we had this big saltwater aquarium back in Ohio. Every time we found anything, any mollusk, my mom would bring out the guidebook and quiz us on what it was, so that stuff was built in early.”

― Anthony Doerr

“Fridays after school, especially when the weather was lousy, Mom would take me to the library. She’d let me check out whatever I wanted, and I checked out a lot.”

― Anthony Doerr

“My mom is a science teacher in high school, and one of my brothers works in optics at Bell Labs, and so I was always surrounded by it.”

― Anthony Doerr

“I was born to a single mom and raised by her and my grandparents.”

― Anthony Foxx

“I grew up in Bushwick, and I lived with my mom. She was a single parent with three kids. I’ve got an older brother and a younger sister. We all were pretty active kids, but school wasn’t particularly our strong suit; we were always good at other things.”

― Anthony Ramos

“My mom was my mother and father. My father lost his mind when I was about 4 years old. And my mom did everything she could to make sure that we was brought up right.”

― Anthony Ray Hinton

“I started playing full-equipment football when I was 6 years old. My mom actually got me started in it.”

― Antonio Brown

“My life has always been with my dad. Since I can remember, I was raised by my father my entire life. So he’s kind of been that mom and father figure – always.”

― Apolo Ohno

“I’m very fortunate in that my parents are artists. My mom is a brilliant poet… She still is a great visual artist. My dad is a jazz drummer… I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had parents who supported and encouraged me and haven’t really questioned what I’m doing or asked me to question it.”

― Ari Aster

“My first experience in a movie theater was Dick Tracy. There was a scene with a guy with a Tommy gun and a wall of fire behind him. I panicked, screamed, and jumped out of my seat. And I ran six New York city blocks, running into the street and almost got hit by a bunch of cars and had my mom chasing after a panic-stricken four-year-old.”

― Ari Aster

“I was more of the kind of babysitter that liked holding the baby, sort of playing Mom, and then putting the baby to bed and watching TV while eating everything in their kitchen.”

― Ari Graynor

“My mom was in the chorus of ‘Hello Dolly’ and ‘The Worldly Players’; my dad would build the set.”

― Ari Graynor

“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.”

― Arianna Huffington

“There is nothing like becoming a mom to fill you with fear.”

― Arianna Huffington

“Trying to be Supermom is as futile as trying to be Perfect Mom. Not going to happen.”

― Arianna Huffington

“I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!”

― Arianna Huffington

“If I go on dates, my mom is always with me. She’s always there making sure I’m all right. Like if I go to see a movie with a boy, she’ll go to dinner next door.”

― Ariel Winter

“Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.”

― Aristotle

“I don’t have to do a lot to my eyebrows. My mom always told me not to pluck them, which is great advice.”

― Arizona Muse

“I remember my mom saying that after you have a baby you get really thin. So you gain all that weight and then you just lose it and keep losing it.”

― Arizona Muse

“My granddad passed away a month before I started shooting for ‘Ishaqzaade,’ and my mom died just before the film’s release, both within a year of each other.”

― Arjun Kapoor

“Tollywood has a special place in my heart because Telugu is my mother tongue, and when I sing in the language, my mom feels really happy.”

― Armaan Malik

“Since I was five years old, when my mom was still alive, she would just call me. And we would listen to the radio with Barbra Streisand and Karen Carpenter, and she would ask me to sing with her.”

― Arnel Pineda

“Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.”

― Arnold Bennett

“I’m a pretty tenacious person; I get that from my mom. So sometimes, I use dark humor. I can’t take myself too seriously.”

― Art Alexakis

“Married and divorced, three beautiful daughters, two in college. The other one is 16, lives with her mom. I’m 46, I’ve worked for the Post Office for 18 years, seven facilities in three states.”

― Arthur Godfrey

“My little sister, who is four, can work my mom’s iPhone better than she can.”

― Asa Butterfield

“After school, my mom would pick me up and I would just go to visit my dad in the recording studio, and I would see him working with Mark Hamill or hear him doing the ‘Transformers’ or a ‘G.I. Joe’ or the ‘Rugrats.’”

― Ashley Bell

“Growing up, I had my mom to look up to; J. Lo and Marilyn Monroe were notable curvy women. But I didn’t have anyone with cellulite or back fat telling me they didn’t care.”

― Ashley Graham

“I want to be a better parent than I had. Even though my mom was absolutely amazing. Her and I are still best friends to this day. I think that the next generation should always be better and better.”

― Ashley Graham

“When I was 15, I worked at a dry cleaner because I wanted Abercrombie & Fitch jeans. My mom told me I could have $20 jeans, not $70 jeans, unless I was willing to work for them. So I did!”

― Ashley Greene

“I remember getting this scrapbook that this girl made, that I actually gave to my mom to hold onto because she has a ‘Twilight’ shrine in their house in Florida. It was just this scrapbook of me, starting with ‘Twilight,’ and the whole progression of me and my career throughout that, and other stuff that I had done in between.”

― Ashley Greene

“I haven’t shut up, I think, since I was born. I tend to talk a lot, and I sing constantly, and I know that it can be kind of annoying, but I would say I sound a lot like my mom.”

― Ashley McBryde

“I started playing mandolin when I was three or four years old because I was too small to be playing guitar. As I got older and more responsible with holding instruments, I was allowed to play my mom’s guitar that she had.”

― Ashley McBryde

“I watched my mom suffer from a divorce where she depended on my father.”

― Ashley Roberts

“Everyone checks out my mom. My mom’s hot.”

― Ashley Scott

“I don’t drink, and I don’t smoke. It’s a personal preference. My mom has never drunk or smoked. I look up to my mom.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“I did find some time to go to a record store and check out ‘Headstrong’ actually in the racks. It was pretty cool; I never thought I’d see my own CD sitting there with everyone else’s. I made my Mom take lots of pics!”

― Ashley Tisdale

“Once in high school, I completely over plucked my left eyebrow all the way up to where you’re not supposed to. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked terrible! My mom was like ‘What did you do to yourself?’ I was so embarrassed.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“The ‘believe’ tattoo is because my mom always told me to believe.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“My mom is very confident and she was always a role model of mine.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“I’ve always wanted to be sure my parents approve of what I do. Even with my tattoos, my mom went with me.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“When my parents were paying for my sport, it wasn’t just me out on the ice. Pretty much every dollar my mom made teaching went into my skating.”

― Ashley Wagner

“My mom devised a plan to get me out of the house and gave me the choice between ballet or skating. She knew both of those sports were time-consuming and would keep me busy with hours of practice.”

― Ashley Wagner

“I want to buy my mom a house; I want my family to never have to worry about anything. And I just want to have an amazing career in music, because I love to do it.”

― Ashthon Jones

“When I see my mom in the stands, it always pushes me to succeed.”

― Ashton Eaton

“My mom took me to a taekwondo class, and I fell in love. I was seven years old.”

― Ashton Eaton

“My mom is still yelling at me because she needs more autographed pictures.”

― Ashton Kutcher

“I remember the feeling of a tweed Chanel jacket because my mom used to wear one to work.”

― Astrid Berges-Frisbey

“My mom convinced me to audition for ‘The X Factor.’ And I just said, ‘O.K., let me see what it’s about. $5 million? Might as well try.’ I tried out, and it worked out. I got through top seven out of 200,000, so I’m proud.”

― Astro

“My dad, when he was young, did Shakespeare in school, and my mom was a little bit of an artist, but everybody was pragmatic.”

― Ato Essandoh

“My mom thought I might be good for voiceover. She thought I had a cute voice, so maybe I could do a cartoon or something. And while we were looking into that, we also thought I should get into theater acting, so I tried it and the first audition I went on, I booked it. And it kind of just snowballed from there.”

― Atticus Shaffer

“I’ve always been homeschooled, so doing it on set is kind of the same thing. My mom makes it very interactive – we’ll get a book on chocolate and learn how to make it, or she will buy antique items. I love military history, the mechanics and strategy of it.”

― Atticus Shaffer

“I like my name. My mom named me after a song by the 1970s group Bread. So, it’s meaningful, and I like the song. It’s a love song – kind of – but it’s kind of depressing and dark.”

― Aubrey Plaza

“Vocally, I sound like my mom. I don’t think I can help it. That’s just my natural voice.”

― Aubrie Sellers

“One great thing about my mom, about the business, is that she has a really great head on her shoulders about everything and always has been 100 percent about the music and not about the other junk.”

― Aubrie Sellers

“When I wanted to audition for a dinner-theater junior troupe in my hometown, I needed to have a piece of musical theater music to sing. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use. My mom and dad suggested that I sing ‘Edelweiss’ because I knew it from the music box.”

― Audra McDonald

“I’ve danced hula since I was 5. My mom danced hula as well. It’s been in my family from far back and really connected me to my ancestors.”

― Auli’i Cravalho

“My mom keeps me grounded and all that. She makes me do chores.”

― Auli’i Cravalho

“I just want to support my mom. I have everything I need. I don’t need to buy anything.”

― Austin Seferian-Jenkins

“I need to take care of my mom and making sure she’s financially OK. She’s done so much for me, it’s the least thing I can do.”

― Austin Seferian-Jenkins

“My mom is the type of mom who wonders why I haven’t used my psychology degree to become a successful clinical psychologist.”

― Autre Ne Veut

“I love being a mom – I really do! I didn’t realize how much I would love it!”

― Autumn Reeser

“I don’t want to have kids for like 10 years. I still have a lot to do. I don’t even know if I could handle a dog right now. I’m so not ready. Someday I’ll be a mom but not until I’m in my 30s.”

― Avril Lavigne

“My mom passed away when I was 4 years old, and she came from a very conservative Korean background. I feel like my life would’ve been incredibly different had she still been alive.”

― Awkwafina

“Listen, my dad left me, my mom is crazy, I’m from L.A., a pop star dumped me three times and I’m an actress who gets rejected constantly.”

― Ayda Field

“Well, you know, I was raised by a 1970s feminist. My mom had a consciousness-raising group. I used to sit at the top of the stairs and listen to them.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“I feel really strongly about immigration because my mom is… from Jamaica. She still has a green card here.”

― Ayesha Curry

“I am a working mom, so to be able to have a space for my kids as well as a space for my work, it’s just great. That is what balance is.”

― Ayesha Curry

“I launched Little Lights of Mine because I was a young, 23-year-old new mom. I was home at the time and looking for direction. I started the blog as a place to just share everything. It quickly turned into a food-based blog where I would share all of my favorite recipes.”

― Ayesha Curry

“My mom is Jamaican and Chinese, and my dad is Polish and African-American, so I had a pretty diverse culinary background to work with.”

― Ayesha Curry

“The one thing my mom taught me was to never go to bed without washing my face, and so I wash my face at least twice a day.”

― Ayesha Curry

“I remember my mom wearing CoverGirl. And, no joke, the first lipstick I got was CoverGirl. It was this pearly pink shimmer that was not the color for me, but it sticks in your mind.”

― Ayesha Curry

“My dad was in a Beatles cover band. My mom wore Candies and belly buttons. The people in our family were very glamorous. They wore pearls like Jackie O.”

― Azita Ghanizada

“Whenever my mom goes to Afghanistan, I’m just like, ‘Bring me jewelry.’”

― Azita Ghanizada

“My favorite subject was English, and I wanted to study English abroad when I was young, when I was a kid, but my mom said ‘No, it’s too dangerous to go abroad by yourself.’ So I gave up.”

― Bae Doona

“I honestly don’t even know how I got into acting. It happened so quickly because my mom and sister used to do commercials, and apparently when I was little I would unbuckle myself from the stroller and crash their auditions.”

― Bailee Madison

“My mom really inspired me. She has always taught me it’s not about us, it’s about what we can give back.”

― Bailee Madison

“My mom got me into some commercials, and I basically, I guess, just got out of my shell I was in at the time because I can’t remember. I’ve just been blessed ever since.”

― Bailee Madison

“Something my mom and I have always said to each other is: ‘We’re not here for interviews. We’re not here to get your picture taken. We’re here to make a difference, and this is our opportunity to.’”

― Bailee Madison

“I was growing up with a single mom who’d be at work when I came home from school. So I’d just turn on the TV. I grew up watching old Clint Eastwood westerns. I adopted him as one of my male role models.”

― Bailey Chase

“I would never put myself before my mom.”

― Baker Mayfield

“My mom and I used to dance to the Jackson 5 in our living room.”

― Baker Mayfield

“My mom was an opera singer. She did all the classical music, and I heard it. I know every opera. I know every classical piece of music.”

― Bakermat

“My mom just understands about stuff. We have a really good trust, and she knows I can take care of myself.”

― Balthazar Getty

“One time my mom tried to ground me, but that lasted 15 minutes.”

― Bam Margera

“My voice has always been kind of distinct – even when I was four years old, my mom told me that people would be like, ‘Why does your daughter always sound like a chain smoker?’ I’ve always had this deep, raspy voice.”

― Banks

“I love grey. My mom told me that when I was younger, I would get mildly depressed when it was grey all the time. I’d be darker when it was dark out. But as an adult, I really love it.”

― Banks

“America isn’t Congress. America isn’t Washington. America is the striving immigrant who starts a business, or the mom who works two low-wage jobs to give her kid a better life. America is the union leader and the CEO who put aside their differences to make the economy stronger.”

― Barack Obama

“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old – and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”

― Barack Obama

“I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time.”

― Barbara Bush

“Every single thing I learned about marketing and building my business, I learned from my mom, and she had never been in the workforce. She just had great practical sense.”

― Barbara Corcoran

“I wanted to be a 150% entrepreneur and a 150% mom, and I found that I was having a very hard time doing both. I was about 75% and 75% – still better than 100%, but not what I was accustomed to at work.”

― Barbara Corcoran

“Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“I come back to Vegas pretty regularly. Quick visits, and I usually just kind of lay low, see my mom, and then get out of there. But every now and then, I’m able to kind of come for extended stays and see some people.”

― Baron Vaughn

“How did I feel as a guy who was making a movie about a single mom who’s a crackhead? That – I was scared. I mean, it was scary. But part of that’s because it was so personal and real to me.”

― Barry Jenkins

“I went to Brown University, but my mom said I couldn’t be an artist because I would starve.”

― Barry Sternlicht

“Privacy is relational. It depends on the audience. You don’t want your employer to know you’re job hunting. You don’t spill all about your love life to your mom or your kids. You don’t tell trade secrets to your rivals.”

― Barton Gellman

“My mom was practically in the vice principal’s office all the time! Now I really feel sorry that my mom had to go through such embarrassment, but I was never a harmful person.”

― Barun Sobti

“Growing up watching WWE, they used to have bra-and-panties matches or pillow fights, and that’s why my mom didn’t want me to watch wrestling. But when my parents divorced, I was able to watch wrestling again, and that’s when I started to really get into wrestlers like Ivory.”

― Bayley

“My greatest role model is my mom because she’s a Renaissance woman. She has had many careers over the course of her life because she really is just an extremely creative, passionate person and is very involved in many different things.”

― Beanie Feldstein

“My dad sings, and my mom is the funniest person you’ll ever meet. You put them together, and out comes the Feldstein children.”

― Beanie Feldstein

“My mom is many times responsible for getting us all together, but we trade off at each other’s houses. My brother and I are actors and are traveling a lot of our job.”

― Beau Bridges

“Anytime there was an award show, it was a ritual where me and my mom would sit around and watch with my friends. We would make desserts and buy chips and popcorn and see what our favorite performances of the night were.”

― Bebe Rexha

“People may not know this about me, but I’ve always loved cooking. My favorite thing to cook is my mom’s spicy spaghetti.”

― Becky G

“There are days I’m feeling lazy, and my mom will remind me, ‘Beyonce also only has 24 hours during the day.’ That always keeps me going.”

― Becky G

“I quit wrestling in 2006 because I just got lost. My mom didn’t want me wrestling. I was wondering if I was going to make it in wrestling; I got injured in a match. I was 19. I was away from home, living in Florida, and I just got lost. I couldn’t face it, so I stepped away.”

― Becky Lynch

“My first time coming over to North America was to New York around Christmastime when I was 7. My mom was a flight attendant, and she got put on to the Trans-Atlantic route over Christmastime, so she brought the whole family.”

― Becky Lynch

“My mom used to call me a ‘jean hoarder’ growing up because I had so many pairs of jeans – and I still do.”

― Behati Prinsloo

“My devotion stemmed from my mom’s love of horses. I have been riding since I could walk, and the fact that my mom knew everything about horses really helped my passion grow.”

― Bella Hadid

“I’m blessed because I had my mom as a teacher – sixth through eighth grade – and she is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.”

― Bellamy Young

“I started singing when I was about 3 and dancing soon after. Mom just started looking for outlets where I could perform and availed herself of any opportunity she could in the mountains of North Carolina in the ’70s.”

― Bellamy Young

“There is nothing worse that a thirteen-year-old boy. You’re embarrassed by your parents, and you’re trying to find your independance because, deep inside, you are so dependent on your mom.”

― Ben Affleck

“My mother gets all mad at me if I stay in a hotel. I’m 31-years-old, and I don’t want to sleep on a sleeping bag down in the basement. It’s humiliating.”

― Ben Affleck

“A friend of my mom’s was a casting director so, really as kind of a lark, I had a couple of acting jobs that had just enough exposure to give me the option to continue if I wanted to. I followed through with it.”

― Ben Affleck

“I got into acting as a young child on account of a sort of arbitrary thing. A friend of my mom’s was a casting director, so really, as kind of a lark, I had a couple of acting jobs that had just enough exposure to give me the option to continue if I wanted to. I followed through with it.”

― Ben Affleck

“I remember ‘The Yearling’ was the first film I ever saw, and my mom told me I cried for about four or five days afterwards. I’d be going along during the day and suddenly start crying over what had happened to the little deer.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“I was with my grandmother, while one of my brothers lived with my dad, and one lived with my mom. It wasn’t a great situation. Acting was the one good thing I was involved in.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“When we were shooting ‘The Book Thief,’ I was keeping all these journals. And I remember talking to my mom, really trying to verbalize all the experiences I was having. And I remember my mom saying, ‘Ben, reflection is a retroactive process.’ When you’re going through it, that’s the time to just let it wash over you.”

― Ben Schnetzer

“Mom’s paintings are a very small part of the legacy she left behind.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“My mother’s a Peruvian Indian from Lima who raised me and my four brothers and sisters as a single mom.”

― Benjamin Bratt

“There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother’s age.”

― Benjamin Spock

“I was watching TV one day, and I’m like, ‘How did those people get on TV? I’m gonna try that. Hey, mom, I want to be on TV!’ And she’s like, ‘OK, let’s get you an agent.’”

― Benjamin Stockham

“The only time I only really made out with a girl in high school, my mom caught me.”

― Benji Madden

“If I would get in trouble, my mom would already know when I came home after school. I didn’t have time to give my side, because she would’ve already seen the teacher, like, in the teacher’s lounge.”

― Beth Behrs

“When I moved out of my mom’s house at 18 I was almost as sad to leave her sewing machine behind as anything else.”

― Beth Ditto

“We all seek approval, and our mother’s seal is usually the most important. The nitty gritty is that we have to accept ourselves, even if it is just to be ready for the next cut-down. Mom’s blessing or not.”

― Beth Ditto

“I was brought up by a single mom in a poor town in Arkansas and while some aspects of small-town life were really positive – like the fact that everyone there is really sweet and hospitable – there is also this close-minded mentality, and that naturally made me want to rebel.”

― Beth Ditto

“Aretha Franklin was a teenage mom, a musician who came from an incredibly Christian background, but there was a lot of love, which is really inspiring in a feminist way.”

― Beth Ditto

“I have no idea what was the first record I ever bought, but I think I asked my mom to buy me… um… a collection of Beethoven when I was a little girl because I became very addicted to his music. It might have been piano sonatas.”

― Beth Hart

“My dad dropped out of school in middle school, but he reads five or six books a week, and my mom reads about two.”

― Beth Macy

“The bottom line is that I’m very, very proud of my mom.”

― Beto O’Rourke

“As a mom, I just can’t imagine having a child who would feel discriminated against for any reason, and I would want my child in a safe environment.”

― Betsy DeVos

“My mom was a lot of a stage mother.”

― Betty Buckley

“My mom used to play a lot of super character-y parts… so I was sort of raised to be a clown.”

― Betty Gilpin

“I’m very much half-American – my mom is American. I grew up in Australia until I was 16, then I finished high school over here because I got into this performing arts high school.”

― Betty Who

“I can remember watching other Canadians make their big breakouts and saying, ‘Hey Mom, when is it going to happen for me?’”

― Bianca Andreescu

“I remember an old Singer sewing machine at home that belonged to my grandmother. It had a pedal. My mom taught me how to use it when I was 12 years old. I used to find it so intriguing, how a flat piece of material could be made into an object that had so many uses.”

― Bibhu Mohapatra

“I was born in Berlin, and when I was 6, my mom passed. When I was 9, I moved to near Washington, D.C., where I lived with my aunt and uncle. And then at 11, I moved back to Berlin. And then at 16, I got in trouble in school and moved back to the Washington area.”

― Bibi Bourelly

“My mom graduated from the University of Michigan, which is a great school. Then she got her Master’s from NYU. She wanted to be an actress, so when she graduated, she had a dream, and she started following it. She moved to New York and took acting classes with people like Denzel Washington.”

― Big Sean

“It was probably in third grade – I had a super-fake gold herringbone chain. Yeah man, it was, like, super fake. I don’t remember if it was my mom’s or how I got it, but ever since then, I’ve loved chains. The first real chain I got was from Kanye. It was a Jacob the Jeweler Kanye West Jesus piece.”

― Big Sean

“The thing was, at a young age, my mom and my grandma always tried to keep me out of the streets as much as they could, so they put me in a private school when I was super young.”

― Big Sean

“I wouldn’t want to get Shaq’s mom mad, I’ll tell you that much. If she told me to do something, I would do it in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t want her mad at me. That woman is serious.”

― Big Show

“I’m definitely saying right now that if I had to face Shaq’s mom at WrestleMania, I will not show up. I’ll be scared. If Shaq shows up, no problem. Shaq’s mom shows up, eh, I don’t know. I think I might get the flu.”

― Big Show

“If someone has money, they can put their child in a private school, paying tens of thousands of dollars for tuition. But their child’s needs are met. What is lacking is options for that single mom with three kids, or just that intact family but lower income.”

― Bill Cassidy

“My mom was on the United Way group that decides how to allocate the money and looks at all the different charities and makes the very hard decisions about where that pool of funds is going to go.”

― Bill Gates

“My mom and my dad were both very sociable, meeting lots of interesting people.”

― Bill Gates

“My mom, dad, grandparents, we all do voices.”

― Bill Hader

“I grew up with my two sisters and my mom, so it’s my lot in life to be surrounded by women.”

― Bill Hader

“I bugged my mom and dad to ‘get me inside the television set’ when I was about four years old.”

― Bill Mumy

“All of us kids ended up ‘doing Mom.’ There are four of us who’ve tried show business. Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun, who does liturgical dance.”

― Bill Murray

“Your mom was right when she told you never to discuss politics and religion because emotions run so high in those arenas. Especially religion.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“It was so weird that I would end up directing ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played,’ because, y’know, I’m not a big golfer myself. But I grew up around the game. My mom and dad kind of built their dream house off the 11th fairway of Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth.”

― Bill Paxton

“Every day in our house is like Valentine’s Day. I’ve kept it traditional with what my dad has done with my mom. Every morning, I get up and I make coffee and I bring Giuliana coffee in bed.”

― Bill Rancic

“Mothers are the necessity of invention.”

― Bill Watterson

“Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen and I was three.”

― Billie Holiday

“My mom made me watch ‘Star Wars’ for the first time when I was about 7 years old. When I was younger, I hated action movies and pretty much anything loud. So when she put it on, I covered my ears and ran out of the room.”

― Billie Lourd

“I want my mom on ‘Scream Queens’. She could play someone who is convinced she’s Princess Leila. That could be her disease, and then as a plot twist, we could find out that she actually is Princess Leila.”

― Billie Lourd

“I know my mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles.”

― Billie Lourd

“I was raised mostly by my mom.”

― Billy Crystal

“My mom had a heart attack, and it came out of nowhere – she was 54. My dad had leukemia for about 3 months. He was 80 when he passed. My dad had me later in life, and so he had leukemia and was alive for about 3 months between diagnosis and passing away.”

― Billy Eichner

“I was always into sports and a lot of physical activities. My dad was a kickboxer and a body builder. My mom was an aerobics teacher.”

― Billy Magnussen

“I had been inspired by an organ player named Earl Grant, who played organ and piano together. My mom took me to see him. So I went home, put my piano and organ together, too.”

― Billy Preston

“Mom and Dad are truly my heroes. And I have to say, so is my little brother Robert. He’s 11, and he’s just the most amazing boy. He’s so much like Dad sometimes, it’s a bit scary.”

― Bindi Irwin

“My mom’s a concert pianist, so she started teaching me when I was around seven. When I was eight, I started writing my own songs, and kinda started putting piano and singing together. But I’m trained classically, which is a big influence on me, I think.”

― Birdy

“It’s quite hard to have your mom as a teacher – it’s like, she’s not necessarily a ‘real teacher’ for me. But she’d always teach me to really hear the music, and develop my ear, and to try and hear the harmonics of the piano.”

― Birdy

“My mom and my dad was the best example of unconditional love I could see as a kid. I’ve known it my whole life. Interactions, kissing, hugging – it definitely wasn’t the fake love.”

― BJ the Chicago Kid

“My mom modeled and made clothes, so I always had such an appreciation for design.”

― Blake Lively

“My mom would have different fragrances for different times of the year. They were a part of her identity. I don’t remember the specific ones she used, but I remember the bottles.”

― Blake Lively

“My mom and dad always taught acting, so instead of getting me babysitters, they would just bring me to class.”

― Blake Lively

“My mom is a huge woman of worth for me because she’s been my idol my whole life. My mom was someone who juggled everything. She had her own career, she raised five kids, she was Superwoman… and she was never satisfied doing just one thing because… she probably just had too much energy.”

― Blake Lively

“The way my family always did Christmas was on Christmas Eve, it wasn’t really centered around a dinner on Christmas Eve. It was more about keeping the kids calm. Sometime after dark is when we were going to open all the presents underneath the tree from Mom, Dad and the kids and everything – just the family presents was every Christmas Eve.”

― Blake Shelton

“I can’t help but recall my dad and mom. Depression era kids, 8th and 9th grade educations, clawed and scratched to make a living as dairy farmers their whole life. At least two drought cycles nearly took it all away. They just worked harder, longer… and they made it.”

― Bob Beauprez

“In our family, mom and dad are Longhorns, our first two kids are Aggies and we’re hoping our last one is a Longhorn. It gives us family fun on Thanksgiving Day.”

― Bob Wells

“I used to beg my mom to let me put a real bed out in forest so I could lie there and listen to the sounds of the forest while still having all the comforts of home.”

― Bobby Berk

“I was 13 when I developed the classic symptoms of a person who gets diabetes: a lot of weight loss, a tremendous thirst, and blurry eyesight. My mom took me to the hospital, and the doctors took some blood tests. My blood sugar was so high that they knew right away.”

― Bobby Clarke

“One of my first overseas trips with WWE was to France. I walked out of our hotel, and I see a little kid walking toward me with his mom. He gets a couple of steps past me and he stops in his tracks. I see his mom do a little bit of a double-take, then he runs over and just grabs on and starts hugging my leg as hard as he can, then he starts crying.”

― Bobby Lashley

“My mom makes something called green pie, which I thought was a delicacy that many people only had at Thanksgiving, but it turns out it was just Jell-O with whipped cream on it. And it’s delicious.”

― Bobby Moynihan

“My mom played the recorder. But not having electricity, we had minimal exposure to music. As I got a little older, we had Walkmans and things that were battery-powered, but it would have been nice to be growing up in the iPod era. A tape only has six songs on a side.”

― Bode Miller

“I did organize something in high school like a school walkout. These kids were locked up in their school, they weren’t allowed out, but 3,000 school kids from Sydney walked out and protested. And I organized it from my mom’s office at work. And I was 12.”

― Bojana Novakovic

“When I was child, I never spoke. Teacher used to write remarks on my note book. My mom sent me to a trainer. I started talking, and it gave me confidence.”

― Boman Irani

“There were seven kids in our family. My mom had seven kids in 10 years. So you had to learn how to talk and think fast if you wanted to be heard.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“I’m a blue-collar Chicago girl raised on wonderful movies my mom took us to, ones that had a lot of heart.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“When you’re the mom in a big family comedy, you have to get your personality when you can.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“When I was little, we lived on 8 acres and my mom had a horse. But when I was 7, my mom kicked my dad out, and then in order to feed us five kids, she got critters cheap or for free and raised them for food. We milked a cow, raised chickens, pigs and beef cattle. We heated our one-story house with wood and stayed cold all winter.”

― Bonnie Jo Campbell

“My mom took me to see ‘Annie’ on Broadway when I was little, and I just wanted to be doing what those girls were doing.”

― Bonnie Somerville

“There are some good teachers out there, but the only one who is a genius at diagnosing my swing is my mom. She took up golf late, when she was 39, but in her younger days, she was an amazing athlete. She never read an instruction book or took lessons, but she has a remarkable eye for motion.”

― Boo Weekley

“My mom was a professional fitness competitor, so I go into the gym with her. I train with my dad and mother. It’s embarrassing, because she’s really strong.”

― Booboo Stewart

“I usually travel with a lot of people, like my dad, mom and sisters.”

― Booboo Stewart

“My mom’s really into astrology and she’s always telling me about the moon cycles and stuff like that.”

― Borns

“There was no theater in my high school. I think even our art program was cut – it was so bad. I didn’t even know that was a possibility in college or in high school; I hadn’t even thought of it. It was pretty negligent. My father has run a bulldozer all of his life, and my mom is in real estate.”

― Boyd Holbrook

“One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I’m so happy to have her.”

― Brad Pitt

“Sioux was always a horse culture, especially the Lakota Sioux. My mom is from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; my dad is from a Sioux Indian reservation. Both tribes are Lakota.”

― Brady Jandreau

“My parents and my grandfather on my mom’s side would travel the earth. They went to Australia and China, and they went to probably every soccer game I ever played.”

― Brandi Chastain

“My parents are wonderful, and I’m really lucky – but my mom has always been almost exclusively a right-brained person.”

― Brandon Boyd

“I’m not sure how young kids get to the point where they’re memorizing and knowing songs, but I knew the words to ‘Missing You’ from John Waite probably from when I was three years old. For whatever reason, that was the song that I gravitated toward when it was on the radio and I was driving around with my mom.”

― Brandon Flowers

“My dad was a produce man. He worked in grocery stores for 35 years. My mom just babysat kids and raised us. I have four sisters and one brother. I’m the baby.”

― Brandon Flowers

“I’m going to let people know that it’s cool to have a child and be young and still be a good mom. It’s really tough, but I’m doing it.”

― Brandy Norwood

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom at 23, 24ish, ever since I was a little girl. I’m right on schedule.”

― Brandy Norwood

“It’s her first grandchild, so she’s really, really, really excited. I guess my mom is a little more stressed out than me.”

― Brandy Norwood

“Mom would kill me if I showed my navel.”

― Brandy Norwood

“My mom’s an angel, bless her heart, for everything I put her through.”

― Brantley Gilbert

“I always go to my mom’s house for Christmas.”

― Brantley Gilbert

“My mom is really skinny, too. I got it from her. I’ve never done yoga before.”

― Bregje Heinen

“I’m a huge breast cancer awareness advocate because my mom went through breast cancer recently. It really brought our family closer.”

― Brenda Song

“I wanted to be an actor as a kid. My teacher in second grade had called a talent agency and had them call my house. My mom was so mad.”

― Brendon Urie

“I think that it’s awkward watching a video with your mom, particularly when you’re making out with a girl or a sexy scene. I would rather be away from that!”

― Brett Eldredge

“My mom had me when she was 16, and I was an only child, which is probably why I received a lot of love and didn’t miss that my father wasn’t around.”

― Brett Ratner

“Miami Beach – that’s where I grew up, in a middle-class Jewish family led by my maternal grandfather. Me, my great-grandmother – a Holocaust survivor, who was my roommate – my grandparents, my mom and her brother all shared a four-bedroom house.”

― Brett Ratner

“My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit.”

― Brian Acton

“For me specifically, it was important to graduate. In my family, I was one of the first graduates. My mom did not have a college degree. My dad did not have a college degree.”

― Brian Acton

“Why blow money on a tour bus when you could get your mom a nice dress?”

― Brian Fallon

“My mom says: ‘Why aren’t you a doctor?’ and I’m like, ‘I am a doctor!’ and she’s all, ‘No, I mean a real doctor.’ She reads my books, but she says they give her a headache.”

― Brian Greene

“As a little kid, not only is my dad Jo-Jo White, but M. L. Carr is involved in the family, Red Auerbach is my godfather, and my stepmother was an Olympic-caliber sprinter. Athletes were all around. I happened to be a natural athlete. If I wasn’t, it might have been hell. But I never got any pressure from my mom and dad to be an athlete.”

― Brian J. White

“I was raised by my mom. My dad was always traveling, but she allowed me and encouraged me to be close to my dad. So I grew up with three parents: my mom, my dad and my stepmom. Ninety percent of the time I was with my mom, and 10 percent was with my dad.”

― Brian J. White

“I grew up with a sister I was very close with and a mom who was a powerful influence on my life. I was always close with women.”

― Brian K. Vaughan

“My house was a revolving door. You walk in, you walk out, you get whatever you can eat, you leave, you go hang out with friends. I’m on my mission, my sister’s on another mission, my dad is working trying to provide, my mom is trying to do the same thing. And somehow, we’re all co-existing with each other.”

― Brian Ortega

“I was blessed to be able to be born here. My dad crossed. My dad illegally went through the border and was living under a bridge; he was homeless. People are making fun of him, beating him up. All kinds of things. After he kind of figured out the situation, he brought my mom over.”

― Brian Ortega

“Dad worked his entire career as an aviation technician. Mom was a legal secretary who became a teacher. We lived a simple American life.”

― Brian Sandoval

“Hug your mom. Hug your mom and thank your mom.”

― Brian Tyree Henry

“I’m not sure anyone – and I could be wrong in this – grows up thinking, I want to be a single mom.”

― Bridget Moynahan

“The first time around as a mom, I held on really tight and I was so stressed.”

― Bridgette Wilson

“We had to give each other permission to be different as parents. That’s why there’s a mom and a dad with two different approaches, because you do need both.”

― Bridgette Wilson

“I have such an amazing relationship with my mom, and I think, ‘Wow, I’m going to have that with my daughter.’”

― Brie Bella

“Just because you are a mom doesn’t mean whoever you were before is gone. You can bring it back.”

― Brie Bella

“As a mom, the minute your baby is born, you all of a sudden have these fears. People always say, ‘Don’t let your fears get you.’ But for me, my fears educated me.”

― Brie Bella

“My mom had no idea she was having twins.”

― Brie Bella

“I’m not really out in the world all that much. I mean, I live with no phone signal, in the hills surrounded by trees, and I have, like, a mom and two baby deer that come by all the time, and my dogs and the squirrels are in a full-on feud every morning.”

― Brie Larson

“We lived in just a studio apartment with just a room and a bed that came out of the wall, and my mom couldn’t afford even a Happy Meal. We ate Top Ramen. I had no toys, and I had, like, two shirts, a pair of jeans, and that was it. But I had my mom to myself, and I remember it being the coolest period of time. I loved it. I really loved it.”

― Brie Larson

“I was 3 when I told my mom that I knew what my dharma was and that I wanted to be an actor.”

― Brie Larson

“I was home-schooled, was always very close with my mom and was very straight-laced and square. I was never the rebellious one, and I never threw hissy fits.”

― Brie Larson

“When I was seven, I had been very vocal about wanting to be an actor. And my mom decided that we would try it out for a couple weeks and come to L.A. from Sacramento.”

― Brie Larson

“There were times my mom and I butted heads – over my curfew, over something like that. Whenever we would hit these moments of emotional backfire, she would say, ‘You just don’t understand what it’s like to be a mother… I could never handle losing you.’ I was like, ‘OK, but just, like, chill out.’”

― Brie Larson

“I didn’t realise how hard it was to be a mom and keep it all together.”

― Brie Larson

“I started acting in second grade – my first role was in the Thanksgiving play. I was the Indian chasing the turkey. All the other mom’s encouraged my mom to get me into acting after that. Also, when I saw ‘The Sound of Music’ at Music Circus, I knew I wanted to act.”

― Brie Larson

“I was home-schooled, was always very close with my mom, and was very straight-laced and square. I was never the rebellious one, and I never threw hissy fits. I was the type of person that would show a Powerpoint presentation about why I should do something versus crying and screaming over it.”

― Brie Larson

“I was born in Sacramento but moved to Los Angeles with my mom and my little sister when I was seven.”

― Brie Larson

“We had very few things. I had a couple pairs of jeans, a couple shirts. And same with my mom and sister. I think my sister had, like, two toys. We were living off of instant noodles.”

― Brie Larson

“I remember being denied a protein bar that I went in to buy. I was so hungry, and it was before an audition, and I ran in and tried to buy this protein bar. And I checked my bank account, and it was negative 17 cents… And I remember getting on the phone with my mom and laughing that I have negative 17 cents.”

― Briga Heelan

“I am no mother, and I won’t be one.”

― Brigitte Bardot

“As a mom, you have all these situations you go through, and you’re like, ‘What is going on? Is this normal? Is this a phase? Or what is this?’ and then you feel silly for asking questions because you think, ‘I’m a mom – I’m supposed to know these things,’ but you don’t.”

― Britney Spears

“I’m more straightforward, and I speak up more than I did before. When I was younger, I wouldn’t speak up as much, but now that I’m a mom, things have changed.”

― Britney Spears

“To be honest, I wish I had more mom friends.”

― Britney Spears

“When I was younger, I wouldn’t speak up as much, but now that I’m a mom, things have changed.”

― Britney Spears

“I’m very boring. I’m a mom. I’m 34 years old.”

― Britney Spears

“My mom is a wonderful woman. She’s always been an inspiration to me, but having kids helped me make even more sense of my relationship with her.”

― Britney Spears

“Usually, whenever my mom would come over I would try and put on music that I thought she would like just to make her feel more at ease.”

― Britt Daniel

“I was home-schooled. My mom wasn’t a fan of public school systems.”

― Britt Robertson

“I was 11 and watching soap operas with my mom, and I thought it would be cool to be an actor. I thought soap operas was going to be the dream at the time – it’s obviously now not the dream, but I think soap operas are really cool. Maybe I’ll go back to that.”

― Britt Robertson

“My mom wasn’t a fan of public school systems. She was scared of letting me go. So, she home-schooled my siblings and I, and she was desperately trying to find something for me to do for an extracurricular. She was trying to socialize me, so she put me in community theater, and I was instantly taken by it.”

― Britt Robertson

“Home is where my mom is.”

― Brittany Murphy

“It’s always been my mom and I against the world.”

― Brittany Murphy

“I always wanted to be a young mom, but generations of women have worked so hard so we can have a career and wait to have children. So I say carpe diem – take advantage of that.”

― Brittany Murphy

“My mom is big on moisturizer and water. She always reminds me to drink a lot of water and wear sunglasses because I always forget them when I go out, even though they are one of my favorite accessories. She always reminds me about wrinkles, and always did, so it’s kind of been ingrained into me.”

― Brittany Snow

“My mother is the most incredible woman on this entire Earth, and she’s so giving and loving and sweet and she always raised me how to forgive and forget and move on. She’s the catalyst behind it all, my mom is. And I’m 100% a momma’s boy!”

― Brody Jenner

“As for my mom, her biggest gift to me was teaching me I can and I must use my voice. I owe her a debt of gratitude.”

― Brooke Baldwin

“I think I’m a really hands-on mom.”

― Brooke Burke

“When I was a new mom, I used to think that life was going to be balanced, and I strived for that. But life is crazy!”

― Brooke Burke

“I love being a single mom. But it’s definitely different when you’re dating.”

― Brooke Burns

“I would borrow my mom’s red Borghese lipstick and smear it on like a clown!”

― Brooke Burns

“I’m just looking at how my dad’s treating me and how my mom’s treating me, and my mom has kind of backstabbed me a couple times.”

― Brooke Hogan

“I don’t know what my mom feels toward me or where the viciousness is coming from, but I just know that when I have kids, I will protect them. I would do anything for my kids and for my family. I know that.”

― Brooke Hogan

“I remember, as a child, loving it when my mom laughed, but I was definitely not a class clown.”

― Brooke Nevin

“I’m a fan of the old ‘Creature Features’ like ‘Critters,’ and ‘Gremlins’ and ‘Tremors.’ ‘Jaws’ is classic. It’s funny that I still like those films because I remember my mom would tease me about getting a pet Critter to keep under my bed.”

― Brooke Nevin

“What does good in bed mean to me? When I’m sick and I stay home from school propped up with lots of pillows watching TV and my mom brings me soup – that’s good in bed.”

― Brooke Shields

“It was my mom and I against the world. We lived in New York in this bohemian lifestyle where an extended group of artists and photographers were like my aunts and uncles.”

― Brooke Shields

“I remember seeing ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’ with Colleen Dewhurst, and that made a really big impression on me, and I remember wanting to be like her and I still want to be like Colleen Dewhurst! My mom took me to a lot of theatre growing up, and I also remember seeing Pippin and being like, ‘Wow!”

― Brooke Smith

“My mom likes getting her photo taken.”

― Brooklyn Beckham

“I’m named after a horse. My mom’s best friend had a horse named Brooke, so my dad suggested ‘Brooklyn’ as a more formal version, and it just stuck – and now I live in Brooklyn part-time, so go figure.”

― Brooklyn Decker

“My father moved to Hawaii from Brooklyn and my mother came there as a child from the Philippines. They met at a show where my dad was playing percussion. My mom was a hula dancer.”

― Bruno Mars

“I remember my mom dressed like Janis Joplin.”

― Bryan White

“My mom sees her sons as baby boys. Well, I stopped being her baby boy a long time ago.”

― Bryant Gumbel

“What I do is not go outside. My hobby is that I write, so if I’m not acting or being a mom, I’m writing.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“While ‘The Help’ is in so many ways a celebration of these women’s friendships and what they overcome, it’s also very truthful and very painful, and it was intense for my mom to read that.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“My mother told me on several different occasions that she was livin’ her dream vicariously through me. She once said that I was getting’ to do all the things that she would have wanted to have done.”

― Buck Owens

“Birdie is amazing and such an incredible child and I’m having such a great time being a mom but I still want to have a career and I still look forward to auditions and parts, and when I don’t get them I’m disappointed.”

― Busy Philipps

“I’m kind of lucky that we’ve finished shooting ‘Cougar Town,’ so I’m able to kind of just enjoy my pregnancy and be a stay-at-home mom and go to prenatal Pilates and do all that fun stuff that, if I were working, would be almost impossible to do.”

― Busy Philipps

“It can feel isolating to be a mom. I’ve been one and felt isolated.”

― Busy Philipps

“I had really specific ideas of what kind of mom I was going to be and what kind of things I was going to provide for my child – even down to the organic, wooden toys Birdie was going to be allowed to chew on. Then cut to my daughter being obsessed with every plastic, 99-cent store toy.”

― Busy Philipps

“My dad had to quit school when he was in third grade. My mom had to quit school. They didn’t know what I needed, and I didn’t know what I needed to keep wrestling and go to school, so that’s why I had to go to community college.”

― Cain Velasquez

“I love singing and performing. I’m always singing. Even if I’m at school or in the car, I’m always singing. My mom said ever since I could talk, I was singing.”

― Caitlin Hale

“My mom is, for 89 years old, is extraordinarily open-minded.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“I was a baseball guy. Mom wouldn’t let me play football when I was little because she was scared I’d get hurt. So, I finally convinced her to let me play in 7th grade.”

― Calvin Johnson

“Bless my mom. Mom is everything to me.”

― Calvin Johnson

“My mom, she’s the strict one. If we did something bad, we’d get a whippin’ but nothing too bad.”

― Calvin Johnson

“When I was in first grade, some psychologist told my mom if I didn’t go to graduate school, she basically failed as a parent, because I had the aptitude to do it. Which is so dumb. Huge pressure!”

― Cam

“I think Alison Krauss is one of the most amazing singers ever. As a songwriter – this is gonna sound cheesy – I love Randy Newman. And my mom passed on a love of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. At one point I was so into the Indigo Girls, just like I was so into the Dixie Chicks, those female harmonies.”

― Cam

“I have asked my mom and my sister a couple times if I should post something or not. Or if they think a video is funny.”

― Cameron Dallas

“I grew up watching movies and television, and one day when I was really young I told my mom I wanted to become an actor, and she was really supportive and got me involved in local theater and commercials. From there I moved up to auditioning for movies and television.”

― Cameron Monaghan

“I grew up watching movies and television, and one day, when I was really young, I told my mom I wanted to become an actor, and she was really supportive and got me involved in local theater and commercials.”

― Cameron Monaghan

“My first day of high school, I wore brown boys’ corduroys that my mom had sewn Sesame Street elastic into – they were my coolest pants – and a lime green Patagonia fleece that my mom found at Goodwill. I loved fleece.”

― Cameron Russell

“When I was a kid, I wanted a Chanel bob and bangs. My mom said no. I went to the salon anyway, and they said, ‘No way – we are not going to do that to your hair.’ So I did it myself. Big mistake. Instead of my bangs going down straight, they were sticking up like a cat. It was horrible.”

― Camila Alves

“If there’s one thing any mom should have for fall, it’s a peplum top.”

― Camila Alves

“As a mom of three young kids, it’s difficult to reserve a big chunk of time for shopping, so I try to get my gifts little by little throughout the year. I think this is especially helpful for those of us who are budget conscious.”

― Camila Alves

“Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.”

― Camille Paglia

“I’m a mom, and my view of public education begins and ends with the fundamental question: Is this good for children?”

― Campbell Brown

“My mom was very much the product of a very paternalistic, deep-southern culture, but also a repressed feminist. Her way of being defiant was to raise us to be rebellious ourselves – basically, the opposite of who she had to be in her own life.”

― Campbell Brown

“My cousin in Louisiana started a small company with a little savings, renovating houses. A single mom, she saved enough to buy a home and provide child care for her son. When the economy went belly up, so did her company. She was forced to sell her home and move in with her parents.”

― Campbell Brown

“My mom says I either have to go to college or go into the military.”

― Camren Bicondova

“My mom and dad – they were always there. They were always on the set. They focused on our family life. The entertainment business wasn’t the end-all. They weren’t out to get the next big paycheck or the next big movie. It was about ‘What can we do as a family.’”

― Candace Cameron Bure

“I’m so happy and thankful I made it a point be a stay-at-home mom.”

― Candace Cameron Bure

“I’m a mom, so I have to be comfortable. Jeans are a staple – I have way too many in my closet! It’s warm in Florida, so I wear jeans and a tank top every day. I love my True Religions, my Rich and Skinny, and Citizens of Humanity. But I also love getting dressed up!”

― Candace Cameron Bure

“I guess I was a mom so late in life, my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.”

― Candice Bergen

“Not that we didn’t have close relationships with our parents – I’m very close to my mom – but parents didn’t think anything of going off for a few weeks and leaving their kids.”

― Candice Bergen

“Mom raised me all by herself, and although we went through our share of lean years, she always worked hard to make our home warm and welcoming.”

― Candice Olson

“My mom cooked for us, and on the weekend, we always had Sunday dinner. My father liked to bake.”

― Cara Buono

“My mom kicked me out a couple of weeks before my 18th birthday. I had a job for about six, seven months at a supermarket, and they fired me for being late.”

― Cardi B

“Me and my mom are pretty cool. My mother’s Caribbean, and she gets a little spicy, and I get a little spicy back.”

― Cardi B

“My mom read French ‘Elle’ when I was a little girl, and so, when I was 15 or 16, I said, ‘I want to work in fashion.’”

― Carine Roitfeld

“Sometimes you think you aren’t a good mama; you always feel a bit guilty when you’re a mom. You want to be everywhere.”

― Carine Roitfeld

“All of my childhood, we were on welfare. My mom received Aid for Families with Dependent Children – welfare. Without that, we wouldn’t have had subsidized housing. Most of my childhood, we had a two-bedroom apartment, but eventually we got into the projects, where we had four bedrooms. That was great.”

― Carl Hart

“One good thing is I was instilled with really good values. My mom treats everyone the same.”

― Carlene Carter

“Basically, I grew up watching Carter girls on stage, watching my grandmother, my mom and my aunts perform. They used to say, ‘Okay, Carter girls, you’re on!’”

― Carlene Carter

“Whenever I’ve not known what to do, I’ve always gone back to the Carter Family because there was nothing like singing with my aunts and my mom to my grandma.”

― Carlene Carter

“My mom is a great entertainer.”

― Carlene Carter

“I could always talk about being a Latino and having a Mexican mom and a Honduran dad and being from Honduras. That was always an easy go-to place. But on the other hand, it was a crutch.”

― Carlos Mencia

“Everybody always talks about how they can’t wait until they turn 18, so they can go out on their own and get their own apartment, and I’m like, ‘I want to be with Mom!’ I have it good.”

― Carly Schroeder

“I’m really a family girl. My mom’s like, ‘As soon as you’re on your own, we’re going to move back to Indiana.’ Well, that might be when I’m 26.”

― Carly Schroeder

“I was 4 years old and wanted to be the scariest witch anyone had ever seen. My mom painted my face green, darkened my eyebrows, and put a mole on my nose so I could fully look the part.”

― Carmella

“I told my mom I would graduate. I owe that much to her and myself.”

― Carmelo Anthony

“Growing up in London, with a hippie mom, I don’t know that I’m most people’s definition of what a black person is. I’m mixed, yes, but in the world I’m defined as black before I’m defined white. I’ve never been called white.”

― Carmen Ejogo

“There was a point when I was very young where I remember talking with my mom about going to drama school and this was maybe when I was 8, 9, 10 years old – and she knew that I was also academically very capable, and she steered me in another direction.”

― Carmen Ejogo

“My mom was amazing. She believed in me and we were best friends.”

― Carmen Electra

“My mom was a seamstress, and I wish I’d learned to sew because I’m obsessed with ‘Project Runway!’”

― Carmen Electra

“My mom cooked pot roast with noodles and frozen vegetables. Or she’d make spaghetti or hot dogs, or heat up TV dinners. Before I started modeling at age 19, I was 5’8″ and weighed 165 pounds.”

― Carol Alt

“I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up. I wish my grandmother had done the same. I wanted my girls to know me.”

― Carol Burnett

“I suddenly had this really mad desire to have an affair with a woman. I was divorced. I was childless. I figured there’s got to be one more way to really tick off my mom.”

― Carol Leifer

“After my mom died, there was so much written about her fashion and her style and all that, and I felt that one of the most important parts of her was missing, her real intellectual curiosity.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“My mom was always the support. I can always go out to her and she’ll always find the positive in things.”

― Caroline Wozniacki

“My mom is my great supporter. It’s always nice to have her around. She can cook. It’s nice to have some home-cooked food sometimes.”

― Caroline Wozniacki

“I was called such names as a kid. Being the smallest boy in the class with a name like Caroll. I remember going home and saying to my mom, ‘What were you thinking?’”

― Caroll Spinney

“I shoplifted. I was about five years old, and I took a candy from a store. We paid for three of them, but I took four, and I went home and cried. My mom took me back, and I paid for the missing piece.”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“One of the things that impacted me the most was in the 12th grade. I just assumed I would get the lead in the musical. Well, I didn’t get it; I got the second lead, and I was devastated… my mom said something like, ‘Often the supporting character is better.’”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“When I was seven, my mom would come home every day, and I would have the phone book open to talent agencies, and I would have them highlighted.”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“When my father came out to his mom, my grandmother said, ‘You waited for your father to die; why couldn’t you have waited for me to die?’ I knew then that I never want to contribute to the corrosiveness of wanting someone to stay hidden.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“The only reason I felt like I could sing a song like ‘Blown Away’ is because I have definitely lived through my fair share of trips to the cellar in the spring. We were no stranger to that. I still ask my mom, ‘Is the cellar cleaned out now? Is everything OK?’ Even in my new house, I had something built in it that’s like a storm shelter.”

― Carrie Underwood

“My mom had a job, and she also took care of us, and she also took care of Dad – I always saw her pulling triple duty, doing more than I ever felt like she needed to. I made a promise to myself that it would be more of a team effort in my family someday. And because of that, I became more independent.”

― Carrie Underwood

“My dad is from Japanese descent, my mom is from Swedish descent and, through marriages and divorces, a pretty multicultural family – a lot of Spanish speakers in the family.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“My dad worked for a generator company and then UC Berkeley, and my mom was as a dental hygienist and then eventually a history teacher. My uncles and aunts, all of them are elementary school teachers or scientists.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“My mom was married to a Mexican guy – a surfer – and so we’d kind of camp out on the beach the swell season.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“My mom loved the old black-and-white films.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“My first exposure to TV, film, theater, the idea of what acting was, is I was a little kid, and my mom’s best friend was a local casting director in Cambridge, Mass. Her name was Patty Collinge.”

― Casey Affleck

“My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don’t put me in danger.”

― Casey Affleck

“My mom worked tirelessly on getting equal rights for women.”

― Casey Wilson

“My mom always worked, and I certainly don’t want to look back and think, ‘Well, I don’t have kids, but I’m glad I did that sitcom.’”

― Casey Wilson

“My parents are both super funny, and I always knew I wanted to be on ‘SNL.’ My mom and I would watch it a lot.”

― Casey Wilson

“I would tell my mom, ‘Sit down. I’m gonna play a show for you!’ I would just perform. That was always something I loved to do. There was never a question of me doing anything else.”

― Cassadee Pope

“Empowering girls is extremely important to me because, growing up, I needed those empowering women to show me the way. When my parents divorced when I was 11, my mom was a force to be reckoned with. She showed me how to be self-sufficient and independent.”

― Cassadee Pope

“I’m a total Twihard. I read all the books and saw every movie on opening night with my mom.”

― Cassie Scerbo

“I’m from Connecticut. My Mom is an army brat, and my Dad is a navy brat. My childhood was fun. My parents are still together. My childhood was pretty carefree.”

― Cassie Ventura

“My Mom always cooked healthy. Greek food lends itself to cooking healthy.”

― Cat Cora

“Being in Australia, I was really sun conscious. For a couple of summers there, I did the baby oil thing, and my my mom said, ‘Just don’t. You’ll regret it.’”

― Cate Blanchett

“As a mom, my priorities have changed.”

― Catherine Oxenberg

“I wanted Cathy and Irving to actually say ‘I do’ and be pronounced husband and wife on Feb. 5, which is my mom’s birthday.”

― Cathy Guisewite

“Mothers send strips to daughters to make a point. Daughters smack strips down on the breakfast table to make a point. My own mom sometimes cuts a strip out and sends it to me to make sure I understand her.”

― Cathy Guisewite

“The relationship between Cathy and Mom in the strip is the one relationship drawn from real life that I have proudly never even tried to disguise.”

― Cathy Guisewite

“I’m lucky that my real-life Mom has both a great sense of humor about herself and an amazing ability to slip into complete denial if the subject matter gets a little too close to home.”

― Cathy Guisewite

“As the highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and the mom of two daughters, I believe if we’re serious as a nation about empowering every American to pursue his or her own dreams, then true cases of gender discrimination need to be confronted.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“When I was 13, my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress.”

― Catriona Gray

“My dad is 20 years older than my mom. Growing up, I felt like he knew everything. I felt like, for every question I had, he had an answer.”

― Catriona Gray

“I had an imaginary friend. I don’t know when I stopped having an imaginary friend, but my mom and everybody in my family remembers it pretty good. It’s definitely true.”

― CC Sabathia

“Even though my mom was talented and had a college degree, she lived in the era when the conventional wisdom in Dallas was that my dad worked, she was supposed to stay home and take care of the kids, and that was that. There really weren’t other opportunities for her, and most of them were volunteer opportunities.”

― Cecile Richards

“I’d never really babysat. I feel like I’m Blair, or ‘Gossip Girl.’ A teenager, basically – and now suddenly I’m a mom?”

― Cecily von Ziegesar

“I want to be more successful as a mother than I am in show business.”

― Celine Dion

“My dad being a DJ, I heard all the hits, no matter what. My mom always had on the radio because my dad was on it.”

― Chad Channing

“I thought I would draw or paint or be an architect. I was always drawing portraits. My mom put me in art classes in the summer.”

― Chadwick Boseman

“My mom was a nurse, and my dad worked in the Health Ministry as a civil servant. When I was 6 years old, my dad got a job at the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada, so we moved there.”

― Chamath Palihapitiya

“I was raised in a house where my mom was the primary breadwinner. It was a dysfunctional house, but she showed tremendous resilience.”

― Chamath Palihapitiya

“My mom has accepted my style. My dad is a little suspect with all the bright colors and loud stuff. He’s a khakis and polo kind of guy. He’s OK with it, but the loud stuff, he says I’m his little daughter.”

― Chandler Parsons

“Starting at age four, my mom decided that she was not going to have an idle child in the house. So I started taking dance lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then I was in acting classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I was also modeling on Saturdays. And that was my childhood.”

― Chandra Wilson

“My mom said I was not going to be an idle child, so I had things to do every day after school.”

― Chandra Wilson

“We always had ‘Vogue’ in our house. But, when I was around 12, my Mom finally took me seriously about modeling and put a stack of magazines in front of me, then told me to study all the poses. The ones I loved the most were in ‘Vogue.’”

― Chanel Iman

“My goal is to be a household name, and when I do that, I want to help other girls become models, and maybe even launch a fashion line with my mom, like Beyonce did with her mother. My mom has such a good eye, and it’s always been a dream of hers.”

― Chanel Iman

“If my Dad doesn’t like you, you will know. My Mom is just too innocent to ever lie. She doesn’t even cuss.”

― Channing Tatum

“My mother taught me how to love. My mom is the most loving person I know.”

― Channing Tatum

“Of course, I would be depressed sometimes, and my Mom would be worried about me because I would just sleep to escape. Cause I was so scared of being a musician or artist, or whatever you want to call it.”

