200+ Funny, Inspirational And Lovely Quotes About Children

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Children are the most beautiful gifts of life. Raising them is a magical journey filled with bittersweet moments. Each day is a new experience that exposes you to different aspects of parenting. One moment you are showering them with unconditional love, and the next moment you might have to be stern to teach them the right discipline and values.

Then there are those times when you need to inspire your little ones when they feel low. While you might not have the right words for these varied situations, you can fall back on quotes by famous personalities. We have compiled some of the most lovely quotes about children in this post. Read through them and feel proud as a parent.

Quotes About Loving Children

The love you feel for your children is immeasurable and unconditional. Here are a few quotes that express this beautiful feeling.

1. “And she loved a little boy very much, even more than she loved herself. ―Shel Silverstein

2. “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.”―Regina King

3. “My children are delightful people whom I would love even if they weren’t my children.” ―Toni Morrison

4. “A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.” ―Mary Mason

5. “No one had told her what it would be like, the way she loved her children. What a thing of the body it was, as physically rooted as sexual desire but without its edge of danger. . . . Once the children were in the house, the air became more vivid and more heated: every object in the house grew more alive.” ―Mary Gordon

6. “My children are the reason I laugh, smile, and want to get up every morning.” ―Gina Lee Nolin

7. “I looked at this tiny perfect creature and it was as though a light switch had been turned on. A giant gush of love flooded out of me.” ―Madeleine L’Engle

8. “The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment.” ―James E. Faust

9. “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” ―Richard L. Evans

10. “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” ―H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

11. “Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.” ―Ray Merritt

12. “To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy.” ―Malala Yousafzai

13. “A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.” ―Lyman Abbott

14. “The soul is healed by being with children.” ―Fyodor Dostoevsky

15. “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” ―Walt Disney

16. “There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.” ―Marva Collins

17. “Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.” ―Anna Quindlen

18. “Being hardworking is the best thing you can show children.” ―David Beckham

19. “You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.” ―John J. Plomp

20. “Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.” ―Russell Baker

21. “Sometimes, we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” ― James C. Dobson

22. “A mother is a child’s first teacher. We are raising the people who will grow up to influence society and the world.” ―Marie Osmond

23. “I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast.” ―Robert Rodriguez

24. “Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.” ―Pablo Picasso

25. “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” ―Ray L. Wilber

26. “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” ―Joyce Maynard

27. “If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.” ―P.D. James

28. “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” ―Phyllis Diller

29. “Having one child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee.” ―David Frost

30. “What is a home without children? Quiet.” ―Henny Youngman

31. “I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair.” ―Jarod Kintz

32. “Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.” ―Aristotle

33. “Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” ―Ray Romano

34. “Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers.” ―William Galvin

35. “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” ―Erma Bombeck

36. “Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.” ―Ed Asner

37. “There should be a children’s song: “If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.” ―Jim Gaffigan

38. “What a difference it makes to come home to a child!” ―Margaret Fuller

39. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ―Peggy O’Mara

40. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” ―Garrison Keillor

41. “Wealth and children are the adornment of life.” ―Quran

42. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parent” ―Emilie Buchwald

43. “Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.” ―Eric Micha’el Leventhal

44. “Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.” ―Harold Hulbert

45. “When in the presence of a child, get on the floor.”―Zadie Smith

46. “A child is an uncut diamond.” ―Austin O’Malley

47. “Adults follow paths. Children explore.”―Neil Gaiman

48. “We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.” ―Harry Edwards

49. “Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” ―Henry Ward Beecher

50. “Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parents.” ―Abraham Lincoln

51. “Children need at least one person in their life that thinks the sun rises and sets on them, who delights in their existence, and loves them unconditionally.” ―Pam Leo

52. “The beauty that surrounds me is breathtaking; it is the faces of my children.” ―Anabela Loureiro

53. “I’ve never loved anybody the way I love my children.” ―Katey Sagal

54. “I love all my children, but some of them I don’t like.” ―Lillian Gordy Carter

55. “There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” ―Henry Ward Beecher

56. “I’ll love you forever,

57. I’ll like you for always,

58. As long as I’m living

59. My baby you’ll be.” ―Robert N. Munsch

60. “By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.” ―Eileen Kennedy-Moore

61. “Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what’s important.” ―Elle Macpherson

62. “Attachment—the invisible threads that connect us to our children—woven from elements no lab could ever replicate: Love, Time, Connection, Closeness, Understanding . . . to name just a few.” ―Milli Hill

Inspirational Quotes About Children

Children have the power to change the world. These quotes will serve as a reminder for their capabilities and encourage them to fulfill their dreams.

63. “Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children make a home.” ―Irish Saying

64. “Children are gifts from the Lord. They are fruits of His labour, through acts of love in the bond of marriage.” ―Elijah Mcleon

65. “Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” ―Jess Lair

66. “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” ―Ann Landers

67. “Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows.” ―Maralee McKee

68. “Children represent the future, encourage, support and guide them.” ―Catherine Pulsifer

69. “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

70. “We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”―Stacia Tauscher

71. “At every step, the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.” ―Ellen Key

72. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ―James Baldwin

73. “I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” ― JoyBell C.

74. “The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” ―Oscar Wilde

75. “Those little feet, won’t be little forever.” ―Ashlee Edens

“We’re so preoccupied with protecting children from disappointment and discomfort that we’re inadvertently excusing them from growing up.” ―LZ Granderson

76. “Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” ―Lady Bird Johnson

77. “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.” ―Keith Richards

78. “You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.” ―Polish Proverb

79. “I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up.”―Tina Turner

Funny Quotes About Children

Raising children is not child’s play. The experience is rewarding, but it is also tiring, hectic, and filled with craziness. These quotes will help you find humor amidst all the chaos.

80. “When kids hit one year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit.” ―Johnny Depp

81. “Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” ―Phyllis Diller

82. “A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” ―Jerry Seinfeld

83. “I’ve got seven kids, the three words you hear most around my house are: “Hello, goodbye, and I’m pregnant.” ―Dean Martin

84. “Adults are just outdated children.” ― Seuss

85. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” ―Phyllis Diller

86. “Children are a great comfort in your old age- and they help you reach it faster too.” ―Lionel Kauffman

87. “Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.” ―Bill Cosby

88. “I’ve been building my son’s trust for two yrs with high-fives. Today I’m going to hit him with a” ˜too slow.’ Welcome to the real world, son.” ―Trevor Williams

89. “Saturday mornings, I’ve learned, are a great opportunity for kids to sneak into your bed, fall back asleep, and kick you in the face.”―Dan Pearce

Short Children Quotes

Sometimes few words are enough to communicate a powerful thought. These beautiful short quotes are perfect for greeting or gift cards.

90. “Every child needs a champion.” ―Hillary Rodham Clinton

91. “A mother should never stop praying for her children.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita

92. “A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap.” ―Danish Proverb

93. “A man’s immortality can be found in his children.” ―Patricia Briggs

94. “Reading to small children is a specialty.” ―Clifton Fadiman

95. “Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.”―Sophocles

96. “All men know their children mean more than life.” ―Euripides

97. “Children are our most valuable resource.” ―Herbert Hoover

98. “If you like to hear yourself talk, read to a child…” ―Nanette L. Avery

99. “Teach your children to develop a healthy imagination” ―Asa Don Brown

100. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”―Frederick Douglass

101. “Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.” ―Haim Ginott

102. “Children re-invent your world for you.” ―Susan Sarandon

103. “All little girls should be told they are pretty.” ―Marilyn Monroe

104. “Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.” ―Uma Thurman

105. “We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” ―Henry Ward Beecher

106. “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” ―Thomas Paine

107. “She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.” ―Gabriel Garcia Marquez

108. “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” ―Elizabeth Stone

109. “God sends children to enlarge our hearts And make us unselfish And full of kind sympathies and affections.” ―Mary Howitt

