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These Inspirational Quotes for Children Will Inspire them, Teach Them, and Make Them Laugh

Sadly, as Peter Pan noted:

All children, except one, grow up.
Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

We have a very limited time to frame our inspirational quote for a child. Childhood is over so quickly. And while ...

A person's a person no matter how small.
Dr. Seuss

... we can only call them a "child" for so long.

Still, while these little miracles grace our lives, inspirational quotes for children are great for teaching them, for inspiring, motivating, and encouraging kids in so many ways. And some are funny, too.

Let's start with some of the best advice you could ever give a child, from Clarke Moustakas:

Accept everything about yourself—I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end—no apologies, no regrets.

And then there is the more straightforward style of Woody Allen.

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Here's a great selection of inspirational quotes for children to help you forge and strengthen that special bond.

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There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on the Treasure Island.
Walt Disney

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything; "I will try" has performed wonders.
George P. Burnham

Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis of Assisi

In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are.
Arnold H. Glasgow

You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try.
Kathy Seligman

Be yourself. The world worships the original.
Ingrid Bergman

Be Yourself. Who else is better qualified?
Frank J. Giblin II

Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.
Oprah Winfrey

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you do with yourself is your gift to God.
Author Unknown

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Joseph Joubert

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
French novelist Colette’s advice to her daughter

Make each day your masterpiece.
John Wooden

You always pass failure on the way to success.
Mickey Rooney

Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke

Because life is a gift, all of us are gifted.
Noah benShea

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison

Some inspirational childrens' quotes are really fun… while they make their point:

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to left
"Smiles" Zingers

I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma.
The Wizard of Oz

Mustgo: Any item of food that has been sitting in the refrigerator so long it has become a science project.
Sniglets, Rich Hall & Friends

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
An English Professor at Ohio University

No one is perfect; that’s why pencils have erasers.
Author Unknown

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!
Will Rogers

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Finally, here's a truly wonderful inspirational quote for a child that seems to say it all...

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
Shel Silverstein

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In addition to these inspirational quotes for a child, also see

New Baby Quotes

Inspirational Quotes about Mothers

and other pages in our Families section


Peter's Page.


Peter is a friend I had in the 4th grade.  When I read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" may years later, Peter is the person who came to mind.



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