Childhood Quotes To Brighten Your Day

By: Nicola Kirkpatrick

Updated July 15, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Deborah Horton

Ah, the joys and innocence of childhood. There are so many things to marvel at when you're a child, from the first time you taste a new food to the first time you tell a joke and get a big reaction from your audience.


It's nice once in a while to reflect back on the good times of your childhood, especially if you are reliving it through your children. You get to see from an outsider's perspective what it was like to see the magic in everything and to experience everything for the first time.

What follows are some quotes about childhood that everyone can relate to.

Childhood Friend Quotes For Friendships That Fizzled

Remember your first childhood friend? The one that you thought would last forever? But then he moved away, and you were heartbroken. You never thought anything could come between you, but you also were not yet fully aware of how the world worked. Either way, a childhood friendship is truly something to be cherished, as it marks the first time we care about and enjoy the company of someone to whom we are not related.

Here are some childhood friends quotes to help celebrate that first special friendship:

"Ten minutes with a genuine friend is better than years spent with anyone less." - Crystal Woods

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival." - C. S. Lewis

"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget." - G. Randolf

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side." - Ally Condie

Quotes On Childhood For Those Who Are Still Friends Today


Or, perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who are still BFFs with the same person you made friends with as a child. Maybe you two have shared everything together, all of your ups and downs, big moments and small. Maybe she served as the maid of honor at your wedding, or he as the best man.

Here are some quotes about childhood friendships for those who have stuck by each other's sides through thick and thin:

"Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read." - Francis Bacon

"Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"You don't have to have anything in common with people you've known since you were five. With old friends, you've got your whole life in common." - Lyle Lovett

"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit." - Aristotle

"One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention." - Clifton Fadiman

Quotes About Parents And Childhood

No matter what our relationship with your parents is like when we're older, one thing remains the same: you wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. You are free to be whatever you want to be and to do whatever you want to do once you are given a life to live.

Of course, having a healthy foundation helps, and it is to those parents who dedicated their lives to making sure yours was happy and healthy whom the next batch of quotes is directed:

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents." - Jane D. Hull

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Parenting is not giving your child everything they want. Parenting is not being your child's friend. Parenting is about preparing your child to be a useful and respectful person in society." - GloZell

Happy Childhood Quotes

A happy childhood provides a lifetime of magical memories for the adult that once lived it. If you're having a bad day, going to your happy place may mean revisiting one or several moments in your childhood that was simply a joy. Perhaps you are even one of the lucky ones who can say that overall, you had a pretty happy childhood.


The following quotes can take you back to the happiness of your younger years:

"I had a very happy childhood, but I still used my imagination as a leisure resort." - Geraldine McCaughrean

"I had a remarkably happy childhood; whatever scars I have are self-inflicted." - James Carville

"You're meant to have an unhappy childhood to be a writer, but there's a lot to be said for a very happy one that just lets you get on with it." - Emma Donoghue

"I had a wonderful mother who wanted my sister and me to have everything, even though money was a very prominent thing we didn't have. But we had a very happy childhood - pretty much ideal, in fact." - Natalie Babbitt

Quotes About Adulthood That Will Make You Long For Childhood Again

Sometimes the best way to brighten your day is to know that you are not alone, that there are others out there who are struggling right there with you. At some point, everyone laments about how life was so much easier when they were children, and how they wish there were some way they could hop in a time machine and go back to simpler times.

If this sounds familiar, then this next set of quotes is for you:

"O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales." - Leo Rosten

"I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias." - Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

"I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be… This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages… Far too many people misunderstand what 'putting away childish things' means, and think that forgetting what it is like to think and feel and touch and smell and taste and see and hear like a three-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a twenty-three-year-old means being grown up. When I'm with these people I, like the kids, feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up, then I don't ever want to be one. Instead of which, if I can retain a child's awareness and joy, and be fifty-one, then I will really learn what it means to be grown up." - Madeleine L'Engle

Quotes About Childhood As A Muse

The very essence of childhood is that it is a magical and wondrous time in our lives. That being said, childhood has been an invaluable source of inspiration for many, particularly concerning those who create art like paintings, poems, and stories.

Here are some quotes from famous artists' whose childhoods never truly left them, and how they managed to hold onto their love of creativity even into adulthood:

"To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter." - P. T. Barnum


"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

"The soul is healed by being with children." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"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

Quotes About Childhood In General

Some of the greatest quotes about childhood describe that period of life in general and don't focus on a particular aspect of it. Here are some of the best quotes to sum up everyone's childhoods:

"Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them." - Dr. Seuss

"When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind." - Patrick Rothfuss

"[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." - Jim Henson

"I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves." - C. JoyBell C.

Do you find adulthood to be too much sometimes, to the point where you have difficulty coping? Consider reaching out to one of our licensed counselors, who are available anytime as a shoulder to lean on for advice and support.


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