Timeless Quotes from Children's Books
Updated: Feb 20, 2019
We value children's books not only because they are one of our specialties, but also because they are directed at training up our children and showing them worlds, ideas, and characters they never knew existed. Children's books play a special role in helping kids learn and understand the truths of our world, the world they are a part of - yet not as well acquainted with - as we are. In this way, we are given a unique gift to guide them through the capricious labyrinth of life before they are set on the course. Here are some quotes that stand out to us from the beautiful works of children's books both old and new:
“Even a Mouse can help a Lion.”
The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop
This tale has been told a hundred different ways since the original writing, but the moral holds true as firmly as it did on that first day. This quote, specifically from the version of the tale from Aesop for Children, focuses in on the fact that, though we may think we are strong enough to do things ourselves, we are human, and to err (or to need help) is to be human.
“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Regularly exercised and cherished should this quote be in all of our lives. Our lives are not about us, and neither should our expectations be. If you are waiting for others to come to you for help, or come to you for friendship, or come to you for advice, you will be waiting in your corner of the forest for a long while.
“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay"
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The evils of the world, though not on the forefront of the child's mind, are ever present. It does us good to show our children how to fight the darkness from a young age. Knowing that even though they are small, their courage and kindness can make a difference. Ideally, this will allow them to obey and walk in integrity without the hindrance of fear or discouragement, inspiring a generation that believes in doing the right thing, even when it is not the easy thing.