40 Profound Quotes From Children’s Books

A book is a book is a book. As adults, we often forget to take time to appreciate things we deem childish. Some of my favorite books of all time are children’s books and while I didn’t realize it then, they are full of well-written verses that speak to us all no matter what age we read them.

Bear Circus by William Pene du Bois

“True friends never ask for anything.”

Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss 

“You find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling 

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

Snow White by The Brothers Grimm

“It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.”

The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 

“You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

“When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is to comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend you do not notice them.”

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

The House at Pooh Corner by AA Miline

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

The Dragon of Lonely Islands by Rebecca Rupp

“Keep all your promises, don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, and always look after those less fortunate than yourself, and you’ll do well in the world.”

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

“There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.”

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

“How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends on how much you give ’em.”

Wish by Joseph Monninger 

“Taking care of someone can teach you a great deal, ‘ he said. “It’s troublesome and it’s easy to get annoyed, but your heart, well, it gets stronger.”

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery 

“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe the best does.”

The Lorax by Dr. Suess 

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

“It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that.”

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“Real isn’t how you are made, it’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY love, then you become Real.”

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Suess

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien 

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

The Twits by Roald Dahl

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

“The more he gave away, the more delighted he became.”

We Didn’t Mean To Go To The Sea by Arthur Ransome 

“Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might-have-been.”

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

“Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.”

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

“Sing out clear and strong and the world will cry tears of joy.”

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”



Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Peter Pan by JM Barrie 

“The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it.”

Marry Poppins by PL Travers

“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and the job’s a game.”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum

“The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“It’s no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum

“There’s no place like home.”

What other children’s books deserve a place on this list? Let us know!


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Jess Hicks
Jess Hicks
Jess lives in Ohio with her husband and 3 cats. She is a freelance writer, film critic, and overall horror hound. Her interests aren't solely movie related though and you can check out her work on Phactual, Bloody-Disgusting, Geek Legacy, and more.