― Chantal Kreviazuk

“I wanted to be a doctor, but my mom was like, ‘It’s really hard and it’s going to take 10 years,’ so I was like ‘OK, I’ll just be a lawyer’.”

― Charice Pempengco

“I am a single mom and I’m the breadwinner and I have to work and I have to do these things and that’s just the way it is. I don’t think my son even knows any different.”

― Charisma Carpenter

“I just grew up a poor black kid in Alabama with a single mom and two brothers.”

― Charles Barkley

“We’re definitely a hodgepodge of influences. Mine, most heavily, would be Southern rock – the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and stuff like that. Hillary is more from the country side – her mom is Linda Davis, a country singer. Dave, he’s a big fan of the Eagles and like that.”

― Charles Kelley

“’The Pink Lady’ rides the Freudian wave. You know, the big lady, the relationship to mom – those things are obviously part of that piece.”

― Charles Ray

“One of the things my mom used to do – I don’t know why she chose me, but she chose me out of her six children to take to the African-American church that was in the town that we lived in Springfield, Missouri. And we would go to the church, and we would sit in the back row, and we would listen to all of the spirituals in the hymns.”

― Charlie Haden

“I wanted to do ‘Oh Shenandoah’ because that’s the town I was born in – as a tribute to my mom and dad for giving me all this music. I don’t really sing this as a singer, because I’m not a singer. But I wanted to do it for them.”

― Charlie Haden

“My roots have never left me… because the very first memory I have is my mom singing and me singing with her.”

― Charlie Haden

“I didn’t grow up wealthy. We couldn’t even afford spaghetti sauce when I was first born, but my mom and dad worked really hard and came from the bottom up.”

― Charlie Puth

“Marvin Gaye is an inspiration to me. He was one of the first Motown musicians that my mom and dad introduced me to, and I always thought it would be a good idea if I was ever an artist, and now I am, to make a record called ‘Marvin Gaye.’”

― Charlie Puth

“I started piano when I was four. My mom taught me. And then I went to Manhattan School of Music during high school, like every Saturday. And then I went to Berklee for college, in Boston.”

― Charlie Puth

“When I get high anxiety, I vomit. My mom was so stressed out. Then I found out I was staying in John Mayer’s old dorm room, and I had a nice roommate. That completely brought me down. I was completely comfortable at Berklee.”

― Charlie Puth

“You know, I only claim to play three instruments. My dad is a banker, but a drummer at heart; and my mom used to teach piano lessons when she was younger. So I can play some piano, play a little drums, and fake the bass – but banjo, mandolin, and guitar are my thing.”

― Charlie Worsham

“My mom has made it possible for me to be who I am. Our family is everything. Her greatest skill was encouraging me to find my own person and own independence.”

― Charlize Theron

“You know, I don’t think any mother aims to be a single mom. I didn’t wish for that, but it happened.”

― Charlize Theron

“So far I’m not surprised by anything about being a mom. It’s all pretty great – but that’s what I expected.”

― Charlize Theron

“I was four when I started modeling. My mom was very much an off-the-stage mom who knew nothing about the business. She married my stepdad when I was about four, and he had been an actor. Because I was a really smiley kid and could read, which is something they’re always looking for, she just decided to give it a shot.”

― Charlotte Arnold

“I’d always tell my mom, ‘I want to be famous like Claudia Schiffer or Brigitte Bardot.’”

― Charlotte McKinney

“They very seldom let me lose my cool. They made me like I was Polly Perfect, which was ridiculous so that when I bump into kids on the street they’d say ‘I wish my Mom were like you.’”

― Charlotte Rae

“What mom cares about most is that I’m happy, healthy and enjoying my life.”

― Chaz Bono

“Deep down, my mom had long suspected I was gay… Much of her anger and hurt came from her sense of betrayal that she was the last to be told.”

― Chaz Bono

“My mom was Sicilian, my dad was Sicilian. Mom was a great cook, but all the women were.”

― Chazz Palminteri

“I remember that my mom, my dad and I would play different roles in mock debates, where one of us would be the moderator, one of us would be my dad – frequently not my dad – and then one of us would play his opponent.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“I only do private room karaoke where it’s just me and one of my closest girlfriends. My mom always said I could really belt songs out, and the Dixie Chicks feed that encouragement.”

― Chelsea Peretti

“My mom and dad met at U. Conn., and their lives couldn’t have been more different in terms of their upbringing.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“Well, when I was a little girl we had 17 cats once. They all lived outside, and they kept having more kittens. My mom made us put little ribbons around each kitten’s neck, put them in a wagon, and go door-to-door around the neighborhood to try to give them away.”

― Cheryl Hines

“My mom is very Southern and she in real life says things like, ‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it.’”

― Cheryl Hines

“I’ve changed my life in a lot of ways. I’m a mom, a wife, and a Christian. Some of the things I expressed in my early 20s aren’t what I care to express right now.”

― Cheryl James

“My whole life sort of ended when my mom died.”

― Cheryl Strayed

“I was looking to do something non-fiction because I had done a strip, ‘My Mom Was a Schizophrenic.’ I really enjoyed the process of doing that strip, despite its subject matter. To do it I’d had to do a lot of research and reading and I figured I’d like to do that again.”

― Chester Brown

“It was tough times in Ohio when we lived there. My dad was between unemployed and just selling random knickknacks at a flea market. My mom was a cashier at a Chinese food restaurant. They both had awesome careers back in Taiwan, and they came here for my sister and I.”

― Chieh Huang

“Parents will be parents. Even now, my mom asks me sometimes, ‘When are you going to go back and get a real job?’”

― Chieh Huang

“My mom is Episcopalian; my dad is ancestrally Jewish but personally atheist. After their divorce, however, my dad married a Jewish spiritual director, and I became fascinated by the traditions she brought into our lives.”

― Chloe Benjamin

“I loved shoes. I had my little ballerina flats, and my mom never wore heels. But when I was about three or four, she got a job where she had to wear the tiniest heels. I was obsessed.”

― Chloe Gosselin

“My mom has always said that if I get a big head, she’ll take me out of this business as quickly as I got into it.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“I just got my phone back yesterday. My mom had it for two days. I was supposed to read a book and I really wanted to play Call Of Duty.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“My mom won’t let me buy high-fashion stuff unless it’s TK Maxx or a birthday occasion.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“The one thing my mom will let me get is a nice shoe sometimes.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“My mom won’t let anyone treat me like a little princess.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“My brother Trevor is theatrically trained. I used to watch him when I was younger and I was in love with it. It just seemed really fun to be someone else. So I begged my mom; she was hesitant, but she eventually allowed me. And it turned out well, I guess.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“My mom gives me an allowance. She keeps me pretty tight-reined.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“The problem with me is, anything that’s easy I will just overdo it. Especially with clothes. But I’m 14 – my mom is super-strict about that.”

― Chloe Grace Moretz

“My father didn’t want to ski alone, so he took me up to the mountains in order to basically bribe my mom to come with him.”

― Chloe Kim

“My mom wouldn’t let me dye my hair for the longest time.”

― Chloe Kim

“I got my first instrument at Christmas when I was three or four. My dad and mom got me a mandolin. It was the only instrument that fit me because I was so small. I went straight from that into drums when I was six and then started playing guitar when I was seven or eight.”

― Chord Overstreet

“My mom was always driving me back and forth to guitar lessons, growing up. She was super supportive and probably my biggest cheerleader.”

― Chord Overstreet

“After a few drinks, my mom would recite her lines as Portia in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ from her high school play. But I first discovered Shakespeare properly when I was about five. I used to look for the most complicated books I could find and pretend to be reading them. I wanted people to think I was smart.”

― Chris Adrian

“My mother taught me to treat a lady respectfully.”

― Chris Brown

“I didn’t understand that I could sing until I was like 11 or 12. My mom heard me singing around the house and she said, What are you doing? You really can sing! So then I started going to school and singing to the girls.”

― Chris Brown

“My mom told me as a youngster I was always intellectual, like as far as being able to adapt fast and quick. But I had a fun childhood, went to regular school.”

― Chris Brown

“My mom and dad got divorced, so it was one of those things where Sundays I’d go to Dad’s apartment, and this was, say, 1970-whatever, and it had a pool table on the top floor in a very traditional kind of divorced-dad apartment building.”

― Chris Eigeman

“My mom had to be resourceful. She grew up dirt poor in rural Louisiana.”

― Chris Gardner

“It’s a fun uphill struggle, making health insurance as a comedian, actor, and author. But it’s hard to explain to people how I make a living. In New York, most people know enough creative types that I make some sense. But when I’m talking to someone like my suburban cousins or my mom’s friends, it doesn’t always go smoothly.”

― Chris Gethard

“My mom was a dance teacher, so she put me in dance school when I was a kid. I did everything. I used to take ballet.”

― Chris Messina

“We come from fallible parents who were kids once, who decided to have kids and who had to learn how to be parents. Faults are made and damage is done, whether it’s conscious or not. Everyone’s got their own ‘stuff,’ their own issues, and their own anger at Mom and Dad. That is what family is. Family is almost naturally dysfunctional.”

― Chris Pine

“My nana was an actress, my mom was an actress, and my sister, too. So because I was surrounded by it, it really came naturally.”

― Chris Pine

“President of the United States is you know, our boss, so you know, the President and the First Lady are kinda like the Mom and the Dad of the country. And when your Dad says something you listen.”

― Chris Rock

“My mom raised me to never have anything control me.”

― Chris Tucker

“I prefer to imagine that my wife, a few friends, and occasionally my mom are the only ones who read what I do, though I realize that this is somewhat unrealistic.”

― Chris Ware

“We didn’t have a whole lot of cash growing up. My mom was a single parent for a while before my stepdad came into the picture.”

― Chris Young

“My family is very creative. My grandfather played the guitar in Cuba. My sisters, my mom and two aunts would do harmonies, so I would see them and think, ‘I want the attention.’”

― Chrissie Fit

“I’m not a figurehead for anything. I was a single mom with two kids. What else was I going to do? It was either be in a band or be a waitress.”

― Chrissie Hynde

“I remember being at Weight Watchers at, like, 11 years old and my mom just trying to figure it out for me.”

― Chrissy Metz

“It’s so funny because my mom is Thai and my dad is this big American guy – and our food tastes were so similar growing up. He was meat and potatoes, I was meat and potatoes.”

― Chrissy Teigen

“I know when I was little, having my Thai mom, even I was weird about fish sauce and fish heads and clams. I kind of sided with my dad because he was a big American guy. So, we were very meat and potatoes, but I really wish I had grown up appreciating my mom’s taste a bit more.”

― Chrissy Teigen

“My mom is Asian and loves all of the throwaway parts of the animal, so she actually thanks me for saving her the neck and other parts.”

― Chrissy Teigen

“My mom really let us do our own thing and play with different trends, and my sister was a little older, so she had all the beauty tricks. I would stuff things like rolled-up toilet paper into my hair to get volume, or do the reverse, and I’d lie on my back, and she’d use an actual iron to straighten it.”

― Chrissy Teigen

“I like to get a rise out of my mom with what I wear – I always go for the tallest heels or something super trendy.”

― Christa B. Allen

“I grew up with the Highwaymen, which was Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Mom and Dad rode rodeo, so country music was always in the house and the car. They threw in some Dolly Parton, too.”

― Christian Kane

“My mom’s always been a good cook, so I took a lot of stuff from her, but most of the stuff I took from Emeril or Bobby Flay right off the TV and make it. I just loved to cook, so it just became a thing. It’s a release. Even if I’m alone, I’ll cook a full meal, maybe even a two-course meal, just because I love to cook. It’s my secret love!”

― Christian Kane

“I used to tell my mother, ‘Mom, when they write really flattering things about your son, don’t believe it all. And when they write really negative things about your son, don’t believe it all.’”

― Christian Laettner

“My mom put me in a Pampers commercial on TV.”

― Christian Slater

“My dad was a theater actor, so I would follow him backstage. And my mom was a casting director. The moment I heard the applause and realized it would get me out of school, I was hooked.”

― Christian Slater

“I had a gorgeous mom. She was beautiful, so I lucked out there.”

― Christie Brinkley

“I’ve been a vegetarian since I was about 12 years old. When I became a vegetarian, I got my mom and dad to become vegetarian, and my brother became a vegetarian.”

― Christie Brinkley

“Because I’m an older mom, I have a responsibility to my kids as well as myself. I want to be there for them.”

― Christie Brinkley

“My mom was always my biggest teacher, my inspiration, my role model. My mom was just the most amazing person. She was like a bon vivant in that she just lived each day to the fullest. As soon as I became a vegetarian, she became a vegetarian.”

― Christie Brinkley

“My mother thinks I could have even run a larger company.”

― Christie Hefner

“When I’m on that field, I give it everything I have, and when I come off, I’m a mom. As tired and exhausting as it is, it’s about coming back, even after double days, and still being able to enjoy the kids.”

― Christie Rampone

“Thankfully, I have my mom and a small group of close friends who are there for me 24/7 and whom I can trust and depend on.”

― Christina Aguilera

“I remember watching the Grammys and looking at the performances and crying to my mom, saying how much I wanted to be there.”

― Christina Aguilera

“I wasn’t one to go out and buy a new car and stereo system and expensive clothes. My mom helped keep me grounded.”

― Christina Applegate

“My earliest memories were when my mom would put me in the plays that she was in because she couldn’t afford a babysitter… she was part of this theater group.”

― Christina Applegate

“Comfortably middle-class, I had shopped for years at the likes of Saks outlet Off Fifth, Banana Republic, and Zara. My mom raised me to believe clothes should be comfortable and practical, not frivolous.”

― Christina Binkley

“I know the fans are very personable with my mom and things like that. They make little collages and pictures. They make edits of me and my mom together.”

― Christina Grimmie

“I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, ‘I feel fat.’”

― Christina Hendricks

“My mother never said to lose weight. Diets were never a big deal. My mom was always beautiful and voluptuous and curvy, and I always thought she was gorgeous.”

― Christina Hendricks

“Also, my mom and family are very important to me and I know that this is not expected.”

― Christina Milian

“My mom was a cheerleader and had me as a teenager. I remember her giving me some pom-poms and teaching me how to do some splits when I was 3 or 4.”

― Christina Milian

“My real last name is Flores, and Milian is actually my mom’s maiden name. So it’s not made up, which is cool; it runs in the family. And it actually worked out better for my career to have the last name Milian, because Flores kept me in a little box, and no one really associated me with the last name Flores.”

― Christina Milian

“I’ve been a fan of ‘Rocky Horror’… my mom let me see it at a really early age.”

― Christina Milian

“Once upon a time, the homemaker was just Mom, but now we’ve evolved and come to a place where we’re celebrating grandmas, grandpas, moms, dads – all the people that keep it safe and clean for our kids – and the overall health for ourselves so we can continue to function and do the variety of things we all do.”

― Christina Milian

“At the end of the day, I’m Violet’s mom, and I want the best for her.”

― Christina Milian

“My mom has gone out of her way in her personal life. She’s been with me on the road. She’s had to deal with people giving her the ‘that’s the mom’ and arguing. Just little things as a businesswoman.”

― Christina Milian

“I like a family guy. He must be fun, must like to go out, and has to respect his mom… my family is very important, so it should be likewise for him.”

― Christina Milian

“From singing to acting to songwriting to mom to fashion designer! It’s been quite an evolution.”

― Christina Milian

“I’ve always felt a certain guilt to have them labeled as ‘Christina’s sisters’ or, ‘That’s Christina’s mom’ but them looking for the respect to be named Elizabeth and Danielle and Carmen.”

― Christina Milian

“When I go home, I still have to clean my room; I still have to do the dishes. We have somebody come every now and then to do that stuff, but my mom still makes me clean before she comes.”

― Christina Milian

“Violet speaks Spanish and understands it. She loves Cuban food! My mom is very good at teaching her about our culture, whether it be the food or Spanish or explaining to her that she’s Cuban.”

― Christina Milian

“My mom knows when something is real and something is not.”

― Christina Ricci

“Most of my memories are of softball games in Falls Church with my sister, yard sales across town on the weekends with my grandma, grocery-shopping and errand-running with my mom, learning to drive an old Volkswagen bug down Old Keene Mill Road with my dad.”

― Christina Tosi

“I’m a nice, happily married wife and mom and I live in Connecticut.”

― Christine Baranski

“It’s true that my mom loved it when I played Joanie Cunningham in the musical ‘Happy Days,’ but I think she finally realized I am never going to do ‘Oklahoma!’”

― Christine Lakin

“My parents had five children in six years and one week, meaning that my mom was pregnant for most of the ’60s and driving carpools for most of the ’70s. When we were young, she dressed us alike so she could pick us out in crowds: identical skirts for the four girls with the color-coordinated pants for my brother.”

― Christine Pelosi

“While your intentions may be good, this is something every expectant working mom fears – being phased out. I’ll put myself out there and admit this has been/is a fear of mine. Let her be the one to decide whether something’s too much for her to handle or not.”

― Christine Tsai

“I can say without a doubt that being a mom is the ultimate test of my multi-tasking skills. I spend my day meeting startup after startup, helping our portfolio companies, bringing in speakers, and soon gearing up for Demo Day for our accelerator program.”

― Christine Tsai

“If Mom is healthy, then her child is more likely to thrive, more likely to have a better quality of life and, ultimately, better able to provide for his or herself.”

― Christy Turlington

“In Fargo, they say, well, that’s a job. How well do you get paid? For example, for this book I was written about in Entertainment Weekly, and it was kind of cool because my mom asked me if Entertainment Weekly was a magazine or a newspaper.”

― Chuck Klosterman

“My mom was essentially a single mother raising three boys. If anyone could have had any reason to give up, it was her. But she didn’t, and neither did we.”

― Chuck Norris

“I work, and I’m a full-time mom, and it’s hard for me to sit down and relax because it’s like, ‘Crap, there’s something I’m forgetting.’”

― Chyler Leigh

“My mom is one of those women… she don’t take no mess. She is very vocal about what she wants and what she doesn’t want.”

― Ciara

“Moms can be fresh, fly and young, and that’s the kind of mom I want to be.”

― Ciara

“Being a mom has changed me forever.”

― Ciara

“My mom and I don’t have a lot of photos of my early years.”

― Ciara

“Being a mom, I am even more inspired to really help make a difference. I can’t imagine what it would be like if my child didn’t have a meal to eat.”

― Ciara

“My dad’s my nanny, so he spends a lot of time with me in L.A. when my mom’s in Atlanta.”

― Ciara

“Juggling being a mom and an entertainer is a challenge I face every day.”

― Ciara

“Being a mom, I can’t imagine my child not having a meal. That’s hard to digest.”

― Ciara

“I like to work. The self-esteem and satisfaction that I get from working makes me a better person, which makes me a better mom. I feel lucky because I have the luxury of working only one or two days a week.”

― Cindy Crawford

“I like to work. The self-esteem and satisfaction that I get from working makes me a better person, which makes me a better mom.”

― Cindy Crawford

“I think I would make a lousy stay-at-home mom. It just wouldn’t suit me.”

― Claire Danes

“When I was a single, working mom with a newborn, I learned just how vital it is to have comprehensive, affordable health care.”

― Claire McCaskill

“I never need to go far if I need a reminder of how important Medicare and Social Security are to Missouri’s seniors. My mom, Betty Anne, is one of millions for whom these services provide a reliable safety net. Across the country, these protections are an integral part of sustaining millions of seniors’ health and dignity.”

― Claire McCaskill

“I’m someone that needs to talk about my problems. I call my mom every single day at school just to vent about random stuff. Singing is the same thing.”

― Clairo

“My mom set up relief programs in third world countries. We would do things like go to Bogota with her instead of summer camp.”

― Clark Johnson

“Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother.”

― Claudette Colbert

“In the Mormon Church, we believe we can be married for all eternity, not till death do you part. As Mom was getting older, she was excited, truly excited, that within a few years she’d be with Dad again.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“A lot of times when people become successful, people don’t really understand what they had to do or the sacrifices they made to do that, or they assume that they had money. This is coming from, like, a kid who was broke and lived with roaches and a single mom in Dorchester.”

― Clinton Sparks

“Everybody’s mom plays a huge role in their development and support. Mom was awesome. There is no one better. I had a good family. I had six brothers and six sisters, and they were all very supportive.”

― Clyde Drexler

“A stay-at-home mom is a working mom. Being a stay-at-home mom is a job.”

― Cobie Smulders

“I’m coming to that realization that I’m going to be seen as a mom to someone, and it makes you think about your own parents. You know, who were they?”

― Cobie Smulders

“I’m not a businessperson. I have no sense of money. My mom does everything for me. She makes all my decisions for me, and even buys my clothes. She’s very protective.”

― Coco Lee

“My mom was very strict when I was growing up. I could not talk to boys until I was 18. I had to study and work hard.”

― Coco Lee

“My mom’s half-Irish, and my dad’s half-Irish. We don’t know much about my mom’s side, but my dad’s mom came from Belfast and married my grandfather, who was from Wales.”

― Coco Rocha

“My dad always believed in me. He was always kind of, ‘All right, buddy, if that’s what you want to do…’ My mom was always more of a realist.”

― Cole Swindell

“I always say I broke my mom’s heart when I left. I don’t know if that’s what any mom wants for her kid, just thinking about how hard it is trying to make it in this business.”

― Cole Swindell

“When I left college, it broke my mom’s heart, but I knew I had to be in Nashville. I knew that was the place you had to be in to become a better songwriter, and that’s what I wanted to move there for and to ultimately get a record deal.”

― Cole Swindell

“I got into theatre kinda late by some standards, and I sorta fell into it. I had broken my ankle playing football, and my high school was doing a production of ‘Barnum.’ I could juggle, and my mom really wanted to get me out of the house. She said since I wasn’t playing football and couldn’t wrestle, maybe I should audition for the show.”

― Colin Donnell

“My mom was the breadwinner in my family. I always thought, ‘That’s how it is.’ I never thought that was the exception.”

― Colin Jost

“I was joking with my mom that all Jewish mothers now will want their kids to be filmmakers instead of doctors. Because you can make one film, and suddenly you’re directing a ‘Jurassic Park’ movie.”

― Colin Trevorrow

“My mom was sort of involved in amateur dramatics like Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, and played the violin. My dad played banjo and piano and sang as well, so there was all this music in my childhood.”

― Colm Wilkinson

“My mom had me when she was 24, so I want to be a young, cool dad.”

― Colton Underwood

“My mom has obviously had a powerful influence on my life, and her voice can describe certain things that I couldn’t see in myself.”

― Common

“My mom was a teacher – I have the greatest respect for the profession – we need great teachers – not poor or mediocre ones.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“I started on the stage with my mom in Denmark doing political revues in a small, small town.”

― Connie Nielsen

“I was a single mom that raised two bright, beautiful, and compassionate girls.”

― Connie Stevens

“I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom’s the only reason I know it’s a real thing.”

― Conor Oberst

“Sometimes I regret waiting so long to have a child, but I don’t make the rules. The universe decided it was going to take me a while to get to be a mom!”

― Constance Marie

“I started cooking from watching my mom. My mother was a really, really great cook.”

― Coolio

“I’ve been working with a holistic specialist, trying to bring my body into balance, and part of making that happen is putting my mom’s death into a healthier perspective. I really need to let her go, let her go into the infinite. I can’t keep hanging onto this rope that connects us.”

― Corbin Bernsen

“My mom was on a soap opera for 40 years, so I know about love and romance.”

― Corbin Bernsen

“My mom saved my life. She gave me mouth-to-mouth more than once.”

― Corey Haim

“I have my name Cory on my left arm, and I have my mom’s name on my right with a cross. She passed away while I was still in high school, so I got that on my right arm.”

― Cory Hardrict

“My mom has a rare talent for being able to open up the refrigerator, and with the peas, the leftover eggs, the cream, the spinach, the cheese, and a little rice, she can just whip up incredible risotto.”

― Cote de Pablo

“Growing up, my dad and my mom were there for my sister and I.”

― Courtney B. Vance

“My mom used to cut out articles from the ‘Atlanta Journal Constitution’ when I was in high school. She would either give them to me to read or she would post them on the fridge. These articles would usually be stories of someone inventing something, breaking records, or achieving some kind of success.”

― Coy Bowles

“My mom has a very subtle way of encouraging.”

― Craig Mello

“My dad was a plumber, and my mom was on and off again, either a stay-at-home mom or working with the disabled as a visiting-nurse assistant.”

― Craig Thompson

“I love Westerns and I remember as a kid climbing up on the couch and make it into a saddle and shoot guns and fall off. I would lay there after my death and my mom would tell me to eat lunch and I’d say, ‘I’m still dead, Mom!’ I was Method, even then.”

― Creed Bratton

“We grew up devout Catholics, so my trips to San Juan always include going to the churches that we used to go to and lighting candles and everything. Everything I do in San Juan is what I used to do with my mom, kind of as a tribute to her.”

― Cristela Alonzo

“My mom ending up passing away, and I got really depressed and didn’t have money for therapy, and so I started doing standup to cope with my mom’s death.”

― Cristela Alonzo

“My dad is from Panama; he came to the U.S. in 1971. He came to study chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. He thought he would go back, and then he met my mom here. I was born and mostly raised in Delaware.”

― Cristina Henriquez

“My mom is a translator for the school district in Delaware. She’d hear these different stories from working with families there. Those stories stuck with me.”

― Cristina Henriquez

“I did grow up poor. My mom managed to get a job as a custodian at our church, and it was really just a favor for her, and my dad’s an electrician – just a blue-collar family, and the house was usually falling apart.”

― Crystal Bowersox

“I had what you could call a chaotic childhood. My parents divorced when I was 2; I went back and forth between my mom’s and dad’s houses for years.”

― Crystal Bowersox

“If you look through my photo album, they are all modeling poses. My mom was a young mom, so she took tons of pictures of me.”

― Crystal Lowe

“Puffy’s contribution to hip-hop culture was the remix. He offered us the music that his mom played in front of him, with newer drums and younger artists. That worked, and will consistently be there. The remix comes right after the original record, that’s something Puffy did to influence the culture.”

― Curtis Jackson

“In a school where everyone is famous or rich or whatever, you have a culture, ‘What does your dad do?’ ‘What does your mom do?’”

― Cynthia Nixon

“We’ve all seen the mom who devotes all her time and attention to her child and is so hungry for adult interaction that as soon as she’s around another adult, she’s not paying attention anymore.”

― Cynthia Nixon

“Motherhood is the only thing in my life that I’ve really known for sure is something I wanted to do.”

― Cynthia Nixon

“My mom’s a psychologist, and so is my grandfather.”

― Dacre Montgomery

“I was probably about 10 years old when I said to Mom, ‘I’d really like to pursue a career in front of the camera.’”

― Dacre Montgomery

“I went to a school called Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. I went because initially I was very naughty, and my mom thought if I was busy, I’d be better. And I didn’t really do acting until later on in the school, with an amazing teacher. I left, went traveling, came back.”

― Daisy Ridley

“A few weeks after my mom passed in November of 2013, I came back from an injury and entered the Egg Bowl in the second half against Ole Miss. I’ll never forget the feeling when I walked back out on the field. As I walked into the Egg Bowl, the crowd stood up and clapped like they were enveloping me in a giant hug.”

― Dak Prescott

“Back when I was a senior in high school in Haughton, LA, I had a chance to go to LSU. Everyone I grew up with adored LSU, including my mom. But I chose to come to Mississippi State because I wanted to start a new tradition instead of perpetuating an established one.”

― Dak Prescott

“When I was younger, I used to pray that I would die before my mom. That’s just how much my mom meant to me. I couldn’t imagine being in this world without her. But then seeing cancer – seeing what it can do to somebody – as strong and as tough as she was, there was nothing she could do. Cancer is a dirty, dirty deal.”

― Dak Prescott

“My dad named me Dakota and my mom came up with my first name Hannah. So it’s Hannah Dakota Fanning.”

― Dakota Fanning

“I’ve always wanted to be an actress, ever since I was a little girl. I’ve always played the mom and I play my sister as the daughter. I wanted to be an actress on television and movies instead of just around the house.”

― Dakota Fanning

“I was always into fashion because my mom has always been interested in fashion. She majored in fashion merchandising in college, and it’s always been something we have in common.”

― Dakota Fanning

“Actually, my mom doesn’t let me touch any of my money out of my bank. She says she is going to keep it there until I am 18, and I don’t think anyone can touch that. No money has been taken out of there.”

― Dakota Goyo

“When mom and dad were at the height of their careers, and things were super-crazy, and they couldn’t leave their houses, there wasn’t social media. It was all about autographs. Now, everyone’s the press. I feel fame is perforated: it can be glorious, but it can completely destroy a human, too.”

― Dakota Johnson

“The standard Bristol set at being a mother is high for a woman to have to step into. She, as a mom, is crushing it.”

― Dakota Meyer

“I grew up in Michigan and – where to start? I mean, my dad was a doctor who worked at a jail. He was more like a jail administrator. My mom was a public school teacher. There’s no artists in my family whatsoever.”

― Dan Amboyer

“I grew up in a very religious household. My mom was a church organist. I was a religious kid.”

― Dan Brown

“My mum is, like, my biggest fan, and she’s the one who will basically do all the publicity for me back home… She’ll constantly be talking to me saying, ‘Dan, what’s going on? We’ve heard this. Tell us about it! Dad wants to know!’ And so I’ll give them as much information as I can, and Mom and Dad are both my biggest fans.”

― Dan Feuerriegel

“I adored my mom. I thought she was the best. I loved her very much.”

― Dan Fogelman

“I would not drink bottles of water at my mom’s house because I never knew how long she’d been refilling them from the sink and putting them back in the refrigerator.”

― Dan Fogelman

“I luckily had a very charming, lovable mom who I think everybody could see bits and pieces of their mom in.”

― Dan Fogelman

“My coaches were great. My mom and dad. My dad never missed a wrestling meet.”

― Dan Gable

“In 1953, Mom and Dad, living in Toronto, discovered, to their shock, that Mom was expecting. I was born in June 1954. My parents, thrilled, showered me with love.”

― Dan Hill

“Blessed with Mom and Dad’s remarkable genes, raised on big words and big, iconoclastic attitudes, Larry and I, before entering kindergarten, knew who we were, what we wanted, and how we would get there.”

― Dan Hill

“Growing up, my height was faithfully tracked from infancy to my late teens on the door frame of my mom’s office – the only place in my family’s home in Toronto where writing on the walls was encouraged.”

― Dan Levy

“My mom asked me one day at lunch in a very lovely and respectful way. I was finally comfortable enough to say yes, I was gay, and it really was never talked about again.”

― Dan Levy

“People always ask about my dad and his comedic influence. It’s funny because my mom is really the comedian of our household.”

― Dan Levy

“My mom pushed me in a baby carriage at Martin Luther King rallies. My grandfather was a union organizer. And to me, there is no room – no room – for discrimination of any kind. To me, it’s just an anathema.”

― Dan Schulman

“One of the first cassette tapes I ever purchased was the ‘Rambo III’ score. I was not allowed to see ‘Rambo,’ but my mom would allow me to buy the music, so I would listen to that score over and over and imagine the movie.”

― Dan Trachtenberg

“I wanted my kids to be able to look at their mom and be like, ‘She can take care of herself.’”

― Dana Loesch

“My dad met my mom at Casper College in the orientation line. He studied business and eventually transferred to the University of Wyoming at Laramie.”

― Dana Perino

“My nickname for my mom was ‘The Compass.’”

― Dane Cook

“My mom and dad passed away from cancer. Within nine months, I lost both of my folks. Immediately after that, I had a horrible betrayal where my brother, who worked for me, stole a lot of my money. He’s in jail now.”

― Dane Cook

“My mom came to America when I was six years old, and I didn’t live with them until I was ten. They worked really hard in factories, and my dad as a taxi driver, to be able to afford visas for my sister and I.”

― Dania Ramirez

“I think, a lot of times, when you’re a first-time mom, you just want to be so careful, and you overanalyze things sometimes. But I think your first instinct as a mother is always right.”

― Dania Ramirez

“My special thing as a kid was to play dead because I thought I was really good at it. When I was 7 or 8, I even did it in the bathroom with a hair dryer in the bathtub. I realized that I was good at it because each time my mom would scream.”

― Daniel Bruhl

“When I was a child, she’d have me wash the lettuce ten times or open walnuts by hand to make a cake. I was like, ‘Mom, this is ridiculous.’ But now? I run my kitchen the same way.”

― Daniel Humm

“I don’t know where my romanticism comes from. My mom and dad would read to me a lot. ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘Robinson Crusoe,’ tales of chivalry and knights, things like that. Those are the stories I loved growing up.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“I’m not a religious person. My mom was of Jewish blood and my dad was Protestant.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“My dad believes in God, I think. I’m not sure if my mom does. I don’t.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“My mom and dad were actors when they were younger and had a horrible experience of it. My dad became a literary agent and my mom a casting director.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“My mom’s a lawyer. She was part of the group that wrote the bar exam. My father is a dentist. They’ve always worked.”

― Daniel Schwartz

“I think my mom put me in tap classes when I was three, which I never pursued. I don’t know how to tap. Then we moved to Portugal when I was five, and, I think, she put me in ballet classes immediately. Then I was expelled for being too restless – I am too high energy – and was told I could go do rhythm gymnastics.”

― Daniela Ruah

“Acting with your mom? It’s not something you get to do very often.”

― Daniela Ruah

“I never put my hands on my mom, and my mom never put her hands on me.”

― Danielle Bregoli

“I never really thought about acting when I was little; I was just getting a haircut at a salon when I was 10, and a woman approached my mom about putting me forward for an audition!”

― Danielle Campbell

“My mom is Italian, and her whole family still lives in Italy. My dad is Australian, and his family lives in Australia, so we were raised there.”

― Danielle Macdonald

“When we lived in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, my sister and I did a local play. My whole family got involved. My mom did the makeup. My sister and I were being homeschooled, and my parents wanted us to be socialized. We had a lot of fun with the other kids hanging out backstage.”

― Danielle Panabaker

“It’s been very hard, after being mostly a mom, to develop an adult life of my own. And not being married anymore, I have to come up with challenges.”

― Danielle Steel

“Death can’t be so bad if mom went through it. It makes it easier for the child to follow.”

― Danny Aiello

“Choose wisely, then eat in moderation. When I know I’m going to Mom’s for dinner, I throw an extra 20 minutes on the cardio machine so I can be ready to eat.”

― Danny Pino

“My mom put me in dance classes when I was 5 years old.”

― Danny Pudi

“My mom was sarcastic about men. She would tell me Adam was the rough draft and Eve was the final product. She was a feminist minister, an earth mom who wore a bra only on Sundays.”

― Daphne Zuniga

“My father had to go back to Iran to take care of his father when I was 13 and was detained for six years before returning. My mom was raising three kids without a dad.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“GE Appliances has agreed to give my mom a whole kitchen’s worth of new appliances and a washer and dryer, and all I need to do is shout them out.”

― Darci Lynne Farmer

“First, I am definitely going to give some money to my mission program at church, and then I have to get my mom a dishwasher.”

― Darci Lynne Farmer

“A little before my 10th birthday, I was like, ‘Can I please have a puppet, Mom and Dad?’ They were like, ‘No. You are a singer, not a ventriloquist. You have three brothers, and you’re in gymnastics. There’s no way we have time for this.’”

― Darci Lynne Farmer

“I got really bad grades, so I’d hide my report card from my dad. My mom was in on it, too, because she knew he’d be furious. I probably would’ve gone to boot camp. Seriously.”

― Daren Kagasoff

“Music education was always big for me. Ever since I was a young kid, I always said it was the reason I went to school sometimes and knowing if I didn’t do well in class that my mom wasn’t gonna let me sing in school or sing at that concert.”

― Darius Rucker

“I told my daughter, ‘Your mom will forever be one of my best friends simply because she made you.’”

― Daryn Kagan

“When my husband tells our daughter, ‘You get that trait from Mom,’ she lights up with pride. We all know who he’s talking about. And it’s not me. I’m fine with this.”

― Daryn Kagan

“I think my first big purchase was actually for my mom. She had one of those ’90s TVs in her living room that’s like a 10×10 brick, so I purchased her a flatscreen for her living room.”

― Dave Franco

“My mom and dad got divorced when I was very young, and growing up in a family where the head of the household wasn’t a man made a big difference.”

― Dave Mustaine

“My mom obviously had a problem.”

― Dave Pelzer

“My mom is a white Jewish lady, and my dad is black. The cultures never seemed separate – I had a lot of mixed friends. When I was young, I identified with being Jewish, but I embraced my dad’s side, too.”

― Daveed Diggs

“All my mom’s side speaks Spanish. I speak to my grandparents in Spanish. Slowly. And they’re patient with me! But I do speak with them in Spanish and carry on conversations with them.”

― David Archuleta

“My grandparents – my mom’s parents – they’re Jewish. But nobody ever pushed religion onto us. It wasn’t something I ever grew up with.”

― David Beckham

“My dad left when I was 3 1/2, and he left my mom and I.”

― David Cassidy

“My mom used to take me down to the Jersey Shore when I was 7, 8, 9 years old. I can remember being down in that area – Belmar, Seaside Heights, Asbury Park and all those places that I went back and revisited.”

― David Cassidy

“I think the real heroic teachers are the ones who work with kids, like my mom and my sister do.”

― David Duchovny

“On my best days, I fancy myself a combination of Dad’s persistence/patience and Mom’s toughness/skepticism.”

― David Einhorn

“My mom was truly an iconic figure, a great journalist and a pioneering woman who died at 54 of cancer without ever having revealed to viewers that she was ill.”

― David Frum

“I am truly my mother’s son.”

― David Geffen

“My mom told me to do whatever I wanted to do and don’t get too anxious about it.”

― David Giuntoli

“Books were a huge part of my childhood growing up. We would go on vacation, and my mom was always carting manuscripts around.”

― David Grann

“I’m the only member of my family who dared to move away from Birmingham – my brothers and sister are still here, along with my mom.”

― David Harewood

“I know Spanish pretty well. I’m half-Puerto Rican – my mom is from Puerto Rico – so I have a lot of family there, and my mom’s first language is Spanish. But growing up in the States, and with my dad being from the States, I’m kind of just like this white kid.”

― David Lambert

“I owe everything to my mom. She definitely got me to where I’m at today. Without her I wouldn’t be able to do the things that I do. She and I are very close.”

― David Lambert

“My mom, she’s still always there for me. Always.”

― David Ortiz

“I owe much to mother. She had an expert’s understanding, but also approached art emotionally.”

― David Rockefeller

“Ever since I was a little kid, I told my mom that I want to go to Hollywood and make a ‘Batman’ movie.”

― David S. Goyer

“So many times, my mom would say, ‘It’s not too late to go law school.’”

― David Zabel

“I was born to a Nigerian dad and a Kenyan mom, and coming to the States was really academic.”

― Dayo Okeniyi

“My mom is an OK cook. She’ll skewer me for saying that openly, because she claims to be a very good cook. She can make about, I don’t know, 10 dishes, I think, which is four dishes more than I can make.”

― Dean Cain

“Yes, my dad’s a marathoner. He used to do sprint distances and then started marathoning. My mom is an endurance animal. She does three-day events like the Susan G. Komen three-day walk.”

― Dean Karnazes

“I take pride in knowing the NFL is pink in October, sparking conversations everywhere about breast cancer and prevention, all in the spirit of my mom.”

― DeAngelo Williams

“My mom was the strongest woman I know.”

― DeAngelo Williams

“When breast cancer took my mom, it met its biggest enemy.”

― DeAngelo Williams

“I didn’t sign on to be a mom.”

― Debbie Rowe

“My kids don’t call me ‘Mom’ because I don’t want them to. They’re Michael’s children. It’s not that they are not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father.”

― Debbie Rowe

“I’m so proud to represent the people of South Florida. I was so honored when President Obama asked me to serve as chair of the Democratic Party. But there’s one job I’m even more proud of, and that’s being a mom to my three kids, Rebecca, Jake and Shelby.”

― Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“My mom did not have money. She was a single mom, on and off in periods between marriages. My husband, however, grew up on a wonderful farm in Tuscany, in Florence, and his family was so entertaining in terms of growing their own food and using the fruit of their land. We have very, very different experiences.”

― Debi Mazar

“I begged my mom to let me start skating.”

― Debi Thomas

“I would make my mom buy me the toy doctor kit.”

― Debi Thomas

“The biggest surprise, which is also the best, is that I didn’t know I would love motherhood as much as I do.”

― Deborah Norville

“There’s a lot of journalism about poverty, but sometimes it just helps to see that there’s a real person who becomes a real mom, who is working with unsustainable wages that could eventually destroy her.”

― Debra Granik

“I can’t resist South Indian cuisine, particularly what is prepared at home. My mom is my favourite cook. She can cook a variety of cuisines. I savour her cooking at home, and she’s undoubtedly the best.”

― Deepika Padukone

“There are certain things I talk to my mom and certain things I speak to dad for. But I also know that it has never been that I can tell my mum something and my dad won’t know. They are very dependent on each other even though they may not say it or realise it.”

― Deepika Padukone

“I can’t tell you how many letters I’ve gotten where someone showed ‘Sordid Lives’ to their mom, dad, or family and used it as a tool to come out.”

― Del Shores

“Good southern boys always have this connection with their mom.”

― Del Shores

“My mother was a personal friend of God’s. They had ongoing conversations.”

― Della Reese

“My dad always played sports. He played football. I always wanted to play football because my dad played football, but my mom never wanted me to play football because she said she couldn’t take me getting hit.”

― DeMar DeRozan

“Me and my mom are just alike in every type of way. I talk to my mom about everything.”

― DeMar DeRozan

“My mom always told me: Never make fun of anybody, because you never know what that person is going through. Ever since I was a kid, I never did. I never did.”

― DeMar DeRozan

“I always loved playing video games. It was something my mom did, and my sister played as well.”

― Demetrious Johnson

“’Super Contra’ was the game I fell in love with. I played and beat that game with my mom.”

― Demetrious Johnson

“My sisters and my mom, those people help me get through every single day.”

― Demi Lovato

“When my mom and dad got married, they lived in south Boston, which is where the first six of my brothers were born. After that, they moved to Minnesota, which is where the other five of us were born. So there’s 11 of us.”

― Denis McDonough

“For some students, school is the only place where they get a hot meal and a warm hug. Teachers are sometimes the only ones who tell our children they can go from an Indian reservation to the Ivy League, from the home of a struggling single mom to the White House.”

― Denise Juneau

“Dad worked as a security guard for United Airlines, and Mom was a housewife who cleaned houses to make ends meet.”

― Dennis Haysbert

“My father was Catholic, my mom Baptist, so we were raised Baptist but had a lot of Catholic upbringing: fish on Fridays, no birth control.”

― Dennis Haysbert

“A middle child, I was born in the depths of the Great Depression. My dad and mom were factory workers, struggling to make ends meet.”

― Dennis L. McKiernan

“I didn’t know my Dad – he moved out early. And my mom’s politics were kind of hardscrabble. She didn’t think about Democrats or Republicans. She thought about who made sense. I’ve been both in my life.”

― Dennis Miller

“You go to Main Street, and Wal-Mart is coming to town and kicking out all the mom and pop stores. All the people that were in the mom and pop stores are now working for Wal-Mart.”

― Dennis Quaid

“My mom had to beg the guys to let me play. I couldn’t even play the drums right – Brian had to show me.”

― Dennis Wilson

“My grandmother, who picked cotton, and my mom, who picked cotton as a child – my grandmother had a work ethic. She had 13 children that she had to raise and ended up for a time moving into the projects, but because my grandmother had a work ethic, she didn’t stay in the projects… that’s not how she wanted to raise her children.”

― Derrick Grayson

“It’s tough growing up where I grew up. My family is very small and really tight. Just being around the neighborhood, my brothers were always around. I didn’t want to be in any trouble because I knew my mom or brothers would find out. I didn’t want to hurt their feelings. I just tried to do everything right.”

― Derrick Rose

“My whole life has been nothing but trying to find a way to take care of my mom and take care of my family as quickly as possible.”

― Derrick Rose

“On Halloween, don’t you know back when you were little, your mom tells you don’t eat any candy until she checks it? I used to be so tempted to eat my candy on the way to other people’s houses. That used to be such a tease.”

― Derrick Rose

“I think about my mom and the things she went through, and things could always be a lot worse.”

― Deshaun Watson

“It started with my mom; she always wanted me to get my degree and graduate.”

― Deshaun Watson

“We barely had lights, but my mom always made sure we had food on the table and somewhere to sleep.”

― Deshaun Watson

“My mom is my rock, and I’m blessed to have her as my mother. I can talk to her whenever I need to or want to. She supports me through thick and thin, and I’ll always be there for her.”

― Deshaun Watson

“Michigan’s been recruiting me since the eighth grade, so they have a special place in my heart, I’d say, because I’ve visited there seven times, and my mom lives in Michigan, still, and she’d probably like me to stay closer to home and play.”

― Devin Booker

“I guess I figured out my dad was a fight coordinator pretty early, because I always saw him running into walls and stuff and nobody got mad at him, but it took me a lot longer to figure out what Mom did, because it was usually stuff on the telephone.”

― Devon Bostick

“I was a hyper kid in school and the teacher suggested to my mom she needed to do something with me.”

― Devon Sawa

“My sister, mom, and I always make holiday treats like Christmas cutout cookies and red and green chocolate chip cookies.”

― Devon Windsor

“I love to cook. My mom taught me to cook at a very, very young age.”

― Dexter Darden

“Fact: The new ‘90210’ is cooler than the old ‘90210.’ It’s the lithe, streamlined Skipper to the elder series’ venerable Barbie. Gone are the traditional parents – they’ve been replaced by a hipster mom n’ pop who get busted necking in the car.”

― Diablo Cody

“My mom is my manager and handles day-to-day business to keep the DeGarmo machine up and running! She’s a huge, huge part of my career and my life.”

― Diana DeGarmo

“My mom had a tape of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits, and whenever we were in the car, she would put it on, and it got to the point where I knew all the words to every one of the songs, and I knew what order they came in on the tape.”

― Diana DeGarmo

“My mom played me all kinds of music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Celine Dion. I listened to everything growing up, old and new.”

― Diana DeGarmo

“My mom would keep all kinds of materials in her classroom for children for reading. She kept comic books, newspapers, sports magazines, and books of all kinds.”

― Diana Gabaldon

“Because of my mom’s compassion, direction, and knowledge, she gives me that extra push to be the best person I can be.”

― Diana Lopez

“My mom always told me the more you try, the more you will succeed in everything you set out to do.”

― Diana Lopez

“It was natural for me to go to local tournaments with my mother and watch my brothers compete and sometimes be left with my mom at home while my dad would take my brothers away to different tournaments and competitions. So I started doing everything they did.”

― Diana Lopez

“Being 1 of 6 made me a weirdo in school. We were like the von Trapps, and our house was like the ‘Hunger Games.’ Anytime my mom would get a good, sugary cereal, I’d hide a bag from my three older brothers, who’d eat everything.”

― Diana Silvers

“I remember how my mom would take me on the subway from Queens to Broadway. We’d go to the offices of casting agents. Many doors were slammed in our faces. I was just a boy, but I remember that well.”

― Dick Van Patten

“The Almighty has plans for us to make a place so we can go on and make a difference. It all has to do with my faith; I am deeply religious. It goes back to my roots, to my mom and my dad.”

― Dikembe Mutombo

“When I was born, my dad and my mom gave me names, but in Africa, when your child is born, especially close family members can suggest names they want to add on. Maybe your grandmom and your grandpop have something to add to the name of the child.”

― Dikembe Mutombo

“When I was growing up, Forest Park was full of integrated families. It was amazing. One my best friends was Vietnamese. Another one was half-Mexican, half-black. Another one was from Colombia. Another one was born in the U.S., but his mom was from Germany and spoke with a German accent. So we all had multiple identities.”

― Dinaw Mengestu

“My mom put me away at 7. I enjoyed it… Being in institutions, I got three meals a day, clothes.”


“My mom and dad just loved the fact that I fooled around. They just embraced it. They’d always kind of enjoy it, and they liked it when I made them laugh.”

― Dominic Monaghan

“My mom was always very, very careful with my mind: what I saw and didn’t see.”

― Dominick Cruz

“My mom always knew I would be able to take care of myself, but my dad was afraid.”

― Dominique Moceanu

“I feel like doulas put the ball back in the mom’s court. They trust you to normalize the high drama.”

― Domino Kirke

“I was sort of getting used to being a single mom, maybe a little too used to it.”

― Domino Kirke

“My son’s birth was pretty life-shattering, in good ways and bad ways. I realized that I needed a doula because I’m not close to my mom, and I don’t have a lot of people in New York.”

― Domino Kirke

“I was four or five, and my mom got all the Power Rangers to come through. I thought it was really them. I started crying tears of joy. It was so amazing. My favorite Power Ranger was the green one. He wasn’t in every episode – he was rare, like Based God. He was like the Based God Power Ranger.”

― Domo Genesis

“An overzealous parent is just one example of the kind of Problem Mom or Dad who pops up at track meets, threatening to put a damper on the day.”

― Don Kardong

“My mom tells me every single day that she’s proud of me.”

― Don Lemon

“My mom, she’s from Ireland, coached tennis in Nigeria when she was a missionary and turned me on to it when I was young.”

― Donal Logue

“My mother was a working woman, and I was alone a lot. So I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom.”

― Donna Karan

“My mother stopped working when she had my brother. She was a full time mom until I started getting heavily into ice skating lessons, and it got to the point where they really needed my mom to earn an income.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“I always had short hair, and I hated my short hair. I was always mistaken for a boy, but my mom wouldn’t let me change my hair because she was always chasing me around with a hairbrush, and it was always tangled, so she just would cut it off, and she’s right: short hair did suit me.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“Luckily, I discovered ice skating when I was eight and a half years old. There were two wonderful ponds within walking distance of my house. After all the physical activity the summer provided, I craved movement in the cold of winter. I had no skates, so Mom stuffed socks into my brother’s old ones.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“I remember someone saying to my mom that it must be so glamorous to have a child acting in movies. They had no idea how hard it was for her.”

― Douglas Booth

“Dad met Mom in 1983 during the lead-up to the 1984 games. She was an Olympic downhill skier. In those days, the winter and summer games were held in different cities but in the same year, so there was more intermingling of winter and summer athletes at social functions.”

― Douglas Brunt

“My mom and dad both would grow vegetables. So, when I delivered my baby, we went there, and she would cook a lot, and we would eat all the vegetables from their garden.”

― Doutzen Kroes

“I want to work, but the balance to find between working and being a mom is challenging.”

― Doutzen Kroes

“I love my mom so much, and I always have, but I was definitely a monster to her a lot during my teen years.”

― Dove Cameron

“I would go to sleep with headphones on. My mom and pop – they would have music loud enough to shake the walls.”

― Dr. Dre

“I don’t want just 25-year-old girls watching my show. I want Grandma, Grandpa and Mom and Dad and the kids. I just want everyone to hear good music.”

― Drake Bell

“My mom was a championship pool player.”

― Drake Bell

“I grew up in a household where my mom made $16,000 a year. I know the struggle. I know how to keep those things in perspective, and I do keep it into perspective.”

― Draymond Green

“I swore I would never do a reality show. I’ve been offered them for years and years because our family life is a little crazy – I will admit to that. Definitely not the conventional mom or family – or anything, for that matter.”

― Drea De Matteo

“I’m a real stay-at-home mom. I’m really hands-on. Everything else became secondary.”

― Drew Barrymore

“I used to have a blankie, and when my mom had to wash it, I would sit outside the dryer and watch it go round and round, and cry.”

― Drew Barrymore

“One of my first memories is marching with my mom. I was in kindergarten with with the Catholic ladies when Martin Luther King Jr. got shot. We wore the black armbands and marched downtown.”

― Duff McKagan

“I go back five generations in Jamaica. My dad grew up in Port Royal, and my mom grew up in Kingston. My family is from the country like West Moreland and also in Manchester. I’ve been there countless times. As far as cuisine, there’s not really much that comes out of Jamaica that’s on a plate that I don’t like.”

― Dule Hill

“Mom and sister played piano growing up; my grandma still plays piano in church. They always beat me over the head trying to get me to play piano, but I was more interested in riding dirt bikes and playing in the mud.”

― Dustin Lynch

“I was brought up as an only child, and we were very close. But when I was 14, we got evicted. We came home to a padlock, and I looked up at my mom and she was crying, and there was nothing to do.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“My mom is a painter and photographer and my grandfather was an artist, so I’ve always been surrounded by creative people.”

― Dylan Lauren

“I don’t make a habit of watching my parents’ films, because it is a little strange. But I will say that I binge watch ‘House of Cards’ compulsively, and I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen one of my mom’s projects and totally forgot she was my mom!”

― Dylan Penn

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”

― E. M. Forster

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.”

― E. W. Howe

“When I was a kid and got in trouble, I’d always say, Mom, I’m in trouble. Well, Mom, I’m in trouble.”

― Earl Campbell

“Both of my parents had me reading at a really young age. Maybe it was a hereditary thing, but my mom always had my nose in a book. I’ve always been a bookworm.”

― Earl Sweatshirt

“My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic, worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.”

― Ed Bradley

“My mom speaks English – she moved to England in the ’70s, so she’s fluent in English. We use to speak in Spanish when I was a kid all the time, me and my mom. But when I went to boarding school, I kind of lost it a little bit.”

― Ed Weeks

“I don’t want to get burned when I’m cooking. To avoid getting hit when pan-frying, I stand far away and use chopsticks that are almost two feet long. I learned it from my mom, who does the same thing.”

― Eddie Huang

“No one was more important than my mom and dad. I know they are watching from a place up in heaven here today to make sure all their kids are doing good.”

― Eddie Murray

“No matter how good you are, at some point your kids are gonna have to create their own independence and think that Mom and Dad aren’t cool, just to establish themselves. That’s what adolescence is about. They’re gonna go through that no matter what.”

― Eddie Vedder

“My mom is from Cuba, my dad is from Spain, and I grew up in Miami. So there’s maybe a little more flair in me than typical Silicon Valley types.”

― Eddy Cue

“Becoming a mom made me more contentious about expressing my true taste.”

― Edie Brickell

“’Peter Pan’ is my favorite. I love the idea that all the Lost Boys were orphans, and that they wanted Wendy to be their mom.”

― Edward Kitsis

“My mom, she cooks the best pound cakes in the world.”

― Edwin Jackson

“My mom was very much alpha. I admired her because she was the working mom on the go. She’s such a boss. She’s an OG, as they say.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“This sounds crazy, but I was born in the fashion industry. So, I probably wore heels by the age of two. When I was two, I would steal my mom’s heels.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“When my father passed away, my mom didn’t really know what to do and how to deal with it for me, so she put me in extracurricular classes, one of them being theater.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“I’m almost a full-time mom.”

― Ekaterina Gordeeva

“My mom used to call me ‘Oprah’ because I was always in a corner crying with somebody. I’ve always been attracted to storytelling around women’s lives.”

― Elaine Welteroth

“I read everything, but particularly, growing up in a household where my mom was black and my dad was white, I remember really loving ‘Ebony’ and ‘Essence.’ Those magazines were the only place where I could see images of women who looked like me or my mom.”

― Elaine Welteroth

“I know how much my mom has impacted my journey and how much I wouldn’t be where I am without my mom. As much as she says she’s proud of me, I’m even more so proud of her because of what she’s done and how she’s been able to raise me and my sisters.”

― Elana Meyers

“I got a letter from a mom, and she was telling me about how her daughter is a tomboy and the trouble she has in classes and being around boys. She herself had the same kinds of problems growing up and how inspired they were by me. That was such an incredible email to receive.”

― Elana Meyers

“The Vatican is against surrogate mothers. Good thing they didn’t have that rule when Jesus was born.”

― Elayne Boosler

“Well, Mom and Dad are both actors, and I’ve spent a lot of time watching my mom on stage and a lot of time on set with my dad, so it was very much a part of my growing up.”

― Eleanor Tomlinson

“My mom and dad, although they may not have had a lot of formal education, they were two of the most brilliant people that I know.”

― Elijah Cummings

“When I graduated from high school, my mom and dad were saying I needed to go to college, but I said I wanted to pursue my dream of acting. At the end of my high school career, they quit their jobs, and we moved out to California on a leap of faith.”

― Elijah Kelley

“My kids have grown up knowing that their mom made a big investment in making sure there was art and language instruction in school and books in the library. Hopefully, they’ve internalized that.”

― Elise Broach

“I have lots of records, quite a collection, actually, that I stole from my mom. I have the original ‘Thriller’ album and I have a really great ‘Elton John’s Greatest Hits,’ and I also have a N.E.R.D. album. Records sound more original. They have more edge.”

― Elisha Cuthbert

“My mom grew up in Idaho, went to Brigham Young University: they’re very Molly Mormon. And my father is, like, first generation Albanian, and his parents lived in Southey and grew up in downtown Boston. My parents are complete opposites.”

― Eliza Dushku

“My mom is this liberal, feminist, Mormon powerhouse. I just love her to death.”

― Eliza Dushku

“We didn’t have a TV in the living room and all my friends thought we were kind of weird. When they’d come over, my mom wanted to talk to them about current events.”

― Eliza Dushku

“I was raised in Boston by three older brothers and a very strong and empowering single mom.”

― Eliza Dushku

“My mom is like this hard-core, liberal feminist. She’s a professor in Boston, and she’s been teaching women’s studies for 30 years and international politics.”

― Eliza Dushku

“After I graduated high school and came out to do ‘Buffy,’ I was enrolled at my mom’s university, and I was going to go get a real job. I never thought of acting and never really wanted to be an actor.”

― Eliza Dushku

“I’m a good role model. I have an amazing marriage, and it will be long lasting. I think I’m a good mom. I could run for office, no problem, because there are no skeletons in my closet.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“My mom used to keep all her Christmas cards in a basket bedecked with red ribbon, and I loved to look at them all and read all the letters.”

― Elizabeth Berg

“The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother.”

― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“My dad is amazing: he taught me everything I know about sales. He volunteered to be the Girl Scout cookie mom and gave everybody sales quotas, and basically, every girl went home crying because he was super intense.”

― Elizabeth Chambers

“I’m a mom. That probably hinders sometimes and helps sometimes. To some people, that makes me more approachable.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“Those who know me would say I’m a passionate and hard-working mom and a community leader who knows how to get things done.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“I think being a mom changed me, and now it’s not just about what I want to do and what’s sort of interesting, but what I absolutely have to do.”

― Elizabeth Marvel

“OK, so I’m a working mom that also gets to kiss George Clooney. That’s a little bit of a perk of the job.”

― Elizabeth Marvel

“I was embarrassed that I even wanted to become an actress because coming from L.A., with two older sisters in the business and a mom who had been a ballet dancer, it was such a cliche.”

― Elizabeth Olsen

“It’s funny to be playing a mom. I mean, I’m not a mom in real life. I don’t even have a dog.”

― Elizabeth Reaser

“I think I grew up with a profound sense of watching people who were good people, who were smart people, who were hardworking people – God, nobody on this Earth worked harder than my mom and dad – and they had very little.”

― Elizabeth Warren

“I always felt like I could go to my mom and speak to her about anything. We have a great relationship.”

― Ella Mai

“I was a huge Lauryn Hill fan; that was all my mom would listen to in the car.”

― Ella Mai

“My mom used to play a lot of music around the house, and I think that’s where I get my inspiration from.”

― Ella Mai

“My mom comes from a really out-there upbringing, so for her, the way she raised me is pretty disciplined. I was home-schooled but more really unschooled, really.”

― Ellar Coltrane

“My mom says I was born screaming.”

― Elle King

“My first name is a boy’s name. It’s Tanner. I’ve always gone by my middle name but, yeah, my first name is Tanner. And King is my mom’s last name. I took my mom’s last name since I was 18.”

― Elle King

“My mom is so chill and so down to earth and not fussy about anything.”

― Ellie Bamber

“I think she’s great because she – the choices are mine, essentially, and she’s just there to guide me. She’s my manager, but I feel like she’s more of a mom. Although she helps me with certain things, she’s still my mom.”

― Ellie Bamber

“I was introduced to soul music at a very young age – my mom was a soul singer.”

― Elliott Yamin

“My dad’s a scientist, and my mom’s a teacher, so I didn’t grow up in a family that was into the entertainment world at all.”

― Eloise Mumford

“My mom was a dancer, my dad’s a singer and I’ve always had that kind of music in my life.”

― Elvis Stojko

“One of the roles I hold really close to my heart is a small ‘under-five’ role I did on ‘The Young and the Restless.’ I think I did about four episodes and it meant so much to me, simply because it was my mom’s all-time favorite soap.”

― Emayatzy Corinealdi

“Mom ran the house, so we grew up Portuguese.”

― Emeril Lagasse

“I started cooking when I was about 10. I have memories like when I was 6 or 7 with my mom, and when I was 12 I started getting real serious about cooking.”

― Emeril Lagasse

“My food is Louisiana, New Orleans-based, well-seasoned, rustic. I think it’s pretty unique because of my background being influenced by my mom, Portuguese and French Canadian. There’s a lot going on there.”

― Emeril Lagasse

“My mom breastfed me for more than a year, and I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It’s cheap and much better for the environment, and you don’t have to lug all that stuff around.”

― Emily Deschanel

“Chuck Lorre and everyone else on ‘Mom’ did such a great job of balancing that line that rides tragedy and comedy. They make you cry, and then they make you crack up about it.”

― Emily Osment

“Before you’re a mom you don’t know what gear is going to be relevant.”

― Emily Procter

“I want to be playing music, and I want to be a great mom, and I want to do everything.”

― Emily Robison

“I’d go to, like, six different schools in one year. We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked.”

― Eminem

“My heart has been resuscitated as a result of becoming a mom.”

― Emm Gryner

“A woman must combine the role of mother, wife and politician.”

― Emma Bonino

“Morality and its victim, the mother – what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?”

― Emma Goldman

“I did improv classes just like any kid would do soccer or gymnastics or swimming. At one of my showcases, my manager came to my mom and said, ‘We would like to represent your daughter.’ My mom asked me that night if I would like to actually act, and I said, ‘Why not? I’ll give it a try!’”

― Emma Kenney

“I’ve written tons of scripts, and when I wrote ‘The New Girl in Town,’ I read it to my parents, and they suggested I make a movie out of it. I got a few friends together, and I shot the movie in one weekend, and then my mom and I edited it.”

― Emma Kenney

“I think just because you’re a mom, it doesn’t negate – if anything, you’re probably more enhanced – that you’re a woman trying to find your place in the world.”

― Emma McLaughlin

“You don’t realize how hard it is to live on your own. But there’s no mom to do your laundry, and make you dinner and to do things for you, and you don’t think about little things like buying paper towels and salt.”

― Emma Roberts

“I had massive anxiety as a child. I was in therapy. From 8 to 10, I was borderline agora-phobic. I could not leave my mom’s side. I don’t really have panic attacks anymore, but I had really bad anxiety.”

― Emma Stone

“My parents are both very funny but they’re also relatively soft-spoken, normal human beings while I’m just a lunatic. I don’t know where this loud, ballsy, hammy ridiculousness came from. I’m just glad I followed my goals and my parents did too. It’s not like we even had a plan when I dragged my mom to Los Angeles.”

― Emma Stone

“Arizona is the worst place to spend the summer – it’s like 125 degrees – so my mom, my brother and I would go to the beach for two months to escape the heat.”

― Emma Stone

“When I look up and see a star, I know my mom is there. She’s with me all the time. It’s a powerful connection.”

― Emmanuelle Chriqui

“My mom said, ‘Don’t get married. You’re too young. Go out there and experience what life has to offer.’ And I did.”

― Emmitt Smith

“I’ve never had siblings, I didn’t grow up in a big family; it was just me and my single mom. And hectic family dysfunction was actually something that I craved.”

― Emmy Rossum

“I’ve never had my brows done – I tweeze them myself. I used to watch my mom pluck her brows, that’s how I learned.”

― Emmy Rossum

“Monday nights, it wasn’t like, ‘Mom, I want to watch Monday Night Raw.’ It was like, ‘Mom, put on Shawn Michaels.’”

― Enzo Amore

“On my mom’s side, the Jewish side of the family, I come from a family of musicians who are pianists, so I’ve always loved cultural expression.”

― Eric Garcetti

“In fact, my mom would have gone to the Persian Gulf War had she not been pregnant with me.”

― Eric Reid

“My mom’s passionate and energetic and very funny and enthusiastic.”

― Eric Stonestreet

“My mom has this ugly Santa ornament, and one year, I took it off the tree and clipped it to her pillow. We’ve been trading it back and forth ever since – 16 years now. I wore it to the Golden Globes and even put it in her bird feeder. As the birds eat, it’s slowly revealed.”

― Eric Stonestreet

“My mom and dad are Republicans. At least two of my brothers are.”

― Eric Swalwell

“Last time I spoke to my mom she called me from a pay phone, and we didn’t have the best talk. Ever since my stepdad passed away three years ago, she has been very depressed and hasn’t been herself at all.”

― Eric West

“I read a lot of comics growing up. My mom used to say, ‘Would you please read a book?’ She was worried where I was going in my life.”

― Erica Durance

“I saw my first Broadway show when I was 10 years old. I saw ‘Big: The Musical’ and I remember going out to dinner with my mom afterward and reading the souvenir program like crazy!”

― Erich Bergen

“The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.”

― Erich Fromm

“Green has always been my mom’s favorite color. My father, aunt and I have gotten her jade, emerald, and peridot pieces over the years, and we always seem to be on the lookout.”

― Erika Christensen

“All four of my grandparents were educators, my mom was a school nurse, and I went through the public school system.”

― Erin Cummings

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

― Erma Bombeck

“Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, ‘A house guest,’ you’re wrong because I have just described my kids.”

― Erma Bombeck

“Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.”

― Erma Bombeck

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”

― Erma Bombeck

“I have great faith that Heaven’s there and I’ll see my brothers and my mom and dad when I get there.”

― Ernie Harwell

“There was a lot of music in our home. Mom played piano in church and gave piano lessons.”

― Ernie Isley

“My mom, for all intents and purposes, was a single parent.”

― Estelle

“My mom’s a painter, and she used to wear black all the time, and so do I. So I would say a black T-shirt with a pocket is my go-to.”

― Ethan Peck

“I look a lot like my mom. I’m the only one of my siblings with red hair, and she had bright red hair. I always have felt incredibly connected to her.”

― Ethan Slater

“Mom claimed that I could carry a tune at 2 or 3 years of age. Maybe she was a little prejudiced.”

― Ethel Merman

“My beloved Mom and Pop always rated tops with each other, and that’s the way it will always be.”

― Ethel Merman

“Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living.”

― Ethel Merman

“We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can.”

― Ethel Waters

“Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood. She wanted to save me from the vice, lust, and drinking that was all about me.”

― Ethel Waters

“In her whole life Mom never earned more than five or six dollars a week. Being without a husband, it was hard for her to find any place at all for us to live.”

― Ethel Waters

“I’ve wanted to come to the U.S. since I was 8 years old. Every single year, my mom and I watched the Oscars. I always told her, ‘I want to do that when I grow up. I want to tell stories; I want to be an actor and director.’”

― Eugenio Derbez

“My mom was a soap opera queen in Mexico and Latin America. I started acting because of her.”

― Eugenio Derbez

“I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, the youngest of four girls, including my oldest sister, Lisa, who has special needs. My mom was a special education teacher, and my dad worked on the Army base. We weren’t wealthy, but we were determined to succeed.”

― Eva Longoria

“I’ve always eaten egg whites because when I was little, I didn’t like the color yellow, so my mom would trick me into eating eggs by taking out the yolk.”

― Eva Longoria

“My mom lived to be 91, and her advice was, ‘Honey, just keep moving.’”

― Eva Marie Saint

“I think that when you start rolling with an entourage, you attract attention, and you tend to create this whole big thing. My mom taught me that when you keep a low profile, most people tend to totally miss you because they’re not expecting anything.”

― Evan Ross

“I always loved movies, especially watching some of my mom’s films when I was younger, like ‘Out of Darkness,’ where she played a schizophrenic.”

― Evan Ross

“I feel like I’ve been very smart in the way that I carry myself and treat myself. I feel like my mom was a big part of that just because she’s always let us make our own decisions, and we’ve known very much about the mistakes and the dangers already of whatever this Hollywood life may be.”

― Evan Ross

“Me and my mom are extremely, extremely close.”

― Evan Ross

“I’ve seen all of my mom’s films. She’s the reason why I do almost anything.”

― Evan Ross

“My mom liked to have us travel in first class with her. She’s like, ‘I work for my money, and I want my kids to live a certain kind of way.’ My dad used to get so mad at my mom for flying us first class. So it was a clash on that.”

― Evan Ross

“I never really saw my mom as Diana Ross. My mom was my mom.”

― Evan Ross

“I snap with my mom. It was a great way for me to see my dog when I was in college. We send selfies, too.”

― Evan Spiegel

“There’s nothing more frustrating than when fans use a nickname. That’s like people you don’t know using names from people that you’re intimate with. Like if my mom has a nickname and a fan finds it out and starts using it, that’s creepy.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“People were fed up with reality shows about midgets getting married and weird Jerry Springer talk shows. There had been a real dry spell of intelligent family-oriented viewing: the type of program that Mom, Dad and the kids can all watch together. With ‘Lost,’ there are just so many characters for people to invest in.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“I love playing moms. It’s a lot easier than being a mom, I hear.”

― Faith Ford

“The hardest thing for me is planning ahead. My mom was brilliant at it.”

― Faith Hill

“I’m able to shift gears from mom to performer to mom pretty quickly.”

― Faith Hill

“I’m an old mom of a young baby, and every moment matters.”

― Faith Salie

“I remember my mom sitting at our kitchen table, paying bills with a small smile. She’d sigh and say, ‘I’m so blessed to be able to pay these.’ She knew it was about what you have.”

― Faith Salie

“I tell my kids all the time that I’m so lucky they chose me to be their mom.”

― Faith Salie

“My mom was a huge fan of ‘Dirty Dancing.’ I couldn’t quite get a break, and she was like, ‘Patrick Swayze was a dancer!’ And Fred Astaire. I started dancing, and it led me to acting. It helps with fighting or whatever choreography in general.”

― Falk Hentschel

“My daughter knows she is loved. My daughter knows she has a mom, and I’m there, and I’m not worried about anything of what everyone else is worried about.”

― Farrah Abraham

“My parents got put into jail, both my mom and my dad.”

― Farrah Abraham

“By no means do we think, ‘Oh, it’s cool to be a teen mom.’ I definitely don’t think that it’s cool.”

― Farrah Abraham

“When it’s my time to go, I’ll go, but the only time that’s going to be for ‘Teen Mom’ is when the network takes it off the air.”

― Farrah Abraham

“It’s like I’ve experienced quite a weird and unusual life, you know, being with a mom who’s a single parent and struggling with money and things like that. It’s really hard. And it brings a lot of other insecurities in life and a lot of other issues in life, in school and a bunch of other things.”

― Fefe Dobson

“Grades were important in our house. I was reading by two. My mom would sit there and read with me, read with me, read with me. It was wonderful.”

― Fergie

“I actually got started in acting when I was in pre-school. I was really into dance and performing, so my mom had me in dance classes, and then I got involved in a local theater company.”

― Fiona Gubelmann

“When I found out that my mom was sneaking listening to my music, I decided to make sure that my music is very clean.”

― Flo Rida

“I couldn’t wait until I grew up. I used to look at my mom’s stockings and put them on with her high heels and mess with my hair.”

― Florence Griffith Joyner

“I’m a ’70s mom, and my daughter is a ’90s mom. I know a lot of women my age who are real computer freaks.”

― Florence Henderson

“My mom, she was unbelievable. She ran the whole town. She was like the mayor. There would be 15 people eating at our lunch table. She’d drag people from the street.”

― Francisco Costa

“We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor – got her master’s with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure.”

― Frank Ocean

“I grew up in New Orleans. I had just moved into my dorm at the University of New Orleans, and I was doing laundry, and my mom called me, like, ‘We’ve got to evacuate. There’s a hurricane’s coming.’”

― Frank Ocean

“First of all, I was a good Christian kid. My mom and dad taught me never to fight. So I never fought. The other kids picked that up right away. They said, ‘Oh, he’s not going to try to do anything.’ They’d push me, shove me, hit me. I’d just stand there and take it.”

― Frank Peretti

“I come from good stock. Both of my parents are big – my dad is a big guy; my mom is a big lady.”

― Frank Thomas

“My mother never threw anything out. If there was a sliver of a tomato, it was in the refridge. I would come in with my friends, and Mom would say, ‘Want something to eat?’ In 20 minutes, there was four, five dishes to eat.”

― Frankie Avalon

“When I was a kid, we’d go crabbing, as a lot of folks do on the East Coast, and we’d catch some fresh crabs and take it home, and Mom would turn it into this unbelievable crab gravy – or, as they say, sauce.”

― Frankie Avalon

“My parents listened to a lot of James Taylor and Hall and Oates. My mom and I used to listen to Liz Phair and Indigo Girls a lot in the car, too.”

― Frankie Cosmos

“My mom. My grandma, my grandfather. We have a very strong, strong line of amazing people in the family. Very strong women.”

― Frankie Grande

“My grandma was actually a pretty well-known opera singer in Cuba, and then my mom was a ballerina. Two of my three sisters are dancers, so we grew up in the arts.”

― Frankie J. Alvarez

“Starting in my teens, I was always standing on the corner near our apartment singing harmony with friends. We’d also go to the park and sing under the bridge near the lake for the echo. When it was cold out, we’d stand in the little heated lobby in the project’s administration building, where my mom paid the rent each month.”

― Frankie Valli

“My mom marched into the reservation tent and reserved a Model X for herself. She drives a Jeep; she has four grandchildren. She didn’t ask my dad. She just went ahead and did it.”

― Franz von Holzhausen

“My father came from Germany. My mom came from Venezuela. My father’s culturally German, but his father was Japanese. I was raised in New York and spent two years in Rio. My parents met at the University of Southern Mississippi, and they had me there, and then we moved to New York. I’m not very familiar with Mississippi.”

― Fred Armisen

“Fereydun, that’s my dad’s name. My grandmother, my dad’s mom, when she was pregnant, she was dating a man from Persia, a Persian gentleman. It wasn’t his child, but he was still very supportive and said, ‘Hey, this is a great name,’ and so it stuck. So that’s what she named him.”

― Fred Armisen

“My mom is from Venezuela, and my dad is German and Japanese, and we lived in Brazil when I was a kid for a couple of years, and then I grew up on Long Island. I think all the traveling and all the nationalities put that stuff in my head. I was just around it a lot.”

― Fred Armisen

“Ever since I was really little, I started doing a – I don’t know how to put this – mentally challenged person on my street. I meant no harm by it, but I remembered how this person talked, and I did it for my mom, and she was not into it. She said, ‘You can’t do that!’ But my dad really laughed.”

― Fred Armisen

“My mom was so people-friendly. She was incredible. She’d go to the mall, and she’d talk to everyone. Give people a kiss on the cheek. I think if I wasn’t pushed around a lot, I’d be great with people. Maybe I still can be.”

― Fred Couples

“I am re-collecting the baseball cards my mom had thrown out when I went away to school. You know you are an adult when you can buy a whole set of baseball cards instead of two packs at a time.”

― Fred Willard

“I think about my mom every day.”

― Freddie Freeman

“My mom was always the supplier of soccer balls, and so people were always knocking on my door, and trying to get me out so we could play.”

― Freddy Adu

“I wanted to get us a place of our own with a little bit more space. The kitchen is just huge, because my mom… lives there, man, and she loves being in the kitchen.”

― Freddy Adu

“I was brought up in a bohemian household where my dad plays guitar and my mom plays piano just because they love it.”

― Freya Ridings

“Me and my mom were just watching the charts like, ‘Why isn’t it stopping?’ And now I’ve got a platinum disc in my bedroom.”

― Freya Ridings

“When you’re riding with your mom, and you’re a kid, you’d listen to ‘Dear Mama’ and the radio friendly records. I used to sneak and listen to Too $hort.”

― Future

“There was this hip-hop collective called People Crew. And at the time in Korea, there was no real place to access rap music. So People Crew used to host this summer school program, which taught rapping and dancing. I begged my mom to attend that school to learn how to rap.”

― G-Dragon

“My mom is in charge of my earnings.”

― G-Dragon

“I started out as a child actor. Back then, I didn’t have a manager or company, and I couldn’t even dream of having a stylist. My mom made and bought the clothes I would wear. I think that was probably when I first got into fashion.”

― G-Dragon

“My mom was a single parent.”

― G-Eazy

“My mom would always play me a lot of late-’50s, late-’60s rock.”

― G-Eazy

“Me personally, I’m real close to my mom. She raised me. It was a single-parent home situation. She did everything: cooked, worked two jobs, came home late, but she loved me to death.”

― G-Eazy

“As a writer and a mom, I wish I could split into two or three different people so I could be with my kids all day, write all day, and go out and do the interviews all day. Multiplicity woman!”

― G. Willow Wilson

“My mom says I’m a fighter, a fierce competitor, and I think I am, too.”

― Gabby Douglas

“You need your mom and dad to protect you. It means they love you so much.”

― Gabby Douglas

“Oprah has definitely caught my eye. My mom and I used to watch her shows. We just love her.”

― Gabby Douglas

“Me and my dad are kind of distant since my mom and him separated.”

― Gabby Douglas

“I learned from my mom to always keep pushing yourself.”

― Gabby Douglas

“I got started on my spiritual path when I was a kid. My mom taught me how to meditate and brought me to ashrams and spiritual circles.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“In Hollywood, you play a mom, and the next thing you know, you’re on ‘The Golden Girls.’ They age you so fast.”

― Gabrielle Union

“In Hollywood, you play a mom and instantly, you’ve got osteoporosis.”

― Gabrielle Union

“My mom is painfully sweet; she’s from Nebraska.”

― Gabrielle Union

“My mom could be pretty strict.”

― Gaby Hoffmann

“My mom grew up in a strict Catholic family and moved to New York and became part of the Warhol factory.”

― Gaby Hoffmann

“My mom had me when she was 19 or 20. And my father was 22 or something. They were working on whatever they could, both of them aiming to be actors in theater.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“I really bonded with my mom, growing up, through our love of horror movies!”

― Garrett Clayton

“My happiest moments of growing up in the Bronx were when my mom would bring home a new sports magazine from the candy store. I would jump out of bed and grab it from her. Then I’d rip the front cover right off and tape it to my bedroom wall.”

― Garry Marshall

“If I have any talent at all it’s from God, and my mom, who was on Capitol Records also.”

― Garth Brooks

“Country was about character. Country’s changed because of monsters like Clear Channel who bought up all the stations and sliced them up into formats. Our demographic is now the soccer mom.”

― Gary Allan

“My mom always told me I should have a Plan B. I said that if I’m not going to play guitar I’m going to play drums. And if I’m not going to play drums, I’m going to play bass. I always just wanted to play music. I was completely obsessed.”

― Gary Clark, Jr.

“When I decided that I might want to do acting for a living – I don’t know where it really came from, since there was no school play or any of that – my mom gave me her blessing. I had to get a scholarship – that was the only way I could have gone to drama school.”

― Gary Oldman

“My mom and dad have always, always, and continue to be the most incredible citizens of the world and most generous in quiet ways, that I strive to do even a fraction of what they do.”

― Gavin Creel

“For a decade, I was a stay-at-home mom. I sent my husband to his law office, sat on PTA boards and baked cookies – great cookies. All of a sudden, I had no husband, no job, few prospects, and two small children who had grown accustomed to eating.”

― Gayle Lynds

“My parents are both from Vermont, very old-fashioned New England. We heated our house with wood my father chopped. My mom grew all of our food. We were very underexposed to everything.”

― Geena Davis

“I want to work, but being a mom is my No. 1 priority.”

― Gena Lee Nolin

“Mom was always doing something for somebody. She came from a Czech background, one that made her a devout Catholic and gave her a strong belief in the family.”

― Gene Cernan

“You know that I am living proof that the American Dream is real. Growing up, our congressman cut through government bureaucratic red tape to help my mom buy our first house. That’s the kind of congressman I’ll be.”

― Geoff Davis

“It’s bizarre: sometimes I go through periods where I really want to put a song up online, and sometimes I’m sort of busy with other things… It’s very much a hobby, that kind of thing. I sort of post it more for maybe my mom’s benefit, and suddenly she says, ‘It’s got 50,000 views.’ And I think maybe I should’ve put it as private.”

― George Blagden

“I’m happy every time I stand up in court and say, ‘George Brauchler for the people of Colorado…’ I take no shame in that; I take pride in that. My mom took pride in being an attorney, too.”

― George Brauchler

“Our songs touch people, and take them back to a time when there was no threat of terrorism, when you didn’t have to lock your doors and when Mom and Dad took care of everything.”

― George Grove

“Kids need a father around to make them whole. They need their mom.”

― George Pelecanos

“I’m talking like 10, 12 years old. Either junior brings Mom and Pop or Mom and Pop bring the kids. I’m talking young here, not a college drinking crowd.”

― George Thorogood

“There was a group of six women in my household. My mom, aunts and grandma. I watched them in the kitchen.”

― George Tillman, Jr.

“One of my most sentimental items is my grandmother’s engagement ring that my mom gave me a few years ago. It’s a Victorian-style setting that’s closed in the back, so it doesn’t sparkle the way diamonds do now. I wear it as a pendant.”

― Georgina Chapman

“I’ve had broken bones and cuts and dashes and tears from movies, but when I was five, my mom put the biscuits up high so we wouldn’t be helping ourselves. So, one day I asked to stand up on a chair to get a biscuit, and it fell, and the corner of the chair went right into the side of my eye, and it made a big hole in there.”

― Gerard Butler

“Did Superman really want to save the world, or did he just feel like he had to? Would he much rather be a farmer? Maybe. Would he much rather be hanging out with his dad and his mom and his dog? Probably.”

― Gerard Way

“I either had to concentrate on fighting, or I had to help my family. I chose my family. I love my mom; I love my family.”

― Gerry Cooney

“When I was a baby, my mom was always bringing me onto set.”

― Gia Coppola

“I love Serge Lutens orange blossom perfume; my mom got it for me. It’s my favorite. It just smells clean.”

― Gia Coppola

“I always knew my mom was a good actress.”

― Gia Coppola

“These days it’s cool to be ethnic and to be different, but when I was a kid, it was not cool – at all. My friends would come over and my mom would make crepes with eggs, stuffed with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and spinach. And they’d be like, ‘What is this?’”

― Giada De Laurentiis

“Every time I think I have something under control, it changes and I don’t have it under control. I think it takes several years to get there. Jade is 19 months old, so right now I’m on alert all the time. And as a mom I think you’re constantly worrying about things.”

― Giada De Laurentiis

“I was selling stuff probably since I could remember, like 6 or 7 years old. I was always out there helping my mom and dad sell watches, glasses, CDs, DVDs, stuff like that. Whatever we could put our hands on. I did it until I was around 17. But I was just doing it because I had to. There was no other option.”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“We loved our dad. My mom loved her husband. But at the end of the day, I think, he did what he was supposed to do in this world. He had five kids and raised us right. That’s the most important thing.”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“I’ve always kind of gotten my personality from my mom, and whether that’s ‘star quality’ or whatever… a lot of her is in me.”

― Gigi Gorgeous

“My sister is my little star, and I’m excited for her and proud of her. With her, I’m protective, but also I don’t want to be that sister who’s really pushy and thinks they know everything and making her feel like she doesn’t know what she’s doing. I’m trying to be that cool older sister and not the mom, but it’s hard.”

― Gigi Hadid

“I’m the only one in – of my siblings, my mom and my family – that hasn’t been affected by Lyme disease. It’s been really hard for me because I’m the only one that doesn’t really understand it.”

― Gigi Hadid

“I was always in front of the camera. My mom was really passionate about photography – I have pictures of my whole life. I’ve always just been in front of my mom’s camera, and it’s always comfortable to me.”

― Gigi Hadid

“When I was young, I did Baby Guess and Guess Kids – Paul Marciano saw me when I was a baby and decided I was going to be his next whatever. After Guess Kids, my mom made me stop. She would not let me sign with an agency until I was 17 because she wanted me to be a normal kid and accept myself for who I was.”

― Gigi Hadid

“The first time my mom read my very first book, she was like, ‘I’m not gonna belabor this. It’s not a big deal. But I have to ask the question: Is everything okay?’”

― Gillian Flynn

“Very quickly, I discovered I did not have what it takes to be a good crime reporter: I was too unassertive and a little bit wimpy. It was very clear that was not what I was going to do, but I loved journalism, and I’m the daughter of a film professor, and my mom taught reading.”

― Gillian Flynn

“I’ve always been a mystery fan. My very first grown-up book, I distinctly remember going to the library and my mom helping me pick out an Agatha Christie book. I was in fifth grade or something and very proud of being in the adult fiction aisles. I tore through ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles.’”

― Gillian Flynn

“My mom wouldn’t let me buy clothes she didn’t like, so I dressed like a middle-aged woman in high school.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“My mom wouldn’t know Tom Cruise if he punched her in the face.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“My mom always said fighting with me as a kid was like going to court. I’m trying to realize that being right is not the most important thing.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“When you can impress your mom by saying you’ve been to someone’s concert, you know you’re pretty lame.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“There were definitely bands and musicians I liked that drove my mother insane. I probably liked them all the more for it! Bjork drove my mom nuts. What I listened to was actually pretty mom-friendly for the most part. I wasn’t very rebellious.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“My mom used to tell me: ‘It’s not what you weigh; it’s what you look like.’”

― Gina Carano

“Skillet corn bread has always been my go-to-comfort food, and my mom used to make it for me as a treat when I was younger. I do this for my girls now whenever I think they need a little love.”

― Gina Neely

“All Southern cooks have tried their hands at shrimp and grits, and each one has his or her own version of the dish. My mom used to season her shrimp with garlic and onion and just prepare the grits with a little salt and pepper.”

― Gina Neely

“What I will not do is continue to perpetuate stereotypes. I’m the daughter of a maid; why do I have to also play a maid? My mom was a maid so I didn’t have to be a maid.”

― Gina Rodriguez

“I think ‘Actions speak louder than words’ is one thing, I think, I always took from my mom. And to this day, I think about that in everything I do.”

― Ginni Rometty

“I had to make some adjustments from what my life was like before I was a mom. My kids are so fun and loving, but they are also demanding!”

― Gisele Bundchen

“My mom and dad sang in the church choir. They also had a local group. They loved music, especially my dad.”

― Gladys Knight

“I do know that on my mom’s side, my uncle sang and had a gospel group. He also had a radio show he would do on Sundays with his quartet.”

― Gladys Knight

“We lived on the farm, and our mode of transportation was wagon and team. No electricity. I’m the seventh son of 12 kids – eight boys and four girls. Mom and Dad handled that very well. But I wanted to get out.”

― Glen Campbell

“I have great genes. Thank you to my mom and dad for that one.”

― Gloria Estefan

“My mom was definitely very strict with me.”

― Gloria Estefan

“My mom is floored! She’s so proud. I always wanted to do a channel that incorporates songs for younger kids.”

― GloZell

“I’m doing it. I’m going to become a mom.”

― GloZell

“My mom told me, ‘Make sure you do everything you want to do before you have kids.’ So that’s what I was doing. But biologically, the body is just like, ‘Well, you should have done it.’”

― GloZell

“When I met Mrs. Clinton, I met the mom that she is, I met the daughter that she is, I met the grandma that she is.”

― GloZell

“A very long time, I’ve wanted to be a mom. When we started this, we didn’t know how it was going to end up.”

― GloZell

“My hair story has been unique because my mom’s a German Jew, so her hair is way different than my hair. She was always learning on my hair growing up, but I would sit there for hours, and she did learn how to braid hair. Early on, it was a lot of tears while my mom was braiding my hair.”

― Goapele

“When I started go-go dancing on tables for a living, I didn’t want to tell my mom or my dad. I made 25 dollars a night, and I was able to make my rent, with the four girls I lived with.”

― Goldie Hawn

“As far as children out there that hate their moms and dads, just get over it, because you get one dad and one mom. You know, suck it up. Learn something.”

― Goldust

“I can at least hearken to a time when I didn’t have a cell phone, where I had to call my mom after movies collect from a pay phone, and when they said, ‘State your name,’ I’d say, ‘Mom, pick me up,’ and hang up the phone.”

― Grace Helbig

“I wanted to be a ‘jungle mom’, where you’re giving birth and getting up and doing things straightaway.”

― Grace Jones

“I always had to mask my emotions. I could never show that I missed my mom or my dad, especially when they moved to America. My grandparents were tough. I was not allowed to receive letters that had not been read before. Everything was controlled – everything!”

― Grace Jones

“My mom was a piano teacher. It turned into something of a competition between me and her students… I liked the idea that I needed to be better than everybody else.”

― Grace Potter

“It’s funny: when I was a kid, my mom would reorganize the record collection all the time. She’d have classical, she’d have Celtic, she’d have rock and roll, and then she’d have female singers. And I don’t like it that female singers are their own genre.”

― Grace Potter

“I’m quite a nurturing person, and I’m more a mom than a crazy, partying rock star.”

― Grace Potter

“I grew up spending summer Saturdays at the local farmers’ market, where my mom was a vendor. It fueled my passion for regional foods.”

― Grace Potter

“My dad turned me onto Led Zeppelin, the Stones, and the Who, but Madonna and pop music came from my mom.”

― Grace Potter

“I remember I asked my mom for a ukulele, and she said no because she thought I would never play it. So then I got my birthday money up, and I bought my own. It was the most rebellious thing I’ve ever done.”

― Grace VanderWaal

“While I circled around and around in my brown rental skates, I studied a group of skaters spinning in the center. I was fascinated! When my mom picked me up, I began a campaign for skating lessons.”

― Gracie Gold

“My mom was born in San Diego, around Vista. So we’ve always been California people.”

― Gracie Gold

“I’d love to open a restaurant that changes every month. One month it would be a mom and bar spaghetti-and-meatball, Red Sox place, and the next it would be a British pub, and everyone gets in a fight.”

― Graham Elliot

“Before this DJ thing, I was hopelessly taking things apart to try to figure out how they worked. I’d go mess around with burned-out cars, with my mom’s stereo – I was public enemy #1 in my house for that. So my mom noticed that I was interested in this and decided to send me to school so I’d know what I was doing.”

― Grandmaster Flash

“I was about eight when I started tap dancing – against my own will. My mom wanted me to do it. She thought I would love it, and I didn’t believe her. I turned out to be obsessed with it.”

― Grant Gustin

“Mom was the one who taught me unconditional love. With Dad, I’d always felt there was something to live up to – expectations. But in the last year, we had a wonderful relationship.”

― Greg Louganis

“I’m just gonna be who I am, who God made me, what my mom taught me to be.”

― Greg Oden

“Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, there’s not a whole lot to do. What I did was I just went to the basketball court at the Boys & Girls Club and literally stayed there all day until my mom got off of work.”

― Greg Oden

“My mom didn’t have a lot of money.”

― Greg Oden

“My grandfather was the minister at the Lutheran church. My dad owned a car dealership in town. My mom was the consummate volunteer and cheerleader for me.”

― Gretchen Carlson

“I always wanted to have a really successful career, but I always wanted to be a mom, too.”

― Gretchen Carlson

“I’m a mom first, a singer second.”

― Gretchen Wilson

“My mom is a former volleyball player.”

― Grigor Dimitrov

“My mom – when I complained about my weight, she asked me if I wanted to keep complaining or do something about it. Then she took me to Weight Watchers when I was 10 years old, meetings and all!”

― Gunnar Peterson

“If everyone could see everyone else the way their mom saw them, it would be a much better place for all of us.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“My mom has been there for me in moments where I definitely needed her the most, and she has this inherent way of knowing exactly what to say and exactly how to talk to me, whatever the situation.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“It’s superfun being a mom, but it’s hard too.”

― Gwen Stefani

“Being a singer is all about me. About ego. Being a mom is all about being selfless – two different worlds.”

― Gwen Stefani

“Being a mom is hard, I think a lot of working moms feel that way.”

― Gwen Stefani

“My mom always said I was the peacemaker in the family. My older brother, Eric, was the leader, the creative one. I was just his puppet.”

― Gwen Stefani

“My mom and dad met at Anaheim High School. After they got married, all they wanted to do was have four children, and they did.”

― Gwen Stefani

“I remember in third grade, I asked my mom, ‘How does an engine work?’ So my mom bought me a book.”

― Gwynne Shotwell

“I was once that kid that needed a donation – that needed help to go to camp because my mom wasn’t able to pay for it.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“When I was a kid, I remember I used to hide under the bed sometimes because I didn’t want to go to practice. Even when I didn’t want to go to practice, it could be pouring rain outside, and I’d be like, ‘Yes, no practice today,’ and my mom would be there, and we were still going, and we’d have practice under the pavilion.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“My mom was always there. Even if she got off work late sometimes, I still went to practice, whether I was 30 minutes late, 45 minutes late… I was still going to practice.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“My mom taught me to live by the three p’s: to always be passionate, persistent, and prepared.”

― Hailee Steinfeld

“Well I was eight years old, and I have an older cousin who is three years older than me and she was doing acting, commercials, and modeling at the time and… to see my cousin doing that was really inspiring and I wanted to do it. So I went to my mom and I asked her if I could do it, and for the acting part of it, she made me study for a year.”

― Hailee Steinfeld

“I genuinely do think that skin does have a lot to do with genetics. I was blessed. You should see my mom and grandma – it’s unfair!”

― Hailey Baldwin

“Born in the Village. My mom still lives on Bleeker Street. I went to the performing arts high school.”

― Hale Appleman

“My dad was a good athlete. My mom had longevity. There were some athletic genes that certainly got passed down.”

― Hale Irwin

“My mom was an artist, and she had this amazing ability to transform everything into something beautiful.”

― Haley Bennett

“My mom teaches sixth grade and also taught first grade at one point. She’s into dressing up and costumes and designing her own curriculum that way. She stayed home for about eight years with me and my sister when we were young before going back to teaching, so we had a lot of time with her. She taught us to read really early.”

― Haley Joel Osment

“It’s always been a dream of mine to get somewhere and to have my mom and dad with me up there.”

― Haley Reinhart

“Every little girl looks up to her mom so much – that’s your first hero.”

― Halima Aden

“My mom is awesome. She’s really young. My mom is 40, and she raised me listening to Nirvana and Courtney Love and Coldplay, Gin Blossoms, The Cranberries, and stuff. Like, my early, early memories are of being a little kid running around in floral skirts and Doc Martens when I was, like, three.”

― Halsey

“My mom has every issue of ‘Billboard’ I’ve ever been in.”

― Halsey

“I was obsessed with learning about social behaviors. I remember explaining to my mom that kids on my soccer team were fighting because of dyads and triads.”

― Halsey

“I did grow up in Los Angeles. I actually didn’t start acting until I was sixteen, so I was very removed from the Hollywood scene. I had always been in my school plays, but my mom and dad wanted to keep me out of the business until I was old enough to know who I was and not let anyone change me.”

― Halston Sage

“I grew up with a pretty tough mom. She was a self-appointed neighborhood watchdog, and if she saw that any of the local boys were up to no good, she would scold them on the spot. Although she is only 5 feet 2, she was famous in our neighborhood for intimidating men three times her size and getting them to do the right thing.”

― Hanna Rosin

“My mom taught me every dance move I’ve ever known to the Motown hits.”

― Hannah Bronfman

“My mom used to call me a parrot, because the way I spoke would change in every country we’d go to.”

― Hannah Simone

“My mom, well, she’s half Greek, half German-Italian; born in England. She’s just a nomad. She loves Middle Eastern style, Indian style, so much so that she ended up having Indian babies.”

― Hannah Simone

“I loved the glamour and excitement of the games and, in particular, knowing the names of each and every one of the referees – that’s because my mom, a former basketball player, would yell at them from our front-row seats for making bad calls!”

― Hannah Storm

“My mom has helped me nurture my interest and hone my talent.”

― Hansika Motwani

“I think it’s an oversimplification of somebody’s worth to ‘cancel’ them. We’re so quick to cancel but also so quick to lift somebody up as ‘the queen,’ ‘the mom,’ ‘the dad,’ ‘the god.’”

― Hari Nef

“Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.”

― Harriet Ann Jacobs

“My dad and mom believed that you do what you have to do in private and don’t make a big deal out of it. Just try to help people as much as you can.”

― Harry Connick, Jr.

“Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie.”

― Harry Reasoner

“I was born and raised in the high desert of Nevada in a tiny town called Searchlight. My dad was a hard rock miner. My mom took in wash. I grew up around people of strong values – even if they rarely talked about them.”

― Harry Reid

“I’m half Telugu. My mom is Telugu and dad, a Maharashtrian. I was brought up in Gwalior. I was exposed to English, Hindi, and Marathi. I heard my mom speak to her family in Telugu, so I got the hang of it.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“My mom worked at the VA for years, so any time I can do anything to help, it’s a must.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“My mom works at the VA; she’s been working at the VA for 15 plus years, and yet she’s helping so many veterans coming back from brown Muslim countries, and my mom treats them. It’s this weird – sometimes I feel torn. It’s this dual identity. I’m so proud to be American, and at the same time, I disagree with our foreign policy.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“My mom was a singer in Chicago and still is a cabaret singer, and she was very theatrical. And my dad’s such a character at the dinner table.”

― Hayes MacArthur

“My mom was a huge Adam and the Ants fan. My granddad listened to a lot of Motown and Elvis and Johnny Cash. So I was kind of well-rounded.”

― Hayley Williams

“We were never the family that ordered pizza, and my mom never came home with a bucket of fried chicken. My mom always made home-cooked meals. We always sat down at the dinner table as a family.”

― Haylie Duff

“My mom, ever since we were little girls, has really always rallied us together – my sister, our friends – to instill in us the fact that other people don’t have what we have, so we have to be really thankful for things.”

― Haylie Duff

“I grew up in a household where we cooked all the time. My mom cooked all the time; my dad cooked. My grandmothers cooked. I have memories of sitting on the counter and snapping green beans with my grandmother.”

― Haylie Duff

“My mom was probably the biggest influence. She cooked dinner every night. We sat around the table every night. It was a very traditional family.”

― Haylie Duff

“When I was 26 or 27, I gave up journalism. I came to England after my mom died, to let serendipity take its course. And I just found myself back in journalism again.”

― Heather Brooke

“I used to dress up in my mom’s old clothes and play with these kids from the neighbourhood and make up stories: I would pretend that we were all vampires.”

― Heather Graham

“I was fortunate enough to have my kids early, so being a mom always ended up being a better gig than these other parts that came along. So I always justified not really working a lot because I had a family.”

― Heather Langenkamp

“My mom and grandma have made clothes their whole life. My grandma had her own factory.”

― Hector Bellerin

“I went to MIT. I do rocket science. Being a mom is much harder.”

― Heidi Hammel

“I’m a lioness. I have four cubs. I’m a mom. I want to take care of my kids and protect them.”

― Heidi Klum

“I always wanted to be a mom.”

― Heidi Klum

“When I was younger, I had a perm, and it was really big. My mom was a hairdresser, so even my dad had a perm! I looked like a poodle, but it was cool at the time.”

― Heidi Klum

“Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare To lessen or misunderstand.”

― Helen Hunt Jackson

“My mom being a psychotherapist, I’ve been brought up with that whole psychoanalytical terrain.”

― Helena Bonham Carter

“I get along so well with my wife’s mom.”

― Henry Golding

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“I told my mom the reason I started working out was because I wanted to break the necks of the people picking on me. I wanted to hurt them. I said I didn’t want any teacher to put me down any more.”

― Herschel Walker

“I grew up in such a macho family. I had a former Green Beret for a dad, a mom who’s really rough-and-tumble, and three very macho brothers.”

― Hilarie Burton

“Mom always tells me to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. I like the way that sounds.”

― Hilary Duff

“My mom always says, ‘If you don’t believe in something, you’ll lose yourself completely.’”

― Hilary Duff

“My mom taught me not to talk about money.”

― Hilary Duff

“As a mom, it’s so important to feel confident in what you’re doing.”

― Hilary Duff

“I think having a strong female figure in my mom as an in-house role model was huge and really motivated me to continue to pursue my passion and my dreams.”

― Hilary Knight

“As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is.”

― Hilary Rosen

“My mom’s favorite song ever is ‘Imagine’ because it came out around when she arrived in England.”

― Himesh Patel

“I can’t remember a time when my mom didn’t work. She has forever been on the move: a go-getter. When my brother Adel and I had a paper route as kids, my mom would get up before us at the crack of dawn to drop off the Washington Post at different corners.”

― Hoda Kotb

“Growing up, my mom was a painter, my best friend was a painter, my husband is a painter. For a long time I knew artists, and I didn’t know any writers.”

― Holly Black

“My mom is seriously down to earth.”

― Holly Branson

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom.”

― Holly Madison

“As a mom, you worry about protecting your kid. But there are extra added layers of fears when you’re talking about a kid with autism or who has some special needs issue.”

― Holly Robinson Peete

“I’m not a doctor or scientist. I’m just a mom. But I do think there’s a genetic predisposition, and there are environmental triggers. I feel like that combination, in my child’s case, is what resulted in autism.”

― Holly Robinson Peete

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”

― Honore de Balzac

“The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.”

― Honore de Balzac

“It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.”

― Honore de Balzac

“My parents had a gardener when I was growing up, and he and I would dig in the dirt together – my mom and dad were definitely not digging with me! When I was 5, he helped me plant some corn in our backyard, and I remember how fascinating it was to watch it grow. Little did I know that 50 years later I’d be growing corn in a different way.”

― Howard Graham Buffett

“My mom told me I never had enough Tonka toys when I was growing up.”

― Howard Graham Buffett

“My mom makes the best Cajun stuff. I’m a big gumbo guy. I’ve lost a lot of my Louisiana accent, so now when I say ‘gumbo,’ I feel like someone who’s never said the word before.”

― Hunter Hayes

“My mom grew up in Kansas, my dad in Indiana. They had boring childhoods.”

― Hunter Parrish

“I’m basically a mom who loves vision boards, dream lists, and ‘The Secret.’”

― Hunx

“My mom was always keen I stayed in school and got good grades, and she was always keen for me to do medicine. I used to go to drama classes when I was younger, and she would always take me. But when I got to an age when I decided it was what I wanted to do, when she accepted it, she had actually been the most supportive person ever.”

― Iain De Caestecker

“As a child, one of my defense mechanisms was to try to be funny. My mom tried to nurture that by putting me in acting class. But I got bored when we stopped pretending to be trees and actually had to work.”

― Ian Gomez

“My mom’s family is Russian Jewish, and my dad’s Puerto Rico Catholic, so it’s kind of a weird mix.”

― Ian Gomez

“My mom is a pretty private person, and if I was making Snapchat videos of her all the time, I think, A, she would hit me, and B, she just wouldn’t appreciate it. So I don’t do it a ton.”

― Ian Harding

“My mom is in the navy and my dad works for the army, but I never called them ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ or anything like that, and we never really moved around a lot because both my parents were stationed in D.C.”

― Ian Harding

“I loved rock and roll when that came in, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, all those great records. So I begged my mom and dad for a guitar, which eventually they did get me for Christmas, but it went out of tune very quickly, and it hurt my fingers.”

― Ian McLagan

“I’m a real lucky guy. I’ve got a fantastic woman; she’s a fantastic mom and an ideal partner. She understands what I do, and she’s OK with it, and I couldn’t be more in love.”

― Ian Ziering

“Some of my earliest memories are dancing in the kitchen, standing on my mom’s toes.”

― Ian Ziering

“My mom was always so supportive; she enabled me to pursue my dreams. I danced on Broadway as a kid, and she would never miss a show.”

― Ian Ziering

“As a mom, I don’t have much time for beauty.”

― Idina Menzel

“I’m a mom – I’m lucky if I get to shower in the morning. Luckily, nail polish stays on my toes. I’ve been so bad on the upkeep, though.”

― Idina Menzel

“My real name is Amethyst. It sounds like a stage name. My mom is kind of crazy.”

― Iggy Azalea

“My mom was a saint. She taught me to be terminally nice.”

― Iggy Pop

“I was who I was in high school in accordance with the rules of conduct for a normal person, like obeying your mom and dad. Then I got out of high school and moved out of the house, and I just started, for lack of a better term, running free.”

― Iggy Pop

“I’ve always taken apart calculators and anything I can get my hands on when I was younger. When I was around 12 – like, 6th grade – my parents always had around Mac computers because my mom is a teacher. So I’d always be playing around with all the crazy applications and making banners and printing things out and always into graphic design.”

― iJustine

“Films happened to me accidentally when I met Marc Robinson in a hotel in Goa, where my mum worked as a supervisor. I would often go there, and the manager there would see me and tell my mom that I should try being a model.”

― Ileana D’Cruz

“I have been singing since the time I was two. My mom says I would sing Gujarati songs with my grandmother when I was a kid.”

― Ileana D’Cruz

“I was from a tough neighborhood, and we didn’t have a lot of money, but my dad worked hard, and my mom is good at budgeting things. That made me appreciate things.”

― Imelda May

“Most of the time, the lyrics are kind of like my secret messages to my friends or my boyfriend or my mom or my dad. I would never tell them that these songs are about them or which specific lyric is about somebody. Often, when I sit down to write a lyric, it is in the heat of the moment, and something has just happened.”

― Imogen Heap

“I love my real mom and dad; I love them both equally.”

― Imogen Poots

“My mom’s side is very Orthodox, and my dad’s side is the opposite, very liberal. I got a taste of both worlds, and I got to make up my own mind. I’m somewhere in the middle, which is a good place to be.”

― Inbar Lavi

“My dad is Polish. My mom is Moroccan, and I grew up around all kinds of different languages, and I love playing with it, and I love picking up new melodies.”

― Inbar Lavi

“My mom has always been very open, very liberal. So I grew up with that, and I can appreciate everything that she did and went through and was exposed to.”

― Ione Skye

“There are Katy-Perry-in-concert-type pieces that I look at and am like, ‘This dress has a hundred cupcakes on it – I want it!’ My mom will always talk me down.”

― Ireland Baldwin

“Mom was a housewife; Dad was an accountant. They taught me a lot about the value of working hard.”

― Irene Rosenfeld

“After school, my sister and I helped our mom in the garden. We grew potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes – not for fun, but to eat.”

― Irina Shayk

“My mom, she’s a great cook. You know, pirogue, borscht. I love borscht, and I love Pilemeni, meat dumplings.”

― Irina Shayk

“The guy who kind of identified as my dad was my dad’s brother, who was the second person my mom married.”

― Isaac Brock

“Mom worked with autistic children.”

― Isabel Lucas

“Mom spoke to us in Swiss when we were little.”

― Isabel Lucas

“I never let anyone pluck, including myself, unless my mom approves. She guards my eyebrows. She’s like the eyebrow police!”

― Isabelle Fuhrman

“My mom’s a Catholic, and my dad’s a Jew, and they didn’t want anything to do with anything.”

― Isabelle Huppert

“Both my brother and mother are actors and dancers. Of course my mom, who is a Kathak exponent, is the most established dancer amongst the three of us.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“I was in elementary school in Mississippi, and when Katrina hit, my mom put me in home school. So ever since sixth grade, I’ve been home schooled, which was interesting.”

― Israel Broussard

“You really don’t need to study how to change a diaper. As a new mom, you learn pretty darn quickly!”

― Ivanka Trump

“I think my mom threatened to put me up for adoption a few times.”

― Ivanka Trump

“When I was little, I’d pick flowers wherever I traveled with my mom, then dry them, cover them with resin, and turn them into paperweights.”

― Ivanka Trump

“My mom grew up in the Soviet Bloc, and she was a Tiger Mom. We didn’t get away with much.”

― Ivanka Trump

“I don’t plan to take a formal, cold approach with my children, but I expect a lot. I don’t want my children to view me as their best friend. I want to be their mom.”

― Ivanka Trump

“I grew up watching my mom and dad selling rooms in our motels. We had CEOs coming to our house so that my dad could persuade them to have their executives stay in Hyatt hotels.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”

― J. D. Salinger

“Only person who took me serious was my mom and my sister Rachael.”

― J.I.D

“My mom taught me from a young age to give back and volunteer any chance you get. It was something that I knew, if I made the NFL, I would financially have the ability to do.”

― J. J. Watt

“My dad was a firefighter for almost 30 years. My mom worked her way up from a secretary to vice president of her own company. They taught me to work hard for everything and take nothing for granted. That’s how I play.”

― J. J. Watt

“I’m a nice middle-class girl in real life, and I’m a mom and a grandma, and I usually play sweet characters.”

― Jacki Weaver

“I warm up with my mom and make sure I understand what the songs are about and make sure I’m using the right technique. To be honest with you, I really don’t practice a lot… Usually, I say a prayer and ask the Lord to sing with me and help me and stand on the stage with me.”

― Jackie Evancho

“My father was a Gujarati and my mom Turkish.”

― Jackie Shroff

“My family wasn’t particularly political. Mom and Dad voted, but that was the extent of their involvement. In fact, I ended up going to U.C. Davis because, to them, Berkeley was too radical.”

― Jackie Speier

“My mom listened to a lot of house music. My dad listened to a lot of roots and dub. I’ve got a lot of bass. It’s been in my whole life.”

― Jacob Anderson

“My mom told me if I ever got a tattoo, she was going to take it off with a potato peeler.”

― Jacob Dalton

“My eighth-grade year, I was home-schooled. I’d basically wake up, go to the gym in the morning, do a little bit of school, go to practice, do a little more school, then go back to practice. My mom had a crockpot and a mini traveling oven, so we’d be cooking and eating dinners at the gym.”

― Jacob Dalton

“Music has always been in my family down to my dad through my uncle. I’m just the next generation, since it’s always been around me when I was younger when I looked up to my mom and dad, to Michael Jackson, and B2K was my favorite band growing up.”

― Jacob Latimore

“When I was six years old my friend was auditioning for ‘Annie,’ and I decided I wanted to audition with her. My mom was worried I would fall flat on my face because I’d never opened my mouth to sing, so she sent me to vocal lessons. I did the audition and fell in love with the entire process of a show.”

― Jacqueline Emerson

“My mother was a single mom whose days were spent as a customer service rep at Con Edison in downtown Brooklyn.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“My mom was very strict. And we were very religious. So I knew that I was not allowed to do the wrong thing. And I knew that I had a home I could run to. And I had a mom.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“My mom was a big fan of Al Green… James Brown we weren’t allowed to listen to, so of course I knew James Brown.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“When Queer Eye hit, the church told my mom they were praying for me. She said, God loves him too. And I support him 100 percent.”

― Jai Rodriguez

“My mom doesn’t get the whole gay thing, but she loves me.”

― Jai Rodriguez

“I do think being a prissy tomboy helps me in raising a son in general. I wrestle with him, play ball, play in the sandbox with him. As a mom, you get bruises, scrapes on your knee.”

― Jaime Pressly

“I have worked so hard since I was 15 years old, all because I wanted to be a mom.”

― Jaime Pressly

“My mom’s a Christian and she loves me; that whole side of my family is Christian and I have no problem with it.”

― Jake Shears

“My mom gets so upset at me when I say stuff in the press about anything political, and it drives me crazy because I say to my mom: ‘I can’t be on the side of any sort of war and I’m not going to be.’”

― Jake Shears

“I saw David Bowie in ‘Labyrinth’ when I was seven or eight. I told my mom I wanted a Bowie record, so we traveled to the mainland, which was, like, a three-hour trip, and I bought ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Tonight.’ ‘Let’s Dance’ blew my little mind. I became obsessed with it.”

― Jake Shears

“I have very vivid memories of my parents talking about Nixon, my mom watching Watergate on the black-and-white set in the living room. The mayor at the time in Philadelphia was a guy named Frank Rizzo – a Democrat, a real bully, a racist.”

― Jake Tapper

“My mom is a nurse; my dad is a pediatrician. They were born in the 1940s, and they were both inspired to fight against injustice, whether it was the injustices of the Vietnam War or Watergate or children in poverty or oppression of African Americans in Philadelphia where I was growing up.”

― Jake Tapper

“My mom is from Canada. Both my grandparents were from Canada.”

― Jake Tapper

“My mom is a hero in a lot of ways because she’s the most empathetic and kind person I’ve ever met.”

― Jake Tapper

“My grandfather was an illegal immigrant for the 60 or so years he was in the United States. I had another great-great-grandmother on my mom’s side who snuck in in a suitcase.”

― James Altucher

“The first product I ever used was my mom’s foundation. When I was younger, I had pimples, so I just slapped it on and hoped it would fix the situation. It never did, because it was about 18 shades too light for me.”

― James Charles

“When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buckteeth. I didn’t want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn’t be an actor if I didn’t get the braces. So, I got the braces.”

― James Franco

“More and more couples are having this negotiation or discussion, but I’m still amazed at the number who aren’t and where the cultural norm sort of kicks in and they just assume that mom’s got to be the one who stays home, not dad.”

― James Levine

“I always figured there would be a kid audience and an adult audience, and there is. That’s true for ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ and ‘Harry Potter.’ And ‘Maximum Ride,’ for sure. In particular what happens is a lot of parents share the books with their kids, and the mom has read it, and the kids, and they talk about it.”

― James Patterson

“Dad is in commercial real estate. Mom is a writer and a retired teacher.”

― James Snyder

“Language-wise, my mom and dad’s dialect, they’re pretty obscure. It’s Chinese, but not your traditional Chinese, like Cantonese or Mandarin. It wasn’t something that I got to use very much growing up. We eventually just spoke English around the house.”

― James Wan

“I also think a Hot Mom is someone who can connect with what’s current in her kids’ world.”

― Jami Gertz

“Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level.”

― Jami Gertz

“My mom and dad decided to homeschool us – I’m one of eight – because they really wanted us to be outside and learn some other fundamentals instead of it being school all day in a classroom.”

― Jamie Anderson

“I came out to California to live with my mom in Orange County for a while, and then I came up to Hollywood. I had just turned nineteen. I took an acting class at Playhouse West and decided, ‘Wow, I think I can do this!’ I studied really hard for three years before I got an agent.”

― Jamie Anne Allman

“One of my favorite things to do with my dog and my sister’s dog and my mom and my sister is to go for these really long walks.”

― Jamie Chung

“I love babies, and I have my nephews that I love. I have a great mom and she has raised three kids, so if I take lessons from her, I think I’ll be great. All my friends have little brothers or sisters.”

― Jamie Lynn Spears

“I would love being the soccer mom.”

― Jamie Lynn Spears

“I just want to be a good mom who makes her little girl proud.”

― Jamie Lynn Spears

“What’s perfect for one mom might be the worst idea for another.”

― Jamie Lynn Spears

“It takes bravery to be a young mom, and it does take bravery to let the world watch.”

― Jamie Lynn Spears

“I’m not just a child star. And I’m not just someone’s sister. And I’m not just a teen mom.”

― Jamie Lynn Spears

“Work ethic has always been stressed in my family. My dad is going to be 80 years old and he still works part time. My mom just retired a couple years ago and she’s in her mid- to late 70s.”

― Jamie Moyer

“I’m nearsighted, in part, because I would read past my bedtime in the dark. I didn’t want my mom to see that I was still awake.”

― Jamila Woods

“My mom wanted to be a country singer, too, so country was always being played. And my girlfriends and I used to go to concerts, like Brad Paisley, in middle school and high school.”

― Jana Kramer

“I loved raising my kids. I loved the process, the dirt of it, the tears of it, the frustration of it, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, growth charts, pediatrician appointments. I loved all of it.”

― Jane Elliot

“A mother who is obsessing about being thin and dieting and exercising is not going to be a very good mother.”

― Jane Fonda

“I didn’t want the children to grow up and, when asked what their mother did, say, ‘Oh, Mom’s a gun moll in the movies.’”

