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40 Children Quotes All About Raising Kids

“Adults are just outdated children.”

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An old Chinese proverb says, “One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” If you’re a parent, you know this is all too true. Remember when you saved the last slice of pie for yourself, but wound up giving it to your wailing two-year-old because you wouldn’t let him drink the chemicals under the sink? While planting those “trees” may leave you feeling sweaty and exhausted, knowing that you’re providing a better world for your children to live in can be worth all the stress. Raising kids is like riding a roller coaster. It’s fun and thrilling and there are moments when you ask yourself, “What have I done?” Even if you’ve only slept four hours in the last 12 years (hi, Real Mom!), we think these children quotes will remind you of all the good times. Get ready to take some notes — these inspirational kids quotes will give you all the feels.

Inspirational Children Quotes
  • “Children are our most valuable resource.” –Herbert Hoover
  • “Children see magic because they look for it.” –Christopher Moore
  • “There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” –Walt Streightiff
  • “Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” –Maria Montessori
  • “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” –Emma Goldman
  • “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” –Ray L. Wilbur
  • “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley
  • “Children need models rather than critics.” –Joseph Joubert
  • “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” –Marian Wright Edelman
Funny Children Quotes
  • “Adults are just outdated children.” –Dr. Seuss
  • “Never have more children than you have car windows.” –Erma Bombeck
  • “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.” –Giacomo Leopardi
  • “Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.” –Unknown
  • “Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.” –Unknown
  • “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.” –Phyllis Diller
  • “What is a home without children? Quiet.” –Henny Youngman
  • “Having one child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee.” –David Frost
  • “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” –Phyllis Diller
Kid Quotes About Parenting
  • “Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” –Henry Ward Beecher
  • “You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” –Barbara Bush
  • “Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” –Princess Diana
  • “The soul is healed by being with children.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • “Children make your life important.” –Erma Bombeck
  • “Children are not only innocent and curious but also optimistic and joyful and essentially happy. They are, in short, everything adults wish they could be.” –Carolyn Haywood
  • “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” –Angela Schwindt
  • “The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved.” –Don Bosco
  • “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” –Thomas Paine
Famous Children Quotes
  • “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” –Nelson Mandela
  • “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
  • “I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.” –David Vitter
  • “The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” –Oscar Wilde
  • “We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.” –Harry Edwards
  • “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 are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” –Lady Bird Johnson
  • “Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” –A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” –Margaret Mead
  • “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
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