25 Inspirational Quotes from Children’s Books


Here are some of my favourite inspirational quotes from children’s books.

Children’s books provide us with a wealth of life lessons through beautiful and simple storytelling.

There are philosophical quotes about friendship, love, bravery and having courage, as well as accepting each other’s differences, believing in ourselves and never giving up.

And an important message about how we’re never too old for a little bit of magic and imagination!

I hope you enjoy these 25 inspirational quotes from children’s books.

“She decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong, and she would be weak, and both would be okay.”

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

“It occurred to him that strength was quite different from toughness and that being vulnerable wasn’t quite the same as being weak.”

Goodnight, Mister Tom  by Michelle Magorian

“‘You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.'”

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

“A little magic can take you a long way.”

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

5 children wearing colourful fairytale crowns, capes and dresses, sitting around a table at a tea party, in a field in front of a caravan.

“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

“‘We all can dance,’ he said, ‘when we find music that we love.'”

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Little Women by Louisa. M. Alcott

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne

2 smiling children wearing the spotted cow costumes on the left and red fox costume on the right.

“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.”

The Minpins by Roald Dahl

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”

Matilda by Roald Dahl

“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does.”

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

“‘Why did  you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’

‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Child wearing the pink pig dressing up costume standing in front of a bright yellow fabric background

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss

“Keep all your promises, don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, and always look after those less fortunate than yourself, and you’ll do well in the world.”

The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

C. S. Lewis

6 children wearing colourful fairytale crowns, capes and dresses, sitting around a table at a tea party, in a field in front of a caravan.

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive – it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“Just because your version of normal isn’t the same as someone else’s version doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you.”

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brockett by John Boyne

“Life chucks a bunch of stuff at us, stuff we have no control over, but we can decide how to handle it all. We shape our lives with the choices we make.”

Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy

“Open different doors, you may find a you there that you never knew was yours. Anything can happen.”

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

“Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us.”

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

For more great quotes from children’s books, have a look at my other blog on great quotes where you’ll find more brilliant gems of wisdom!

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