Even the most self-assured mom needs a little confidence boost now and then. You can be rolling along, feeling like you’re slaying in every part of your life, from work to carpool and kids’ activities. And it only takes one awkward moment, flippant comment from a stranger or well-meaning family member, or awful day to have you questioning how you’re managing your time, finances, and household. What we find helpful during the most challenging times are reminders that offer encouragement and inspiration to keep going. These 12 empowering quotes for single moms resonated with us, and we hope they’ll inspire you, too. 

We’re here to remind you that you’re still doing a fantastic job, Mama, even on those days when everything seems complicated. No matter how many times you experience setbacks, you have an opportunity to learn something, move forward, and continue manifesting a meaningful life for you and your children. 

Mom Pro Tip: Print these quotes and post them around your home so they’re visible when you need them, or save them to an inspirational Pinterest board so you can carry them digitally at all times. 

Empowering Quotes For Single Moms

12 Empowering Quotes For Single Moms

When You Need to Let Go

As much as we’d like to control everything for ourselves and our children, it’s impossible. Things are going to go wrong and ruin your best-laid plans. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your mental health is to practice acceptance and know that even when things are out of your control, there’s a higher power working things out for your greatest good. Most importantly, there’s usually a lesson you can learn that will serve you well in the future. These quotes are good reminders of that: 

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” 

– Maya Angelou

“For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”

 – Halle Berry

An inspiring quote from Halle Berry that every single mom can use.

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” 

– Oprah Winfrey

'Turn your wonds into wisdom," a quote from Oprah Winfrey.

“I don’t like to lose – at anything – yet I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks.” 

– Serena Williams

A quote for inspiration from Serena Williams.

When You Want to Lean Into Gratitude

When things aren’t going your way, it’s easy to focus on what’s going wrong and beat yourself up for what you didn’t get right or didn’t see coming. There’s a saying that what you give attention to will flourish, so staying grateful is essential, even when fires are to be put out. There is always something to be thankful for, whether it’s your health, your children’s health, the roof over your head, the job that puts food on the table, or the single mothers who came before you and showed how the impossible could become possible. These quotes are great for offering perspective: 

“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.” 

– Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert on the strength of women.

“I have a great career, and I have my daughter. So what I don’t have is not as important to me as what I do have.” 

– Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi on motherhood, career and what's important to her.

“If you’re a mom, you’re a superhero. Period.” 

– Rosie Pope

Rosie Pope's stance on mothers is one of our favorite empowering quotes for single moms.

“‘You have suffered enough.’ That became my mantra for motherhood from there on out. You have suffered enough. If you can make it easier, make it easier, and don’t feel guilty about it.” 

– Ali Wong

An empowering quote for single moms from Ali Wong including her mantra for motherhood.

When You Want to Feel Hopeful

Sometimes, you need to feel like you’re not alone and that someone is rooting for you to win. When looking for something to light your way out of dark and fearful thoughts, these quotes are worth reading–especially considering the powerhouse moms they come from. 

“All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” 

– Viola Davis

Viola Davis shares an inspirational quote about your dreams.

“When your dreams are bigger than the places you find yourself in, sometimes you need to seek out your own reminders that there is more. And there is always more waiting for you on the other side of fear.” 

– Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth on your big dreams. Single moms empower yourself to seek more.

“It doesn’t matter who you used to be. What matters is who you’re willing to become.” 

– Sarah Jakes Roberts

An empowering quote from Sarah Jakes Roberts.

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” 

– Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama on how to view your challenges. An empowering quote for single moms to hold on to.

Take these 12 empowering quotes for single moms with you today, share them with a friend, and plan on referring to them again and again. Which quote will you pick right now to help you get through the week?