200+ Famous And Lovable Quotes About Children

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Children are the most precious gifts of our lives. While raising them, you may come across certain quotes about children that remind you of the bittersweet moments with your child. Some quotes may describe wonderful experiences on several aspects of parenting, while others would fill your hearts with love and unforgettable memories.

The journey of parenthood is a long and challenging one; from loving your child unconditionally to teaching them the importance of values and discipline, you go through it all. There are times when you need to boost your child’s spirits when they feel down and depressed in life.

While it could be difficult to explain every situation in words, you may refer to quotes from well-known personalities. Keep reading to discover our collection of most loved quotes about children in this post.

Quotes About Loving Children

The love you feel for your children is immeasurable and unconditional. Here are a few quotes that express this beautiful feeling.

  1. Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” ―Henry Ward Beecher
  1. A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” ―Agatha Christie
  1. And she loved a little boy very much, even more than she loved herself. ―Shel Silverstein
  1. As soon as this child was born I immediately wanted to call my parents and just apologize because I never knew how much they loved me.” ―Ashton Kutcher
  1. Children need at least one person in their life that thinks the sun rises and sets on them, who delights in their existence, and loves them unconditionally.” ―Pam Leo
  1. Everything I thought I’d hate about having children the crying, the screaming, nothing fazes me. I love it all, and it’s relaxed me.” ―Elton John
  1. Love is giving your kids your undivided attention and time.” ―Kevin Heath
  1. You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.”―Regina King
  1. Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.” ―Uma Thurman
  1. Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parents.” ―Abraham Lincoln
  1. We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. The beauty that surrounds me is breathtaking; it is the faces of my children.” ―Anabela Loureiro
  1. My children are delightful people whom I would love even if they weren’t my children.” ―Toni Morrison
  1. Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” ―Elizabeth Stone
  1. A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.” ―Mary Mason
  1. You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” ―Barbara Bush
  1. I’ve never loved anybody the way I love my children.” ―Katey Sagal
  1. We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” ―Henry Ward Beecher
  1. I love my children beyond all reason. They’re my joy, even when they’re wild with kid energy.” ―Christopher Meloni
  1. “No one had told her what it would be like, the way she loved her children. What a thing of the body it was, as physically rooted as sexual desire but without its edge of danger. . . . Once the children were in the house, the air became more vivid and more heated: every object in the house grew more alive.” ―Mary Gordon
  1. I love all my children, but some of them I don’t like.” ―Lillian Gordy Carter 
  1. “My feeling of responsibility for the safety and well-being of my children is so strong that should an asteroid threaten to wipe out all life on earth, I would still hold myself responsible for their fate.” ―Boghos L. Artinian 
  1. If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” ―Thomas Paine
  1. There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” ―Henry Ward Beecher
  1. My children are the reason I laugh, smile, and want to get up every morning.” ―Gina Lee Nolin
  1. In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.” ―Lisa T. Shepherd
  1. Why does a mother love her newborn? Because the baby is hers? Even more. Because the baby is her. Her blood, her flesh. Her sinew and spine. Her hope. Her legacy.” ―Max Lucado
  1. I looked at this tiny perfect creature and it was as though a light switch had been turned on. A giant gush of love flooded out of me.” ―Madeleine L’Engle
  1. 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
  1. I’ll love you forever,

             I’ll like you for always,

            As long as I’m living

            my baby you’ll be.” ―Robert N. Munsch 

  1. Parents must get across the idea that I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.” ―Amy Vanderbilt 
  1. The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment.” ―James E. Faust 
  1. She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.” ―Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  1. God sends children to enlarge our hearts

            And make us unselfish

            And full of kind sympathies and affections.” ―Mary Howitt 

  1. “By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.” ―Eileen Kennedy-Moore 
  1. Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of love.” ―Maureen Hawkins
  1. Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” ―Richard L. Evans
  1. I love my children unconditionally.” ―Gary Kemp
  1. I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” ―Anne Lamott
  1. Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what’s important.” ―Elle Macpherson
  1. Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”―Diana, Princess of Wales
  1. The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved.” ―Don Bosco
  1. Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” ―H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  1. Your top job as a new parent is to love your baby like crazy. After showering her with affection, your next two important jobs are to feed her and to calm her when she cries.” ―Harvey Karp
  1. Attachment⁠—the invisible threads that connect us to our children⁠—woven from elements no lab could ever replicate: Love, Time, Connection, Closeness, Understanding . . . to name just a few.” ―Milli Hill

Inspirational Quotes About Children 

Children have the power to change the world. These quotes will serve as a reminder for their capabilities and encourage them to fulfill their dreams.

