On children’s books telling us about life

madeleine l'engle
As you can no doubt tell from my blog, I love children’s books, and I love quotes. So you can tell how much I liked this list of quotes from children’s books, which I stumbled on through the magic of Twitter.

Have a look…

Children’s books contain some pretty profound truths. Maybe its because children’s books are often about its characters learning about life, and growing up, and the world around them in a way that grown up characters are already supposed to know (although I don’t know if we actually do…)

harriet the spy

What is your favourite profound quote from a children’s book?



  1. Gypsy

    “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”
    ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
    ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  2. I love the one you’ve got here from A Wrinkle in Time; I’ve always felt like that book is more complex and profound than most adults’ books!

  3. Reagan K Reynolds

    “Poetry and Hum aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.”

    -Pooh Bear, The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne

  4. Great quotes! I recently finished re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and it’s just a treasure trove of wonderful quotes (some of which I used in a few recent posts). Considering how much of an impact children’s books have on young minds, it makes sense that they would be full of meaningful information about life.

  5. “It’s so beautiful, it must be true!”
    From Charles Kingsley The Water-Babies (1863)*
    While I don’t accept this 100% — not everybody finds the same things beautiful, as the saying ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ reminds us — the emotion behind this is well-intentioned and I think, broadly speaking, correct. It’s very akin to your Madeleine L’Engle quote, in fact, but I prefer your second quote.

    * I’ve recently reviewed this 150-year-old novel here http://wp.me/s2oNj1-wb if you’re interested!

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