Initiative Sayings and Quotes

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


Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.     

Conrad Hilton

In a word, what characterizes the spiritist revelation is that while divine in its origin and of the initiative of the Spirits, its elaboration is fruit of man's work.     

Allan Kardec

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Andy Warhol

Initiative is The Start of All Good Things. Your ship will never come in if you don't send any out. Have you ever found yourself dreaming, hoping, and waiting passively for things to change or for your life to get better?

Susan C. Young

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.     

Victor Hugo

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.

General George S. Patton, Jr

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.

Jesse Jackson

Initiative is key. Anybody who wants to be somebody is going to work as hard as they can to fulfill that dream.

Puff Daddy

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.

Jim Rohn

Initiative is to success what a lighted match is to a candle.

Orlando Aloysius Battista

Take some initiative and snap outside of passivity; consistent small actions have impact.

Darren Rowse

Initiative is doing the right things without being told.     

Elbert Hubbard

Initiative can neither be created nor delegated. It can only spring from the self-determining individual, who decides that the wisdom of others is not always better than his own.     

R Buckminster Fuller

Force yourself to simplify every initiative, every product, every marketing, everything you do.     

Keith Rabois

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.     

Chris Evert

For change to happen in any community, the initiative must come from the individual.     

Dalai Lama

Initiative is as essential to success as a hub is essential to a wagon wheel.

Napoleon Hill

Initiative is the essence of manhood. Noting comes to the man who is passive, except failure.

Dennis Rainey

Initiative is the privilege of picking yourself.

Seth Godin

Begin to take the initiative when you want to meet someone new. Be the one who steps forward first. Simply say hello and begin a conversation.     

Susan C. Young

One has to take initiative in life to achieve what he or she wants.

Donald Johanson

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.     

Bo Bennett

Initiative without action is the same as having the mind to acknowledge a problem, but not having the heart to see it through.

Suzy Kassem

Even when other people don't expect a lot out of you,you have to take the initiative.     

Chris Martin

If initiative is the ability to do the right thing, then efficiency is the ability to do the thing right.

Kelly Miller

Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done.

Amelia Earhart

An initiative was essentially led by civil society because the policy of the government was that Africans must not be taught to graze in pastures which were reserved for the main white group.     

Nelson Mandela

It is a good initiative for the dreams that would change one society to be nursed in another environment, before being transplanted to strive in its original environment for the change process to begin!     

Israelmore Ayivor

Initiating is really and truly difficult, and that's what leaders do. They see something others are ignoring and they jump on it.

Seth Godin

Seizing the initiative can make all the difference between winning and loosing.

Thomas M. Davis