Whip Out These 100+ Inspiring Quotes For Kids When They Need A Little Boost

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Kids are naturally resilient. But unfortunately, sometimes life gets them down. If your little one had a bad day or learned a difficult lesson and you’re not exactly sure what to say to them, why not turn to some existing pieces of wisdom. Here are 102 inspiring quotes for kids to remind them tomorrow is a brand new day.

  1. “I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.” – Natalie Portman
  2. “We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae
  3. “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
  4. “Anything is possible. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein
  5. “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – H. Jackson Brown
  6. “I think I can. I know I can.” — The Little Engine That Could
  7. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” — J.K. Rowling
  8. “Children will listen to you after they feel listened to.” – Jane Nelsen
  9. “We know what we are but know not what we may be.” – Shakespeare
  10. “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
  11. “Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun. ”— Mignon McLaughlin
  12. “It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” – George Burns
  13. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ― Joyce Brothers
  14. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
  15. “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Food critic Anton Ego, Ratatouille
  16. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison
  17. The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller
  18. “If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” — Muhammed Ali
  19. “Row, row, row your boat. Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” – Alice Munro
  20. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
  21. “We grow great by dreams.” – Woodrow Wilson
  22. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
  23. “We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength.” — Jimmy Carter
  24. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
  25. “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel
  26. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
  27. “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” — George Sand
  28. “Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration in the stuff of growth.” – Sir Ken Robinson
  29. “I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” – Pablo Casals
  30. “No kid is unsmart. Every kid’s a genius at something. Our job is to find it. And then encourage it.” – Robin Sharma
  31. “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L’Engle
  32. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  33. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” ― Roy T. Bennett
  34. “Don’t doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.” – Aslan
  35. “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
  36. “Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” – Luna Lovegood
  37. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
  38. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ― Margaret Mead
  39. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ― Robert F. Kennedy
  40. “You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney
  41. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair
  42. “Always keep a positive mindset, it will improve your outlook on the world.” – Roald Dahl
  43. “Never be so busy as not to think of others.” – Mother Teresa
  44. “All students can learn and succeed, but not on the same day in the same way.” – William Spady
  45. “That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth
  46. “Dream big and dare to fail.” — Norman Vaughn
  47. “Never waste a minute thinking of anyone you don’t like.” – Dwight Eisenhower
  48. “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” — Dolly Parton
  49. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christen Andersen
  50. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  51. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” — Denis WaitleyRead More: 14 Delightful Dinosaur Movies Your T-Rex Obsessed Kids Will Love
  52. 60. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Kahlil Gibran
  53. “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” ― Bette Midler
  54. “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” — Lilo & Stitch
  55. “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there!” – Will Rogers
  56. “No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.” – Wolfgang Riebe
  57. “Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” — Fred Rogers
  58. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
  59. “When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou
  60. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
  61. “Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” — Wess Stafford
  62. “The more you give away the happier you become.” — Unknown
  63. “Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.” – Jim Rohn
  64. “Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin
  65. “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’
  66. “Children are our most valuable resource.” — Herbert Hoover
  67. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
  68. “There is a voice inside of you, that whispers all day long, I feel this is right for me, or I know that this is wrong.” — Unknown
  69. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
  70. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr. Seuss
  71. “Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” – Henry Ford
  72. “Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey
  73. “Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren“
  74. “Being kind is never wasted.” — Unknown
  75. All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney
  76. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden
  77. “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver
  78. “Choose your friends with caution, plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith.” – Thomas S. Monson
  79. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
  80. “What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.” – Cleveland Amory

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  1. “You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have.” – Jim Rohn
  2. “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” – Pamela Vaull Starr
  3. “A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.” – David Bailey
  4. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Confucius
  5. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  6. “There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” — Fred Rogers
  7. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
  8. “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ― Booker T. Washington
  9. “Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss
  11. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
  12. “It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela
  13. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  14. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
  15. “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
  16. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ” ― Oprah Winfrey
  17. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  18. “Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford ev’ry stream, Follow ev’ry rainbow, ‘Til you find your dream.” – Sound of Music
  19. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
  20. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” — Dolly Parton
  21. Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” — Jess Lair
  22. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

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