These Inspiring Quotes From Children's Books Will Warm Your Heart At Any Age

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

Children's books are nothing short of magic.

They are a reader's first introduction to new worlds and ideas. They are powerful and transformative. Truly great children's books have the ability to spark the imagination of young minds, which they carry forward to do amazing things later in life. 

Here are 20 quotes from children's books that remind us of the wonder we felt as kids and inspire us to get back into that precious mindset as adults.


1. "'Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.'" -Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White

2. "'You have plenty of courage, I am sure,' answered Oz. 'All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.'" -The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

3. "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." -Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

4. "'I don't feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh. 'There there,' said Piglet. 'I'll bring you tea and honey until you do.'" -Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne

5. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. You know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go." -Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess

6. "Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it." -"Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

7. "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can." -The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

8. "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be." -Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

9. "Where you tend a rose, lad, a thistle cannot grow." -The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

10. "A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." -The Twits by Roald Dahl

11. "'Who are YOU?' said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'" -"Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

12. "You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons." -The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

13. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -The Lion And The Mouse by Aesop

14. "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

15. "It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia." -Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

16. "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" -"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling

17. "'You must be a friend,' said Corduroy. 'I've always wanted a friend.'

'Me too,' said Lisa, and gave him a big hug." -Corduroy by Don Freeman

18. "Grab a chance and you won't be sorry for a might-have-been." -We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea by Arthur Ransome

19. "Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." -The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

20. "Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child, Listen to the DON'TS. Listen to the SHOULDN'TS The IMPOSSIBLES, the WONT'S. Listen to the NEVER HAVES Then listen close to me- Anything can happen, child, ANYTHING can be." -Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


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