110. “The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved.” ―Don Bosco

111. “Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of love.” ―Maureen Hawkins

112. “A 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

113. “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

114. “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” ―Neil Postman

115. “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

116. “If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

117. “Children see magic because they look for it.” ―Christopher Moore

118. “Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.” ―Anne Frank

119. “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.” ― J. O’Rourke

120. “Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.” ―Giacomo Leopardi

121. “Children do learn what they live. Then they grow up to live what they’ve learned.” ―Dorothy Nolte

122. “I want my children to have a strong foundation, to help them maintain a faith in God throughout their life. They are growing up in a world that is quickly turning away from God.” ―Dennis Lominac

123. “I don’t want my kids growing up believing that there is nothing destructive in the world.” ―Chuck Connors

124. “The more solid, sensible, common-sense, loving steps we take, the greater the chances of helping our children become the kind of children we want them to be and wish we had been when we were growing up.” ―Zig Ziglar

125. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” ―Oscar Wilde

126. “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

127. “Remember, the goal is not to raise great kids; it’s to raise kids who become great adults.” ―Andy Andrews

128. “Children ask better questions than adults. “May I have a cookie?” “Why is the sky blue?” and “What does a cow say?” are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than “Where’s your manuscript?” Why haven’t you called?” and “Who’s your lawyer?” ―Fran Lebowitz

129. “The first half of our lives is spoiled by our parents and the last half by our children.” ―Jennifer James

130. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” ― Franklin P. Jones

131. “Never underestimate a child’s ability to get into more trouble.” ―Martin Mull

132. “There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother’s age.” ―Benjamin Spock

133. “I have just returned from a children’s party. I’m one of the survivors.” ―Percy French

134. “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” ―Erma Bombeck

135. “The only thing kids wear out faster than shoes is their parent” ―John J. Plomp

136. “Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.” ―Phyllis Diller

137. “Noble fathers have noble children.” ―Euripides

138. “If you can’t hold children in your arms, please hold them in your heart.” ―Mother Clara Hale

139. “Children need models rather than critics.”―Joseph Joubert

140. “Children are full of courage.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita

141. “Children are a bridge to heaven.” ―Persian Proverb

142. “Children will listen to you after they feel listened to.” ―Jane Nelsen

143. “Children, like God, see only our actions.” ―Marty Rubin

144. “Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.” ―Mignon McLaughlin

145. “A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.” ―François Rabelais

146. “You cannot sacrifice the world for your children.” ―Patricia Briggs

147. “A child will still love you even after you tell them no.” ―Jake Slope

148. “Your children need your presence more than your presents.” ―Jesse Jackson

149. “Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” ―Plato

150. “Children really brighten up a household. They never turn the lights off.” ―Ralph Wycherley

151. “Make it OK for your child to communicate. Make him cause.”―Meir Ezra

152. “Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” ―Robert A. Heinlein

153. “Insanity is hereditary: You can get it from your children.” ―Sam Levinson

154. “A child miseducated is a child” ―John F. Kennedy

155. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” ―Agatha Christie

156. “As soon as this child was born I immediately wanted to call my parents and just apologize because I never knew how much they loved me.” ―Ashton Kutcher

157. “Everything I thought I’d hate about having children the crying, the screaming, nothing fazes me. I love it all, and it’s relaxed me.” ―Elton John

158. “Love is giving your kids your undivided attention and time.” ―Kevin Heath

159. “We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

160. “You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” ―Barbara Bush

161. “I love my children beyond all reason. They’re my joy, even when they’re wild with kid energy.” ―Christopher Meloni

162. “My feeling of responsibility for the safety and well-being of my children is so strong that should an asteroid threaten to wipe out all life on earth, I would still hold myself responsible for their fate.” ―Boghos L. Artinian

163. “In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.” ―Lisa T. Shepherd

164. “Why does a mother love her newborn? Because the baby is hers? Even more. Because the baby is her. Her blood, her flesh. Her sinew and spine. Her hope. Her legacy.” ―Max Lucado

