20 Inspirational Quotes for My Kids to Live By

I come from a family of talkers.

Growing up, my parents were always talking. Whether they were imparting bits of parental wisdom or simply orchestrating a life lesson out of nothing at all, I was always listening, watching, and of course, learning.

So as someone who’s had pretty decent life so far on account of all those talks, I wanted to give my kids the same opportunity to listen. So I talk. A lot. I’m forever offering anecdotal bits, super important FYIs, and warnings of the imminent dangers resulting from not listening to their mother. Still, I swear they’re getting nothing. Little brick walls, those two.

While I may never actually give my children the wisdom and life offerings of the great thinkers before me, at least I give a damn good tight hug.

  • More than words 1 of 21
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    Take a look at 20 of the most powerful bits of wisdom I hope one day my kids will come to live by.

  • On perseverance 2 of 21
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    "If you're going through hell, keep going." ~Winston Churchill

  • On change 3 of 21

    "We must be the change we want to see." ~Mahatma Gandhi

  • On success 4 of 21
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    "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." ~Mark Twain

  • On happiness 5 of 21

    "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." ~Helen Keller

  • On patience 6 of 21
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    "Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself." ~Saint Francis de Sales


  • On equality 7 of 21

    "Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it." ~Frances Wright

  • On failure 8 of 21
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    "The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything." ~Theodore Roosevelt

  • On excellence 9 of 21

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." ~Aristotle

  • On kindness 10 of 21
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    "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~Dalai Lama

  • On anger 11 of 21
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    "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • On daring to dream 12 of 21
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    "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~Walt Disney

  • On forgiveness 13 of 21
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    "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~Mahatma Gandhi

  • On preparation 14 of 21
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    "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." ~Benjamin Franklin

  • On accountability 15 of 21
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    "Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself." ~Henry Ward Beecher

  • On strength 16 of 21
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    "Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." ~Albert Einstein

  • On character 17 of 21
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    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of conflict and controversy." ~Martin Luther King

  • On individuality 18 of 21
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    "This above all: to thine own self, be true." ~William Shakespeare

  • On truth 19 of 21
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    "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." ~Buddha

  • On lightheartedness 20 of 21

    "Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment." ~Horace

  • On family 21 of 21

    "Other things may change us, but we start and end with family." ~Anthony Brandt


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