Concerning Children Quotes

Welcome to Concerning Children Quotes! The following quotes I keep coming back to time and time again. Some I have used over the years for Youre being very childishpersonal reflection and renewal. Others to inspire staff and interns who were working with me at retreats or at my regular workplace as a Youth Advocate before my retirement.

Having worked and ministered to young people and their families for decades, renewal is important! Some of these quotes I have used to jump-start my own writing, and some I’ve shared with parents at various times when it seems right. Enjoy. And Thanks.


Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Children do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
– (Source varies)

Our Lord, we are grateful for this family, who hand in hand form one unbroken circle. Help us to do thy will, as caring individuals and as a loving family. Amen.
– Christian Retreat Center, Silverton, Oregon

Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood.
– Pablo Neruda

Our lives are shaped by those who love us, and by those who refuse to love us.
– Anonymous

Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don’ts,
Not the God who ever does anything weird,
But the God who only knows four words
And keeps repeating them, saying:
“Come dance with Me.”
Come Dance.
– Hafiz (translated by Daniel Ladinsky in The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master, 1999)

Who loves the rain,/And loves his home,/And looks on life with quiet eyes./Him will I follow through the storm,/And at his hearth-fire keep me warm;/Nor hell nor heaven shall that soul surprise who loves the rain,/And loves his home,/And looks on life with quiet eyes.
– Francis Shaw

Now I lay me down to sleep and pray to God my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake I pray to God my toys to take, so none of the other kids will get them.
– Shel Silverstein

Making the 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

He who raises a child is to be called its father, not the man who only gave it birth.
– Midrash, Exodus Rabbah, 46:5

To watch the spirit of children, to nurture them in gospel love, and labour to help them against that which would mar the beauty of their minds, is a debt we owe them.
– John Woolman, 1758

Once his brother asked Ryoken to visit his house and speak with his delinquent son. Ryoken came but did not say a word of admonition to the boy. He stayed overnight and prepared to leave the next morning. As the wayward nephew was lacing up Ryoken’s sandals, he felt a drop of warm water. Glancing up, he saw Ryoken looking down on him, his eyes full of tears. Ryoken then returned home, and the nephew changed for the better.
– John Stevens, One Rose, One Bowl

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived life of the parents.
– Carl Jung

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
– Source Unknown

Please continue to look at your children as valuable treasures. Honor them and yourself.
– Bernie Siegel

Your children are always your babies, even if they have gray hair.
– Janet Leigh

To have parents who love each other is the best gift that children can have.
– Damaris Parker-Rhodes

We can’t form our children in our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
– Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Dear God: Thank you for my baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.
– Joyce, (age 8) from Children’s Letters to God, 1991

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.
– Richard L. Evans

It is a long baptism into the sea of humankind, my daughter. Better immersion than to live untouched.
– Tillie Olsen

I do not know my daddy. Mamma says I have his eyes and grin and something else she doesn’t want to talk about.
– Child client, age 8, to Kevin Lee, 1987

The family….that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
– Dodie Smith

I will love you no matter what. I will love you if you are stupid, if you slip and fall on your face, if you do the wrong thing, if you make mistakes, if you behave like a human being, I will love you no matter what.
– Leo Buscaglia

Where two or three are gathering in my name, there I am in the midst of them.
– Matt 18: 20

Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.
– Mother Teresa

Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Children do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
– Source Unknown

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
– Rachel Carson

I feel like I know a few things, and one that’s important is that we have to be strong enough to continue to love and care about the generations to come in the way our ancestors have done for us.
– Laurie Weahkee

I love you,” Said a great mother. “I love you for what you are knowing so well what you are. And I love you more yet, child, deeper yet than ever, child, for what you are going to be, knowing so well you are going far, knowing your great works are ahead, ahead and beyond, yonder and far over yet.
– Carl Sandburg

Let us take care of the children, for they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders, for they have come a long way. Let us take care of those in between, for they are doing the work.
– African Proverb

(Compiled by Kevin Lee)


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