Quotes About Children To Live By: N to Z

Emma with Seth, Lucy & Jessica

The quotes about children on this page are from sources and authors surnames N through to Z. The other pages cover: A to G and H to M. There is also a page of words from unknown sources: Sayings About Children and there a page of Spiritual Poems For Children.

Quotes about Children are listed alphabetically on surname/source

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Quotes About Children:  N   

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Native American
Children are a gift from the Heavens.

The ones that matter most are the children. They are true human beings.

Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors
We borrow it from our children.

Emma with Joey
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Native American – Mohawk
Remember that your children are not your own, but are lent to you by the Creator.

Andrew, Julie, Sarah, John-Ross, Kevin & Emma (1986)
Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson
I love being around children. I’m deeply moved and inspired by their innocence. They have fresher, clearer eyes to see the world with unconditional love because of the natural spirituality they were born with.

Kitara Nishida

Kitara Nishida 1870 – 1945
If my heart can become pure and simple, like that of a child,
I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.

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J. L. Nixon
It doesn’t take long to learn that it is the simple things children love best; and their joy brings these experiences into the importance they truly deserve. Sharing laughter and wonder and fun with children, seeing the world through their eyes, helps me.

Dorothy Nolte

Dorothy Nolte 1924 – 2005

Children learn what they live.
If a child lives with criticism… he learns to condemn.
If he lives with hostility… he learns to fight.
If he lives with ridicule… he learns to be shy.
If he lives with shame… he learns to be guilty.
If he lives with tolerance… he learns confidence.
If he lives with praise… he learns to appreciate.
If he lives with fairness… he learns about justice

quotes about children –
Lucy & Seth
Christiane Northrup

Christiane Northrup  1949
The bond between mother and child is the most intimate one in human experience. Love, welcome, and receptivity at the beginning of life greatly enhance a child’s health and happiness throughout their lifetime.

Emma & Joey

Caroline Norton  1808 – 1877
A child’s eyes, those clear, wells of undefiled thought, what on Earth can be more beautiful? Full of hope, love and curiosity, they meet our own. In prayer, how earnest; in joy, how sparkling; in sympathy, how tender. The man who never tried the companionship of a little child has carelessly passed by one of the great pleasures of life, as one passes a rare flower without plucking it or knowing its value.

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 Quotes About Children:  O   

Charles Alexander Eastman

Ohiyesa  1858 – 1939
aka Charles Alexander Eastman
It is our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Its appeal is to the material part, and if allowed its way, it will in time disturb one’s spiritual balance. Therefore, children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.

Peggy O'Mara

Peggy O’Mara
The way we talk to our children, becomes their inner voice.

Jessica, Seth, Lucy & Emma
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 Quotes About Children:  P   

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur 1822 – 1895
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments…
Tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.

quotes about children – Lowen
Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget 1896 – 1980
Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is already known? Or should we try to develop creative and innovative minds, capable of discovery from the preschool age on, throughout life?

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso 1881 – 1973
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Rita Pierson ? – 2013
Every child needs a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.


Pink 1979
You hear people say it all the time, how life changes so drastically, but you can’t possibly grasp how beautiful that is until you have your child.

Frank Pittman

Frank Pittman  1953 – 2012
The end product of child raising is not the child, but the parent.


Plato  429BC – 347BC
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.

Plutarch  46 – 120
As soft wax is apt to take the stamp of the seal, so are the minds of young children to receive the instruction imprinted on them.

Linda Poindexter

Linda Poindexter
We are like lighthouses to our children… Beacons showing them the way. And when our light goes out, theirs will be at its brightest… ready to take over for us.

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 Quotes About Children:  R   

Francois Rabelais

Francois Rabelais 1494 – 1553
A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.

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Ruth E. Renkel
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.

Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson 1950
If you sit kids down, hour after hour, doing low-grade clerical work, don’t be surprised if they start to fidget. Children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition, they’re suffering from childhood.

Will Rogers Jr.  1911 – 1993
His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt  1884 – 1962
I think at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.

Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz  1952
Children are born innocent. Before they are domesticated they live in the moment, love without fear, and don’t even think about the opinions of others.

Amy (2011)
John Ruskin

John Ruskin  1819 – 1900
The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.

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 Quotes About Children:  S   

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Kate Samperi
Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory.. Love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon 1946
Children re-invent your world for you.

Laura Schlessinger

Laura Schlessinger  1947
Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.

Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle  1780 – 1866
Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the Earth is our mother? What befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. This we know: the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss  1904 – 1991
Adults are just outdated children.

