Who Said It: Quotes About Children Quiz


By: Nathan Chandler

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About This Quiz

It's often said kids say the darndest things. Well, children often inspire both praises and curses from adults. Do you know who uttered these famous quotes about kids?

"A person's a person, no matter how small."

Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was the person who came up with this quote. It comes from his book "Horton Hears a Who!"


"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."

Harry S. Truman served as president from 1945 to 1953, and although he didn't always give Americans what they wanted, they wound up liking him, anyway.


Which first lady said this quote? "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them."

This quote is from Lady Bird Johnson, who was married to Lyndon B. Johnson. She was one of the most politically active first ladies in history.


"A child is a curly dimpled lunatic."

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a writer and lecturer who never had children but nevertheless could identify their inherent craziness.


Who said the following quote? “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, a man of science, is reported to have said this one, although concrete evidence is sparse. There are many versions online and none of them are exactly the same.


"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

Plato was a classical Greece philosopher who left an abundance of wisdom for people both young and old.


“The biggest thing I remember is that there was just no transition. You hit the ground diapering.”

Reiser, of course, was the star of "Mad About You." He's been married since 1988 and has two children.


Who said, "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children" ?

This was the opening line by Nelson Mandela when he launched the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in 1995.


"Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children."

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was an associate justice on the Supreme Court, and he was well-known for his succinct observations about human behavior.


Who provided this quote? “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist who spent much of her career studying sex and the sexual revolution of the 60s.


"Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going."

Phyllis Diller was a stand-up comedian who had six children with her first husband. She outlived two of her kids.


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

Oscar Wilde wrote "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and had two children. He was also arrested for gross indecency with men, for which he wound up doing two years hard labor in a prison camp.


“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”

Diller always had an amusing take on parenting. She also said, "I want my children to have all of the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them."


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

The famous abolitionist and politician Frederick Douglass knew plenty of broken men, and he preferred that they not be broken to begin with.


"Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father."

The self-proclaimed radical feminist Gloria Steinem was responsible for this quote. She did not have children.


"Children make your life important."

The wry humorist Erma Bombeck had three children and endless stories about their shenanigans.


"Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children."

The famously affectionate Princess Diana gave hugs to children all over the world.


"It's the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who spent almost all of her life in India, helping some of the world's poorest people.


"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see."

American author and educator Neil Postman is the source of this quote.


"The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter."

Meryl Streep has four children but no word on how many cats.


"A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on."

Poet Carl Sandburg had three children and a lot of wisdom to share on their upbringing. He won three Pulitzer Prizes.


"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven."

Henry Ward Beecher was a famous 19th century social reformer. He led abolition campaigns and is also well-known for his highly publicized adultery trial.


"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."

Jackie Kennedy had four children, and she hid them from the public spotlight following the assassination of their father.


“Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.”

P.J. O'Rourke is a well-known satirist who has three children and spends much of his writing and commentary time trying to comprehend the childish ideas of dim-witted politicians.


"You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way."

First lady Barbara Bush, mother of President George W. Bush, spoke this one from the heart.


"Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk."

Carl Jung had five children and some very public struggles with mental illness.


“Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.”

Ed Asner was famous for his role on the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and he's been married twice. He was in the Army but never saw combat, although four children may have made it feel like he did.


"The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering."

Benjamin Spock was a pediatrician who wrote "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care," which became the de facto parenting guide in the 1940s.


"Children are our most valuable resource."

President Herbert Hoover was sometimes called the Great Humanitarian for his good works, including the famine relief he provided to the Russians in the early 1920s.


"Never have more children than you have car windows."

Bombeck made the mistake of having three children, meaning she knew exactly why this rule was so important.


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