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155 Mother and Son Quotes Praising Their Bond

Forever your little boy, and always the woman he will cherish. Here are the best mom and son quotes!

Published on June 25, 2020 6:00 AM EST
Mother and Son Quotes Praising Their Bond

Our latest collection of mother and son quotes praising their unique relationship. These mother and son quotes will help you celebrate their special bond.

Mothers play a critical role in the life of their sons. There is a deep connection between a mother and son that starts from the time a woman gives birth to her son.

Mother and Son Quotes Praising Their Bond

Although fathers also play an important role in the life of their sons, the bond between mother and son is simply special. A mother is the first person who truly understands and knows everything about her son since he has been inside her for nine months.

Mothers play various roles in the life of their sons. A mother is her son’s best friend, his protector and hope, a source of encouragement, and most of all, a mother is an adviser to her son.

While fathers are teachers, mothers are advisers. It is due to these special roles of a mother to her son that the bond between mother and son needs to be celebrated.

Below you will find our collection of inspirational and wise mother and son quotes, mother and son proverbs, and mother and son sayings, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Remember to also check out our selection of inspirational children quotes that will teach them to fly and soar into the adult. We also have a variety of quotes on pregnancy as well as mother daughter quotes expressing unconditional love. Be sure to read them as well.

Mother and Son Quotes Praising Their Bond

1. “There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between the mother and a son.” – Anonymous

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2. “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” – Irish Proverb

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3. “Mothers are inscrutable beings to their sons, always.” – A.E. Coppard

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4. “Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.” – Sophocles

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5. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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6. “You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.” ― Strickland Gillilan

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7. “Mother is her son’s first god. She must teach him the most important lesson of all – how to love.” – T. F. Hodge

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8. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” ― Victor Hugo

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9. “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” – Michael Jordan

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10. “If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.” ― Sigmund Freud

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11. “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ― Washington Irving

12. “Every mother hopes that her daughter will marry a better man than she did, and is convinced that her son will never find a wife as good as his father did.” – Martin Andersen Nexo

13. “Even more than the time when she gave birth, a mother feels her greatest joy when she hears others refer to her son as a wise learned one.” – Thiruvalluvar

14. “Raising boys has made me a more generous woman than I really am. Undoubtedly, there are other routes to learning the wishes and dreams of the presumably opposite sex, but I know of none more direct, or more highly motivating, than being the mother of sons.” – Mary Kay Blakely

15. “Having a child makes you realize the importance of life, narcissism goes out the window. Heaven on earth is looking at my little boy. The minute he was born, I knew if I never did anything other than being a mom, I’d be fine.” – Jenny McCarthy

17. “My father died when I was seven, leaving a widow and five sons, ranging in age from five to seventeen. My mother was the most highly disciplined and hardest working person I have ever known, and this, combined with her love and gentleness, enabled her to make a success of each of her children.” – Arthur Lewis

18. “The best love in the world is the love of a man. The love of a man who came from your womb, the love of your son! I don’t have a daughter, but maybe the love of a daughter is the best, too. I am first and foremost me, but right after that, I am a mother. The best thing that I can ever be, is me. But the best gift that I will ever have, is being a mother.” – C. JoyBell C

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19. “There will be many times you will feel like you have failed. But in the eyes, heart and mind of your child, you are supermom.” – Stephanie Precourt

20. “Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.” – Louisa May Alcott

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21. “Every man looks for a girlfriend that has his mother’s qualities. – Anonymous

22. “Holding my Mother’s ashes in my hand. A thunder of pain smashes in my heart. The beauty of her smile, always allowed me to go the extra mile. As thoughts pile up in my mind, the sound of her voice brings comfort. Even though she is gone, she taught me how to be strong. I am thinking of the day you were taken. A Son’s memories shattered in silence. But your life is a beacon for my soul. Mother, dearest Mother, no other woman compares to you. You were strong in the darkest hour and you showed me the strength to achieve victory. So at this moment my victories and achievements belong to you.” – Mark Frank

23. “To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind.” – Shannon L. Alder

24. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac

25. “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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26. “A mother has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

27. “No matter your age, you always need your mom.” – Anonymous

28. “Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.” —Moroccan Proverb

29. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” —Princess Diana

30. “To wake up to the sound of my son saying ‘Mama, mama!’ It’s the best sound ever.” – Miranda Kerr

Also check out our list of insightful motherhood quotes to remind you of what mothers mean to us.

