Quotes About Children To Live By

If I had my child to raise again - quote on photo of children - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJulie, Kevin & Emma - 1989
Butterfly bear by Sandra Reeves - Spiritual Quotes To Live Byteddy by Sandra Reeves

The quotes about children on this page are all positive, inspirational words of wisdom from known authors. The quotes from unknown sources are on the Sayings About Children page and there is also a page of Spiritual Poems For Children.

My three children have always been the most important thing in my life and my greatest blessing. Having my children at a young age means that I am now lucky enough to enjoy the experience of all my children becoming parents. The abundance of love and joy that I have in my life with all of these 'little treasures' is amazing.

Quotes about Children are listed alphabetically on surname/source

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 Quotes About Children:  A   

Jacob Abbott

Jacob Abbott 1803 - 1879
A child can ask a thousand questions 
that the wisest man cannot answer.

A child can ask a thousand questions that the wisest man cannot answer - Jacob Abbott - Spiritual Quotes To Live BySophie

Abraham Hicks

Children coming forth today have a greater capacity to deal with, the greater variety of information that is coming forth, than you did.

Children or babies learn to mimic the vibration of the adults who surround them long before they learn to mimic their words.

Children or babies learn to mimic the vibrations of the adults who surround them long before they learn to mimic their words - Abraham-Hicks - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByLucy (2003)

Abraham Hicks

Give them a conscious understanding of how powerful and important and valuable and perfect they are.

The child is thinking and receiving vibrational thought from you on the day that he enters your environment.  That is the reason that beliefs are transmitted so easily from parent to child.

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Adele  1988
Everything I do, in every channel of my life, is part of a legacy that I'm making for my child. For my children, if I have more. I'm not motivated by much, certainly not money - but I'm motivated by that.

Whatever my kid wants to do or be, I will always support him no matter what.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali 1942 - 2016
Children make you want to start life over.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel 1821 - 1881
Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of Heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  1928 - 2014
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep continuing needs, is good for him.


Aristotle  384BC - 322BC
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing.

Eberhard Arnold

Eberhard Arnold  1883 -1935
Every child is a thought in the mind of God, and our task is to recognize this thought and help it toward completion.

Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.

Raising children should mean helping them to become what they already are in God's eyes.

David Attenborough

David Attenborough  1926
Education is not a matter of getting facts and sowing them within brains, but that it is an attitude of mind that you teach children to find out for themselves.

The great heroes and heroines of our society are of course the teachers, and in particular the teachers of kids in their first years. Once a child has been shown what the natural world is, it will live with them forever.

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 Quotes About Children:  B   

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Russell Baker
Don't try to make children grow up to be like you..
Or they may do it.

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James Baldwin
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

Bruce Barton

Bruce Barton  1886 - 1967
If you can give your son or daughter only one gift...
Let it be enthusiasm.

David Beckham

David Beckham  1975
When you have kids you grow up. I have just started realizing it now. It changes the world, having children.

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Clay B. Bedford
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

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Arlene Benedict
To a child's ear, 'Mother' is magic in any language.

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Polly Berends
A sense of worthiness is a child's most important need.

The child does not begin to fall until she becomes seriously interested in walking, until she actually begins walking. Falling is thus more an indication of learning than a sign of failure.

The gain is not the having of children, it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.

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Bruno Bettelheim  1903 - 1990
The question for the child is not ‘Do I want to be good?’ but, ‘Whom do I want to be like?’

Bruno Bettelheim quote: The question for the child is not ‘Do I want to be good?’ but, ‘Whom do I want to be like?’ - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJulie, Dawn, Emma, Sarah, Kevin, Denis, Redmond (1990)


Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them; for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

W.E.B. Du Bois

Black Elk  1863 - 1950
Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

W.E.B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois 1868 - 1963
Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.

Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck  1927 - 1996
Children make your life important.

Carol Bowman

Carol Bowman 1950
Children who remember their past lives offer the most compelling evidence yet for reincarnation.

Robert Brault

Robert Brault
Anything we tell our kids about life is a placemarker...
until they figure it out for themselves.

