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.

“A person's a person, no matter how small.”   — Dr. Seuss

“Adults are just outdated children.”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

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”   — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”   — Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the United States

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”   — Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist

“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, evangelist

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

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

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”   — Charles R. Swindoll, Evangelical Christian pastor

“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

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”   — James Baldwin, novelist and social critic

“Children are like wet cement whatever falls on them makes an impression.”   — Haim Ginott, child psychologist

“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 make your life important.”   — Erma Bombeck, American humorist

“You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.”   — Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of the United States

“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.”   — Ray L. Wilbur, third president of Stanford University

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

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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

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”   — John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

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

“Children see magic because they look for it.”   — Christopher Moore, writer

“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.”   — Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author

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

“A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.”   — Carl Sandburg, American poet

“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

“Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”   — Robert Fulghum, author

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

“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”   — Fred Rogers, television personality

“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

“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, television personality

“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, 33rd President of the United States

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

“I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!”   — David Vitter, Former U.S. Senator

“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

“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.”   — Orlando Aloysius Battista, Canadia-American chemist and author

“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

“It's the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”   — Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

“Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they're already asleep.”   — H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author

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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.

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