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16 Inspirational Quotes for Kids Every Parent Should Know

Sometimes you need a poet or a sage (or Tom Hanks) to pass along your valuable wisdom.

Joy Velasco for Fatherly

Passing on our valuable wisdom may be one of the most cherished aspects of being a parent. But sometimes, in spite of all the wisdom that we may have accumulated by the time we become parents, we need a professional poet (or America’s dad, Tom Hanks) to articulate our most inspired thoughts. By passing down inspirational quotes we love, we also have an opportunity to share a moment with our kids that’s out of the mundane, to step outside of the day-to-day and be inspired together. Here are 16 inspirational quotes for kids to remind them to always look ahead and unapologetically tap into their potential.

  • “You may not control life’s circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.” —Atul Gawande
  • “To go in search of what once was is to postpone the difficulty of living with what is.” —Barry Lopez 
  • When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” —John Lewis
  • “One voice can change a room.” —Barack Obama
  • “A hero is someone who voluntarily walks into the unknown.” —Tom Hanks
  • “As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” —Toni Morrison
  • “Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.”  —E. B. White 
  • “Hold fast to to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” —Langston Hughes
  • “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” —Robin Williams 
  • “It’s really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important than what we are. Of course, it’s the opposite that’s true: What we are ultimately determines what we do!” —Fred Rogers
  • “Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.” —Robert H. Schuller
  • “Live as if you were die tomorrow. Lear as if you were to live forever.” —Mahatma Gandhi
  • “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” —Paulo Coelho
  • “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” —Audrey Hepburn
  • “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” —The Dalai Lama