23 Wonderful Quotes About Children

23 Wonderful Quotes About Children


In this post from Writers Write, your one-stop writing resource, we share a selection of 23 wonderful quotes about children. 

The United Nations marks Universal Children’s Day on 20 November each year. It is a special event to honour and protect children around the world.

The Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. The day was declared to protect children from long working hours and dangerous situations in the workplace, as well as to give every child the right to an education.

Every country allocates a day that suits it to mark the occasion. In South Africa, Children’s Day is observed on the first Saturday in November.

  1. Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ~Margaret Mead
  2. Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. ~Oscar Wilde
  3. In this modern world where activity is stressed almost to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked. Yet a child’s need for quietness is the same today as it has always been–it may even be greater–for quietness is an essential part of all awareness. In quiet times and sleepy times a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own. ~Margaret Wise Brown
  4. I think when you become a parent you go from being a star in the movie of your own life to the supporting player in the movie of someone else’s. ~Craig Ferguson
  5. Children aren’t colouring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favourite colours. ~Khaled Hosseini
  6. Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. ~Robert A. Heinlein
  7. Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
  8. Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~Emilie Buchwald
  9. It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine,
    they still think that he or she is wonderful. ~Roald Dahl
  10. You’ll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and — in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom
    the depth of your love — you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents. ~Ursula Hegi
  11. My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can. ~Frank Zappa
  12. A person’s a person, no matter how small. ~Dr Seuss
  13. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. ~Nelson Mandela
  14. All children mythologise their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won’t be the truth: it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story. ~Diane Setterfield
  15. A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities,
    talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think. ~Bertrand Russell
  17. Children are knives, my mother once said. They don’t mean to, but they cut. And yet we cling to them, don’t we, we clasp them until the blood flows. ~Joanne Harris
  18. When mom and dad went to war the only prisoners they took were the children. ~Pat Conroy
  19. In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults.  ~Thomas Stephen Szasz
  20. If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things. ~Norman Douglas
  21. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum
  22. The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults. ~Peter De Vries
  23. Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way – or always to have it. ~Frances Hodgson Burnett

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