Stepmother Sayings and Quotes

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

A man's second wife is treated like an equal. Mexican Proverb
The second wife always sits on the right knee. American Proverb
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. Oprah Winfrey
Nature, more a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another's. Desiderius Erasmus
A good stepmom is not made - she is built. She is built by the hardships of her role, the tears she cries in secret, and by the lessons she learns through trial and error. Michelle Zunter
There's no clear road map to being a stepmother. Laura Brimberry
Disney has been lying to little girls. Stepmothers are not scary, nannies are not magical, and dwarfs do not let you spend the night at their house without expecting something. Xanthippe Voorhees
In my experience, if you're a good girl and suffer yourself to be led you will find your stepmother the sweetest creature imaginable. I never managed it but you might. Lady Harriet Cumnor
Understand that your role is transitional. ... Some days you're going to be the leading lady. Some days you're just going to be a stagehand. And some days you're not going to be in the scene at all. The quicker you realize that, the better off you'll be. Naja Hall
All of a sudden you're thrown into doing motherly duties. And I call that the stepmom vortex. You just get pulled in. You're making lunches. You're making dinners. You're going to practices. ... Nobody tells you. Kendall Rose
You're second in line to your husband's kids because the kids should come first, right? ... Logically speaking, that sounds fantastic. Of course! Always put the kids first! But your heart … feels like, oh, like, I'm not significant and I don't matter. ... You have hurt feelings, and you don’t really understand how to say that. Jasjit Sangha
Stepmothers are more self-critical and blame themselves more than any other members of a remarried family. They tend to experience difficulty with a stepchild as ongoing, unremitting and overwhelming. Wednesday Martin
I've heard all the things that they've called me / It's just so many arrows and slings / Leave the glory to the stepmother, and to the son / I'm the woman who rejected the king. Frank Turner
Just a little boy who was learning how the world works / I learned to hideaway from my stepmom and self worth / I’m sorry dad wish you knew how bad it hurt / So I tried to scream through a fever dream / As my stomach starts to burn. Dylan Scott
First she come to our house, / Tommy run and hid; / And Emily and Bob and me / We cried jus' like we did / When Mother died,--and we all said / 'At we all wisht 'at we was dead! / And Nurse she couldn't stop us, / And Pa he tried and tried,-- / We sobbed and shook and wouldn't look, / But only cried and cried; / And nen someone--we couldn't jus' / Tell who--was cryin' same as us! / Our Stepmother! Yes, it was her, / Her arms around us all-- / 'Cause Tom slid down the bannister / And peeked in from the hall.-- / And we all love her, too, because / She's purt nigh good as Mother was! James Whitcomb Riley
Woe for Lir's sweet children whom their vile stepmother / Glamoured with her witch-spells for a thousand years; / Died their father raving, on his throne another, / Blind before the end came from the burning tears. / Long the swans have wandered over lake and river; / Gone is all the glory of the race of Lir: / Gone and long forgotten like a dream of fever: / But the swans remember the sweet days that were. Katharine Tynan
A day is sometimes our mother, sometimes our stepmother. Hesiod
The child who gets a stepmother also gets a stepfather. Danish Proverb
Nature makes us buy her presents at the price of so many sufferings that it is doubtful whether she deserves most the name of parent or stepmother. Pliny the Elder
Stepparenting is like working at a late-night convenience store all of the responsibility and none of the authority. Valerie J. Lewis Coleman
A stepmother has a hard hand. Danish Proverb
Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home. John Dewey
The new-come stepmother hates the children born to a first wife. Euripides
To be sure a stepmother to a girl is a different thing to a second wife to a man! Elizabeth Gaskell
Better a serpent than a stepmother! Euripides
Stepmothers in books usually behave very spitefully towards the children entrusted to them. But he was now learning by his own experience that in real life this does not always happen. Murasaki Shikibu
There was no convincing me that a stepmother could be anything but a wicked ogre, and I acted accordingly. John Garfield