Inside: Kind, encouraging, and motivating quotes for kids and adults alike
Last year my elementary school kids participated in an entrepreneurial event at school. Their task was to come up with a product or service they could sell. One of my boys decided to make bookmarks. But they weren’t just any bookmarks. They had kind, motivational, and inspirational phrases on them. Some of these bookmarks are still used in books and planners. What a great feeling it is to have made a lasting impact, if only a small one, on someone else’s world.
And then my boys and I had an idea. What if we do it again? But this time, it can be in a secret form. They could spread kind messages all through their school using notes with kind, motivating words.
We put our heads together and called this new kindness project the Secret Kindness Club.
The idea is to write kind, motivational, or inspirational quotes and phrases on note cards or index cards and spread them around everywhere kids go.
This world needs more good will. This can be done by acts of kindness, paying it forward, and volunteering. But there are also words. Words are powerful. Words matter. Let’s use them for kindness.
Here are some motivational and inspirational quotes your kids can use to start their own Secret Kindness Club.
Quotes for kids
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” – Luna Lovegood
“If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” – Dolly Parton
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them”. – Walt Disney
“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss
“What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.” – Cleveland Amory
“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou
“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
“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” – Ashleigh Brilliant
“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela
“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair
“Being kind is never wasted.” – Unknown
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin
“Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.” – Henry Ford
“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver
“You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have.” – Jim Rohn
“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.” – David Bailey
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. ” – Ernest Hemingway
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
“The more you give away the happier you become” – Unknown
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
“When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou
“You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” – Anne Frank
“Never be so busy as not to think of others.” – Mother Teresa
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“No-one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.” – Wolfgang Riebe
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – H. Jackson Brown
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Margaret Mead
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Dr. Seuss
“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” – Jesse Jackson
“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” – Unknown
“Kind people are the best kind of people.” – Unknown
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid.” – Joshua 1:9, the Bible
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
“Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you.” – Madeline Bridge
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall
“Being strong doesn’t mean you’ll never get hurt. It means even when you get hurt, you’ll never let it defeat you.” – Unknown
Spread these quotes around
There you have it. A list of kind, motivating, and encouraging quotes for kids. Use them for yourself, or help kids form their own Secret Kindness Club, and spread these quotes to other kids.
And not just kids. Adults need kindness and inspiration, too.