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200 Children Quotes To Help Keep Kids (And Parents) Happy Right Now

Once you have children, your life changes forever. And despite all the early morning wake-ups, hectic schedules, and temper tantrums, you wouldn’t have it any other way. No doubt about it, being a parent is hard. But your child brought a whole new kind of love into your life, and you couldn’t imagine life without them. There are the highs that include kiddie snuggles, belly laughs, and memories you know you’ll cherish forever.

To help parents, we’ve pulled together a list of inspirational quotes for kids. They cover most of the common life events and situations they’ll have to work through. Our roundup of kids’ quotes perfectly illustrates the bliss of wonderful moments — and the agony of the not-so-wonderful ones.

200 Lovely Kids Quotes That Will Melt Your Heart

Top 10 Children Quotes

“I used to work with autistic children, and they said a lot of funny things to me.” – James Acaster

“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” – Diana

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” – Sitting Bull

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – Theodore Hesburgh

“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” – Jackie Kennedy

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

“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

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

Short Children Quotes

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

“A child is an uncut diamond.” – Austin O’Malley

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

“Adults follow paths. Children explore.” – Neil Gaiman

“All men know their children mean more than life.” – Euripides

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”

“Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.” – Sophocles

“Children are the keys of paradise.” – Eric Hoffer

“Children make you want to start life over.” – Muhammad Ali

“Children make your life important.” – Erma Bombeck

“Children re-invent your world for you.” – Susan Sarandon

“Children need models rather than critics.” – Joseph Joubert

“Children see magic because they look for it.” – Christopher Moore

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

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

“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” – Wess Stafford

“From the moment you were born, you became the sun to my planet.”

“Never have more children than you have car windows.” – Erma Bombeck

“Noble fathers have noble children.” – Euripides

“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.” – Mignon McLaughlin

“Playing with you is the happiest moment of my day.”

“See the stars? I made a wish on one, and I got you.”

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

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

“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“What is a home without children? Quiet.” – Henny Youngman

“You are the best thing I’ve done with my life.”

“You may be a man to everyone else, but you’re still a little boy to me.”

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” – Jesse Jackson

Best Children Quotes

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“A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.” – Lyman Abbott

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

“Being your step-parent is the best wedding gift your mom (or dad) gave to me.”

“Being your step-parent has been the hardest, most heart-breaking, and best thing I’ve done with my life.”

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

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”

“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” – Jess Lair

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

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

“Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.”

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

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

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

“I haven’t been a perfect person, but the one thing I will never regret is bringing you into this world.”

“I see the best parts of myself reflected in you, but you’ve made all those qualities even better.”

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

“If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!” – Dwight L. Moody

“If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what ‘good’ parenting means.” – Fred Rogers

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

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

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

“It’s not about what you tell your children, but how you show them how to live life.” – Jada Pinkett Smith

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

“No matter how many Legos I step on, I’m always so grateful to be your mom (or dad).”

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

“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” – Orlando Aloysius Battista

“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

“The extra hours you put in today will keep a smile on the faces of your children a few years from now.”

“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” – Ray L. Wilbur

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

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

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

“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments – tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” – Louis Pasteur

“You may wonder sometimes why I do what I do. Just remember, my child, my every thought is for you.”

Famous Children Quotes

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“A child miseducated is a child lost.” – John F. Kennedy

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

“Adults are just outdated children.” – Dr. Seuss

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

“An honest man is always a child.” – Socrates

“Children are our most valuable resource.” – Herbert Hoover

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

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman

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

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

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

“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

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

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African proverb

“It’s the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” – Mother Teresa

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

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

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

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” – Oscar Wilde

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

“Wealth and children are the adornment of life.” – Quran

Funny Children Quotes

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“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” – Carl Sandburg

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

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

“A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmot

“Children are like wet cement: whatever falls on them makes an impression.” – Haim Ginott

“Even though my lap is too small, my heart will always have enough room for you.”

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

“From the moment they put you in my arms, it became my life’s work to keep you from harm.”

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

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

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

“People say that little girls are sweet, but they don’t realize they are fierce too. I’m so proud of your strength.”

