61 Best Childhood Quotes That Will Make You Nostalgic

Deepthi Reddy
Dec 12, 2023 By Deepthi Reddy
Originally Published on Jan 31, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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Childhood is a golden part of our life that we can never go back to.

Childhood days are the most cherished days of our life, where we enjoy the little things. Experiences in childhood help us to shape our future.

If you are looking for quotes about childhood to find a bit of nostalgia or perhaps to caption a throwback picture on social media, you have come to the right place. Here is a list of awesome childhood quotes. If you are looking for more great quotes, do check out these Kindergarten quotes and [old friends quotes].

Famous Childhood Memories Quotes

The days spent with our family and friends as a child are still so special to look back on. Check out these fantastic quotations on childhood memories and family sayings that take us back to the best time of our life.

1."Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke."

- Julian Barnes.

2."Childhood is the best of all the seasons of life, and the longer it lasts with happy memories, the stronger the emotional stability in adulthood."

-Venugopal Acharya.

3."Don't you wish you could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever?"

-Sarah Addison Allen, 'Lost Lake'.

4."Praise the innocence of childhood soon forgotten."

-Will Leamon.

5."I don't want to grow up,' she thought. 'There can't be anything nicer in the world than this - being with the others, having fun with them. No - I don't want to grow up!'"

-Enid Blyton, 'Five Go To Billycock Hill'.

6."When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood."

-Sam Ewing.

7."If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older."

-Tom Stoppard.

8."When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so."

- C.S. Lewis.

9."Childhood is like contemplating a beautiful region as one rides backwards, one really becomes aware of the beauty at that moment, that very instant, when it begins to vanish."

– Soren Kierkegaard.

10. "We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it."

-George Eliot.

11."Every time you miss your childhood, ride on a bicycle! "

-Mehmet Murat İldan.

12."Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional."

-Chili Davis.

13."Old age lives minutes slowly, hours quickly; childhood chews hours and swallows minutes."

-Malcolm De Chazal.

14."What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles, it was a miraculous world. "

-G.K. Chesterton.

15."How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood when I found recollection presents them to view!"

-Samuel Woodworth.

The Best Childhood Friends Quotes

Childhood friends are the people apart from family, who you grow up with and in adulthood, you may miss them the most. Childhood friends always share a strong bond, even after growing up. Check out these wonderful childhood quotes about friendship, so that you never forget your childhood friends.

16."Sometimes, it’s better to bunk a class and enjoy with friends, because today, when I look back, marks never make me laugh, but memories do. "

-A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

17."Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side, our roots will always be tangled."

-Ally Condie.

18. "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

19."Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends."

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

20."You don't have to have anything in common with people you've known since you were five. With old friends, you've got your whole life in common."

- Lyle Lovett.

21."Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

- G. Randolf.

Group Of Young Children Running Towards Camera In Park.

Early Childhood Quotes

We know that a child’s early years act as a base for their future, and most of those years are spent with the family.  Find some heart-touching quotes and family sayings that will take you all the way back to your childhood here.

22."Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons."

-Jerry Smith.

23."There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."

-Graham Greene.

24."Childhoods never last. But everyone deserves one."

-Wendy Dale.

25."It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

- Tom Robbins, 'Still Life With Woodpecker'.

26."The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day."

- John Milton, 'Paradise Regained'.

27."A happy childhood is the pledge of a ripe manhood."

- Amos Bronson Alcott.

28."When you hear the words 'magic' and 'story', they will probably evoke thoughts of your favorite fairy tales from childhood."

-Tony DiTerlizzi.

29."Childhood is like a mirror, which reflects in afterlife the images first presented to it."

-Samuel Smiles.

30."Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think."

–Anne Frank.

31."To every child—I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy."

– Malala Yousafzai.

32."If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

-Albert Einstein.

33."What is it about childhood that never lets you go, even when you're so wrecked it’s hard to believe you ever were a child?"    

-Mitch Albom.

34."Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful."

-Kailash Satyarthi.

35."All of us are products of our childhood. "

-Michael Jackson.

36."There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again."

-Elizabeth Lawrence.

37."Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good."

-Katherine Anne Porter.

38."The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give."

-Ellen Glasgow.

39."What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever."  

-Mary Jo Putney.

40."Childhood is the light of our life, we must keep it safe within our hearts."    

-Marinela Reka.

Quotes About Children

Children teach us how to enjoy the little things and moments. Here are some of the best quotes about children that still trigger a lot of memories and make one remember lots of things about their own childhood. These quotes are the perfect way to caption a childhood picture on social media, which will you choose?

41."When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind."

- Patrick Rothfuss, 'The Name Of The Wind'.

42."For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be."

-John Connolly, 'The Book Of Lost Things'.

43."Every child you encounter is a divine appointment."

-Wess Stafford.

44."Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are."

-Jim Henson.

45."Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them."

-Dr. Seuss.

46."You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers."

– John J. Plomp

47."Children begin by loving their parents, as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them."

-Oscar Wilde,' The Picture Of Dorian Gray'.

48."I had always thought that once you grew up you could do anything you wanted - stay up all night or eat ice-cream straight out of the container."

-Bill Bryson.

49."Children make your life important."

–Erma Bombeck.

50."Children need models rather than critics."

- Joseph Joubert.

51."Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."

–Margaret Mead.

52."We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open."

–Harry Edwards.

53."A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to."

–Robert Brault.

54."The best way to make children good is to make them happy."

–Oscar Wilde.

55."Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grownups have another kind."

–C.S. Lewis.

56."There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children."

-Nelson Mandela.

57."Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future."

Maria Montessori.

58."Children are magic because they look for it."

–Christopher Moore.

59."While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

–Angela Schwindt.

60."It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

– Frederick Douglas.

61."A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic."

– Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions childhood quotes that will make you nostalgic, then why not take a look at these 'Winnie The Pooh' friendship quotes and [best friend quotes] for more?

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Written by Deepthi Reddy

Master of Business Administration

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Deepthi ReddyMaster of Business Administration

With an MBA under her belt, Deepthi has discovered her true calling in content writing. Her writing repertoire is diverse, covering travel, movies, pet care, parenting, animals and birds, and more. Her joy of learning and creating has helped her craft well-written and engaging articles. When she isn't writing, Deepthi enjoys exploring new cultures, trying different foods, and spending quality time with her two children aged 7 and 12.

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