Seeing your children happy is the best feeling ever.

Nevertheless, the happiness of being a parent is also often accompanied by a lot of challenges and stress involved in bringing up your little one the right way. These positive sayings about sons and daughters are your own profound way to tell your kids “do your best, and become the best you can be”.

Children are lovely gifts from God and they have a special place before God’s sight. They are cute and adorable; their smile can melt a heart. I have put together a collection of kids quotes from different people who speak up for children. These quotes about loving children will also give you ample inspiration for how to express the love you have for your little one(s).

Famous quotes about children

  1. “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”  — Carl Sandburg.
  2. “A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often.” — Unknown
  3.  “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
  4. “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
  5. “A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.” —  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6.  “A child is an uncut diamond.” — Austin O’Malley
  7. “A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.” — Francois Rabelais
  8. “A child miseducated is a child lost.” —  John F. Kennedy
  9. “A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.” — Robert Brault
  10. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” — Dr. Seuss
  11.  “Adults are just outdated children.”  — Dr. Seuss
  12.  “Adults follow paths. Children explore.” — Neil Gaiman
  13. “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” — Pablo Picasso
  14. “All little girls should be told they are pretty.” — Marilyn Monroe
  15. “All men know their children mean more than life.” —  Euripides
  16. “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr
  17.  “Always smile back at little children. To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.” — Pam Brown
  18. “An honest man is always a child.” — Socrates
  19. “Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”  — Fred Rogers
  20.  “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” — Barbara Bush
  21. “Babies are such a nice way to start people.” — Don Herold
  22. “Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.” —  John Wilmot
  23. “Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.” — Marian Wright Edelman
  24. “Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.”  — Author unknown
  25. “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”  — Anonymous
  26. “Children are like wet cement whatever falls on them makes an impression.”— Haim Ginott, child psychologist
  27. “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” — Lady Bird Johnson
  28.  “Children are mirrors, they reflect back to us all we say and do.” — Pam Leo
  29. “Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.”— Jess Lair, author
  30. “Children are one third of our population and all of our future.” — Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

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  1. “Children are our most valuable resource.” — Herbert Hoover
  2.  “Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.” —  Sophocles
  3. “Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”  — Henry Ward Beecher, reverend, and social activist
  4. “Children are the keys of paradise.” — Eric Hoffer
  5. “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” — John F. Kennedy
  6.  “Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.” — Peter Ustinov
  7. “Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” — Khaled Hosseini
  8. “Children astound me with their inquisitive minds. The world is wide and mysterious to them, and as they piece together the puzzle of life, they ask ‘Why?’ ceaselessly.” —  John C. Maxwell
  9. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” — Oscar Wilde
  10. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” — James Baldwin
  11.  “Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.” — W.E.B. Du Bois
  12. “Children make you want to start life over.” — Muhammad Ali
  13. “Children make your life important.” — Erma Bombeck
  14.  “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” — Margaret Mead
  15.  “Children need models rather than critics.” — Joseph Joubert
  16.  “Children see magic because they look for it.”  — Christopher Moore, writer
  17. “Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.” — Author unknown
  18. “Children will listen to you after they feel listened to.” — Jane Nelsen
  19. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” — Phyllis Diller
  20. “Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.” — Richard Dawkins
  21. “Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” — Robert A. Heinlein
  22. “Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.” — Russell Baker
  23. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”  — Robert Fulghum, author
  24. “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” — Charles R. Swindoll, Evangelical Christian pastor
  25. “Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.” — Anne Frank
  26. “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” — Rabindranath Tagore
  27.  “Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” — Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International
  28. “Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward.” — St. Francis Xavier
  29. “Having one child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee.” —  David Frost
  1. “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” — Nelson Mandela
  2. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington Carver
  3. “Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” —  Princess Diana
  4.  “I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!” — David Vitter
  5.  “I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” — Anne Lamott
  6. “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
  7. “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” — Phyllis Diller
  8. “I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.” — George W. Bush
  9. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” — Rachel Carson
  10. “If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die.” —  Moroccan Proverb
  11. “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!”  — Dwight L. Moody.
  12. “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” — Thomas Paine
  13. “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.
  14. “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” — Marian Wright Edelman
  15. “If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  16. “If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too.” — Marian Wright Edelman
  17. “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.
  18. “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.” — Abigail Van Buren
  19. “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” — William Shakespeare
  20. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” —  Frederick Douglas
  21.  “It takes a village to raise a child.” — African proverb
  22. “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” — Pablo Picasso
  23. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” — Roald Dahl
  24. “It’s not about what you tell your children, but how you show them how to live life.” — Jada Pinkett Smith
  25. “It’s the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”  — Mother Teresa.
  26. “Kids go where there is excitement, they stay where there is love.” —  Zig Ziglar
  27. “Kids spell love T-I-M-E.” — John Crudele
  28. “Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” — Plato
  29. “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” — Sitting Bull
  30. “Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” —  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  31. “Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.” —   Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  32. “Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.” —  Nadia Boulanger
  33. “May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
  34. “Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” — Phyllis Diller
  35. “Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.” —  Aristotle
  36. “Never have more children than you have car windows.” — Erma Bombeck
  1. “Noble fathers have noble children.” — Euripides
  2. “Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.”  — Ray Merritt, author
  3. “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai
  4. “One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” — Chinese proverb
  5. “Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.”  — Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author
  6. “Our job is not to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. Our job is to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” — L.R. Knost
  7. “Our most important task as a nation is to make sure all our young people can achieve their dreams.” — Barack Obama
  8. “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
  9. “Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.”— Oliver Wendell Holmes, author and poet
  10. “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
  11. “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
  12. “Teach your children they’re unique. That way, they won’t feel pressured to be like everybody else.” —  Cindy Cashman
  13. “Tell me what’s more important than being present for children and listening to them. I’ll wait.” — Maxime Lagacé
  14. “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” — Orlando Aloysius Battista
  15.  “The best way to make children good is to make them happy.”  — Oscar Wilde
  16.  “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
  17. “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
  18. “The first half of our lives is spoiled by our parents, and the last half by our children.” — Jennifer James
  19. “The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved.” —  Don Bosco
  20. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” — Denis Waitley
  21.  “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
  22.  “The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids.” — Jill Bensley
  23. “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  24. “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” — Ray L. Wilbur, third president of Stanford University
  25. “The soul is healed by being with children.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  26.  “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” — Peggy O’Mara
  27. “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.” — Hodding Carter
  28. “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
  29. “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
  30. “There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.” — Marva Collins
  31. “There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  32. “There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone.” — Mark Lawrence
  33. “There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  34. “To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy.” — Malala Yousafzai
  35. “Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows.” —  Maralee McKee
  36. “Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence.” — Anthony Witham
  37. “We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” —  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  38. “We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  39. “We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” — Stacia Tauscher
  40.  “Wealth and children are the adornment of life.” — Quran
  41. “What is a home without children? Quiet.” — Henny Youngman
  42. “When do children cry? When they want something. Adults are no different.” — Naval Ravikant
  43. “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
  44. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” — Sophia Loren
  45. “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” —  Angela Schwindt
  46. “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
  47. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” — Kahlil Gibran
  48. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” — Franklin P. Jones
  49.  “You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” — Barbara Bush.
  50. “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
  51. “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
  52. “Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.” — Anna Quindlen
  53. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” — Bill Ayers
  54. “Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.” — George Bernard Shaw

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