95+ 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

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

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

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

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. – Dolly Parton

But a role model in the flesh provides more than inspiration; his or her very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt, saying, yes, someone like me can do this. – Sonia Sotomayor

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

Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. – Mary D. Poole

As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow. – Himanshu Bhatia

You manage things; you lead people. – Grace Murray Hopper

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

We need good role models, and they have to start at the top. – Frank Serpico

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

It can have an impact just to see people like you taking up space – Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

The idea of ‘possibility’ – the idea that I get to live my dreams out in public, hopefully will show to other folks that it’s possible. – Laverne Cox

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

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

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

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

Be a role model just because you can and because you care. – Anonymous

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

I never thought a role model should be negative. – Michael Jordan

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

Be the flame of fate, that torch of truth to guide our young people toward a better future for themselves and for this country. – Michelle Obama

The more people look up to me, the more important it is to be concise with what message I want to leave. – Ruby Rose

… 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

powerful role model quotes

True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up. – Sheri L. Dew

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

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

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

I think role models also start in the home with your parents. – Dominique Wilkins

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

My role model didn’t tell me, he showed me. – Anonymous

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

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

Example is leadership. – Albert Schweitzer

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

It’s my responsibility to help others. To be a positive example. I want to be a role model for others, to help others like me get a chance. – Rob Jeter

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

We tend to become like those we admire. – Thomas Monson

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

My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it. – Anonymous

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

Children need role models rather than critics. – Joseph Joubert

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

A role model can teach you to love and respect yourself. – Tionne Watkins

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

My biggest thing about being a role model is whatever I’m preaching, I’m practicing. – Gigi Hadid

Being is the great explainer. – Henry David Thoreau

I’ve always thought of myself as a role model even before being a celebrity. I’ve always been doing charity work and volunteering in the community since I was 8, so when you do that, I think you just assume that role when you put yourself out there. – Eva Longoria

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

Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to. – Wayne Rooney

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

I don’t think you have to be perfect to be a role model. – Rob Lowe

When I think of my version of a role model, it’s not about being the perfect Samaritan; it’s just being out there and being honest and happily imperfect. – Zoe Kravitz

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

To change bad habits we must study the habits of successful role models. – Jack Canfield

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

popular role model quotes

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

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

Being a role model is about being true to myself. – Idina Menzel

When you see a role model, what you see is a person who has the courage to be who you wish you could be. Stop wishing and just be. – Anonymous

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

To be a role model is not something you choose, it is chosen for you and once it is you must accept the responsibility bestowed upon you. – Luke Wood

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. – Marcus Aurelius

People who dream of something bigger and better are good role models. – Andrew Shue

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. – Gilda Radner

Be a role model of happiness and joy, which will pull everyone – including yourself – upward. – Doreen Virtue

What I need is someone who will make me do what I can. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. – Isaac Newton

Simply be the qualities you seek in others. – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

No human being should be a role model. We all have flaws.- Jim Brown

What you teach your own children is what you really believe in. – Cathy Warner Weatherford

Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of another’s fame – Baltasar Gracian

People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves – Tyron Edwards

I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it. – Ann Richards

If a child is too 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

Be the role model you needed when you were younger. – Anonymous

One does not become a guru by accident. – James Fenton

A role model for me is somebody who is really empathetic and has a calm strength to them. Sometimes you meet random people and they’re really inspiring because they seem wise; they’ve gone through things. – BANKS

Everyone should try to live their life like they’d like to be a role model. – Mindy Kaling

Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints in the sands of time. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willling to be judged. – Frederick Smith

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. – Confucius

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. – Warren Bennis

Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. – Mark Twain

I would like to be called an inspiration to people, not a role model – because I make mistakes like everybody else. When I’m offstage, I’m just like everybody else. – Britney Spears

I make an active effort to remain a positive role model to kids. They need people to show them there’s another way. – M.C. Hammer

To achieve your goal you have to get into the character of a winner. Confident people have a certain way of presenting themselves. Observe people who are confident and successful and try to emulate them in your life. – Dr Anil Kr Sinha

Be someone’s inspiration before you have the chance to be, inspire the change in someone that will inspire more change in the world. – Anurag Prakash Ray

Blame and victim thinking are so ingrained into the fabric of our society it’s hard to find a role model anywhere who simply practices personal accountability in all things. – John G. Miller

Be honest when you are with your kids, because you see your past in their eyes and they see their future in yours. – Nishan Panwar

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