12 Beloved Quotes from Children's Books

Posted by Hayley on June 8, 2016
As part of Summer Reading for Kids on Goodreads, we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's your favorite quote from a children's book? Your top answers are below!


"People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?"
From Anne of Green Gables
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by L.M. Montgomery


"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
From Love You Forever
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by Robert Munsch


"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
From The Little Prince
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by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


"It doesn't happen all at once.... You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often 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 your 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."
From The Velveteen Rabbit
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by Margery Williams


"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
From Winnie-the-Pooh
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by A.A. Milne


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


"You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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by Lewis Carroll


"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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by J.K. Rowling


"If you become a bird and fly away from me, I will be a tree that you come home to."
From The Runaway Bunny
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by Margaret Wise Brown


"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog."
From Matilda
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by Roald Dahl


And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew.
Just go right along, you'll start happening too!

From Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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by Dr. Seuss


"One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again."
From The Chronicles of Narnia
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by C.S. Lewis



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message 1: by Josiah (new)

Josiah Of these quotes, my favorite is the A.A. Milne one. But there are several here, and a great deal more, to love and remember always.


message 2: by Anita (new)

Anita To die would be a great adventure.
Peter Pan


message 3: by ~♡Nujaba♡~ (new)

~♡Nujaba♡~ Anita wrote: "To die would be a great adventure.
Peter Pan"


That's a nice one!


message 4: by Hayley (new)

Hayley I don't think I have a favourite children's book quote (I've read way too many to choose!), but I love the Harry Potter one listed!


message 5: by Jeff (last edited Jun 08, 2016 03:42PM) (new)

Jeff Walden That Anne of Green Gables quote is, IMO, not a very good one -- and it's one many an English teacher will have to work hard to undo.

The best expressions of thought are as simple as possible, using the smallest and clearest words. That doesn't exclude long or complicated words -- but they should be limited to those narrow contexts where they are precisely the intended meaning, and no shorter phrasing will do. As George Orwell put it, "Never use a long word where a short one will do." The book quote suggests that big ideas require big words, which is emphatically not the case -- and indeed big ideas very often are big because they do not use big words.


message 6: by Keanes (last edited Jun 08, 2016 03:44PM) (new)

Keanes "It's not often someone comes along who is a good writer and a good friend. Charlotte was both."


message 7: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Johnson "When I grow old, I too, will live beside the sea". ~ Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. I have a bracelet with this phrase on it that I wear every day


message 8: by Megan (new)

Megan My favorite would have to be the Winnie the Pooh one.


message 9: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Keanes wrote: ""It's not often someone comes along who is a good writer and a good friend. Charlotte was both.""

One of my favorites, too! :-)


message 10: by VijayaRaghavan (new)

VijayaRaghavan S N "To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure" - J.K. Rowling


message 11: by Betsy (new)

Betsy I like "The Velveteen Rabbit".


*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆* Joseph wrote: "Keanes wrote: ""It's not often someone comes along who is a good writer and a good friend. Charlotte was both.""

One of my favorites, too! :-)"


Mine as well, I just watched this yesterday and I cried one too many times, such a beautiful tale


message 13: by Nicoleta (new)

Nicoleta Josiah wrote: "Of these quotes, my favorite is the A.A. Milne one. But there are several here, and a great deal more, to love and remember always."
I agree with you :). But this one quote seems to be one of the most meaningful.



message 14: by Stephanie (last edited Jun 09, 2016 05:57AM) (new)

Stephanie Anze With the Love You Forever quote, is anybody else reminded of the episode of Friends where Joey reads it for Emma´s birthday? Also love the Winnie the Pooh quote.


message 15: by Ashani (new)

Ashani  Hettige This just made my day <3 Thank you !!!


message 16: by Shima (new)

Shima Stephanie wrote: "With the Love You Forever quote, is anybody else reminded of the episode of Friends where Joey reads it for Emma´s birthday? Also love the Winnie the Pooh quote."

I thought it was just me :))) I can't read this quote in anyone else's voice but Joey's!


message 17: by Shima (new)

Shima Don't grow up, it's a trap.
Peter Pan


message 18: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Betsy wrote: "I like "The Velveteen Rabbit"."

Betsy wrote: "I like "The Velveteen Rabbit"."

That's my favorite as well Betsy!!
"Once you are Real you can't be ugly except to people who don't understand"


message 19: by Nikki (last edited Jun 09, 2016 04:53PM) (new)

Nikki D “Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”

And

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

― Neil Gaiman,Coraline


message 20: by Roxanne (new)

Roxanne Allsopp “It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


Bookishnymph *needs hea* I like the one listed from Anne of Green Gables.


Bookishnymph *needs hea* Eileen wrote: ""When I grow old, I too, will live beside the sea". ~ Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. I have a bracelet with this phrase on it that I wear every day"

Aww, that's cute. : )


message 23: by Stephan (new)

Stephan "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."

...That one always bring tears to my eyes.


message 24: by Raha (new)

Raha Shirley Stephan wrote: ""I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."

...That one always bring tears to my eyes."


sorry i didnt read this book, when i look at this quote it seems just so normal. do i need to read the book to really get the quote's value?


message 25: by Darnia (new)

Darnia Shima wrote: "Don't grow up, it's a trap.
Peter Pan"


Definitely!


message 26: by Sara (new)

Sara Jesus "One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again."


