Quotes about Children | 15 Inspirational Childhood Quotes and Paintings

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a hoop
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a hoop

I am fascinated by the pure joy and curiosity that each child holds. My inspiration for life lies in my experience as a child and in being able to cherish this time with my young children. But really, I love all children; they are all angels to me.

I love the way quotes can convey a profound and inspirational message with a few carefully chosen words. Here is a collection of quotes I have discovered which connect with that eternal experience of childhood.

I have included artwork by Renior, Cassatt and other master artists that I feel capture the timeless essence of what it means to be a child.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a Watering Can
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a Watering Can

About Childhood

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

William Bouguereau, La Bourrique
William Bouguereau, La Bourrique

Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now.
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"

Mary Cassatt, Children at the Beach
Mary Cassatt, Children at the Beach

We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860

In childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking out. In memories of childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking in. ~Robert Brault

The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
~Christopher Morley, To a Child

The Childhood shows the man, as the morning shows the day. ~John Milton

Winslow Homer, Snap the Whip
Winslow Homer, Snap the Whip

About Children

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music. ~William Stafford

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Child with Cat
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Child with Cat

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. ~Neil Postman

A rose can say "I love you",
orchids can enthrall,
but a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
yes, that says it all.
~Author Unknown

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Albert Edelfelt, Boys Playing at the Beach
Albert Edelfelt, Boys Playing at the Beach

Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything. ~Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone Scelto

The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child. ~Joe Houldsworth

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

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas. ~Paula Poundstone

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Gabrielle And Jean.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Gabrielle And Jean.

The soul is healed by being with children ~English Proverb

Children in Art

© 2011 Tracy Lynn Conway

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic for a hub. I love how you put paintings in it!


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vissitor 5 years ago from Sonoma Valley, California

Inspiring and instructive, Tracy. Thanks. Beautiful paintings as well.


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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA Author

@Randomcreative- Thank you so much, I am glad you loved the paintings!

@Vissitor- Thank you, I am thrilled to have inspired you and that you enjoyed the paintings.


Andrea Woolf 5 years ago

I love your post! I, too, love inspirational messages and was happy to come upon your article. I especially like what you convey about the curiosity and aliveness of children.

It is great that you are sharing your knowledge with others here. You are truly making a difference in the world. Keep doing what you are doing!

To your magnificence!

Andrea Woolf

Founder, Ignite Your Life Book


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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA Author

@Andrea Woolf - Yes, connecting with the curiosity and aliveness in children is something that can benefit adults. Keeping that energy alive within can bring happiness, it is a source of profound joy.

Thank you for your beautiful compliments and acknowledgments, they mean so much!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Tracy, wonderful quotes and Renoir is one of my favourite artists.

'While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt' this one has to be my favourite, that just sums everything up for me!

Many thanks for sharing a great hub and voting up.


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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA Author

Hi Movie Master, that quote really does sum everything up. Thank you for the comment and vote!

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