10 Inspirational Quotes from Children’s Books

15 October 2017

Quotes from Children’s Books that Will Inspire You at Any Age

September has been and gone and the children are back to school. Some to new classes, some to new schools, but all (hopefully!) with a thirst for knowledge and excitement for the school year ahead.

Sometimes we forget how tough life can be for a little person. Life for our little ones can seem so confusing and daunting at times – things which we as adults take for granted as easy can seem like the hardest thing in the world for a child. Emotions and feelings can sometimes be overwhelming, and as time evolves, life can sometimes seem unfamiliar and scary.

It is important that alongside the standard school curriculum we teach our little people how to be positive individuals and how to cope when life gets tough. Lessons like these can really help to keep our children happy, secure and grounded throughout their entire lives. Hidden beneath the bright covers of children’s books are philosophical quotes from which we can all learn, even us ‘wise’ adults! We have put together some of our favourite quotes from popular children’s literature; take a moment to sit with your little thinker and have a read through together. We hope you both enjoy and learn together…

Inspirational Quotes from Children’s Literature


  1. “Promise me you’ll remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think” [A.A.Milne, Winnie the Pooh]
  2. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it” [Roald Dahl, The Minpins]
  3. “The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease forever being able to do it” [JM Barrie, Peter Pan]
  4. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all”. [Shiamin Kwa, Mulan]
  5. "You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are." [Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland]
  6. “You can’t ever be really free if you admire somebody too much”. [Tove Jansson, Tales from Moominvalley]
  7. “Let the wild rumpus start!” [Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are]
  8. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” [Aesop, The Lion and The Mouse]
  9. "A person's a person no matter how small" [Dr Seuss, Horton Hears A Who]
  10. “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly… if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” [Roald Dahl, The Twits] 

From celebrating World Book Day to regular book clubs at school and family library trips at the weekend… books can have a huge impact on children and set the narrative for their future adulthood. Inspirational quotes can be found throughout all literature but we’ve loved exploring and revisiting these childhood favourites!

Have we missed out your favourite children's book quote? Please share your favourites and let us know which inspirational quotes most inspire you as an adult over on Facebook. And don’t forget to order your personalised sticky labels to make sure any books your children take to school find their way home again!