John C. Maxwell Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old John C. Maxwell quotes, John C. Maxwell sayings, and John C. Maxwell proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.     

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

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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.      

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There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.     

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When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.     

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Pride deafens us to the advice or warnings of those around us.     

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Leaders who fail to prune their pride will meet demise. That's not a guess, it's a guarantee. With pride, it's not a matter of 'if' we will fall, but 'when.' There are no exceptions.     

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Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.     

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Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.     

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The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.     

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We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice.      

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A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.     

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A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.     

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If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it - young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous - is changed by it.     

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Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.     

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The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.     

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People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.     

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You will never fulfill yourdestiny doing work you despise.     

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The key choices you make-apart from the natural talent you already have-will set you apart from others who have talent alone.     

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Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.     

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Our days are like identical suitcases. Even though they are all the same size, some people area able to pack more into them then others. The reason? They know what to pack.     

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Nobody can motivate himself in a positive direction by continually using negative words.     

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Doing the right thing daily, compounds over time.     

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Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.     

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In a word, most bad attitudes are the result of selfishness.     

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Believing in people before they have proved themselves is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.     

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Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.     

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Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it.     

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Self-centered leaders manipulate when they move people for personal benefit. Mature leaders motivate by moving people for mutual benefit.     

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Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.     

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