"Do not wish to be anything
but what you are,
and try to be
St. Francis De Sales
My kids heard me repeat quotations over and over as they grew, sometimes for inspiration, sometimes to motivate and once in a while to admonish. At times they would even question these tidbits and I would tell them that I didn't write them nor make them up. As they got older, I even used some more timely phrases like, "Uh oh, there's big trouble in little China," or "don't cry for me Argentina," when it was appropriate.
I've heard them repeat some of them as grown-ups, and it makes me smile.