World Book Day 2019 quotes: Best lines from beloved children’s book characters

Many of us fell in love with reading from an early age, our young imaginations captured by the stories told in our favourite novels.

From Peter Pan to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, many of these tales have stood the test of time and are as loved now as they ever were.

And with World Book Day today, adults and children alike have the perfect opportunity to celebrate these stories and share in the joy of reading.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the most poignant, moving and inspirational quotes and one-liners to have featured in our favourite children’s books.

Best quotes from children’s books to inspire you

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in 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, Oh The Places You’ll Go!

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

Alice in Wonderland illustrations

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.” Roald Dahl, Matilda

“I am the strongest girl in the world, remember that.” Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

“The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease forever being able to do it.” JM Barrie, Peter Pan

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Road Dahl, The Twits

“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen.” Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 

“But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.” Road Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Cat in the Hat (Alamy Stock Photo)

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

“People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time.”  C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

“One sees clearly only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


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