Encouraging Quotes For Kids To Brighten Their Day

Updated October 5, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Words are so powerful. They can lift someone up or tear them down. This is especially true for children who are still developing their inner voice, their sense of self, and their personal confidence. Though it may not feel like it, every word you say to a child impacts them in some way.

Children have to learn all kinds of hard lessons along the way. They are finding out who they are and what unique gifts they have to offer the world. They are also learning how to coexist with others who may not always treat them kindly.

At such moments, a memorable quote can give your child a valuable boost to stand up to the challenges that they may encounter every day. In the process, they will develop a strong character and sense of identity.

Here are some quotes for each specific challenge your child may face.

Quotes About Following Your Dreams

One of the best things about childhood is that there seems to be no limit on hopes and dreams.

At this time of life, your child believes that they can become anything they want, whether it be a pro-basketball star, a contestant on America's Got Talent, or even a Marvel superhero.

And essentially, they're right. They truly can be anything they want...if they puts their mind to it.

Now is the time to fan the flames of your child's big dreams. Because if their dreams are big enough, who knows how far they might take them?

Here are some quotes to help do just that.

"Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

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

“As for all I can tell, the only difference is that what many see we call a real thing, and what only one sees we call a dream.” -C.S. Lewis

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." -Oprah Winfrey

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” -Edgar Cayce

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Earl Nightingale

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” -John Lennon

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

"Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." -Gloria Steinem

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Quotes About Facing Obstacles

When you're a child, every little obstacle that comes up seems insurmountable.

As adults, we've lived long enough to know that such obstacles are just bumps in the road.

But for a child, who has no experience in overcoming adversity, it can feel like the end of the world.

Here are some encouraging words to help your child understand that obstacles are inevitable on the path to success.

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." -Joshua J. Marine

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible.'" - Audrey Hepburn

"Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

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

"We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy." - Albus Dumbledore

"Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before." - Bonnie Blair

"If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?" -T.S. Eliot

Quotes About Self-Acceptance

If there is one lesson that's more important than any other to pass on to our children, it would be of their own inherent value.

Every child needs to learn, above all, that they are worthy of love.

As they carry this lesson into adulthood, it will form the basis for all their future relationships.

Here are some quotes to help with self-love and self-acceptance.

“I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.” -John Green

“Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it's a process. It's often not cool to be the person who puts themselves out there." -Emma Watson

"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else" -P.T. Barnum

"Life will never be the same because there had never been anyone like you… ever in the world." - Nancy Tillman

“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” -Robert Morley

"Being different isn't a bad thing. It means you're brave enough to be yourself." - Luna Lovegood

"You are enough just as you are." -Meghan Markle

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." -Lucille Ball

"It doesn't matter if thousands of people believe in you, unless you believe in you." -Maddy Malhotra

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." -Marilyn Monroe

Quotes About Learning

The task of learning occupies a significant part of your child's waking hours.

They are constantly learning new things, whether it's the multiplication table or how to get along with someone on the playground.

So many quotes that encourage them in the learning process will serve them well.

"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning." - Diane Ackerman

"Success is its own reward. But failure is a great teacher too. And not to be feared" -Sonia Sotomayor

"The wisest mind has something yet to learn" -George Santayana

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

"Change is the end result of all true learning." -Leo Buscaglia

"A learning curve is essential to growth." -Tammy Bjelland

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." -Anthony J. D'Angelo

Quotes About Kindness

Treating others with kindness is a lot of work. Children need to see the value of kindness if they are to incorporate it into their character.

Help your child understand why kindness is always the right choice.

"Be silly, be honest, be kind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Maya Angelou

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened." -Buddha

"Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -Mark Twain

"Wherever there is a human being, there is the opportunity for a kindness." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." -William Arthur Ward

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