Positive Quotes For Kids – To Inspire & Encourage

When we want to inspire and encourage children with positive words, we need to provide positive quotes that are:

  • from people that they admire (think famous sporting personalities, musicians, or inspiring activists),
  • easy to understand and make sense of, and/or,
  • about topics that they are struggling with.

We’ve collated an enormous list of positive quotes that are perfect for kids of all ages (adults too!) on topics around motivation, positivity, confidence, family and friends, learning, pressure and possibilities! 

Read them together and share some positive words:


Positive Quotes for Kids


“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan


“Most people are nice when you finally see them.” Harper Lee


“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Dr. Seuss


“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt


“Being confident is the key to life. Don’t be afraid to be you! I’m super different from a lot of kids my age with style and personality, and I’m OK with it. And if you are OK with it, everyone else will be, too. Just be yourself.” Leo Howard


“My dear friend, clear your mind of can’t.” Samuel Johnson


“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” Maya Angelou


“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more.” Irish Blessing


“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl


“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin


“Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.” John C. Maxwell


“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland


“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.” Magic Johnson


“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” Joyce Meyer


““You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A. Milne (Winnie The Pooh)


“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” Thomas Huxley


“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” Oprah Winfrey


“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” David Ogden Stiers


“As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success.” Tamara Taylor


“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” Jim Lovell


“I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.” Morgan Freeman


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop


“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill


“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.” Joyce Brothers


“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Desmond Tutu


“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon


“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier


“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou


“Confidence is not, ‘They will like me’. Confidence instead is, ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.” Christina Grimmie


“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins


“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” Anne Frank


“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl


“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” Dalai Lama


“Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself.” Khalid


“There will always be obstacles and challenges that stand in your way. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to those potential hazards so you can continue on your journey to success.” Amy Morin


“Think and wonder. Wonder and think.” Dr. Seuss


“We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” Mary McLeod Bethune


“Do good and good will come to you.” Adam Lowy


“Live your life to its fullest potential and don’t really care too much about what other people think of you.” Lil Nas X


“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi


“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” Ashley Smith


“Say something positive, and you’ll see something positive.” Jim Thompson


“Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” Les Brown


“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” Michelle Obama


“Being the best is:applying yourself to your potential, putting out the best version of yourself.” Nikita Parris


“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney


“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.” Demi Lovato


“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” John Wooden


“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs


“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott


“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” Liane Cordes


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