100+ Best Influence Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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The other writer who had a very important early influence on me when I was about 17 was C.S. Lewis. — Tanith Lee

Women now influence the majority of consumer purchases. It is women’s votes that will secure victory at the next election, hence the altogether delicious spectacle of Messrs Brown and Cameron vying to tell stories about broken nights and childcare as men once boasted of goals scored or pheasants bagged. — Allison Pearson

My major influence was my ten years older sister. — Willa Ford

Deep Purple definitely belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ‘Cause they had great songs, great musicianship, they had an impact, and they’re a huge influence on the heavy metal community as a whole. — Kirk Hammett

People always ask about my influences, and they cite a bunch of people I’ve never heard of — Norton Juster

Bobby Cox had the biggest influence in my career and probably the second- or third-biggest influence in my life. — Tom Glavine

The influences in my life were all kind of politically, socially implanted. And then there was Watergate. — Tobe Hooper

I guess subconsciously that all the great people you work with have an influence on you. — Eric Bana

My own ideas on the mechanism of catalytic phenomena were very different from those at one time commonly held, ideas which I no doubt owed to the influence of the illustrious teacher who had guided my first steps in chemistry nearly twenty years before – I refer, of course, to Berthelot. — Paul Sabatier

Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men’s thoughts, to speak other men’s words, to follow other men’s habits. — Walter Bagehot

I think the years on ‘The Donna Reed Show,’ the years from 14 to 19, were so incredibly important. Donna Reed was simply an extraordinary woman, a woman of great strength, kindness, integrity and compassion. I am not trying to make her sound like a saint, but she had the most profound influence on me. I carry her with me today. — Shelley Fabares

Blind Willie Johnson is a pretty big vocal influence. He can be very harsh, like gargly, gruff vocals, but also just slip into some very delicate, vulnerable soft stuff. I like that combination. — Benjamin Booker

In this culture, where entertainers and athletes wield such power, it seems only right to me that they try to make their influence a good one. — Pat Boone

Childhood didn’t have a big influence on me, really – in fact I spent most of it plotting how to escape. — Simon Callow

Today’s youth cannot miss something they have never known, but I fear that there are no current fictional characters whose impact and influence will last with such abiding affection into their ‘sore and yellow’ as this splendid man’s creations have in mine! — Peter Cushing

There’s no way the writing staff of ‘Game of Thrones’ haven’t read ‘The Art of War.’ There’s definitely an influence on ‘Game of Thrones’ from this book in both a general way and on the character of Lord Baelish and his strategies. — Aidan Gillen

It is a question of fact, whether the influence of motives be fixed by laws of nature, so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances. — Thomas Reid

Each social formation, through each of its material activities, exerts its influence upon the civic whole; and each of its ideas and ideals wins also its place and power. — Patrick Geddes

I’d like to do a pop album with an R and B influence. I definitely want to have those big ballads with the uptempo hits as well. — Pia Toscano

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand. — Henry Adams

Children have in the past and continue to influence policy makers. — Carol Bellamy

My personal influence in the Revolutionary Governing Council is such that the dictatorship of the proletariat is firmly established, since the masses are backing me. — Bela Kun

In many ways, the crumbling of the institution of marriage is the real ‘war on women.’ Marriage is the civilizing influence for men and for families. — Tim Huelskamp

My influences change all the time; they have to remain current, because they’re the things that capture your imagination and make you want to go into the studio. — Wayne McGregor

The industry does have some influence on who gets other awards. With the Mercury Prize, they don’t. Jon comes from the business, but his heart is still very much in the music. Currently, we have about 12 major names that have said they want to be a part of MUDDA. — Peter Gabriel

I think when you think of death as being part of the life cycle and recognize that death is an inevitability for our species because the world has to be renewed with each death, then the hope becomes when it is renewed it will be renewed by people on whom I have had some influence for good. — Sherwin B. Nuland

The influence of one’s parents is powerful and permanent. — Faye Wattleton

It costs a great deal of money to do a musical, and the more money involved, the more big business influences the artform. — Hal Price