Do not ask that your kids live up to your expectations. Let your kids be who they are, and your expectations will be in breathless pursuit.

In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy too.

The trouble with learning to parent on the job is that your child is the teacher.

The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives.

There is an instinct in a woman to love most of her own child and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.

Why explain miracles to your kids, when you can just have them plant a garden?

Pam Brown

Pam Brown  1948
Always smile back at little children.
To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.

A teddy bear does not depend upon mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is loved - and therefore he lives.

A teddy bear is your childhood wrapped up in faded yellow fur, and as such, he commands affection long after he is outgrown.

However time or circumstances may come between mother and her child, their lives are interwoven forever.

H. Jackson Brown Jr

H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Always kiss your children goodnight... 
even if they're asleep.

Emilie Buchwald

Emilie Buchwald  1935
Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke 1729 - 1797
Example is the school of mankind, 
and they will learn at no other.

Lorna Byrne

Lorna Byrne  1953
Children are our future, and the only way for the world to evolve, as I have been shown it should be, is for each generation to be more loving and compassionate than the one before. This is only possible if we support the children around us, and protect and encourage them so that they don't need to lock their love away.

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 Quotes About Children:  C   

Mary Calderone

Mary Calderone  1904 - 1998
Our children are not going to be just ‘our children’ - they are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.

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Charles S. Calverley 1831 - 1884
I love to gaze upon a child... 
a young bud bursting into blossom.

George Carlin

George Carlin 1937 - 2008
Don't just teach your children to read. 
Teach them to question what they read. 
Teach them to question everything.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle  1795 - 1881
Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie  1835 - 1919
Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washer-woman, cook, teacher, angel and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar and friend. No servants to come between them. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson  1907 - 1964
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.

Pablo Casals

Pablo Casals 1876 - 1973
The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.

May Ellen Chase

May Ellen Chase  1887 - 1973
There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.

Anton Pavolovich Chekhov

Anton Pavolovich Chekhov 1860 - 1904
Dear sweet unforgettable childhood.

Lydia Maria Child

Lydia Maria Child  1802 - 1880
In early childhood, you lay the foundation of poverty or riches, in the habits you give your children. Teach them to save everything, not for their own use, for that would make them selfish, but for some use. Teach them to share everything with their playmates; but never allow them to destroy anything.

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Doc Childre
An Aware parent loves all children he or she meets and interacts with...
For you are a caretaker for those moments in time.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie 1890 - 1976
A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.

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Crystal DeLarm Clymer
When your child is talking..
Turn the world off.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho 1947
A child can teach an adult three things...  
To be happy for no reason.
To always be busy with something.
And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.

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Colonial Child's Prayer
God bless everybody I love.
God bless everybody who loves me. 
God bless everybody who loves everybody I love. 
And everybody who loves everybody who loves me.

Colonial Child's Prayer - God bless everybody I love. God bless everybody who loves me. God bless everybody who loves everybody I love... - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByLucy (2015)

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Colonial Child's Prayer
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  • To send love, even to those they don't know
  • It reinforces that they are loved
  • How in a few steps, love expands to many people
  • Blessings and Connection to God
  • Law of Attraction 

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Marcelene Cox
The illusions of childhood are necessary experiences; a child should not be denied a balloon because an adult knows that sooner or later it will burst.

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Monta Crane
There are three ways to get something done...
Do it yourself.
Employ someone to do it for you.
Or, forbid your children from doing it!

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 Quotes About Children:  D   

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl  1916 - 1990
Children are not so serious as grown-ups and love to laugh.

It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon  1970
I think what’s important for kids to know is that your decisions here on Earth matter, your behaviour matters and how you treat other people matters.

If I had a bucket list, I'd say raising my four girls to be strong, good women would be number one.

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Mark Desaux
If your life inspires just one child... 
Your life has been a success.

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel 1980
I think that it's our responsibility to create a world in which girls can grow up and not have to limit their dreams or possibilities.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana 1961 - 1997
Hugs can do great amounts of good... 
especially for children.

Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children - Princess Diana - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJessica & Lucy

Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo  1964
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift. 

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Rosaleen Dickson
Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.

Whatever they grow up to be they are still our children and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love - Rosaleen Dickson - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByOxford Cowley Workers children (1940's)

Walt Disney

Walt Disney  1901 - 1966
Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky 1821 - 1881
The Soul is healed by being with children.

Frederick Douglas

Frederick Douglas 1818 - 1895
It is easier to build strong children, 
than to repair broken men.

Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer  1940 - 2015
Let them follow their own compass.

Once you see a child’s self-image begin to improve, you will see significant gains in achievement areas, but even more important, you will see a child who is beginning to enjoy life more.

Your children are spiritual beings who come through you, not for you.

Your children - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJulie & Mark with Sophie & newborn Amy (2010)

Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer  1940 - 2015
Your children will see what you’re all about by what you live rather than what you say.

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 Quotes About Children:  E   

Marion Wright Edelman

Marion Wright Edelman  1939
Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein  1879 - 1955
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Illustrated by Sandra Reeves - Spiritual Quotes To Live Byillustration by Sandra Reeves

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Ignacio Estrada
If a child can't learn the way we teach, 
maybe we should teach the way they learn.


Euripides  480BC - 406BC
All men know their children mean more than life.

Noble fathers have noble children.

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 Quotes About Children:  F   

Paula Fox

Paula Fox 1923
When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child's hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an Awakener.

Robert Fulghum

Robert Fulghum  1937
Don't worry that children never listen to you..
Worry that they are always watching you.

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 Quotes About Children:  G   

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi  1869 - 1948
The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.

Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George  1899 - 1981
If the very old will remember, the very young will listen.

The only thing necessary for tranquility in the world is that every child grows up happy.

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Papiha Ghosh
In my Soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colours of a rainbow.

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran  1884 - 1931
Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their Soul, for their Soul belongs in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness, for even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Haim Ginott

Haim Ginott 1922 - 1973
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani  1944
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humour, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 - 1832
If children grew up according to early indications,
we should have nothing but geniuses.

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

It's not that age brings childhood back again, age merely shows what children we remain.

Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman  1869 - 1940
No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the Soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Richelle E. Goodrich
A mother is a child's first looking glass into the world.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant 1960
I love being with my children. 
They're fascinating people.

Graham Greene

Graham Greene 1904 - 1991
There is always one moment in childhood... 
when the door opens and lets the future in.

Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest  1881 - 1959
Children… they string our joys, like jewels bright, upon the thread of years.

Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.

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 Quotes About Children:  H   

Alex Haley

Alex Haley  1921 - 1992
Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

Tying the little folks with the older folks is a great and powerful tool to preserve and to protect the family and the individual.

Brooke Hampton

Brooke Hampton
As mamas, papas, grandparents, teachers and caregivers we have a responsibility to protect these little Earth warriors. It’s our job to protect and nurture their love, their innocence, their spirits, their imagination, their gifts, their health, and wellbeing, their spirituality, their confidence, their character, their freedom of thought, their instincts, their wildness, and their magic! There is nothing we can do in this lifetime that will compare to the importance of this work. These little ones are our future. Guard them well!

Speak to them [children] as if you were on stage in front of thousands of people. Respond to them with the respect they deserve. They are our future. Guard your tongue. Be brave enough to try harder. Let’s create a childhood that our children won’t have to recover from.

Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on Earth, for what they believe is what they will become.

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris  1973
Parents need to be more accepting of who their kids are and less concerned about what society thinks they need to be.

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Louise Hart
The best thing to spend on your children is.. Time.

Katherine Butler Hathaway

Katherine Butler Hathaway  1890 - 1942
Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability... Somehow even her clothes feel different to her children's hands from anybody else's clothes. Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.

Jim Henson

Jim Henson  1936 - 1990
The attitude that you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from, more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.


Heraclitus  535BC - 475BC
Time is a game...
played beautifully by children.

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Florence Hoatson  1881 - 1964 

God whose name is Love
Happy children we
Listen to the hymn
That we sing to Thee

Hands together, softly so
Little eyes shut tight
Father, just before we go
Hear our prayer tonight

We are all Thy children here
This is what we pray
Keep us when the dark is near
And through every day

Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer  1902 - 1983
Children are the keys of paradise.

