Inspirational quotes for kids to spread positivity and inspire your little ones to achieve their dreams

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These inspirational quotes for kids offer words of hope and encouragement from the likes of Disney heroes and famous children’s authors.

Whether your little one is struggling at school, having friendship woes or just needs some encouragement to believe in themselves – it’s all here in this list.

We've picked out some magical children's book quotes (opens in new tab) from stories like Harry Potter to Roald Dahl's best quotes (opens in new tab) and made a note of any famous film lines that will uplift your little ones. You'll also find classic quotes from much-admired historical heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama below. All with the hopes they'll be treasured and memorised, and help inspire our next generation of dreamers.

You could always turn one of these inspirational quotes into a piece of art for their bedroom (opens in new tab), so they can be reminded to always look on the positive side of things when they're next feeling down. Or have them draw out their favourite quote and create their own piece during your next easy kid's crafts (opens in new tab) afternoon.

Either way, these inspirational quotes are ones that are sure to help when your little one next needs a lift...

Best inspirational quotes for kids:

1. "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." — Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh

2.Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”― Oscar Wilde

One of our inspirational quotes for kids by Gandhi

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3. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

4. “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead.” – Gusteau, Ratatouille (opens in new tab)

5. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

6. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

One of our inspirational quotes for kids by Merida from Brave

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7. "Our fate lives within us; you only have to be brave enough to see it." — Merida, Brave

8. “Everything you can imagine is real.”― Pablo Picasso

One of our inspirational quotes for kids by Dory, from Finding Nemo

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9. “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” – Dory, Finding Nemo

10. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill

11. “Never look back, darling. It distracts for the now.” – Edna Mode, The Incredibles

12. “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” – Dr Suess

One of our inspirational quotes for kids by Audrey Hepburn

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13. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”― Audrey Hepburn

14. “Don't fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance!” – Sally Carrera, Cars 3

15. “You can’t focus on what’s going wrong. There’s always a way to turn things around.” – Joy, Inside Out

A quote by Dalai Lama with a drawing of a sun.

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16. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”― Dalai Lama XIV

17. “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” – Matilda, Roald Dahl

18. "Fall seven times, stand up eight." – Japanese Proverb

19. "Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself."– Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter

One of our inspirational quotes for kids from Roald Dahl

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20. "If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." – Roald Dahl

21. "Never doubt yourself, it will only hold you back." – J.M. Barrie

22. "You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take."– Wayne Gretzky

A drawing of inspirational quotes for kids by Jesse Jackson

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23. "Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.”– Jesse Jackson

24. "In every job that must be done there is an element of fun." Mary Poppins

An inspirational quotes for kids by Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas

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25. "Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one." – Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas 

26. "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are." Mewtwo, Pokemon

Grace Walsh is a Features Writer for Goodto.com, covering breaking news health stories during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as lifestyle and entertainment topics.  She has worked in media since graduating from the University of Warwick in 2019 with a degree in Classical Civilisation and a year spent abroad in Italy. It was here that Grace caught the bug for journalism, after becoming involved in the university’s student newspaper and radio station.