100 Lovely Children Quotes To Inspire You

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best children quotes I could find. And the goal is simple: to inspire you and melt your heart with beautiful words about children. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Dr. Seuss, Dalai Lama, Walt Disney, and more. Enjoy!

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Never have more children than you have car windows. Erma Bombeck

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A person’s a person, no matter how small. Dr. Seuss

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Children are one third of our population and all of our future. Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

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History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. Nelson Mandela

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The final stage of wisdom is becoming a kid again. Maxime Lagacé


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Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. Franklin P. Jones

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. Kahlil Gibran

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Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead

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Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach. W.E.B. Du Bois


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A child is an uncut diamond. Austin O’Malley

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If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. Albert Einstein

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Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. Robert A. Heinlein

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Children need models rather than critics. Joseph Joubert

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Tell me what’s more important than being present for children and listening to them. I’ll wait. Maxime Lagacé


The Best Children Quotes

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The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley

Either have children or become a saint, because eventually, you have to find something you love more than you love yourself. Naval Ravikant

Children make you want to start life over. Muhammad Ali

What is a home without children? Quiet. Henny Youngman

Children are mirrors, they reflect back to us all we say and do. Pam Leo

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money. Abigail Van Buren

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato

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Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep. H. Jackson Brown Jr

Our most important task as a nation is to make sure all our young people can achieve their dreams. Barack Obama

Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think. Anne Frank

To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy. Malala Yousafzai


We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. Stacia Tauscher

Seven things every child needs to hear: I love you, I’m proud of you, I’m sorry, I forgive you, I’m listening. This is your responsibility. You have what it takes to succeed. Sherrie Campbell, PhD

A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to. Robert Brault

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. Chinese proverb

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The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved. Don Bosco

Teach your children they’re unique. That way, they won’t feel pressured to be like everybody else. Cindy Cashman

A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. Unknown

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings. Hodding Carter

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. Rabindranath Tagore

A child can teach an adult three things… To be happy for no reason. To always be busy with something. And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. Paulo Coelho

Always smile back at little children. To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good. Pam Brown

Kids bring meaning back into your life. Naval Ravikant (Source)

Part 2. Children Quotes That ARE…

The Most Famous Children Quotes

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It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare

All little girls should be told they are pretty. Marilyn Monroe

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglas

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. George Bernard Shaw

A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit. Francois Rabelais

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The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Short Children Quotes

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Adults follow paths. Children explore. Neil Gaiman

Children make your life important. Erma Bombeck

Children are our most valuable resource. Herbert Hoover

It takes a village to raise a child. African proverb

Children are the keys of paradise. Eric Hoffer

Every child is born curious until the system beats it out of him. Dan Go (Source)

One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. Malala Yousafzai

A child miseducated is a child lost. John F. Kennedy

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Children will listen to you after they feel listened to. Jane Nelsen

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom. Henry Ward Beecher

Children re-invent your world for you. Susan Sarandon

Remember kids are living life, not simply preparing for it. Chrisman Franck (Source)

An honest man is always a child. Socrates

Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life. Sophocles

Wealth and children are the adornment of life. Quran

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. John Crudele

All men know their children mean more than life. Euripides

Noble fathers have noble children. Euripides


Funny Quotes About Children

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Having one child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee. David Frost

Adults are just outdated children. Dr. Seuss

When kids hit 1 year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit. Johnny Depp

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. Aristotle

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going. P. J. O’Rourke

The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids. Jill Bensley

A child is a curly dimpled lunatic. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first half of our lives is spoiled by our parents, and the last half by our children. Jennifer James

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them. Phyllis Diller

There are three things that a child can teach an adult: To be happy for no reason; to be always busy doing something; And to know how to demand – with all one’s might – what one wants. Paulo Coelho

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Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going. Phyllis Diller

I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war. George W. Bush

Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. Phyllis Diller

The amazing thing about kids is that they just don’t give a fuck. Scott Melker (Source)

Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it. Russell Baker

Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward. St. Francis Xavier

A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often. Unknown

Inspirational Quotes About Children

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Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. John F. Kennedy

Your children are here to take you away from your own self. Naval Ravikant

I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams! David Vitter

If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die. Moroccan Proverb

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much. Marian Wright Edelman

If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children. Mahatma Gandhi

There is a brilliant child locked inside every student. Marva Collins

You know who’s going to build that better world? It’s the youth. Children will do things that are now considered impossible. Kacey McCallister

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Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. Anne Sullivan

The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses. John Fischer

If you make children happy now, you make make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it. Unknown

The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. Pablo Casals

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these. George Washington Carver

Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows. Maralee McKee


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Your children need your presence more than your presents. Jesse Jackson (Related: This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life, inc.com)

Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history. Ray Merritt

The visions we offer our children shape the future. Carl Sagan

For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become. James Baldwin

Cherish your children… for they are the footprints you will leave behind. Taylor Evan Fulks

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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July 6, 2022

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