"A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest" is an Irish proverb, and "Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad" is attributed to Anne Geddes, a photographer. These are two examples of quotes that express how special a parent can be.
For most people, the loss of a parent can be absolutely devastating. Many people share a close bond with one or both of their parents. A quote about the loss of a parent could contain a religious touch, because religion is usually tied in with afterlife. However, quotes can also capture the bond between a parent and child without religious involvement.
Some more examples of quotes about how people are touched by their parents include, "A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go," which is attributed to an unknown author. A Jewish proverb states, "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
Author William Dean Howells stated, "A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it." Mitch Albom, also a well-known author, wrote "You count the hours you could have spent with your mother. It's a lifetime in itself."