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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. Frederick Douglass

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.
Nelson Mandela

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.
Nelson Mandela

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in is the library.
Maya Angelou

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.
Robert Ingersoll

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.
Maya Angelou

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.
Frank Warren

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. Jesse Jackson

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. Maria Montessori

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.
Genell Aldridge-Kelley

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. Lois Lowry

A child miseducated is a child lost. John F. Kennedy

Every book is a children’s book if he can read. Mitch Hedberg

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. James Patterson

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. Robert Muller

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. Jane Goodall

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. Beatrix Potter

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. Sitting Bull

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. L.R. Knost

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.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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. Mahatma Gandhi

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. Francois Rabelais

Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music. William Stafford

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. Haim Ginott

"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.
Mahatma Gandhi

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.
Albert Einstein

Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.
Ray Merritt

"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. Fred Rogers

Children see magic because they look for it. Christopher Moore

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. Oscar Wilde

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.
Frederick Douglass

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. Ray Bradbury

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.
Oprah Winfrey

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all. Jacqueline Kennedy

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.
Madeleine L'Engle

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.
Albert Einstein

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.
Marian Wright Edelman