It’s inevitable your environment will influence what you do — Duncan Sheik

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. — Robin S. Sharma

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. — Steve Jobs

I listened to my record and hear lots of influences. And it’s very rich… it’s got a wide spectrum. — Chantal Kreviazuk

Music and literature have always and continue to be massive influences. Writers such as Seamus Heaney and Frank McGuinness. I have always admired the humanitarians that I knew growing up in Derry whose influence steered me in the direction of some of the work that I have chosen in the past. — Bronagh Gallagher

As we lay hold upon the truth of God, its influence must affect us. It must elevate us. It must remove from us every imperfection. — Ellen G. White

Even if I never registered my YouTube channel with the intention of being a role model, if I am that for somebody, I can’t help it. So I need to be conscious of it and realize that influence can be used for good or bad, and just try to do my best. — Tyler Oakley

My earliest influences were Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. — Bella Freud

When you’re growing up, it’s always nice to have someone you can relate and look up to. I’m proud of how I conduct my business and how I have accomplished all that I have accomplished, and hope that I can be a positive influence on not only the Mexican community but also young boxers and people all around the world. — Victor Ortiz

Femininity is part of the God-given divinity within each of you. It is your incomparable power and influence to do good. You can, through your supernal gifts, bless the lives of children, women, and men. Be proud of your womanhood. Enhance it. Use it to serve others. — James E. Faust

One thing that is not to be underestimated is American cultures influence on the rest of the world. — Yael Stone

There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev. He had a wonderful influence — Ninette de Valois

Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society. — Jack Kingston

The influencer strategy hasn’t been built around celebrities. We’re looking for influencers within every marketplace, who are the people who help influence decision-makers within that community. — Keith Belling

There is no influence like the influence of habit. — Gilbert Parker

In our society a man is known by the company he owns. — Gerald F. Lieberman

I guess I would call my music blues punk. Theres a lot of influences. — Benjamin Booker

When I started out, I preferred to watch my films without music, as its presence tends to mask the underlying pace of the film. I felt I could feel the rhythm of the film better without music to influence me. — Paul Hirsch

I not only urge you to vote that ticket yourself, but I beg that you will persuade others to do so. Personal effort can accomplish a great deal, and I beg that you will use your personal influence with your friends to get them to go with you to save the boys. — Thomas Jordan Jarvis

I think as the world changes, we have to keep up. We have to note what is happening, and I think writing has always had a powerful corrective influence and possibility. We have to write about what’s good, and we also have to write about parts of our culture that are not good, that are not working out. I think it takes a new eye. — Lee Smith

It was both necessary and desirable for us to be so strong at sea that no Sea Power could attack us without risk, so that we might be free to protect our oversea interests, independently of the influence and the choice of other Sea Powers. — Bernhard von Bulow

It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the presence of another person can avoid being a communication of one’s own view of the nature of one’s relationship with that person and how it can fail to influence that person. — Paul Watzlawick

I had furthermore spoken on the assumption that Russia would mobilize, whereas the assumption of the German Government had hitherto been, officially, that Serbia would receive no support; and what I had said must influence the German Government to take the matter seriously. — Edward Grey

It follows from what we have just said, that the natural changes of monads come from an internal principle, since an external cause would be unable to influence their inner being. — Gottfried Leibniz

With Kubrick and most film directors, they are in complete control, but one can influence them. — Ken Adam

You never know where your influences are going to come from, or where you’re going to find your inspiration. — Page McConnell

I want to change history, do something important in my life, and influence individuals like we have with millions of small businesses on Alibaba. Then they love and respect you because you made their life important. — Jack Ma

Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original. — Lukas Foss

I was lucky. I had a lot of really good influences. — Brad Dourif

Certainly my parents were a huge influence. They always expected the most out of all of us. And expected us to do our very best. I’m thankful to them for allowing me to do what I wanted to do. — Laurel Clark

When the initial effort of political and business leaders to influence public opinion on an issue is to threaten rather than to engage and persuade, they further arouse public opposition rather than win support. — Preston Manning

I am very concerned about the fact that India as a country does not have a national health system, and I am determined to try and influence the government to really build a national health system for the country. — Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Since I first fell in love with choral music when I was 18 and began composing at 21, I’ve been listening to these recordings of British choirs. I just fell in love with that sound – that pure, clean, pristine sound – and I think it’s probably been the biggest influence on my sound. — Eric Whitacre

