60+ Best Role Model Quotes: Exclusive Selection

A role model is a person whose behaviour, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. Inspirational role model quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Most Famous Role Model Quotes

If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person’s life in a positive light, and that’s what I want to do. That’s what it’s all about. Tiger Woods

It’s good to have female or minority role models. But the important thing is to have mentors who care about you, and they come in all colors. Condoleezza Rice

Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others. Barry Bonds

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. John Wooden

I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them. Denzel Washington

A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God? Stephen Colbert

A role model should be like the light at the end of a tunnel, guiding you when you are lost. Cristina Imre

I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up. Jennifer Lopez

The role that people play in your life can determine how far you can go.  Israelmore Ayivor

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We all need role models in different seasons, people we look to who bring encouragement for the journey. Sue Detweiler

I’m not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models. Charles Barkley

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

Always do your best in whatever you do. Set goals and seek challenges. Become a role model for those coming behind you. And always have God in your heart. Charles F. Bolden

A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God? Stephen Colbert

Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it. Lana Del Rey

Inspirational Role Model Quotes

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life. John Wooden

Being a role model is equal parts being who you actually are and what people hope you will be. Meryl Streep

I wrote my first 30 books as a teacher. I would read to my classes, and they’d give me feedback. I was trying to role model. Eric Walters

Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate. Unknown

Role models are only of limited use. For no-one is as important, potentially powerful and as key in your life and world as you. Rasheed Ogunlaru

You are the combination of the five people you look up to. Mike Yanek

As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. Ernest Hemingway

Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life’s scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children’s lives. Stephen R. Covey

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means. Albert Einstein

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

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

Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it. Lana Del Rey

Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach. Rosabeth Moss Kantor

Example is leadership. Albert Schweitzer

The biggest problem with mentorship is that in almost all cases the mentor either cannot make the mentee better than them, or does not want that to ever happen. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The only people you have to look out for in life are the people that don’t care about anything or anyone. These are the people that end up teaching your children. Shannon L. Alder

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. Khalil Gibran

Whether or not you have children yourself, you are a parent to the next generation. If we can only stop thinking of children as individual property and think of them as the next generation, then we can realize we all have a role to play. Charlotte Davis-Kasl

Here’s what I always say: If they can see it, they can be it. Geena Davis

I don’t want to be a supermodel. I want to be a role model. Queen Latifah

I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them. Denzel Washington

You are in charge of your feelings, beliefs, and actions. And you teach others how to behave toward you. While you cannot change other people, you can influence them through your own behaviors and actions. By being a living role model of what you want to receive from others, you create more of what you want in your life. Eric Allenbaugh

The best way to teach children restraint and generosity is to be a model of those qualities yourself. Lawrence Balter

You’ve got to be careful whom you pattern yourself after because you’re likely to become just like them. Rich Mayo

I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world. Meryl Streep 

Instruction is good for a child but example is worth more. Alexandre Dumas

Keep those that influence you for the better close and never give them a reason to keep you far away. Shannon L. Alder 

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. Epictetus 

Being is the great explainer. Henry David Thoreau

Role models are only of limited use. For no one is as important, potentially powerful and as key in your life and world as you. Rasheed Ogunlaru

Role models set goals for you and try to make you as good as they are. Role models are important. Kasey Zacharias

Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world. Immanuel Kant

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum

We do not imitate, but are a model to others. Pericles

Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach. Rosabeth Moss Kantor

Make yourself your role model, because people who do not have qualities depend on the qualities of others to shape their own qualities. Michael Bassey Johnson

As a parent, you will often serve as an inadvertent example to your child. A child will model himself after you in many areas: how you deal with frustration, settle disagreements and cope with not being able to have the things that you want, to name just three. Lawrence Balter

When things turn out pretty much as expected, parents give little thought to how much they have influenced the outcome. When thing s don’t turn out as expected, parents give a great deal of thought to the role they play. Arlene Harder

One of the most important things we adults can do for young children is to model the kind of person we would like them to be. Carol B. Hillman

My author role model is Kurata Misako. I want to be rich enough to drive from room to room in my home but also down to earth enough to let squirrels live in my hair. Christy Leigh Stewart 

People need role models. Are you up to the job? Frank Sonnenberg

Perseverance is the act of true role models and heroes. Liza Wiemer 

Family is the first school for young children, and parents are powerful models. Alice Sterling Honig

There must be a profound recognition that parents are the first teachers and that education begins before formal schooling and is deeply rooted in the values, traditions, and norms of family and culture. Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith

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