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59 Kids’ Quotes to Inspire and Live Life to the Fullest

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All of us need inspiration sometimes. We all have days when an encouraging word can make all the difference in the world. Kids are no different. Sometimes they need a few pieces of wisdom to help them make a decision or to give them the courage to push forward. This inspiration can come in the form of inspirational quotes for kids.


You have heard the adage that children will build tomorrow’s society. Doing all we can to encourage and help kids as they make their way through their lives is our chance to do what we can for the future. A big part of that is providing the lessons we learned as we made the same journey. 


Kid’s quotes may not seem like much, but the impact can be huge at the right moment. Whether they are nervous about a big test they have coming up, getting ready for a big game, or need some advice on choosing the right thing to do in a situation, we have to do all we can to guide them. 


We have selected quotes for kids that encompass great philosophers and even some Star Wars. This may give you some inspiration on what to say the next time you feel like some communication could go a long way in inspiring a young one.

59 Kid’s Quotes

1. “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” (Dory from Finding Nemo)

2. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” (Dalai Lama XIV)

3. “You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!” (Dr. Seuss)

4. “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” (Franklin Roosevelt)

5. “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” (J.C. Wells)

6. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” (John Lennon)

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7. “Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” (Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter)

8. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” (Wayne Gretzky)

9. “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.” (Barack Obama)

10. “Nobody but me is gonna change my story.” (Matilda)

11. “There’s no place like home.” (Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz)

12. Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” (Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas)

13. “All good things come to those that wait.” (Fane)

14. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh)

15. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

16. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and beautiful of them all.” (Emporer of China from Mulan)

17. “Try your best to make goodness attractive. That is one of the toughest assignments you will ever be given.” (Mr. Rogers)

18. “Winning does not always mean being first. Winning means you are doing better than you have done before.” (Bonnie Blair)

19. “We rise by lifting others.” (Robert Ingersoll)

20. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” (Maya Angelou)

21. “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead.” (Gusteau from Ratatouille)

22. “Do or do not. There is no try.” (Yoda from The Empires Strikes Back)

23. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” (John F. Kennedy)

24. “I will love myself despite the ease with which I lean toward the opposite.” (Shane Koyczan)

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You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!

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25. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” (Charles Dickens)

26. “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” (Dolly Parton)

27. “Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” (Diana, Princess of Wales)

28. “Children make your life important.” (Erma Bombeck)

29. “Everything you can imagine is real.” (Pablo Picasso)

30. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” (Epictetus)

31. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” (Albert Einstein)

32. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” (Walt Disney)

33. “If my mind can conceive and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” (Muhammed Ali)

34. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” (J.R.R. Tolkein)

35. “If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it.” (Chinese Proverb)

36. “It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.” (Confucius)

37. “No one is perfect. That’s why pencils have erasers.” (Wolfgang Riebe)

38. “With great power, there must also come great responsibility.” (Stan Lee)

39. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” (Mark Twain)

40. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

41. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

42. “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They are underused.” (Tommy Lee Jones)

43. “Never settle for anything less than you want.” (P.J. Harvey)

44. “You are worthy of your existence” (Bruce Lee)

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45. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” (Japanese Proverb)

46. “Never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” (Edna Mode from The Incredibles)

47. “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” (Oprah Winfrey)

48. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” (B.B. King)

49. “You can. You should. And if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” (Stephen King)

50. “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” (Jesse Jackson)

51. “You can always give something, even if it is only kindness.” (Anne Frank)

52. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” (Mother Teresa)

53. “Waiting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” (Kurt Cobain)

54. “Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself.” (Harvey Firestein)

55. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” (Vince Lombardi)

56. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.” (Michael Jordan)

57. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)

58. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens.” (Helen Keller)

59. “It’s up to you how far you will go. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.” (Merlin from The Sword and The Stone)

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There you go! 59 phrases you can say to your kids or any kid you may want to give some inspiration. You can always complement good advice with the extra fun classes Amphy offers. This may even boost their confidence more.

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