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Life is Good! 35 Quotes for Kids About Life

“Life is Good.”  This is probably the most popular quote about life of all time. You may have seen or even own a t-shirt or hat with that quote from the company that made the phrase so popular.  Before we share our list of other inspiring quotes for kids about life, just what is it that makes life good? The answer is…lots of things!

A good life comes from having the right attitude and taking the right actions.  Here a few things that make life great:

  • having fun
  • enjoying the love of family and friends
  • doing things that you love to do
  • becoming all that you can be
  • helping others
  • enjoying each moment

The Life is Good company has even created its own list of SuperPowers or values that they believe make life good.

Life Is Good Superpowers

Now that you know a little more about what makes life good, dive deeper with our list of quotes for kids about life:

Quotes for Kids About Life

    1. “We know what we are but know not what we may be.” – Shakespeare
    2. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucious
    3. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
    4. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
    5. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
    6. “What one can be one must be.” – Unknown
    7. “Life is a gift.”
    8. “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau
    9. “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.” – Irish Proverb
    10. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
    11. “Row, row, row your boat. Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” – Alice Munro
    12. “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
    13. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires and a touch that never hearts.” – Charles Dickens
    14. “May you live all the days of your life.” – Jonathan Swift
    15. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss
    16. “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
    17. “Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    18. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theordore Roosevelt
    19. “. . . that best portion of a good man’s life. / His little, nameless, unremembered acts / Of kindness and of love.” – William Wadsworth
    20. “Time’s fun when you’re eating flies.” – Kermit the Frog
    21. “The years teach much the days never know.” – Emerson
    22. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss
    23. “Do a little more than you’re paid to. Give a little more than you have to. Try a little harder than you want to. Aim a little higher than you think possible, and give a lot of thanks to God for health, family, and friends.” – Art Linkletter
    24. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – Emily Dickensen
    25. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”  Henry David Thoreau
    26. “It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters in the end.” – Ursula K. LeGuin
    27. “Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford ev’ry stream, Follow ev’ry rainbow, ‘Til you find your dream.” – Sound of Music
    28. “We grow great by dreams.” – Woodrow Wilson
    29. “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” ― Dr. Seuss
    30. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christen Andersen
    31. “To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” – Walt Whitman
    32. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller
    33. “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.” E.B. White
    34. “To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” – T.S. Eliot
    35. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  – Confucious
    36. “Life is not perfect. Life is not easy . Life is good.” – The Life is Good Company

Take a look at this video of Nick Vujicik, a person who has made the most of his life and has some great lessons to teach about living a good life.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What is your favorite quotation about life above?  Why?
  • Can you think of someone who lives life to the fullest?  What is most special about them? What do they do that is different than others?
  • What are your superpowers?

Additional Resources:

  • InspireMyKids is all about providing examples of people making the most of their life.  Here are some inspirational stories and videos about people who demonstrate great care for other people.
  • See all of our other great quotes for kids.

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.
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