Whether you’re looking for an insightful, inspiring children’s book quote to share with your child, or just looking for an excuse to re-read these classic tales, check out some of our favorite lines from our favorite stories for children (and yes, for grown-ups too)!

  • The Phantom Tollbooth
    Juster, Norton

    “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.”

  • The Little Prince
    Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de

    “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

  • Dahl, Roald

    “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

  • The Twits
    Dahl, Roald

    “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

  • Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
    Carroll, Lewis

    "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

  • Fellowship of the Rings
    Tolkien, J. R. R.

    "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
    Konigsburg, E. L.

    “I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow.”

  • A Wrinkle in Time
    L'Engle, Madeleine

    "Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself." “We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.”

  • The Magician's Nephew
    Lewis, C. S.

    “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

  • Coraline
    Gaiman, Neil

    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

  • Blueberry Girl
    Gaiman, Neil

    “Words can be worrisome, people complex, motives and manners unclear. Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.”

  • Oh, The Places You'll Go!
    Seuss, Dr.

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Silverstein, Shel

    “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

  • Horton Hears a Who
    Seuss, Dr.

    “A person's a person, no matter how small.”

  • Anne of Green Gables
    Montgomery, L. M.

    “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

  • Inkspell
    Funke, Cornelia

    “Stories never really end...even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.”

  • Anne of Avonlea
    Montgomery, L. M.

    “Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”

  • Winne-the-Pooh
    Milne, A. A.

    “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.”

  • Charlotte's Web
    White, E. B.

    "You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing."

  • Aesop's Fables: The Lion and the Mouse
    Aesop

    "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    Baum, L. Frank

    "The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid."

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Rowling, J. K.

    "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."