Children are the keys of paradise - Eric Hoffer - Spiritual Quotes To Live BySeth

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Gary Holland
Every child is a deliberate, passionate creation of God. If you doubt that, just look into their eyes. You will find a gentle little spirit who hungers for life and for your love.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 - 1894
Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.

Nicola Horlick

Nicola Horlick 1960
When I pick up one of my children and cuddle them, all the strain and stress of life temporarily disappears. There is nothing more wonderful than motherhood and no one will ever love you as much as a small child.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston 1963 - 2012
(Also sung by George Benson. Written by Michael Masser & Linda Creed)

I believe the children are our future, 
Teach them well and let them lead the way. 
Show them all the beauty they possess inside. 
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. 
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be. 

Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard  1856 - 1915
Where parents do too much for their children...
the children will not do much for themselves.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson 1979
Your children teach you so much. 
It's a real mirror of yourself.

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo  1802 - 1885 
If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley 1894 - 1963
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

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 Quotes About Children:  J   

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson  1958 - 2009
Children show me in their playful smiles the Divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be loved.

In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be Light and Love. If we allow them, they can teach us to see ourselves the same way.

P. D. James

P. D. James  1920 - 2014
What a child doesn't receive..
he can seldom later give.

Randell Jarrell

Randell Jarrell  1914 - 1965
One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson 1912 - 2007
Children are likely to live up to what you believe in them.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie 1975
Sometimes, when I want to take on the world, I try to remember that it's just as important to sit down and ask my son how he's feeling or talk to him about life.

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Franklin P. Jones
You can learn many things from children...
How much patience you have, for instance.


Juvenal 55 - 127
Be gentle with the young.

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 Quotes About Children:  K   

Amit Kalantri

Amit Kalantri  1988
No matter how knowledgeable you are, respect your parents for their experience and your children for their curiosity.

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Bel Kaufman 1911
Children are the true connoisseurs, what's precious to them has no price, only value.

Children are the true connoisseurs, what's precious to them has no price, only value - Bel Kaufman - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByLucy, Avebury UK

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Lionel Kaufman
Children are a great comfort in old age.

Montague Keen

Montague Keen 1925 - 2004
The greatest gift you can give your children is...
your love and your time.

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy 1917 - 1963
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.  We all breathe the same air.  We all cherish our children's future.  And we are all mortal.

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr  1983
There are no words that could ever describe the happiness and the joy that you feel when you see your son smile in the morning. I just feel so lucky.

Jay Kessler

Jay Kessler
Young people need something stable to hang onto - a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.

Ellen Key

Ellen Key 1849 - 1926
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from the roses.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman 1967
I love acting...
but it's much more fun taking the kids to the zoo.

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Knights of Pythagoras
A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.

L. R. Knost

L. R. Knost
A lifestyle of reading puts the vast knowledge of the ages into the hands of our children. Exchanging the life-long riches of a love of reading for the temporary value of facts gleaned from required reading lists is a paltry deal, indeed. Encourage reading, yes, but let their hearts, their interests, their imaginations choose their reading material. Whatever momentary facts they need for the next test or quiz can be found just as easily on Google. A passion for reading can only be found in the heart of the child.

It is time for a return to childhood, to simplicity, to running and climbing and laughing in the sunshine, to experiencing happiness instead of being trained for a lifetime of pursuing happiness. It is time to let children be children again.

It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti 1895 - 1986 
Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern.

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 Quotes About Children:  L   

Jesse Lair

Jess Lair ? - 2000
Children are not things to be moulded, 
but are people to be unfolded.

Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit, we cannot flower and grow without it.

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama 1935
Give the ones you love... 
Wings to fly, roots to come back. And reasons to stay.

It is vital that when educating our children's brains, that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.

It is vital that when educating our children's brains, that we do not neglect to educate their hearts - Dalai Lama - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByLucy

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama 1935
The time has come to take concrete steps to bring about a real transformation in the ways we educate our future generations. We need to combine both an education of the mind with an education of the heart.

Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb 1775 - 1834
A sweet child is the sweetest thing in nature.

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott  1954
There really are places in the heart you don't even know exist until you love a child.

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Ann Landers
It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.

Vicki Lansky

Vicki Lansky  1942
You will always be your child's favourite toy.

Penelope Leach

Penelope Leach  1937
Loving a child is a circular business...
the more you give, the more you get,
the more you get, the more you give.

Kelly Lebrock

Kelly Lebrock  1960
Success for me.. is to raise happy, healthy human beings.

Giacomo Leopardi

Giacomo Leopardi  1798 - 1837
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.

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Amy Leslie
No animal is so inexhaustible as an excited infant.

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing  1729 - 1781
It is not children only that one feeds with fairy tales.

Sam Levenson

Sam Levenson 1911 - 1980
Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn't poor.

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate is called a grandparent.

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis  1898 - 1963
Children are not a distraction from more important work.. They are the most important work.

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Ming Li
All children who are held and loved will know how to love others. Spread these virtues in the world. Nothing more need be done.

Bruce Lipton

Bruce Lipton  1944
The most important thing that we need to understand as parents is that everything you say, everything you do, for the first seven years of that child's life is being recorded and becoming their behaviour.

Robert Llewelyn

Robert Llewelyn 1956
Mother to six year old: "Jane, what are you doing?" 
"I'm drawing God."
"But darling, nobody knows what God looks like." 
"No mummy, they don't yet, but they will when they've seen my drawing."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  1807 - 1882
A torn jacket is soon mended,
but harsh words bruise the heart of a child.

Diana Loomans

Diana Loomans

If I had my child to raise over again...
I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.
I’d do less correcting, and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less, and know to care more.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging, and less tugging.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d teach less about the love of power, and more about the power of love.
It matters not whether my child is big or small,
from this day forth, I’ll cherish it all.

Richard Louv

Richard Louv  1949
Teach children to look at a flower and see all the things it represents: beauty, the health of an ecosystem and the potential for healing.

Luther Standing Bear

Luther Standing Bear  1868 - 1939
If today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitantly set that child’s feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian.

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. He knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.

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Harvey MacKay

Harvey MacKay 1932
We start out as pretty creative beings... Children let their imaginations take them to place they've never seen and do things that seem impossible. We encourage it as fun and playtime, but we should celebrate it as the potential for great discovery and accomplishment.

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Mae Maloo
Children seldom misquote you. 
They more often repeat, word for word, what you shouldn't have said.

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William Martin
How do children learn to correct their mistakes? 
By watching how you correct yours. 
How do children learn to overcome their failures? 
By watching how you overcome yours. 
How do children learn to treat themselves with forgiveness? 
By watching you forgive yourself. 

Therefore, your mistakes and your failures are blessings; opportunities for the best in parenting. And those who point out your mistakes are not your enemies, but the most valuable of friends.

You do not have to make your children into wonderful people. You only have to remind them that they are wonderful people. If you do this consistently from the day they are born, they will believe it easily.

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Mary McBride
What a difference it makes to come home to a child.

Mignon McLaughlin

Mignon McLaughlin  1913 - 1983
Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.

Adam McLeod

Adam McLeod
As children, we see life only in the present moment. Children feel a certain way and react intuitively in the here and now. They have not yet developed an analytical process which interferes with intuition.

As children we see life only in the present moment. Children feel a certain way and react intuitively in the here and now. - Adam McLeod - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByLucy & Seth in crop circle, Avebury

Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead 1901 - 1978
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Barbara F. Meltz

Barbara F. Meltz
Whether your child is three or thirteen, don't rush in to rescue him, until you know he's done all he can to rescue himself.

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Bradley Millar
Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar, is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.

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Rebecca Miller
That's one thing I find about having children - it does unlock a door that separates you from other women who've had children.

A. A. Milne

A. A. Milne 1882 - 1956
If ever there is a 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. Even if we're apart, I'll always be with you.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe 1926 - 1962
All little girls should be told they are pretty.

All little girls should be told they are pretty - Marilyn Monroe - Spiritual Quotes To Live BySophie (2010)

Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson  1927
Raising children, be aware that the piles and piles of laundry will disappear all too soon and that you will, to your surprise, miss them profoundly.