― Jane Greer

“My earliest acting memory is making up a play for my mom and dad called The Lonesome Baby. I have no idea what The Lonesome Baby was about. I just remember the title. But I’m sure it was an epic.”

― Jane Horrocks

“I know I don’t want to do another single-camera show. It’s so time-consuming. I did a couple of episodes of ‘Whitney’ as her mom, but I have been laying low. I love being with my kids and being a mom.”

― Jane Kaczmarek

“I’m always awoken with the joyous sound and laughter of my son. That’s the best part about being a mom.”

― Jane Krakowski

“I have been lucky to be surrounded by other great working moms, like Tina Fey. I’ve certainly taken a lot of advice from her in every realm, from actor choices to mom choices.”

― Jane Krakowski

“When I was little, I asked my mom to move us to Los Angeles and get me an agent. She would say, ‘Stop it. Go play in the dirt.’”

― Jane Levy

“My mom was one of the original designers for Coach in the eighties, and she designed some classics, including the City Bag. It’s the only bag I use!”

― Jane Levy

“My mom is the recycling Nazi, and I always bring a bag to the grocery store.”

― Jane Levy

“I looked at my mom and her life, and I thought, ‘I don’t want that.’ I don’t think my mom wanted it, either. I think my mom did want to be out there and have a career. She loved working. As soon as we were old enough to feed ourselves, she was out.”

― Jane Lynch

“My mom is a public school teacher and works with third grade students.”

― Jane McGonigal

“My mom was paranoid about my safety.”

― Jane Smiley

“Mom was a smoker. My grandfather was a smoker. My aunts were smokers. My uncles were smokers. I don’t know any smokers now, not even my mom.”

― Jane Smiley

“At one point in my 20s, I was about to quit acting. I’d had a crappy couple of years and I was depressed. My mom said, ‘Don’t give up! You’ll be so mad at yourself.’”

― Janel Moloney

“I wasn’t always a writer. When I went to college and majored in fine arts, I was a painter. Then I was a stay-at-home mom.”

― Janet Evanovich

“One musical that deeply influenced me – and continues to do so – is the 1997 ABC TV movie of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella,’ starring Brandy, with Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother and Whoopi Goldberg as the prince’s mom.”

― Janet Mock

“My parents split before my fifth birthday, and I moved with Mom and my three siblings to her native Oahu.”

― Janet Mock

“Mothers don’t let your daughters grow up to be models unless you’re present.”

― Janice Dickinson

“I think my mom and dad knew from the very beginning that I was destined to go into public service.”

― Janice Hahn

“I gave guitar lessons. I tried to join bands. My mom always said it was obvious that nothing was going to stop me.”

― Janis Ian

“One of my heroes growing up was Jackie Robinson. My mom, an ardent baseball fan from whom I got my love of the game, had an old baseball card of his from the 1950s and told us his amazing story of courage in integrating baseball.”

― Jared Polis

“I always had an interest in fashion because my mom is a celebrity fashion stylist. I grew up being on set or in showrooms.”

― Jasmine Tookes

“My mom was a single mom, and she had enough on her plate. I knew when I was doing something I wasn’t supposed to, and I tried to keep her from finding out about it. I did a pretty good job of that.”

― Jason Aldean

“I think if I could be any superhero, it’d probably be my mom… but I don’t think I’d look too good in high heels, so it’s not gonna happen.”

― Jason Behr

“Halloween was definitely the biggest holiday when I was a kid. We started making our Halloween costumes in August. Me and my mom. My mom was a single mom; it was just her and I.”

― Jason Blum

“My wife is so very important to me that it’s made my mom more important to me. It’s made every woman I know more important to me.”

― Jason Isbell

“I showed my mom the movie then I told her the movie got bought and that it was gonna be shown in theatres and be on video. Everyone was really psyched about it. Everyone in my little town of hounds started to call me movie star.”

― Jason Mewes

“My mom’s an artist in every way. She’s a painter, a photographer. She’s a wanderer – always searching, always seeing. I guess you could say my mom gave me her eyes.”

― Jason Momoa

“I’m a father, a son, and a grandson, and if anyone messed with my wife, mom, or grandmother, and if the law didn’t care about it, what would I do? Would I be defined by that action?”

― Jason Momoa

“I listened to the radio, so I was influenced by everyone from Michael Jackson to Milli Vanilli. But thankfully my dad had a collection of Cat Stevens albums while my mom was listening to jazz.”

― Jason Mraz

“I have an amazing social-media wing man who manages my Facebook fan site. All my blogs get copied there. My e-mail in-box exploded, and I don’t have that kind of time. My mom and sister have their whole life on Facebook, and I’m not there.”

― Jason Mraz

“My mom and dad taught me a lot. They kept me out of trouble and told me to go a better route. They taught me how to be a man, basically.”

― Jason Pierre-Paul

“We had bills to pay. My dad wasn’t working, and it was tough for my mom. People were always raising the rent, so I had to work, too. Everybody in the house worked to pay the rent.”

― Jason Pierre-Paul

“My mom and dad used to tell me, ‘You’ve got to see this film,’ and they were influential to a high degree of the films I saw as a kid.”

― Jason Statham

“I’m one of three boys raised by a single mom in a military beach town in the South.”

― Jason Winston George

“My mom is a really good cook. We used to make dumplings together.”

― Jason Wu

“I’m an American designer. It’s important to riff on that. I remember, when my mom and I first came to the States, she was so shocked that everyone was so dressed down in sandals and shorts. It’s not quite like that in Asia. To give that a superluxurious makeover? For me to make street wear? It’s sort of chic to do it.”

― Jason Wu

“My mom was a singer, and my dad had been playing in bands with my mom’s brother. My dad married my mom, and so I was sorta surrounded by music from the get-go. Born right into it.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“I get my competitiveness from my mom.”

― Jay S. Walker

“I grew up in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, and my mom and pop had an extensive record collection, so Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and all of those sounds and souls of Motown filled the house.”

― Jay-Z

“My mom always taught me – you know, little boys listen to their moms too much – that whatever you put into something is what you’re going to get out of it.”

― Jay-Z

“I didn’t go to many movies. My mom would make a family outing and bring chicken in the theater. Smell up the whole place. The most impactful movies were ‘Godfather II’ and ‘Scarface’. I loved the human complexity, and those movies are so well shot. Cinematic greatness. I really stopped going in my early twenties.”

― Jay-Z

“My mom had early rap records, like Jimmy Spicer. In the middle of the records was a turntable and a receiver – I used to scratch records on it – and on top was a reel-to-reel. In front of that wall were more stacks of records. It was either Mom’s record or Pop’s record, and they had their names on each and every one.”

― Jay-Z

“I was a big fan of ‘The Smurfs’ growing up, even though by default – my mom used to force me to watch because she was a ‘Smurfs’ fan.”

― Jayma Mays

“My mom was a big ‘Smurfs’ fan, so she would force me to watch every Saturday morning. I had no choice in the matter. I would jump downstairs on Saturday morning, ‘Hurray, cartoons!’ and she would say, ‘Smurfs! That’s what you’re watching.’”

― Jayma Mays

“I was fortunate enough to make it to where I want to be. There could be other kids as talented or more talented than me in whatever they want to be but don’t have the resources to pursue their dream. Maybe they have to get a job instead to help their mom with the bills.”

― Jayson Tatum

“I’ve always lived with my mom. My whole life.”

― Jayson Tatum

“When I was, like, 4 or 5, I’d just always tell – my mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I got older. And I would just be like, ‘I wanna be Kobe.’ She’d be like, ‘You wanna be in the NBA?’ ‘No, like, I wanna be Kobe.’”

― Jayson Tatum

“My mom tried to not let me see how much we were struggling, but I noticed it. I think that’s what made me work harder. I saw how hard she was working, and I just wanted a better life for both of us.”

― Jayson Tatum

“Because I grew up in a single parent home with my mom, growing up, things weren’t always the best.”

― Jayson Tatum

“The more words I learned, the more I started to verbalize my feelings. Whenever my mom or dad would compliment me by saying something like ‘Good boy,’ I’d immediately correct them. ‘No. Good girl.’”

― Jazz Jennings

“The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.”

― Jean Kerr

“John Candy gave me a Hard Rock Cafe jacket, which was awesome because I was really from a very rural, small town, and it seemed so exciting to me. I think my mom still has that jacket.”

― Jean Louisa Kelly

“Bob Dole. He’s like the neighbors’ Labrador retriever your dad used to curse for all that barking, all that darn digging in your mom’s tulip bed, and now look, you live next door to a godforsaken pack of teeth-baring rabid Pomeranians, and, good golly, Bob Dole!”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“When I was first getting out of college, Mom said, ‘You ought to become a squatter.’ I’m like, ‘Forget it!’”

― Jeannette Walls

“My guess is my brother would call his mom and his dad pretty regularly, a lot more than I probably did.”

― Jeb Bush

“I think my love of journalizing my life comes from my mom.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My mom wasn’t a movie star.”

― Jeff Bridges

“When I was really young, my mom enrolled me in dance classes.”

― Jeff Bridges

“I’ve been reading comics since I was four. I used to get them when I would go grocery shopping with my mom. I remember getting the digest versions of old DC comics. The one that I remember reading first was Paul Levitz’ ‘Justice Society of America’ stuff that he was doing in the ’70s.”

― Jeff Lemire

“My mom was a biological illustrator for a time before computers replaced that job.”

― Jeff Vandermeer

“My mom used to be a model.”

― Jeffree Star

“Growing up, me and my mom never really talked about me being gay.”

― Jeffree Star

“My mom raised us three boys by herself on welfare. It’s not worse than anybody else’s life.”

― Jeffrey Donovan

“The golden child may be the oldest one, unless it’s the youngest. It may be the toughest one, unless it’s the most sensitive. It’s not even necessary that Mom and Dad have the same favorite – and typically they don’t.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“My mom used to take me to the theater to see the tours that would come through D.C., and I loved it. I loved it. I was absolutely enthralled by the theater and by that world.”

― Jeffrey Wright

“My first language is both English and Spanish. My mom was raised in Los Angeles, so with her we spoke English, but my father was born in Cuba, so with him we spoke Spanish.”

― Jencarlos Canela

“I worked in theater my whole life. My mom was a drama teacher at my middle school. In high school, I was Drama Club President every year, and then I auditioned for conservatory acting programs.”

― Jenn Proske

“I’ve been fascinated with severe weather since I was four, when I saw a tornado at night in my mom and grandmother’s southeast Minnesota hometown while everyone else was asleep – an experience I encoded in ‘The Stormchasers.’”

― Jenna Blum

“When I lived in Minneapolis in my twenties, and my mom lived there, too, I used to take her ‘storm chasing’ – by which I mean I’d see a pulsing blob of radar on The Weather Channel and make her drive us toward the storm.”

― Jenna Blum

“I really want to be like my mom in some ways, because I already take a lot after her already. I really like the way she treats us and disciplines us, and I think that she’s just great because of how she’s balanced us and all of that.”

― Jenna Boyd

“I’m sure there were times when I wish I had thought, ‘Gosh, that might really embarrass mom and dad,’ but our parents didn’t raise us to think about them. They’re very selfless and they wanted us to have as normal of a college life as possible. So really, we didn’t think of any repercussions.”

― Jenna Bush

“I think I’ve become more like my mom just because of what we’re both interested in, children and teaching and writing.”

― Jenna Bush

“I had always loved to write and my mom was my editor for my school papers.”

― Jenna Bush

“My mom’s a secret Rastafarian.”

― Jenna Bush

“I’m more like my father, personality-wise. But my mom and I get alone really well – obviously, because my mom and my dad get along so well.”

― Jenna Bush

“Definitely there are lots of days that l am really tired, especially after becoming a new mom. There’s nothing more exhausting because physically, mentally, emotionally, it requires you to be on all the time.”

― Jenna Dewan

“In real life, being a new mom, I would like to be able to sleep. I’d like to snap my fingers and be asleep because I’m a little sleep-deprived, at the moment.”

― Jenna Dewan

“I’ve had Susan Sarandon play my mom, and now Lesley Ann Warren has played my mom, so if I could have Debra Winger play my mom, then I would have the trifecta of my favorite actresses playing my mother.”

― Jenna Fischer

“I wanted to be in ‘Star Wars’ when I was six years old. I asked my mom for two years, and she told me I was crazy.”

― Jennette McCurdy

“Any charity that aids or supports trying to find a cure for cancer is very close to my heart. My mom had cancer multiple times, so it’s something that I can relate to.”

― Jennette McCurdy

“Being fit and being in the best shape that I can be helps me be the best mom as well.”

― Jennie Finch

“My mom really instilled in me that I’m beautiful and I can do anything, and I echo that now with my own girls.”

― Jennie Garth

“I love kids and children, and I love being a mom.”

― Jennie Garth

“Thank God for Stifler’s mom. I don’t know if life would be this fun if I didn’t have that.”

― Jennifer Coolidge

“As a single woman, I reap the benefits of being Stifler’s mom.”

― Jennifer Coolidge

“If I wasn’t an actress and I wasn’t Stifler’s mom, my life would be so dull.”

― Jennifer Coolidge

“I was like a waitress that got a job once in a while, and then Stifler’s mom happened, and everything changed.”

― Jennifer Coolidge

“People define themselves to some degree by the music that they listened to as teens. My mom had Elvis. Me, I had ‘The Who’ and later punk rock. Kids who came up in the ’80s had other songs and bands. It’s a way of placing ourselves culturally and temporally.”

― Jennifer Egan

“My mom used to say that if someone woke her up in the middle of the night and asked how old she was, she’d answer 27. Hearing her, I’d think, ‘That’s ridiculous; your job as my mom is to be old.’”

― Jennifer Egan

“I’d rather be a great mom than a sexy model.”

― Jennifer Flavin

“My mom grew up in poverty in Oklahoma – like Dust Bowl, nine people in one room kind of place – and the way she got out of poverty was through education. My dad grew up without a dad, with very little and he also made his way out through education.”

― Jennifer Garner

“I remember, my mom didn’t have any help, so if she needed to be somewhere after school, we’d just go down to the neighbors’ and she’d give us a snack and make sure we did our homework. There weren’t any latchkey kids.”

― Jennifer Garner

“My mom has always said that the one thing she wishes she had done differently is have a job. She felt like the single-mindedness made her a little nuts sometimes, and she could have used an outlet for herself when we were little.”

― Jennifer Garner

“My mom was really vigorous about making sure that we saw things and that we questioned things. Education was so important to both of my parents.”

― Jennifer Garner

“There’s just nothing like sharing the spotlight or anything else with your sisters and your mom. It’s always fun for me to get my sisters dolled up and my mom.”

― Jennifer Garner

“This is the place where anybody – like an African American kid raised by a single mom – can be president.”

― Jennifer Granholm

“There is nothing I love more than my role as a mom.”

― Jennifer Hudson

“I slept with my mom until I was 16 years old.”

― Jennifer Hudson

“I’ve always had so much admiration for my mom. She’s so inspiring as a woman and as an artist.”

― Jennifer Jason Leigh

“My mom’s a screenwriter, and before that, she was an actress, and my father was an actor; my stepfather was a director, so I was on sets a lot as a kid. I loved the magic of the set. You walk in, and it’s a living room, and you walk outside, and it’s just a piece of wood held up by another piece of wood.”

― Jennifer Jason Leigh

“I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”

― Jennifer Lopez

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave to me, such as love and friendship. She and I had this incredible connection that was so unbelievable.”

― Jennifer Love Hewitt

“My dad was a Republican. My mom – my mom was mostly a Republican, although she voted for McGovern over Nixon. She was really proud of that. She also did, however, work for Trent Lott.”

― Jennifer Palmieri

“My mom and my stepdad are both therapists.”

― Jennifer Westfeldt

“I’ve been drawing my whole life. My mom says my sister and I were drawing by age 1. Animation seems a real, natural extension of drawing as a way of telling a story visually.”

― Jennifer Yuh Nelson

“When I left for college, my mom really latched on to the dog; She started buying him little outfits and calling him our brother, but that’s as far as it got.”

― Jennine Capó Crucet

“I felt like hip-hop was my music, it was like my outsider music… but then my mom started answering our phone, ‘Yo, what’s up.’ She was hearing me talk to my friends. I was like, ‘No, mom, don’t cop the hip-hop talk.’”

― Jenny Lewis

“I guess now that I think back, I used to play priest and be a funny priest. I don’t know, I grew up in such a Catholic family that I kind of liked to test the boundaries a little bit and I think I had fun watching my mom laugh.”

― Jenny McCarthy

“It was hard to write about my dad for the first book because I know how sensitive he is. I knew he wasn’t going to take it as well as my mom, who can kind of roll with the punches and is used to having me tell her everything she has done wrong as a parent.”

― Jenny Mollen

“I grew up in a household in which they’d always play old skool classic R&B love songs – Al Green, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye… And my mom has even said that, when I was in her womb, she’d put the headphones to her stomach and play those songs to me!”

― Jeremih

“My dad was the one who really loved basketball, and he was the one that put the basketball in my hands, and my mom was ‘Team Mom’ of all my teams. I used to play for three or four teams at once and she would just spend her entire afternoon driving me from practice to practice to practice.”

― Jeremy Lin

“I lived with my mom and sister, so I’m more used to dealing with women.”

― Jeremy Sisto

“When I got nominated class clown in school, I remember my mom said, ‘Don’t be no clown.’ So I went to my vice principal in my school and said, ‘Can we change this to just the funniest?’”

― Jermaine Fowler

“I grew up in what my mom will always dispute as ‘the hood.’ She just doesn’t like the name. But it had its similarities to any neighborhood like that. The all-black neighbors and the all-black problems and the all-black happiness. And I really loved it.”

― Jerrod Carmichael

“I’m not sure what I want to do when I grow up, or if I’m sure I ever want to grow up. I’m sure there are people that wish I would, but you know, my mom will get over it.”

― Jerry Doyle

“Mom always liked me best.”

― Jerry Van Dyke

“My mom worked as a housekeeper, and I saw her relationship with her employers – how on the one hand she spent more time with these women than with a lot of her friends, and how in certain ways they were friends. But then they weren’t.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“My mom is the kind of mom, when we would go to a friend of the family’s house, and they would offer us something to drink or offer us something to eat, my mother would always say, ‘Tell them no.’ You could be starving – you could be dehydrated – but as kids, we were supposed to tell the host, ‘No.’”

― Jesmyn Ward

“Since I’ve become a mom, I’m more about comfort and simplicity. I’m essentially a jeans girl, and I dress them up or down with accessories.”

― Jessalyn Gilsig

“I have a hard time waking up. No alarm clock works! It sounds childish, but I seriously have my manager, my mom or a buddy of mine wake me up if I have to be somewhere. It’s a serious issue! I’ve been very late for some serious gigs because of it!”

― Jesse McCartney

“I was 3 and a half, and there was an open call for a Coca-Cola commercial. We were living around Dallas, and my mom took me. I think they were calling for 16-year-olds that could ride horses and swing a rope, and for whatever reason, my mom took me up there when I was 3. But I always had a rope, and I was a little cowboy at that age.”

― Jesse Plemons

“I deleted my Facebook account when I was 19 because it didn’t bring out good qualities in me. I figured, ‘Well my mom’s got a Facebook. If people want to find me, they can go through her.’”

― Jesse Plemons

“Okay, fluoride in the water to help our teeth. Well, shouldn’t that be the job of your mom and dad? To teach you how to brush your teeth and use mouth wash? What do we need the government to do it for? Clearly, what a scam. Fluoride in the water.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I love what I do and I think it shows. As my kids get older, they can see me as a mom who loves working.”

― Jessica Capshaw

“I love the surprise element of being a mom.”

― Jessica Capshaw

“Being a mom has been my most important job to date, and I take my job very seriously, and I have a lot of fun doing it.”

― Jessica Capshaw

“I always say I am a realist, and my mom says, ‘No, you just have anxiety.’”

― Jessica Chastain

“Once my mom passed away, I have nobody to answer to. It’s great.”

― Jessica Hahn

“’The Joy Luck Club’ is not a perfect film. But, I distinctly remember watching it with my mom – and bursting into tears after the screening!”

― Jessica Henwick

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”

― Jessica Lange

“My mom is my best friend in the entire world. She is so cool and so inspiring. I’ve always been able to be open with her and talk to her as a friend.”

― Jessica Lowndes

“There were days when I would just go home and cry because it was that hard, but I didn’t want to give up just because things got hard, just because I was a mom.”

― Jessica McDonald

“For me as a mom, not an allocated player, there have been some years that have been a difficult journey because NWSL doesn’t really support mothers.”

― Jessica McDonald

“My grandmother – my inspiration – was a single mom with nine kids, and she helped raise me.”

― Jessica McDonald

“I think a lot of adults are kind of set in their ways. My mom is always changing. She’s excited to learn.”

― Jessica Parker Kennedy

“I’m an only child raised by a single mom. She’s always been supportive of what I wanted to do.”

― Jessica Parker Kennedy

“When I was a little girl, whenever I would get sick, my mom would go and get stacks and stacks of VHS tapes from Blockbuster.”

― Jessica Rothe

“I want to be as healthy as I can because I’m a mom now.”

― Jessica Simpson

“Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing.”

― Jessica Simpson

“I have so much respect for my mom and all the women across the world.”

― Jessica Simpson

“I try and borrow my mom’s vintage stuff as much as she lets me – she has this amazing vintage Gucci that I love.”

― Jessica Springsteen

“I have a very close relationship with my mom, and I’m able to talk to her about anything.”

― Jessica Szohr

“I have never been a ‘hair person.’ Growing up, my mom and my sister, who loved to get their hair done, would always give me a hard time about not getting mine done.”

― Jessica Williams

“I ended up living in braids. It was the ’90s – thin braids were very popular – and my mom took me to a lady’s kitchen. I got it done, and I’ve never stopped.”

― Jessica Williams

“For me, I feel like I’m slowly accomplishing what I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always dreamed really big, and my mom planted that in all three of my siblings: ‘You guys can do anything.’”

― Jessie James Decker

“I was always meant to be a mom. As soon as I had my kids, it just felt so natural.”

― Jessie James Decker

“If anything gets in the way of me being a good mom or wife, I simply say no.”

― Jessie James Decker

“I used to write about experiences that a 20-year-old would write about – going out with your friends, having a drink. You know, things were a little bit sexier in a different way. Now, you know, I’m a mom, and I want to filter some of the things that I say.”

― Jessie James Decker

“When I got married and when my sister got married, my mom made us both individual cooking books with all of our family recipes and pictures and kind of the history with our Sicilian family, so that was really special.”

― Jessie James Decker

“I love being a mom. It’s my favorite thing. If I had to give up everything and just be a mom, I would.”

― Jessie James Decker

“I started working out with my mom in 4th grade. She used to take me to the track.”

― Jessie Pavelka

“I definitely have a soft spot for women. I was raised by women – my mom and two older sisters. I’ve been surrounded by estrogen since I was born.”

― Jessie Pavelka

“My mom says that she caught me one day in front of the TV watching opera. I was trying to sing back the opera. She saw that I really liked music, and so she put me in piano lessons when I was about three years old.”

― Jessie Reyez

“For now I’m just enjoying being a mom. I don’t want to be more famous and more rich. I want to be a good mom.”

― Jewel

“Being a mom, it feels like I did something so powerful and amazing. It’s such a gigantic blessing, and a confirmation that the Creator exists. And all of that has made me feel sexier and stronger. I call it ‘lava in my spine.’”

― Jill Scott

“I love looking back at my old pictures and pictures of my grandma and my mom and see how they expressed themselves at different parts of their lives, and it just tells an interesting story, so why not play around?”

― Jillian Hervey

“For dance recitals, my mom would do my makeup all extravagant because obviously I was really little and where else would I be wearing makeup? We would always be in her bathroom before the dance recital, and she’d do our hair and makeup.”

― Jillian Hervey

“Just coming from a musical family, I was always surrounded by it. On the car rides to school, my mom loved playing A Tribe Called Quest and the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ and then my dad was listening to a lot of Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder.”

― Jillian Hervey

“Both of my mom’s parents were music teachers, so I got a lot of knowledge about everything from classical music to jazz to musicals.”

― Jillian Hervey

“One of my favorite things from my mom is a chocolate brown three-piece Chanel outfit. I had it tailored because she taught me the importance of fit.”

― Jillian Hervey

“My mom gave me enough self-worth to carry me through difficult experiences. She was very loving and accepting. She was like, ‘Whelp, you’re gay? OK, cool.’”

― Jillian Michaels

“It’s impossible to put yourself first when you’re a mom.”

― Jillian Michaels

“I looked to my mom as an example. And this is what I try to tell so many women: that my mom had a career, and she went to the gym. She took care of herself.”

― Jillian Michaels

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.”

― Jim DeMint

“When I was maybe three years old, I was obsessed with this song ‘Leader of the Band’ by Dan Fogelberg. My mom took me to the mall and bought me a 45 of it. We would listen to that song all the time.”

― Jim James

“In December 1989, my mother died very suddenly, and that sparked a re-evaluation of what I was doing, and I realized I was mediocre at everything. I was a mediocre IBM employee, I was a mediocre entrepreneur, I was a mediocre artist. I decided that, although my mom wouldn’t be around to see it, I wanted to be great at something.”

― Jim McKelvey

“My whole life, people have doubted me. My mom did. People told me in high school I’m too short and not fast enough to play basketball. They didn’t know my story. Because if they did, they’d know that anything is possible.”

― Jimmy Butler

“She’s very loving. That’s my family. That’s Michelle Lambert. She is my mom.”

― Jimmy Butler

“No, like I said, my dad was never really part of the tennis. His involvement around what I did with the tennis and with my mom and my grandparents was really not a part of my life.”

― Jimmy Connors

“I’m Latino, progressive, and I have deep roots in the working class – my father was a bracero, a guest farmworker and cook, and my mom worked as a nursing home laundry attendant.”

― Jimmy Gomez

“My mom would have liked it that I patterned myself more after Jimmy Reed.”

― Jimmy Smith

“I went to Brooklyn College as an education major. It was a big deal in the family, but really, I was living for Mom and Dad.”

― Jimmy Smits

“My mom raised us like we were still in the Philippines. She tried to cure everything at home like a real Filipino woman. You had to die to go to the hospital. My mom cured everything with Vicks VapoRub. I should’ve died nine times when I was a kid!”

― Jo Koy

“My real name is Joseph Herbert. My dad is white; my mom’s Asian, Filipino. And when I started stand-up 22 years ago, I used to go up as Joseph Herbert, and I would just have to defend my name. Every time I went onstage, it was so annoying. People would heckle.”

― Jo Koy

“A lot of people ask why I don’t talk about my dad, and I want to, I just don’t have that many stories. When he moved out, he moved to a different state, so it was just my mom and I.”

― Jo Koy

“What makes me laugh is hearing the stuff about my son or the stuff about my mom. I was a big fan of Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy; they talked a lot about their moms and their kids. Those are the things that inspired me to do stand-up.”

― Jo Koy

“Whatever I talk about onstage is just my story. My fan base is broad… We all have the same mom; it’s just that ours has an accent.”

― Jo Koy

“I always wanted to let people know I was Filipino, but I didn’t want to go up on stage and make it so you wouldn’t understand my jokes because you’re white or black. I always wanted to let people know I was Filipino through my mom. That was always my goal. That way, everyone got it. You don’t have to be Filipino to understand my mom.”

― Jo Koy

“My dad’s my biggest fan. When I went to college, my dad came into my life in full-on dad mode. I was doing comedy, and he was so excited for my comedy, whereas my mom wasn’t. So we bonded through comedy.”

― Jo Koy

“I feel like in the old days, it was once it’s a divorce, it’s a constant fight until they die. That’s how my mom and dad lived. They didn’t talk to each other. They hated each other. They only spoke through lawyers. It’s just a horrible way to live.”

― Jo Koy

“You know, I loved math. My mom was a math teacher.”

― Joan Cusack

“I always remember my mom saying she wanted a son, so I basically filled that position, like, being outside and always having dirt underneath my nails. I was never afraid of getting dirty and grimy.”

― Joan Smalls

“Chip is like that kid, like the five-year-old kid that’s trying to make his mom breakfast, and there’s milk everywhere.”

― Joanna Gaines

“Every mom is ready to get her life and body back.”

― Joanna Garcia

“I thank my mom… I thank God for my mom every day because I think if it wasn’t for her, who knows?”

― Joanna Krupa

“I think there’s a danger of a being typecast as the all-American mom forever.”

― JoBeth Williams

“Many of my books come from what if questions that I can’t answer, things that I’m worried about as either a woman, a wife, a mom, an American.”

― Jodi Picoult

“My mom was always late. It drove me crazy as a child. So I’m always on time – or early.”

― Jodie Foster

“I had always wanted to be on TV; my mom told me that when I was little, I told her I wanted to be a ‘modeler,’ because that’s what I called actors on TV.”

― Jodie Sweetin

“I remember my mom saying that when I was little, I had this light that shined really big, and that she’d watched my light become very dark.”

― Jodie Sweetin

“When my first semester grades came out, my mom and dad told me I wouldn’t be playing football.”

― Joe Biden

“My mom allowed me to take an old burlap bag and fill it with moss, corn stalks and rocks, then hang it from a tree and spend an hour a day punching my heavy bag.”

― Joe Frazier

“I think if I have learned one thing from all of my family members, both sides of it – my mom’s side, my dad’s side and everyone else – it’s that every one of us has a responsibility to do what we can to contribute back and make our communities and our country a better place.”

― Joe Kennedy III

“I’ll tell ya this: I come from an educated family. My father was an attorney representing blue collar workers, and my uncle was a chemical engineer… on my mom’s side, all my uncles were engineers – all ten of them.”

― Joe Piscopo

“I remember going to a theater once, and there was a stairway that wound its way out to the back. And I was very young, a small child, and I said to my mom, ‘Why are those people going up those stairs?’ And she said, ‘You know, I don’t know how to tell you this, I don’t know how to explain it, but it won’t always be that way, because it’s wrong.’”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“When I can 10 or 11, my mom was the one out there catching passes for me. She was my prime receiver.”

― Joe Theismann

“I felt there was a lot of love in my house. And my mom was, you know, the basis of all that.”

― Joe Torre

“I speak English with my dad and Swedish with my mom; it’s quite schizophrenic.”

― Joel Kinnaman

“My mom always said that there would be haters. Not everyone can love ya.”

― Joel Madden

“Now I tell my mom, I go, ‘Mom, you know when I was a kid and you told me to turn off the television and go outside and play?’ I’d be like, ‘You literally were hurting my career when you did that. You literally stopped me from doing now, what I do for a living.’”

― Joel McHale

“I inherited Mom’s verbal skills, and participated in forensics and essay contests in elementary school – and won every essay contest I ever entered.”

― Joel Salatin

“I’m sure that my mom would have been happy with any path I chose.”

― Joely Fisher

“My mom has this great skiing event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, every year for a local charity.”

― Joely Fisher

“In 1987, when I was 19, I was studying musical theater at Boston’s Emerson College. My sister, Tricia Leigh, told me about a summer acting retreat in Italy. Mom paid, so off we went.”

― Joely Fisher

“My mom says it’s an American version of the French name Jolie. My dad says I’m named after Al Jolson.”

― Joely Fisher

“Mom only gets angry when I don’t visit her enough. She raised six kids to be 100 percent independent and work for everything we achieve. I mean, we don’t expect anything for free.”

― Joey Chestnut

“I remember this vividly: It was 1977, and I was in Sears with my mom. And I saw this display, and it was for ‘Love Gun.’ I bought the record just because of the look of that display. Because I really loved monsters.”

― John 5

“Studies show that children best flourish when one mom and one dad are there to raise them.”

― John Boehner

“My own back yard, and my mom and dad’s back yard, is where I learned about tomatoes and weeds and daily maintenance.”

― John Bytheway

“Hedwig is on a quest; she’s on a quest as much as Jason and the Argonauts, as much as the boy in ‘A.I.’ She’s looking for something. She’s looking for her other half, and she’s on tour. Monsters, Cyclops – maybe they’re her mom? – appear on various islands.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“My brother and I were born in an Irish county called Tipperary. We were both very math- and science-inclined in high school. My dad trained as an electrical engineer, and my mom is in microbiology.”

― John Collison

“I was a terrible reader as a kid. I mean terrible. Super slow and very unfocused. It took me forever to read a book, and I remember being well into high school and still needing my mom to sit down and read aloud to me so I could pass my English tests and such.”

― John Corey Whaley

“My mom had an encounter with the KKK when she was, I think, 7 years old in North Carolina. She snuck into a cross burning. I’m so lucky she didn’t get caught, because I wouldn’t be here.”

― John David Washington

“My mom is, like, my unofficial publicist.”

― John DeLuca

“The house was big enough for my brother and me to have firecracker wars at one end and leave Mom and Dad undisturbed at the other. When firecrackers weren’t available, we attacked each other with pennies and marbles and clumps of Crisco, which made brilliant greasy asterisks when you missed and hit the wall.”

― John Dickerson

“When she died, Mom left me her letters and journals. Windows into things I would have been too young to understand when she was alive, or too busy, or too much of a know-it-all.”

― John Dickerson

“Mom would talk about Eric Sevareid and Murrow and Howard K. Smith the way other parents talk about sports figures.”

― John Dickerson

“I couldn’t wait to get out, and at 14, I moved into a three-room Georgetown town house with Dad. I never went back. When they eventually sold the house, in 1984, Mom had a goodbye party for ‘Merrywood.’ I refused to go.”

― John Dickerson

“When I talk to my mom and dad, and I’m in Paris, I’m like, ‘Can you believe it?’ It’s ridiculous. I have a serious love for what we do. It’s not something we take for granted.”

― John Gourley

“For months before he passed, my dad would have terrible night sweats, and soak through his sheets, often several times a night. Each time, mom would gently roll him over, replace the sheets, and roll him back – then spend the whole next day washing several sets of sheets, only to repeat the routine each night.”

― John Hickenlooper

“I’d be in elementary school all week, and then on the weekend, my mom would take us to Kauai or to the Big Island or to California for a contest. That was really fun.”

― John John Florence

“If you did go to high school and then college, there’s definitely a solidarity with someone that is from your hometown and knows your mom and all that stuff.”

― John Krasinski

“Al Davis was the first to know about my decision to retire, and Mom was second.”

― John Matuszak

“I was a different kind of player as a kid and didn’t do too much shouting and screaming. If things didn’t go my way, I tended to get a bit overwhelmed. All I wanted to do was cry on my mom’s shoulder. I didn’t know how to handle defeat in front of a crowd, and I didn’t want to be the loser.”

― John McEnroe

“I grew up in a two-bedroom house with my grandfather, my mom and dad and four kids. I slept on the couch or on the floor, and I always wanted to have my own space.”

― John Searles

“I had two parents who were doctors, and my mom was valedictorian in multiple classes.”

― John T. Chambers

“I was really raised by three women – my mom, and I have two older sisters, one nine years and one 11 years older – so I’m happy to have that many women in the house.”

― John Tesh

“’Blood Feast’ is my favorite of Lewis’ films. When we shot ‘Serial Mom,’ and I showed them the infamous tongue scene, one of the female crew members said, ‘I hate when a guy does that.’”

― John Waters

“Liberal censors are the worst. I don’t remember any trouble with ‘Serial Mom’ or ‘Cecil B. Demented’ or any of them. Except ‘Cry Baby.’”

― John Waters

“I come from labor country. My mom was a teacher and was very involved in the teachers’ union.”

― John Wells

“At 13, I was wearing plain t-shirts. Then I used to steal my mom’s clothing. She had all these crushed-velvet shirts with French-cut sleeves. And, like, seersucker bell-bottoms.”

― Johnny Depp

“My mom made me a Shawn Michaels costume when I was a kid. I wore it every day and ran around the house dancing like him.”

― Johnny Gargano

“My mom was a rescue veterinarian, and I grew up helping her nurse injured animals back to health. Any deer hit by a car, fox caught in a trap, whatever it was that got hurt, everyone brought them to my mom.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“When I was a kid, I would come home from school, and my mom would buy the industrial-size Famous Amos cookies or Chips Ahoy when I was lucky. And I would sit in front of the TV set with a glass of milk… and I would dump cookies in there, smash them with my spoon, and eat cookies and milk with a spoon watching ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“I love pies of all types. I especially love rhubarb. I grew up with rhubarb growing on our property, and my mom would make rhubarb pies and jam. I have to admit, though, my earliest memories of rhubarb were not fond ones, but over time, I grew to love it.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“I actually have a pig collection in my cabin: all types of old wood hand-carved pigs that my mom started for me as a housewarming gift.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“As kids, my mom would always let us help bake, and if we behaved, we got to lick the beaters clean.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“My mom and dad always tried to make Christmas special for us. We were poor, but it’s funny because we had no idea.”

― Johnny Mathis

“My mom loved my Christmas music, so I did an awful lot of it!”

― Johnny Mathis

“When I’m 19, I’ll still be living with my mom, but I’m going to be doing music and acting. I can picture it really vividly.”

― JoJo Siwa

“For a kid who’s lost his mom and all the rage and grief that no one was able to talk out of me, football was a very therapeutic sport. Very.”

― Jon Hamm

“I was raised by a single mom. I spent most of my time in daycare.”

― Jon Hamm

“I was helping my mom grind meat at our butcher shop, and it just hypnotized me. I don’t remember sticking my hand in, but it sheared off the three middle fingers and left me with a pinkie and a thumb.”

― Jon Tester

“I remember telling my mom, ‘Mom, I’m gay, but I’m not going to march in a parade or anything.’ That’s what I was telling my parents and all my friends and everything. I’m gay, but I’m not going to be on a float or something. Cut to five years later, and I was the grand marshal of the gay pride parade.”

― Jonathan Groff

“I know, especially in my family, people’s feelings get hurt over the tiniest things. I’m sure that’s true in every family. But, for instance, one year, I came a little bit late to Thanksgiving, and I was supposed to bring a salad. And I just brought a bag of lettuce, and put it in a bowl. Five years later, I heard that my mom was incensed.”

― Jonathan Krisel

“My dad did show me interesting movies at a young age. I remember he showed me ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ and my mom said, ‘I never want to see this movie in my house again.’”

― Jonathan Krisel

“If you have, especially with siblings, something like the competition for mom’s affection, it just never goes away.”

― Jonathan Krisel

“My family actually owns an MMA promotion company, so it’s kind of a family deal. It’s called Fight Sports Entertainment, and they throw amateur fights in California. Because of that, I’ve given my mom a lot of the fighters to fight in a show.”

― Jonathan Lipnicki

“We became amazed with Property Brothers at how many kids watch and love the show. We’ll even have 4- and 5-year-olds walk up on the street and say, ‘Mom and Dad, look: it’s the Property Brothers.’”

― Jonathan Scott

“We were pretty fortunate that we lived in a very supportive household, so our mom and dad, they didn’t care what we did. They just wanted us to do something. Whatever we’re passionate about, they would support us.”

― Jonathan Scott

“I wanted long hair my whole life. When I was a little kid, my mom would be like, ‘We get our hair cut once a month.’ So I just always got my hair cut.”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“Growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry. But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet.”

― Joni Ernst

“It’s because of their unrelenting, unconditional support and love I’m able to have the life that I have now and do everything I love to do, and that starts with the selflessness and love of my mom and dad.”

― Jordan Fisher

“When I turned 18, my mom, my nana and I all went and had tattoos of our favorite Bible verses put on the inside of our wrists. Mine is 1st Timothy, 4:12.”

― Jordin Sparks

“I was always okay with the fact that I was taller and bigger than everybody else growing up. My mom, my dad, and my friends always told me I was beautiful.”

― Jordin Sparks

“I used to go to London by myself when I was 16. I think I got it from my mom. My mom was the type to just always just go off somewhere, wherever. She’s a goer.”

― Jorja Smith

“My dad never blew anything up, but he probably had friends who did. He and my mom have always preached that the pen is mightier than a Molotov cocktail.”

― Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“My mom used to call me Joshy Boucher. I watched ‘The Waterboy’ so much, my mom started calling me Joshy Boucher. True story.”

― Josh Allen

“My mom worked as an education director.”

― Josh Gondelman

“My hat was pulled down and this girl said ‘Are you really him?’ I whispered ‘Yeah, I’m really him.’ She screamed, ‘Mom! Dad! It’s Heath Ledger!”

― Josh Hartnett

“I got my first tattoo when I was 16 years old and I went with my mom to get it done – she has a bunch too so we’re tattoo buddies now.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“Every kid needs to say, ‘I want what my mom and dad have.’”

― Josh McDowell

“I do work too hard sometimes, but my mom is such an inspiration. She tells me to ‘chill out’ and not take things so seriously. She will say: ‘Go and have a massage.’”

― Josh Peck

“I wanted to be a pro wrestler, but my mom didn’t let me. I used to make videos and stuff in the backyard. I had a buddy named Daniel Decker, and we used to have a tag team called the ‘Deck Garra Era.’ We used to make video after video. We were the tag team champions, but then we turned on each other.”

― Josh Segarra

“My mom works at an accounting firm; my dad’s a math teacher.”

― Joshua Henry

“My mom says that my dad coerced me into choosing the cello. He says that’s not entirely true. I don’t remember; I was three.”

― Joshua Roman

“My mom and dad were divorced, and although they got along very well, my mom thought American television was reprehensible, so I was raised on the BBC. I kind of agreed with her. We watched American news, though.”

― Joss Whedon

“I kept telling my mom that reading comic books would pay off.”

― Joss Whedon

“My mom is a teacher, my dad was a writer for television, his dad was a writer for television, and combining those two has been sort of the goal of my life.”

― Joss Whedon

“I was raised in Maryland. My mom was born in London, and my dad was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.”

― Jovan Adepo

“My mom being raised in England, her father always wanted to pursue the arts and wanted to have a stage career in England. According to her, he never had the courage to actually pursue it full-time. I think that my grandfather’s parents thought that it wasn’t a formidable job to have.”

― Jovan Adepo

“I’m a mom. I work. I have a house to clean, things to organize. We all have certain similar needs, and I address them.”

― Joy Mangano

“My grandmother and my mom and my aunt Aurelia, my grandmother Juanita, my mom Lucia – we lived on the outskirts of a barrio in Mexico City called Tepito, and Tepito for many, many decades was the largest barrio in Mexico and perhaps even Latin America.”

― Juan Felipe Herrera

“I never thought about college, but my mom thought about it for me. I knew 100 percent it wasn’t for me.”

― Juice Wrld

“I used to read music books when I was 13. My mom was working at a library. She’s a librarian. I would get my mom to check out any kind of books that had anything to do with the music industry. I read a lot about royalities, publishing, marketing, stuff like that.”

― Juicy J

“I remember my mom being very scared the first few auditions. My parents are very supportive, but they’re also very realistic, which is great.”

― Julia Garner

“My mom used to make everything. She had a great garden and composted and made everything from scratch – peanut butter, bread, jelly, everything. I don’t know how she did it because all those things take time and love and labour. I only do half the stuff she does – but there’s still time.”

― Julia Roberts

“When I was a child, I would draw these little stick-figures, and my mom would put them up all over the loft and tell me how wonderful they were. Then you get out there into the harsh reality of the world, and you realize not everybody loves every little thing you do the way your mom did.”

― Julia Stiles

“We didn’t have a backyard, so as I child, I would turn the coffee table into a stage and put on shows. But it was just a fun thing to do; I never thought about it as a profession. That started as a fluke; my mother had a friend who was an artist with a theater company, and I started going there after school because my mom knew I’d be safe.”

― Julia Stiles

“My parents separated when I was eight. I grew up with my mom alone.”

― Julian Casablancas

“My mom worked as a psychiatric social worker. She was interested in people, and I guess I am, too. So we would talk about the people that we knew, and why they behaved the way they did.”

― Julianne Moore

“My mom came to the U.S. very young, and then she married very young. But she was never American. She was always Scottish and would make sure that I knew that I was, too.”

― Julianne Moore

“We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so my mom didn’t buy a lot of extras, like sweet things.”

― Julianne Moore

“I’m an actress and I want to act, and I’m a mom and I want to be with my kids, and it’s trying to find a way to do both.”

― Julianne Nicholson

“I was class mom at the preschool one year and I was pretty much asked not to do that again!”

― Julie Bowen

“There was a substantial vinyl collection in my home, and my mom played piano. We, the children, were enrolled in piano lessons very early on.”

― Julie Payette

“My dad painted cars for a living, and my mom graduated from college when I was a college freshman myself.”

― Julie Sweet

“I wanted to perform well for my mom and dad, because in high school, I didn’t have a job. My brothers, they worked at Pizza Hut or places like that, but sports, that was my way of giving back.”

― Junior Seau

“My mom is from New Orleans. And all of my maternal relatives were there during Katrina. We couldn’t even find my uncle for four months. We literally didn’t know where he was. I had been there just four days before the storm hit.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“After being a mom, we are now in a different chapter in our womanhood, and instead of trying to be our old selves or get our old body back, we should embrace who we are now.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“Before being a mom, I remember going on a Twitter rant during the whole George Zimmerman trial in Florida about my younger brothers and how one day I’ll be the mom of a black son.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“There’s this notion, kind of like unspoken, that you can’t live your dreams and be a mom. You can’t have a career and be a mom. There’s still that preconceived notion, and I reject that.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“I have a complex heritage: my mom is African American, and my dad is Jewish. Both were activists, and they met during the movement in the ’70s.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“’Full House’ was the first time I had ever been in front of a live audience. I said a line I had rehearsed with my mom, and they laughed. It was wild. To have that energy of the live audience was like, Whaaat? Feeding off that live audience was, to a 4 or 5 year old, a high.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“I always told my representatives, ‘Look, I come from the ‘School of Janet’ – that’s my mom – she raised me to know that I’m more than just set dressing.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“When I was a kid, I played basketball religiously. I begged my mom to get me voice lessons because I wanted to learn to sing the right way, but at the same time, I was playing Junior Olympic basketball, and I was playing point guard for my school. But I was wanting to get into entertainment, into music and film and television.”

― Justin Timberlake

“I remember my mom saying, ‘I will take you to every audition, I will support you, but the minute you stop caring about it, I will stop.’”

― Justin Timberlake

“My mom has a big ol’ crush on Arne Duncan, so I hear about and see pics of him all the time. I think he could look great in heels!”

― Justin Tranter

“Vancouver is home. I spent a huge amount of time here as a kid growing up with my mom, with my grandparents who lived here.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My mom has always been so generous and so sensitive and so vulnerable and yet exudes so much strength.”

― Justin Trudeau

“They couldn’t wait to get me out. My dad found my place, my mom helped me pack, and my brother was making architectural plans for my bedroom. It was just what you do at 18.”

― Justine Bateman

“My mom never let me dye my hair, and I would beg her every single day. When I was 16, I told her I wanted to dye it purple, and she let me – probably because she never thought I’d actually do it. Then I just stuck with it.”

― Justine Skye

“When it comes to ’90s R&B, I grew up on a lot of Aaliyah and Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliott, Usher, Jill Scott. Whatever my mom was playing in the house is what I was listening to.”

― Justine Skye

“My mom is an entertainment attorney, and she brought me to a BMI panel for people who were interested in becoming artists. While I was there, her friends kept peer pressuring me to go and sing in front of everyone because I was a very, very shy girl.”

― Justine Skye

“Growing up, it was always a huge battle with my mom to let me color my hair or add extensions.”

― Justine Skye

“I think I was 9, and my mom ordered them for me from a catalogue. They bred like crazy, and I was selling gerbils all around Michigan. They wrote a story about me in the local newspaper.”

― K. A. Applegate

“My mom does mine because I know I would go tweezer-crazy and wind up with no eyebrows at all.”

― Kaia Gerber

“It is so key to me to be a good role model for young girls and someone their mom would want them to look up to.”

― Kaia Gerber

“She told me that she would support me regardless of what I decided, but I’m so glad that I actually got to be a kid before having to grow up. My mom knows best about this kind of thing.”

― Kaia Gerber

“My mom and I have the exact same mannerisms – the way we talk and the gestures that we made.”

― Kaia Gerber

“I think I’m a bit more of a rule-breaker than my mom. She’s very sweet and very worried. She was valedictorian. I think I got a little bit of an edgier side from my dad.”

― Kaia Gerber

“My mom and I aren’t the same size. She’s a bit taller. And we’re not the same shoe size either, which is heartbreaking.”

― Kaia Gerber

“When I was 12, I introduced my mom to Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.’ I told her it was an amazing song, and I remember her not really agreeing with me.”

― Kaitlin Olson

“My mom grew up with horses, and when I turned 14, 15, she’s like, ‘Do you want to take a riding lesson?’ I thought, ‘Oh, gross, dirty.’ She was like, ‘Okay.’ And then I did, and now I’m the one cleaning those damn stalls out. You can’t get me away from the barn now. It shocks even me.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“I did a movie called ‘Quicksand No Escape’ with Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson. I think I was maybe 5. I was really little. Yeah, it was fun. And actually, Felicity Huffman played my mom.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“I feel like I’m meant to be a mom.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“My mom was very worried when I was starting off my career in the film industry. She never told me to not take up acting, but she would always tell me to have a backup plan so that if nothing works out in the acting career, then I can switch.”

― Kalki Koechlin

“Whenever my dad wasn’t practicing, he was listening to music. He had an amazing jazz collection, and my mom had stuff like Chaka Khan to help balance it out.”

― Kamasi Washington

“My dad was a professional musician; my mom played, too, but just for fun. All my siblings played. The house was full of music books, videos, albums. I guess it’s not surprising that I ended up becoming a musician.”

― Kamasi Washington

“I lived in South Africa until I was 11 when we first immigrated. My mom had sent me back there when I was 14 for summer vacation. I wasn’t doing very well in school, my grades were slipping. I called my mom one day and told her that I wasn’t coming back. I ended up staying there until I was 17 before coming back to North America.”

― Kandyse McClure

“When I was younger, my mom and I lived in a car because we didn’t have anywhere to go.”

― Kane Brown

“My mom was so good at hiding the bad in life that I thought all of life was good.”

― Kane Brown

“I realized everything my mom had done for me: Anything we didn’t have, she made sure we had.”

― Kane Brown

“I thought, ‘OK, Melissa Gilbert is playing my mom, and I’m playing her old role – no pressure.’ So I went up to Melissa and said, ‘It’s such an honor playing your daughter,’ and she smiled and said, ‘Oh, shut up.’ I thought, ‘Great, a normal person.’”

― Kara Lindsay

“Whether or not we communicate it, I definitely seek my mom’s acceptance and approval for everything. She has a strong commercial sense of movies and is a quintessential audience. When she doesn’t like something, I know there is reason to worry. When she loves something, there is reason to celebrate.”

― Karan Johar

“My mom has always been beside me, always telling me what’s right and what’s not, guiding me through it all, keeping me away from bad company and from bad habits.”

― Karan Patel

“Both me and Ishmeet were very naughty. We used to have my grandfather’s swords in the house. We used to take all these swords and take all the showpieces Mom had and slice them one by one. He actually locked my nana in the kitchen once for two hours.”

― Karan Singh Grover

“I fell in love with hip-hop a little bit late; I grew up on Another Bad Creation and Kris Kross. But my mom got me a TV in my room, and I remember seeing Biggie’s ‘Give Me One More Chance,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, this is how a house party looks!’ I really, really fell in love with it when Tupac created ‘Dear Mama.’”

― Karen Civil

“When I had dial-up, my mom got me a phone so I wouldn’t tie up the phone. She used to really pick up the phone, push some buttons, and hang it up so the connection could mess up. Now, it’s a joke with her, like, ‘Look, the Internet’s 24/7. I have WiFi now.’”

― Karen Civil

“My mom suggested studying acting in college, but I was a bit scared to choose that path because I couldn’t wrap my head around the drama school audition process.”

― Karen Fukuhara

“In fact, my mom always told me because I was the daughter of an Army officer born overseas in Paris, France, that under the Constitution she believed that I could never run for president.”

― Karen Hughes

“My daughter is the most normal towards me. For her, I am just her mom. I am just a regular mom, and the actor comes after that. If she likes something that I am wearing, she tells me, and if she doesn’t, she still makes it a point to let me know.”

― Karisma Kapoor

“I think it is important to be a friend to your kids. But it is also equally important to set boundaries. My mother was a strong influence, and so was my dad. My mom was my friend whom I couldn’t cross.”

― Karisma Kapoor

“I never saw movies I was in because my mom told me that would be prideful, being stuck on yourself.”

― Karolyn Grimes

“It was sort of just a family sport. My mom and dad were pretty keen golfers when I was young and so were my grandparents, and I just sort of tagged along with them.”

― Karrie Webb

“I’m very traditional. I want to have kids. I want to be – not a stay-at-home mom, but to be able to take care of my kids and have a family and cook. A white picket fence and a dog.”

― Karrueche Tran

“As a mom, you do what you have to do without even thinking about it.”

― Kassie DePaiva

“My mom took me to a Dolly Parton concert when I was 3.”

― Kat Dennings

“I grew up with my mom; it was just the two of us.”

― Kat Edmonson

“The fact that I’m very close with my past relationships is something I pride myself on. My mom is still close to her first husband. It’s nice to be able to enjoy someone in a different form.”

― Kate Bosworth

“I auditioned on my own. I tried to make a mark for myself without anybody’s help, not even Mom’s.”

― Kate Hudson

“I always wanted to be a mom.”

― Kate Hudson

“What makes Mom the best is that she never put any expectations too high on the kids. She just wanted us to be doing the things that made us happy, as long as we were working hard, but we never had to live up to something.”

― Kate Hudson

“I have fond memories of all things Henson. I grew up on the stuff. My mom’s a massive fan and made sure it was a part of my upbringing.”

― Kate Leth

“My mom watches really obscure stuff on IFC. She’s a real comedy fan. She knows everything that’s going on.”

― Kate McKinnon

“My mom always said that if the Protestants catch a Catholic in their church, they feed them to the Jews.”

― Kate O’Brien

“I was at a photo shoot, and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like, ‘Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious.’ And then they took it away. I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me at all times.”

― Kate Upton

“My mom is from Texas, but I was raised in Florida.”

― Kate Upton

“My mom played every sport possible. My dad is ‘extremely’ competitive. You can’t even play Ping-Pong with him.”

― Kate Upton

“My mom, she’s a breast cancer survivor and because of that I had started getting mammograms once a year, starting at age 30.”

― Kate Walsh

“There are lots of different ways for women to be a mom in this culture.”

― Kate Walsh

“My mom always said, ‘Marry someone smarter than yourself, Katee, because No. 1, you’re not that smart. And No. 2, then you’ll have smart babies.’”

― Katee Sackhoff

“My mom was a high school gymnast.”

― Katelyn Ohashi

“Hillary Clinton famously talked about how raising a child takes a village. Except our society isn’t set up that way. We’re organized in nuclear units, and a single mom can ask her friends only so many times for help picking up the kids.”

― Katharine Weymouth

“I felt like I had never really heard of a story that reflected the stuff I was going through as a mom. I came up with an idea for a story about motherhood that I would want to read.”

― Katherine Center

“I’m like every waitress in every diner; I’m like every mom driving her kids to school. I’m nothing special at all.”

― Katherine Dunn

“Isn’t it so weird the day you wake up and you’re just going with the flow? And you just suddenly are a mom.”

― Katherine Heigl

“I’m a sappy mom now. I didn’t think I would be. I thought I’d be a cool mom who keeps everything in perspective.”

― Katherine Heigl

“I decided to move out of the apartment I was sharing with my best friend before graduation and move back home. My parents had recently separated, and I wanted to move back home with my mom and my siblings.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“I talk to my mom about six times a day, and we constantly email in between that. People say that I’m her twin. I guess it would be the Kennedy genes; my cheekbones are coming out.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“I’ve always been way closer to my mom. I’m close to my dad, but they’re totally different kinds of relationships.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“I grew up with my mom always talking to everyone everywhere, whether it was professionally or in a coffee shop. And my dad was the same way. So I love being able to talk to people, hear their stories and be inspired.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“One afternoon, I was playing this new video game, ‘Blood and Guts.’ I was controlling Gruesome Gus versus the Crimson Menace, and I had totally waxed the guy. It was this really complex sequence of moves, and I was so excited about conquering the game that I wanted to show it to someone. Unfortunately, the only one home at the time was Mom.”

― Kathi Appelt

“Mom thinks I live in this dream world where everybody’s Ivana Trump.”

― Kathie Lee Gifford

“Over the years my mom has become a self-taught Biblical scholar.”

― Kathie Lee Gifford

“I’ve always believed that if you are willing to play your age that you will work, so it’s the thing of continuing to play your age and accepting it when you’re younger and you suddenly realize, ‘Oh, now I’m playing the mom,’ ‘Oh, I’m playing the grandma.’”

― Kathy Baker

“I’m learning every day, and I have been since the minute I became a mom.”

― Katie Holmes

“When you’re going to meet your man’s mom and dad, it’s always nice to bring them something homemade and from the heart.”

― Katie Lee

“During the summer, I used to hate when my mom would call me inside to eat – it was such a drag to leave all the fun.”

― Katie Lee

“It’s just heaven to be a mom, and a working mom, and a pregnant person in Shondaland.”

― Katie Lowes

“I feel so honored to be a mom and get to do something that women have done for thousands of years.”

― Katie Lowes

“As a mom, I’m going to be out there still fighting to make sure that every beautiful child has good schools, same communities, and a chance to succeed because God has given everybody unique gifts.”

― Katie McGinty

“I helped my mom raise so many little sisters. At 11, I was helping get them ready for school, watching over them, putting them to sleep. It’s just naturally with me.”

― Katy Mixon

“My mom likes to say I’ve been covering news since the day I was born – longer if you count my time in utero.”

― Katy Tur

“I’m not one of the guys in the league for the fame. I’m here so I can take of my family, my mom, my friends and take care of myself.”

― Kawhi Leonard

“I spend so much time with my parents. My mom and I were joined at the hip for five years. There was not one moment when I wasn’t with her.”

― Kay Panabaker

“My mom always let me watch movies that were probably slightly too mature for my age, but she wanted me to see different stories. We grew up with quite a hard life, so she wasn’t afraid to show me that in movies.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“My mom raised me on her own, so I decided to take her name ’cause she was my mom and my dad.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“I would love to grab roles like the ones my mom did in ‘Oppol’ or the role Kangana Ranaut played in ‘Queen.’”

― Keerthy Suresh

“I was watching ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood’, ‘Sesame Street’, ‘Electric Company’, ‘Romper Room’, and ‘Villa Alegre!’ when I said to my self, ‘Hey, self! Wouldn’t it be fun to be one of those kids on the TV?’ My mom thought it was a pretty good idea, too… and she instantly moved us from the Bay Area to Malibu… nice.”

― Keith Coogan

“At first, we lived in very, very small places… with my mom cleaning houses and scrounging up just enough to keep us in town with a working car. She introduced me to my first agent, and I started with stand-in work, then eventually commercials and television guest-shots.”

― Keith Coogan

“I grew up in this household where reading was the most noble thing you could do. When I was a teenager, we would have family dinners where we all sat there reading. It wasn’t because we didn’t like each other. We just liked reading. The person who made my reading list until my late teen years was my mom.”

― Keith Gessen

“My father was a San Francisco firefighter. He also was an amateur artist. Art ran deep on his side of the family, which originated in Spain. He painted our portraits. My mom, Jacqueline, was Scots-Irish. They met in 1947 when dad played for the Houston Buffalos, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals.”

― Keith Hernandez

“I grew up with my mom, and my mom had six kids, and I was the youngest, but I had a different father than my brothers and sisters, and I only met him when I was ten years old. Then he introduced me to his other children.”

― Keiynan Lonsdale

“My father’s a deacon, my mother’s a choir director, so I grew up in the church and singing in the choir, begging my mom if I could have a solo.”

― Keke Palmer

“I went to, you know, a church in Chicago, and my mom, of course, was in the choir because my mom was a singer; she used to sing. I wanted to be in the choir as well, and I was like, ‘Mom, please, you know, I want to sing in the choir with you guys.’ I kept on asking her, and finally I was, you know, in the choir.”

― Keke Palmer

“Something that I think extends to a lot of African cultures is that the line between performer and audience is blurry. My mom would lead the wedding song regularly, and she isn’t a professional singer. Even as an audience member, you’re expected to clap and sing the response to the lead.”

― Kelela

“I’d been on ‘SVU’ before and I’d been on ‘Criminal Intent,’ but I wasn’t a follower. Like, my mom watches every episode, even before I was on it.”

― Kelli Giddish

“My mom’s side of the family is from Arkansas!”

― Kelli O’Hara

“My mom, who was a constant fixture at work with me until I was 18 years old, did an amazing job filtering out all the things a kid didn’t need to see or hear on film sets. So, acting was just a fun, breezy, extracurricular activity for me.”

― Kellie Martin

“Growing up, my friends played soccer or did gymnastics after school; I went on auditions with my mom.”

― Kellie Martin

“My mom works in funerals, and my dad works at Burger King.”

― Kelly Marie Tran

“Being a mom kind of grounded me in a way. Your body takes on a whole new meaning.”

― Kelly Overton

“I’m like any working mom.”

― Kelly Ripa

“I see little girls at my meet-and-greets who are like, ‘Kelsea! It’s my first concert and I came to see you.’ And I’m thinking, ‘I don’t want to post anything online that your mom would be mad at me for, because you’re important to me.’”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“Me and my mom made a deal that if something would happen to help me get my start in music, I could get out of college.”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“When I was 15, my mom and I packed everything up and moved to Nashville so I could pursue my dream in music.”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“Growing up, my mom would watch ‘Notting Hill’ a lot. She loves Hugh Grant.”

― Ken Baumann

“’The King of Masked Singer,’ as they call it in Korea, it’s the most popular show in Korea, and it’s my mom’s favorite show.”

― Ken Jeong

“I think my mom and dad have an incredible work ethic, and we’ve grown up around it.”

― Kendall Jenner

“I would literally sit at home and have my friends take pictures of me on my little Canon camera that my mom gave me for Christmas.”

― Kendall Jenner

“All I wanted was for my mom to say, ‘I love you, and I’m here for you.’ I never got that.”

― Kendra Wilkinson

“During my grandma’s funeral, I looked over once and saw my mom crying, and I felt so bad for her.”

― Kendra Wilkinson

“I am a free-spirited mom.”

― Kendra Wilkinson

“I deserve a mom.”

― Kendra Wilkinson

“When my grandma passed away, the one person I prayed for was my mom. I just hope that she finds peace. I hope she believes in a loving life.”

― Kendra Wilkinson

“My mom’s one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“My pops and my mom started playing Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers and all these people, but at the same time, they always had Snoop on right behind it in the same mix.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“My mom was heavily in the arts; my entire family, they’re all musicians and draw. They have much more artistic talent than me!”

― Kendrick Sampson

“My mom loved to sing – and I’ll go on record and say she was the worst singer ever. I’d get up and move away from her!”

― Kenny Rogers

“You can dribble on carpet. I grew up in Queens, and we had carpet in our living room. And actually, even in some of these gymnasiums where we’re playing the game, we’re on carpet. If you’re 12 or 13 years old, you’ve dribbled on the carpet in your mom’s house.”

― Kenny Smith

“My mom was born poor, raised poor, and was going to die poor.”

― Kenny Troutt

“My mom went through civil rights; my dad went through civil rights. My name was Kenya because they wanted to give me an African name.”

― Kenya Barris

“Anything that opens you up emotionally is going to impact your acting. Parenthood, becoming a mom, certainly does that.”

― Keri Russell

“I know not every mom is a secret KGB spy, but every mom has this whole other life. Every dad and every person has this whole other life.”

― Keri Russell

“I like getting to be in the adult world a little bit and then getting to be in the mom world and cook dinners. And, for me, that balance is what makes it nice.”

― Keri Russell

“I don’t think I ate a green vegetable until I was 30. I didn’t grow up with a mom who enforced that at all.”

― Keri Russell

“My mom is a constant in my life in so many ways.”

― Kerri Walsh Jennings

“I started playing guitar when I was eight. Well, I started piano and really liked it but never practiced, but it taught me how to read music, and then my mom signed me up for guitar lessons, and I connected to that way more.”

― Kerris Dorsey

“I’ve always been a writer because I’ve always been a student. My mom’s a retired professor, so I come from a very academic background. I love writing, you know?”

― Kerry Washington

“My mom just wants to make sure that my heart is always in whatever I do and I’m in things for the right reasons.”

― Kevin Durant

“I am blessed to have Mom and Dad.”

― Kevin Eubanks

“I can honestly say, after talking about my mom passing away, I got the biggest weight off of my chest. Comedy is my therapy. That’s how I deal with my problems, my personal battles. I talk about it. I give it to my fans. When they laugh at it, it’s a release, for lack of a better word.”

― Kevin Hart

“My mom was very strict. She didn’t let me watch anything rated R or anything with cussing.”

― Kevin Hart

“The night I won my first Late Model race was the night my mom moved everything out of the house… There was a lot of situations like that.”

― Kevin Harvick

“My dad is a bank president and my mom was an accountant and they didn’t think that seeking the life of a freelance writer was very practical, you see. Of course, I was just as determined to do it.”

― Kevin J. Anderson

“I remember my mom telling me that when John Belushi died, my dad cried. I remember thinking that was strange as a child, but today, I kind of get it.”

― Kevin Morby

“My dad’s father would take me to WWE shows when I was younger, and my other grandfather, my mom’s dad, would watch wrestling with me at the house. They just really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, they both passed away before I signed with WWE.”

― Kevin Owens

“My mom sang in high school choir and so did my father.”

― Kevin Richardson

“It was actually my older brother who wanted to start acting. He would point at the TV as a kid and tell my mom he wanted to do it, and he would act his favorite scenes from ‘Home Alone.’”

― Kevin Schmidt

“Growing up, my ideals were Barbra Streisand, Cher, and my mom.”

― Kevyn Aucoin

“My parents were reasonably affluent in Kabul. In the States, we were on welfare. My mom became a waitress, and my dad became a driving instructor. That part of the American immigrant experience applies to people of any nationality.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“I moved from New York to El Paso in 2015, just before my senior year. I was super nervous. My mom, she’s in the Army, and she got stationed at Fort Bliss. We packed everything up and drove all the way to El Paso.”

― Khalid

“My mom is my biggest inspiration by far. She inspires me on a daily basis. I remember hearing her sing around the house, and I was like, ‘Mom, you belong on TV. You’re a superstar.’”

― Khalid

“My mom raised a self-aware kid. I wasn’t like the typical alpha male. I wasn’t afraid to sing, you know? I wasn’t afraid to be in musicals.”

― Khalid

“At a very young age, I was in Germany watching TV and I told my mom I wanted to be an actor. She said, ‘Go for it.’ When my dad retired from the military, we moved to Los Angeles, and it all kicked off.”

― Khleo

“Every other day I read a book. It takes me two days to finish a book. I like reading because if I’m not doing anything, then I read. If my mom tells me to go take out the trash, I’ll go take out the trash, and come back and start reading again.”

― Khleo

“I don’t want a life without my mom in it, but I’m not someone who curls up in the fetal position and says, ‘Mommy, take care of me!’ I don’t like people catering to me. It feels so awkward and uncomfortable.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“I’m a really fun aunt, so I hope I’m going to be a fun mom! I like to have fun and be silly and not take myself too seriously with the kids, so I hope that will translate when I actually have my own.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“I’ve always wanted to have kids. I do think I would be a great mom.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“My mom was the only one who didn’t bleach her skin. She was the one who kept her natural complexion. So yes, I consider her a role model. All of her other family members would say to us, ‘Oh, your mom is so beautiful. She’s lucky she kept her skin.’ Those comments stayed with me.”

― Khoudia Diop

“I was born in Senegal in 1996. My mom moved to New York when I was two years old, so I was raised by my aunt back home.”

― Khoudia Diop

“I’m very close with my family, so my mom is part of my entourage.”

― Kid Cudi

“I didn’t come from a trailer park. I grew up middle class and my dad had money and my mom made my lunch. I got a car when I was sixteen. I’m proud of that.”

― Kid Rock

“You have to decide what it is that shapes and defines you. I’m a big sister and a co-parent with my mom before anything. That’s my root of all. It’s my foundation.”

― Kiersey Clemons

“I am Michael Render – that’s what my mom named me. ‘Killer Mike’ is what my dumb friends called me in a rap battle once, and it stuck.”

― Killer Mike

“My mom had did a wonderful job of giving me two great dads: I had a biological and non-biological dad.”

― Killer Mike

“I daily disconnect and read a good book or listen to a good sermon or call a friend or my mom and talk on the phone with my feet up. I also take baths with bath salts that I make myself.”

― Kim Alexis

“I consider myself a B-minus mom. I think I would be considered an A-plus dad.”

― Kim Brooks

“Being a mom is really the greatest role in my life.”

― Kim Fields

“L.A. prides itself on newness or being the last frontier or just not liking old things and tearing them down to build new things. But Malibu history is interesting to me. My mom’s family was one of the early families in California, so there’s history going back to the 1840s or ’50s.”

― Kim Gordon

“I’m a mom, but I don’t always want to look just like that.”

― Kim Gordon

“I always wanted what Mom and Dad had.”

― Kim Kardashian

“My mom and I had the same vision, and we want the same things. We would always make a goal list every year.”

― Kim Kardashian

“My mom has always been a huge inspiration. She was a single mom raising two kids in New York. Now that is full-on all the time.”

― Kim Raver

“I have an incredible role model in my mom. She was a single mother raising two kids in New York.”

― Kim Raver

“The best part about playing a mom is that people hug moms. I get hugs all the time. It really makes hard days a lot easier, and easy days are downright joyous.”

― Kim Rhodes

“I don’t think quotas are necessarily an evil. I think when we look at industry in general back to the ’60s and the ’50s, the way more diverse people like my dad and mom’s generation were able to break into industry was because of affirmation action, because of quotas.”

― Kimberly Bryant

“I love seeing my mom and my daughter embrace their natural hair. I’m glad I’ve embraced it, too.”

― Kimberly Elise

“When my mom, Mercedes, and her younger sister, Juanita, first came from Puerto Rico, they were the youngest in the family. They had to jump into a new community and really learn English, assimilate, and adapt – and I saw that. I grew up in that community.”

― Kimberly Guilfoyle

“I really saw my mom advocate on my behalf and really say, ‘Hey, you’re good enough.’ It was from her that I learned that just because something hasn’t been done before, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done now. You have to speak up, and you’ve got to assert yourself because it takes somebody to be the first one to make it happen.”

― Kimberly Guilfoyle

“I am at the table. I am first generation. I am Irish-Puerto Rican. I am a single mom.”

― Kimberly Guilfoyle

“My days are filled with writing, reading, and being a mom. Some days, I get to visit schools around the country and talk about what it’s like to be a writer. I often feel like I’m pretending, because it’s still hard for me to believe it when I see someone holding a book that I’ve written.”

― Kimberly Willis Holt

“I’m not one of those Hollywood moms where my kid is three weeks old and I’m a size zero. I’m a real woman and I’m a working woman and a working mom.”

― Kimora Lee Simmons

“Being a working mom, you want to make a difference in our schools, which is making a difference in our children and ultimately it’s making a difference in our community.”

― Kimora Lee Simmons

“When your mom and dad read the paper, they like to know their sons are on the roster.”

― Kirby Smart

“My kids haven’t watched one episode of ‘Growing Pains’. I’ll tell you why. When our kids were little, we never wanted Mommy or Daddy to be the celebrity mom or dad to our kids.”

― Kirk Cameron

“A lot of moms give their kids line reads. My mom wasn’t put in that position because I always had an acting teacher helping with the feelings rather than how to say something.”

― Kirsten Dunst

“As we all know, there is no harder or more rewarding job than being a mom.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“When the movie ‘Selena’ came out, I got really obsessed with her, and my mom and I went and saw it.”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“My mom and dad weren’t together, so I never thought I would get married.”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“I think the first big thing I did: I sang at my mom’s wedding when I was almost 8, so 7… that was my first thing.”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“When I was 13, my mom checked me into a modeling agency. Then, out of nowhere, they asked me to audition for a TV show, which I did, and I got going from there.”

― KJ Apa

“My mom, her money going was straight to the bills.”

― Kodak Black

“In Australia, I can just say to my mom, ‘I’m going down the street.’ And I can walk around pretty much all the places I know.”

― Kodi Smit-McPhee

“I probably talked to my mom about my sexuality first before anyone.”

― Kodie Shane

“I remember playing in my mom’s closet with Kim as little girls – we had this game we played, I was Donna Karan, and she was my assistant, and I was really bossy.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“Being a mom is what life is about. I hope people realize what the priorities in life should be and know not everything has to be perfect.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“Mom always told us to wear pretty, matching underwear.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“There’s no one else I would rather have as my manager than my mom because I know that she has our best interests at heart. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate manager mode from mom mode. I think as our manager, my mom will get more emotional about situations than she would if she was just our manager.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I used to play Donna Karan. I used my dad’s home office, and Kim was my assistant. Then one of our friends would play a buyer, and I would take her to my mom’s closet and show her the new collection.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I feel such a sense of empowerment being a mom. But I do wonder: How do they/we do it all?”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I have so many pieces that once belonged to my mom and both of my grandmothers. All of these pieces are very sentimental, and I love to wear them. I also have many pieces from my father that I probably cherish the most. I love wearing his dress shirts.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“My mom and both of my grandmothers have always been into fashion, so it’s been around us our whole lives.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I’ve always loved children’s clothes – my grandmother actually owned a children’s boutique in La Jolla, CA, for 30 years. I grew up visiting her and working in her store, and then my mom and I had a children’s boutique together for five or six years.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“The first thing I do when I’m shopping is touch everything to see if it’s itchy. I remember my mom used to put me in the itchiest clothes ever, and I was traumatized by it, so I won’t wear anything itchy now.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I know my mom always likes to give the over-the-top ‘wow’ pieces at baby showers.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“Sometimes, it’s hard to separate manager mode from mom mode. I think, as our manager, my mom will get more emotional about situations than she would if she was just our manager.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“My mom fed us a lot of processed food when we were kids, like chicken fingers, grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas. I make those treats for my family, too, but I use organic cheeses and whole wheat bread and tortillas.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“My mom bought me this amazing baby-food maker, the Beaba. I steam and puree fruits and vegetables, and they last for, like, four days.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“When my younger sisters were born, I was in high school and college. I was at my mom’s all the time but never changed them or fed them.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I’m obsessed with being a mom.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“I’m probably the least harsh on myself, and I try not to scrutinize everything about my body. As a new mom, it is what it is, and we just have to do our best.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“My mom and I had a kids’ clothing store called Smooch for six years, and I did all the buying before I even had kids.”

― Kourtney Kardashian

“My mom was in a punk rock band called The Trash Women, and they toured and all of that. She had me when she was 17.”

― Kreayshawn

“The goal for my girls and me has always been about beauty and fashion. Before we ever had the shows, my mom had a store for 40 years in La Jolla, and I grew up working there.”

― Kris Jenner

“I’m super into their trench coats. I’ve been wearing them for a while. Even my mom, she loves them. Definitely working with Burberry is a dope collaboration, just a good opportunity.”

― Kris Wu

“My brother’s a grip. My mom’s a scriptwriter. My dad’s a director. So it’s like, at heart, I’m a below-the-line girl.”

― Kristen Stewart

“I like to write and draw and paint, and my mom’s an artist, so I think I get caught up in thinking, ‘I’m afraid it’s gonna be bad,’ and it’s hard for me to start sometimes.”

― Kristen Wiig

“I’ve realized how precious life is. When I was younger, I was more adventurous. I felt invincible. I was game for everything. As a mom, I don’t want to get injured because then I can’t take care of my kids.”

― Kristi Yamaguchi

“I burnt myself out of skating. I was ready to focus on being a mom.”

― Kristi Yamaguchi

“So much of our lives are defined by habit or what the guy next to us is doing, never wondering and knowing who and what we support with our actions, from the detergent Mom always used, to my favorite dish I make… A lot of my life is unexamined habit.”

― Kristin Bauer van Straten

“I was really the first-line editor of the ‘House of Night’ series. I didn’t write that much of the story, and I didn’t know what was happening until my mom finished the book and sent it to me because I wanted to read it with fresh eyes as a general reader would.”

― Kristin Cast

“I think the hardest part of being a working mom is that I miss my kids a lot.”

― Kristin Cavallari

“I felt like I really came into my own when I became a mom. My entire world changed.”

― Kristin Cavallari

“I have such a great relationship with my mom that I’m so excited to, hopefully, have that same relationship with my daughter.”

― Kristin Cavallari

“Whenever Congress was in session, we were in Washington. So four months out of the year we were in Tennessee and the rest of the time in Arlington, which is where my mom grew up. Then, of course, in 1992 we moved into the vice president’s house in D.C. I was 15 then.”

― Kristin Gore

“My dad has a dry, deadpan sense of humor, and my mom has an unexpected, wacky take on things. They really encouraged laughing at ourselves and the weirdness of situations that come up growing up in politics.”

― Kristin Gore

“I took piano for many years. I kicked and screamed through all of my lessons, but my mom really insisted.”

― Kristin Kreuk

“I had my little boy, and I took three years off to have him and be a mom.”

― Kristin Lehman

“One day, a photographer living in our building came up to my mom and asked her if I would like to model. After a few days, I was offered a Kannada film, ‘Chiru,’ which was a lot of fun. But I had to complete my studies, so I went back to college.”

― Kriti Kharbanda

“My mom keeps khabar of everything, so I don’t feel lonely.”

― Kriti Sanon

“I come from a family of working professionals: my dad is a chartered accountant, and my mom is a professor.”

― Kriti Sanon

“My mom is actually a former prima ballerina, and all the women in my family are associated either with dance or choreography or acting, so I’m very lucky in a way because I grew up in a family of artists. I’ve been dancing since I was a little kid.”

― Ksenia Solo

“My mom told us never to reveal that we were Shia in school. You would find out that some other kid was Shiite, and you would whisper, ‘Hey,’ or you would see someone at the mosque, and you’d be like, ‘Hey, that kid’s Shiite!’ There was a lot of tension, a lot of violence in Karachi between Shiites and Sunnis.”

― Kumail Nanjiani

“In high school, I tried to cook dinner for a girl, and it was horrific. It was at her house. I was trying to make pork chops with my mom’s recipe, just trying to be Mr. Awesome, like, ‘Yeah, I cook, too.’ But I just burned everything. There was smoke everywhere.”

― Kyle Bornheimer

“Mom was always worrying about the rent.”

― Kyle Kuzma

“My mom did so much for us, working two jobs, driving us where we needed to go and a million other things. She taught me the importance of hard work and sacrifice.”

― Kyle Kuzma

“My VHS collection certainly contains videos that I’ve had since childhood, and also tapes that my mom had taped off of the Disney Channel or HBO – you know, blank tapes with the ‘Care Bears’ movie or whatever is on there – but I feel like that collection started for real my freshman year of college.”

― Kyle Mooney

“I grew up really kind of mixed up. I lived with my white grandparents and mom and got made fun of a lot because I talked like her.”

― Kyle

“My momma will roast my friends all of the time. If you’re one of my friends, and you meet my mom for the first time, she will definitely roast you in a polite way. It’s just to test your bars.”

― Kyle

“Even if I told my mom I wanted to be a clown or live in the forest, she would be down.”

― Kyle

“I first knew I wanted to be a mom when my sister Kathy had her first baby, Paris. She was so beautiful and sweet.”

― Kyle Richards

“My sister was such a young mom (as was my mom), and she loved the help that I was more than willing to give.”

― Kyle Richards

“Being a mom is something that I never take for granted.”

― Kyle Richards

“While my mom was flawed – as we all are – she loved her children more than anything in the world.”

― Kyle Richards

“My mother and I have always had a very close relationship, so I wanted to honor my mom by naming my daughter Julia as well.”

― Lacey Chabert

“I was raised cooking my grandmother’s food, my mom’s recipes.”

― Lacey Chabert

“We always do a white elephant gift exchange on Christmas Eve, but my mom always gets really nice gifts for it. And we hang out in our PJs on Christmas Day.”

― Lacey Chabert

“Naturally you want to be the best mom you can, but then also you want to be the best performer you can.”

― LaChanze

“I went to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music… Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time – the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music.”

― Lady Gaga

“My mom and I are very close.”

― Lady Gaga

“No press, no television. If my mom calls and says, ‘Did you hear about?’ I don’t want to know nothing about anything that is going on in relation to music. I shut it all off.”

― Lady Gaga

“Mom and Dad were bibliophiles. Dad shared his father’s love of westerns, Mom favored the likes of Zelazny and Heinlein, Howard and Burroughs. We owned several hundred books stored in trunks that comprised our portable library.”

― Laird Barron

“Mom was all about hellfire and brimstone. Her Old Testament God was a colossal, ancient brute, a maelstrom of blood and fire, of appetite and wrath.”

― Laird Barron

“My dad’s a Jew, and my mom’s a WASP, so that should pretty much say it all. It was a comically dysfunctional family.”

― Lake Bell

“I collect handkerchiefs. I know that’s sort of old-timey, but my mom started the collection for me, and now I have a bunch. Basically, I have a myriad of beautiful handkerchiefs, and I carry them like a grandmother in my purse. And I opt for hankies in any situation.”

― Lake Bell

“Having children is not for everyone, but I think it’s a beautiful lesson in it not being all about me anymore. It’s a relief, in a way. It’s like, this is her story now, and I’m her mom. It’s a nice shift.”

― Lake Bell

“My mom is incredibly stylish, and she gets it from my grandmother. I feel like I can’t live up to how chic they are as women. They are great role models for aging gracefully, and that’s a thing that is very key that I try to always emulate.”

― Lake Bell

“At 3 years old, I was imitating and doing fun little commercials for the family. Then at 5, I knew, ‘OK, this is something I really like.’ At 8, I was crying in front of the mirror and my mom was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go. We know what she’s going to do.’”

― Lana Parrilla

“My mom was such a strong character. I don’t want to say she was like a man, but she was tough.”

― Lance Armstrong

“Working with Angela Bassett is by far the best. I’ve watched and admired her for years. I’m very intrigued by her work. She’s so cool. I still call her ‘Mom’ when I see her.”

― Lance Gross

“I got to say ‘Hi’ to Dolly Parton, which my mom thought was kind of cool.”

― Landon Donovan

“First time I sang, I was singing Alicia Keys in the bathroom of my mom’s beauty shop. I was six.”

― La’Porsha Renae

“My mom hates being on camera. My dad loves it – he eats it up!”

― La’Porsha Renae

“I had piano lessons when I was five or six years old, so my mom got me this little keyboard in my room. And then it progressed from that to classical guitar and drums and oboe.”

― Lapsley

“I know that I’m getting the real deal with my mom. I know that she’s telling it like it is. She’s proud of me when I’ve earned it and she’s disappointed in me when I’ve earn that. She’s really my spectrum on where I am as a person.”

― Lara Flynn Boyle

“I had such a great mom and I know that I’d never be that mom. I wouldn’t want to bring a child into this world unless I could be.”

― Lara Flynn Boyle

“A mom has to be ready for anything.”

― Lara Spencer

“My mom didn’t use face cream, like, nothing at all. She’s got great skin and looks very youthful.”

― Lara Stone

“If my mom reads that I’m grammatically incorrect I’ll have hell to pay.”

― Larisa Oleynik

“I don’t know that I have any role models now that are fixed. Definitely my mom – she’s the coolest. She’s worked really hard her whole life and I just think she’s got a great attitude. Moms just know so much it’s so silly.”

― Larisa Oleynik

“The best situation is being a single parent. The best part about is that you get time off, too, because the kids are with their mom, so it’s the best of both worlds. There’s a lot to be said for it.”

― Larry David

“My mom and my dad were married 56 years, and the fact that I reconciled with my dad I think made their marriage a little bit better as well.”

― Larry Elder

“I didn’t even know how much of a feminist I was, and I realized, ‘Oh my God, I was raised by a single mom who had to raise six kids. I have three sisters. Larry, you’ve been a feminist your whole life, and you really didn’t know it until you’ve been presented with these issues.’”

― Larry Wilmore

“I grew up loving musicals. My mom had records of original cast recordings, and one of them was ‘She Loves Me.’ I wore that thing out singing along to Barbara Cook when I was eight years old.”

― Laura Benanti

“I was pregnant, and, like, ‘Being a mom’s going to be easy!’ And now I’m like, ‘Great.’”

― Laura Benanti

“I knew I wanted to become an actor when I was 7 years old. My dad was working with Alfred Hitchcock, my mom was working with Martin Scorsese – and it was the great summer of my childhood.”

― Laura Dern

“I feel so lucky to have a mom who is not only an extraordinary actor but someone who is game enough to not worry about our relationship versus what we play in movies or television.”

― Laura Dern

“I think my mom exposed me to the concept of using your voice for anything you care about.”

― Laura Dern

“I remember taking my mom and dad to the premiere of ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ and being really nervous. My mom was like, ‘Laura, don’t worry: I’ve watched all of the first series of the TV show, so I understand what this is going to be like.’”

― Laura Haddock

“My dad works in insurance; my mom is a speech pathologist. Very Midwestern, adorable childhood.”

― Laura Harrier

“In high school, my mom’s friend was a location scout, and there was a shoot at our house. I came home from school, and the photographer said, ‘You should call my friend at this agency.’”

― Laura Harrier

“The kids can see that there are more parts to me than just being their mom; I wear a couple of different hats and have other roles to play.”

― Laura Leighton

“To see your dad cry is like – It’s different than to see your mom cry, you know?”

― Lauren Alaina

“I remember my doctors examining my vocal cords and asking if I had an eating disorder, and I instantly said no. But then my mom, who was in the room with me, said my name in her ‘mom voice,’ and I just lost it. I didn’t realize that she knew or that anyone knew.”

― Lauren Alaina

“My mom quit her whole life and came to live with me in California.”

― Lauren Alaina

“My mom married a family friend, and my dad married someone that’s eight years older than me, so it was just like, these – like, I literally live a country song, so I had to write one.”

― Lauren Alaina

“My mom would walk through a fire pit for me, and I’d do the same for her.”

― Lauren Alaina

“My first big job was an Abercrombie &Fitch campaign. But my mom wouldn’t let me skip school for it, so I missed half of the shoot. When we got there, we realized Bruce Weber was the photographer; we knew we had made a mistake!”

― Lauren Bush

“Honestly, ‘Parenthood’ was not what I planned. I didn’t plan to do another drama. I didn’t plan to play a single mom. I didn’t plan, even, to do an ensemble show. But I hadn’t found anything I liked as much. I just connected to the show.”

― Lauren Graham

“’Mom’ isn’t an adjective or a personality; they’re not all the same.”

― Lauren Graham

“My grandparents and my mom came from Cuba back in the ’60s because they were fleeing from communism and Castro. I wouldn’t be here otherwise.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“I’ve always had this sense of justice – I get that from my mom, for sure. When you see stuff that’s wrong, it’s just wrong, man. You gotta point that out.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“I do remember being teased by my cousins on my mom’s side for not being black enough. And then I’d spend the summer with my dad and be sent to all white summer camps where I was ‘that black girl.’”

― Lauren London

“When I was in my early twenties, my mom started repeating things, asking the same questions, telling the same stories. It was like, ‘Oh, God, this is not right.’ When I was 25, my brother and I finally told our dad we had to take her to the doctor.”

― Lauren Miller

“The first writer I developed a script with was John Hughes, and that was ‘Mr. Mom.’ That was my first feature film.”

― Lauren Shuler Donner

“Both my mom and dad were models.”

― Lauren Wasser

“When love is gone, there’s always justice. And when justice is gone, there’s always force. And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi, Mom!”

― Laurie Anderson

“Every year, my mom makes sure I have my checkups and everything, which is probably a really good idea. She’s great with all that health stuff.”

― Laurie Hernandez

“I tell everyone that I’m 5 feet-1 inch tall, but I think I’m technically 5 feet. My mom says she’s 4 feet 11 inches, and I’m barely taller than her.”

― Laurie Hernandez

“I do like writing. When I was a little kid, I used to love writing funny, silly stories – and my mom would always encourage it. I don’t know why I ever stopped!”

― Laurie Hernandez

“When I came home after ‘DWTS,’ I had a couple of days, and I had actually given the Mirrorball to my mom. She loves to decorate the house, so I said, ‘Here – make it pretty. Do what you want with it!”

― Laurie Hernandez

“That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.”

― Lauryn Hill

“’Lauv’ comes from the Latvian word for lion, and my mom’s side of the family is from Latvia – it’s a place I’ve been probably 15 times or more. I’m also a Leo, and my real name, Ari, means lion.”

― Lauv

“What took time for my mom was getting the pronouns right and calling me by a different name. Laverne was my middle name before I transitioned.”

― Laverne Cox

“Once I got the job on ‘Walking Dead,’ I started thinking about how I always wanted to get back to the East Coast. My mom lives in Baltimore, and I have a lot of family in Baltimore and New York.”

― Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.

“I was 28, and my mom was living with me. I had to decide. You have to claim it; you can’t ask permission. After a gig in Singapore, she went home, I went to New York on my own, I packed her stuff in boxes and sent it home. I don’t think she liked me for a while for doing that. It was something I needed to do to carve out my own space.”

― Lea Salonga

“When I was about 6, my cousin was very active in a Filipino repertory company, doing musicals and plays. Her aunt was one of the founders of the company, and she told my mom that there were these auditions for ‘The King and I,’ and that they needed kids. I auditioned, got in and the love affair started from there and just kept going.”

― Lea Salonga

“As a mom, you’re so panicked and starved for time, you just need help.”

― Leah Busque

“I want to be on stage and perform and win Grammys and help out my family in Bulgaria, because they are struggling, and my mom and dad, too.”

― Leah LaBelle

“I just love food, especially my mom’s Bulgarian cooking. Taco Bell is my favorite fast food restaurant. I also love Italian food.”

― Leah LaBelle

“I love my mom with all my heart. She’s my best friend.”

― Leah LaBelle

“I’ve gotten a lot of good advice from my parents. Probably the best advice I’ve ever gotten from my mom is ‘Let it go.’”

― Leah Pipes

“I used to do skits for my mom… and I was always entertaining as a kid.”

― Leah Remini

“My mother was in Scientology my whole life. Most people don’t know that we were raised in it – I didn’t decide to get into it. I was brought into it by my mom.”

― Leah Remini

“My mom and I have always been there for each other. We had some tough times, but she was always there for me.”

― LeBron James

“I hear my friends and my mom tell me I’m special, but honestly, I still don’t get it.”

― LeBron James

“When I was 5, some financial things happened, and I moved seven times in a year. We moved from apartment to apartment, sometimes living with friends. My mom would always say, ‘Don’t get comfortable, because we may not be here long.’”

― LeBron James

“Being the only man in the household with my mom definitely helped me grow up fast.”

― LeBron James

“It’s hard either way, at home or on the bus, I think the hardest thing probably for me is going one second from being mom to right out on the stage and having to be that person too. It’s hard to switch gears.”

― Lee Ann Womack

“When I was a kid, like four or five years old, I was obsessed with the ‘Batman’ TV show in the ’60s. And I took it totally seriously. At that age, I took it completely seriously. I didn’t get the fact that it was kind of played for laughs. I didn’t understand why my mom was rolling her eyes or chuckling.”

― Lee Bermejo

“My dad was a cop. My mom worked at various jobs – she worked as a homemaker, a bank teller, a bartender.”

― Lee Daniels

“My mom had five kids. And she came home after working three jobs, and I’d rub her feet. We’d all rub her feet. We were lucky to get any time with her.”

― Lee Daniels

“My mom knew early on that I was gay, and she knew that I had to get out of the ghetto.”

― Lee Daniels

“My mom told me many times how I need to be careful living inside the regime. We didn’t say ‘the regime.’ We didn’t even say ‘North Korea.’”

― Lee Hyeon-seo

“My mom told me many times that when you are outside, you have to be careful what you are saying, and don’t repeat the words of what you hear at home.”

― Lee Hyeon-seo

“Even though I would love a little girl for me, personally, I love being a mom to boys.”

― Leigh-Allyn Baker

“My mom was a big feminist, and when I was growing up, I wasn’t allowed to have typical girl toys: she did not let me have dolls. Barbies were banned in our household. She read feminist books to me; my mom was a major feminist.”

― Leila Janah

“I’m mixed race – my dad’s Caucasian, and my mom’s Mexican – so I want to play anything and everything, from American to Latino, the whole spectrum; I’m insatiable.”

― Lela Loren

“My mom knows pretty well how I see her.”

― Lena Dunham

“I’m ridiculous in my oversharing; my mom and sister are very open but a little more judicious than me… and my father is a decidedly private person.”

― Lena Dunham

“I remember going to ‘The Wood’ and leaving my friend and my mom, who I came with, to go sit in the front row because I was so excited.”

― Lena Waithe

“I watched a ton of TV because I was raised by a single mom and spent a lot of time with my grandmother. Like most grandparents do, she would spend hours and hours in front of the TV box.”

― Lena Waithe

“My mom is very excited for the fact that I got signed and, of course, being a mom, she’s going to be a little worried.”

― Leon Bridges

“My mom was very religious. She might have let me buy records, but I assumed that she wouldn’t.”

― Leon Bridges

“My mom is a very religious woman. So when I began recording music, I was afraid she wouldn’t accept it. But when I played her a song, she loved it.”

― Leon Bridges

“I feel like I’ve lived quite a sheltered life, like my mom and dad were quite protective of me.”

― Leona Lewis

“My love of performing goes way back. My mom got me on ‘Romper Room’ when I was five – it was my favorite show. But they couldn’t control me. I would run up and smack the camera, and I’d jump around and do my little flips and routines. I wish I could get that tape now.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“My parents know I was outgoing as a child, and whenever people came over, I’d automatically do impressions of them as soon as they left; it was my mom’s favorite thing. Yes, I grew up in Hollywood, but not in any rich neighborhood.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“You do need parental guidance and I was in a great position with both my mum and dad. They split when I was a baby but even though I stayed with my mom they were both very much involved in my upbringing.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“Demi Moore is an extremely sexy woman. Melanie Griffith, Annette Bening – these are all brave women. They’ve all managed to have kids and still be sexy. If anything, being a mom makes them even sexier.”

― Lesli Linka Glatter

“My dad died when I was three so my mom had to raise four kids on her own, and I think there’s a part of me that pulls upon having watched my mom do that our whole lives. She had to make it work.”

― Leslie Bibb

“People used to call me names, so my mom had this beautiful African lady come talk to me.”

― Leslie Jones

“My mom is one of my role models in a complicated way. I learned from her how to be a good mom. She was one of those natural moms who really took to it. Her chosen profession was teaching. She loves kids. But she was extremely frustrated and unhappy because for much of my life she was a stay-at-home mom.”

― Leslie Morgan Steiner

“The most important experience for learning to be a mother is your own mom’s experience.”

― Leslie Morgan Steiner

“My dad was always in sales. My mom had a heart for the ages. Worked in recreation, doing rehabilitation in nursing homes. Very nice, practical folks who were very proud of me but had no inclination toward the stage in any way.”

― Leslie Odom, Jr.

“My mom had gotten a Super 8 camera to make home movies with, and my brother and me got our hands on it and ran with it.”

― Lev Yilmaz

“My mom tried to get me on ballet. ‘Walter Payton did it! Walter Payton did it!’ I’m just not messing with ballet.”

― Le’Veon Bell

“The irony is, when people now compliment my ability to make something out of nothing on the football field, my mom is the one who’s been doing so in real life all along.”

― Le’Veon Bell

“My aunt has this video from when I was 6 years old, no teeth or nothing, and I told my mom and my aunt that I was going to the NFL.”

― Le’Veon Bell

“Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.”

― Levon Helm

“Shortly after my dad died, my mom figured that if I could do a few commercials, I’d get a college fund.”

― Liam Aiken

“When I was 9, I asked my mom if I could be on TV. She was like, ‘Well, okay. You can try.’”

― Liana Liberato

“I’m related to Davy Crockett on my mom’s side. Honest.”

― Libba Bray

“I have five siblings, so my mom was always pregnant, and she would wear these dungarees that looked so cool.”

― Liberty Ross

“I didn’t even walk for graduation – I did graduate, though. I got this homeschool deal. I didn’t have to go to school because I was depressed, and my mom wrote all these essays for me. I didn’t write one of them. She literally got me my diploma.”

― Lil Peep

“My mom has been calling me Peep my whole life. That’s how I got the name.”

― Lil Peep

“I got people to take care of: my mom, my dad, my grandma, my aunties.”

― Lil Pump

“I used to watch ‘Last Comic Standing’ with my mom before she passed. So when I got that red envelope, I was extremely emotional.”

― Lil Rel Howery

“My mom and dad got divorced when I was, like, 8, and when I went to my dad’s house on the weekend, he’d play a lot of music: Miles Davis, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Elton John.”

― Lil Yachty

“I used to wake up before school when my mom was already at work. That’s where I first heard a lot of music, like All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Miley Cyrus, Linkin Park.”

― Lil Yachty

“School was a big source of anxiety for me. I hated school. I have social anxiety, and it developed when I was a kid. I had trouble going to birthday parties. It was always there. I begged my mom to let me be home-schooled at one point for a semester because I was so miserable at school.”

― Lili Reinhart

“I usually tape about 99 percent of my auditions at my house. I have a camera and record myself, and my mom reads the other lines off-camera. Then I send it to my agent and manager, and they send it to the casting director, and we see how it goes from there.”

― Lili Reinhart

“I was always a performer kid – like, annoyingly so. I would put on shows for my family and direct my friends in little plays, and my little sister, I’d make up dances with her. But when I was 12, that was when I started taking it seriously, and my mom for some reason believed in me and helped me find an agent in Cleveland, which did nothing for me.”

― Lili Reinhart

“I’ve been performing my whole life. My mom signed me up for a theater program when I was five – I was the evil queen in ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’”

― Lilla Crawford

“First, I started taking dance classes, and then I started taking singing lessons. Then my mom put me into a year-round theatre program where I did seven shows.”

― Lilla Crawford

“We’ve always loved going to the movies. Our mom and dad are big movie fans. They’d take us on these movie orgys where we’d see sometimes three movies in a day.”

― Lilly Wachowski

“I love every second of being a mom.”

― Lily Aldridge

“I don’t really put on makeup when I’m on mom duty at home.”

― Lily Aldridge

“I was actually the one who decided to move to LA. Mom and I were driving on Sunset Boulevard during one of our trips back to see her family, and I said, ‘Can we just stay?’ So we did.”

― Lily Collins

“I was raised by my mom, pretty much, and she just had this very non-judgmental, having no shame about yourself, no regrets, just trusting your gut and your instinct, and treating yourself with respect.”

― Lily Collins

“My mom brought me up on old Hollywood. I had been living in Los Angeles, respecting old movies and growing up with people that were icons that I got to speak to.”

― Lily Collins

“My mom passed down to me her old Levi’s denim jacket. When I left it on a plane, I was devastated. I’ve never been able to find anything with quite the same cool, faded look.”

― Lily James

“When I was a baby, I wore my mom’s Chanel pumps – to be able to say that I work with Karl Lagerfeld is a dream come true.”

― Lily-Rose Depp

“Chanel has always been this big thing for me – there are baby pictures of me wearing my mom’s Chanel pumps.”

― Lily-Rose Depp

“My mom gave me a Chanel dress when I was younger. I felt special. I think anybody feels special in Chanel.”

― Lily-Rose Depp

“I think I’m going to spend some time learning how to be a first-time mom, and then I’ll go back to work.”

― Linda Cardellini

“My mom is a very independent person, and she’s the funniest, smartest person in the room, all the time.”

― Linda Cardellini

“I don’t think I gave my mom too much trouble as a teenager.”

― Linda Cardellini

“I played with dolls until I was 15. My mother encouraged it because my older sister got married when she was 15, so Mom thought that the longer I stayed with dolls, the better.”

― Linda Evans

“I told my mom I was gay when I was 16, and my mom said with her heavy Brazilian accent, ‘OK, but at least look good at it.’”

― Linda Perry

“I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, and reading even before that. My mom still has stories that I wrote when I was in kindergarten. I was a reader and a re-reader. That’s the main reason I became a writer.”

― Linda Sue Park

“Growing up I always shopped at Victoria’s Secret with my mom and saw Angels like Gisele and Karolina Kurkova in the windows.”

― Lindsay Ellingson

“I did say that I wanted to be a young mom, just because my mom was a young mom. It is better because I can be closer to my kids and stuff.”

― Lindsay Lohan

“My mom is very close to me, and it has been really cool having a mom that’s closer to my age because she can go out with me and stuff.”

― Lindsay Lohan

“YouTube – holy cow! – I can do my career at my own pace. I didn’t have anybody to tell me I wasn’t ready, and I learned how to self-market and how to strategize. ‘Spontaneous Me’ had already been up on iTunes, but besides my mom and grandma, no one bought it. Once it was up on YouTube, it went crazy.”

― Lindsey Stirling

“My mom is positive and optimistic.”

― Lindsey Vonn

“I’ve never once heard my mom complain about her stroke.”

― Lindsey Vonn

“My mom is really tough.”

― Lindsey Vonn

“My mom, dad, and sister have all watched every episode of everything I’ve ever done.”

― Lindy Booth

“The Republicans are, ‘the party of the rich,’ my mom said, ‘We’re poor, so we’re Democrats.’ That convinced me. I had no wish to remain poor, so I became a Republican at the age of 12.”

― Lionel Sosa

“In May 2006, I had our son, Calder. I spent the next couple of years learning how to be a mom.”

― Lisa Cholodenko

“Both of my folks were into art. My dad was an art collector, my mom had a little kiln in our basement, and we would make pottery. I think from about age five on, they sent me to art classes, and I was a huge colorer.”

― Lisa Frank

“My mom died when I was 8.”

― Lisa Guerrero

“I’m proud of what I look like. I’m proud that I look like my mom.”

― Lisa Guerrero

“For me, being tall was very positive because I thought my mom was the most beautiful person ever.”

― Lisa Leslie

“I don’t think I would have been able to stick with it and been proud of who I am and be feminine out on the court. I think I would have folded to the peer pressure if I didn’t have my mom to encourage me to be me and be proud of how tall I am.”

― Lisa Leslie

“I don’t remember my first trip, but I do remember when my mom took me to Disney World in Orlando. It wasn’t the rides but Epcot Center that most fascinated me. It made me want to see those countries that are represented there for real.”

― Lisa Ling

“I think a good mom is an awake mom. At least for me, I’ve always been a kinder, better person awake than sleep-deprived!”

― Lisa Loeb

“But the fact is, I’m not work-identified. I’m not a lawyer or a writer. I’m a mom, and I’m a woman, and that’s the kind of people I want to see in books in the starring role.”

― Lisa Scottoline

“My dad was a mathematician and worked for New York City as a statistician. My mom was an accountant and eventually started her own business in her mid-40s. She linked manufacturers in Taiwan to companies in the United States that needed those types of products.”

― Lisa Su

“I did a film called ‘Victor’ that I’m really proud of! It was a period piece and the true life story of Victor Torres. I play his mom, and it’s a very moving film.”

― Lisa Vidal

“When I’m home, I’m just mom. We’re a normal, regular family doing normal, regular types of things.”

― Lisa Vidal

“As an actress, I have put myself out there as an independent black woman, a single mom, a go-getter, a hustler who isn’t afraid to survive.”

― LisaRaye McCoy-Misick

“My mom moved up between Leland and Greenville when I was just a little tot.”

― Little Milton

“My mom raised me to be a strong person.”

― Little Simz

“Mom was only 23 when she had me, and there’s a version of my story where we could have lived in New York, and she could have had a very high-profile life, and I could have been raised by nannies.”

― Liv Tyler

“I’m a mom. I’m from Ethiopia. I gave birth in the U.S. and had all the proper care available to me. If I had given birth in Ethiopia – I don’t know if I might have even survived it.”

― Liya Kebede

“I’m really happy to be a mom, and I’m proud of the phase I’m in.”

― Liz Phair

“I was sitting on my mom’s lap across from my father to see Kay Thompson at Ciro’s. And I always remember this energy force, this woman flying around the room and singing these harmonies so everyone went, ‘Wow!’ So I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.’”

― Liza Minnelli

“Nobody sang better than my mom. That’s why I’ve never even thought of singing for singing sake. I’ve always thought of a song as an acting piece, as a way to say something.”

― Liza Minnelli

“Every mom in a minivan, every person commuting – anytime they are on the road, they should be able to go into driver mode and give a ride to a neighbor. That’s how we achieve scale.”

― Logan Green

“My mom introduced me to science-fiction.”

― Logan Marshall-Green

“My first real acting gig was probably playing Mamillius in my mother’s ‘Winter’s Tale.’ My mom and dad are both in theater, so I grew up acting and being a little theater brat as well.”

― Logan Marshall-Green

“My memory of my mom is a wine glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other. She was a runway fashion model, and she was quite a glamorous woman.”

― Loni Anderson

“My mom started smoking when she was 11. She went to the hill next door to try her first cigarette. She set the entire hill on fire, but it didn’t deter her.”

― Loni Anderson

“Mom was a nurse’s aide. She worked in various hospitals. She took care of us that way, and we ate government cheese. I survived.”

― Loni Love

“I come from a short fiction background, and my mom is a poet, so I’ve always read poetry; I’ve always had a lot of different influences both linguistically and musically.”

― Lorde

“My dad is a civil engineer, and my mom is a stay-at-home mom. The fact that my parents weren’t really involved in music was kind of good, because it meant that I had something that was private and personal.”

― Lorde

“Mommy smoked but she didn’t want us to. She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time, so we got whipped.”

― Loretta Lynn

“I’m a movie buff. My mom would take me to a double feature. We’d come out, go have Chinese food, and then go back into another cinema and see another double feature. I feel I’m a child of the movies.”

― Loretta Swit

“My grandad and mom would drive me to training all the time, and from then – around seven to eight – coaches were telling me I had something special and needed to stick with it.”

― Loris Karius

“Sinatra was just one of Mom’s friends.”

― Lorna Luft

“When I was a teenager, my mom got me a really nice baritone ukulele.”

― Lou Barlow

“Luckily, I was raised by a kind of gypsy family, which is why I always get along better with people who worked in circuses than with kids of other actors. My mom was so carefree with us in a beautiful way. We were used to sleeping anywhere.”

― Lou Doillon

“What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?”

― Louisa May Alcott

“My mom definitely inspires me. She’s just crazy when it comes to her fashion sense.”

― Lourdes Leon

“My mom doesn’t fit into my shoes, so sucks for her!”

― Lourdes Leon

“My mom has helped me so much. She has great style, and she’s an amazing dresser.”

― Lourdes Leon

“My mom died before she knew I was gay, and my dad thought it was a phase, then realized it wasn’t.”

― LP

“I grew up with the classics. My mom and I would sit and watch ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘White Christmas’ – those kind of movies.”

― Lucas Grabeel

“My dad’s a filmmaker, and my mom’s an actress. She was the original understudy, actually, for Harper in ‘Angels in America’ and did the show for about several months while she was pregnant with my older brother. And so I grew up obsessed with film and filmmaking.”

― Lucas Hedges

“My mom’s a chemist, so she’s pretty smart.”

― Lucas Till

“My grandmother had six kids – one died as an infant – and she was dirt-poor, and all her kids got an education. And my mom grew up poor. And they both worked so hard and cultivated so much of their own happiness. I wanted to have that like an amulet. Not like armor, but like a magic feather. Like Dumbo’s magic feather.”

― Lucy Alibar

“My mom is an elementary school music teacher, a pianist, and a singer, and my dad plays guitar – he’s a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. My mom does musical theater, too. All of those influences were around.”

― Lucy Dacus

“My mom is an elementary-school music teacher. For her, music is an educational tool.”

― Lucy Dacus

“I was adopted, and so was my mom. And so I just was in tune with how life can be intentional. I feel like maybe that helped me to not feel super entitled to a lot of things as a kid.”

― Lucy Dacus

“I’m from Tennessee. My mom lives in Nashville. I’m born and bred country. That’s all I listen to.”

― Lucy Hale

“I was torn between the Americanness my mom wanted for me and the Mexicanness my father wanted – they were wrestling for cultural influence over me.”

― Luis Alberto Urrea

“A lot of our family was undocumented. My mom and dad were both super conservative. My dad had a green card; my mom was an Eisenhower Republican who did not approve of all the ‘illegal people.’”

― Luis Alberto Urrea

“My dad looked like Errol Flynn, and I think my mom thought she was moving into a hacienda, but they lived on a dirt street in Tijuana, a house jammed with relatives, nobody speaking English. She didn’t know a word of Spanish. She grew up well and was appalled and humiliated, terrified of anyone ethnic.”

― Luis Alberto Urrea

“My first computer was a Commodore 64. I got it as a present from my mom when I was eight years old, and all I wanted to do with that computer was play games.”

― Luis von Ahn

“I remember getting a toilet in our house. I remember sharing a bedroom with my sister, and my little sister was sleeping in my mom and dad’s room.”

― Lukas Forchhammer

“When I was little, my mom was an actress, and she still is now, and she’d go on commercial auditions, and if they needed a mom and a son, she’d take me along, and that’s how I got started.”

― Luke Benward

“I had a very lovely childhood, and, being an only child, I’m very close to my mom and my dad.”

― Luke Evans

“Mother’s Day routine is usually a lot of flour, eggs, and a big mess in the kitchen. That’s what it involves in our house. Making sure that mom has her pancakes and coffee.”

― Luke Hemsworth

“For me, high school was the one place where I knew my friends were gonna be, so I was there. I didn’t like it, I wasn’t involved in things, and they didn’t teach me anything that I needed to know. But my mom said I had to go, and so I went.”

― Luke Perry

“My dad was a professional basketball player, and my mom was a hell of a tennis player.”

― Luke Rockhold

“I grew up in Beijing and Beijing roast duck is my favorite. My mom makes it every year for Christmas Eve. How crispy the skin is is how good a duck restaurant is.”

― Lulu Wang

“If I’d been traveling, I come home, my mom makes noodles.”

― Lulu Wang

“Because I was the youngest boy, I was always my mom’s favorite – and my brothers were always tough on me.”

― Luol Deng

“You can be tweeting strangers and saying, ‘Don’t say that,’ but are you saying that to your friends? How about your mom? Your boyfriend at the dinner table who says something homophobic? If you’re not saying the same things in person that you’re saying online, then what are your tweets doing?”

― Luvvie Ajayi

“Two weeks ago at the U.S. Amateur, my mom caddied, and that is kind of a different feeling, because she’s your mom and you have to listen to her. It was really comfortable having my mom there, but it’s also really relieving and comfortable to have someone that knows the course off their hat, really.”

― Lydia Ko

“My mom didn’t want me to go to college. She didn’t want me to read – when I read, I may as well have been holding a pineapple.”

― Lynda Barry

“Learn to expect less from life and more from yourself. Accept the changes that life throws at you. Remember, your destiny is pretty much in your hands. So, as your mom may have told you, keep them clean.”

― Lynda Resnick

“Mom and Dad would stay in bed on Sunday morning, but the kids would have to go to church.”

― Lynn Johnston

“My mom was in education, and I remember reading in one of her books about multiple intelligences – this whole theory about how there are all these different ways you can be intelligent, like eight or 10 of them or something. And one of them is emotional.”

― Lynn Shelton

“When I first came out, I was a film student, and my mom sewed clothes. I was already doing a million things then, whatever it took to survive. If I had to braid someone’s hair to get one pound for my lunch money, that’s what I did.”

― M.I.A.

“It’s interesting, because I named my first album after my dad because I wanted to find him. My second album was named after my mom because I felt like I learned all my creative talents I learned from her. All the survival stuff, too. And then the next album is ‘Maya,’ which is not my real name. It’s fake.”

― M.I.A.

“I have no ties to my dad. I had no communications with him; it didn’t shape who I am or anything like that. I’m actually a product of my mom.”

― M.I.A.

“I always miss my mom. Mother’s Day would be just one more day I’d feel her absence but for the relentless commercialization. Thanks to that, this day is even harder to deal with.”

― M. J. Rose

“If your mom is still around, you’re so lucky.”

― M. J. Rose

“I was taught to think outside the box. Before my grandfather was one of the original Mad Men, he and a group of other Air Force Intelligence officers formalized brainstorming as a problem solving technique. He taught the concept that creativity can be taught at Buffalo University. My dad invented toys. My mom was a photographer.”

― M. J. Rose

“When I was a kid, I read many of my mom’s books. Sometimes, there were mysteries, but there were no delineations, and my mother never talked about book genres. Nor did we differentiate genres in school.”

― M. J. Rose

“I actually had a really nice guitar as a teenager. I took jazz guitar, so my mom bought me this probably $1,600 guitar. But I got really into garage rock and local bands, and I noticed they played really crappy guitars. So I thought, ‘Hey, I should get a crappy guitar, too!’”

― Mac DeMarco

“One thing I hear a lot is, ‘Dude, my mom loves your record,’ or ‘I got it for my dad for Christmas.’ I’m essentially doing dad rock. Which is great, because I love Steely Dan, you know? Nothing wrong with dad rock!”

― Mac DeMarco

“My mom did more press than me for ‘Faces.’”

― Mac Miller

“I love being around my mom and my dad.”

― Maddie Hasson

“The center stone on my ring is the diamond from my mom’s original engagement ring. My parents have been married 25 years! My dad bought her a new ring a while back, so she kept her original diamond to pass down to me or my sister someday. It is so special having an heirloom ring because I will get to pass it down one day, too.”

― Maddie Marlow

“I like Sprite a lot, but I try not to drink it. My mom doesn’t want me to drink Sprite because it’s unhealthy. So she always has me drink water, but it’s hard not to!”

― Maddie Ziegler

“I’ve been dancing since the age of two. I don’t really remember it, because I was little, but my mom signed me up and would put me in cute costumes. A lot of little girls get into dancing, but I loved it so much that I kept doing it.”

― Maddie Ziegler

“I didn’t have a lot of skin care products when I was a kid – my parents were very au naturale – and I think I was about 9 years old when my girlfriend told me she used Biore. I was like, ‘Hmm, never heard of it.’ So my mom took me to the store, and I picked out five different things and have been literally using it ever since.”

― Madelaine Petsch

“The health benefits of paid sick days policies are obvious. They prevent the spread of disease. But the impact is wider. If a working mom or dad loses a job because of sickness, the family may slip into poverty.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“My mom loves me a lot, and I think if I was taken from her, she would have lost her mind.”

― Madeline Brewer

“When I told my mom I was auditioning for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ she lost it. She was so excited.”

― Madeline Brewer

“The film I do doesn’t have to be a film that only my kids can watch. My kids will watch films, but I will decide what they watch and not. My aim is to play different characters and not be stuck in a mould. Just because you are a mom and a wife doesn’t meant you have to play those roles, even in films.”

― Madhuri Dixit

“Most people, almost everyone knows of a teen mom. Teen pregnancy rates are growing, and we need to bring awareness to that.”

― Madisen Beaty

“I’m more eager to have kids than I am to go back to college. I want to be a mom really badly.”

― Madison Beer

“My mom has always been that person who keeps me grounded, and my two younger sisters are always cheering me on.”

― Madison Keys

“My mom had an audition for a commercial when I was about two and a half, and I ran in crying and interrupted her. They thought I was cute so they offered me a commercial role. My mom was skeptical and a bit nervous about the child actor thing, but I was extremely bossy and convinced them I wanted to try it.”

― Mae Whitman

“I got blessed from my mom. She’s the personality; she’s the one who smiled, so I took on part of her, and who also wanted to help and save the world. Then I took on part of my dad, who is tough.”

― Magic Johnson

“My mom and stepdad were strict. I couldn’t date; I couldn’t go out. And I was a kid who was never good at just taking no for an answer. I needed to understand why. And sometimes they weren’t interested in explaining.”

― Mahershala Ali

“My parents were in high school when I was born. My mom was 16, my dad was 17. They were kids, at the very beginning of coming into their own and finding themselves.”

