Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates
walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
Safety and security don't just happen; they are the result of collective
consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable
citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an
inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our most important task as a nation is to make sure all our young people
can achieve their dreams. Barack Obama
The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too
small. Mother Teresa
Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest
asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of
our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.
The best candy shop a child can be left alone in is the library.
I shall find out thousands and thousands of things!
Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)
Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in
eternity. Edwin Hubbel Chapin
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter
than you think. A.A. Milne (Christopher Robin)
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what
you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn,
live in peace, and be happy. Malala Yousafzai
History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of
children. Nelson Mandela
It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
Conscience is a man’s compass. Vincent van Gogh
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart
that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
(The Little Prince)
Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason
of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going
to catch you in next.
Franklin P. Jones
So, they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them
on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and
his Bear will always be playing.
A. A. Milne (The House at Pooh Corner)
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is
roots; the other, wings. Hodding Carter
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent
with a favorite book. Marcel Proust
Do not say something that you would wish you could unsay if found out. Do not
do something that you would wish you could undo if found out. Check your words
and actions with your soul, conscience, and heart.
Do what will make you smile when you look into the mirror.
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by
children. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the
raising of the next generation. C. Everett Koop
Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.
A child miseducated is a child lost. John F. Kennedy
Every book is a children’s book if he can read.
I believe we should spend less time worrying about the quantity of books
children read and more time introducing them to quality books that will
turn them on to the joy of reading and turn them into lifelong readers.
There's no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love
reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books. James Patterson
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able
to do it. J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
A child thinks that life is really beautiful and that it will become even
more beautiful. It is the duty of society to fulfill that expectation.
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven
million. Walt Streightiff
One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that
having a child should be fun.
Children are mirrors, they reflect back to us all we say and do. Pam Leo
"But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to
her, ‘Courage, dear heart.’”
C.S. Lewis (Voyage of Dawn Treader)
If I have done anything, even a little, to help small children enjoy honest,
simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good.
The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example
to the rest of mankind. Kurt Chambers
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for
children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. Fred Rogers
Kindness to children. Love for children. Goodness to children. These are the only
investments that never fail. Henry David Thoreau
To learn to read is to light a fire.
Victor Hugo (Les Miserables)
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they
think of you. H. Jackson Browne Jr.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll
Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college
degree. Marian Wright Edelman
Our job is not to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. Our job
is to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.
Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to
soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate
with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because some day in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a
crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts
they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Roald Dahl (The Twits)
The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
It’s not. Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)
A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.
Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.
Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. Mary Schmich
A child can teach an adult three things, to be happy for no reason, to always be
busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he
desires. Paulo Coelho
All little girls should be told they are pretty. Marilyn Monroe
Children are like wet cement; whatever falls on them makes an impression.
"On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked
in to see you and the night wind whispered, ‘Life will never be the same.’”
Nancy Tillman (On the Night You Were Born)
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always
watching you. Robert Fulghum
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent
forth. Kahlil Gibran
The small hopes and plans and pleasures of children should be tenderly respected
by grown-up people, and never rudely thwarted or ridiculed.
Louisa May Alcott (Little Men)
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real
war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you
want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.
"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.’” E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web)
Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.
Children see magic because they look for it.
A person's a person, no matter how small. Dr. Seuss
Believing takes practice.
Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time)
Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.
John F. Kennedy
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much
performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
Vincent van Gogh
Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate. Anonymous
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have
never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people)
of the past centuries. Descartes
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which
it treats its children. Nelson Mandela
And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end;
but that was not to be. C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me,
what can it be? Vincent van Gogh
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he
is someone today. Stacia Tauscher
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even
in the most difficult case. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Idiot)
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
In a gentle way you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more
places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss
(I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!)
Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.
The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read.
Mary McCleod Bethune
Believing takes practice.
Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time)
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too
difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered
as a gift. Kate DiCamillo
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. Confucious
Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you
criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Ernest Hemingway
Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
The love of children inspires an interest in the welfare of all humanity.
James Lendall Basford
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
When you know better you do better. Maya Angelou
Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but
because they tell us those dragons can be beaten.
Neil Gaiman (paraphrasing G.K. Chesterton)
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is
in our lives. C.S. Lewis
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and
wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles William Eliot
Logic will get you from A to Z.
Imagination will get you everywhere.
If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.
Marian Wright Edelman