TheBohemianBookworm Jeff wrote: "That Anne of Green Gables quote is, IMO, not a very good one -- and it's one many an English teacher will have to work hard to undo.

The best expressions of thought are as simple as po..."


I disagree. Having a good vocabulary is a lifelong skill and being able to have mastery and full command of the English language is a talent many today are severely lacking.


message 28: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Raha wrote: "Stephan wrote: ""I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."

...That one always bring tears to my eyes."

sorry i didnt read this book, when i look a..."


Yes, I believe so. Those lines are first spoken between a mother and a baby, if memory serves. And then we get to follow this baby as he grows up. and those lines come back time and time again from his mother... until she's old, and have to be cared for by her now adult son. That's when those lines come again, this time from the son to the mother. And then, one final time, as the son, now a father, speaks to his own little baby.
...damn, I'm almost crying as I think about it. :P


message 29: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Oh, the nostalgia. Narnia . . . Love You Forever . . . The Runaway Bunny . . . . Winnie-The-Pooh . . . and The Velveteen Rabbit, I have missed you all.

I think I'm old enough to read fairy tales again! =P =D


message 30: by William (new)

William "Everything will turn out splendid in the end. If it's not splendid, it's not the end."
from Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larsons


message 31: by Simon (new)

Simon Rindy Jeff wrote: "That Anne of Green Gables quote is, IMO, not a very good one -- and it's one many an English teacher will have to work hard to undo.

The best expressions of thought are as simple as po..."


Yes.


message 32: by Jane (new)

Jane Jago How do you choose.

But Matilda is closest to how my friends say I behave, although I do love the one from the Runaway Bunny too....

And I've been old enough to read fairy tales again for years


message 33: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Gardam my favourite quote is - "If you become a bird and fly away from me, I will be a tree that you come home to.” - The Runaway Bunny


message 34: by Cmeiss330 (new)

Cmeiss330 "Oh, please don't go! We'll eat you up, we love you so!" - Where the Wild Things Are

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


message 35: by Emma (new)

Emma Unless I'm mistaken, the quote attributed to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass is actually from the movie Disney did a few years ago. There are plenty of good quotes in the books, that's just not one of them.


message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah William wrote: ""Everything will turn out splendid in the end. If it's not splendid, it's not the end."
from Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larsons"


This is a great line but it is a rephrase of the same sentiment from The Great Exotic Marigold movie.


message 37: by Hildaguard (new)

Hildaguard  Houdini I've always liked the Alice in wonderland one. It's so true madness is glorifying.


message 38: by Alizebeth (new)

Alizebeth All of these quotes bring back childhood memories


message 39: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Drenckhahn My favorite has to be the quote from The Runaway Bunny. I remember my mom used to read it to me all the time when I was just a little girl and it was one of the first books I ever learned how to read:)


message 40: by Chetna (new)

Chetna "One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again."


message 41: by Jim (new)

Jim Anita wrote: "To die would be a great adventure.
Peter Pan"


peter keeps threatening to kill the lost boys (rekill actually, they're already dead) so it seems death is an adventure he wishes on others, not himself.


message 42: by Azur (last edited Jun 13, 2016 07:22AM) (new)

Azur “At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“There are such a lot of things that have no place in summer and autumn and spring. Everything that’s a little shy and a little rum. Some kinds of night animals and people that don’t fit in with others and that nobody really believes in. They keep out of the way all the year. And then when everything’s quiet and white and the nights are long and most people are asleep—then they appear.”
― Tove Jansson, Moominland Midwinter


message 43: by Deeksha (new)

Deeksha Keswani "To the well organised mind, death is nothing but the next great adventure"
-Albus Dumbledore(JK Rowling), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone


message 44: by Deeksha (new)

Deeksha Keswani Cmeiss330 wrote: ""Oh, please don't go! We'll eat you up, we love you so!" - Where the Wild Things Are

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore..."

The dumbledore one is not in the 3rd book, its in the 4th movie
That quote is not in the books


message 45: by Deeksha (new)

Deeksha Keswani "I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice on the matter afterward. And maybe that's true of beginnings, but it's not true of this, now.
I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no once else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me."
-Tris, Allegiant
This quote is so beautiful it is my fav one in the entire series


message 46: by Nicol (new)

Nicol On the other hand , a fairy tale ... requires total abandonment of the reader , as long as it is in the fairy tale world , there must exist another world for him.
"Same Kind of Fairy Tale" - Graham Joyce


message 47: by Diana (new)

Diana Gomez It's very easy, anyone can fly. All you need is a place to go you can't get to any other way. The next thing you know, you're flying among the stars.
-Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold


message 48: by Gayathri (new)

Gayathri "Happiness can be found even in the darkest times,only if one can tyrn on the light"- Harry Potter


message 49: by Alizebeth (new)

Alizebeth Gayathri wrote: ""Happiness can be found even in the darkest times,only if one can tyrn on the light"- Harry Potter"

One of my favorite quotes


message 50: by Mandeep (new)

Mandeep Attri I like the one from Narnia. I am reliving my childhood with my kids and reading their storybooks.


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