  1. Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.” ―Ray Merritt
  1. Little moments, over and over, mold our children’s foundation, a cache of learning that they will pass on to their children.”―June Cotner
  1. Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” ―Neil Postman
  1. A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” ―Pablo Casals
  1. To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy.” ―Malala Yousafzai
  1. Children are gifts from the Lord. They are fruits of His labour, through acts of love in the bond of marriage.” ―Elijah Mcleon
  1. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” ―Martin Luther King, Jr.
  1. A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.” ―Lyman Abbott
  1. If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die.” ―Moroccan Proverb
  1. The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind, and spirit he or she possesses.“―John Fischer
  1. Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” ―Jess Lair
  1. Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”―Margaret Mead
  1. You know who’s going to build that better world? It’s the youth. Children will do things that are now considered impossible.” ―Kacey McCallister
  1. If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” ―Marian Wright Edelman
  1. The soul is healed by being with children.” ―Fyodor Dostoevsky
  1. 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
  1. It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.”―Frank Warren
  1. Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” ―Walt Disney
  1. If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” ―Mahatma Gandhi
  1. To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” ―Nicolette Sowder
  1. Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows.” ―Maralee McKee
  1. Children see magic because they look for it.” ―Christopher Moore
  1. There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.” ―Marva Collins
  1. I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dream” ―David Vitter
  1. Children represent the future, encourage, support and guide them.” ―Catherine Pulsifer
  1. Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
  1. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.” ―Anne Frank
  1. Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.” ―Anna Quindlen
  1. Children are not only innocent and curious but also optimistic and joyful and essentially happy. They are, in short, everything adults wish they could be.” ―Carolyn Haywood
  1. Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.” ―Giacomo Leopardi
  1. No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.” ―Emma Goldman
  1. Being hardworking is the best thing you can show children.” ―David Beckham

Quotes About Children Growing Up 

Children grow up so quickly. Here are a few quotes that will help you cherish their golden years. 

  1. We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”―Stacia Tauscher
  1. When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.” ―Seth Godin
  1. The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” ―Alden Nowlan
  1. At every step, the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.” ―Ellen Key
  1. You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.” ―John J. Plomp
  1. You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.” ― J. O’Rourke
  1. While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ―Angela Schwindt
  1. Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ―James Baldwin
  1. Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.” ―Russell Baker
  1. The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” ―Denis Waitley
  1. I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” ― JoyBell C.
  1. Sometimes, we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” ― James C. Dobson
  1. Children do learn what they live. Then they grow up to live what they’ve learned.” ―Dorothy Nolte
  1. I think the arts are very important for children growing up.” ―Stephen Schwartz
  1. The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” ―Oscar Wilde
  1. I don’t want my kids growing up believing that there is nothing destructive in the world.” ―Chuck Connors
  1. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ―Anne Frank
  1. A mother is a child’s first teacher. We are raising the people who will grow up to influence society and the world.” ―Marie Osmond
  1. Those little feet, won’t be little forever.” ―Ashlee Edens
  1. I want my children to have a strong foundation, to help them maintain a faith in God throughout their life. They are growing up in a world that is quickly turning away from God.” ―Dennis Lominac
  1. As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won’t forget how you made them feel.” ―Kevin Heath
  1. We’re so preoccupied with protecting children from disappointment and discomfort that we’re inadvertently excusing them from growing up.” ―LZ Granderson
  1. I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast.” ―Robert Rodriguez
  1. To be able to watch your children’s children grow up is truly a blessing from above.” ―Byron Pulsifer
  1. Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” ―Lady Bird Johnson
  1. The more solid, sensible, common-sense, loving steps we take, the greater the chances of helping our children become the kind of children we want them to be and wish we had been when we were growing up.” ―Zig Ziglar
  1. Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.” ―Pablo Picasso
  1. Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience and pimples.” ―M. Barrie
  1. When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.” ―Keith Richards
  1. When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments – tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” ―Louis Pasteur
  1. The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” ―Ray L. Wilber
  1. Children are the Shades of both mother and father, whether poor or rich every one had a wonderful creative life growing up with them.” ―Kishore Bansal
  1. You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.” ―Polish Proverb
  1. It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” ―Joyce Maynard
  1. Remember, the goal is not to raise great kids; it’s to raise kids who become great adults.” ―Andy Andrews
  1. Today’s children are growing up in a new reality, one where they are attuning more to machines and less to people than has ever been true in human history.” ―Daniel Goleman
  1. Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” ―Oscar Wilde
  1. If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.” ―P.D. James
  1. I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up.”―Tina Turner
  1. I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. Brian Fitzgerald, talking about his children.” ―Jodi Picoult
  1. “I don’t want my kids growing up with the image of God that I had – Plato’s white grandfatherly God – because that God is not a very good father. When it comes down to it, you can’t trust him with your kids.” ―William P. Young 