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori 1870 - 1952
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.

When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.

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Christopher Moore
Children see magic because they look for it.

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove  1888 - 1936
aka Christal Quintasket 
Children were encouraged to develop a strict discipline and a high regard for sharing. When a girl picked her first berries and dug her first roots, they were given away to an elder so she would share her future success. When a child carried water for the home, an elder would give compliments, pretending to taste meat in water carried by a boy or berries in that of a girl. The child was encouraged not to be lazy and to grow straight like a sapling.

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Movie - A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.

Robert Muller

Robert Muller  1923 - 2010
A child thinks that life is really beautiful and that it will become even more beautiful. It is the duty of society to fulfil that expectation.

Adults are the first and foremost teachers of love, peace, truth, tolerance, happiness and spirituality to their children. No school on Earth can ever replace them.

Dear children and youth, please remember always that: you are your parents’ main contribution to evolution and further human ascent; you are their immorality; you are their greatest work of art and joy; you will be their last thought and pride at their moment of death. You must think of the chain of life from which you come and will continue on this miraculous planet in the vast solar system. Your parents are sacred and so are you.

I love all my children but with different loves each adapted to the child’s particular nature. Thus is God’s love for all His children on Earth.

I wish the world would cover itself again with fruit trees for the happiness of little children. Every child on Earth should have the pleasure of touching and picking live fruits from a tree.

If we only knew what children think and feel about life, nature, people and the world into which they are born. It would give us many clues about the meaning of life and happiness.

It is the natural and perennial role of parents to teach, to warn, to protect, to guide, to help, to prepare, to ‘raise’ their children. Children, for their part, have their own predispositions, nature, dreams and likings. The result will be blending of the two, of the past, the present and the future. And thus humanity proceeds on its evolutionary path, epitomised and moulded in each of the Earth’s hundreds of millions of families. The family is the first and greatest school of love, peace and happiness on Earth. As for all other human groups, there should be no confrontation, no conflict, no breakage of the family, only give and take, understanding, love and cooperation. For these are the ways of ascent of humanity.

Love must become the subject of serious scientific study. Loved children are healthier, happier, more peaceful children. Loved husbands have seldom heart attacks. Loved plants grow better. Loved animals are not vicious. Loved nations do not wage war. A humanity of loving people will be a peaceful humanity. To promote love means therefore to promote peace. Yes, let us have a love logy, a science of love, to start with a World University of Love.

Observe your children closely: they have often fundamental approaches and answers to the mysteries of life which we have lost as adults.

The example of parents is the greatest teacher.  Parents must stand out as models of happiness to their children.

Was I more myself when I was a child? I could burst with joy and also cry. I was fascinated by everything. I fell asleep, exhausted by the wonders of life.

We have entered an age of such complexity that we are now turning to children and youth for answers on many issues.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child.
When I was an adult, I no longer spoke like a child.
When I became old and wise, I spoke again like a child.
I wish I had spoken all my life like a child.

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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.

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Native American - Mohawk
Remember that your children are not your own, but are lent to you by the Creator.

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

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 her lifetime.

Caroline Norton

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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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 children, becomes their inner voice.

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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.

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

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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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.

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.

John Ruskin

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

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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.

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.

Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life - Sophocles - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByLucy & Emma (2004)

Muriel Spark

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

Wess Stafford

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

Wess Stafford quote: Every child you encounter is a divine appointment. - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJulie 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

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

Rudolf Steiner quote: Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom. - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJoey & Amy (2014)

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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
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.

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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Brenda Ueland

Brenda Ueland  1891 - 1985
All children have creative power.

Peter Ustinov

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

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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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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.

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.

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.

See the world with the innocence of children. Approach the world with the daring of children. Love the world with the readiness of children - Neale Donald Walsch - Spiritual Quotes To Live BySophie & 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.

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.

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

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

Oscar Wilde

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

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The best way to make children good is to make them happy - Oscar Wilde - 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

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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Malala Yousafzai

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

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Zig Ziglar

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

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