Quotes About Children and Youth



"It takes a whole village to raise a child."

African Proverb



"All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them."

Earvin "Magic" Johnson



"A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit."

Francois Rabelais



"Children have never been very good at listening to adults but they have never failed to imitate them."

James Baldwin



"Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them."

Jonas Salk



"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace."

Kofi A. Annan, UN Secretary-General



"In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul."

Lisa T. Shepherd



"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."

Mahatma Gandhi



"What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give."

P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest



"There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies."

Winston Churchill



"Usually children spend more time in the garden than anybody else. It is where they learn about the world, because they can be in it unsupervised, yet protected. Some gardeners will remember from their own earliest recollections that no one sees the garden as vividly, or cares about it as passionately, as the child who grows up in it."

Carol Williams



"Happy is the father whose child finds his attempts to amuse it amusing."

Robert Lynd



"Know what it is to be a child . . . To see a world in a grain of sand And heaven in a wild flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour."

William Blake



"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Eleanor Roosevelt



"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life."

Richard Bach



"Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child."

Ron Wild



"What greater pain could mortals have than this: To see their children dead before their eyes?"




"Above all we need, particularly as children, the reassuring presence of a visible community, an intimate group that enfolds us with understanding and love, and that becomes an object of our spontaneous loyalty, as a criterion and point of reference for the rest of the human race."

Lewis Mumford



"The soul is healed by being with children."

Fyodor Dostoevsky