Funny Quotes About Children 

Raising children is not child’s play. The experience is rewarding, but it is also tiring, hectic, and filled with craziness. These quotes will help you find humor amidst all the chaos.

  1. I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” ―Phyllis Diller
  1. I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.” ―George W. Bush
  1. When kids hit one year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit.” ―Johnny Depp
  1. Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward.” ― Francis Xavier
  1. Having one child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee.” ―David Frost
  1. A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. Children ask better questions than adults. “May I have a cookie?” “Why is the sky blue?” and “What does a cow say?” are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than “Where’s your manuscript?” Why haven’t you called?” and “Who’s your lawyer?” ―Fran Lebowitz
  1. “Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” ―Phyllis Diller
  1. The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant-and let the air out of the tires.” ―Dorothy Parker
  1. What is a home without children? Quiet.” ―Henny Youngman
  1. Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.” ―John Wilmot
  1. The first half of our lives is spoiled by our parents and the last half by our children.” ―Jennifer James
  1. I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair.” ―Jarod Kintz
  1. A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” ―Jerry Seinfeld
  1. To be a successful father there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.” ―Ernest Hemingway
  1. Children are the most desirable opponents at Scrabble as they are both easy to beat and fun to cheat.” ―Fran Lebowitz
  1. You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” ― Franklin P. Jones
  1. The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids.” ―Jill Bensley
  1. Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.” ―Aristotle
  1. I’ve got seven kids, the three words you hear most around my house are: “Hello, goodbye, and I’m pregnant.” ―Dean Martin
  1. The reason I love kids so much is because they’re so honest, so you know right away if they like you or they don’t.” ―Colin Egglesfield
  1. Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” ―Ray Romano
  1. Never underestimate a child’s ability to get into more trouble.” ―Martin Mull
  1. Adults are just outdated children.” ― Seuss
  1. I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.” ―Robert Orben
  1. When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” ―Erma Bombeck
  1. Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” ―Phyllis Diller
  1. Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers.” ―William Galvin
  1. The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” ―Lane Olinghouse
  1. Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.” ―Phyllis Diller
  1. There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother’s age.” ―Benjamin Spock
  1. Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.” ―Ed Asner
  1. “Children are a great comfort in your old age- and they help you reach it faster too.” ―Lionel Kauffman
  1. I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” ―Harry S. Truman
  1. Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.” ―Bill Cosby
  1. Children really brighten up a household. They never turn the lights off.” ―Ralph Wycherley
  1. I have just returned from a children’s party. I’m one of the survivors.” ―Percy French
  1. All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” ―Erma Bombeck
  1. The only thing kids wear out faster than shoes is their parent” ―John J. Plomp
  1. I’ve been building my son’s trust for two yrs with high-fives. Today I’m going to hit him with a” ˜too slow.’ Welcome to the real world, son.” ―Trevor Williams
  1. Insanity is hereditary: You can get it from your children.” ―Sam Levinson
  1. In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.” ―Robert Benchley
  1. There should be a children’s song: “If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.” ―Jim Gaffigan
  1. Saturday mornings, I’ve learned, are a great opportunity for kids to sneak into your bed, fall back asleep, and kick you in the face.”―Dan Pearce

Short Children Quotes 

Sometimes few words are enough to communicate a powerful thought. These beautiful short quotes are perfect for greeting or gift cards.