― Mahershala Ali

“I’m trying hard to keep my Australian accent. My mom would disown me if I didn’t.”

― Maia Mitchell

“My mom’s Brazilian, so she and I definitely grew up with different perspectives. I was born in America, and she’s from Brazil, so we have different ways of doing things. There’s a bit of culture clash there.”

― Maiara Walsh

“To this day, I haven’t seen ‘Jaws.’ Because I was always in the ocean, when I was a kid, my mom said, ‘See the movies that you want to, but I’m telling you, do not ever see Jaws.’”

― Maika Monroe

“In the Dominican Republic, my mom and I lived in this little tiny town called Cabarete, which is very poor.”

― Maika Monroe

“I went from living in the Dominican Republic – every day, my mom and I would cook, or we’d go hang out with the kids – to flying a private jet to Chicago with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid. People had champagne, and they were going to these amazing restaurants. It was a culture shock. It’s important, I think, to have that. To see both sides.”

― Maika Monroe

“Before I was born, my mom and my dad, they used to rescue dogs, so at one point, they had 13 dogs. And they were all from different litters. It wasn’t like they were bred. They were all from different people. And they were all different ages. When I grew up at my dad’s house, I think we had seven at one point.”

― Maisie Williams

“Even when I was modelling, I never had a mom sitting on my head and a bunch of people waiting on me. I’ve always been independent. I’ll do my thing and go.”

― Malaika Arora Khan

“I have great memories from childhood. Of course, the divorce, when I was 11, was tough. But my mom, especially, did a great job in raising us.”

― Malcolm Brogdon

“When guys were going out to parties, I was going to the gym. I figured, for all my mom sacrificed for me, it was the least I could do.”

― Malcolm Brogdon

“My grandparents really wanted me to go to Harvard. They thought that was writing your ticket for the future. How could I turn that down? But my mom knew I needed a balance. She knew that I loved basketball.”

― Malcolm Brogdon

“I’d love for my son to go, ‘Hey, Mom, I’d love to have a career that is stable.’ I’d be so happy. But of course, whatever makes him happy is what he’s going to do.”

― Malin Akerman

“Maluma comes from my mom, my dad and my sister’s names. The first letters of my mom’s name are Ma, my dad’s is Lu, and my sister’s is Ma.”

― Maluma

“My mom has always been my support system. She taught me to never give up and to keep pursuing my passions no matter what.”

― Mandy Moore

“I want to go to college to study journalism. I want to speak French fluently, to travel. My mom was a journalist and it’s in my blood.”

― Mandy Moore

“My mom has never been a big meddler and isn’t, like, extremely opinionated or at least just doesn’t voice it to me. She’s sort of let me come into my own by myself, and I think that’s just a testament to what my parents did in terms of raising us.”

― Mandy Moore

“My mom was a great cook and great baker all her life.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“My aunt and uncle would come over when my mom was making this, or we would go over there when they were making that. That’s what food is.”

― Manish Dayal

“With my mom and dad around, I became a child yet again.”

― Manisha Koirala

“I was very sheltered growing up, so the only real beauty exposure I had was my mom. And still, to this day, she is my number 1 beauty icon.”

― Manny MUA

“When I was a young boy, I would watch my mom apply her makeup, so one day, I took a lipstick she had and put it on my mouth, trying to imitate her. It ended up all over my face.”

― Manny MUA

“As a child, I would watch my mom get ready for work and just sit there for hours watching her transform. However, it wasn’t until much later on that I really started to dabble in makeup myself.”

― Manny MUA

“Myy mom is the woman who inspires me the most. She’s Latina. She’s definitely my Latina inspiration.”

― Manny MUA

“Yes, I always remember my dad’s, mom’s and my grandma’s perfumes.”

― Marc Jacobs

“My mom is the piano player in my dad’s church – she’s also the choir director – and she’s just a musician through and through.”

― Marc Martel

“I was always interested in storytelling, particularly in theater and film. I liked creative things. My mom and dad are wonderful people, but both are tone deaf, so I don’t know where the gene came from.”

― Marc Platt

“My mom and dad had a store, and sometimes people would return broken stuff. I’d take it apart and reassemble it. At 16, I really understood the architecture of things.”

― Marcel Wanders

“I decided to have a life: to become – pardon the expression – a soccer mom.”

― Marcia Clark

“My parents were working class folks. My dad was a bartender for most of his life, my mom was a maid and a cashier and a stock clerk at WalMart. We were not people of financial means in terms of significant financial means. I always told them, ‘I didn’t always have what I wanted. I always had what I needed.’ My parents always provided that.”

― Marco Rubio

“My dad was a bartender. My mom was a cashier, a maid and a stock clerk at K-Mart. They never made it big. They were never rich. And yet they were successful. Because just a few decades removed from hopelessness, they made possible for us all the things that had been impossible for them.”

― Marco Rubio

“I’m not a mom, but I think the word ‘mother’ is about wisdom.”

― Margaret Cho

“Growing up in North Carolina, my mom was always just sort of my mom to me. I never really recognized her as a famous actress. I’m always thrilled when she’s cleaning out her closet. Last time, I got a pair of boots that she bought in Paris 20 years ago. I have completely worn them out.”

― Margaret Qualley

“When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.”

― Margaret Sanger

“We didn’t have movies in this little mining town. When I was 12 my mom took me to New York and I saw Bye Bye Birdie, with people singing and dancing, and that was it.”

― Margot Kidder

“When I eat, I have to chop up everything on the plate and stir it all together. It devastates my mom. Everyone at the table is like, ‘That looks like cat vomit.’ And I stir my Coke with a spoon until it’s flat.”

― Margot Robbie

“My mom is very structured. She gets up, she does her prayers, and she eats her oatmeal with blueberries and Greek yogurt, and she has her prayer list, and she doesn’t worry too much about things.”

― Maria Bamford

“My mom always does this thing where, the closer I get to home, the more she calls. ‘Hey, listen, how’s your plane? Did you land? Are you landing? Sweetie. Listen. We want to… ‘ The anxiety amps up exponentially as I get closer, and then I can’t get out fast enough.”

― Maria Bamford

“My mom doesn’t post on Facebook, but she’ll tell anyone within about the first five minutes of meeting them about my sister and I, in whatever way she can.”

― Maria Bamford

“The idea was to have something wearable that fit with my reality, which was being a mom with two young kids and not always wanting to wear jeans. I still wanted to wear interesting clothes, and the options out there I found were either very expensive or very cheap. There was a big gap in the middle.”

― Maria Cornejo

“My aunt made stuff; my mom was creative, so I was surrounded by that. When I moved to England, it was ’75, and everything was happening. My whole teenage life is England, glam rock and David Bowie and Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop, all that stuff.”

― Maria Cornejo

“Of course having a baby derails the writing process for some time. And I will be the first to say that I have essentially no social life, because there’s just nothing left after being a mom, professor, and writer. I used to be big into rock climbing. No more. A lot falls by the wayside.”

― Marie Rutkoski

“When I turned about 14, I developed a friendship with this guy whose mom was the secretary to Ernest Angley, the faith healer, who’s very popular in the Midwest. He had a television show, and he was sort of like Liberace mixed with Jerry Falwell – very glitzy, very high-tech.”

― Marilyn Manson

“I want to be a fun mom. Not a gasping for air mom.”

― Mariska Hargitay

“I think because I became a mom later in life, everything in life means more.”

― Mariska Hargitay

“I had a pretty rough childhood. I was raised for a few years by my single mom, until she married my stepdad a little later.”

― Marisol Nichols

“My view of the world changed completely when I became a mom. I’m suddenly like, ‘Do pop songs always say things like this? How could they put that on the radio?’”

― Marisol Nichols

“Nothing really prepared me for the amount of work, or the amount of rewards, that came with being a new mom.”

― Marisol Nichols

“As soon as I became a mom, my birthday stopped having any meaning whatsoever.”

― Marisol Nichols

“I think like my dad, but I have a huge kinship with my mom.”

― Marissa Mayer

“It was a very well-rounded childhood with lots of different opportunities. My mom will say she set out to overstimulate me – surround me with way too many things and let me pick. As a result, I’ve always been a multitasker; I’ve always liked a lot of variety.”

― Marissa Mayer

“My dad is Chinese, and my mom is a white American, and they married only ten years after the United States Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to ban mixed marriages. Imagine that. Marriages between people of different races – now common and accepted – were illegal in many states up until the late Sixties.”

― Marjorie Liu

“My mom was a free spirit, and she brought me up to be a free spirit.”

― Mark Bradford

“My mom was an orphan, and there was never anybody to tell her what she could or couldn’t do. At the core, she’s probably an artist – an artist and a feminist.”

― Mark Bradford

“If you think back to the first sporting event you went to, you don’t remember the score, you don’t remember a home run, you don’t remember a dunk. You remember who you were with. Were you with your mom, your dad, your brother, on a date?”

― Mark Cuban

“I lived in small town out in the desert and my friend used to steal his mom’s car in the middle of the night. He’d drive over to my house, I’d sneak out and we’d go out to the desert and just burn things down.”

― Mark Hoppus

“Mom’s dad was in the army, stormed the beach at Normandy, fought through the French hedgerows, the Battle of the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge, and liberated concentration camps at the end of the war.”

― Mark Hoppus

“I’m a remedial reading student from Ohio who grew up to write pieces on my mom and dad in the ‘New York Times.’ They were really touched by that – something they never saw coming.”

― Mark Kozelek

“My mom was a hairdresser. My aunt was a hairdresser. My brother was a hairdresser. My sisters are hairdressers.”

― Mark Ruffalo

“My mom was a hairstylist, but she quit doing that to raise the kids – there were four of us. There was no money.”

― Mark Ruffalo

“I never met my Uncle Jack. My mom was six months pregnant with me when he died. But I knew his wife and two kids very well.”

― Mark Shriver

“My dad and all my family were into baseball. His brothers, my mom’s brothers, my mom’s father. Baseball was just always a part of our family.”

― Mark Teixeira

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”

― Mark Twain

“I have a wife who’s a great mom.”

― Mark V. Hurd

“As far as I’m concerned, there’s no job more important on the planet than being a mom.”

― Mark Wahlberg

“I never thought I was a great mom. I always worked. I fell in love with my children as they got older.”

― Marla Gibbs

“Cancer has been unfortunately in my life. My mom’s best friend is kicking ass in her battle with breast cancer. Both of my grandmas had cancer. I recently lost a friend to cancer.”

― Marla Sokoloff

“An agent saw one of the plays I did at ACT, but my mom was like, No, she’s too young. I became so annoying that a year and a half later she just couldn’t stand hearing me any more!”

― Marla Sokoloff

“There is nothing better than being a parent. It is the most challenging job one could ever ask for. I love being a mom and I love being a friend to my children as well.”

― Marlee Matlin

“When I speak at events, I often wear my dad’s ties and my mom’s earrings. It’s a small, almost secret way of having them with me when I’m up there onstage, talking to a roomful of strangers. It makes me feel safe.”

― Marley Dias

“One of my mom’s favorite movies growing up was ‘Big’ with Tom Hanks. I thought, ‘Oh, OK, what if we do something like that but not like that. Something more modern, with a different perspective, and maybe with an all-black cast.’”

― Marsai Martin

“I don’t have a creepy uncle, but I certainly have many, many uncles. My mom has twelve brothers and sisters, and my dad has two sisters and three brothers. Their maturity level is still hovering around fifteen when they all get together, but they’re not necessarily creepy.”

― Martha MacIsaac

“My mom just didn’t put a very high premium on me being like really famous or really wealthy or anything.”

― Martha Plimpton

“Before I was a mom I used to think that parents who worried about their kids watching MTV were just clueless. Now that I’m a mom, I see what the fuss was all about!”

― Martha Quinn

“My mom sent me money for a car, but the cops impounded it because I had no insurance.”

― Martin Henderson

“I was always at peace because of the way my mom treated me.”

― Martina Hingis

“That’s the hardest thing about being a mom. You want to be cool, and you want them to like you all the time, but you can’t always have that. You’re gonna have times where you have to say no, and you won’t be the most popular person in the house.”

― Martina McBride

“My mom told me to cover up my arms ever since I was little because I was muscular. She wanted me to be feminine, which did not come easy to me. My body was what it was, and I worked it to be a better tennis player.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I lost my parents very early in my life. My mom died three weeks after I graduated from high school, and my dad died two years after I got married.”

― Mary Badham

“My mom was born before women had the vote in general elections in England.”

― Mary Beard

“I’m probably a little more like my dad. But because of my mom, I never saw being a woman as being an impediment to being able to do something. She had her Ph.D. before I was born.”

― Mary Cheney

“When I was small, I thought I was just cooler than my mom because of how foreign she is. She’s really foreign. You’d think it would kill her to get store-bought snacks, she’s that foreign.”

― Mary H.K. Choi

“I wish I had an extra day with my mom sometimes. Or another hour in the day with my family, husband and children.”

― Mary J. Blige

“When I was younger, on weekends, my mom would make us pancakes with our initials on them and then a tiny cup of coffee. I remember at 10 sneaking my own coffee and pouring a ton of sugar in and going up to the playroom and drinking it.”

― Mary-Kate Olsen

“My mom, grandma, great-grandma – we’re all named Mary, and we all play piano and sing.”

― Mary Lambert

“I told my agents that I didn’t want to go on the audition. But as that was happening I called my mom, who has been watching the show from the beginning, and my mom said, ‘It’s the coolest show. You have to go.’”

― Mary Lynn Rajskub

“I know this is kind of corny, but we thought about renewing our vows again because I think my mom would really love it if we did that in Arkansas, where I came from.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“I think coming from the Northwest is something that’s born in your blood. On my mom’s side, I’m, like, a sixth-generation Oregonian. My family came over in the covered wagons, ‘Oregon Trail’-video-game style. Maybe the pioneer mentality runs in my blood because they were all pioneers.”

― Mat Kearney

“I was cold-calling agents when I was, like, 9 years old, and I was like, ‘Mom, I need this thing called a headshot.’”

― Matt Bomer

“My parents divorced when I was young but I was brought up in two really loving households. I didn’t have a contentious relationship with my mom or dad.”

― Matt Damon

“My dad was Jewish. My mom is not. So I was not raised anything.”

― Matt Lauer

“There was always an unspoken generosity about my mom.”

― Matt Lauer

“My mom always liked the idea of us acting – me and my sister – like, one of us trying it. But my dad always thought it was a joke.”

― Matt Prokop

“My first real kiss was in seventh grade. It was at the movie ‘Hardball,’ starring Keanu Reeves, and it was with my little sixth grade girlfriend. It was the first time we were alone. Her mom was sitting two rows in front of us!”

― Matt Prokop

“There were evictions that I saw that I know I’ll never forget. In one case, the sheriff and the movers came up on a house full of children. The mom had passed away, and the children had just gone on living there. And the sheriff executed the eviction order – moved the kids’ stuff out on the street on a cold, rainy day.”

― Matthew Desmond

“The face of America’s eviction epidemic is a mom with kids.”

― Matthew Desmond

“I watch the weirdest things. I watch old episodes of ‘Golden Girls’ because my mom watches it, so I grew up watching that. Sometimes I watch reruns of ‘Futurama,’ which is a cartoon and not based in the real world at all.”

― Matthew Moy

“At the beginning, my folks were pretty upset with the whole thing at first, the music, the tattoos – but after observing the music scene I’m in now for a couple of years, they totally get it – they actually love it. They are so proud. My dad actually flew to Japan to see us play. My mom comes to the shows near home in Washington.”

― Matty Mullins

“I was discovered in Paris when I was there on a school trip at the age of 13. After that, my mom came in contact with Elite Amsterdam; then I started modeling.”

― Maud Welzen

“Most children – I know I did when I was a kid – fantasize another set of parents. Or fantasize no parents. They don’t tell their real parents about that – you don’t want to tell Mom and Dad.”

― Maurice Sendak

“Mothers and children are human beings, and they will sometimes do the wrong thing.”

― Maurice Sendak

“My mom really raised me, so I took her name before I ever thought about having a career. It was for personal reasons. My birth name is actually Max Deitch.”

― Max Casella

“Shows like ‘All in the Family’ and now ‘Mom’ – there’s a tradition of tackling real issues.”

― Max Greenfield

“Of course my dad went to Formula One, so I think that my dad is the better driver of the two. But I think, for a girl, my mom was not too bad, of course.”

― Max Verstappen

“Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.”

― Maxim Gorky

“My dad signed me up for some acting classes at a place in Honolulu, and there I got to audition for some L.A.-based talent agents. I got a few ‘callbacks’ and so my mom and I decided to fly to California and check it out!”

― Maxim Knight

“I was trained to be very tough. My mom told me I shouldn’t cry; I shouldn’t be afraid of anything.”

― May-Britt Moser

“Whenever something went wrong when I was young – if I had a pimple or if my hair broke – my mom would say, ‘Sister mine, I’m going to make you some soup.’ And I really thought the soup would make my pimple go away or my hair stronger.”

― Maya Angelou

“I have definitely emulated my mom’s style more than anyone’s. But that may be mostly to do with how often I steal her clothing.”

― Maya Hawke

“I have sometimes felt pressure to dress a certain way because of everyone else. You know what I mean? Girls in high school and strangers on the street have put way more pressure on me to dress a certain way than my mom or dad.”

― Maya Hawke

“There are days when I wonder why my mom couldn’t be here to see this.”

― Maya Rudolph

“Mom was an academic, so the riches that she had to bestow were of the mind.”

― Maya Soetoro-Ng

“I basically gave up my dream of becoming a mom.”

― Mayte Garcia

“When I told my parents I wanted to be an actor, my mom was, like, ‘I think I heard you say lawyer.’”

― Maz Jobrani

“One of the first memories I have, we went to – actually, we stopped in New York for a little bit, and I remember going to Macy’s with my mom. And I was a big fan of the color orange, and they had Snoopy orange gloves, hat and scarves. And I bought it, and it was the best thing ever. I loved America right there. That was it.”

― Maz Jobrani

“Once you start listening to the comics, be they Jewish, Muslim, Italian, Filipino or whatever, the material often springs from the same source – the overbearing mom, the parents who want you to marry from within your community. That’s why the ‘Ethnic Show’ works so well.”

― Maz Jobrani

“Coming from an immigrant background, where a lot of parents don’t want their kids to be comedians, success was just showing my mom that I could make a living. I was like, if I can get my mom off my back, that was my success.”

― Maz Jobrani

“My mom was like, ‘Get your law degree first, become a lawyer, and then you can tell jokes on the weekends. You can be a lawyer and just throw jokes into your presentations.’ Now she’s like, ‘Listen, you need to come up with new material.’ All of a sudden, my mom’s a critic.”

― Maz Jobrani

“My original inspiration was my mom: a few years after the death of my dad, she started dating one my teachers!”

― Meg Cabot

“My family, they’re story tellers. My mom is Irish, and my dad is Italian. In my family, we weren’t allowed to watch TV while we ate – we had to sit around the table and tell stories about our day.”

― Meg Cabot

“When I was two and a half or three, my mom got a call from someone asking if wanted to go on an audition. I ended up getting the job; it was a commercial for Hasbro. It was my first audition and first commercial. I just had to smile and laugh and dance around.”

― Megan Charpentier

“My dad used to hunt ducks, and my mom would put them in the pot. We lived really modestly. We had very little money.”

― Megan Fox

“My mom was extremely supportive of me, but it could err on the side of… I mean, there’s supportive, and then there’s just full-on over-hovering.”

― Megan Mullally

“My mom is elderly, and she’s not doing too well, and I’ve literally never told her about ‘Childrens Hospital,’ because I fear that if she ever sees it, it will be like the coup de grace.”

― Megan Mullally

“It may take a village to raise a child, but not every villager needs to be a mom or dad. Some of us just need to be who we are.”

― Meghan Daum

“At the start of each week, I generally cook a box of quinoa, and while it’s simmering, I saute onions, garlic and any veggies I have on hand in a separate pan. I season the vegetables with Spike, a seasoning blend my mom always used when I was growing up, or a little Bragg Liquid Aminos. I always add crushed red pepper and chopped fresh herbs.”

― Meghan Markle

“Mom cooked a lot of turkey when I was growing up. Turkey meatloaf, turkey burgers, ground turkey shepherd’s pie – my childhood was the Bubba Gump of turkey. You’d think I would be sick of it, but when I find gems like Gwyneth Paltrow’s turkey meatball recipe, it’s as though the fowl is no longer foul to me.”

― Meghan Markle

“My dad is Caucasian, and my mom is African American. I’m half black and half white. Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.”

― Meghan Markle

“My mom is a yoga instructor: 100% black with dreadlocks.”

― Meghan Markle

“It was the late ’70s when my parents met. My dad was a lighting director for a soap opera, and my mom was a temp at the studio. They moved into a house in The Valley in L.A., to a neighborhood that was leafy and affordable.”

― Meghan Markle

“When I was 13 years old, my mom had me start getting facials in my hometown of Los Angeles.”

― Meghan Markle

“I was a senior in high school, and my mom saw on the news at work that they were having an open call in New York, and she thought it’s for a musical, and maybe we should go and just sort of chalk it up to a new experience… And so, we did. We went.”

― Meghann Fahy

“I came from a middle-class family. My dad was a professor; my mom was a nurse. I didn’t come from money, and I didn’t come from circles of power. I didn’t come from the country club; I came from the town park.”

― Megyn Kelly

“My mom is very practical, and she originally wanted me to have something to fall back on. She was a little fearful of my becoming an actor because she didn’t see it as a way to make a living. My dad, who was born and raised in Cuba, was really cool with it.”

― Mel Rodriguez

“I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever. I started my business when he started school. When he is in school, I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else. I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up. Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him.”

― Melania Trump

“My mom loved fashion. We loved to travel and go to Italy and Paris.”

― Melania Trump

“I had a lot of Barbies growing up, and a lot of porcelain dolls, but I was scared of them. I was so scared of them, I would try to turn their head away and would make my mom take them out of my room.”

― Melanie Martinez

“I’m looking forward to being a mom and a wife and a business owner.”

― Melanie Roach

“When I’m in the gym, I’m in the gym, and that is my focus. But when I’m not in the gym, I’m enjoying being a mom and taking care of those responsibilities .. They really do provide me with the balance that I need to be a more complete athlete.”

― Melanie Roach

“I’ve been a pretty selfish mom and a very unselfish athlete for about three years now and it’s time to put my family first. It’s probably time to move on.”

― Melanie Roach

“’Tapestry’ was the first album my mom ever bought with her own money when she was 14. So, needless to say, it was a staple in the household, at least when my mom was choosing the music.”

― Melissa Benoist

“It was tough being a single mom. It was tough being in a divorce with children. Very, very hard.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“My mom was a ’70s mom. She paved a road that no one had yet walked.”

― Melissa Leo

“In real life, I have mostly gone for nice guys. I definitely had a phase where I was like, “Oh, the bad guy is really cool.” It’s fun to be bad for a while, and then that ended really terribly – one piece of advice I’ll give to people is your mom is always right.”

― Melissa Ordway

“Listen to your mom and dad! They are almost always right, especially about boys.”

― Melissa Ordway

“I have been tossing around the idea of writing some non-fiction. Maybe a collection of short stories about my experience being a mom and how not to be perfect.”

― Melissa Peterman

“My mom has a very high-pitched voice, and there are some similarities between her and the voice I use on ‘Big Bang,’ although my mom has the Jersey accent, so I took that out. But the tone of the voice is very similar to my mother’s.”

― Melissa Rauch

“My mom is a typical mother.”

― Melissa Rivers

“My mom is always with me. When I made my major-league debut I told her, ‘That’s it. You don’t work anymore. I’m going to work and take care of you.’”

― Melky Cabrera

“I need my mom for moral support plus to do the house things.”

― Melky Cabrera

“I grew up in a difficult environment, but I became a Christian as a teen. My mom and my sister soon became Christians also.”

― Melody Carlson

“I’ve been writing songs all my life. My mom said I wrote my first song when I was two.”

― Melora Hardin

“I am a working mom with five daughters, a small-business owner – and a conservative.”

― Mercedes Schlapp

“One piece of advice that I would give to any young athlete or performer is remember to thank your mom.”

― Meryl Davis

“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”

― Meryl Streep

“My name is Leland Tyler Wayne. My mom wanted to give me a name where, no matter what I wanted to do, I’d be able to do it. An astronaut. President. Whatever.”

― Metro Boomin

“I grew up in St Louis, just with my mom.”

― Metro Boomin

“On Christmas, when I was 13, my mom got me my first laptop. I downloaded it, FruityLoops, cause I had heard about it, and started messing around.”

― Metro Boomin

“I took a long period off to be a mom.”

― Mia Farrow

“I make a lot of mistakes, too, and I’m constantly re-evaluating how I’m doing things and trying to be better every day, whether it’s as a mom or taking care of myself.”

― Mia Hamm

“My mom used to have a lot of European cinema playing in the house, so I’d catch bits and pieces of films.”

― Mia Wasikowska

“I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.”

― Michael Bergin

“I’m a competitive person and it is in my nature to try hard in every match I play. The only time I’m not competitive is when I’m playing against my mom.”

― Michael Chang

“It’s true – my mother kicked me out the house at 14. I had to go live with my sister. I had some problems. I was very rebellious as a kid. I don’t even know why or where it came from, but I had a lot of anger. Me and my mom clashed a lot because she didn’t tolerate that, as she shouldn’t from a 14-year-old.”

― Michael Che

“We’ve got activists all across the country like the members of the Million Mom March organization, some of their leaders are here tonight. We’re phone banking congressional offices and pursuing editorial boards.”

― Michael D. Barnes

“My mom was very affectionate but also very loud. My whole house was very loud. My father screamed, my mother screamed – everybody screamed.”

― Michael De Luca

“Neither my mom nor my dad ever bought me any comic books. Certainly not for Christmas. I suspect that doing so would have violated the Parents’ Code.”

― Michael Dirda

“When I come to visit my mom – every two or three months – I generally spend five or six hours with her each day. She’s always immensely glad to see me, her eldest child, her only son.”

― Michael Dirda

“My mom and father are extremely proud. They love it when I don’t die. I’ve done so many movies where I’ve died that their first question when I book a job is, ‘So, are you going to die in this?’”

― Michael Ealy

“I was going to be a writer. One person believed I could do it: my mom. Having her faith in me was like carrying around the Hammer of Thor.”

― Michael Easton

“A company that pays attention to the family unit is a successful company. We don’t isolate the family. We don’t make rides that say, ‘Hey mom, dad, you go sit on the bench.’”

― Michael Eisner

“My great uncle, my mom’s uncle, had an appliance store in Philadelphia, and it was called Peter’s TV. They sold stereos and televisions and washers, dryers, all kinds of stuff.”

― Michael Giacchino

“My mother’s wonderful. To me she’s perfection.”

― Michael Jackson

“I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, in a really rundown old house. I’d stay out till 8:30, 9:00 at night. Just blow in. My mom and dad never really cared much. It was okay. We were pretty free to roam. I mean, I had no concept of stopping play. It just didn’t occur to anyone.”

― Michael Keaton

“I was raising a child full time, sharing the responsibility with his mom. He lived with me half the time, so I chose not to go away and make certain movies.”

― Michael Keaton

“I read that John Hughes script for ‘Mr. Mom,’ and I thought, ‘This guy is a funny writer.’ I went: ‘You ought to stick around and direct this thing.’ But he didn’t; he left, and look what he became. A really legendary comedy director.”

― Michael Keaton

“I remember my mom threatening me, half-serious: ‘You know what? I should take you to Pittsburgh and put you in dance lessons just to keep you occupied.’ Well, that brought everything to a screeching halt. ‘Jeeze, dance lessons.’ In retrospect, it would have been awesome, but then, ‘Ugh, dancing – dancing’s for sissies.’”

― Michael Keaton

“First and foremost, it’s my mom and dad who gave me the foundation, the belief in me that I could do anything.”

― Michael Kelly

“My mom was a model. She had me at 20, so she was a young mother.”

― Michael Kors

“Food feeds both the body and soul – there are clear reasons to eat a balanced diet, but there are also reasons you cling to your mom’s secret chicken noodle soup recipe when you’re sick.”

― Michael Mina

“My dad was an autoworker, my mom was a clerk. Until I was thirty-five, I never made more than fifteen thousand dollars a year.”

― Michael Moore

“My mom would be leaving the house and she’d say, ‘Don’t you pull out all of the old dresses in the attic and put on a show again!’ And the door would close, and that’s exactly what I’d do. The show was calling me!”

― Michael Patrick King

“I went to a prep school in Chicago, and my dad and mom worked really hard – even though we lived in the ghetto – to get me to there. A lot of it had to do with ‘Stand and Deliver’ and ‘Dead Poet’s Society.’ It does help you. It inspires you. It definitely did for me.”

― Michael Pena

“Even in high school, I’d tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wanted to try to play golf. She wasn’t too happy. She’d say, ‘Think about this.’ And I’d always end up getting back in the pool.”

― Michael Phelps

“My mom put me and my sisters in the water to feel comfortable, to have water safety.”

― Michael Phelps

“My mom pushed me to take drama class.”

― Michael Steger

“My mom and my dad are ebullient people, and I think I carry that with me.”

― Michael Stuhlbarg

“I was brought up bilingual, but there came a point where my mom went back to work and I got a white babysitter, so sadly I lost it. Now I can understand Spanish and put words together, but I don’t speak it fluently. I’m ashamed of that.”

― Michael Trevino

“My mom was on welfare for the first five, six years of my life.”

― Michael Tubbs

“My mom is an avid musical theatergoer. My dad would always get a subscription to the Syracuse Stage. I was always exposed to theater. So I went to a theater conservatory at Boston University.”

― Michaela Watkins

“My mom called me ‘Stinky Binky’ as a toddler, and I started to refer to myself as, ‘I’m Binkie.’”

― Michelle Carter

“I had so many offers after ‘True Blood’ for things that were someone in the same vein, but nowhere near Alan Ball’s vision. Or something that was over-the-top and fantastical. And I’ve always wanted to play the regular, working-class mom, and I’ve never really had the chance to do that.”

― Michelle Forbes

“There were days I forgot my school clothes, and I would actually go to school with skating tights and a little skirt. It’s very embarrassing… I definitely had to be comfortable in my own skin, and my mom taught me that.”

― Michelle Kwan

“Some days I really love being a mom, and some days I don’t! It’s crazy – I’m tired of packing lunches!”

― Michelle Monaghan

“As a mom, I know it is my responsibility, and no one else’s, to raise my kids. But we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean when so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids.”

― Michelle Obama

“When I smell pho, I just automatically think of my mom. All these nostalgic feelings and memories come rushing through my head.”

― Michelle Phan

“Growing up, before my mom would cook our rice, she would rinse the rice out and pour it out three times. And after the fourth pour, she’d pour it into a little bowl, and she’d rinse her face with that. It’s known to help whiten the skin and nourish it because essentially inside the water you have all the essential nutrients from the rice.”

― Michelle Phan

“I was 16 years old and wanted to help my mom with the rent. There was a restaurant called China Buffet in Tampa that hung a ‘Help Wanted’ sign outside, so I went in and ended up hosting every Friday and Sunday for $6 or $7 an hour.”

― Michelle Phan

“I was born in Texas and I lived there ’till I was 8. Then I moved to the Dominican Republic with my mom, lived there for two years and forgot every word of English I knew.”

― Michelle Rodriguez

“I have many valentines. My mom and my sister and my directors. I got calls from all of them. And my friends. I respect what Valentine’s Day stands for because it is about love.”

― Michelle Trachtenberg

“As a mom to biological children and adopted gay children all around the world, nothing gives my heart strings a tug as much as seeing a parent stand by their queer/gay/trans child with beaming pride.”

― Michelle Visage

“When I was younger, I would write a ton, mostly because my mom told me I had incredible creativity and a gift of using words, only these were words that didn’t get me in trouble.”

― Michelle Visage

“I get tons of emails every day from a lot of gays and young girls asking for help with their self-confidence and to heal and to feel. Even though I’m not an equipped social worker, I think the mom presence that I have makes them feel safe.”

― Michelle Visage

“I would love to be a dad. There are plenty of comedians who have kids. But they’re dads. Being a dad is so different from being a mom.”

― Michelle Wolf

“One day I went up to my mom and I said, ‘Mom, can I have permission to build a 2.3-million electron-volt atom smasher – a betatron – in the garage?’ And my mom stared at me, and she said, ‘Sure. Why not? And don’t forget to take out the garbage.’”

― Michio Kaku

“When you grew up in a household where mom would keep the extra ketchup packets from McDonald’s and keep them in a drawer just in case there came a day when you couldn’t afford to buy ketchup anymore, that gets ingrained in you.”

― Mick Mulvaney

“I had pretty much accepted the fact I was going to be a stay-at-home mom and do my other adventures in life. I thought coming back to the WWE was out of the cards for me.”

― Mickie James

“My mom is my best friend. She’s been my biggest supporter through everything.”

― Mickie James

“When I was younger, my mom worked at a roller rink, so I’d go all the time. I learned to skate pretty well. I won the limbo all the time.”

― Mickie James

“Now I find my happiness in my music, what I’m doing in the ring, and being a mom. No one thing controls my happiness.”

― Mickie James

“For many women, going back to work a few months after having a baby is overwhelming and unmanageable. As strange as it may seem, things get even more difficult for a working mom after the second and third baby arrive. By that time, the romance of being a modern ‘superwoman’ wears off and reality sets in.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I do doubles on Monday and Thursday, take Wednesday off or do easy cardio, do doubles on Thursday and Friday, and the weekend I just get outside and get active – jog or bike ride, or play tennis with my mom.”

― Mikaela Shiffrin

“I can’t really picture a time when she won’t be on tour with me. Mom has always been my best friend. But, yes, eventually she might get sick of it.”

― Mikaela Shiffrin

“Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I’ve always looked up to.”

― Mike Krzyzewski

“The person who has inspired me my whole life is my Mom, because she taught me commitment. She sacrificed.”

― Mike Krzyzewski

“My dad died from cancer when I was 18, and my mom was in a really tough spot. So I wanted to try to help at home. I had started doing some technology consulting.”

― Mike McCue

“My dad sold encyclopedias and my mom worked in a factory office.”

― Mike Myers

“Dad was in the British Army and my mom was in the Royal Air Force, so both of my parents believed in discipline.”

― Mike Myers

“I watched my mom and dad build everything that matters – a family, a home and a good name.”

― Mike Pence

“I am criticizing a culture that has sold the big lie that ‘Mom doesn’t matter.’”

― Mike Pence

“I remember being 24 in Los Angeles. And up until that moment, when my mom would call my cell phone and it would ring, I would be flushed with some sort of excitement that we all have – a little dopamine rush, when my phone rings – and I’d look down, and it would say, ‘Mom.’ It used to feel like a job to pick that up.”

― Mike Posner

“I learned that Chicago lunches are terrible. If I was a Chicago student, I would ask my mom to pack a lunch.”

― Mike Quigley

“I grew up painting and playing piano so when I was a little kid I thought I was going to be an artist or a painter but my mom had me taking piano lessons for about 10-12 years as a young kid.”

― Mike Shinoda

“When my wife and I met, I couldn’t talk to her – and my defense mechanism is sarcasm. I belittle someone with verbal pokes and prods. I did it to her out of complete awe. When friends introduced us, I said ‘Hi’ – and turned my back. Later, I called my mom and best friend and said, ‘I think I just met my wife.’”

― Mike Vogel

“I wanted to find raw talent and help build it from scratch. I wanted to build from rags to riches. That’s the way Ear Drummers did it. We took over the music industry from my mom’s basement. That’s why my first album is going to be called ‘Made It Out the Basement.’”

― Mike Will Made It

“People would probably say my mom raised very confident children, but it comes from a place of being comfortable in your own skin.”

― Miles Teller

“If I could get any animal it would be a dolphin. I want one so bad. Me and my mom went swimming with dolphins and I was like, ‘How do we get one of those?’ and she was like, ‘You can’t get a dolphin. What are you gonna do, like, put it in your pool?’”

― Miley Cyrus

“I probably have an earlier curfew than anyone. My mom wants to keep me really safe and my dad’s not overly protective, but he’s a dad no matter what.”

― Miley Cyrus

“I don’t want to be perfect, but I do want to be a role model. My mom always tells me that imperfections equal beauty. All of us are imperfect.”

― Miley Cyrus

“My mom is always telling me it takes a long time to get to the top, but a short time to get to the bottom.”

― Miley Cyrus

“I never had, like, a nanny that took care of me. My mom always fed me breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

― Miley Cyrus

“When I lost my hearing, my mom got a deaf mentor to come into the home.”

― Millicent Simmonds

“When I was three, I lived in Florida, and my mom took me to see the touring production of ‘Cats.’ And I was, like, absolutely silent – which for a 3-year-old never happens – and I turned to her and said, ‘I need to do this.’ That’s when I started my performer journey.”

― Milly Shapiro

“My sisters and mom raised me to respect women and open doors for them.”

― Milo Ventimiglia

“My relationship with my mom is really the single most profound relationship that I’ve ever had in my life.”

― Mindy Kaling

“I always knew I wanted kids, but when my mom passed away I was like, ‘I want a bunch of kids. I want three kids or four kids, and I want to have that relationship again.’ I can’t bring my mom back, but I can have children.”

― Mindy Kaling

“Not to be weird, but I still have an ongoing relationship with my mom, even though she passed away, and I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve been able to convey to her. Now I sound like a total weirdo, but that’s true.”

― Mindy Kaling

“I’m a mom first.”

― Mindy McCready

“My mom and I have always had issues.”

― Mindy McCready

“Not only would my parents work full hours, my parents both woke up at 5 A.M. My dad left the house at 5 A.M. to go to the fish market to pick out his own fish, and my mom woke up at 5 A.M. to wake me up in order to get me ready for skating before school.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“I’m very Asian, and also my mom raised me to be polite and to eat whatever is put in front of me. I actually enjoy snails a lot. And I’ve eaten sea urchin and that shebang.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“I used to skate around the rink with my mom, and we used to race each other until I started getting way better. Then she hung up her skates and resorted to playing my music at the rink.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“It was hard for me to leave the nest, but my mom is super proud of me. She said, ‘You became independent really quickly, and I’m so proud of you,’ but she misses me all the same.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“I think my own thinking is harsher than my mom’s discipline.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“My mom is really dedicated to me. She drives me to school and skating, wakes up for me, and I’m just really appreciative.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“My mom is a really good cook. I didn’t get the cooking gene, but she cooks this really amazing dinner every Christmas, and that’s always really fun.”

― Miranda Cosgrove

“I love getting my nails done. My mom’s best friend is a manicurist. When I was little, she’d do little paintings on my nails, like flowers.”

― Miranda Cosgrove

“It scared my mom to death when all my friends started driving. She always told me she wanted me to drive, but I think she kind of felt lucky that I didn’t get my permit when all my friends did. I think that’s been the hardest thing for her, watching me go out with my friends and literally drive away.”

― Miranda Cosgrove

“I love getting my nails done. My mom’s best friend is a manicurist. When I was little, she’d do little paintings on my nails, like flowers. She comes to our house. It’s the best.”

― Miranda Cosgrove

“My mom was always saying: ‘Be whatever you want to be, but stick with it. Don’t waver. Don’t change who you are for anybody.’”

― Miranda Lambert

“My mom always says I cut my teeth on the church pew.”

― Miranda Lambert

“My dad was a professor, and he had a Fulbright to teach in Venice, so we lived there when I was really little, and then we moved to Detroit, like you do. But then my parents split up, and my mom had just fallen in love with Italy, so she decided to move back to Torino.”

― Miriam Shor

“Sometimes when my mom finds a fun article and really wants me to read it, I will. But I prefer to just kind of focus on what I want to do and not really what other people are saying, because I don’t want that to affect me too much.”

― Missy Franklin

“The only thing I’ve ever wanted in my life is to be a mom and a wife.”

― Missy Peregrym

“She had a hit for every syllable: ‘Don’t. You. Ever. Talk. To. Me. Like. That. Ever. Again.’ That was the last time I ever talked back to Mom.”

― Misty May-Treanor

“My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.”

― Mitt Romney

“I love my dad. It’s fair to say that I probably would not have thought of politics had I not seen my mom and dad involved in politics.”

― Mitt Romney

“My mom is my biggest cheerleader.”

― Mj Rodriguez

“I always wanted to be a mom.”

― Mj Rodriguez

“For years, my mom dated a man who was really active in the Baptist church in the town next to the town I grew up in, and so he used to drag me to these Baptist church services that lasted forever. I remember that I didn’t like the church services, but I really liked the music.”

― Moby

“I was really shy when I was younger, so my mom got me into an acting class to see if I would open myself up more in front of an audience. Her plan was for me to just talk more.”

― Moises Arias

“I believed that writing my story was my best shot to be able to pay my mom and my attorneys back and pull myself out of this massive crisis that I had put myself in.”

― Molly Bloom

“My mom had put her house up to bail me out of jail!”

― Molly Bloom

“After church on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, my family would go chop down our Christmas tree. Once it was home and placed in its stand, Mom and I would painstakingly decorate our tree. It took hours to place the tinsel, string the lights, find the perfect spot for my favorite macaroni and felt ornaments from kindergarten.”

― Molly O’Keefe

“I’m half Italian, and on my mom’s side, they’ve aged amazingly, and all they’ve put on their faces is olive oil.”

― Molly Qerim

“When I see a mom embarrassed because her kid is having a temper tantrum, I’m like, ‘Please! Do you think I’ve never gone through that?’ Women tend to be too hard on themselves.”

― Molly Shannon

“Losing my mom at such a young age had a profound effect on my life.”

― Molly Shannon

“Without a doubt, the worst part of being a mom is having to floss my kids’ teeth every night. It’s so tedious.”

― Molly Shannon

“I was worried about my mom more than I was worried about the president. And then I was worried about the president, and then I was worried about myself.”

― Monica Lewinsky

“Well, I am not really a conventional mom at all. Like, I had my kids really young. I had Danny when I was 18 or 19 and then Liam when I was 23 and Molly, I had when I was a little older.”

― Monica Potter

“The best part of being a mom to me is the unconditional love. I have never felt a love as pure, a love that’s as rewarding.”

― Monica

“My mom was incredibly supportive when she found out that I wanted to be an actress, and that certainly made things easier and more fun.”

― Morena Baccarin

“My mom is an actress, but she never really pushed me into it, and it was never something I thought I would be doing. She was very happy I decided to, but she certainly doesn’t offer me criticism because she knows I’d tell her to shut up! Nobody wants to hear that from their mum!”

― Morena Baccarin

“My first role was in a Nativity play. My mom was playing Mary, and I was crying backstage, so she brought me out as Baby Jesus.”

― Morena Baccarin

“I always tell people I think my mom had me when I was 5 feet, 3 inches – I don’t remember ever growing.”

― Muggsy Bogues

“My mom always brought home a present once a week for all of us. We never felt like we ever needed anything. We never felt poor. So I never felt I had to go out and do something wrong to get money.”

― Muggsy Bogues

“There was a TV show that came on every week called the ‘Bowery Boys,’ and there was a character named Muggsy. The way I played basketball and the nickname stuck with me. No one calls me Tyrone except one person: Mom!”

― Muggsy Bogues

“I am from Chicago, but my dad is from Karachi, Pakistan, and my mom is from New Delhi, India. So, I’ve got a little Paki-Indie fusion going on here.”

― Mustafa Ali

“My mom said, ‘You are reckless, and you need to get married.’ And I was like, ‘Okay.’”

― Mustafa Ali

“My real name is Dijon. My mom named me Dijon, so everybody used to call me Mustard.”

― Mustard

“I grew up dancing. When I was three years old, my mom would always watch Latin ballroom dancing competitions on PBS.”

― Mya

“It’s funny because my mom is not a singer at all, nor is my father. But I definitely get more of my father’s tone.”

― Nadia Ali

“I had a lot of energy, and my mom decided to look for a place where I can spend the energy, because I was jumping on the couch and furniture, and I was jumping on the top of the things in the house.”

― Nadia Comaneci

“What bothers me and hurts me is the fact that people assumed I was a bad mom.”

― Nadya Suleman

“I wanted to be a mom. That’s all I ever wanted in my life.”

― Nadya Suleman

“My calling was to be a mom.”

― Nadya Suleman

“I followed my dreams and went to Hollywood. My mom was like, ‘Wait a minute – I thought you were going to be a lawyer.’ I said, ‘You know what, Mom? You’re going to have to see me play one on TV.’”

― Nafessa Williams

“My sister was much closer to Mom. Mom accompanied my sister to all her shootings. I made my way on my own.”

― Namrata Shirodkar

“I always saw politics as an expansion of my role as a mom.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“Our mom was a super strident, capable, and strong individual. I think because she was a military wife in the Marine Corps, she had to push back the things that she believed, and she had to really scrape and fight to have her space.”

― Nancy Wilson

“When we’re home, we like to cook and be together and do mom things when we can.”

― Nancy Wilson

“My mom loves the ’80s. I grew up hearing a lot about the ’80s.”

― Natalia Dyer

“When I was in nursery school, the teachers asked me, y’know, ‘What does your dad do for a living?’ So I said ‘He helps women get pregnant!’ They called my mom and they were like, ‘What exactly does your husband do?’”

― Natalie Portman

“I’ve inherited my mom’s nurturing side, but I’ve also gotten her ‘chronically five minutes late for everything’ side, too!”

― Natalya Neidhart

“My mom’s amazing ‘mom skills’ have set the tone for my sister Muffy to be an amazing mother herself.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“I couldn’t be more proud of my little sister and the mother she is and am also incredibly proud of my mom and the huge influence she’s had on myself, my sisters, and now her grandchildren.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“When I was seven, I asked my mom if I could be on TV, and she said if I really wanted to, I could. I got an agent and booked my first audition.”

― Natasha Calis

“I knew that I was a gay boy fairly early; what was interesting to me was that my mother didn’t know. She made me play baseball – I had no desire to do that. I said, ‘Mom, I don’t like direct sunlight, I don’t like bugs, I don’t like grass, and I’d rather be in the house playing with your fabric samples.’”

― Nate Berkus

“I’m fighting hard; I’m training hard. I’m still walking over people and stepping over people to get where I’m going, and I would really like to give back, especially to my mom, who was there for me when I was a kid.”

― Nate Diaz

“Guys back in the day, we didn’t have wallets. I never kept my money in my pocket; my money always went in my sock. My key my mom gave me, I put it in my sock – whatever it was.”

― Nate Robinson

“My mom is probably the only person shorter than me that I’m scared of. Still to this day. She’s, like, five-two, maybe.”

― Nate Robinson

“Largely, I began skating because I wanted stuff to do outside of school. My mom decided to put me into figure skating.”

― Nathan Chen

“I really wanted to play hockey. My mom thought figure skates looked easier to use, so she put me in the learn-to-skate program.”

― Nathan Chen

“Since I was very young, probably two or three, I had really good memorization skills. I would memorize stuff from TV and perform it for my family. I was the little performer for most of my early life. So eventually, my mom caught onto that and thought I might want to get into acting.”

― Nathan Kress

“My mom was Jewish, so some would call me Jewish.”

― Nathan Lane

“My mom played 12-string and sang, and my dad could play pretty much any wind instrument and had a great ear for harmony. Soon enough, my sister and I got into music because we were always around it, and people were always listening to it.”

― Nathaniel Rateliff

“My mom was the picture of the blue-collar mom: Two and three and four jobs to make sure that me and my sister never needed, that was her thing.”

― Ne-Yo

“I probably wouldn’t be singing if not for Michael Jackson. When I started singing, I didn’t like my tone until my mom put me on to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, so listening to the way they used their instrument helped me get more comfortable with my own.”

― Ne-Yo

“For the first few years of my life my mom used to cut my hair so there were a lot of bowl-cut hair styles.”

― Ne-Yo

“All my musical influences came from my mom, who did everything to music. She played it 24 hours a day, seven days a week in our house. So that’s where my love for music came from.”

― Ne-Yo

“I’ve always been the person to look at any turmoil as temporary. I recall times where my mom was working five and six jobs, and there’s still no food in the house.”

― Ne-Yo

“I grew up in Las Vegas. My mom worked in pretty much every casino on the Strip.”

― Ne-Yo

“My mom has always been a caregiver, and she’s perfect in this role leading my foundation.”

― Ne-Yo

“My mom once told me that she wants to be born as my girlfriend in the next birth because she sees me how I am, I am extremely expressive, and she loves me for that.”

― Neil Nitin Mukesh

“My mom’s side, they’re southern Baptist Christian.”

― Nelsan Ellis

“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”

― Nelson Algren

“I love to experiment with fashion. A lot of my inspiration comes from my mom. She is fearless with fashion! I love colors and anything daring.”

― Neon Hitch

“I grew up in a bus, traveled with various circuses and freak shows. I was a trapeze artist, and that was my dream. We just traveled the whole world, me and my mom and my little brothers and sisters. It was an adventure.”

― Neon Hitch

“Anyone who knows me knows my mom, Dorcina, has to sign off on any decision and that she will play a major part in any decision.”

― Nerlens Noel

“Then you’ve got Georgetown, and I really just like everything about them. When I went down there with my mom, it really opened my eyes to what they were all about. I have to factor in what a school like that can do for me, even away from being a basketball player.”

― Nerlens Noel

“I, as a mom, wanted to be really present for my son in the first couple of years, because I know that those years are very important for a kid. So I decided not to work during that period.”

― Neve Campbell

“It was a sad process for me to become a mom, and a long process. I felt so embarrassed that I couldn’t have a biological child.”

― Nia Vardalos

“I did go through a bit of a dark time during the years I was trying to be a mom. But I’m basically a very positive person.”

― Nia Vardalos

“It’s impossible for success to go to your head with a Greek mom – no way.”

― Nia Vardalos

“My heroes in real life are definitely my mom for being true to herself, for having a foot in both worlds, for being so very polite – Canadian and also such a traditional Greek woman. I would sum it up this way: the life lesson she would say is be polite while you’re breaking the rules.”

― Nia Vardalos

“My Mom and Dad did it pretty good, so I know it can work. The foremost thing I would say about working with Robin and Sean is that they were devoted to this project and devoted to their characters. You can’t ask for any more from talented actors like that.”

― Nick Cassavetes

“My mom didn’t let me play tackle until I was in high school. She didn’t want me to get hurt.”

― Nick Ferguson

“My mom and dad both worked when I was little… My mom, her mom died when she was 11, so she had a rough childhood as well. She put herself through college in three years at the University of Texas – while working a job to pay for it.”

― Nick Foles

“Dad was a world-famous astronomer; Mom was the artist who drew the iconic Pioneer plaque.”

― Nick Sagan

“My dad was undocumented for a period of time, my mom was also undocumented for a period of time.”

― Nico Santos

“My mom is definitely crazy. She would totally be a stage mom if I was a child actor.”

― Nico Santos

“My mom was my muse – she would buy me Italian ‘Vogue.’ I was this little fashion boy.”

― Nicola Formichetti

“I have six brothers and one sister, and I was an ice hockey player when I was younger. I think my dad thought I was going to be in the women’s league for ice hockey. But, I totally fell in love with drama in grade school, and I asked my mom if I could get involved with it.”

― Nicola Peltz

“When I was 12, I got a manager, but my mom was against it. It took a lot of convincing. But when I got a job at Manhattan Theatre Club, I think she saw how passionate I was about it and that I worked really hard – and now she’s super supportive.”

― Nicola Peltz

“Giving birth was easier than having a tattoo.”

― Nicole Appleton

“My mom has an English accent, so we always referred to the trunk as the ‘boot.’ And then, suddenly, we moved to Georgia and I would say things like ‘open the boot’ with a bit of an accent, and I quickly realized I had to adapt; that kind of thing will get you beat up!”

― Nicole Beharie

“My mom was like, ‘You talk so much. You have too much energy. Why don’t you just join the play or something?’ It was a comedy, and I got laughs in rehearsal, but onstage, in front of a whole audience, I got a lot of laughs.”

― Nicole Byer

“My mom was a really positive, jovial person, so I try to keep it upbeat like that.”

― Nicole Byer

“I’d always been a big reader. I credit my mom for giving me my love of reading.”

― Nicole Jordan

“When my dad divorced my mom it was kind of like him leaving me also.”

― Nicole Richie

“Growing up, my mom was very strict about how I dressed and how I behaved, and I said to myself that I wasn’t going to be like that. But now I know I’m going to be exactly like my mom. I’m going to be worse!”

― Nicole Scherzinger

“I’m not a perfect mom, but I’m perfect for my kids.”

― Niecy Nash

“And what is a stage dad, or a stage mom? It’s someone who’s protective. That’s all.”

― Nigel Lythgoe

“I think my mom is kind of this way, too. We’re just such strong women. My mom’s been through so much, so I think that’s where I got it from.”

― Nikki Bella

“Ultimately, my connection to my Indian-ness comes back to my mom and dad. They would all tell me and my siblings stories about their life in India, so it was very close to my two brothers and my sister and I.”

― Nikki Haley

“My mom’s the strongest, boldest woman I know.”

― Nikki Reed

“My mom and I would make bracelets and necklaces, and I would sell it in the first, second, and third grades because that was my lunch money.”

― Nikki Reed

“My mom and I built a guest house on my property so that my mom could help me fostering animals. I do multiple fosters a month.”

― Nikki Reed

“Some of my favorite pieces were my mom’s, and most of those she actually hand made. I would say if my style reflects anyone or anything, it’s her.”

― Nikki Reed

“I forgive my mom for being a psycho and my dad for being a loser.”

― Nikki Sixx

“My mom, you know, took off when I was about 6. What ended up happening is I ended up being with my grandparents.”

― Nikki Sixx

“From my childhood, my mom always told me to stay pretty clean and not put anything on my skin. That definitely helped me because I never wear too much makeup.”

― Nina Agdal

“My mom actually arranged for all my friends and I to have a makeup tutorial when we first started wearing makeup. That way, we learned how not to do our makeup.”

― Nina Agdal

“I was into opera as a kid – I’d play ‘Carmen’ and sing and dance. My mom signed me up for a theater group before preschool, and I never looked back.”

― Nina Arianda

“I’ve had to adapt my wardrobe to my various roles, both at the office, as a mom, and for television. When I shop for the season I look for pieces that will suit every facet of my daily life, not just one single occasion.”

― Nina Garcia

“Whomever you are and whatever your relationship is to work, I think we all have suffered from being over-hyphenated. You know, ‘working-mom,’ ‘tiger-mom,’ ‘stay-at-home-mom’… how about ‘mom?’”

― Nina Tassler

“My mom is American, so I was raised in her household in my formative years.”

― Nipsey Hussle

“My dad is my biggest fan, and so is my mom.”

― Noah Cyrus

“My mom gives great advice, and so does my dad.”

― Noah Cyrus

“I come from a family of writers. My mom had been a writer, nonfiction books, and her mother was a playwright in the 1930s and ’40s. And my twin brother, Alexi, is a writer on ‘The Following.’”

― Noah Hawley

“I started acting when I was, like, three. My brother was really smart, and he wasn’t being challenged enough, so my mom put him in the theater class. And I obviously followed him.”

― Nolan Gould

“I could do without ‘cool’ publications calling me ‘mom jazz.’ But I laughed all the way to the bank, baby.”

― Norah Jones

“My mom and I have always been very close. She is my best friend. She had to make a lot of sacrifices early on in my life to make sure I got to do what I wanted to do.”

― Norah Jones

“As a working mom, I struggle to find time to work out and go for runs. I usually run two to three times a week and work out with a trainer once a week. I try to go for a longer run on Sundays.”

― Norah O’Donnell

“My mom was actually diagnosed with breast cancer when I was five.”

― Normani Kordei

“My mom did a great job because ever since I was born, she would put me into any type of sporting activity with hearing teams.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“I was always a closet lover of acting. My mom was very practical. She never, ever restricted our dreams, always told us we could do or be anything. Then I said, ‘Maybe I want to be an actor’. And she said, ‘Maybe not that’.”

― Octavia Spencer

“My mom always told me I could do or be anything I dared to dream, and I always wanted to work in the movie industry.”

― Octavia Spencer

“I pretty much look like an identical twin of my mom.”

― Odell Beckham, Jr.

“My mom literally saved my life. I wasn’t supposed to make it out of the orphanage.”

― Oksana Masters

“My mom said to me: ‘Sonny, you need to study English.’ And I replied to her: ‘Mom, I do not need it. I’m going to be horse-boy, would I speak English with horses?’ Mom said: ‘Darling, you need to.’ But I did not listen to my mother.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“My mom Marina and I were poor and hungry. We could sometimes not afford to eat – seriously. We lived together in a small town, called Berdyansk, in Ukraine. I was an only child. I don’t think we would have survived if there had been more kids.”

― Olga Kurylenko

“I did not have a father. It was my mom who chose to be alone. She felt that she would be better off by herself with me after I was born.”

― Olga Kurylenko

“My mom is in her mid-60s and has more energy and is more youthful than any human being I know. It’s pretty incredible.”

― Oliver Hudson

“I kept on hearing the voice of God saying if you are going to be the minister that your mom mentioned… then you have to act. My pulpit is acting.”

― Omari Hardwick

“My dad was really complex, and I was raised by that. My mom is really bright – very book bright – and so those things collide… I learned that I could put all of that stuff together in the world of acting, and I could make a dollar at it.”

― Omari Hardwick

“My dad used to listen to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and my mom liked Michael Bolton and Roy Orbison. She was pretty big into country music, too. So there was a wealth of music being played in the house, and I kind of took it all in.”

― Orianthi

“My mom used to tell me, ‘If you read 50 books, I’ll get you a motorbike.’”

― Orlando Bloom

“I’m a first – I was the first person in my family born in the United States. My mom is from Croatia, and my dad is from Iran. They met at music school in Belgium. I grew up as a pianist. I was really interested in piano and sort of discovered that I was a writer when I was about 13 and started writing.”

― Ottessa Moshfegh

“My mom is a sculptress.”

