44+ Best Mentor Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Most Famous Mentor Quotes

The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people. – John C. Maxwell

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. – John C. Crosby

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you. – Bob Proctor

Alexander the Great valued learning so highly, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge than to his father Philip for life. – Samuel Smiles

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

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What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile. – Vivek Wadhwa

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato

The more consistent a father can be or a mentor can be in the person’s life and teach them principles of real solid manhood, character, integrity and leadership, the more consistent you can be in the person’s life and teach them those things at a younger age, and then the better off they’ll be. – Allan Houston

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost

I think kids should have a mentor and a role model, but that they shouldn’t take one person’s opinion to be what we call final assessment or judgment about how life is supposed to be. – Sean Paul

My mistakes have been my greatest mentors. – Steve Maraboli

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” – E.M. Forster

Remember that mentor leadership is all about serving. Jesus said, ‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ – Tony Dungy

Without a mentor in life, one can easily succumb to folly. Without a mentor in life, one can easily become self-centered, capricious and arrogant. – Anonymous

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

One who refuses to seek the advice of others will eventually be led to a path of ruin. A mentor helps you to perceive your own weaknesses and confront them with courage. The bond between mentor and protege enables us to stay true to our chosen path until the very end. – Anonymous

If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself. – Romain Rolland

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.” – David O. McKay

Mentoring is an indispensable requirement for an artist’s growth. Not only are skills and experience shared, but there is value in the essential re-examination of one’s own work and techniques. – Jim Norman

More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing artists from poor technique, clouded vision and personal uncertainty. – Paul Soderberg

“Teach them the quiet words of kindness, to live beyond themselves. Urge them toward excellence, drive them toward gentleness, pull them deep into yourself, pull them upward toward manhood, but softly like an angel arranging clouds. Let your spirit move through them softly.” – Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. – Plato

In learning you will teach, in teaching you will learn. – Phil Collins

Sometimes you have to let a person go so they can grow. Because, over the course of their lives, it is not what you do for them, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them a successful human being. – Marc Chernoff

“Leaders..should influence others..in such a way that it builds people up, encourages and edifies them so they can duplicate this attitude in others.” – Bob Goshen

One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination. – John C. Maxwell

We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout. – Epictetus

“Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.” – Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. – Steven Spielberg

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. – Oprah Winfrey

No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself. – Conrado I. Generoso

“Mentoring is: Sharing Life’s Experiences and God’s Faithfulness” – Janet Thompson

Mentors are not there to make us ‘happy’. They are there to guide us to the best of their knowledge. – Samira DeAndrade

Mentoring is a two-way street. You get out what you put in. – Steve Washington

If your mentors only tell you that you are awesome, it’s time to find other mentors. – Cosette Gutierrez

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. – Anonymous

“Becoming more self-aware is the necessary first step to bridging differences. Without it, you will not be able to identify or understand when you encounter differences that matter.” – Lisa Fain

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

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. – Rachel Carson

Mentoring brings us together – across generation, class, and often race – in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate, in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, that ‘we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.’ In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in the essential but unfinished drama of reinventing community, while reaffirming that there is an important role for each of us in it. – Marc Freedman

We can help a person to be himself by our own willingness to steep ourselves temporarily in his world, in his private feelings and experiences. By our affirmation of the person as he is, we give him support and strength to take the next step in his own growth. – Clark Moustakas

“Being a Dad is not about creating a life, for that demands little of your life. It’s about cultivating a life, for that demands all of your life.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

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