Kind, encouraging, and motivating quotes for kids and adults alike.
Last year my elementary school kids participated in an entrepreneurial event at school.Â Their task was to come up with a product or service they could sell.Â One of my boys decided to make bookmarks.Â But they werenât just any bookmarks.Â They had kind, motivational, and inspirational phrases on them.Â Some of these bookmarks are still used in books and planners.Â What a great feeling it is to have made a lasting impact, if only a small one, on someone elseâs world.
And then my boys and I had an idea.Â What if we do it again?Â But this time, it can be in a secret form.Â 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.Â This can be done by acts of kindness, paying it forward, and volunteering.Â But there are also words.Â Words are powerful.Â Words matter. Â Letâs 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
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âThe more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places youâll go.âÂ – Dr. Seuss
âIf I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great wayâÂ –Â Martin Luther King Jr.
âBeing different isnât a bad thing. It means youâre brave enough to be yourself.âÂ – Luna Lovegood
âIf you see someone without a smile, give them yours.âÂ – Dolly Parton
âThere is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.âÂ – John Holmes
âAll your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue themâ. – Walt Disney
âThe only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.âÂ – Theodore Roosevelt
âIf you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.âÂ – Roald Dahl
âWhy fit in when you were born to stand out?âÂ – Dr. Seuss
âWhat this world needs is a new kind of army â the army of the kind.âÂ – Cleveland Amory
âDonât let what you canât doÂ stop you from doing what you can do.âÂ – John Wooden
âTry to be a rainbow in someoneâs cloud.âÂ – Maya Angelou
âNever give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.âÂ – Albert Einstein
âBe kind to unkind people. They need it the most.âÂ – Ashleigh Brilliant
âIt always seems impossible until it is done.âÂ – Nelson Mandela
âWinning doesnât always mean being first. Winning means youâre doing better than youâve done before. âÂ – Bonnie Blair
âBeing kind is never wasted.âÂ – Unknown
âYouâre braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.âÂ – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin
âNothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.âÂ – Henry Ford
âWhen you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.âÂ – George Washington Carver
âYou cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have.âÂ – Jim Rohn
âA positive attitude can really make dreams come true â it did for me.âÂ – David Bailey
âYou must be the change you wish to see in the world.âÂ – Mahatma Gandhi
âBefore you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. âÂ – Ernest Hemingway
âTo accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.âÂ – Anatole France
âThe more you give away the happier you becomeâÂ – Unknown
âItâs not what happens to you,Â but how you react to it that matters.âÂ – Epictetus
âWhen you know better you do better.âÂ –Â Maya Angelou
âYou can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!âÂ – Anne Frank
âNever be so busy as not to think of others.âÂ – Mother Teresa
âDo what you can, with what you have, where you are.âÂ –Â Theodore Roosevelt
âNo-one is perfect â thatâs why pencils have erasers.âÂ – Wolfgang Riebe
âNever let the odds keep you from doingÂ what you know in your heartÂ you were meant to do.âÂ – H. Jackson Brown
âOnly those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.âÂ – Robert F. Kennedy
âThere is no substitute for hard work.âÂ – Thomas Edison
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. Thatâs why we call it âThe Presentâ.âÂ – Eleanor Roosevelt
âThere are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.âÂ – Colin Powell
âForgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.âÂ – Paul Boese
âA personâs a person, no matter how small.âÂ – Dr. Seuss
âIf you canât feed a hundred people, then just feed one.âÂ – Margaret Mead
âNo act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.âÂ – Aesop
âNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent.âÂ – Eleanor Roosevelt
âThe secret of getting ahead is getting started.âÂ – Mark Twain
âThe weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.âÂ – Mahatma Gandhi
âTo the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.âÂ – Dr. Seuss
âWe rise by lifting others.âÂ – Robert Ingersoll
âNever look down on anybody unless youâre helping them up.âÂ – Jesse Jackson
âItâs nice to be important, but itâs more important to be nice.âÂ – Unknown
âKind people are the best kind of people.âÂ – Unknown
âBe strong and courageous; do not be afraid.âÂ – Joshua 1:9, the Bible
âAlways be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.âÂ – Judy Garland
âMany of lifeâs failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.âÂ – Thomas Edison
âThe time is always right to do what is right.âÂ – Martin Luther King, Jr.
âWe are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.âÂ – Aristotle
âGive the world the best you have, and the best will come to you.âÂ – Madeline Bridge
âIf you can dream it, you can do it.âÂ – Walt Disney
âWhen we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.âÂ – Peter Marshall
âBeing strong doesnât mean youâll never get hurt. It means even when you get hurt, youâll never let it defeat you.âÂ – Unknown
Spread these quotes around
There you have it.Â A list of kind, motivating, and encouraging quotes for kids.Â Use them for yourself, or help kids form their own Secret Kindness Club, and spread these quotes to other kids.
And not just kids.Â Adults need kindness and inspiration, too.
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