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10 Incredibly Profound Quotes in Children’s Literature

Kanzi Kamel By Kanzi Kamel Published on November 3, 2015

Children don’t understand profound things. They listen, they absorb, and perhaps on some subconscious level, they learn. But in their innocence, they can’t fathom the weight of some of the most important quotes they hear in bedtime stories. It’s why Disney could get away with so many inappropriate jokes and why most people don’t realize that Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid ends in the title character’s suicide because she didn’t get her prince.

However, we’re adults now, and it’s time we appreciated some of the most profound quotations in the literature of our youth.

“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The Twits by Roald Dahl

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

"When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is to comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend you do not notice them."

Horseradish by Lemony Snicket

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

“I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White


Egyptian-American food enthusiast born in Chicago, raised in Beirut, and living in Dublin. Multitasker at Bookwitty. Intimately familiar with the term "identity crisis".


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