20 Great Quotes from Children’s Books

Some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s books. I love the quotes that de-complicate the adult world and capture the essence of things in a sentence or two. Here are some of the best quotes from books I used to read and still love.


  1. “‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh. ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet. ‘My favourite day,’ said Pooh.”— A. A. Milne, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  1. 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


  1. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince


  1. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you. Because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


  1. It’s no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


  1. Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. – AA Milne, Winnie the Pooh


  1. 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. – Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth


  1. If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. –  Roald Dahl, The Twits


  1. You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are. – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


  1. 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. – A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner


  1. It doesn’t happen all at once,” he said. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. – Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit


  1. So, come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land! – M. Barrie, Peter Pan


  1. “​Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,

Listen to the DON’TS

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS


Listen to the NEVER HAVES

Then listen close to me—

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.” – Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends


  1. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


  1. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid. – L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz


  1. I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


  1. The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


  1. It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends. – Brothers Grimm, Snow White


  1. You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. – EB White, Charlotte’s Web


  1. “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?””What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?””I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.
    –  A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh