"Mothers are all slightly insane." –J.D.Salinger

So many people, historically, have been quoted talking about their moms at one time or another. And for good reason. As important as the fatherhood role is, too, our mothers are the first to teach us about love. And that love is clear in these 18 quotes about moms by famous people over the years.

From presidents to poets, read these 18 celebrities' quotes about moms, and grab the Kleenex!

1. "Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital 'M'; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly...yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to." –Sophia Loren (Romilda Villani)

2. "I remember my mother's prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." –Abraham Lincoln (Nancy Hanks Lincoln)

Nancy Hanks Lincoln
Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's mother

3. "My mother is a walking miracle.” –Leonardo DiCaprio (Irmelin Indenbirken)

4. "Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.” –Lady Gaga (Cynthia Germanotta)

5. "If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” –Booker T. Washington (Jane Ferguson)

6. “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” –Mary Anne Evans, aka George Eliot (Christiana Evans)

7. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” –Robert Browning (Sarah Anna Wiedemann)

8. "My mother is an incredible woman. She's brought me to this point single-handedly ... She's the most important person in my life." –Drake (Sandi Graham)

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 (Deloris Jordan)

Michael Jordan and his mom
Michael Jordan and his mom Deloris

10. "To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” –Maya Angelou (Vivian Baxter Johnson)

11. "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.” –James Joyce (Mary Jane Murray)

12. “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sarah Wendell)

13. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” –Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Flavia Camp Canfield)

14. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” –Princess Diana (Frances Shand Kydd)

Princess Diana and her mom
Princess Diana and her mother

15. "Mothers are all slightly insane." –J.D. Salinger (Miriam Salinger)

16. "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." –Honore de Balzac (Anne-Charlotte-Laure Sallambier)

17. "Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children." –William Makepeace Thackeray (Anne Becher)

18. "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." –Oscar Wilde (Jane Wilde)

Now that you've had a good cry over other people's sweet quotes about moms, go call Mom and make up some of your own. Happy Mother's Day! Are you celebrating Mother's Day with your mom? Tell us all about your plans in the comments!