  1. It takes a village to raise a child.” ―African proverb 
  1. Every child needs a champion.” ―Hillary Rodham Clinton
  1. A child will still love you even after you tell them no.” ―Jake Slope 
  1. Noble fathers have noble children.” ―Euripides 
  1. A mother should never stop praying for her children.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  1. What a difference it makes to come home to a child!” ―Margaret Fuller
  1. Never tell a child that something it’s too hard” ―Mitch Albom
  1. The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ―Peggy O’Mara 
  1. Children born into the world are gifts to humanity.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita 
  1. A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap.” ―Danish Proverb 
  1. Children will listen to you after they feel listened to.” ―Jane Nelsen 
  1. A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.” ―Frank A. Clark 
  1. A man’s immortality can be found in his children.” ―Patricia Briggs
  1. Children are full of courage.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  1. If you can’t hold children in your arms, please hold them in your heart.” ―Mother Clara Hale 
  1. Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” ―Garrison Keillor
  1. Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children make a home.” ―Irish Saying 
  1. All children are atheists, they have no idea of God.” ―Paul Henri Thiry d’Holbach 
  1. Wealth and children are the adornment of life.” ―Quran 
  1. Reading to small children is a specialty.” ―Clifton Fadiman
  1. Don’t you love the spontaneity and creativity of children?” ―James C. Dobson
  1. Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.”―Sophocles 
  1. Playgrounds need kids as much as kids need playgrounds.” ―Marty Rubin
  1. All men know their children mean more than life.” ―Euripides 
  1. Children are a bridge to heaven.” ―Persian Proverb 
  1. You cannot sacrifice the world for your children.” ―Patricia Briggs
  1. Children are made readers on the laps of their parent” ―Emilie Buchwald 
  1. Children are our most valuable resource.” ―Herbert Hoover
  1. Children need models rather than critics.”―Joseph Joubert
  1. Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.” ―Eric Micha’el Leventhal 
  1. Children are all foreigners.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  1. If you like to hear yourself talk, read to a child…” ―Nanette L. Avery
  1. Children, like God, see only our actions.” ―Marty Rubin
  1. Teach your children to develop a healthy imagination” ―Asa Don Brown
  1. Make it OK for your child to communicate. Make him cause.”―Meir Ezra
  1. Children play an important role for the future of our world.” ―Avisheena
  1. Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.” ―Harold Hulbert
  1. When in the presence of a child, get on the floor.”―Zadie Smith
  1. I want to be my children’s hero.” ―Aaron Kyle Andresen
  1. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”―Frederick Douglass
  1. Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.” ―Mignon McLaughlin
  1. Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” ―Robert A. Heinlein
  1. Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.” ―Haim Ginott
  1. Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” ―Wess Stafford
  1. Your children need your presence more than your presents.” ―Jesse Jackson
  1. A child is an uncut diamond.” ―Austin O’Malley
  1. Children re-invent your world for you.” ―Susan Sarandon
  1. A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.” ―François Rabelais
  1. A child miseducated is a child” ―John F. Kennedy
  1. Adults follow paths. Children explore.”―Neil Gaiman
  1. Children make your life”―Erma Bombeck
  1. All little girls should be told they are pretty.” ―Marilyn Monroe
  1. Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” ―Plato
  1. We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.” ―Harry Edwards
  1. Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.” ―W.E.B. Du Bois

It is surprising how children make your life happy and tiring at the same time. Your children need your love and support throughout their lives. The form, however, keeps changing as they grow. You may find these quotes relatable to your parenting journey. You may use some of these motivational quotes to encourage your children to achieve all their dreams. These quotes about children will keep you motivated on days when you feel tired from the exhaustion of parenting.

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