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Children Quotes

55 of the best book quotes about children
  1. #1
    “Now that I’m an adult, I realize that kids know at a very young age when they’re being devalued, when adults aren’t invested enough to help them learn. Their anger over it can manifest itself as unruliness. It’s hardly their fault. They aren’t “bad kids.” They’re just trying to survive bad circumstances.”
  2. #2
    “A child’s spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.”
  3. #3
    “All children, except one, grow up.”
  4. #4
    Peter, you’re twelve years old. I’m ten. They have a word for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice.
  5. #5
    “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
  6. #6
    “I am not the child my father raised, but he is the father who raised her.”
  7. #7
    “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
  8. #8
    “Now the Law of the Jungle lays down that if there is any dispute as to the right of a cub to be accepted by the Pack, he must be spoken for by at least two members of the Pack who are not his father and mother.”
  9. #9
    “I’m sorry, but were you dropped on your head as an infant?”
  10. #10
    “Only the children know what they are looking for.”
  11. #11
    “I’ll continue to see things as a child. It’s not so far to fall.”
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adventure
The Minpins
alligators and crocodiles
The Enormous Crocodile
World War 2 · airplanes
The Gremlins
silly · alligators and crocodiles · mischief
Dream Big and Other Life Lessons from the Enormous Crocodile
friendship · imagination · inspired by classic literature
Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping
inspired by classic literature · imagination · magic
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and Six More
magic · Halloween · witches
The Witches
  1. #12
    “The noise in this room was perfectly tumultuous, for there were more children there, than Scrooge in his agitated state of mind could count; and, unlike the celebrated herd in the poem, they were not forty children conducting themselves like one, but every child was conducting itself like forty.”
  2. #13
    “Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
  3. #14
    “Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will.”
  4. #15
    “A child may not know how to feed itself, or what to eat, yet it knows hunger.”
  5. #16
    “When I am come to mine own again, I will always honor little children, remembering how that these trusted me and believed me in my time of trouble; whilst they that were older, and thought themselves wiser, mocked at me and held me for a liar.”
  6. #17
    “Kids are smarter than we think. They know how to survive the shit that’s dealt them better than some welfare worker who never spent a day in one of those kids’ shoes.”
  7. #18
    “Jo had absorbed many of her parents’ philosophies, and one of them was the belief that children deserved to be told the truth as much as possible.”
  8. #19
    “There is a place where the sidewalk ends
    And before the street begins,
    And there the grass grows soft and white,
    And there the sun burns crimson bright,
    And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
    To cool in the peppermint wind.
    Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
    And the dark street winds and bends.
    Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
    We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
    To the place where the sidewalk ends.
    Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
    For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
    The place where the sidewalk ends.”
  9. #20
    “Western children are definitely no happier than Chinese ones.”
  10. #21
    Childhood’s logic never asks to be proved (all conclusions are absolute)
  11. #22
    “All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”
  1. #23
    “Strange children should smile at each other and say, “Let’s play.”
  2. #24
    “What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender?”
  3. #25
    “So it took an eight-year-old child to bring ‘em to their senses...That proves something - that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they’re still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children.”
  4. #26
    “Children are not so serious as grown-ups and they love to laugh.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    LaughterChildren
  5. #27
    “When a child first catches adults out—when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just—his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. ”
  6. #28
    “It’s impossible to protect your kids against disappointment in life.”
  7. #29
    “Few sons are the equals of their fathers; most fall short, all too few surpass them.”
    author
    Homer
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    ChildrenFathers
  8. #30
    “They played at hearts as other children might play at ball; only, as it was really their two hearts that they flung to and fro, they had to be very, very handy to catch them, each time, without hurting them.”
  9. #31
    At last the candles burnt down to the branches and were put out. Then the children received permission to plunder the tree. Oh, how they rushed upon it, till the branches cracked, and had it not been fastened with the glistening star to the ceiling, it must have been thrown down. The children then danced about with their pretty toys, and no one noticed the tree, except the children’s maid who came and peeped among the branches to see if an apple or a fig had been forgotten.
  10. #32
    He just reminded everyone that when Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” Jesus meant all the children, including Herdmans.
  11. #33
    “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”
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Go, Pea, Go! book
5.9
picture book
Go, Pea, Go!
Jabari Jumps book
5.8
picture book
Jabari Jumps
Pokko and the Drum book
5.8
picture book
Pokko and the Drum
I Heart You book
5.8
picture book
I Heart You
Bear of My Heart book
5.8
board book
Bear of My Heart
Just Because book
5.6
picture book
Just Because
Babymoon book
5.5
picture book
Babymoon
  1. #34
    “He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though--and loathed him.”
  2. #35
    “By contrast, I can’t tell you how many Asian kids I’ve met who, while acknowledging how oppressively strict and brutally demanding their parents were, happily describe themselves as devoted to their parents and unbelievably grateful to them, seemingly without a trace of bitterness or resentment.”
  3. #36
    “To have a child is the greatest honor and responsibility that can be bestowed upon any living being.”
  4. #37
    “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.”
  5. #38
    “I am a mother and mothers don’t have the luxury of falling apart in front of their children, even when they are afraid, even when their children are adults.”
  6. #39
    “Every one of these old people was over ninety. They were as shrivelled as prunes, and as bony as skeletons, and throughout the day, until Charlie made his appearance, they lay huddled in their one bed, two at either end, with nightcaps on to keep their heads warm, dozing the time away with nothing to do. But as soon as they heard the door opening, and heard Charlie’s voice saying, ‘Good evening, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, and Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina,’ then all four of them would suddenly sit up, and their old wrinkled faces would light up with smiles of pleasure – and the talking would begin. For they loved this little boy. He was the only bright thing in their lives, and his evening visits were something that they looked forward to all day long.”
  7. #40
    “I, Willy Wonka, have decided to allow five children – just five, mind you, and no more – to visit my factory this year.”
  8. #41
    “As a kid, you learn to measure long before you understand the size or value of anything. Eventually, if you’re lucky, you learn that you’ve been measuring all wrong.”
  9. #42
    “The love, respect, and confidence of my children was the sweetest reward I could receive for my efforts to be the woman I would have them copy.”
  10. #43
    “Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it.”
  11. #44
    How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
    To have a thankless child.—Away, away!
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More Than Balloons book
6.2
board book
More Than Balloons
The Rag Coat book
6.1
picture book
The Rag Coat
Penguin and Pinecone book
6.0
board book
Penguin and Pinecone
All the Places to Love book
6.0
picture book
All the Places to Love
The Trumpet of the Swan book
6.0
chapter book
The Trumpet of the Swan
Spot Loves His Daddy book
6.0
board book
Spot Loves His Daddy
Three Little Words book
6.0
picture book
Three Little Words
Charlotte and the Rock book
5.9
picture book
Charlotte and the Rock
  1. #45
    “I don’t want a grown-up person at all. A grownup won’t listen to me; he won’t learn. He will try to do things his own way and not mine. So I have to have a child. I want a good sensible loving child, one to whom I can tell all my most precious candy-making secrets-while I am still alive.”
  2. #46
    “THEY . . . USED . . . TO . . . READ! They’d READ and READ, AND READ and READ, and then proceed To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!”
  3. #47
    And now the folding doors were thrown open, and a troop of children rushed in as if they intended to upset the tree; they were followed more silently by their elders. For a moment the little ones stood silent with astonishment, and then they shouted for joy, till the room rang, and they danced merrily round the tree, while one present after another was taken from it.
  4. #48
    “In his face, I see the whole of my life. I see a baby who came to me long after I’d given up … and a hint of the beauty I once had. I see … my life in his eyes.”
  5. #49
    “You only just tell a boy you won’t ever have anybody but him, ever ever ever, and then you kiss and that’s all. Anybody can do it.”
  6. #50
    “Jekyll had more than a father’s interest; Hyde had more than a son’s indifference.”
  7. #51
    Mothers are often fondest of the child which has caused them the greatest pain.
  8. #52
    ”Don’t try to make me grow up before my time, Meg.”
  9. #53
    “Is she the only one at fault? For though she’s spoiled, and dreadfully so, A girl can’t spoil herself, you know. Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed? Who pandered to her every need? Who turned her into such a brat? Who are the culprits? Who did that? Alas! You needn’t look so far To find out who these sinners are. They are (and this is very sad) Her loving parents, MUM and DAD. And that is why we’re glad they fell Into the garbage chute as well.”
  10. #54
    “Sometimes, the Angel comes much later, because the children are naughty and won’t learn their lessons or practise their scales. And sometimes, he does not come at all, because the children have a bad heart or a bad conscience.”
  11. #55
    ″. . . Big Mama kept bees, too, right out there in the same spot they’re in today. Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, ‘cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. ‘It comes from years of loving children and husbands,’ she’d say.”
Books about musicView All ››
Trombone Shorty book
6.5
picture book
Trombone Shorty
The Trumpet of the Swan book
6.0
chapter book
The Trumpet of the Swan
Ada's Violin book
5.7
picture book
Ada's Violin
Because book
5.6
picture book
Because
Ella Fitzgerald book
5.5
picture book
Ella Fitzgerald
We Are Music book
5.5
board book
We Are Music
Les & Ronnie Step Out book
5.5
picture book
Les & Ronnie Step Out
Hosea Plays On book
5.4
picture book
Hosea Plays On
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