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31. “A mother’s love doesn’t make her son more dependent and timid; it actually makes him stronger and more independent.” – Cheri Fuller

32. “We almost lost my mom to cancer 10 years ago — she survived. Every day we’re a grateful family to have her and all our loved ones around us.”- Dwaye “The Rock” Johnson

33. “[My mom]’s a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches.” – Bradley Cooper

34. “My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.”- Denzel Washington

35. “Mothers yielding Bibles, contemplating smearing the blood of lamb chops over her doorway. Anything to keep her son alive another day. ― Antonia Perdu

36. “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” ― Erich Fromm

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37. “So there’s this boy. He kinda stole my heart. He calls me ‘mom’.” ― Anonymous

38. “Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

39. “Some mothers 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

40. “When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” – Pablo Picasso

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41. “A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother… A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.” – The Proverbs of Solomon

42. “My mom was the person that I most looked up to for her point of view, her humor.”- Ben Stiller

43. “I wouldn’t be doing any of this if it weren’t for her, both my parents. She supported this little kid who said, ‘I want to be an actor,’ at 12 years old, which is ridiculous, and she drove me to all these auditions … She’s the only reason I’m able to do what I do.”- Leonardo DiCaprio

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44. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish Proverb

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45. “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

46. “You are ugly when you love her, you are beautiful and fresh, vital and free, modern and poetic. When you don’t,  you are more beautiful as an orphan than as your mother’s son.” – Witold Gombrowicz

47. “Being a mother to a little boy and helping him discover the world is one of the greatest experiences in a woman’s life, which makes objective goals dull in comparison. The connection between a mother and her son opens the gate to a new world of wonder and love.” – Anonymous

48. “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” – Joseph Stefano

49. “No mother wants to hear her son say he’s gay. Those two words rip the picture of a daughter in law and grandchildren into pieces. I felt sorry for my mom and wanted her to know everything was going to be alright. But then she said, ‘I don’t really care, Johnny, as long as I know that you are going to be happy.” – Johnny Weir

50. “Ain’t a woman alive who could take my mama’s place.” –Tupac

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51. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde

52. “A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it’s too late to let her know that he sees it.” – W. D. Howells

53. “Moms are as relentless as the tides. They don’t just drive us to practice, they drive us to greatness.” –Steve Rushin

54. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo

55. “A child’s first teacher is its mother.” – Peng Liyuan

56. “If you try singling me out to my mother, she’ll be down your throat. She has three sons, and she’s equally proud of us all.” – Lee Pearson

57. “It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son – and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.” – Helen Rowland

58. “My mother carried me for ten months. I asked her ‘Mother, you had an extra month, why you didn’t make me a beautiful face?’ and mother told me, ‘My son, I was busy making your beautiful hands and heart.’” – Mstislav Rostropovich

59. “Most young men are such bores. They haven’t lived long enough to learn that they are not the wonders to the world they are to their mothers.”
L.M. Montgomery

60. “My mother is the reason that I love you,’ Bhim said simply. ‘She is the reason I know what love is.” ― Leah Franqui

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61. “I listen to my mother, and that keeps me out of trouble. I’m a good son.” – Mr. T

62. “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod

63. “Sons worship their mothers, seeing them as flawless, almighty beings who spread love and who are able to do anything. That is why the most important lesson that a mother can teach her son is to respect, love, and understand women.” – Unknown

64. “Even more, than the time when she gave birth, a mother feels her greatest joy when she hears others refer to her son as a wise learned one.” –Thiruvalluvar

65. “Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

66. “Sometimes when I need a miracle, I look into my son’s eyes, and realize I’ve already created one.” – Unknown

67. “My mother is not a CIA agent, but she’s an Italian mother, and she’d do anything for her son.” – Adriano Giannini

68. “I cannot be more grateful for the things that I have because I love my son and I have him.” – Unknown

69. “I know you have your own life, his mother said to his voicemail. I was just hoping to be part of it for a few hours.” – Maggie Stiefvater

70. “You will be his first his, his first love, his first friend. You’re his momma and he is your whole world. He is your little boy.” – Unknown

71. “Son, you remind me how so much depends on days made of now.” – Alison McGhee

72. “To my son, never forget that I love you. Life is filled with hard times and good times. Learn from everything you can. Be the man I know you can be.” – Unknown

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73. “And she loved a little boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself.” – Shel Silverstein

74. “The bond between mother and son lasts a lifetime. The bond between mother and son is a special one. It remains unchanged by time or distance. It is the purest love, unconditional and true. It is understanding of any situation and forgiving of any mistake.” – Unknown

75. “There are no goodbyes, wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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76. “To a mother, a son is never a fully grown man; and a son is never a fully grown man until he understands and accepts this about his mother.” – Unknown

