77 Motivational Quotes for Kids

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77 Motivational Quotes for Kids

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Shelly Dollosa

When we read quotes, they often affirm something that we know already but can’t put into so many words.

Having quotes around us or sharing them with friends can help us to keep simple yet important principles in mind that we can often forget about in our busy lives.

Here we have collected a series of quotes about children. I hope that some of them strike a chord with you and give you a little bubble of inspiration as you go about your day.

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. – John Wooden

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing. – William Arthur Ward

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison

Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden

No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers. – Wolfgang Riebe

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucious

The more you give away the more happy you become. Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Suess

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’. – Eleanor Roosevelt

You always pass failure on the way to success. – Mickey Rooney

Row, row, row your boat. Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream. – Alice Munro

We grow great by dreams. – Woodrow Wilson

So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life's a great balancing act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! Kid, you’ll move mountains. – Dr. Seuss

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Always keep a positive mindset, it will improve your outlook on the world. – Roald Dahl

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. – Horace

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. – Pamela Vaull Starr

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain

Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you. – Madeline Bridge

You are not meant for crawling. You have wings. Learn to use them. – Rumi

Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way. – Dr. Seuss

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go! – Dr. Seuss

Never doubt yourself, it will only hold you back. – J.M. Barrie

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. – Jim Rohn

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. – Richard L. Evans

Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. – Bonnie Blair

All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

Preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Helen Keller

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. – Albert Einstein

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

When the going gets tough try harder and you will succeed.

Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference. – Claire Fagan

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller

Do your best when no one is looking.  If you do that, then you can be successful at anything you put your mind to – Bob Cousy

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do little jobs well, the big one will tend to take care of themselves. – Dale Carnegie

Practice isn’t the thing you do once your good.  It’s the thing you do that makes you good. – Malcolm Gladwell

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  – Dr. Seuss

A tiny step of courage is always a good place to start.

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid of standing still.

Your life has purpose. Your story is important. Your dreams count. Your voice matters. You were born to make an impact.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. – William Hutchison Murray

Always chase your dreams instead of running from your fears.

I can accept failure — everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. – Art Williams

If you work really hard and are kind amazing things will happen.

Imagine with all your mind, believe with all your heart, achieve with all your might.

Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point you will. – Venus Williams

With the new day come new thoughts and new strengths. – Eleanor Roosevelt

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. – Dr. Seuss


Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan

If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it. – Muhammed Ali

The beautiful thing about learning is that, no one can take it away from you. – BB King

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – Aristotle

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm Forbes

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; with willingness to learn is a choice. – Brian Herbert

We all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives. – Nelson Mandela

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. – Plato

Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself. – John Dewey

The best way to predict your future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln

Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazantzakis

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau