Anyone who has spent time with kids know they can be a uplifting source of joy. Children can trigger strong emotions in people that make them smile, laugh, cry, or even just stare in bewilderment. The unfiltered nature of a child’s mind leads them to do and say lots of surprising things, and naturally many folks have some sweet, and moving things to say in return about these kids.

So we’ve collected 76 quotes about kids from loving parents, and inspiring minds. Use the filters below to find quotes such as sweet and thought-provoking quotes, or even funny quotes about parenting. Parenting is not without its setbacks so don’t be surprised to find a quote from a parent who pokes fun at these too. If you’re not a parent, at least you’ve been around kids and will be able to relate if just at the surface level. Perhaps these quotes will inspire you to keep positive messages around with kid keepsakes or to give similar newborn gifts to mothers-to-be you know.

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I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair.

— Jarod Kintz

A child’s imaginary playmate just might actually be there.

— Doug Dillon

When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.

— Robert Brault

It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower or vacuum cleaner.

— Ben Bergor

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.

— Franklin P. Jones

Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.

— John Ruskin

A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice—especially when she’s taking a nap.

— Unknown

What is a home without children? Quiet.

— Henny Youngman

The reason I love kids so much is because they’re so honest, so you know right away if they like you or they don’t.

— Colin Egglesfield

I love kids. I was a kid myself, once.

— Tom Cruise

I love kids, but they are a tough audience.

— Robbin Williams

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.

— Robert Orben

Love is staying up all night with a sick child—or a healthy adult.

— David Frost

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

— Walt Streightiff

I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.

— JoyBell C.

There is nothing that can bring you closer to fearlessness about everything else in the world than being a parent—because everyday fears—like not being approved of—pale by comparison to the fears you have about your children.

— Arianna Huffington

Babies are always more trouble than you thought and more wonderful.

— Charles Osgood

The mother’s heart is the child’s school room.

— Henry Ward Beecher

The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of Mankind.

— Kurt Chambers

Encourage don’t belittle, embrace their individuality. And show them that no matter what they will always have value if they stay true to themselves.

— Solange Nicole

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

— Ray L. Wilbur

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

— Lady Bird Johnson

The soul is healed by being with children.

— Proverb

No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.

— Emma Goldman

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.

— Maria Montessori

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.

— Lyman Abbott

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments—tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.

— Louis Pasteur

There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about.

— Criss Jami

Making a decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

— Elizabeth Stone

The birth of my sons. The birth of new emotions...what a privilege. What a blessing.

— Elle Macpherson

My mom said I was a handful. Now I’m helpful.

— Jamie Lee Curtis

A child enters your home and for the next 20 or so years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. Then the child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.

— John Andrew Holmes

Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.

— Wess Stafford

Children make your life important.

— Erma Bombeck

Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.

— Princess Diana

Somehow destiny comes into play. These children end up with you and you end up with them. It’s something quite magical.

— Nicole Kidman

My best creation is my children.

— Diane Von Furstenburg

You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.

— Regina King

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all—the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.

— Mitt Romney

Always kiss your children goodnight—even if they’re already asleep.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I come from that society and there is a common thread, specifically family values—the idea that you do anything for your family, and the unconditional love for one’s children.

— Ednita Nazario

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

— William Shakespeare

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.

— Benjamin Spock

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.

— C. Everett Koop

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.

— David Bly

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.

— Lin Yutang

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.

— Henry Ward Beecher

I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring.

— Liz Armbruster

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

— Harold Hulbert

If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what’s important to them.

— Sonia Sotomayor

Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.

— Jodi Picoult

What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.

— Nicholas Sparks

Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.

— Isabel Allende

Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.

— Uma Thurman

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.

— Unknown

My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.

— Gina Lee Nolin

Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.

— Taylor Hanson

The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.

— Polly Berrien Berends

A baby is born with a need to be loved—and never outgrows it.

— Frank A. Clark

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn’t hurt.

— Olivia Newton-John

Success for me, its to raise happy, healthy human beings.

— Kelly LeBrock

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.

— Carl Sandburg

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.

— Charles Dickens

When I see children, I see the face of God. That’s why I love them so much. That’s what I see.

— Michael Jackson

You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.

— Raymond Feist

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

— John Bowring

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers.

— Jewish Proverb

Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.

— Dr. Henker

The rules for parents are but three... love, limit and let them be.

— Elaine M. Ward

As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won’t forget how you made them feel.

— Kevin Heath

Children desperately need to know—and to hear in ways they understand and remember—that they’re loved and valued by mom and dad.

— Paul Smally

Love is giving your kids your undivided attention and time.

— Kevin Heath

We do not develop habits of genuine love automatically. We learn by watching effective role models – most specifically by observing how our parents express love for each other day in and day out.

— Josh McDowell

I looked on childrearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honourable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.

— Rose Kennedy

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

— Jesus Christ

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.

— Oscar Wilde

As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.

— Ruth Bell Graham