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read to a child.

quotes about children – Tyler, Trina & Ben
George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw  1856 – 1950
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

Paul Solomon

Paul Solomon  1939 – 1994
I believe you came into the world to accomplish something, and that the something you came to accomplish is not small or insignificant, that’s not worthy of you. You came here to make a major contribution to life on this planet.


Sophocles  496BC – 406BC
Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.

Sophocles quote: Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life. - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByLucy & pregnant Emma (2004)
Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark 1918 – 2006
Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.

Wess Stafford  1949
Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.

Julie with Joey & Amy (2012)
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Walt Streightiff
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child…
There are seven million.


Rudolf Steiner  1861 – 1925 
Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.

Joey & Amy (2014)
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 Quotes About Children:  T   

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore 1861 – 1941
Every child comes with a message… that God is not yet discouraged by man.

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William D. Tammeus
You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around, and why his parents wave back.

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Ann Van Tassells
Children are like sponges; they absorb all your strength and leave you limp… but give them a squeeze and you get it all back.

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Stacia Tauscher
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow,
yet we forget that he is someone today.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa  1910 – 1997
How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.

If you ask children in the west where’s God, they’d point to the sky.
If you ask children in India, they point at themselves.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau  1817 – 1862
Kindness to children. Love for children. Goodness to children…
These are the only investments that never fail.

Henry David Thoreau quote: Kindness to children. Love for children. Goodness to children...These are the only investments that never fail.Kevin, Emma, Julie (1983)
Donald Trump

Donald Trump  1946
The best thing I’ve done? Well, I’ve created four beautiful children.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu  1931
Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.

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 Quotes About Children:  U   

Brenda Ueland  1891 – 1985
All children have creative power.

Peter Ustinov  1921 – 2004
Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.

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 Quotes About Children:  V   

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Krissy Venosdale
Learning is their journey. Let them navigate. Push them to explore. Watch them discover. Encourage their questions. Allow them to struggle. Support their thinking. Let them fly.

Thomas R. Verny

Thomas R. Verny
From the journey down the birth canal to afternoons at the park, a child will register every experience in the circuitry of his or her brain. Whenever a mother strokes her baby, whenever a father plays with his daughter or son, those physiological acts will be instantly converted to neuro-hormonal processes that transform the body and wire the brain of the child.

Peter de Vries  1910
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.

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 Quotes About Children:  W   

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg  1971
There’s nothing like seeing the smile on my kid’s faces.
Laughing together. Playing. It’s the best.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker 1944
I see children, all children, as humanity’s most precious resource, because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left.

Sophie & Amy
Catherine M. Wallace

Catherine M. Wallace
Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.

Joey, Emma & Tyler
Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch  1943
See the world with the innocence of children.
Approach the world with the daring of children.
Love the world with the readiness of children.
Heal the world with the purity of children.
Change the world with the wisdom of children.

quotes about children – Sophie & Amy
Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch  1943
Teach your children that they need nothing exterior to themselves to be happy, no person, place or thing, and that true happiness is found within.

Seth & Joey
Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch  1943
When you give your children knowledge, you are telling them what to think. When you give your children wisdom, you do not tell them what to know, or what is true, but rather, how to get to their own truth.

Neale Donald Walsch quote: When you give your children knowledge, you are telling them what to think. When you give your children wisdom..- Spiritual Quotes To Live BySandra with Lucy & Seth
Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington  1856 – 1915
Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.

Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells  1943
Of all my childhood memories, days spent in my grandparents house are the happiest.

Paul Wellstone

Paul Wellstone 1944 – 2002
I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.

The kind of goal we ought to be thinking about is way beyond national product – it is how do we as a nation help our children be the best kinds of people they could possibly be?

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John Whitehead
Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

Ray Lyman Wilbur  1875 – 1949
The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

Sophie & Seth – Bonn Square, Oxford
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1900
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.

poem on this quote

Oscar Wilde quote: The best way to make children good is to make them happy. - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJessica & Shona
Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson  1952
Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All things that could go wrong.’

Kate Winslet  1975
Having children just puts the whole world into perspective.
Everything else disappears.

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth  1770 – 1850
The child is the father of the man.

Lois Wyse

Lois Wyse  1926 – 2007
A child who has a grandparent has a softened view of life, the feeling that there is more to life than what we see, more than getting and gaining, winning and losing.

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 Quotes About Children:  Y   

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai  1997
One child, one teacher, one pen and one book… can change the world.

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 Quotes About Children:  Z   

Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar  1926 – 2012
Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.

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