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Inspirational quotes for kids about school, life and success



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Looking inspirational quotes for kids and students? Looking for the right words to say to keep your students motivated towards the end of the school year?


Kids need to be equipped with positive self-talk just as much as anybody else. While children build their identity, question the world around them and identify their strengths – how they talk to themselves is a major factor when it comes to determining the life they will lead.

Which is just one of the many reasons all students should read these inspirational quotes for kids.


With children incorporating many of their parent’s values, beliefs, favorite phrases and so on, let’s make sure they get their healthy dose of motivational quotes as well!

These motivational quotes for kids are for children of all ages. Enjoy!

Motivational quotes for kids of all ages about success, life, and happiness


1.) “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden

Sometimes we make things more complicated than they really are. Sometimes we focus on all the wrong things. Focus on what you can do, right now, where you are. 


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2.) “We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae

Anyone can dance! Anyone can move their body to a rhythm that makes them feel good. Focus on feeling good and the dance will come naturally. As they say, ‘dance like no one is watching’. In regard to being successful, just like finding the right songs, YOU must find YOUR THING! Explore. Learn. Discover. Then when you find YOUR THING, OWN IT!


Inspirational Quotes For Kids


3.) “The more you give away the happier you become.” 

We’ve been fooled into thinking that receiving makes us happy. Try giving more and see how you feel.


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Positive quotes for kids to motivate them

4.) “I think I can. I know I can.”

Everything that you do or don’t do comes down to confidence. Always believe in yourself even when it’s not easy. Actually, the BEST time to believe in yourself EVEN MORE, is when it’s NOT easy!


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5.) “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

Life is hard for everyone. Everyone gets hurt. Everyone gets betrayed. Everyone feels a loss. The focus should be on: how will you respond to it? How will this make you a better person? Where is the high road in this situation?


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6.) “Being kind is never wasted.”

How people treat you is THEIR path, how you treat people is YOURS. Walk a path that will make you better and make you proud!


7.) “When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou

Learn to be the best version of yourself, learn how to handle tough situations, learn how to tell whether a friend is good for you or not. And learn how to focus on the positive in your life, learn how to believe in yourself. Learn how to imagine a life better than your current situation. Learn to love yourself. 


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8.) “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

To get started all you need is you. Focus on what you can do right now in this moment. Things don’t need to be perfect for you to get started. Start now!


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9.) “You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

When you avoid failure YOU ALSO avoid success. Don’t be afraid to fail. Instead, spend your time NOT focusing on failure, but on surrounding yourself with people who will support your setbacks. Know that failure is a part of your process. Failure is natural. Failure is not permanent. 


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10.) “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

Every living moment do your best. The rewards will be amazing. It’s just that simple.


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Inspirational quotes for kids about life and dreams

11.) “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” – Pamela Vaull Starr

Don’t be afraid to use your imagination. You might seem like life is full of tests, questions, grades, parents, and pressure…but still dream. Dare to use your imagination. Be bold. Be creative. 


Inspirational quotes for kids about life and dreams

12.) “No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.”  – Wolfgang Riebe

Love yourself….your whole self. You are not here to be perfect, you are here to be you. Be who you are and you will attract the right people around you. 

13.) “Never waste a minute thinking of anyone you don’t like.” –  Eisenhower

People you don’t like or people who don’t like you are not worth your headspace. You can only think about 1 thing at a time, so why waste it. Use each moment to love yourself and to become better.


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14.) “Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.”  – Oprah Winfrey

Do you have the courage to get rid of the toxic people in your life? We all have them. One of the most important things we can do is surround ourselves with people who believe in us, support us and love us unconditionally. If your friends don’t meet that criteria, then it might be time to find some new friends

15.) “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Suess

When it seems like everyone is trying to fit in, standing out can be a bit scary. As a kid, I was scared to stand out and be who I really was. I was concerned and caught up with what other people thought of me. When I got past that, my whole life changed for the better and I started doing things, achieving things and experiencing things; I could have only dreamed of.


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16.) “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – H. Jackson Brown

Anything great that has ever been accomplished…was seen at the time as ‘unrealistic’. Whether it’s flying a plane, creating the lightbulb, becoming valedictorian, coming up with a cure for a disease…nothing special is realistic. It’s always born from a new way of thinking. When we settle for realistic, we often settle to be average. You have greatness inside of you.


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Inspirational Quotes for kids about being yourself

17.) “There is a voice inside of you, that whispers all day long, I feel this is right for me, or I know that this is wrong.”

We all have a conscious, listen to yours. Always ask yourself, “Is this what my best looks like?” That one question alone will change your entire life.


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18.) “You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Suess

Your life is completely up to you. Many times when we are going through hard times, it doesn’t feel like that, but it is. As we spoke about before, we can’t control everything that happens to us, but the way we respond is ALWAYS up to us.


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Inspirational quotes for kids about learning and confidence

19.) “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

You don’t need to be the smartest person in the room to be destined for success. Even if you don’t see yourself as a success right now, if you’re committed to learning – success is just a matter of time. When you think about your goals and dreams…what do you need to learn to make it happen? Commit to the learning process.


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20.) “Anything is possible. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein

Believe it’s possible. Sometimes it’s just that simple. Yet, some people will never truly believe. Have faith. But just because it’s possible, doesn’t mean it will be easy. Know that whatever life you want, the grades you want, the job you want, the reputation you want, friends you want…that it’s possible. Nothing is off limits. Everything is within reach. Anything can be.


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21.) “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein

It’s clear that Albert Einstein believes that imagination is the key to real intelligence. Does real intelligence mean we only know facts? Does it mean we are creative? Does it mean we focus on solutions? Is it a mix of all three? Whatever your position is, imagination allows to see what is not there, and therefore be builders of a new and improve reality.


22.) “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

Do things get more complicated as we get older? Or do WE BECOME more complicated as we get older? What do you think? Why?


23.) “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ― Margaret Mead

In today’s world, we are oversaturated with information. But…how do we know if what we’re reading is true? How do we know that this meme that we love is actually stating facts? Students need to be critical thinkers, who can discern between what is real and what is fake clickbait.


24.) “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. ” – Albert Einstein


25.) “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair


26.) “Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.” – Jim Rohn


27.) “Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” – Henry Ford


28.) “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver


29.) “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi


30.) “Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Want more than inspirational quotes for kids?

Are you a teacher or an administrator looking for a motivational speaker to come to your Elementary, Middle or High School? Jeff Moore is based out of NYC, but travels the US inspiring students to reach for greatness, choose their friends wisely, and see themselves making a difference in the world.

Read more info here!

Recommended Reading:

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

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Want more inspirational quotes for kids? What other motivational children quotes would you add?

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