Famous Quotes About Children

People from every walk of life have something to say about children. These famous quotes about children show just how broad the spectrum is when it comes to people speaking up for children.

No matter what others are saying, remember that God views children as especially important in His kingdom, and He has many of His own famous quotes about children.

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

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”   — Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and statesman

“Children need models rather than critics.”   — Joseph Joubert, French moralist

“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.”   — Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International

The power of words is that a life can be launched with as little as a single phrase, an uplifting word or an act of kindness. Think of the power we wield and the impact we can make if we become more intentional about encouraging our children. Our words are often the very things that help create future dreams. And sometimes those dreams are to be just like us.

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

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

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”   — Henry Ward Beecher, reverend and social activist

“The soul is healed by being with children.”   — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist and philosopher

“Children are our most valuable resource.”   — Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States

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

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.”   — Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali polymath

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

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.”   — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

“While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.”   — Angela Schwindt, home schooling mom States

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“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”   — Diana, Princess of Wales

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.”   — Oliver Wendell Holmes, author and poet

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

“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, French chemist and microbiologist

“A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.”   — Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

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

“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, theoretical physicist

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“A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often”   — Author unknown

“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, Former President of South Africa

“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, Indian political and spiritual leader

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Famous Quotes About Children

These famous quotes about children can help you in your advocacy efforts on behalf of children in poverty. They are a good way to spark interest in someone who might not typically be interested in children but has an interest in the person you are quoting.

Include these famous quotes about children in a talk at your church or small group, make them your Facebook status or even include one as your email tag.

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