67 Inspirational Quotes for Kids Every Parent Needs to Know

Whether you are a working mom or a stay at home mother, parenting is a demanding process.

Especially, encouraging your little ones to develop healthy habits, get good grades, and keep good company can be an uphill task.

However, kids are great listeners and observers. Exposing your kids to small bits of wisdom at an early age is perhaps the best way to start.

Inspirational Quotes for Kids

Here are 67 inspirational quotes for kids that will come in handy.

1. “We know what we are but know not what we may be.” – Shakespeare

2. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

3. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony D’Angelo

4. “Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them.” – Bill Kelly

5. “A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.” – Charles Schwab

6. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

7. “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

8. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

9. “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – Anonymous

10. “Never get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those little things occupy the biggest parts of their hearts.” – Unknown

11. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden

12. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

13. “Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin

14. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

15. “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

16. “Always chase your dreams instead of running from your fears.” – Anonymous

17. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

18. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires and a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens

19. “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau

20. “Be yourself, who else is better qualified?” – Frank J. Giblin

21. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

22. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christen Andersen

23. “We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae

24. “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” – Ben Carson

25. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

26. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller

27. “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.” – Tommy Lee Jones

28. “No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers” – Anonymous

29. “Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. “Don’t give up, the beginning is always the hardest.” – Anonymous

31. “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” – Emily Post

32. “So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

33. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein

34. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

35. “When the going gets tough try harder and you will succeed.” – Anonymous

36. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt

37. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” – Bonnie Blair

38. “When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou

39. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

40. “The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read.” – Mary McCleod Bethune

41. “Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren

42. “Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” – Marcus Aurelius

43. “Even when you’re about to lose, keep on running until you finish.” – Madeleine N.

44. “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres

45. “You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

46. “You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

47. “There are no shortcuts to life’s greatest achievements.” – Unknown

48. “Don’t expect your friend to be a perfect person. But, help your friend to become a perfect person. That is true friendship!” – Mother Teresa

49. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” – Gerald Good

50. “Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.” – Jim Rohn

51. “Do a little more than you’re paid to. Give a little more than you have to. Try a little harder than you want to. Aim a little higher than you think possible, and give a lot of thanks to God for health, family, and friends.” – Art Linkletter

52. “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

53. “You’ll never be brave if you don’t get hurt. You’ll never learn if you don’t make mistakes. You’ll never be successful if you don’t encounter failure.” – Unknown

54. “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” – Cheri Huber

55. “Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” – Henry Ford

56. “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey

57. “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” – William Penn

58. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

59. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

60. “You were born an original, don’t die a copy.” – John Mason

61. “Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success.” – John Hays Hammond

62. “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

63. “You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have.” – Jim Rohn

64. “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

65. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

66. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

67. “Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.” – Ernest Hemingway


As a parent, it is your responsibility to expose your children to all the good things in life. Being the great listeners that they are, kids can pick up words of wisdom at an early age. These 67 inspirational quotes will provide some food for their thoughts.

Which other inspirational quotes for children would you add?