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Influencing People Quotes


Top 50 Influencing People Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Influencing People Quotes

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

- Jackie Robinson (1919-72), African American baseball player, pictured right


Three other great quotes say something similar:

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When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) ,the American civil rights campaigner, pictured right

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My life is my argument.

- Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German philosopher and doctor, pictured right.

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Each man's life touches so many other lives, and when he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

- Clarence (Henry Travers), George Bailey's guardian angel in the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life, pictured right.



No 2Influencing People Quotes

What gives me sorrow is the thought that I failed to cultivate my moral power... and failed to reform what was unworthy.

- Confucius (551-479), Chinese philosopher, pictured right.

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), the English philosopher, pictured right , also emphasizes the courage to do what's right:

To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.



No 3Influencing People Quotes

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it’

(from the 1910 poem, If)

- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), pictured right above, English writer.




No 4Influencing People Quotes

The ultimate measure of a man is...where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,

- Martin Luther King (1929–68), American civil rights leader, pictured right.



No 5Influencing People Quotes

My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.

(from the 1842 poem Sir Galahad)

- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–92, English poet, pictured right.


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So Stephen Covey, pictured right in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (1989), says:

It is character that communicates most eloquently.



No 6Influencing People Quotes

Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time.

(from the 1839 poem A Psalm of Life)

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), pictured right above, American poet.



No 7Influencing People Quotes

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

- Plato (427-347 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right.

Two other philosophers agree:

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Deeds make people.

- Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) German philosopher and mathematician.

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We are what we do.

- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80), French philosopher.



No 8Influencing People Quotes

Right is might.

- Abraham Lincoln (1809–65), American president, pictured right.


No 9Influencing People Quotes

My only regret in life is that I am not someone else.

- Woody Allen (1935- ), film actor and director.



No 10Influencing People Quotes

You have to demand respect in this world, ain’t nobody just gonna hand it to you... But, little one, ain’t nobody’s respect worth more than your own.

(Papa to Cassie in the 1976 novel Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry)

- Mildred D. Taylor (1943- ), American writer, pictured right.



No 11Influencing People Quotes

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

(from the 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray)

- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), pictured right, Irish writer.



No 12Influencing People Quotes

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

- Lord Chesterfield (1694–1773), English writer and politician, pictured right.



No 13Influencing People Quotes

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.

- Groucho Marx (1895–1977), American film comedian, pictured right.



No 14Influencing People Quotes

Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest.

(Fool in King Lear)

-William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.


The Sea Captain in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night also comments:

What great ones do, the less will prattle of.



No 15Influencing People Quotes

Men of good will. That’s all there is between us and the devil.

- Kenny O’Donnell (Kevin Costner), pictured right, in the 2000 film Thirteen Days.



No 16Influencing People Quotes

Minds are not conquered by force, but by love and generosity.

- Benedict (or Baruch) Spinoza (1632-77), Dutch philosopher, pictured right.


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The Wizard, pictured right, (talking to the Tin Man in the 1939 filmThe Wizard of Oz )  agrees:

A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others,



No 17Influencing People Quotes

Nothing great was achieved without enthusiasm.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), American philosopher, pictured right.



No 18 Influencing People Quotes

Each person must live their life as a model for others.

- Rosa Parks (1913-2005), American civil rights campaigner, pictured right .



No 19Influencing People Quotes

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.

- Anne Frank (1929-1945), child victim of the Holocaust, pictured right.

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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), the American human rights campaigner, pictured right , agrees:

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.



No 20Influencing People Quotes

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

- Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British prime minister, pictured right.



No 21Influencing People Quotes

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.

- Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC), founder of Buddhism, pictured right.



No 22Influencing People Quotes

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,

(Emma Woodhouse in Emma).

- Jane Austen (1775-1815), English writer, pictured right.



No 23Influencing People Quotes

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question

(from the 1956 novel The Fall)

- Albert Camus (1913-60), pictured right, French writer.



No 24

More tears have been shed over men's lack of manners than their lack of morals.

- Helen Hathaway, pictured right,1893–1932, American writer.



No 25 Helen Hathaway

The secret of being a bore…is to tell everything.

- Voltaire (1694–1778), French writer and philosopher, pictured right.



No 26Influencing People Quotes

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

- Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), American president, pictured right.



No 27Influencing People Quotes

Clothes don't make the man…but they go a long way toward making a businessman,

- Thomas Watson Snr. (1874–1956), American boss of IBM 1914–56, pictured right.


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Charles Dickens (1812-70), the English writer, pictured right also wrote in Oliver Twist:

Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine



No 28Influencing People Quotes

The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.

(the Duke of Venice in Othello)

-William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 29Influencing People Quotes

 Our doubts are traitors, and makes us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

(Lucio in Measure for Measure)

-William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 30Influencing People Quotes

The key to failure is trying to please everybody.

- Bill Cosby (1937- ), American comedian, pictured right.



No 31Influencing People Quotes

It's better to be looked over than overlooked.

- Mae West (1893-1980), American film star, pictured right.


No 32Influencing People Quotes

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

- Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), pictured right, American president.


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Two other great thinkers agree:

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury

 - Marcus Aurelius (121-180), the Roman emperor and philosopher, pictured right ,


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Wear a smile and make friends.

- George Eliot (1819-80), English writer (pictured right).



No 33

Judge not, that you be not judged.

- Jesus (c4 BC-c30 AD), founder of Christianity.


Jesus also said similarly:

Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.



 No 34Influencing People Quotes

I got results by selling my ideas than by telling people what to do.

- Alfred Sloan (1875-1966), American boss of General Motors 1923-46, pictured right .



No 35Influencing People Quotes

There s only one way... to get anybody to do anything... that is by making the other person want to do it

- Dale Carnegie, pictured right , How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)


So Carnegie also advises:

The only way on earth to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it.



No 36Influencing People Quotes

A man can be as great as he wants to be.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), American president , pictured right.



No 37 Helen Hathaway

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

- Voltaire (1698-1778), French philosopher, pictured right .



No 38Influencing People Quotes

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

- John F. Kennedy (1917-63), American president, pictured right.



No 39Influencing People Quotes

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

- Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), American president, pictured right .



No 40Influencing People Quotes

Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it,

- Harry S. Truman, American president.



Influencing People QuotesNo 41

You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time.

- Abraham Lincoln (1809–65), American president, pictured right

Influencing People QuotesThis was also said by Phineas Barnum (1810-91), pictured right, the American entertainer.



No 42Influencing People Quotes

What will survive of us is love.

(from the 1964 poem Arundel Tomb)

- Philip Larkin (1922-85), pictured right, English poet. 



No 43Influencing People Quotes

One man with courage makes a majority.

- Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), pictured right, American president.



No 44Influencing People Quotes

Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting,

- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), pictured right, French leader.



No 45Influencing People Quotes

The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.

- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French leader.



No 46Influencing People Quotes

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do,

- Henry Ford (1863-1947), American car maker, pictured right.



No 47Influencing People Quotes

In order to gain respect, you need to be true to yourself. There is no point in trying to be brutal, if it’s not in your nature.

- Alan Sugar (1947-), English businessman and compere of The Apprentice, pictured right



No 48Influencing People Quotes

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up. Have fun.

- Sam Walton (1918-1992), American founder of Wal-Mart,the world’s biggest retailer, pictured right


No 49Influencing People Quotes

Really big people are, above anything else, courteous, considerate and generous...to everyone all the time,

- Tom Watson Jr. (1914-93), boss of IBM, pictured right.


No 50Influencing People Quotes

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

- Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian leader and philosopher

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