165. “Accept the children the way we accept trees with gratitude, because they are a blessing, but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.”―Isabel Allende

166. “Parents must get across the idea that I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.” ―Amy Vanderbilt

167. “I love my children unconditionally.” ―Gary Kemp

168. “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

169. “Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”―Diana, Princess of Wales

170. “Your top job as a new parent is to love your baby like crazy. After showering her with affection, your next two important jobs are to feed her and to calm her when she cries.” ―Harvey Karp

171. “Little moments, over and over, mold our children’s foundation, a cache of learning that they will pass on to their children.”―June Cotner

172. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” ―Martin Luther King, Jr.

173. “If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die.” ―Moroccan Proverb

174. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”―Margaret Mead

175. “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” ―Marian Wright Edelman

176. “It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.”―Frank Warren

177. “To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” ―Nicolette Sowder

178. “I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dream” ―David Vitter

179. “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

180. “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.” ―Emma Goldman

Quotes About Children Growing Up

Children grow up so quickly. Here are a few quotes that will help you cherish their golden years.

181. “When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.” ―Seth Godin

182. “The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” ―Alden Nowlan

183. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ―Angela Schwindt

184. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” ―Denis Waitley

185. “I think the arts are very important for children growing up.” ―Stephen Schwartz

186. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ―Anne Frank

187. “As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won’t forget how you made them feel.” ―Kevin Heath

188. “To be able to watch your children’s children grow up is truly a blessing from above.” ―Byron Pulsifer

189. “Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience and pimples.” ―M. Barrie

190. “Children are the Shades of both mother and father, whether poor or rich every one had a wonderful creative life growing up with them.” ―Kishore Bansal

191. “Today’s children are growing up in a new reality, one where they are attuning more to machines and less to people than has ever been true in human history.” ―Daniel Goleman

192. “I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. Brian Fitzgerald, talking about his children.” ―Jodi Picoult

193. “I don’t want my kids growing up with the image of God that I had – Plato’s white grandfatherly God – because that God is not a very good father. When it comes down to it, you can’t trust him with your kids.” ―William P. Young

194. “I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.” ―George W. Bush

195. “Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward.” ― Francis Xavier

196. “A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

197. “The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant-and let the air out of the tires.” ―Dorothy Parker

198. “Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.” ―John Wilmot

199. “To be a successful father there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.” ―Ernest Hemingway

200. “Children are the most desirable opponents at Scrabble as they are both easy to beat and fun to cheat.” ―Fran Lebowitz

201. “The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids.” ―Jill Bensley

202. “The reason I love kids so much is because they’re so honest, so you know right away if they like you or they don’t.” ―Colin Egglesfield

203. “I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.” ―Robert Orben

204. “The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” ―Lane Olinghouse

205. “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

206. “In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.” ―Robert Benchley

207. “It takes a village to raise a child.” ―African proverb

208. “Never tell a child that something it’s too hard” ―Mitch Albom

209. “Children born into the world are gifts to humanity.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita

210. “A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.” ―Frank A. Clark

211. “All children are atheists, they have no idea of God.” ―Paul Henri Thiry d’Holbach

212. “Don’t you love the spontaneity and creativity of children?” ―James C. Dobson

213. “Playgrounds need kids as much as kids need playgrounds.” ―Marty Rubin

214. “Children are all foreigners.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

215. “Children play an important role for the future of our world.” ―Avisheena

216. “I want to be my children’s hero.” ―Aaron Kyle Andresen

217. “Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” ―Wess Stafford

218. “Children make your life”―Erma Bombeck

219. “Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.” ―W.E.B. Du Bois

Children need your love, guidance, and support to attain their full potential. We hope you find these collections of quotes relatable and inspiring in your parenting journey. You can use motivational quotes to encourage your little ones to fulfill their dreams. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed and frustrated by your children. During such times, these quotes can calm you down by reminding you how special your munchkins are.

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