77. “I want my son to have a choice to contribute fully in the workforce or at home.” – Sheryl Sandberg

78. “Of course, my son has been the center of my life and will always be the center of my love. When he was young, I was the rock in his life. Now that I am old, he is the rock in my life.” – Hyacinth Mottley

79. “Be strong out there, my son. Look for the love and kindness in others. Forgive yourself when you make mistakes, and enjoy the journey.” – Kirsten Wreggitt

80. “You are my Son shine.” – Author Unknown

81. “There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.” – Washington Irving

82. “Regardless of the situation you and your son find yourselves in, you, the parent, can always change how you respond to your teen.” – Kevin Fall

83. “Yet now in my arms I was holding a helpless baby boy who would grow into a man. . . . . I cannot imagine that soft little face one day having whiskers.” – Rhonda Stoppe

84. “When you were a toddler you made me smile.
When you were a teenage you made me worry.
But now you are a man and my son, I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments!” – Catherine Pulsifer

85. “Our sons grow and change, sometimes before our eyes, and we can barely keep up with their active, inquisitive natures.” – Dr Gregory L. Jantz

86. “But boys are different from girls and not just physically. Acknowledging, appreciating, and understanding that boys are boys is essential in raising a son.” – Catherine Musco Garcia-Prats

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87. “Mothers see the angel in us because the angel is there. If it’s shown to the mother, the son has got an angel to show, hasn’t he? When a son cuts somebody’s throat the mother only sees it’s possible for a misguided angel to act like a devil, and she’s entirely right about that!” – Booth Tarkington

88. “A man’s desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.” – Helen Rowland

89. “I want you to know that you can be anyone that you want to be. The world is your stage, and you have the whole world right in front of you. All you need to do is take that chance. Love you, son.” – Unknown

90. “It’s one thing for a child to leave home and live close by but, to me, it is quite another for my son to leave to live in another province where distance prevents me from seeing him more often. Then, I realize that the values and the teachings I have given him over the years are more important than any words that I would say now.” – Catherine Pulsifer

91. “At first blush, everyone thinks the most important relationships in the family are the father-son and mother-daughter relationships. But they’re wrong. The cross-gender relationships are most critical.” – Dr Kevin Leman

92. “When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.” – The Talmud

93. “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” – Wally Schirra

94. “It was vitally important to me over the years of my son’s development that I modeled the behavior that I wanted him to adopt. You see, as a parent or as parents, we all have a tremendous responsibility that should not be taken lightly.” – Catherine Pulsifer

95. “The moment that little bundle of pink, squirming flesh slips into our arms, love touches us. We feel it, not just in our hearts, but also on our skin. He is there. Our son.” – Meg Meeker Md

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96. “Bringing up a daughter, a mother pours a part of her soul. Bringing up a son, she gives him her whole soul.” – Unknown

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97. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” ― Abraham Lincoln

98. “You may take offense at your mother. But always remember: your mother is the only woman who will love you in spite all your disadvantages.” – Unknown

99. “Let your boys test their wings. They may not be eagles, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t soar free.” – C.J. Milbrandt

100. “A dad for his son is always caring, while mommy is always loving.” – Unknown

101. “More than mother and son, they were accomplices in solitude.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

102. “Sometimes a mother wonders if her son could have a better mother, but she knows for sure that she knows that there doesn’t exist a better son.” – Unknown

103. “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.” – Kahlil Gibran

104. “Every mother wants her son to find a wife just like her. She is sure that no woman can take care of her little boy.” – Unknown

105. “You’ve been a blessing from the start, I love you son with all my heart.” – Unknown

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106. “A mother is the only woman who is able to understand your tears without judging you.” – Unknown

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

108. “A son is the only man who can complete his mother’s womanhood.” – Unknown

109. “A mother’s love endures through all.” – Washington Irving

110. “It doesn’t matter what problems follow a man; he always knows that he is the best for his mother.” – Unknown

111. “The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.” – Jessica Lange

112. “A good mother knows if her son becomes a soldier, he will be a general.” – Unknown

113. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”— Rudyard Kipling

114. “It doesn’t matter how old a son is. Even when he is big and strong he is always a small boy for his mother.” – Unknown

115. “The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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116. “No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” – Godfrey Winn

117. “Mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Unknown

118. “Son, you will outgrow my lap but never my heart.” – Unknown

119. “Your son will hold your hand for only a little while but he will hold your heart for a lifetime.” – Unknown

