Inspirational Quotes for Kids


inspirational quotes for kids

It’s rare for a mom to be at a loss for words. We always have advice, correction, or encouragement to give our kids, but the trick is finding the right words at the right time. The good news is that some pretty wise people have shared profound thoughts over the years. And these inspirational quotes for kids might be exactly what your kids need to hear. 

Even though they are little, kids have some big pressure and big decisions to make. And from their viewpoint, the road ahead is a long one with a lot of hard work. These inspirational quotes for kids will help them stay focused and remind them what having good character looks like. And if you have a teen or preteen who is just not feeling anything you have to say, post one of these on his or her bedroom mirror and let the quote speak for you.

  1. “You are kind. You are smart. You are important.”
  2. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’”~ Audrey Hepburn
  3. “Don’t compare your life to others. There is no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it is their time.”
  4. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!” ~ Dr. Seuss
  5. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” ~ John Wooden
  6. “Practice makes progress, not perfect.”
  7. “We all can dance when we find music we love.” ~ Giles Andreae
  8. “There is no substitute for hard work.” ~ Thomas Edison
  9. “It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what you are doing.”
  10. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” ~ Epictetus
  11. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney
  12. “All it takes is faith and trust.” ~ Peter Pan
  13. “We all change when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s OK, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.” ~ Doctor Who
  14. “Think, think, think.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  15. “Be silly, be honest, be kind.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. “When you know better you do better.” ~ Maya Angelou
  17. “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  18. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  19. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  20. “No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.” ~ Wolfgang Riebe
  21. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  22. “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”~ Dolly Parton
  23. “We will be friends until forever, just you wait and see.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  24. “Anything is possible. Anything can be.” ~ Shel Silverstein
  25. “When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  26. “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
  27. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
  28. “You were born to be awesome, not perfect.”
  29. “Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.” ~ Doctor Who
  30. “Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  31. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” ~ Bonnie Blair
  32. “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  33. “If you think someone could use a friend, be one.”
  34. “Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” ~ Henry Ford
  35. “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  36. “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.” ~ Frozen
  37. “You don’t need a cape to be a hero. You just need to care.”
  38. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  39. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” ~ John D. Rockefeller
  40. “Good times become good memories, but bad times become good lessons.” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  41. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  42. “We’re all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next. Now’s your chance! How about it?” ~ Doctor Who
  43. “It’s ok to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”
  44. “When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  45. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy
  46. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  47. “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
  48. “Think and wonder, wonder and think.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  49. “Everything’s got to end sometime. Otherwise, nothing would ever get started.” ~ Doctor Who
  50. “Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  51. “The least important things, sometimes, my dear boy, lead to the greatest discoveries.” ~ Doctor Who
  52. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl
  53. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” ~ Mother Teresa
  54. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
  55. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  56. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  57. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney
  58. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain
  59. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again. Only this time, more wisely.” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  60. “You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel.”~ Robert Tew
  61. “Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” ~ Vaibhav Shah
  62. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
  63. “Winning doesn’t mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” ~ Bonnie Blair
  64. “The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  65. “The past shouldn’t be feared for it guides our future.” ~ Moana
  66. “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  67. “Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more… to give way to the happiness of the person you love.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  68. “Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel, you can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving, you will come to a better place.” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  69. “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” ~ Jesse Jackson
  70. “Even miracles take a little time.” ~ Cinderella
  71. “Now, think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.” ~ Peter Pan
  72. “Choose your friends with caution, plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith.” ~ Thomas S. Monson
  73. “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.” ~ Irish Proverb
  74. “Think! You can think any Think that you wish!” ~ Dr. Seuss
  75. “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” ~ Doctor Who
  76. “Listen with your heart, you will understand.” ~ Pocahontas
  77. “Never fear shadows. They simply mean that there’s a light somewhere nearby.” ~ Ruth E. Renkei
  78. “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  79. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill
  80. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”~ Paulo Coelho
  81. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ A.A. Milne
  82. “If you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition.” ~ Barbara Cook
  83. “Each day is a gift. Don’t send it back unopened.”
  84. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  85. “To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” ~ Walt Whitman
  86. “There’s no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”
  87. “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” ~ Helen Hayes
