Nursery Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nursery quotes, nursery sayings, and nursery proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside is more often his nursery.     

Clare Boothe Luce

The family meal is really the nursery of democracy. It's where we learn to share; it's where we learn to argue without offending. It's just too critical to let go, as we've been so blithely doing.     

Michael Pollan

Life is the soul's nursery - Its training place for the destinies of eternity.     

William Makepeace Thackeray

Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the First combinations of mankind.     

Cotton Mather

The tiniest bits of opinion sown in the minds of children in private life afterwards issue forth to the world, and become its public opinion; for nations are gathered out of nurseries.     

Samuel Smiles

The most important part of education is right training in the nursery. The soul of the child in his play should be trained to that sort of excellence in which, when he grows to manhood, he will have to be perfected.     


A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.     

Jean Cocteau

The arts have only ever interested a small minority of people, which acted as a kind of nursery to support artists.     

Vivienne Westwood

A church is an incubator, a nursery, a grade school. You start where people are and move them to where they need to be.     

Adrian Rogers

Habit is the nursery of errors.     

Victor Hugo

Be it in the garden, the nursery or the bedroom, a loving touch compensates for an unskilled hand.     

Robert Brault

Chess, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies.     

Jamie Murphy