120. “His little hands stole my heart, and his little feet ran away with it.” – Unknown

121. “My son makes me smile when he stands up for what he believes in, even if it’s his right to have a second portion of dessert.” – Unknown

122. “Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold.” – Unknown

123. “I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.” – Maya Angelou

124. “No matter how strong, independent, or ‘man’ you are, the first thing that comes to your mind when you’re sick is, ‘I wish Mom was here.’” – Unknown

125. “To have a son means to have a protector, a buddy, a support system, and to live out one of life’s greatest adventures!” – Unknown

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126. “There’s no doubt a mother’s love to her son is one of the best things in the world.” – Unknown

127. “As the mother of a son, I do not accept that alienation from me is necessary for his discovery of himself. As a woman, I will not cooperate in demeaning womanly things so that he can be proud to be a man. I like to think the women in my son’s future are counting on me.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin

128. “The life of a mother doubles after she bears a son. His upbringing becomes her top priority, and everything that her son do will always make her proud no matter what.” – Unknown

129. “If you would have your son to walk honorably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them – not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone.” – Anne Bronte

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130. “Life has many uncertainties, but what’s certain is a mother’s love for her son.” – Unknown

131. “I want my son to become aware that he is in charge of the choices he makes, and it’s good to make thoughtful, good choices.” – Karen Salmansohn

132. “Behind every successful man, is a mother who never stops supporting him to reach his dreams.” – Unknown

133. “There is no greater privilege in living than bringing a tiny new human being into the world and then trying to raise him or her properly during the next eighteen years.” – James C. Dobson

134. “When I was in great sadness from life’s hardships, all I needed to see was my son’s smile. Caring for him as my daily routine has helped me become a happy person and mother. My son is my hero.” – Unknown

135. “One of the greatest gifts you can give your teenage boy is the gift of letting him know you get it. You’ve been there.” – Sebastian R. Jones

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136. “Nothing makes a deeper impression on a boy than seeing his strong mother suddenly girlish and hurt.”― Stefan Hertmans

137. “Little boy, you remind me how much depends on days made of now.” – Alison McGhee

138. “I spent a lifetime being small for those closest to me but this is not the woman my son will know.”― Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

139. “Heaven on Earth is looking at my boy.” – Jenny McCarthy

140. “A boy who cares too little about the future and frets too much about the past: nothing could depress a mother more.”― Fredrik Backman

141. “The day you came into my life, I knew what my purpose was. To love and protect with everything I have.” – Unknown

142. “I adore his smile, I cherish his hugs, I admire his heart. But most of all I love that he is my son.” – Unknown

143. “Little boys can test your patience, run you ragged, and make you want to pull your hair out. But they will also melt your heart with just one look, and make you wonder how you ever existed before them.” – Katie Bingham Smith

144. “A mother is always proud of her son, not because he has achieved something, but because he is her son.” – Unknown

145. “I have a son who is my heart. A wonderful young man, darling and loving and strong and kind.” – Maya Angelou

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146. “I didn’t know my purpose in this world and I had always wondered why I was born until you were born to me. I love you, son.” – Unknown

147. “How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it.” – Jules Michelet

148. “I will always be your number one supporter for I care for you the most in this life of ours.” – Unknown

149. “My daughter and two sons are the flowers in my heart and garden.” –
Ana Monnar

150. “Moms are people who know us the best and love us the most.”- Unknown

151. “Maybe your mother isn’t able to give you everything you want. But she is able to give you even more– her love.”- Unknown

152. “A woman is not able to re-educate any man. But she is able to bring up her son to be a real man.”- Unknown

153. “Sometimes a mother can think that her son could get a better mommy. But she knows for sure that she knows that there doesn`t exist a better son.”- Unknown

154. “If you want to remember your childhood, don`t forget that it was your mother, who gave it to you.”- Unknown

155. “There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.”- Unknown

Which of these mother and son quotes was your favorite?

No matter where a man goes or whom he meets in his life, he will always have a special place in his heart for his mother. Mothers are pillars in their son’s lives and she is the only person who truly understands her son best.

The bond between mother and son teaches the son about being gentle and enables him to be confident and secure. A healthy relationship between a son and his mother is critical for his development.

To celebrate this bond, feel free to share the above quotes with your son or mother. Do you have any other favorite mother and son quotes? Let us know in the comment section below.


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  1. Jennifer Ray

    May 29, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Do you know that your soul is of my soul such part that you seem to be fiber and core of my heart. None other can pain me as you do dear and none other can please me or praise me as you.

  2. Sandra Blair

    April 29, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Love these quotes.

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