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Chances are, some childhood books have stuck with you into adulthood. After all, many contain valuable lessons, with memorable quotes that tend to get embedded into our heads. Below, we gathered 10 of our favorite quotes from children’s books, because these lessons are ageless.
1. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
This one comes to us from none other than Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who!”
2. “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”
None of us can forget about A. A. Milne’s lovable “Winnie-the-Pooh”!
3. “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.”
This quote from Watty Piper’s “The Little Engine That Could” is always a great motivator, no matter how old we are! I actually just bought this for a friend who was having a tough time, and she loved it. So when you need inspiration, just open this book!
4. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
This quote from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is a great reminder of the fruitlessness of looking back, and the importance of continuing to move forward.
5. “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” gets us every time, and this quote is no exception.
6. “There’s no great loss without some small gain.”
7. “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
As many of us know, true friends are a tremendous thing, so thank you for the reminder, E. B. White. This quote is from his classic “Charlotte’s Web.”
8. “Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
To this day, P.L. Travers’ book makes us want a Mary Poppins of our own.
9. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” reminds us to always have confidence and faith in ourselves and our abilities.
10. “There is no place like home.”
Of course, this quote from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” goes without saying, since it’s so true—and L. Frank Baum continually reminds us that “There is no place like home.”
Okay, it’s official: We now want to re-read all of these books. Excuse us while we go raid our children’s bookshelves (or friends’ children’s bookshelves, in my case).