Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.
— Fred Rogers, television personality and educator
Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
— John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
Not a day passes, but I get a letter from a child. … I answer every one personally. When I was a child I know, if I had received a real letter from an author whose book I’d read, I would have been the happiest boy alive. And if I am to do any good in this world my highest ambition will be to make children happy.
— L. Frank Baum, author of children’s books such as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
All the little ones of our time are collectively the children of us adults of the time, and entitled to our general care.
— Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
— Carl Jung, influential psychiatrist and psychotherapist
The welfare of a child is not to be measured by money only, nor by physical comfort only.
— Nathaniel Lindley, English judge
There is something deeply hypocritical in a society that holds an inner-city child only eight years old “accountable” for her performance on a high-stakes standardized exam but does not hold the high officials of our government accountable for robbing her of what they gave their own kids six or seven years before.
— Jonathan Kozol, author and public education activist
Nothing matters more to a child than a place to call home.
— Brenda Donald, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
— Garrison Keillor, author and radio personality