50 Positive Phrases that Motivate Kids to Do the Right Thing 

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We think about how they talk to adults and their peers when we think about how children interact. The focus of this post is on the way kids communicate amongst themselves, their internal dialogue.

Just as much as anything else, kids need to be prepared with constructive self-talk. Everyone, of course, has different barriers and different conditions, but there are still many problems that young people face. Some common challenges, for instance, that most children face are:

  • Seeking acceptance from their peers
  • Seeking acceptance from their parents
  • Low self-esteem
  • Judgment from others
  • Absence of patience towards their goals
  • Misappropriation of social media
  • Pressure from society to be successful. 

While children develop their identity, challenge the world around them, and define their abilities when deciding the life they will lead, how they speak to themselves plays a significant role. With kids integrating many of the values, principles, favorite phrases, and so on of their parents, let’s ensure that they also get their good dose of motivational quotes. 

The following are a few great motivational quotes for kids that should be read when they feel too vulnerable or depressed about something.

Here are 50 Positive phrases that motivate kids:

1. You can guide yourself in any direction you choose. – Dr. Suess

2. Nothing is challenging if you break it down into small jobs. – Henry Ford

3. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Suess

4. It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. – George Burns

5. It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters in the future. – Ursula K. LeGuin

6. Life itself is the most beautiful fairy tale. – Hans Christen Andersen

7. How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

8. Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. – Diane Ackerman

9. Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. – Earl Nightingale

10. Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. – John Wooden

11. We all can dance when we find the music we love. – Giles Andreae

12. You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

13. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

14. Not only must we be good, but we must also be useful for something. – Henry David Thoreau

15. The more you give away, the happier you become. – Anonymous

16. Happiness Doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. – Ben Carson

17. It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus

18. When you know better, you do better. – Maya Angelou

19. To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe. – Anatole France

20. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

21. You always pass failure on the way to success. – Mickey Rooney

22. Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden

23. Row, row, row your boat. Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream. – Alice Munro

24. Politeness is the flower of humanity. – Joseph Joubert

25. Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. – Edwin Hubbel Chapin

26. Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal. – Pamela Vault Starr

27. To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. – Walt Whitman

28. Time’s fun when you’re eating flies. – Kermit the Frog

29. No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers. – Wolfgang Riebe

30. Never waste a minute thinking of anyone you don’t like. – Eisenhower 

31. Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher. – Oprah Winfrey

32. Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Suess

33. Climb every mountain, Ford every stream, Follow every rainbow, ‘Till you find your dream. – Sound of Music

34. We know what we are but do not see what we may be. – Shakespeare

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

36. There is a voice inside of you. That whispers all day long; I feel this is right for me; I know that this is wrong. – Anonymous

37. The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

38. You always pass failure on the way to success. – Mickey Rooney

39. Pulling someone down will never help you reach the top. – Kushandwizdom

40. All your dreams can come true if you dare to pursue them. – Walt Disney 

41. Always chase your dreams instead of running from your fears. – Anonymous

42. Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. – Diane Ackerman

43. We grow great by dreams. – Woodrow Wilson

44. Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

45. Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals. – Horace Mann

46. Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners. – Laurence Sterne

47. The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones. – Wendell Willkie

48. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. – Sophia Loren

49. Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you. – Madeline Bridge

50.  Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. – Dale Carnegie

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