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

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

“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

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

Teaching Children Quotes

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“While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

“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

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

“Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.” – Walt Disney

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

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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

“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

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

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

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

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” – Billy Graham

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

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

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” – Maria Montessori

Children Bible Quotes

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“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” – Proverbs 1:8-9

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” – Psalm 107:1

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” – Psalm 127:3

“And He took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” – Mark 10:16

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” – Matthew 19:14

“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.” – Psalms 127:3

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27

“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” – Psalm 34:11

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” – Proverbs 17:6

“Children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” – Psalms 127:3

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ — which is the first commandment with a promise — ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” – Ephesians 6:1-3

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” – John 14:6

Children Growing Up Quotes

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“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

“Some people like roses or violets, but I think you are the most beautiful thing to watch growing.”

“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.” – Frank Warren

“I know you’re grown now, but my heart doesn’t realize that. In my heart, you will always be my sweet baby.”

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

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

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

Loving Your Children Quotes

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“Your love wasn’t give to me at birth. I work every day to earn it.”

“Your love discovered parts of me I never knew were there and now my heart is open wide to love completely exposed and bare.”

“You may not have my eyes, but you have my love forever.”

“You may no longer be small, or need my help for all, But you’ll always need love from my heart, especially when we are apart.”

“You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” – Barbara Bush

“You deserve the best I have to give, and that’s my undying love as long as you shall live.”

“You are ours. We are Yours. From the moon to the stars, our love lasts as long as the wind soars.”

“Wherever you go, my love is with you.”

“When I think of how I love you, there are no words to explain. I love you because you are you, it’s that simple and plain.”

“They say one plus one is two and one plus two is three, but through love our one plus one is you and one plus two is we.”

“There’s no bad thing you could do that would ever change my love.”

“There is one man I love more than any other; he is my son.”

“There is no love more deep and true than the love I give to you.”

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

“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

“No work is more important than my love for you.”

“My love is with you every day, even the days you aren’t with me.”

“My love for you is taller than the sky and wider than the galaxy.”

“My love for you is like an invisible elastic band. No matter how far you go, we are connected.”

“My love for you is a guiding star leading me into great adventures in a brand-new world.”

“My love for you could stretch around the world countless times, and when the world is covered, my love could stretch through the galaxy forever moving on.”

“My love always speaks to your heart as a long-lost counterpart.”

“Like a superhero squad, our love is strongest when we give it together.”

“Kids spell love T-I-M-E.” – John Crudele

“I’ve never loved anyone like I love my daughter.”

“It’s love, not DNA, that makes me your mom (or dad).”

“If my love for you had a color, it would be the whole rainbow.”

“I never knew I could love any woman as I love my daughter.”

“I love you when I wake up in the morning. I love you all day long. I love you in my dreams at night.”

“I love you stronger than iron and softer than feathers.”

“I love you like the touch of a warm ray of sun, gently heating your soul at first chance of a chill.”

“I love you for the baby you were and the man (or woman) you are today.”

“I love the little boy you are now and the man you will become.”

“I know you must walk your own path, but let my love be the light to guide you.”

“I hug you and kiss you and tell you I love you because it fills me with joy. I’ll hug you and kiss you and tell you I love you some more so you’ll be full too.”

“I didn’t have to love you; I got to love you. It’s the best choice I’ve ever made.”

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

“Daughter, you’ve taught me to braid hair, make fairy crowns, and love more deeply than I ever thought possible.”

“Children are our future, and the only way for the world to evolve, as I have been shown it should be, is for each generation to be more loving and compassionate than the one before. This is only possible if we support the children around us, and protect and encourage them so that they don’t need to lock their love away.” – Lorna Byrne

“Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.” – James Dobson

“Butterflies have wings, so they can fly. Fish have gills, so they can swim. Bunnies have four legs, so they can run. I have a heart, so I can love you.”

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

“There are thousands of children in the world, and I was lucky enough to get you.”

Inspirational Children Quotes

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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

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

“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers

“At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.” – Ellen Key

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

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

“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

Originally published February 28, 2021, updated March 21, 2021

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