Leaders change the world, and their words change humanity.
Whether they lead the way in politics, sports, culture or religion, great individuals leave their imprint in history by making the world a better place. Their words are a window towards their soul, reflecting their spirit and the way they saw the society they aimed to transform.
It is no wonder, then, that their words often inspire us to achieve greatness as well.
Take a clever step forward in your journey for an amazing life by finding inspiration in the following 50 quotes by great leaders from all over the world.
01- “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
— Jesus of Nazareth.
02- “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
03- “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”
— Dalai Lama XIV.
04- “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
— Winston Churchill.
05- “Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life—a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”
— Diana, Princess of Wales.
06- “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
— Malala Yousafzai.
07- “There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.
— Nelson Mandela.
08- “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.”
— Gautama Buddha.
09- “Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.”
— Oprah Winfrey.
10- “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
— Anne Frank.
11- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
— Martin Luther.
12- “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
— Thomas Jefferson.
13- “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”
— Swami Vivekananda.
14- “Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.”
— Morihei Ueshiba.
15- “It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.”
— Barack Obama.
16- “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
— Marcus Aurelius.
17- “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
— Stephen Hawking.
18- “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
— Walt Disney.
19- “Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become.”
— Angelina Jolie.
20- “I like to just think of myself as a normal person who just has a passion, has a goal and a dream and goes out and does it. And that’s really how I’ve always lived my life.”
— Michael Phelps.
21- “My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.”
22- “I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark in many people’s hearts.”
— Rigoberta Menchú.
23- “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”
— Ronald Reagan.
24- “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
— Thomas Edison.
25- “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
26- “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
— Woodrow Wilson.
27- “Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
28- “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
— Amelia Earhart.
29- “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But I think the ocean would be less because of the missing drop.”
— Mother Teresa.
30- If you fight you might lose. If you don’t, you have already lost.”
— Bertolt Brecht.
31- “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
— Steve Jobs.
32- “Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man’s mind can conceive and believe.”
— Bruce Lee.
33- “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
34- “If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”
— Michael Jackson.
35- “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.”
— Ellen DeGeneres.
36- “Failure happens to everyone in this game. It’s not something worth harping on. What is worth focusing on is how you respond to that failure.”
— Theo Epstein.
37- “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.”
— Alexander the Great.
38- “Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected. A lot of people take for granted that they’re a creative person, but I know from experience, feeling it in myself, it is a magic; it is an energy. And it can’t be taken for granted.”
— Ava DuVernay.
39- “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
— Mahatma Gandhi.
40- “When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
— Pablo Picasso.
41- “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
— Robin Williams.
42- “Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.”
— Simone de Beauvoir.
43- “The man of character is the persistent man, the man who is faithful to his own word, his own convictions, his own affections.”
— Maria Montessori.
44- “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”
— Kofi Annan.
45- “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”
— Elon Musk.
46- “The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started.”
— Mark Zuckerberg.
47- “Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering—because you can’t take it all in at once.”
— Audrey Hepburn.
48- “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right—stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.”
— Abraham Lincoln.
49- “When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don’t know you think.”
— Beyoncé Knowles.
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