  88. “You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: they don’t alter their views to fit the facts; they alter the facts to fit their views.” ~ Doctor Who
  89. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  90. “You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?” ~ Dr. Seuss
  91. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”~ Vince Lombardi
  92. “Work hard. Dream big. Never give up.”
  93. “I must go forward where I have never been instead of backward where I have.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  94. “It’s easy to do nothing, it’s hard to forgive.” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  95. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney
  96. “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell
  97. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  98. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”~ Albert Einstein
  99. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”~ Mark Twain
  100. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present.’”~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  101. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”~ Nelson Mandela
  102. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”~ Abraham Lincoln
  103. “Just keep swimming.” ~ Finding Nemo
  104. “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”~ Maya Angelou
  105. “The tougher the fight, the more important the mental attitude.”~ Michael Landon
  106. “There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes!” ~ Doctor Who
  107. “Today is a good day to try.” ~ The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  108. “Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.”~ Babe Ruth
  109. “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”
  110. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  111. “It’s time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do you want?” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  112. “I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”~ Elon Musk
  113. “The sun still shines, even when it’s hiding.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  114. “If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”~ Muhammed Ali
  115. “First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.” ~ Walt Disney
  116. “Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.”
  117. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” ~ Tangled
  118. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”~ Malala Yousafzai
  119. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”~ Joseph Addison
  120. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”~ B.B. King
  121. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  122. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, then worrying won’t make it any better.” ~ Walt Disney
  123. “Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.” ~ Cinderella
  124. “I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” ~ Doctor Who
  125. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”~ Judy Garland
  126. “Keep shining. The world needs your light.”
  127. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”~ Henry David Thoreau
  128. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”~ Wayne Gretzky
  129. “Good things take time.”
  130. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”~ Maya Angelou
  131. “Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.”~ Ashleigh Brilliant
  132. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” ~ Walt Disney
  133. “There’s no point in being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes.” ~ Doctor Who
  134. “The things that make me different are the things that make me.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  135. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” ~ Pinocchio
  136. “The time is always right to do what is right.”~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  137. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~ Walt Disney
  138. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”~ J.K. Rowling
  139. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  140. “Tough times never last but tough people do.”~ Robert H. Schuller
  141. “This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”~ Psalm 118:24
  142. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  143. “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.” ~ Walt Disney
  144. “I will find my way if I can be strong.” ~ Hercules
  145. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”~ J.K. Rowling
  146. “Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.” ~ Lilo & Stitch
  147. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”~ Steve Martin
  148. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”~ Dr. Seuss
  149. “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” ~ The Lion King
  150. “If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn. Oh, the most wonderful stuff.”~ Dr. Seuss
  151. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”~ Vince Lombardi
  152. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”~ Wayne Gretzky
  153. “It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.” ~ Fred Rogers
  154. “You can make anything by writing.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  155. “Many things that seem threatening in the dark become welcoming when we shine a light on them.” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  156. “Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.” ~ Fred Rogers
  157. “I never look back, darling! It distracts me from the now.” ~ The Incredibles
  158. “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  159. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” ~ Hercules
  160. “Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voilá! Now, you might not feel like you can do much now, but that’s just because, well, you’re not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You’re still a seed.” ~ A Bug’s Life
  161. “You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel. Remember that.”
  162. “How do you spell love? You don’t spell love. You feel it.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  163. “I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.” ~ The Lion King
  164. “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  165. “People who make the world better for other people are some of the best people.” ~ Kid President
  166. “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” ~ Pocahontas
  167. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  168. “Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” ~ Snow White
  169. “Pulling someone down will never help you reach the top.”
  170. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” ~ Ralph Marston
  171. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  172. “As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves.” ~ Doctor Who
  173. “Believe you can, then you will.” ~ Mulan
  174. “Do not be followed by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” ~ Aladdin
  175. “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.”
  176. “Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.” ~ Doctor Who
  177. “Home is the comfiest place to be.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
  178. “I meant what I said and said what I meant.” ~ Dr. Seuss
  179. “When all else fails, take a nap.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes for kids?

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