Quotes from Various Leaders

People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too.

Malcolm Forbes

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

George Bernard Shaw

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Colin Powell

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.

Hasidic saying

First keep the peace within yourself, and then you can also bring peace to others.

Thomas a Kempis

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Donald Laird

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

Deepak Chopra

Nihil Obstat:

Latin for “Nothing stands in the way”.

Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something
appropriate and do it.

Edgar Watson Howe

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Thomas Jefferson

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.

Frank Tyger

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.

George Eliot

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

Hodding Carter

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

Benjamin Disraeli

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.

Edgar J. Mohn

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains
and is immortal.

Albert Pike

Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.

Mother Teresa

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.

Elvis Presley

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.


To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see.

Helen Keller

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

Henry Ford

The way to succeed is never quit. That’s it. But really be humble about it.

Alex Haley

Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set on fire.

George Matthew Adams

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Elvis Presley

Don’t worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you.

Robert Fulghum

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King, Jr

That they may have a little peace, even the best dogs are compelled to snarl occasionally.

William Feather

Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

Alphonse Karr

He who wants to expand the field of happiness, let him lay the foundation of it on the bottom of his heart.

Tao saying

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.

Albert Schweitzer

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

William Shakespeare

Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.


The question for the child is not “Do I want to be good?” but “Whom do I want to be like?”

Bruno Bettelheim

We cannot hold a torch to light another person’s path without brightening our own.

Ben Sweetland

It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

Robert M. Pirsig

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.

J.C. Watts

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

Sir Francis Bacon

I have a ‘Play The Melody’ philosophy. It means don’t over-arrange, don’t make life difficult. Just play the melody – and do it the simplest way possible.

Jackie Gleason

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

Lady Bird Johnson