Best Children’s Books Quotes

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Laura Oosterbeek

Staff Writer

Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand Laura writes and teaches in the UK.

For most readers, their obsession with books began in childhood—those formative years spent with nothing to do but read. And so, with these best children’s books quotes, take a journey into the library of your dim and dusty memories.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
—Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

“When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

—Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”
—Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

“But Nightshirts aren’t dangerous,” Pippi assured her. “They don’t bite anybody except in self defense.”

—Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

“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

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

—A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Let the wild rumpus start!”
—Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”
—Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

“All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.”
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not, or die of despair”
—Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”
—J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“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.”
—C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

“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.”
—Roald Dahl, Matilda