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Inspiration from Children’s Classic Stories

Inspiration can come from literally anywhere. In a recent playroom design project design inspiration came from Paddington Bear, and today it’s from this quote by Winnie the pooh. I then thought I’d go on a rampage (as you do) and dig out the most inspiring quotes from well-loved children’s books.

What day is it? Winnie the Pooh

What Day is it?

This quote from The adventures of Winnie the Pooh reminds us to see the best in each day. Our moods and emotions can sometimes go the way our circumstances dictate and that isn’t always wholesome. Deciding ahead of time that today and every day will be regarded as a good day gives you ownership over the day before your emotions choose to label it whatever it feels like.


2)“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.” —A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

This one makes my heart beat faster because it sounds like it came out of my 7 year old’s heart. He comes out with the most unexpected, yet authentic statements. Did you see the viral video of a mum revealing to her 5 year old that he was about to become a big brother? His reaction was unbelievably sweet and childlike. Children are amazing!


3) “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” -J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Oh, how true!!! This is the stuff motivation and hope is made from. A grown-up version of that quote is” whether you think you can or you think you can’t- you’re right.” By Henry Ford.

It inspires us to go for our ridiculously large, audacious dreams. Isn’t it interesting how the simplest truths are the most persuasive? We do not need to go on countless classes and seminars to achieve our goals, we simply need to believe, thank you Peter Pan!

6) “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”  -Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning

I have a confession to make. This book doesn’t conjure up fond childhood memories for me. My mother made me read Little Women at the age of 6, I was an avid reader (and storyteller) as a child but this was one of my least favourite reading experiences. I preferred books that featured children and adored fairytales, but I was made to read Little Women. That, and later Pride & Prejudice lined the bottom of my toybox for years. I learned the truth of this statement last year. Dark places or challenging situations hide a wealth of treasure, and it is in those dark places we learn the most powerful lessons. Sadly we spend all our time searching for the nearest exit, instead of the hidden lessons. If you’re going through a challenging time, this one’s for you. In the words of Louisa May Alcott, you are simply learning how to sail your ship.


7) “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

We love this quote so much that it features in our lookbook! This is my favourite subject, being authentic. We live in a time where we are now privy to the inner lives of everyone from The Kardashians to ex-Prime Ministers. There is a danger of admiring someone so much that you start to live vicariously through them. Your tastes can become affected by theirs and you could lose a bit of your true self. This quote reminds us that we cannot be anyone else, and no one can be a better version of you. You are the best you for the work you’ve been called to do, so enjoy being you.


8) “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

This brings a smile to my lips. My nephews spent part of the summer with us, they were visiting from Nigeria. On their final day as we got ready to go to the airport I attempted to squeeze in every last drop of love into them by hugging and kissing them. I asked the 8 year old; ‘are you sad that you’re leaving us?’

 He replied, ‘No I’m not. Afterall you said to me don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ I boldly quoted this to him days earlier when our day out came to an end and he didn’t want to leave. I thought I was teaching him to handle disappointing situations with grace. Little did I know I was setting up myself for a fall. Needless to say, I had no comeback. It’s a great quote that helps us put the reality of life in perspective.

9)“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?”

I love this quote so much, I have it on a sticky note by my bedside. It isn’t from a classic children’s book but from a poem by a young poet, Erin Hanson. I raved about it here, and here is the full poem:

“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
                  -Erin Hanson


10) “And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all… tomorrow is another day”

Ok I’m cheating a bit, this is not a classic children’s book but from one of my favourite classic movies- the book adaptation Gone with the wind. These are the words Scarlet O’Hara said when Rhett Butler walked out of her life for what was possibly the last time. She had bounced back from loss in the past and she was sure she could again. It infuses me with energy and I think it is a fantastic end to a passionate movie fraught with heaving bosoms and a tall, dark and handsome Clark Gable. I know what I’ll be watching this weekend! Scarlett’s words remind us that just because one hits a brick wall today does not mean it’s the end. Tomorrow is a brand new day with renewed energy and clarity, I’ll think of something else.

Tell me, what quotes did I miss out? Which words inspire you?


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