Wess Stafford Quotes

Who is Wess Stafford?

Wesley 'Wess' Kenneth Stafford is the former president and CEO of Compassion International and an advocate for children.

Stafford is the author of 'Too Small to Ignore' and 'Just a Minute'.

Born June 26, 1949

Books by Wess Stafford


Best 12 Quotes by Wess Stafford

“Children are more than we think they are; they can do more than we think they can do. All they need is a vote of confidence from grownups, whom they will ultimately replace anyway. Their dream today will become the realities of tomorrow.”

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“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.”

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“I have become convinced that the more wealth a country accumulates, the more isolated and lonely its people become. The loneliest are usually the children and the elderly. Children learn what they live, and isolation in the village is one of the most destructive messages we daily write on the tablets of their hearts.”

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“I spend half my time comforting the afflicated, and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”

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“If we nurture the dreams of children, the world will be blessed. If we destroy them, the world is doomed!”

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“Nurturing a child’s sense of personal worth and therefore hope and dreams for a wonderful future is perhaps the most important responsibility of every grownup in a child’s life.”

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“To be compassionate in this hurting world means it will cost you something.”

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“What’s your cause? Does it move you to tears? What is it that moves you passionately?”

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“Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you are going to respond to life.”

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"Too Small to Ignore" Quotes

“Children are ingenuous. They are also blessed with uncanny ability to read a person's character instantly. Even though they are inexperienced and unsophisticated, they often know instinctively who can be trusted and who is the charlatan.”

Wess Stafford
Too Small to Ignore

“If God places a child before you, and you are too busy to wield either a positive or negative influence... you just did the latter! You communicated that the child doesn't matter and isn't important.”

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Too Small to Ignore

“Watch carefully the children around you. In precious moments you will catch a glimpse of your Savior’s face. Listen intently and you will hear his voice. Walk gently among them; his footprints are all around you. Embrace them, for you are embracing him. Respect them, because they are sometimes God’s agents – exactly the kind of instruments he needs. At such times, only a child will do.”

Wess Stafford
Too Small to Ignore