We are looking for a set of personal characteristics that predict success, the first and foremost of which is perseverance in the face of challenges. We also look for the ability to influence and motivate others who share your values, strong problem-solving ability, and leadership. — Wendy Kopp

We must not fail to recognise that television can be a hugely positive influence in children’s lives, one of the greatest educators in contemporary society and an increasing influence on all the children followed in ‘Child of Our Time.’ — Robert Winston

Music is a big influence in my work and sometimes drives the energy of where I want to go. — Lemon Andersen

I am the worst influence. If you can’t handle your vices, then I am the Devil. — Tori Amos

You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time. — John Knox

One of the great bands we opened up for was Priest back in ’89. That was really great because at that time we had never met them, never toured with them before. They were a big influence on Slayer, so to open up for them was really cool. — Dave Lombardo

Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson. — Dennis Ritchie

Everything we do, I’d imagine, influences everything we will do. — Nick Flynn

Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That’s why I wanted the clarinet. — Lee Konitz

Freud was one of the greatest influences on me. He made myth into psychiatry, and I’ve been trying to turn it back into myth again. — Ross MacDonald

One always hopes that you’re going to have influence and staying power, but you never know. — Chris Frantz

My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever. — Andy Partridge

It’s all about the mood I’m in and the scene I’m writing. ‘Cause work controls my life, writing controls my life, performing controls my life. So I don’t listen to any music that’s not an influence on what I’m working on that day. Music is a big influence in my work and sometimes drives the energy of where I want to go. — Lemon Andersen

The people who influence you are the people who believe in you. — Henry Drummond

A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change. — Katharine Butler Hathaway

I think there are presences out there that we can’t see or directly communicate with that have benevolent influence on us. Whether they’re angels or something else, I’m not sure. — Misha Collins

I have more influence now than when I had the power. — Gough Whitlam

The influence of Paris, for instance, is now minimal. Yet a lot is written about Paris fashion. — Geoffrey Beene

All the violence in videos and movies, you can’t tell me that that wouldn’t influence a disturbed person. — Alana Stewart

The childhood poverty of both my parents and their minimal education did much to influence me and my two younger brothers in our education and career choices. One brother became a dentist and the other, a professor of anthropology with a Ph.D. degree. — Ferid Murad

My dad’s the one who’s always been there; he’s my hero, you could say. Even when he was working, he’d do anything for me. He’s been the biggest influence in my life. — Gareth Bale

A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community. — Recep Tayyip Erdogan

When Hegel later became a man of influence’ he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion. — Walter Kaufmann

My father was a huge influence on me. — Carol Leifer

I am passionate about God, about Jesus, and what His influences do to me. — TobyMac

Whether you are on the Right or the Left, everyone can agree that there are a lot of outside influences in American politics that are not good for the system. There’s just too much money. — Zach Galifianakis

The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren’t simply hobbies or minor influences. — Pierre Bourdieu

Research shows that parents are the single biggest influence on children – if you are worried about your teen and drugs, talk to them. — John Walters

Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow. — Baruch Spinoza

Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear. — Bernard Law Montgomery

I had a lot of very religious influences – Christian religious. — David Cassidy

The good news is that parents are the leading influence on kids’ decision not to drink alcohol. — Xavier Becerra

The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviors, so choose friends who have healthy habits. — Dan Buettner

For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another. — Gottfried Leibniz

One of my reasons for living in California is its close proximity to Mexico. The Latin influence is in every corner of the community. My love of Spanish music hasn’t wavered since the ’50s. I could hear the blues voicing from the Flamanco families and I always dig for inspiration in Latin music. — Eric Burdon

One of my biggest musical influences is definitely Ella Fitzgerald as a vocalist. — Elle Varner

We look for people who demonstrate perseverance in the face of challenges, the ability to influence and motivate others – people who want to work relentlessly to ensure that kids who are facing the challenges of poverty have an excellent education. — Wendy Kopp

When the state or federal government control the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens. — Michael Badnarik

I think the fact that I created something and had an enormous influence is indisputable. — La Monte Young

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