10 Inspiring Quotes From Children's Books

Be moved and motivated by these wonderful quotes from children's books. Featuring treasured classic books and much-loved modern favourites, see below for some of the most inspiring quotes from children's books.

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1. '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!

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2. 'It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"'

- Inspired by A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

3. 'Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.'

- Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes

4. '"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable."'

- Roald Dahl, Matilda

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5. '"It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities."'

- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6. '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

7. '"I don't understand it any more than you do, but one thing I've learned is that you don't have to understand things for them to be."'

- Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

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8. 'I can't go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.'

- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

9. '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.'

- Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events

10. 'And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.'

- Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

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