― P. J. Harvey

“My dad died when I was young; my mom remarried with more haste than sense to a fellow… he wasn’t evil or anything, but he was worthless.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I’m too tough and sensitive to have to have some pubescent twerp with his mom’s earring in his tongue, who combs his hair with Redi-Whip and has an Ani DiFranco tattoo on his shin, come show me how a computer works.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I just wasn’t cut out to be a Chinese Tiger Mom. I’m more of an Irish Setter Dad.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

― Pablo Picasso

“I never Tweet about my daughter. Never. I just want to be respectful of her privacy. My job as a mom is to know when to open my mouth and when not to.”

― Padma Lakshmi

“My mom was scared of the old Times Square so I was never allowed to go. Now I’m scared of the new Times Square, so I still never go.”

― Padma Lakshmi

“I’m an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other.”

― Padma Lakshmi

“My dad also plays a little banjo and guitar, my mom plays the mandolin.”

― Page McConnell

“My mom, she’s just a baller in the ring. My scrappy side and my aggressiveness are probably coming from her.”

― Paige

“I am a single mom of three girls, and I’m getting through that. If I can get through that, I can direct a whole season of television that I star in.”

― Pamela Adlon

“I love that, ‘mommy-shaming.’ When I was a new mom, I was obsessed with how I was being perceived and trying to fit in as a mom, going to mommy-and-me classes and things like that, and never quite measuring up to ‘the real moms,’ the ‘robot moms,’ as I called them.”

― Pamela Adlon

“Before ‘Lucky Louie,’ nobody would ever cast me to play a mom or a wife; nobody ever saw me in that role, which is weird, since that’s who I really am.”

― Pamela Adlon

“I don’t usually say ‘working mom’ because I think all moms are working moms. I feel like that diminishes moms. People should say ‘working dad’ as opposed to working moms.”

― Pamela Adlon

“I’ve always been kind of a mom. I was out of my house when I was 18, and my friends used to call me ‘mother’ and ‘care unit.’”

― Pamela Adlon

“I think, over the years, the way my daughters’ friends have embraced me has definitely made my daughters appreciate me more. Of course they take me for granted because I’m the one who’s there, but listen, I don’t want to be ‘the cool mom’ who lets things get out of control.That’s not my lookout.”

― Pamela Adlon

“I want to be a strong, safe mom who my kids also want to be around.”

― Pamela Adlon

“I’m a soccer mom. I’m T-ball, soccer, karate, homework, keeping them on their schedules. I love being the snack mom, when I get to bring the cut oranges. I have one of those coolers with wheels. I’m at every game, every practice, sitting on my blanket. I love it.”

― Pamela Anderson

“One-year-olds learn concealment. Five-year-olds lie outright: they manipulate via flattery. Nine-year-olds – masters of the cover-up. By the time you enter college, you’re going to lie to your mom in one out of every five interactions.”

― Pamela Meyer

“My mom decorated with lots of antiques. I never liked it when I was a little girl – I wanted to live in a modern house. But now I love it.”

― Paris Hilton

“I started busking when I was 24. I was living with Mom and Dad. I’d broken up with my girlfriend and didn’t know what I was doing with my life, and I thought, ‘Well, this is the last shot – I’m going busking, and let’s see what happens.’”

― Passenger

“Oh, my mom. She’s one of my biggest fans.”

― Patina Miller

“Mom worked as a school librarian, and she felt summers were for education.”

― Patricia A. Woertz

“I get mad at my mom. I really wish she’d put me into hockey. I’m not gifted with height, but look at Martin St-Louis. He’s unbelievable. He’s small, but he’s so fast, so skilful. I think I could have been pretty good.”

― Patrick Chan

“So, from a very young age, my mom tells me that I wanted to be Michael J. Fox. I didn’t want to be an actor. I just wanted to be Michael J. Fox for awhile. And then, I realized that he was an actor, so I pursued that.”

― Patrick J. Adams

“My birth mom has certainly not lived a life of means in any stretch of the imagination, nor does she want to.”

― Patrick Murphy

“My mom once lost track of me at the zoo and when she found me I was lecturing a man about the difference between dromedary and Bactrian camels. I was about 3 1/2.”

― Patrick Rothfuss

“My mom always talks about how hard it was to grow up in a political family. It’s always split up, and just – I want to have fun in life. No, politics isn’t on the list.”

― Patrick Schwarzenegger

“My mom raised me with the idea of doing public service, and I definitely want to go in that direction. But I also want to follow in my dad’s entrepreneurial footsteps.”

― Patrick Schwarzenegger

“I’m from Iowa Falls, Iowa. My dad was a small-town lawyer, and my mom was a pharmacist. She worked at Swartz Drug. I have five older brothers.”

― Patrick Whitesell

“If I made a list of the people I admire, Mom would probably fill up half of it. She could do anything and everything.”

― Patsy Cline

“My mom loved rock ‘n roll. My father hated it. We couldn’t play it when he was around.”

― Patti Smith

“I’m a human being, I’m a friend, I’m a mom, I’m a writer, and I’m an artist. I do play electric guitar and all of that, but in the end, I’m just a person.”

― Patti Smith

“My mom loved rock n’ roll. My father hated it. We couldn’t play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington.”

― Patti Smith

“I really want to adopt a child… I want to be called ‘Mom.’ It really is the most beautiful word in the English language.”

― Patti Stanger

“I was a truly loving mom, but I didn’t have the tools to do the job.”

― Patty Duke

“I grew up in a bit of a feminist fantasy with a single mom. I was totally shielded, in a way, from an idea that I couldn’t do something.”

― Patty Jenkins

“I am a mom as well as a senator!”

― Patty Murray

“Being a mom was a full-time job. I was never willing to sacrifice everything for my career.”

― Patty Smyth

“My first paying job might have been doing a play, actually. My mom paid me to dress up as a flounder at my sister’s ‘Little Mermaid’ – themed birthday party when I was little.”

― Paul Dano

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve felt comfortable in a suit. It all started when my mom bought me a three-piece Pierre Cardin suit. I wore that thing everywhere. Eventually I realized I was going to be the kid who got beat up in school, but I kept wearing it.”

― Paul Feig

“Looking back, I think I was always musical. My dad was very musical, and I think my mom was musical.”

― Paul McCartney

“Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of sympathy have been touched.”

― Paul P. Harris

“My strength comes from my mom. Just seeing what she had to go through to raise us, she wouldn’t make excuses; she wouldn’t put her head down. So I guess I looked at adversity right in the eye and took it on.”

― Paul Pierce

“I used to ask my mom to try and shave my head on the sides to give me a receding hairline because Adam Ant had one.”

― Paul Rudd

“As a kid, I know that most of my parents’ friends were because my mom made friends with them, and my dad went along. I know a lot of dads who do that. I think it just starts to happen with guys. In the case of my father, he was probably just too busy reading books about Titanic.”

― Paul Rudd

“I was such a fan of Quentin’s growing up. I remembered I wanted to see ‘Pulp Fiction’ so badly, but my mom had seen it, and even though she loved it, she just thought it wasn’t appropriate for a 13-year-old.”

― Paul Rust

“My mom did this really cool thing: when ‘Pulp Fiction’ came out on video, she made, like, a ‘mommy edit.’ She took two VCRs and dubbed ‘Pulp Fiction’ from one tape to the next and edited out all the parts she thought were unsuitable for a kid. It was basically, like, the opening and ending credits.”

― Paul Rust

“A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom’s generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours.”

― Paul Ryan

“Mom was 50 when my Dad died. She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison. She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business. It wasn’t just a new livelihood. It was a new life.”

― Paul Ryan

“And to this day, my Mom is my role model.”

― Paul Ryan

“My mom’s now enjoying Medicare. She’s already retired. She earned it. But for those of us, you know, the X-Generation on down, it won’t be there for us on its current path.”

― Paul Ryan

“I think my mom put it best. She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.’”

― Paul Walker

“My mom was always really healthy and cautious about her diet, so I’m not a big sugar guy.”

― Paul Walker

“My mom’s hot. I mean she’s old, but my mom’s out of control.”

― Paul Walker

“I’m very close with my mom.”

― Paul Wesley

“Yes, I wear a number of hats. But my most important title is mom and wife.”

― Paula Broadwell

“I grew up with an extremely funny dad, and my mom is super funny.”

― Paula Pell

“My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, ‘Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.’”

― Paula Poundstone

“It is a sad commentary of our times when our young must seek advice and counsel from ‘Dear Abby’ instead of going to Mom and Dad.”

― Pauline Phillips

“My mom is two people to me. She’s my mom number one, and then she’s this lady most comedians know as being a legendary owner of a nightclub that’s responsible for starting a lot of heavy careers.”

― Pauly Shore

“My mom and dad are both in stand-up comedy, so that’s where I started, that’s where I got everything. My roots are holding the mic.”

― Pauly Shore

“Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.”

― Pearl S. Buck

“I can still hear my mom’s voice echoing through the house, reminding me and my siblings to ‘Make your beds!’ It seems like such a small thing, but when you’re one of 15 brothers and sisters like me, those small reminders about the importance of discipline and order are critical.”

― Peggy Johnson

“I lived at home off and on until I was 37. I have about a million college credits. I’d worry about writing about anyone else because I’d be invading their privacy, but you can use your mom and dad and their dog for everything!”

― Peggy Rathmann

“When you come to L.A. as a kid with your mom, you’re lured into doing things that you think are cool and fun and a good idea, but they’re cheesy and awful. And recording a pop single was one of them.”

― Penn Badgley

“I’m not bothered by the idea of getting old, or I guess you could say by having arrived at old. I was 10 when my mom turned 55. For 1955, she was a very old mom.”

― Penn Jillette

“My mom, if you asked her if she was interested in whether or not people gambled, would say no.”

― Penn Jillette

“My mom is always asking why can’t I make something nice? Because I’ll make paintings, say, and they’re just really bloody and angsty. So I wrote ‘Dark Parts’ because I wanted to write something nice for her.”

― Perfume Genius

“Our house was cluttered with little charms, thoughtfully placed. There were all kinds of little things going on. Like, my mom made a lampshade out of a picture of our family, but if you look closely, there’s a baby Jesus that she cut up and put just above all of us.”

― Perfume Genius

“My mom is not religious, but she’s a very spiritual, magical kind of lady. One time, when I was younger, my mom said she was a witch and that my grandmother was also a witch. It was late at night, and she was really sleepy, but I took it very seriously because I always wanted to go to Hogwarts.”

― Perfume Genius

“When I was fourteen, Mom and Dad sent me to St. Joseph High School, the Catholic school up the hill from our place, housed in a 1950s-era tan brick building sometimes confused for a light industrial structure due to the surprisingly high smokestack of its old incinerator.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“My mom wanted me to be a youth pastor, and when I became a comedian, she said it was close enough.”

― Pete Holmes

“My brother Jim and I spent many wonderful summers working on dairy farms in Wisconsin owned by Mom’s cousins, and as members of our local Boy Scout troop.”

― Peter Agre

“I think my mom drove by a nuclear power plant when she was pregnant. But I wouldn’t be in ‘The Station Agent’ if she hadn’t.”

― Peter Dinklage

“Most young people haven’t used their storytelling skills since they were 8 or 9 or 10 and wanted to persuade Mom and Dad to take them to the ball game.”

― Peter Guber

“My mom used to tell me stories at night, read books to me – and I read ’em over and over and over again. And you know what I learned from that? I went back and looked at everything – Why do I like reading the same stories over and over and over again? What, was I some kind of nincompoop? No – the narrative gave me connection with my mom.”

― Peter Guber

“My dad was a copywriter on Madison Avenue at the same time as the TV show ‘Mad Men’ is set. My mom raised the kids and was a scholarship coordinator at a school. More importantly, dad was a writer and my mom an artist.”

― Peter Heller

“I fell in love with stories watching a British television puppet show called ‘Thunderbirds’ when it first came out on TV, about 1965, so I would have been 4 or 5 years old. I went out into the garden at my mom and dad’s house, and I used to play with my little dinky toys, little cars and trucks and things.”

― Peter Jackson

“My mom is a very warm, typical sort of Jewish-mother type. And my dad has a somewhat, um, different personality.”

― Peter Orszag

“We had a very upwardly mobile economy, and that peaked around the 1950s when the typical middle-class American family consisted of a father with a job and stay-at-home mom who took care of the kids.”

― Peter Schiff

“My mom and dad? Oh, they were a fiery pair. They stayed together for the kids and also because they were hopelessly in love with each other, but they were totally incompatible.”

― Peter Scolari

“My mom had been a script supervisor in Hungary, but you can’t just jump into that in Canada without knowing any English. She worked retail jobs and raised my sister and me while learning English.”

― Petra Collins

“When I was a baby, I was on a tennis court every day with my mom and with my brothers, so I would pick up the balls for them when they’d play, and then sometimes I’d play with them, but not very often.”

― Petra Kvitova

“My mom came from such humble beginnings and especially my dad as well. He didn’t go to university.”

― Petra Stunt

“I remember I was, like, 6 years old when I found out that I was having a little brother, and I was wishing and wishing for a sister. When my mom came out and my dad, and they’re like, ‘It’s a boy,’ Spencer, my twin brother, is cheering and jumping up and down, and then I burst into tears. I was so sad. I was crying.”

― Peyton List

“My mom was a theater teacher and helped me out a lot as a kid when I was starting out.”

― Peyton List

“When I was younger, my dad would cook, and I would never really have it, unless it was something like spaghetti. I would only like what my mom made – macaroni and cheese or something like that. But after I reached a certain age, I think it was 11, I realized I liked his cooking.”

― Peyton List

“There’s no way to measure or properly express what a family like mine can mean. Mom, Dad, Cooper, Eli, extended family, you are the best.”

― Peyton Manning

“I’m from South Georgia, so my mom, she always cooked some dang good food when I was growing up.”

― Phillip Phillips

“In terms of my own experience, my dad is first-generation, so his parents were from China, and my mom was born and raised in southern Illinois, and she was involved in the arts. My dad’s a doctor.”

― Phillipa Soo

“Chanel No. 5 is my perfume when I’m feeling like a lady. It’s old-school and warm – and it reminds me of my mom.”

― Phoebe Tonkin

“My life started on the banks of the Boyne in County Meath. Navan is the name of the town; only me, Mom, Dad.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“My mom has always wished me a daughter just like me.”

― Pink

“My mom took all of my behavior personally. Everything I did, she thought it was an act of rebellion against her. But it was just me being me.”

― Pink

“My mom never wanted to be a grandmom. She never wanted to be a mom, really.”

― Pink

“I just always wanted to be a singer. My mom said I was even singing in my cot!”

― Pixie Lott

“I’m a really bad liar. My mom finds out every time, especially now that she’s got Facebook.”

― Pixie Lott

“When I was born, I was born very prematurely so I was very tiny and small. And so, my mom just nicknamed me Pixie, like a little fairy.”

― Pixie Lott

“It’s only a certain amount of days your friend’s mom is gonna let you stay at they crib without feeling some type of way. So I’d stay two or three days, then they mom would be like, ‘What’s up with him? He got to leave unless he gonna pay for something.’”

― PnB Rock

“My mom named me Pom because she said it sounded like a combination of Korean words that mean ‘spring’ and ‘tiger.’ So, it’s very unique!”

― Pom Klementieff

“If my mom came to the sets, we would speak to her in Tulu, and no one would understand. That’s an advantage when you know any South Indian language.”

― Pooja Hegde

“I like bad boys, and I like to take them home to my mom.”

― Priyanka Chopra

“When I was 13, I would come visit my aunt and uncle in New York. I decided I wanted to live with them after seeing my cousin’s school. Honestly, I just wanted to go to a school where I didn’t have to wear uniforms, and my mom said okay.”

― Priyanka Chopra

“My mother wouldn’t allow me to speak slang when I was growing up. But when I got outside, around my friends, it was ‘Yo’ and ‘That’s the joint’ and ‘Yo, what’s up?’ So I had my game for my friends and my game for my mom.”

― Queen Latifah

“My mom was my main influence growing up, and Phylicia Rashad reminded me a lot of my mother, just the way she handled certain things, she was… not soft-spoken but smooth-spoken. Just very calm, cool, collected about things.”

― Queen Latifah

“My mom has always been my champion. She was very smart and grounded. She said, ‘Save your money. Pay your taxes. Don’t put everything in one basket,’ but she let me explore and be creative.”

― Queen Latifah

“My mom will make me walk the dogs or take out the trash when I go home.”

― Queen Latifah

“I promised my mom that if, after a year of putting 150 percent into my career it didn’t work out, I would go back to school. I never did go back.”

― Queen Latifah

“I’d rather be dealt with as a person than a persona. With my children, I’m just ‘Mom.’ At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.”

― Queen Rania of Jordan

“My mom took me to see Carnal Knowledge and The Wild Bunch and all these kind of movies when I was a kid.”

― Quentin Tarantino

“My mom had done some TV and commercials before I was born, and so when I was born, she knew I had a really big interest in acting because I was always acting in plays with my dolls, and they were sort of boring, because I’ve seen them on tape; they always involved a lot of singing and dragging them around by their hair.”

― Quinn Shephard

“I’m not gonna be broke, like my mom was broke, my uncles were broke, my sisters didn’t have money, my cousins on down.”

― R. Kelly

“I’ve always wanted to write movies – I always used to tell my mom that I wanted to be a director.”

― R. Kelly

“My mom actually had a band called Six Pack – even though there were seven of them – who went around Chicago performing popular songs. Her voice was like Gladys Knight mixed with Aretha Franklin.”

― R. Kelly

“But my mother and father were married when my mom was 20 and my dad was 24.”

― Rachael Leigh Cook

“I live in, literally, the same home when I was swiping my first bank card and wondering if I’d have to put back the Charmin. We still don’t have a dishwasher. My mom has done all these gardens so now my house looks like the garden shack in the middle of Versailles.”

― Rachael Ray

“Well, being a mom is the best job in the world.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“Before I had my first child, I thought women had to decide between being a mom and a fulfilling, successful professional life. I was wrong. Very wrong.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“I am a classic Star Trek fanatic. When I was a kid, my mom and I used to go to conventions.”

― Rachel Cohn

“I have been a working mom as long as I’ve been a mom.”

― Rachel Hollis

“I was probably five when I first picked up a camera. My mom had an Olympus OM-10 that she carried around to document our family photos. And I just always loved it.”

― Rachel Morrison

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was four. And she was re-diagnosed when I was seven or eight, and again when I was 13, and my dad was very unhealthy, too. I was living on the edge of mortality my entire childhood.”

― Rachel Morrison

“I played cover gigs and traveled the country in my mom’s old car, and my drummer and I set up a fake email and sent it out to agents. We pretended to be our own agent.”

― Rachel Platten

“I have always loved music. My mom used to sing with my sister and I when I was younger, and I was in choirs and loved to perform, but when I was in college, I went on a study abroad to Trinidad, and while I was there, I sang backup at my first concert.”

― Rachel Platten

“My mom is a therapist, and my dad has a doctorate in psychology, and growing up, I felt ‘very understood.’”

― Rachel Platten

“If you want to stand with me as a single mom – and I know so many of my friends and colleagues do – please don’t appropriate my burden as a way to validate your own. To suggest that you are single-parenting when you are simply solo for the weekend devalues what real single mothers do.”

― Rachel Simmons

“’Sesame Street’ is awesome – not only because they teach, edify and entertain kids but because they savvily make it possible to do so with parental engagement, because the show is loaded with references for Mom and Dad.”

― Rachel Sklar

“As an expectant mom who is currently self-employed, I’m amazed at just how tied to the workplace maternity benefits are.”

― Rachel Sklar

“When I go a stretch without tweeting, I will occasionally get an email from my mom, checking in. I always find this amusing but also gratifying: Thanks to Twitter, I can keep in touch with my parents and let them in on what I’m doing in a way that even the regular phone calls of a doting daughter can’t do.”

― Rachel Sklar

“It’s a constant challenge trying to find balance between styling, designing and being a mom.”

― Rachel Zoe

“My mom’s whole life had been my gymnastics. We struggled to connect when I stopped.”

― Rachele Brooke Smith

“My mom’s not working, my dad doesn’t want to stop working because he likes to be engrossed, so everybody is happy.”

― Raftaar

“My mom and my grandmother are probably two of the strongest women that I know.”

― Raheem DeVaughn

“I had lice in third grade, and my mom shaved all my hair off.”

― Rain Dove

“I always was drawn to the performing arts. I started dancing when I was two. I sang, loved to act, and loved going to visit my mom on-set. But she wanted me to have a normal childhood, so I wasn’t really allowed to pursue acting till I got older.”

― Rainey Qualley

“My mom was an actress in the local Seattle theater doing experimental plays.”

― Rainn Wilson

“Whatever good is happening with ‘Newton’ is because of my mom’s blessings. I really believe in that.”

― Rajkummar Rao

“I know how to read music, watching my mom and listening to Mom play music.”

― Rakim

“My dad is from the army, and so we studied all over. I had done an Onida campaign at the age of two, as my mom always had this inclination for me to model, but my dad was clear that I could model only when I turned 18, so immediately after school, I started modelling.”

― Rakul Preet Singh

“Men are what their mothers made them.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My mom was a housewife and a sponge, who would absorb everything and make it all look like a fairytale when he entered the house. For instance, when he came home, I would always be seen studying with my books open. She always made sure that Dad went back to the shoot happily.”

― Ram Charan

“I’m not Mr. Mom, but there’s just certain things I won’t say anymore.”

― Randy Houser

“I have to say that sports is what kept me out of trouble. No matter the circumstances, my mom kept us playing sports. She worked hard to provide for us and even harder to make sure we always stayed active. Whether it was football or basketball, we were playing one sport or another year-round.”

― Rashard Lewis

“Mom is the most unconditionally loving person I will ever know, and she has always supported me on every level.”

― Rashida Jones

“I pretty much borrow my entire beauty regime from my mom.”

― Rashida Jones

“I know my mom said as early as she can remember letting me watch TV, my one treat a week when I was like 6 was to stay up and watch ‘Saturday Night Live.’”

― Rashida Jones

“I love being a mom.”

― Rashida Tlaib

“I am emotional, honest, and sensitive and a great human being because of my dad. Tough and independent woman because of my mom.”

― Raveena Tandon

“I am proud to say that our industry is making films like ‘PINK,’ ‘Maatr,’ and ‘Mom.’”

― Raveena Tandon

“I went to elementary like any other kid, but I was just always a little different. I had that sparkle, and everyone told my mom, ‘She needs to be on TV, acting.’”

― Raven Goodwin

“I was exposed to a lot of OutKast, Timbaland, Eminem, and my mom introduced me to India.Arie and Erykah Badu, so I guess I’m a mash-up of those styles.”

― Ravyn Lenae

“A lot of peoples’ parents aren’t very supportive; my mom is super supportive.”

― Ravyn Lenae

“My family, you know, are all still, you know, very close. We’re all still very close. Mom and Daddy are still alive. So, what more can you ask for? Your kids are healthy.”

― Reba McEntire

“In third grade, I was taking tap-dance lessons, and about six weeks before the recital I wanted to quit. My mom said, ‘No, you’re going to stay with it.’ Well, I did it, and I was bad, too! But my parents never let their kids walk away from something because it was too hard.”

― Rebecca Lobo

“Being a mom makes me feel whole and like I understand the meaning of life.”

― Rebecca Romijn

“Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.”

― Rebecca West

“I’m not a chef, and I’m not an expert at anything. I’m just a mom and a wife.”

― Ree Drummond

“When you have lost people like I lost my birth mom at a young age and you remember the whole process of losing her, you want to grab on to something that makes you whole.”

― Reese Hoffa

“At first I could not believe what I was reading. I got up from my seat and walked away, talking to myself that I may have found my mom.”

― Reese Hoffa

“I have to admit I was dismayed when I found out ‘type A’ refers to a category of risk for heart disease – I thought it was just a nickname my mom gave me!”

― Reese Witherspoon

“Realizing you’re not anything special to the kids is always a great sort of reminder that you’re just a regular person. A regular, embarrassing old mom.”

― Reese Witherspoon

“My dad was a jingle writer, and my mom was a jewelry designer and musician.”

― Reeve Carney

“I took the ‘Lee’ from my grandparents, who took care of me during the day while my mom was away working.”

― Reggie Lee

“Bakers get excited over aprons. I love the soft cotton ones with pockets like my gramma and mom wore. They always kept a hankie tucked in one pocket, which wasn’t sanitary, but was comforting to the child who needed a tear or nose wiped.”

― Regina Brett

“My mother was a single mom, and most of the women I know are strong.”

― Regina King

“A Modern Mom to me is not always someone that juggles a career and family. A Modern Mom is a woman who takes care of herself on the inside and the outside.”

― Regina King

“I learned a lot from my Mom. My favorite lesson: remember there is no such thing as a certain way to parent and to remember that you are learning along with your child – it’s ok to make mistakes.”

― Regina King

“I’m kinda secretive, and I can’t even say secretive because of my son. He’s the type, like, he doesn’t let his friends know who his mom is or his stepdad. He doesn’t like me going to his school. If he gets into trouble at school, he’s, like, dying. He’s very low-key with it. He’s always been like that since he was born.”

― Remy Ma

“My mom said my whole childhood… was stop and go.”

― Rene Russo

“My mom worked for Lockheed Corp. in Burbank as an inspector of airplane parts. To help make ends meet, Dee, a friend of my mom’s from Lockheed, moved in. She was a lovely person and helped with our care for many years.”

― Rene Russo

“Coding – everyone thinks it’s a superpower. And so when you feel like, ‘I’ve learned how to code,’ and you say to your mom or the girl sitting next to you, ‘I know how that app is built, I know the logic behind how that was created’ – that’s powerful.”

― Reshma Saujani

“When my dad was badly weakened by the flu and my mom wanted to call an ambulance to take him to the emergency room, he wouldn’t go unless he could shave first and change into a nice shirt and a pair of slacks.”

― Rich Lowry

“When I told my mom I was going to audition for ‘The Hobbit,’ she said, ‘Well, you’ve always loved Tolkien.’ And she was right.”

― Richard C. Armitage

“My mom used to tell me that the most valuable thing she owned was her library card. We were poor, but that’s not what she was talking about. My mom knew that education opened doors and opened minds.”

― Richard Carmona

“Since the fright of breast cancer hit our family, I have been surprised by how many people are dealing with breast cancer in their own family or with a loved one. One friend bluntly told me that she has been through it with her sister, her mom, and her grandmother, and all are healthy and mentally stronger because of the disease.”

― Richard Grenell

“Cancer taught my family that my mom is much stronger than we ever thought. Faced with a devastating diagnosis, she just kept going and living – never complaining.”

― Richard Grenell

“Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days… or a few months after childbirth.”

― Richard J. Codey

“My mom had a huge video camera that I would always play with, and there is home video of me, like, with the camera letting her know, ‘I want to do stuff like this when I grow up.’”

― Rick Gonzalez

“When I was five, I always told my mom I would want to be an actor.”

― Rick Gonzalez

“I think my mom is the inspiration of me wanting to do film and TV and be an actor because she loved film so much. She loved, like, horror films and action films, so growing up, she loved watching all the Charles Bronson films and all the westerns.”

― Rick Gonzalez

“My dad was in the Navy; he was in Vietnam. My mom was trying to sell real estate on the side. We didn’t have a lot of money.”

― Rick Harrison

“My mom’s a hustler. She a grinder.”

― Rick Ross

“My mom’s the best.”

― Rick Ross

“My mom was a working woman. She made more money than my dad. Both my parents worked. And this was in the ’60s.”

― Rick Santorum

“My mom never went to college, but for her own children, getting a great education was not an option.”

― Rick Scott

“Mom somehow made it to every one of my graduations – even when it meant she had to travel far away.”

― Rick Scott

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”

― Ricki Lake

“Mom always got me to school and the driving range while Dad was working. She also kept me quiet and humble. Both of them taught me to let my golf do the talking.”

― Rickie Fowler

“One of the main rules with my mom was if I broke a club, she was going to take it and I wouldn’t get it back. So I made sure I kept all my clubs.”

― Rickie Fowler

“I didn’t choose ‘Silver Spoons’. I think my mom and agent chose it because at that time there was a lack of patience on some of the people that were in charge of my career. I think there was a big offer on the table, and I think they took it.”

― Ricky Schroder

“I always had a standard of, back when I was doing the country music I always told people I would never record a song that I wouldn’t sit down and sing in front of my mom and dad.”

― Ricky Skaggs

“When I first knew that I wanted to rap I was seven years old and I lost the talent show. It was like spoken word or something. My mom made me do it. It was a Langston Hughes poem. The girl that came on after me, she wound up winning. She was a singer.”

― Rico Nasty

“Growing up, my mom always knew that I was more on the Black side than the Spanish side, just because I didn’t speak Spanish.”

― Rico Nasty

“I didn’t want to do music. I was very doubtful. I was like, ‘Oh my God. No one wants to hear a teen mom rapper.’”

― Rico Nasty

“Shoutouts to Cardi B. She’s going to be a great mom.”

― Rico Nasty

“I wanna be be able to take care of my mom.”

― Rico Nasty

“My mom taught me how to make grilled chicken, and I bake, too.”

― Rico Rodriguez

“When I was going on auditions, it was nerve-racking. I’d always say to my mom that it would be awesome if I could get a series. When Modern Family came along, I said, ‘You know what, Mom? I believe I’m going to get this role.’”

― Rico Rodriguez

“I just started watching wrestling in 2008, and I’ve loved it ever since. I told my mom I wanted to become a wrestler.”

― Rico Rodriguez

“For as long as I’ve been acting, I have been very lucky to be paired with really great actresses playing my mom.”

― Rico Rodriguez

“Naturally, people are curious about how my real mom feels about me having a TV mom.”

― Rico Rodriguez

“My jewelry’s all fake – from Claire’s. Or I get it from my mom’s boutique in Barbados.”

― Rihanna

“A lot of the time, unfortunately for women, there’s not a lot of complex roles. I don’t mean complex like tortured or whatever. I mean complex like there’s more going on with them than, ‘I’m a mom.’”

― Riley Keough

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 13 and it was something we weren’t really aware of as a family.”

― Rima Fakih

“I dyed my hair blonde when I was 14. My mom was not happy. But I love being blonde.”

― Rita Ora

“People say the top part of my face looks like my dad’s and the bottom part like my mom’s. I have his eyes and her nose and mouth.”

― River Viiperi

“I have my real name and RJ. I’ve gone by RJ since I was eight, but I was named Roy after my grandfather. They called me Little Roy, which sounded like Leroy with a Texas accent, but my mom didn’t want to have a Leroy as a son, so it went to RJ.”

― RJ Mitte

“When I got in trouble, my mom would make me read or write – I would have to write my name over and over and over again. It gave me great penmanship, but I also just liked to write. Every time I would go to the store, I would buy a notebook. I had thousands of them.”

― Ro James

“I like anywhere with a beach. A beach and warm weather is all I really need. I like going to Florida – to Miami and to visit my mom in Fort Meyers.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“My mom would always travel with us to everything; my dad introduced us to the weight room and showed us how to properly work out.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“My mom has this thing where if I’m doing anything doing dirty or crazy, she sniffs it out and yells at me. But the good thing is my mom doesn’t have cable, and so much of the stuff I’ve done was on cable, so many times she’ll miss it. I tend to gloss over the crazier things I shoot.”

― Rob Huebel

“My mom and dad put my brother and sister through university and they were very keen for us to have an academic background just to give us a chance.”

― Rob James-Collier

“My parents did divorce, but my dad has always been present for me and loving me and my mom as well when she was alive.”

― Rob Lowe

“President Obama likes to talk about the Buffett Rule. Well, here’s a Buffett Rule that all Americans should be able to support: mom and pop businesses should not pay a higher tax rate than Fortune 500 corporations like Warren Buffett’s.”

― Rob Portman

“Before ‘Veronica Mars,’ I was not, and probably am still not, much of a crime reader. My mom left out a copy of ‘Helter Skelter’ when I was 10, and I secretly read it, and then I spent all my teenage years afraid of hippies. I kept away from crime books for, like, ten years.”

― Rob Thomas

“My dad’s a jeweller, and my mom works for a bank.”

― Robbie Amell

“Dad’s Jewish and Irish, Mom’s German and Scotch. I couldn’t say I was anything. My last name isn’t even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I’m still looking for a home in some way.”

― Robert Downey, Jr.

“I’m a military kid, both parents in the military – Mom did 12 years, Dad did 21, served in two wars. So discipline is something that was huge.”

― Robert Griffin III

“When I was a kid, there were no credit cards. Instead, retailers offered layaway plans. My mom would go to a store, such as a furniture outlet, choose the sofa she wanted, and put it on layaway. That meant she put a little money down to hold the sofa, and every payday she’d pay a little toward the purchase.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“My family was pretty solidly middle-class. We had a furniture store out near Connie Mack Stadium, and when Dad died, my mom took it over.”

― Robert Picardo

“I had a mild case of polio – not enough to put me in an iron lung, but enough to keep me bedridden for weeks. As I came out of it, my mom wanted to do something for me. She realized that, growing up in the city, I’d missed out on a lot of nature.”

― Robert Redford

“I loved theater growing up, and my mom always took us to the touring productions that would come through town. We would go to Chicago all the time and see shows. I loved it.”

― Robin Lord Taylor

“My mom was an environmental activist in Australia in the late ’60s and ’70s, and I guess I’ve inherited that awareness from her.”

― Robin McLeavy

“I really wanted to be a mom. I didn’t want my kids to be raised by a nanny, which would have been the case if I were working two movies in a year, you know? And I would have been hospitalized with fatigue.”

― Robin Wright

“This is actually something no one knows, but my mom was really the one who created the entire style for ‘Teen Witch.’ I’m dead serious.”

― Robyn Lively

“My mom is an exceptionally wise and kind person.”

― Rod Lurie

“I think it’s entirely possible to have a career in fashion and raise a child. Stella McCartney is on her fourth child and remains both a fashion icon and a great mom.”

― Rodger Berman

“There’s a book called ‘The Shack’ – it had a lot to do with me coming full circle, meeting my birth mother. Awhile back, my birth mom and my adopted mom came to my show together, and it was pretty surreal.”

― Rodney Atkins

“I’m a religious person. I remember my mom told me: ‘Vengeance belongs to God. It’s up to him to wreak vengeance.’ It’s hard for me to get to that point, but that’s the work of God.”

― Rodney King

“I didn’t have a lot of exposure to films as a kid, and I never went to the cinema. I had a single mom who just planted me in front of the television. But while growing up, I lived in my own fantasy world.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“What is free time? I’m a single mother. My free moments are filled with loving my little girl.”

― Roma Downey

“I was always interested in comedy, like when I was 5 years old. I watched ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Benny Hill.’ I would always joke around with my sister. My mom was into comedy, too. She would go to the video store and get a couple of movies and some stand-up comedians’ tapes.”

― Ron Funches

“My mom could afford to put us in a Catholic school for grades one through seven, but not after that.”

― Ron Funches

“I had aquariums of bullfrogs and mudpuppies. My poor mom had to deal with me incubating chicken eggs in my bedroom.”

― Ronan Farrow

“I’m a suburban mom. I grew up in Oakland County, Michigan.”

― Ronna McDaniel

“I am a mom from Michigan. I am an outsider. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure Donald Trump and Republicans everywhere are successful.”

― Ronna McDaniel

“I was 19 when my mom ran for Senate, and it was a pretty tough race. And you walk awa,y and you think, ‘I don’t know if I want to be part of that world’.”

― Ronna McDaniel

“I think the whole ‘tiger mom’ thing is a very common trope. People like to show Asian moms giving pressure, but they don’t really show the love that comes with it.”

― Ronny Chieng

“My dad and my mom convinced me to go into biomedical engineering because they said astronauts going to Mars will need life support systems.”

― Rony Abovitz

“Growing up in bars might sound like child abuse. And if it does, then you’re what my mom would call ‘Protestants.’”

― Rory O’Malley

“Mom was a single mother. So three aunts and three uncles and all of mom’s friends pitched in as weekend warriors.”

― Rory O’Malley

“I was eight when I played St. Joseph, and I told my mom from that moment on I wanted to be an actor.”

― Rory O’Malley

“My mom used cold cream her whole life, and she’s got great skin!”

― Rose McIver

“My hands look like my dad’s and my mom’s put together. She’s a piano player, he was an artist, and I use the creative qualities I got from them in my fighting. But I don’t just destroy with my hands; I also create: I cook and make art and garden.”

― Rose Namajunas

“I know how to do anything, I’m a mom.”

― Roseanne Barr

“A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there’s my personal favorite, the male ego.”

― Roseanne Barr

“I started playing drums at about seven or eight. My mom used to let me play with the pots and pans, and instead of telling me to stop like most moms would, she just let me do it. So the noise kind of turned into music. From that point on, musically, that’s what I want to do: start creating beats.”

― Roshon Fegan

“When I was growing up, my mom didn’t let me watch a lot of TV. She said I couldn’t watch ‘Friends’ or that era of sitcoms.”

― Ross Butler

“My mom just wanted me to do anything that was academic, whether it was become a doctor or be a lawyer. Engineering suited her… then I dropped out. It was not what I wanted to do at all; it just felt so unnatural, and I couldn’t put my finger on why. I just knew it wasn’t for me.”

― Ross Butler

“I remember watching Regis and Kathie Lee interview celebrities, and my mom looked so happy. I just did the math. I wanted to make my mom happy, and I wanted to talk to celebrities. Basically, I wanted Kathie Lee’s job!”

― Ross Mathews

“I grew up in the church, and my mom is, like a major prayer warrior.”

― Rotimi

“I was raised – my mom and dad were dairy farmers. Once you’ve made a decision to plant a crop for that year, you can’t go back and undo that decision.”

― Roy Blunt

“Simon is cool. You know, it’s different if you ever see him around his mom. He acts totally different.”

― Ruben Studdard

“I want to make sure I continue to make good music that my mom and everybody around me can be proud of.”

― Ruben Studdard

“I grew up in the ’80s, and there was no bigger group than New Edition in R&B. I broke my piggy bank so me and my mom could go to a New Edition concert together.”

― Ruben Studdard

“We’d get these boxes of clothing in the mail, and my mom would say, ‘What makes you think all this is for you? You’ve got a sister right behind you.’ So then I realized, we’re all in this together. We have to help each other.”

― Ruby Bridges

“Being a mother is hard and it wasn’t a subject I ever studied.”

― Ruby Wax

“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”

― Rudyard Kipling

“Looking back, one of the things I love most about my mom was that she never, ever relented. She stuck to her guns right up until the end. She wasn’t abusive, but she was never that thrilled that I was gay.”

― Rufus Wainwright

“My mom had me when she was 25, and I’m 28 now, and just to even imagine myself three years ago starting to have children and be married and have my career, it’s pretty trippy, and I’m so proud and kind of in awe of her.”

― Rumer Willis

“Growing up, it was just me and my mom, so we would play games where we’d listen to the radio and sing harmonies to each other.”

― Ruthie Ann Miles

“When I was 7, an old lady was driving too fast in my neighborhood and hit me with her car. I was running out of the house, and when I got halfway into the street, my mom saw the car and yelled for me to run back. As I turned around the car hit me, dragged me five houses down the road, and I fractured my collarbone.”

― Rutina Wesley

“I was very thankful that my mother was a very strong mom. She was mom and dad. She is mom and dad. She is my hero.”

― Ryan Frazier

“My mom was really cool.”

― Ryan Gosling

“I’m Mexican-American. My dad was actually born in Mexico. He was raised up there, and he came back and forth to America pretty much his whole teenage years. My mom is from Sacramento, California, and she’s a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl. She’s a whitey.”

― Ryan Guzman

“In 1984, my mom gave birth to my older sister, Teresa. Due to a complicated delivery, she needed a blood transfusion, and at that moment, my mom had HIV+ blood put into her body.”

― Ryan Lewis

“I grew up listening to oldies, like Motown. That’s from my mom.”

― Ryan Lochte

“No matter what, like, I couldn’t – I could break a world record, get an Olympic gold medal, and my mom would be, like, you could have done better. But you looked pretty. That’s what she says all the time.”

― Ryan Lochte

“I have a really big family, and pretty much all my work is about my brothers and sisters. I’m the youngest of eight – my mom had seven kids in seven years, and then she had me 11 years later – so I was basically raised by all these teenagers.”

― Ryan McGinley

“Financial hardships were rough on us, even though Mom had a good job at G.M.”

― Ryan White

“I was labeled a troublemaker, my mom an unfit mother, and I was not welcome anywhere.”

― Ryan White

“My mom was at every single game I played as a kid, rain or shine.”

― Ryne Sandberg

“When I was young, all the books were about a Mary Jane and the football player and the prom and ending up with the quiet guy and making your mom happy.”

― S. E. Hinton

“I have huge respect for Sridevi ji as a flag-bearer of the southern film industries in Mumbai for many years. I wish her all the best. And I wish ‘Mom’ a big success, as the trailer looks very intriguing and promising.”

― S. S. Rajamouli

“I would write scripts and little plays and perform them in the living room for my family when I was little with my brother until my mom said, ‘Alright, you need to go do it somewhere else other than the house.’”

― Sadie Sink

“Not everybody has their first kiss in front of 200 extras and their mom.”

― Sadie Sink

“My friend had told me about ‘Stranger Things’ and how I had to watch it. I was like, ‘OK, I will!’ I binged it in, like, a day and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom, you need to watch this show. Everyone needs to watch this.’ A week later, I got the breakdown for Max. A month later, I got the part.”

― Sadie Sink

“My mom always plays Madonna in the car, so I was kind of familiar with what she was into in the ’80s.”

― Sadie Sink

“I started working out and doing martial arts when I was about 4 years old, and I was competing by the time I was five or six. So my mom and dad had me doing push-ups and sit-ups from a very young age.”

― Sage Northcutt

“At nine, my mom used to tell me she saw an Olympic medalist in me. I used to take it as a joke, but she was very serious.”

― Saina Nehwal

“Yes, my mom does keep making references to marriage, like all mothers do, but it’s only in a lighter mood… she just jokes.”

― Saina Nehwal

“There are so many slices to the African-American experience. I mean, I have the whole ghetto pedigree. My mom was in jail, I didn’t have any money, and I didn’t go to a fancy college. But that’s not the type of story I want to tell or feel the need to tell on film.”

― Salim Akil

“We need more children raised in the optimum situation, which is between a mom and a dad bonded together for life.”

― Sam Brownback

“I had some interesting costumes… the one that I remember right offhand is Zorro when I was a lot younger. I was a big time Zorro fan. My mom helped me make it, and I remember having a big issue with the fact that she wouldn’t let me carry around a real metal sword; it just had to be plastic.”

― Sam Hunt

“Microchimeric sharing means that, even if the mother loses a child, she’ll have a small memento of him or her secreted away inside her. Similarly, a bit of our mothers live on in all of us no matter how long ago Mom died.”

― Sam Kean

“I’m really the only artist in my family. I have one cousin who is a painter. I think I developed all of that from television and books – from being, essentially, an only child. I’m my mom’s only child and my dad’s fourth child, but separated by 14 years.”

― Sam Richardson

“My mom is from Ghana, and my dad is from Detroit, so I would go back and forth to Africa a lot.”

― Sam Richardson

“My mom is from Ghana, and my dad is from the States, so even in my family when I was growing up, my mom said I was the American one, and my dad said I was the weird African one.”

― Sam Richardson

“I saw things at an early age because my mom was a theater actress. I did a play with her when I was 10 years old.”

― Sam Rockwell

“My parents were Beatle fans, but my mom was especially a Lennon fan, so I was exposed to him more. I remember her playing ‘Double Fantasy’ quite often.”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“Ray Bradbury published his first story 29 years before I was born. He established himself as an international writer long before I arrived. When my mom was nine months pregnant with me, my father read Bradbury aloud to her as I listened intently, in utero. And I later became his biographer.”

― Sam Weller

“I am the first one to go to university in my family. I am the first writer as well. My dad is a retired policeman, and my mom works for a glass-processing company. She is health-and-safety manager, and my stepfather is a plumber. I have four half siblings, one from my mom’s marriage and three from my dad’s marriage, so we are kind of scattered.”

― Samantha Shannon

“Growing up, I was aware of the kids-don’t-like-vegetables trope, but it didn’t make much sense to me. I never had any choice; all the traditional Iranian dishes my mom cooked teemed with herbs and vegetables.”

― Samin Nosrat

“My mom, who left Iran in 1976, steeped us in the smells, tastes, and traditions of Persian cuisine.”

― Samin Nosrat

“When I was young, one Sunday every month or so, my mom would load my brothers and me into our station wagon and drive 80 miles north to Orange County, where we’d meet our extended family at a Persian restaurant for lunch.”

― Samin Nosrat

“After coating pasta with tomato-rich meat sauce, my mom would drizzle the bottom of a nonstick pot with oil and put it all back in to form a dark crust of tangled noodles. Once she unmolded it at the table like a cake, my brothers and I would excitedly cut into it, verbally laying claim to our preferred pieces.”

― Samin Nosrat

“At home, Mom served us turkey breakfast links that she got at the health-food store. But whenever we went out for breakfast, she let my brothers and me order pork sausages (though, inexplicably, not bacon).”

― Samin Nosrat

“My dad is a director/producer and my mom is a dancer; she performed with Alvin Ailey, but I didn’t even think about becoming an actress.”

― Sanaa Lathan

“I basically became a cheerleader because I had a very strict mom. That was my way of being a bad girl.”

― Sandra Bullock

“I was a brownie for a day. My mom made me stop. She didn’t want me to conform.”

― Sandra Bullock

“I’m simply the mom who makes the lunch, drives to school, finds where the toys are, washes the clothes, and I’m here to play. And that’s all I should be.”

― Sandra Bullock

“Every single second of every single day… I don’t know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I’m always plagued with, ‘Did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction?’”

― Sandra Bullock

“There have definitely been ebbs and flows in my career, but, you know, part of the reason is that I’m a mom. I have a five-year-old daughter. She really factors into my choices, and I never want to go too long without seeing her.”

― Sandrine Holt

“My mom’s collard greens. No one else in the world can make them like hers. I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. She’s got some Mississippi secret. I could seriously eat them every day.”

― Santigold

“It’s really hard juggling, trying to carve out a time to have a family and be a mom and have a career, especially a creative career.”

― Santigold

“I told my mom, ‘I’m gonna buy you a house one day.’ I was 2 or 3 years old. I know it sounds crazy, but I did.”

― Saquon Barkley

“When I was 7, I came up with the idea of ‘charm socks.’ My mom would take me to buy bags of plastic charms, we would sew them on frilly white socks, and I sold them at school.”

― Sara Blakely

“The rule with my mom was that the only way that I could be an actress when I was young was that I continued to go to public school and get straight A’s in all my classes.”

― Sara Paxton

“When I was 12 I cried to my mom, because I never got my letter to Hogwarts.”

― Sara Paxton

“I’ve changed in my sympathies since I’ve become a mother myself. In high school I went through a period where I was close with my mom and had to break with her in order to find myself and come back. Since that was my experience, that’s often what happens in my books.”

― Sarah Dessen

“To the best of my knowledge, I’m the first mom to hold the job of the White House Press Secretary.”

― Sarah Huckabee Sanders

“If I should have a daughter, instead of ‘Mom,’ she’s gonna call me ‘Point B,’ because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And I’m going to paint solar systems on the backs of her hands so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, ‘Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.’”

― Sarah Kay

“There is perhaps no more rewarding romance heroine than she who is not expected to find love. The archetype comes in many disguises – the wallflower, the spinster, the governess, the single mom – but always with one sad claim: Love is not in her cards.”

― Sarah MacLean

“Everything I am is because of my mom.”

― Sarah Michelle Gellar

“I love those hockey moms. You know what they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is? Lipstick.”

― Sarah Palin

“Washington has got to, across the board, lower taxes for small businesses so that our mom and pops can reinvest and hire people, so that our businesses can thrive.”

― Sarah Palin

“My mom moved to New York City alone with a kid on each hip to try to live an authentic artistic life.”

― Sarah Paulson

“My mom died of cancer when I was really young. I’m not someone who tries to work out their own stuff with a role, but I think that happened despite my best efforts to keep myself separate from it.”

― Sarah Polley

“My mother raised three kids on her own, so I was taught that to be a working mom was a good thing.”

― Sarah Shahi

“I did karate for about three years. When I was going into Miss Texas, my mom said, ‘Let’s not do karate this year. Let’s not have any knocked-out teeth on the stage.’”

― Sarah Shahi

“You know when you have a party as a kid, and your mom hires a fairy, princess, or superhero to come host the party? I was Fairy Lavender. I loved it. It was good training for theater.”

― Sarah Snook

“I’m a working mom. I’ve been working since I was 14 years old.”

― Sarah Steelman

“I was born in California and moved around a lot. When I was 17, I moved to Boston because my mom got a job there. The moment I went to Boston, everything just felt right and fell into place on how I wanted it to be.”

― Sasha Banks

“When I was 12, I was living in Iowa, and I emailed so many wrestling schools, and one of them was actually in Boston. I joined it at 18 – the New England Pro Wrestling Academy. They were doing a fantasy camp. I was 17 about to turn 18. I told my mom, ‘I’m 18 now. I just signed these papers by myself, and I’m going to do this.’”

― Sasha Banks

“I used to work at a hotel. I was the order-taker for room service. My mom worked at the hotel as an accountant.”

― Sasha Banks

“My mom used to make my costumes when I was little; she sews a lot. One year, I was a bride and I had a big wedding dress and a bouquet. Another year I was a medieval princess with a long teal dress and a veil. It was a little extravagant, but it was cute!”

― Sasha Pieterse

“If I knew the joy a child brings, I’d have become a mom earlier.”

― Sasha Pivovarova

“Right when I was starting to experiment with drag, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and during her chemo treatment, she lost all of her hair. And for her, the idea of being a fem with no hair was really difficult.”

― Sasha Velour

“The loss of my mom really inspired me to go to a place with my performances that were emotionally honest, and I found that audiences really responded to that. People need to see heartbreak transformed into beauty.”

― Sasha Velour

“When I was in college, there were a couple years there where I was just not sure what to do, and it was actually my mom who suggested I take some journalism classes.”

― Savannah Guthrie

“As my mom says, I was a little bit of a slacker in high school. I really was just kind of unmotivated, a little bit lazy, so my grades weren’t that good.”

― Savannah Guthrie

“My mom always had me and my brother watching old Fred Astaire movies.”

― Savion Glover

“I turned to my mom and said, ‘I’m going to be a martial arts movie star.’ She didn’t believe me, and neither did my dad. They both thought I would grow out of it. That it was a phase. I decided then I was going to do it or die trying.”

― Scott Adkins

“My mom is my best friend and my biggest cheerleader.”

― Scott Eastwood

“The Sherry Theater, which I named after my mom, is a place I can go. I do want to give back to the community. There are so many people out there who want to be seen and heard, and get connected.”

― Scott Haze

“I remember my mom saying to me that what your friends do is one thing, but what you do could be on the front page of the paper.”

― Scott McClellan

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, and then I got this call from a casting director in Los Angeles. She remembered me from something years before, and she called my mom wanting me to audition for this thing.”

― Scott Speedman

“Even though my mom herself was anxious, I think she didn’t know how to deal with it in her kid, and my dad just had no conception of what this was about, and sort of didn’t even want to acknowledge it.”

― Scott Stossel

“I got tackled once in a movie theater. I was with my mom and brother, and then suddenly I got hit from behind and sort of sprawled out on the candy counter.”

― Scott Wolf

“When I came out of my mom’s womb, I had ‘sitcom’ stamped on my forehead.”

― Sean Hayes

“I was a major Anglophile. My brothers and I were raised knowing both languages, French and English. My dad was born in Austria, educated in Britain, and then went back to France. My mom was born in England, but raised in Egypt and Malaysia. We were a globetrotter family.”

― Sebastian Roche

“One day I was like, ‘Mom, you wanna sign me at Sony?’”

― Selah Louise Marley

“People tell me I have to follow in the footsteps of my mom and grandfather, but it’s a lot of pressure. I can’t really slip up and mess up the name.”

― Selah Louise Marley

“I was aware of the pressure of my mom and not just my mom but my entire family. I was very aware of that reality, so it was almost this inferiority complex.”

― Selah Louise Marley

“I think that opening up on Twitter helps people see that there are things that I deal with that they can relate to. Maybe it’s not exactly the same as having a famous mom, but maybe their dad puts pressure on them to be a doctor, and they don’t want to be a doctor.”

― Selah Louise Marley

“My mom would still be mad if I didn’t say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’”

― Selena Gomez

“My mom always told me if I love what I’m doing, and I’m having fun, then just continue to do it. But if it’s not fun for me anymore, and I’m miserable, then I’m going to go back to Texas and quit it all, to be honest.”

― Selena Gomez

“In my household, everything happens in the kitchen. My parents have this pretty big home, and it doesn’t matter how big it is, we will all squeeze ourselves in the kitchen and just chat while my mom or dad cooks.”

― Selenis Leyva

“It’s fun to play mom. Last I knew I was playing a 17-year-old who graduated.”

― Selma Blair

“My mom taught me how to sew when I was 2 or 3, so I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember.”

― Serena Williams

“Theatre has been a part of my life since before I can remember – my dad is also an actor and a director and a storyteller who lives and works in the Twin Cities; my mom is a nurse practitioner, but she also grew up doing theatre – so, it has always been a part of my experience.”

― Seth Numrich

“My mom’s a social worker, and my dad works in non-profit organisations.”

― Seth Rogen

“Everything you see is filtered through your visual system (imperfect) and your brain (also imperfect, despite what your mom told you). Witness testimony is the worst kind of evidence in science.”

― Seth Shostak

“I’m from a single-parent family. My mom is like my mom and dad. She’s my world.”

― Shaggy

“Even my mom is calling me Shaggy now, which is weird, because Shaggy is more like a character that I play. Shaggy is flamboyant; he’s cocky. And I can’t live that twenty-four hours a day – hell, no.”

― Shaggy

“When I told my dad about my decision to take up acting, he supported me in every possible way. He’s very proud of me. Mom’s happy because, as an avid TV viewer, she loves seeing me up there.”

― Shaheer Sheikh

“Becoming a mom forced me to re-prioritize and make room for the things that are most important, while recognizing that there are things I can let go of, and the world won’t crumble around me.”

― Shakira

“When I was in high school, they opened an arts high school. I didn’t read music, and I wasn’t a trained dancer, so I was like, ‘OK, I guess I’ll go into acting.’ I asked my mom if she knew any plays for my audition, and the only one she knew was ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’”

― Shalita Grant

“I had always been a really peculiar child. My mom would tell you I grew up roughing it with the boys and playing with action figures and toy cars and stuff, but I also had an Easy Bake Oven… I find it amazing that in a really weird way, people are mad that they can’t figure out my gender.”

― Shamir

“I have a P.O. Box that I get about 50 letters a day that my mom picks up, and a lot of weird gifts I like to show on my videos.”

― Shane Dawson

“Fortunately, when you’re a mom, the responsibility of caring for your child can keep you going.”

― Shania Twain

“My grandmother raised her nine kids and raised my mom’s three.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“I can’t for the life of me – and I’ve tried – love someone like I love my grandmother, my sister and my mom.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“My mom saw me do my first pull-up my freshman year, and she’s emotional, and she started crying. She walked out, and I thought, ‘You’ve got to let her be sometimes.’ She does that.”

― Shaquem Griffin

“My mom used to ask me when I was gonna write a happy song. I still tell her that it’s when I start to write really happy-sounding songs that everyone needs to start worrying.”

― Sharon Van Etten

“My mom is a history teacher, so we’d go on all these historic trips as kids around Halloween, because it was kind of creepy.”

― Sharon Van Etten

“You know when everyone’s watching, your mom and dad, your friends in high school who thought they were better than you. You get your chance to get in the spotlight and shine.”

― Shaun Alexander

“My mom was a waitress, and my dad was a plumber who worked for the City of San Clemente fixing mains breaks, so not too glamorous.”

― Shaun White

“I have a chaperone everywhere I go – my mom.”

― Shawn Johnson

“Something my mom taught me when I was little is that everything happens for a reason.”

― Shawn Johnson

“My mom says I’m not allowed to move out, but I’m allowed. I said I have to FaceTime her every night to make dinner with her because I won’t be able to do it myself. So she said she’ll accept it if I do that.”

― Shawn Mendes

“I’d say some of my earliest scent memories are from home – just things that were around my house, and my mom’s cooking.”

― Shawn Mendes

“I grew up in a predominantly Caucasian neighborhood, but my mom is Filipino-Spanish and my dad is Irish.”

― Shay Mitchell

“When I was in Milwaukee, I would go into this sneaker shop near my mom’s salon and chop it up with the older heads about music. At school, I would make drum noises on the table so much that I would always get suspended.”

― Sheck Wes

“Being a Sikh meant having to do what Mom and Dad said, and going to temple, and Mom and Dad choosing who I would marry. But going to an American school taught me that I was the one who’s supposed to make those choices.”

― Sheena Iyengar

“In America we tell our parents to bring their child home and put him or her in a crib; as they get older, children sleep in they own room not in Mom and Dad’s room. What are we training them for? It’s independence, because that’s what being empowered is all about.”

― Sheena Iyengar

“I have nothing against the film industry, but my mom asked me to do anything but act.”

― Shenaz Treasury

“When I was little, I didn’t have dreams to be an actress or a star; I wanted to be a mom, have a house and a picket fence.”

― Sherilyn Fenn

“My grandfather had a paint store. It’s what put my mom through college. Small business is part of my family history.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“My mom is at my house every day, and she nags me about everything, especially hygiene.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“My mom is the backbone not just of my family but of many families.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“Having a strong sense of self is fundamental to you, no matter what you’re doing. I don’t care if you’re a stay at home mom raising kids or if you’re the CEO of a corporation. It’s really important for your survival.”

― Shonda Rhimes

“In my house, you got in trouble if you didn’t speak up. My mom would be furious at us if we went to school and behaved nicely if someone treated us badly. If we got in trouble because we had yelled at them or told them that they were wrong, my mother would be like, ‘Good job.’”

― Shonda Rhimes

“I’ve been a writer since I was a kid. I’ve been a writer since I was, you know, dictating stories into a tape deck and trying to get my mom to type them up – when I was really, really little.”

― Shonda Rhimes

“I live in Mumbai with my mom and sister. And, of course, I always consider Chennai as home.”

― Shruti Haasan

“I first came to Mumbai when I was very young. My mom is from here, and dad always had some work around here, so Mumbai always felt like a second home. I moved here when I was 16 and went to junior college here as well.”

― Shruti Haasan

“My Mom is a ballet director, so I had this idea in me that classical training is the best foundation for anything you do, so I wanted to get a classical background and voice.”

― Shuler Hensley

“I’m always just carrying a Tupperware cup, ever since my mom went to a Tupperware party and got ’em. I’ve left them strewn all over the U.S. and Europe. I drink iced tea out of them.”

― Si Robertson

“My dad and mom were in bands: the Soda Jerks, Fat Time, Girls at Play – which is a play on Men at Work.”

― Sia

“Everyone’s had a dodgy haircut at one point and think your life’s over. Then there’s always someone, whether it’s a best friend or your mom or someone, who can talk you down.”

― Sian Clifford

“My mom, Latha Sriram, is my first guru.”

― Sid Sriram

“My mom is a casting director, which is pretty awesome.”

― Simon Helberg

“My dad was one of the original members of the Groundlings, and I watched him as an actor have ups and downs, and I watched my mom as a casting director have ups and downs.”

― Simon Helberg

“We go to church on Sunday and then have family dinner. My mom usually cooks, and most of the time, it’s protein and something else. She will ask us kids what we want!”

― Simone Biles

“My mom, Nellie, got me a rosary at church. I don’t use it to pray before a competition. I’ll just pray normally to myself, but I have it there in case.”

― Simone Biles

“My mom’s been married three times; my dad has been married a lot. I didn’t really see my dad that much.”

― Skeet Ulrich

“My parents met in the theatre, and I thought that was so romantic. My dad was a scenic designer and my mom was a dancer, and that’s how they met; they met in the theatre.”

― Skye McCole Bartusiak

“I have a lot of experience in the studio, performing onstage, talking to an audience. I learned most of that stuff when I was performing with my mom.”

― Skylar Grey

“My mom was a folk singer and Celtic harpist. My dad was in a barbershop quartet and my great grandma was an opera singer. As I grew up, I discovered pop music and Top 40 radio, but it was in the ’90s, so music was very different then – it was really lyrical.”

― Skylar Grey

“My mom did costumes for the Pointer Sisters.”

― Slash

“When I give my jewelry as a present, I feel like I’m giving protection to someone I care about… I’ve given pieces to my mom, my aunts, my friends. I’ve even made bracelets for my dad and my uncle.”

― Sofia Boutella

“My mom is very calm and quiet, so I think I got that from her. Because my dad is passionate and loud… It was always interesting, and I really enjoyed that my parents always included us in their lives.”

― Sofia Coppola

“I spent pretty much every minute of my life with my mom.”

― Sofia Richie

“Every mom believes her kid’s school doodles are amazing, and I’m no different.”

― Solange Knowles

“Beyonce has set the tone as an aunt. I’ve set the tone as a mom.”

― Solange Knowles

“I’m black. I’m Latina. My mom is Cuban. Afro-Cuban. My dad is white and Australian.”

― Soledad O’Brien

“My mom always made sure I lived my life as a regular kid.”

― Soleil Moon Frye

“I wanted to be an astronaut and wanted to go to space camp, but then I found out that I was too short to become an astronaut. My mom really made me believe that if I worked hard enough and if I really wanted to do it, I could do it.”

― Soleil Moon Frye

“During Holi, my mom prepares lovely puran polis, and everyone in my family makes an exception in their diet plan to include this delicious food item!”

― Sonali Bendre

“When my father died, I was nine or 10, and my mother was like a dad and a mom to me. She raised me and supported me when I came to the U.S.”

― Sonita Alizadeh

“My mom’s cooking was all about comfort, flavor, and plenty of butter. It was so hearty.”

― Sonoya Mizuno

“My dad is Japanese; he was an art director there. My mom is half-English, half-Argentinian. They met in Japan in the ’70s. Her parents were diplomats posted there.”

― Sonoya Mizuno

“When I was 14 years old, I said, ‘Mom, I want to fight MMA.’”

― Sonya Deville

“My friend’s mom said to me, ‘honey, I think you’re gay.’ And I go, ‘yeah, I am.’ As soon as someone vocalized it to me, gave me permission. I was like, ‘yes, yes, yeah!’”

― Sonya Deville

“I can’t watch ‘Titanic’ without breaking down within the first 10 minutes. You know, when it got re-released in 3D, I went to see it again. My mom came to pick me up from the cinema, and I was just bawling my eyes out.”

― Sophie Turner

“When I was 10 years old my mom used to play Tupac while she cleaned the house.”

― Soulja Boy

“When Mom had her first nervous breakdown, she said she had a vision of Christ coming to her in the living room.”

― Spalding Gray

“My mom gets mad because she’ll read on Twitter or some message board that Spencer Paysinger is no good, and the Giants need to get rid of him. I tell her to stop reading that stuff because, at the end of the day, the media has no say on what happens in the locker room.”

― Spencer Paysinger

“I skated and rode bikes on ramps, and my mom was always super supportive. She was one of the only divorced moms in the neighborhood, so all the other parents looked down upon her for letting her kids do that kind of thing.”

― Spike Jonze

“If you just stay away from junk, and stick with what your mom taught you, you’re eating pretty healthy.”

― Sprague Grayden

“I’m from Manchester, Mass., so it was lobster, lobster and more lobster! Also, lots of fish that we caught in the summers, clam chowder and roast beef sandwiches. But my mom was pretty healthy; we had a lot of chicken and broccoli and rice as well.”

― Sprague Grayden

“I lived my ‘Mom’ character. I became Devaki.”

― Sridevi

“My mom and I never thought that I would make my way into Bollywood. I was happy doing films down south.”

― Sridevi

“Usually a family is led through the mom or the dad and their career and for the family to be led by my career, even though God has led it, could be a lot of pressure.”

― Stacie Orrico

“My mother was a single mom, and she was a claims adjuster at an insurance company. She actually dropped out of school – she was going to become a registered nurse – because she had to take care of me and my brother.”

― Stacy Brown-Philpot

“My mom used to buy us a whole lot of VHS tapes – we had boxes of them, hundreds of them. So we would just go through movies all the time.”

― Stephan James

“If you’ve witnessed bullying or if you’re being bullied, tell somebody you trust. Tell mom and dad. Tell your counselors or your coaches. Tell your teachers. Tell an adult who you trust.”

― Stephanie McMahon

“Being a mom has made me a better person. It’s made me more compassionate. It’s just awesome. I think I was put here to be a mom.”

― Stephanie Mills

“I saw ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ with my mom. It was really awkward.”

― Stephanie Sigman

“I remember admiring my aunt’s – my mom’s sister’s – fashion, which was very feminine and sexy, but always sophisticated.”

― Stephanie Sigman

“Next to my mom, I’m actually a shrinking violet.”

― Stephen A. Schwarzman

“All of the reality TV I’ve done has usually been simultaneously an opportunity to create awareness or raise funds for my mom’s breast cancer organization.”

― Stephen Baldwin

“My mom kind of led me toward acting. She wanted to be an actress when she was younger. That made me interested in it when I was a kid, because she and I are very close.”

― Stephen Colbert

“I love ‘Sunday in the Park with George.’ I saw that when I was just, just starting theater school, and I remember singing ‘Finishing the Hat’ or at least reading the lyrics to ‘Finishing the Hat’ and other songs from ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ to my mom to try to explain why I wanted to be an artist.”

― Stephen Colbert

“I’m an adrenaline junkie. I love climbing crazy trees or cliffs, which doesn’t make my mom very happy.”

― Stephen Colletti

“I’ve always been adventurous. In the summertime, my mom would lock me outside of the house and say, ‘Do something, and come back later.’”

― Stephen Colletti

“My mom calls me ‘baby face.’ It’s very embarrassing.”

― Stephen Colletti

“When I moved out, my mom and dad came to help me get settled into my apartment – a place I ultimately got hooked up with in Coach Nelson’s building. We had to figure out how to get all my shoes over here. That was a little stressful.”

― Stephen Curry

“My mom always wanted me to do movies where I played, whether I had flaws or not, guys that had a good heart.”

― Stephen Dorff

“I’ve just had some things to deal with, like family stuff, you know, lost my mom. Which is the most difficult stuff I’ve gone through. But it’s just normal human stuff.”

― Stephen Dorff

“All the racial slurs I done heard. All the things I heard about my mom, and my basketball game and my kids, all this. It felt good to punch a fan one time.”

― Stephen Jackson

“I couldn’t afford to go to the record store to buy new tapes, so I’d tape everything off the radio. Just hit record when my song came on. I used to take my mom’s tapes and tape over them. I had a nice little collection. Had my own Stephen Jackson mixtapes off the radio!”

― Stephen Jackson

“I grew up one of seven kids, and my mom couldn’t afford to get us any of the $150 shoes.”

― Stephon Marbury

“I learned to cook from my mom. Most of what I ate growing up was Italian cooking.”

― Steve Albini

“I have been doing merch’ since I was 15 and in bands when I was a teenager – silk-screening shirts, making the emulsion in my mom’s closet I converted into a dark room, through college. That’s essentially how us bands survived was selling homemade t-shirts.”

― Steve Aoki

“My dad was an FBI agent. My mom and dad were straight arrow types, and I had a conservative, suburban Orange County upbringing.”

― Steve Breen

“When I was a kid, my mom used to run the vacuum cleaner, and the noise would bother me so much that I would run into the woods to calm down. I feel like that vacuum cleaner has been on since I moved to New York City.”

― Steve Burns

“Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.”

― Steve Carell

“My father still is a lawyer, and my mom was a teacher and then later a career counselor.”

― Steve Case

“I have very vivid memories of my mom and dad making up batches of fake blood at night.”

― Steve Spangler

“My dad was the chaplain at Mankato State University, and my mom worked in the bookstore. We lived just off-campus. Then we moved to the suburbs of Minneapolis, to New Hope, which is where I went to high school.”

― Steve Zahn

“I remember telling Mom, ‘I can’t go to the Betty Ford Center. That’s like going to the high school where your mom is the principal.’ But maybe I could have gotten the family rate.”

― Steven Ford

“My problem is that my imagination won’t turn off. I wake up so excited I can’t eat breakfast. I’ve never run out of energy. It’s not like OPEC oil; I don’t worry about a premium going on my energy. It’s just always been there. I got it from my mom.”

― Steven Spielberg

“Being able to take care of myself is something that my mom really instilled in me.”

― Stevie Nicks

“I had to work hard to keep up with my mom. That’s where I learned it from. She’s a freak.”

― Stipe Miocic

“I lived with my mom my whole life; her work ethic was ridiculous, and it hasn’t changed.”

― Stipe Miocic

“My mom – she doesn’t care if I stop acting tomorrow; she just wants the best for me.”

― Storm Reid

“When I was about eight, my mom started disappearing for days at a time, probably with one of the guys she was dating. There would be no food.”

― Stormy Daniels

“I didn’t really get into golf until I was about 14. My mom and dad were taking lessons from a pro an hour and a half from our farm in Cohuna, Australia. When they got home, I’d ask my mom to explain everything they learned – drills and all.”

― Stuart Appleby

“When I was younger ,I used to want to be, like, a back-up dancer, and my mom was like, ‘Well, you know, you can do that, but you might want to choose another career.’”

― Sufe Bradshaw

“My parents are both English. My dad is a plastic surgeon – his name’s Norman Waterhouse, but we call him Normy. And my mom’s a nurse, which is how they met – in a hospital, over decaying bone.”

― Suki Waterhouse

“My mom is my heart. She was a rock for me even though she was not around as much as dad.”

― Sunidhi Chauhan

“I remember so clearly from when I was five years old, my mom and dad arguing over – not over whether it was better, but whether it was proper or whether it was correct to eat with a fork or to eat with your hands, like we do in Sri Lanka. Proper. Like, what is the correct way to eat?”

― Sunil Yapa

“I grew up in the South Bronx in the 1970s. My dad worked in IT, and my mom was a teacher.”

― Sunny Hostin

“Because a woman goes to prison doesn’t mean she’s a bad mom – doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t have her children.”

― Susan Burton

“I’m the ultimate studier of comedy. I grew up in a very funny household. My dad is the king of one-liners; my brothers are great at telling stories, and my mom is funny without knowing it.”

― Susan Kelechi Watson

“So many people want to be seen not just as a mom or a wife, but they want to be seen wholly.”

― Susan Kelechi Watson

“All I am is a writer and a mom.”

― Susan Straight

“I’ve been, like, the mom of Google.”

― Susan Wojcicki

“My dad was a golden gloves boxer in the Marine Corps, then a deputy sheriff. My mom worked as an office assistant.”

― Susana Martinez

“The big corporations have a team of lawyers and accountants to help them. It’s the small businesses, the mom and pop shops, that get lost in the layers of red tape.”

― Susana Martinez

“I’m a Mommy’s Girl – the strongest influence in my young life was my mom.”

― Susie Bright

“I used to cross-stitch because my mom cross-stitched.”

― Sutton Foster

“What I really wanted to do, actually, was stay home and be a mom and have some more kids.”

― Suzy Amis

“Minimalism? It is something I appreciate as an art form but leave to others – unless you count a collection of warhorse-workwear Yves Saint Laurent trouser suits. Maybe my penchant for hippie-deluxe eccentricity came from an escapist dream of a different world. It was tough being a working mom in the 1970s.”

― Suzy Menkes

“I grew up in a house that was constantly under construction. It’s been under construction my whole life. My mom loves interior decor, and my dad loves construction – he loves demolition and building new walls.”

― Syd

“I made some truly awful movies. ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.”

― Sylvester Stallone

“Whenever I don’t get injured, the film is a dud. I didn’t bleed on ‘Rhinestone.’ I didn’t bleed on ‘Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot.’”

― Sylvester Stallone

“My mom handed me my first romance novel.”

― Sylvia Day

“I’ve always loved playing with hair. I used to want dreads like Lauryn Hill, but my mom wouldn’t let me.”


“My mom didn’t let me eat sugar or candy until I was older.”


“My mom is a Pan-Africanist. My dad is still Orthodox Sunni Muslim, but he’s super fun. He worked in television for years. He was a Black Panther.”


“My mom was an executive at AT&T, a global account lady. I have no idea what she did. I just know she was never home and speaks several languages.”


“My parents are really conservative. My dad is Muslim, and my mom is the most conservative woman you’ve ever met. They’re very aristocratic in the most quaint suburban way.”


“I naturally wanted to be saved, so when I came home I told my mom I wanted to be confirmed. That’s the way I related to it, being raised an Episcopalian. I went to Dallas and got confirmed.”

― T Bone Burnett

“I was 24 when Samori was born. His mom was 23.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I was an only child, and my mom threw me into some modeling classes to get me out of my shell.”

― Tamara Taylor

“Becoming a mom has really thrown me for a loop. I figured I had this job in the bag because I took care of my brother and my nephew. No way!”

― Tamera Mowry

“My mom was such an amazing example. She was a mom, wife, and a career woman.”

― Tamera Mowry

“I was born in Bangkok in 1968 and grew up in Southeast Asia with my Thai mom and my American father, who first came to the region to fight in Vietnam and stayed to work assisting refugees.”

― Tammy Duckworth

“When I was young, my dad, a veteran who attended college on the GI Bill, lost his job at age 55 when the company he worked for was sold. My entire family pitched in – my mom took in sewing, and I got a minimum wage job after school.”

― Tammy Duckworth

“A mom can’t afford to be sick.”

― Tamra Davis

“Once you’re a mom, always a mom. It’s like riding a bike, you never forget.”

― Taraji P. Henson

“I’ve been an atheist since I was nine years old. And my mom is really religious, so we have a strange relationship. But if my mother was right, what would be the reason that the gods could let anything bad happen in the world?”

― Tarsem Singh

“I would go visit my mom on Sundays, and my brother was working on stuff. I’d go in there and sing a little melody, then we started working with words and the next thing you know it was just born organically without really trying.”

― Taryn Manning

“My mom’s a translator, my dad’s a woodworker; that’s the world I grew up in, that’s the world I’m most comfortable in. The whole idea of Hollywood or any of that other stuff that unfortunately goes along with film, that wasn’t part of my upbringing, thankfully.”

― Tatiana Maslany

“My mom taught me German before I knew English. And I went to French immersion school.”

― Tatiana Maslany

“I think it was my mom’s attitude about art and being part of the narcissistic digital generation or whatever that made me think anyone would care what I had to say about anything!”

― Tavi Gevinson

“When I was little, my mom made all of my costumes.”

― Taylor Louderman

“The most important thing is sleep. My mom can survive on four hours of sleep; I cannot. I need a solid eight.”

― Taylor Louderman

“I love my mom and dad.”

― Taylor Momsen

“My mom and dad are New Yorkers who left the tenement streets of the Bronx and came to Los Angeles when ‘West Side Story’ was real. They have the scars to prove it.”

― Taylor Negron

“Our project goal was to push the boundaries of VR technology to show what a surf trip feels like from the first-person perspective. I’m excited to share this. It’s pretty incredible knowing my mom can now experience riding a 20-foot wave.”

― Taylor Steele

“My mom and I have always been really close. She’s always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.”

― Taylor Swift

“What makes me happy is just curling up in with my mom in her bed and watching a marathon of ‘CSI’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episodes with pints of ice cream.”

― Taylor Swift

“I’ve been my mom’s kitchen helper since I was a little kid.”

― Taylor Swift

“For everything I do, I think about a 6-year-old girl and her mom that I saw at my concert last night. I think about what those two individuals would think if I were at a club last night. I never want to be arrested, and I never want to get a DUI, those are my moral values.”

― Taylor Swift

“When I was younger we had a grape arbor, and my mom would go out and pick grapes and make grape jam in the sink – boil it, put it in jars, and give it away as gifts.”

― Taylor Swift

“I once went on the most grueling radio tour. Living in hotel rooms, sleeping in the backs of rental cars as my mom drove to three different cities in one day.”

― Taylor Swift

“My mom and my aunties are really devout Christians. My mom married a Muslim when I was 12, so I got teachings from both sides and then other sides because I wanted to find out which way to go. So not only Christianity and Islam, but Confucianism, Shintoism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Judaism. I tried to read everything.”

― Tech N9ne

“Everybody’s darkness is different. My darkness came from my mom having pancreatitis and almost dyin’. And what I noticed was that the darkness ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

― Tech N9ne

“My mom was an actress, so I got with her boutique agency back in 2001 and started booking a few commercials. She’s like my co-manager.”

― Tequan Richmond

“I was always impressed by Betty Ford and what she went through and how full of integrity she was, and how brave. I think Mrs. Reagan was a role model of my mother’s generation, intelligent, very supportive of her husband. I am very different from my mom, but I admired her devotion.”

― Teresa Heinz

“As someone who has been both a full-time mom and full-time in work force, I know we all have valuable experiences that shape who we are.”

― Teresa Heinz

“If not for my mom, I wouldn’t be a writer today. When I was a little girl, I rarely saw her without a book in her hand.”

― Teresa Medeiros

“It’s my favorite role – being a mom.”

― Teri Polo

“My mom still lives in Denver and some of my brothers are still in the area, so I still have strong ties there.”

― Terrell Davis

“A guy I knew in high school got my number from my mom, called me up and was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m talking to you.’ I was like, ‘It’s me – it’s Terry; I went to high school with you! What do you mean?’”

― Terry Crews

“I’d been writing stories since I was a child. I wrote little books for my mom and bound them myself with needle and thread. Mostly, they were about my pets.”

― Tess Gerritsen

“My mom was in a band for over 30 years, and my brother, sister, and I start taking classical piano lessons when we were three. She’s really the reason why I’m still playing piano – she made me practice every day before school and made it a priority even when we didn’t necessarily want it to be.”

― Tess Henley

“My mom always said if you have a gift, it is absolutely not about you. So I don’t get twisted and think for one second it’s all about me.”

― Tessanne Chin

“I got my first relaxer when I was nine years old. This was in the ’90s, and I convinced my mom to let me perm my hair so I could wear a French roll with the crimps in the front.”

― Teyonah Parris

“Having children is a huge responsibility, and I just don’t want to hand them off to a nanny or my mom to take care of them.”

― Thalia

“I feel so privileged as a mom to be part of a significant organization like the March of Dimes that works hard to prevent prematurity and helps moms to have healthy babies.”

― Thalia

“You can’t be a superhero or super mom.”

― Thalia

“I grew up on the coast of England in the ’70s. My dad is white from Cornwall, and my mom is black from Zimbabwe. Even the idea of us as a family was challenging to most people.”

― Thandie Newton

“My mom is the best. She’s so nuts.”

― Theo Rossi

“The concept of ‘family’ has changed so much. It’s not just ‘mom and dad’ anymore. It’s ‘mom and mom’ and ‘dad and dad,’ and it’s kind of beautiful.”

― Theodore Melfi

“I moved with my mom to Los Angeles for her to pursue her acting career, and she got a job casting atmosphere in some independent films.”

― Thomas Ian Nicholas

“I’ll tell you what – it’s not a choice until you’re open enough to experience both male and female sexuality. Until you’ve tasted the food, you don’t know whether you’ll like it or not, as my mom always said.”

― Thomas Jane

“I remember my mom had a big collection of copies of Saturday Evening Post magazines, and that was really my introduction to those great illustrators.”

― Thomas Kinkade

“I’m kinda not one of those people that likes to put up trophies in my house, because I don’t want my mom to come be like, ‘Hey, you’re full of yourself.’”

― Thomas Rhett

“Dad told me that before I was born, he would put my mom’s stomach up to the speaker and play Led Zeppelin.”

― Thomas Rhett

“My family is all musicians – my dad plays drums, my mom plays flute, my older brother plays drums, my little brother plays drums and piano. For some reason, I didn’t get the memo, so I just play bass.”

― Thundercat

“I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I’m an actress. I’m an executive producer. I’m an author. I’m an entrepreneur, and I’m a sister and a best friend.”

― Tia Mowry

“Before becoming a mom, I never knew how good I had it to just spend time at a spa for a few hours. Now, those days are far and between. So when I have an hour, it’s all about the mani and pedi.”

― Tia Mowry

“I come from a mixed background – my mom’s black, my dad’s white – and I traveled around the world.”

― Tia Mowry

“I partnered with AstraZeneca to help launch the ‘Mom Nose Best’ campaign, where I provide tips for flu season.”

― Tia Mowry

“I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”

― Tichina Arnold

“That’s why I’m so crazy because my mom is crazy.”

― Tierra Whack

“I’m most proud of making my mom happy. Really. Because she gave me life, and she supported me. So I want to be able to give back to her.”

― Tierra Whack

“I was my mom’s oldest child, so she was like, watching closely and taking notes, like, ‘Okay, this is what she gravitates towards,’ and she gave me all the tools to keep me focused. I liked to write; she got me notebooks. I wanted to draw; she got me sketch books and crayons and coloured pencils.”

― Tierra Whack

“My mom always taught me to be sweet and polite and cross my legs because it’s what the guys like. Actually, they like a raunchy girl once in a while.”

― Tiffani Thiessen

“Being a mom, it’s up and down; it’s a little bit of a rollercoaster.”

― Tiffani Thiessen

“I took being a mom very seriously.”

― Tiffany Darwish

“From the time I was 2, I told my mom I was going to be a singer. And she’d say, ‘Sure, honey, and tomorrow you’ll want to be a dancer.’”

― Tiffany Darwish

“I wanna meet Meryl Streep, so she can be my mama. I want Meryl Streep to be my mom in a movie.”

― Tiffany Haddish

“I’m blessed to have a dad who’s always there for me and a mom who’s always there for me, and they’re on good terms.”

― Tiffany Trump

“My mom was a freethinking artist – she was wild and would do anything to get a laugh from me. She’d go in reverse through a drive-through so I could order from the window: ‘Hi, can I get a milk shake?’”

― Tig Notaro

“I never really consider myself an awkward person, but once I got into stand-up, I kept hearing that word. The only thing I can trace it back to is that my mom had a similar sensibility. She always made people uncomfortable.”

― Tig Notaro

“I am like my mom: early to bed and early to rise.”

― Tiger Shroff

“I like superheroes who are very human and underdog. That’s why I relate to my character in ‘A Flying Jatt’: because he is a very normal person and very human. He was very unsure about his super powers; he didn’t know how to use them. He is scared of heights, speed. Especially he is scared of his mom, but he has to listen to her.”

― Tiger Shroff

“My mom was tough.”

― Tiger Woods

“My mom was an opera singer, and she gave up her career to raise a family. But she also taught my sisters how to sing.”

― Tika Sumpter

“My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.”

― Tim Allen

“My dad is a very quick-witted, sarcastic, dry, humorous guy, whereas my mom’s very silly, and that side of the family is very musical.”

― Tim Heidecker

“My mom broke the mold. She put my brother and I first, always, and worked her fingers to the bone trying to provide for us. She taught us right from wrong and gave us very strong morals and values and belief in family, things that have stayed with me.”

― Tim Howard

“Kids need a mom and a dad, and people understand that. Marriage between a mom and a dad is most important for kids.”

― Tim Huelskamp

“There was a ‘magic rock’ my mom would lift up, and under the rock was a bunch of bugs. Roly-poly bugs and worms. Somehow I thought that it was a magical world of insects, and I wanted to go there. It was the same impulse as ‘Pikmin’ – I wanted to go into that world.”

― Tim Schafer

“I grabbed my mom and I went to the couch and I said, ‘Mom I want to ask Jesus to come into my heart.’ And I got on my knee and I asked Jesus to come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and make me a child of God.”

― Tim Tebow

“I’ve been blessed to have an amazing mom and two amazing sisters – so they set a very high standard.”

― Tim Tebow

“I think number one is what my mom and dad preached to me when I was a little kid: Just because you may have athletic ability and you may be able to play a sport doesn’t make you any more special than anybody else. Doesn’t mean God loves you more than anybody else.”

― Tim Tebow

“I lost my mom to cancer when I was a kid.”

― Tim Van Patten

“I feel like I’ve been around performance my whole life. My mom and uncle had done plays.”

― Timothee Chalamet

“The only time we got sugary cereal was when my mom went away for the weekend and she bought us Frosted Flakes because she wanted us to behave. Otherwise, we were eating shredded wheat, granola, or Grape Nuts.”

― Timothy Olyphant

“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.”

― Tina Fey

“I grew up in a family of Republicans. And when I was 18 and registering to vote, my mom’s only instruction was ‘You just go in and pull the big Republican lever.’ That’s my welcome to adulthood. She’s like, ‘No, don’t even read it. Just pull the Republican lever.”

― Tina Fey

“I remember failing my Princeton interview. My mom wanted me to apply because ever since I was a kid she had this dream that I would apply to Princeton, but it was just not happening.”

― Tina Fey

“I never get to go to movies, because I’m a mom.”

― Tina Fey

“My dad’s from Zimbabwe, and my mom is Danish, Irish, and Norwegian, so I have influences from a lot of different places.”

― Tinashe

“My mom is quite religious, and she got the name Tituss from the Bible. It’s one of the smallest books in the Bible. I don’t know why she added an ‘s,’ but she just did.”

― Tituss Burgess

“My mom is very liberal. She has never been religious… spiritual but not religious.”

― Tobias Forge

“In one week, I got hit by a car – it busted through my hand – and my mom got cancer.”

― Tobias Jesso, Jr.

“My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.”

― Toby Keith

“When I was 20 years old, my mom flew me for my first Broadway audition for ‘The Color Purple,’ and I only found out about it because I knew that Fantasia was in it, and so I went online to I was not a part of the union, but I flew there for the audition, and the next week I made my Broadway debut!”

― Todrick Hall

“My mom was a great tennis player, and I remember being six or seven years old watching Steffi Graf and Monica Seles in Wimbledon in my house. I’ve always been a tennis fan.”

― Tom Brady

“I started wearing Ugg when I was, like, 13 or 14, in high school, and my mom got me a pair for Christmas one year.”

― Tom Brady

“I crave my mom’s Sloppy Joes.”

― Tom Douglas

“When I was a kid and my mom made tomato soup, she would cut buttered toast into squares and float them on top of each bowl.”

― Tom Douglas

“Being an only child, I didn’t have any other family but my mom and dad really, since the rest of my family lived quite far away from London.”

― Tom Hardy

“My mom thought I could dance because I used to dance to this Janet Jackson song she’d play when I was a baby. Then she would take me to a Saturday dance school. I used to go every week and got spotted by a scout, who suggested I audition for the role of Billy in ‘Billy Elliot the Musical.’”

― Tom Holland

“When I was young, my mom realized I could dance and hold a beat, and I really danced just for fun. It was good exercise.”

― Tom Holland

“The real estate agent had to go door-to-door in the apartment building we wanted to rent, asking if it was OK for this interracial family – my mom is white and I was a 1-year-old half-African kid – to live in the apartment building.”

― Tom Morello

“My dad’s half-Lebanese, my mom is full Lebanese. I’m three-quarters Lebanese. Irish-Lebanese.”

― Tom Shadyac

“So it – we have one enduring, uh, idea that will always live on with the Smothers Brothers, that ‘Mom always liked you best.’ We’re the universal, uh, feeling that every child, every sibling has had somewhere along the line. Or, ‘Who did she like best?’ And that became kind of a little mantra.”

― Tom Smothers

“President Obama’s fight for rural America is personal. He was raised by a single mom and grandparents from Kansas. He hails from a farming state, Illinois.”

― Tom Vilsack

“My mom was a Democrat and I was scared to death that she was gonna blow it. First I was going to hell with Monroe, and now to Republican hell with Nixon.”

― Tommy Rettig

“I’d lose my mind if I heard my kid call the nanny Mommy.”

― Toni Braxton

“I love stories. I loved stories when I was a kid. My mom read stories to me all the time.”

― Tony DiTerlizzi

“I could never have pictured myself writing a book when I was 25 years old. My mom was an English teacher but I wasn’t that way growing up.”

― Tony Dungy

“People have to understand how important it is for kids to be nurtured by their mom and dad and get the great role modeling when they are young.”

― Tony Dungy

“I wear green on Sunday because it’s my mom’s favorite color, but green goes pretty well on Sunday at the Masters, too.”

― Tony Finau

“My mom was a model, and her laid-back but put-together sensibility really rubbed off on me.”

― Tony Parker

“My mom was funny and nutty. I suppose she had to be to survive raising 10 kids. To cope and keep a cap on things, she kept us buoyant and harmonious. She wouldn’t let us express anger, which later on landed me in therapy but also made it easier for me to play laid-back, measured roles.”

― Tony Shalhoub

“My father came to the U.S. from Lebanon in 1920 when he was 8 without knowing a word of English. He traveled to Green Bay, Wis., married, bought a house, and he and my mom, Helen, raised 10 kids. Everything depended on his one-man business driving a truck.”

― Tony Shalhoub

“All my life I’ve been that way – ever since I was a kid. It doesn’t matter whether we played video games or even before that when we had board games when you played with your sister and mom and dad – I didn’t like losing then and didn’t want to do anything but win when we played.”

― Tony Stewart

“She hits me and she beats me and she drinks. My mom is an alcoholic.”

― Tonya Harding

“My relationship with my mom is really bad.”

― Tonya Harding

“When I was little, my mom tells me, I used to say things like, ‘Mom do you hear the string section? Do you hear the string section?’ And she would look at me and say, ‘No honey, I don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

― Tori Amos

“I became a mom at 37 and having a child has been an emancipation for me.”

― Tori Amos

“There are days when I struggle with wanting to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom, and feeling guilty about that because I work.”

― Tori Spelling

“I love my mom. My mom loves me. We don’t have an easy relationship. I don’t think we ever will, but I’d rather have a complicated, misunderstood relationship than have no relationship at all.”

― Tori Spelling

“I want to be a loving mom.”

― Tori Spelling

“I want to be a mom who listens.”

― Tori Spelling

“I want to be a cool mom.”

― Tori Spelling

“Sometimes I do envision just being a stay at home mom but not working isn’t an option for me currently.”

― Tori Spelling

“For me, calling my mom really helps soothe me when I’m spiraling. Having someone to talk to, whether it’s a therapist, your brother, or a friend, can be such a positive thing.”

― Torrey DeVitto

“My mom actually would not allow me to watch ‘Dawson’s Creek!’”

― Torrey DeVitto

“My mom died when I was 11 years old.”

― Tory Lanez

“I started rapping because my mom died when I was about 11 years old, and I was a very rebellious kid. I’ve been kicked out of every school I’ve ever been in since 6th grade on, expelled and dropped out in the 11th grade. Music was the only thing that I could really use to express myself, so I started rapping.”

― Tory Lanez

“My mom has a stylist, and she has so many people who help her dress in these really awesome, cool styles. But I do not.”

― Tosca Musk

“Because of my unique experience as my mom’s child, the beginning of my journey was more about me trying to figure out who I was on my own. My mom is one of the greatest moms and so supportive of all my siblings and of all of us being who we are, and not who she wanted us to be.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“My mom had beautiful clothes. My mom is elegant; my mom is glamorous. But my mom is also really real, and I grew up with a mother who had babies crawling on her head and spitting up on her when she was wearing gorgeous, expensive things, and it was never an issue.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“I’m extremely blessed to have the extraordinary mother that I have, and I don’t mean Diana Ross, I mean the mother. My mom paved a road that didn’t exist, as did Oprah.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“The national treasure that is Diana Ross is a dim light compared with who she is as a mother. My mom paved the way not only for my career but also for who I am as a human being.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“When I was as little as four years old, my mom would give me a pen and paper and tell me to write a story to keep me busy.”

― Tracie Peterson

“I really wanted to make it as a ballet dancer to make my mom proud. But it didn’t happen.”

― Tracy Anderson

“My mom and dad met at UCLA when he as a captain in the Air Force and she was in her junior year.”

― Tracy Austin

“My mom passed away a day before high school started, and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy, and play drums in a band.”

― Travis Barker

“My mom died when I was 16. I had a rough childhood, you know what I mean, but it made me strong.”

― Travis Barker

“My mom listened to the Beatles and Elvis, a lot of different types of music.”

― Travis Barker

“My mom used to work for Coach and Louis Vuitton, in retail. So, I’ve always been around it. I’ve always had that connection. Always.”

― Travis Scott

“My mom worked for Apple, and my dad owned his own business.”

― Travis Scott

“I remember my mom bought me one of their shirts for Easter so that I could wear Helmut Lang for Easter. That was my first piece.”

― Travis Scott

“My mom, through my dad, rented the apartment next door to his… he had the lease on both places. But then, she would dress up and act like his maid… a practical maid. No fantasies.”

― Trevor Noah

“My mom used to get arrested for being with my dad. She would get fined. She would spend weekends in jail.”

― Trevor Noah

“I grew up in such a musical family, and my dad was the first chair in the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, and my mom was a piano teacher and a painter, so it was kind of a creative environment, and it was kind of in my DNA.”

― Trevor Rabin

“When I was growing up in New Jersey, my mom would regularly take my sister and I into the city to see shows. I have many fond memories of standing in the half-price ticket line in Times Square and going to matinees.”

― Trey Anastasio

“My real name is Alfonso. My grandfather and dad are also Alfonso, so I was the third. So my mom just gave me the nickname Trey because I was the third.”

― Trey Burke

“I bought a house for my mom, I bought a house for my dad, I bought a house for my sister.”

― Trey Parker

“Sometimes, if you don’t have kids yourself, it’s assumed you won’t understand or know how to play a mom, which is kind of silly if you think about it.”

― Tricia Helfer

“When you’re sick, nobody takes care of you like your mom.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“I lost my mom to breast cancer about three years ago, and it has changed me forever.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“My mom and sister and I all cook.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“I wrote a book with my mom and my sister for fun. I had no idea it would be a ‘New York Times’ bestseller.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“One thing my mom taught me was that when you’re making deviled eggs, flip the eggs over the night before. They’ve been sitting in the carton as they’re transported, so the yolks settle on bottom. If you flip them, then the yolks aren’t skewed to one side.”

― Trisha Yearwood

“The very end of me mom’s road is the back entrance to Bray Head. Usually climb it when I get home.”

― Tristan MacManus

“I always tell my mom that if she would have just bought me a Barbie when I was little, I would have gone into real estate.”

― Trixie Mattel

“My dad is a successful television producer, director and writer and my mom’s a director and writer.”

― Troian Bellisario

“My dad is a successful television producer, director and writer, and my mom’s a director and writer. Even when I was young, I wanted to be an actress.”

― Troian Bellisario

“My mom was not able to buy us the expensive Air Jordans, so if I wanted something that was a little bit nicer, my brother and I, we had to go earn money for it.”

― Troy Carter

“My mom worked for a doctor who had a pool that he heated to 90 degrees, and I hated cold water. My dad showed me how to dive in that pool, and pretty soon I started doing flips.”

― Troy Dumais

“My mom worked as a pharmacist, but she is one of the best storytellers I know. My sister is a gospel and opera singer and my brother, who passed away, was a writer.”

― Tunde Adebimpe

“I learnt how to make candles when I was a kid. My mom used to make them. Then, when I broke my leg once and couldn’t really move around, I started playing around with it… putting the scent inside and dried flowers, and that’s it.”

― Twinkle Khanna

“I grew up in a bustling household of women with my mom, granny, and aunts. Seeing all these strong women taking charge of their lives and living it to the fullest was a great inspiration while growing up.”

― Twinkle Khanna

“I think till I reached my mid-30s, I just rebelled and rebelled. But eventually, the one thing I did pick up from mom was paying attention to my hair. We all put eggs, oil, dahi, even beer in our hair.”

― Twinkle Khanna

“I make bangers all the time, and I knew it was going to come. My mom probably used to think it wasn’t going to happen. My daughter’s mom thought it wasn’t going to happen, and a couple of girlfriends. You just gotta keep on doing it. I’m living proof.”

― Ty Dolla Sign

“My dad is a lawyer and my mom is an artist. So growing up was exactly what it sounds like – strict household but a lot of creativity. They are so psyched that I get to make music for a living. My parents rule.”

― Ty Segall

“I’m very quiet. In the beginning, my brother would play the piano, and I would sing, because that’s what my mom and dad did. And then along the way, somebody teased me for even thinking that I could get up there. That stayed with me, and I became very shy.”

― Tyka Nelson

“I was a good student. My mom is a teacher, and her side of the family is all teachers. She put a big emphasis on getting good grades.”

― Tyler Hilton

“I got started acting by going to auditions that my mom found in the entertainment section of our local news paper. Then, I got a manager and started going out on more auditions.”

― Tyler James Williams

“I had to make 500 shots every day, and when my mom wasn’t looking, I’d get up closer to the basket and do lay-ups and count them, and she’d be at the back window at the kitchen and knock. Then I’d have to go back and shoot from longer.”

― Tyler Joseph

“On my mom’s side I’m Mexican, and my dad is a white dude.”

― Tyler Posey

“When my mom passed, it hit us hard. She was the glue that held our family together.”

― Tyler Posey

“When modeling agencies were saying that I was too big and gaining weight, my mom said, ‘OK, we’re going to discuss what they’re saying over pizza, and we’re going to plan the future of your career which doesn’t involve you having to be skinny.’”

― Tyra Banks

“I’m frugal. I’ve always been this way. When I was young, my mom would give me my allowance, and I’d peel off a little each week and have some to spare.”

― Tyra Banks

“My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to swipe me off my feet.”

― Tyra Banks

“I remember recording over my mom’s cassettes and putting on ‘Thuggish Ruggish Bone,’ and my mom be like, ‘What the hell?’ Being that I was born in ’82, I’ve been listening to all of the classics throughout my years.”

― Tyron Woodley

“I’ve learned that every working mom is a superwoman.”

― Uma Thurman

“I’m an actress and mom, and I probably don’t have enough of an active spiritual life. And I don’t know why people run around calling themselves by the names of religions when they don’t actually practise them.”

― Uma Thurman

“I didn’t get into too many fights when I was younger. I think I got into, like, one fight when I was in high school, and that was because someone was being rude towards my mom, and that was it.”

― Urijah Faber

“Sometimes, when I’m scolding the kids, I sound just like my mom. I’m like, ‘How did Jonetta get in here?’”

― Usher

“I just felt proud of being able to tell my mom that ‘Ye reached out. He saw that I built on my own with a small team.”

― Valee

“My mom just brought me to the school of my coach. And I’ve trained with him my whole life. I started there, and it was totally natural for me. When I got to be 12 years old, I understood: it wasn’t a job for me. It was my life.”

― Valentina Shevchenko

“I’m a full-time mom right now and a part-time actress.”

― Valerie Bertinelli

“Daddy was a salesman and away a lot, always working. My mom took me to the movies on Thursday nights because it was dish night, when they gave you a free dish along with your movie ticket.”

― Valerie Harper

“I realize that I was being the kind of parent that I thought my daughter needed. I was a good role model for her on what a working mom can do.”

― Valerie Jarrett

“But my mom was a pianist, and she taught piano out of her house. I was just so excited, being a little kid and having all these other kids come to my house twice a week. I thought it was a big party.”

― Vanessa Carlton

“My mom would give me a piece to play, but I wouldn’t do any theory because when it came time to do it I would sneak back upstairs and watch TV. So, I had these kind of nonchalant lessons for years, then it just started soaking in.”

― Vanessa Carlton

“That’s actually how my parents met. They were pen pals. My mom was in the Philippines and my father was in the States, and they wrote to each other. He went out to meet her, and they wed not too long after.”

― Vanessa Hudgens

“It was definitely a part of our life. I mean, my mom had both her brothers and her fiancee in Vietnam at the same time, so it wasn’t just my dad’s story, it was my mom’s story too. And we definitely grew up listening to the stories.”

― Vanessa Kerry

“I feel like the word ‘mom’ and ‘supermom’ should be synonymous. When you are a mom, you are a superhero.”

― Vanessa Lachey

“For example, I loved English and history at school. I would have loved to have done a degree in either. But my Mom said I didn’t have time for university.”

― Vanessa Mae

“My mom helped me get started when I was younger. I started with singing. An agent saw me singing on stage at the Palm Springs Festival, and recommended I get into acting, so I was like, ‘Oh, okay.’ I just started from there, singing and acting.”

― Vanessa Morgan

“My brother was really smart, and I definitely had a little ADD – I was very creative and active – and my mom thought, ‘Why should I send them to school when they can work at a higher level at home?’”

― Vanessa Ray

“Well, my mom taught public school music for almost 40 years. And she’s about 5 feet – and very mighty. And she would control her kids a lot by giving them the eye, or the stare.”

― Vanessa Williams

“I have a very broad demographic, from the 8-year-old who knows every word to ‘Ice Ice Baby’ and the college kid who grew up on ‘Ninja Rap’ to the soccer mom and grandparent.”

― Vanilla Ice

“My mom raised me to be clean, so it’s in my nature. I have two little girls, and I’m married, but we’ve got a nanny and a maid.”

― Vanilla Ice

“I’m a mom, a full-time mom when I’m not taping. I do the carpool thing, and bake the cookies, and do the homework.”

― Vanna White

“My mom didn’t want us to go to the candy house, she didn’t want us to go to the ice cream truck, she didn’t want us to go to the… There was actually a donut truck, if that makes sense.”

― Venus Williams

“Yes, I love playing Mom.”

― Vicki Lawrence

“When you’ve got kids, you turn into Mom, and that’s it.”

― Vicki Lawrence

“My dad met my mom just once before their marriage.”

― Vicky Kaushal

“My mom lived by herself with two kids. Sacrifice was the name of the game at our house.”

― Victor Cruz

“My mom and my father’s birthday are on the same day.”

― Victor Cruz

“My mom was dying for me to write a book, she was my biggest advocate.”

― Victor Cruz

“When I was 10 years old, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiered, and I told my mom, ‘I’m going to be on that show one day.’”

― Victoria Arlen

“My deceased grandmother on my mom’s side was a real fairy godmother, who lived to be 102 and who I always feel is looking after me.”

― Victoria Clark

“I was almost 8 years old when I was watching a kid on a TV commercial, and I told my mom that I wanted to do the same thing. She said that I would need to get an agent and that she would research it.”

― Victoria Justice

“My mom is not trying to live vicariously through me.”

― Victoria Justice

“My mom used to say that I became a fighter and a scrapper and a tough guy to protect who I am at my core.”

― Vin Diesel

“My mom insisted on multigrain bread and never allowed soda in the house.”

― Vin Diesel

“My dad’s name is Vernon and my mom liked the initials, V. V. My sisters and I got named Victoria, Valerie and Vincent so we’d be V. V.’s, too. But, then when you start getting pets’ names that start with a ‘v,’ it’s a little embarrassing.”

― Vince Vaughn

“I was a bed wetter till very late. My mom used to hang my sheets out the window to dry, and I’d have to run home from school in order to beat the other kids to my house so they wouldn’t see them.”

― Vince Vaughn

“My father came from nothing, so he believed that people could do anything if they worked hard enough. I think he liked that I chose to be an actor. Both he and my mom were totally supportive.”

― Vince Vaughn

“Both my parents were born in the Philippines. My dad is full Filipino, but my mom looks a little mixed, and her mom’s name is Estelita Coquico.”

― Vincent Rodriguez III

“That was one thing I wanted to win because, my mom, she didn’t really know much else in music, but the Grammys were special to her.”

― Vinnie Paul

“My mom’s gonna be the biggest star – mark my words right now!”

― Vinny Guadagnino

“I got a family house for everybody to live in – my mom, my sisters and I. And I made sure that it has a separate apartment downstairs for myself. Family is more important than anything. We don’t come from any money. So once I get them settled in, in a nice house, then I’ll branch out and see if I can get something else.”

― Vinny Guadagnino

“I loved my nanny very much, but she was never a replacement for my mom in any way.”

― Virginia Williams

“I honestly don’t remember when and why I started calling my mom ‘Momsi’. These are family things; it starts for some reason. It’s not that I just call her Momsi; I call her other things as well!”

― Viswanathan Anand

“I’ve had asthma my whole life. My mom used to hook the generator up to the Suburban and roll the extension cord all the way down to the football field and have my nebulizer hooked up to that so I could take treatments in between offense and defense. I was in the fifth grade when she started doing that.”

― Von Miller

“My mom always wanted to go to Maryland to live there. Baltimore, actually. She had a best friend who lived there. She kept saying that she was going to move there and make that her home, but she only made it halfway across the country and got stuck in Iowa.”

― Vonda Shepard

“I grew up hunting and fishing in Land Between the Lakes. I have so many great memories of camping with my mom over at Redd Hollow.”

― W. Earl Brown

“I’m just another non-native whose mom told him we were part-Cherokee.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“I hope that, somewhere, Mom and Dad are proud that little Walter is performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.”

― Walter Cronkite

“Now, my mom did not read well and she read ‘True Romance’ magazines, but she read with me. And she would spend 30 minutes a day, her finger going along the page, and I learned to read. Eventually, by the time I was four and a half, she could iron and I could sit there and read the ‘True Romance.’ And that was wonderful.”

― Walter Dean Myers

“There’s so many good comedians in D.C. I started hanging out with those guys. Dave Chappelle was there. Actually, Dave was too young to be in the clubs, so when his mom couldn’t make it, he would ask me to pretend I was his aunt, so he could do open mike.”

― Wanda Sykes

“If I’m talking about something current, a current issue or something political, it’s because I was able to read it when I was on the plane getting to the gig… a lot of it happens when I’m on the road because when I’m home, you’re just mom, and that’s it.”

― Wanda Sykes

“A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.”

― Washington Irving

“I made a clean version of ‘Enter the Ninja’ that my mom can listen to.”

― Watkin Tudor Jones

“My mom didn’t let me play video games growing up, so now I do. Gaming gives me a chance to just let go, blow somebody up and fight somebody from another dimension. It’s all escapism.”

― Wayne Brady

“I hope telling the story of how I went from being a single mom to serving in the Texas State Senate to running for governor will remind others that with the right leadership in government, where you start has nothing to do with how far you go.”

― Wendy Davis

“My mom was a ventriloquist and she always was throwing her voice. For ten years I thought the dog was telling me to kill my father.”

― Wendy Liebman

“I would always sneak in the refrigerator and eat seconds, and underneath my bed – you know, I had my own bedroom – it was littered with Twinkie wrappers and Jolly Rancher wrappers. And I would sneak-eat, because I was denied food, not because I was hungry, but because my mom and dad did the best they could in 1970 and ’71 and ’72.”

― Wendy Williams

“Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.”

― Will Durant

“Oftentimes, even as a little kid, I would get up before anyone else. My brother would still be sleeping, my mom would still be sleeping, so I would literally play ‘Monopoly’ by myself. I would play board games; I would do things by myself.”

― Will Ferrell

“My dad is black and my mom is white. It was not in vogue to be an interracial couple in the 1970s in South Texas. After my parents moved to San Antonio, it took almost a year for them to find their first home.”

― Will Hurd

“If you would ask my mom what books I liked growing up, I liked Dr. Seuss.”


“My mom’s discipline worked out perfectly. I wouldn’t change a thing.”


“I was born and raised in East Los Angeles by a single mom who had three biological kids and adopted four more. I never met my dad.”


“When I got into junior high school, that’s when my mom let me dress how I wanted to dress. Up to that point I wore suits to school all the time.”


“My mom’s never been married. I’ve never even seen my mom kiss a dude.”


“I remember when I was 11, I told my mom, ‘One day I’m going to buy you a house.’ And she said, ‘Boy, don’t you be making promises you can’t keep.’ I was like: ‘No, Ma, it’s not a promise. I’m going to buy you a house one day.’”


“How often do I call my mom? You can never call your mum enough, and I should call my mum more often. But I speak to my mum very regularly and have a close relationship with my parents.”

― Will Poulter

“My dad was a surgeon, my mom a nurse, and they were always out working. I had five sisters and a brother. They didn’t care what I got up to.”

― Willem Dafoe

“My mom used to call us ‘free range kids,’ like free range chickens… We roamed the countryside.”

― William Moseley

“When I first got into the entertainment industry, I would always watch Rihanna and all those people, so I was like, ‘Ooh, I have to be this.’ So my mom was like, ‘Just be yourself.’”

― Willow Smith

“I grew up in a somewhat religious family. My dad’s family isn’t religious at all, but my mom’s side of the family is, so I was exposed to church a bit.”

― Win Butler

“With my skin, I have to avoid direct contact with the sun, so that, combined with my mom being conservative, meant I grew up wearing stockings under shorts and long sleeves under tank tops. It was kind of embedded in me that I was supposed to be covering up.”

― Winnie Harlow

“I liked to hang around my mom’s beauty salon, watching her do hair.”

― Winnie Harlow

“Even as a little girl, my mom never wanted me to watch BET, but when I was at my grandparents’ house, and my older cousins were there and I could watch it, I was infatuated with the idea that I could one day be a DJ or the host of a show.”

― Winnie Harlow

“I’ve been doing my own makeup since I was 15. I would steal my mom’s products, go online, watch YouTube videos of girls doing their makeup, and try.”

― Winnie Harlow

“We lived on our own for a very long time, and those are my happiest years, me and my mom.”

― Winnie Harlow

“My mom will sometimes call me Winnie. It’s so annoying. I’m like, ‘Who are you talking to?’”

― Winnie Harlow

“I get sent a lot of scripts where you’re just the mom.”

― Winona Ryder

“Usually, the roles that you get offered that are the mom roles are very much the mom role.”

― Winona Ryder

“I came to Hong Kong when I was five, but we didn’t have any relatives in Hong Kong. My mom is a big movie fan, and she watched all kinds of movies, so when I was a kid, basically, we went to watch a movie every day.”

― Wong Kar-wai

“Whenever I would get in trouble with my dad, my mom would always save me. So that’s why I like my mom – she cool.”

― Wyclef Jean

“I don’t have mom issues or dad issues. I think I have found peace about many things in my past. I have forgiven and asked to be forgiven.”

― Xavier Dolan

“I didn’t have any social skills at all, but my mom noticed I was way more vocal when I had a Nintendo controller in my hand. So she’d set up play dates with other kids to come over and play video games.”

― Xavier Woods

“My dad is Mexican, and he grew up as a normal chauvinistic Mexican, and he expected my mom to do everything for him.”

― Xochi Birch

“My father was Muslim, and my mom is Christian, and we moved from New Orleans to Oakland, so I always had this appreciation for different cultures.”

― Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

“I just picked up a lot of classic-rock, melodic influence from my mom, music that she listened to, like 10,000 Maniacs, Led Zeppelin, REO Speedwagon and Yes.”

― Yelawolf

“My grandmother, grandfather, my mom – we’ve always been driven by laughter. It’s what held us together. Thanksgivings, any kind of family get-together, we usually end up in tears.”

― Yelawolf

“My mom and her whole side of the family, they all from Compton.”

― YG

“It’s interesting as a mom to reflect on your own parenting skills. The core of our beliefs may stay the same, but our perspective changes over the years and evolves with each child that comes through us.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“At 12 years old, I raised a premature baby cow on our farm because her mom had died. I bottle-fed it every day, let it suck on my chin, and babied it until it was stable.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“I think I’m a disciplined mom versus a strict mom. But also, that job – the disciplining was from birth until about 12, and at 12, I set my kids free, and they learned to become independent human beings.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“Having been raised very disciplined, I had to iron for my mom every Friday afternoon after school.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“My mom used to always play hip-hop around the crib, but moreso than that, she played reggae, and I grew up on reggae music more than I grew up on hip-hop.”

― Young M.A

“My mom got 11 kids. We struggled.”

― Young Thug

“I got my way with my grandma. I used to get whoopings with my mom, but my grandma spoiled me.”

― YoungBoy Never Broke Again

“When I was a child it was very clear what I was allowed to see and what I was not allowed to see and there was no discussion or option or negotiation. Whatever my mom said, that’s what went down.”

― Yul Vazquez

“When I first got to Brooks Brothers, my mom told me she remembered how upsetting it was trying to find professional clothes in the eighties. Suits would either be over-stylized or frumpy, so she said, ‘Make sure it’s tailored properly.’”

― Zac Posen

“As a little boy, my mom would bake with me on the weekends – that was our time together.”

― Zac Posen

“When I was about four, people used to walk up to my mom and say I should be in commercials.”

― Zachary Gordon

“My mom always encouraged me, it was never weird. She’d look at ‘Heavy Metal’ and go ‘Woo-hoo!’”

― Zack Snyder

“I’ve always loved to perform in front of people, but it became pretty serious when I participated in ‘Sweden’s Got Talent.’ I thought it would be a fun thing to do, and I was just like, ‘OK, why not?’ And Mom was like, ‘OK, sure, sure, do this!’ So I did, and I won it!”

― Zara Larsson

“Our parents are obviously proud, but they’re still trying to get used to the fact that we’re in a band. I have a feeling my mom would actually like One Direction if I wasn’t in it!”

― Zayn Malik

“I’ve got three sisters, five aunties, and my mom. It must have had an influence on me growing up.”

― Zayn Malik

“When your dad is a preacher and your mom is a choir director and you’re in church all the time, as a youngster, you’ve got to find something to do. That’s where my musical background comes from.”

― Zaytoven

“When the Berlin Wall came down, my dad left to visit the U.S. He met my mom at this summer camp where they were both working, so I grew up between Washington Heights and Germany speaking two languages.”

― Zazie Beetz

“My mom started working at the California Shakespeare Theater in Oakland when I was two years old, so I’ve always grown up around theater.”

― Zendaya

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized my true models are my parents. My mom is like a sheroe. My dad is so strong.”

― Zendaya

“My mom actually taught fifth grade, so… I’m good with fifth graders. That’s, like, my specialty.”

― Zendaya

“I wanted to escape so badly. But of course I knew I couldn’t just give up and leave school. It was only when I heard my mom’s voice that I came out of my hiding place.”

― Zhang Ziyi

“I did drama at school and when I was doubling Xena, one time for my birthday mom and dad bought me an acting course ’cause I’ve always liked the performance side of anything.”

― Zoe Bell

“I’ve always had a fascination with gymnastics, since I was a kid. It was the one thing at the Olympics that I would be like, ‘Mom can I stay up late to watch gymnastics?’”

― Zoe Bell

“My hero is Michelle Williams, who I grew close to when we did ‘Meek’s Cutoff.’ She’s an extraordinary actor and mom.”

― Zoe Kazan

“I was raised vegan. My mom would always make quinoa with squash and kale, hippie stuff like that. Now I eat meat, but I try to be conscious about where it’s coming from.”

― Zoe Kravitz

“My mom and grandmother were actresses, and I knew I was going to do this since I was super young. I would put on shows at my grandparents’ house and sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the living room. I was in drama club and chorus, and I knew every word to ‘Grease.’”

― Zoe Kravitz

“Along with being around the ‘Roseanne’ stuff, I’ve been following my mom and my dad back to Steppenwolf.”

― Zoe Perry

“When I’m acting, there are moments where I’m thinking, ‘I sound like my mom when I say that,’ or, ‘I sound like my dad when I say that.’”

― Zoe Perry

“Oh, yeah! Playing ‘Young Jackie’ came at the insistence of Roseanne herself. Mom obliged but told me that would not be an option again until I was 18. Truthfully, I grew up not thinking I would act.”

― Zoe Perry

“My mom passed on her obsession of all things antique or vintage. I love to go thrift store shopping or explore any sort of garage sale. Treasure hunting is a family passion.”

― Zoey Deutch

“My sister, mom and I all wear the same size, so I shop a lot at a boutique called ‘my mother’s closet’ that is right down the hall from my bedroom. She has vintage Comme des Garcons dresses that I feel so elegant wearing.”

― Zoey Deutch

“My nursery school did a production of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ I played the third pig. When the wolf knocked on my door, I refused to get up and answer it because, to me, he was knocking the wrong way. I just lay there, snoring away on stage, fully immersed in my character. My dad turned to my mom and said: ‘Dustin Hoffman.’”

― Zooey Deschanel

“If I were to work with my mom, I probably would not want her to play my mom. That would get too real.”

― Zooey Deschanel

“My mom was onstage when she was pregnant with me.”

― Zosia Mamet
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