Toy Sayings and Quotes

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

To toy with something is to manipulate it, to try it out within sets of contexts none of which is determinate.      

Susan Stewart

Toys were lots of fun before they became capitalist tools.     

Beth Copeland

Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people become interested -- for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day.     

Emma Goldman

Toys are not a need people typically think of, but they've got all these kids who have absolutely nothing to do.     

Gloria Estefan

The best toys are 90 per cent kid, 10 per cent toy, with play fueled largely by the child's imagination.     

Josh Golin

Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction. It comes completely assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it.     

Stephen Baker

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?     

Steven Wright

Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.      

Richard Buckminster Fuller

A toy is seen both as a bauble and as an intellectual machine.     

Brian Sutton-Smith

Life is a toy made of glass; it appears to be of inestimable price, but in reality it is very cheap.     

Pietro Aretino

No one ever forgets a toy that made him or her supremely happy as a child, even if that toy is replaced by one like it that is much nicer.     

Stephen King

He who dies with the most toys is, nonetheless, still dead.      


As soon as a child has left the room his strewn toys become affecting.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless.     

Lewis Mumford

The best toys are like unicorns. They include enough horse to seem real, but enough horn to become magical.     

Amber & Andy Ankowski

It's the broken toys that need the most love and attention.     

Anthony T. Hincks

A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions.     

Christopher Lasch

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.     

Tom Robbins

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.     

Sam Levenson

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.      

Henry David Thoreau

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.     

Eric Hoffer

A toy car is a projection of a real car, made small enough for a child's hand and imagination to grasp. A real car is a projection of a toy car, made large enough for an adult's hand and imagination to grasp.      

Michael Frayn

What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.     

Gene Fowler

Bikes and planes aren't about going fast or having fun; they're toys, but serious ones.     

Harrison Ford

90% of toys are made in china, which technically makes the chinese elves.     

Sean Lock

Give children toys that are powered by their imagination, not by batteries.     

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Toys are children's words and play is their language.     

Garry L. Landreth

Sports is the toy department of human life.     

Howard Cosell

The child's toys and the old man's reasons are the fruits of two seasons.     

William Blake

People used to play with toys. Now the toys play with them.     

Idries Shah