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Quotes About Kids

Social attitudes toward kids differ in various cultures around the world. Raising a child is one of the hardest and most satisfying tasks a human being can face. Below is a compilation of famous quotes and sayings relating to children and their upbringing. Do you have a favorite quote or quotes about children that you think others would enjoy? Let us know.

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.  ~ Frederick Douglass


What is a home without children?  Quiet.  ~ Henny Youngman


Any kid will run any errand for you if you ask at bedtime.  ~ Red Skelton


Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.  ~ Maya Angelou


I don't have any kids. Well, at least none I know about.  ~ Cathy Ladman


Little children, headache; big children, heartache.  ~ Italian proverb


What its children become, that will the community become.  ~ Suzannea LaFollette


It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.  ~ Colette


The reason most people have kids is because they get pregnant.  ~ Barbara Kingsolver


A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.  ~ Khaled Hosseini


If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much.  ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.  ~ Fred Astaire


There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Youth is a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.  ~ Walt Disney


Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.  ~ Margaret Mead


Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.  ~ Margaret Atwood


We have nine children now - half girls and half boys.  ~ Mark Twain


There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.  ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches but the spirit of reverence.  ~ Plato


A child is fed with milk and praise.  ~ Mary Lamb


We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.  ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


There are lives I can imagine without children but none of them have the same laughter & noise.  ~ Brian Andreas


I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time.  ~ Bill Cosby


Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.  ~ Fran Lebowitz


The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.  ~ Mark Twain


The fault that no child ever loses is the one he was most punished for.  ~ Cesare Beccaria


Parents who wish to train up their children in the way they should go must go in the way in which they would have their children go.  ~ Francis Bacon


Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher


A child's hand in yours - what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.  ~ Marjorie Holmes


Children are not less intelligent than adults; what they are is less informed.  ~ Philip Pullman


Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.  ~ Maria Montessori


Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength.  ~ Psalms 8:2


Babies are such a nice way to start people.  ~ Don Herold


If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.  ~ Oscar Wilde


Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.  ~ Lady Bird Johnson


A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.  ~ Carl Sandburg


Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.  ~ Michael Levine


If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.  ~ Confucius


The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.  ~ Mark Twain


The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.  ~ Dorothy Parker


Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.  ~ Eberhard Arnold


Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.  ~ John Wilmot


Children need models rather than critics. ~ Joseph Joubert


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


Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.  ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


It's the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.  ~ Frank Warren


How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.  ~ Mother Teresa


Unlike grownups, children have little need to deceive themselves.  ~ Goethe


All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself.  ~ Gore Vidal


Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.  ~ Plato


If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.  ~ Norman Douglas


The discontented child cries for toasted snow.  ~ Arabian proverb


Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.  ~ Robert Fulghum


I like children. If they're properly cooked.  ~ W.C. Fields


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


Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles. ~ Joseph Joubert


Allow children to be happy in their own way. for what better way will they find?  ~ Samuel Johnson


Familiarity breeds contempt and children.  ~ Mark Twain


The soul is healed by being with children.  ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky


It's simply wrong to always order kids to stop that fighting. There are times when one child is simply defending his rights and damned well should be fighting.  ~ Erma Bombeck


You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.  ~ Maurice Sendak


Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.  ~ Barbara Walters


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


Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.  ~ Margaret Mead


Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.  ~ Robert A. Heinlein


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


I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


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


Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.  ~ Benjamin Franklin


Children have more need of models than of critics.  ~ Carolyn Coats


Children always want to look behind mirrors. ~ Joseph Joubert


The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, the second half by our children.  ~ Clarence Darrow


Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.  ~ Fred Rogers


All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages.  ~ Robertson Davies


Kids don’t know about best sellers. They go for what they enjoy. They aren’t star chasers and they don’t suck up. It’s why I like them.  ~ Maurice Sendak


A child's attitude to everything is always an artist's attitude.  ~ Willa Cather


You have to ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.  ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


When you are dealing with a child, keep all your wits about you, and sit on the floor.  ~ Austin O'Malley


Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.  ~ Bradley Millar


One of the things I've discovered in general about raising kids is that they really don't give a damn if you walked five miles to school.  ~ Patty Duke


Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.  ~ Marcelene Cox


Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher


For these are all our children, we will all profit by or pay for what they become.  ~ James Baldwin


When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.  ~ Rodney Dangerfield


We've had bad luck with our kids — they've all grown up.  ~ Christopher Morley


Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.  ~ William Stafford


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