Influence Sayings and Quotes

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

At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on.     

Albert Einstein

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.     

Albert Einstein

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.     

Albert Schweitzer

I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.     

Beatrix Potter

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.     

Bertrand Russell

The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence.     

Billy Graham

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.     

Booker T. Washington

Be selective about your external influences. Your multi-dimensional brain is influenced by everything you see, hear, read, smell, touch, feel or say.     

Brian Tracy

The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God.     

C.H. Spurgeon

Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.     

Charles Barkley

It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives.     

Clint Eastwood

From the loving example of one family a whole State may become loving, and from its courtesies, courteous; while from the ambition and perverseness of the one man the whole State may be thrown into rebellious disorder. Such is the nature of influence.     


Influence is no respecter of education or experience; it goes only with the one who will set aside his status - be it high and mighty or low and lowly - and put himself in the place of another.     

Dale Carnegie

Because everything we say and do is the length and shadow of our own souls, our influence is determined by the quality of our being.     

Dale E. Turner

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.     

Deepak Chopra

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.     

E. M. Forster

There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.     

Edmund Burke

The only real influence I’ve ever had was myself.     

Edward Hopper

He who influences the thought of his times, influences all the times that follow. He has made his impress on eternity.     


It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.     

Eric Hoffer

Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.     

George Washington

My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.     

Ginger Rogers

Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave.     

Henri Matisse

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.     

Henry Adams

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.     


The most powerful moral influence is example.     

Huston Smith

Influence is the prerogative of great minds.     

J. Wesley

The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity.     

Jean Paul Richter

Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed.     

Jim Rohn

Attitude is greatly shaped by influence and association.     

Jim Rohn

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.     

JOe DiMaggio

We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.     

John Locke

For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.     

Karl Marx

And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.     

Marianne Williamson

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.     

Mark Twain

Sometimes, if you want to change a man's mind, you have to change the mind of the man next to him first.     

Megan Whalen Turner

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop. There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.     

Michael Jordan

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.     

Napoleon Hill

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.     

Orison Swett Marden

I don’t believe in learning from other people’s pictures. I think you should learn from your own interior vision of things and discover, as I say, innocently, as though there had never been anybody.     

Orson Welles

No star ever rose and set without influence somewhere.     

Owen Meredith

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

God, how we get our fingers in each other's clay. That's friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of each other.     

Ray Bradbury

I mean the idea that influence is simply what results when power is successfully exercised or, more generally, that power is something one 'has', and influence is something that 'happens' when power is somehow used.     

Ruth Zimmerling

Every art, like our own, has in it's composition fluctuating as well as fixed principles. It is an attentive inquiry into their difference that will enable us to determine how far we are influenced by custom and habit, and what is fixed in the nature of things.     

Sir Joshua Reynolds

When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.     

Stephen Covey

Apparently, the most difficult feat for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both.     

Sylvia Plath

People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.     

T. S. Eliot

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.     


Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.     

Walt Disney

Ideas are the mightiest influence on earth. One great thought breathed into a man may regenerate him.     

William Ellery Channing

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.     

Winston Churchill

You can be much more influential if people are not aware of your influence.     


There are two parts to influence: First, influence is powerful; and second, influence is subtle. You wouldn't let someone push you off course, but you might let someone nudge you off course and not even realize it.     

Jim Rohn

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.     

George Eliot

Never underestimate the influence you have on others.     

Laurie Buchanan

No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.     

Sarah Josepha Hale

We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.     

Stephen King

Nothing has a greater influence over your life than your thoughts rather they are negative or positive.     

Tasha Hoggatt

It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life.     

Margot Asquith

Never mistake the power of influence.     

Jim Rohn

Various influences - our parents, other family members, teachers, books we've read, discussions we've had, life experiences - all merge together to form our core values.     

Maya Green

You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.     

J. S. Knox

Influence is to be measured, not by the extent of surface it covers, but by its kind.     

William Ellery Channing

The future influences the present just as much as the past.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Influence is like a savings account, the less you use it, the more you've got.     

Andrew Young

Sometimes the most influential thing we can do is listen.     

Bob Burg

Influence is having people follow you because of what you represent.     

Paul Larsen

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.     

Salvador Dali

Unleash your influence not authority.     

Joseph Wong

Influence may be the highest level of human skills.     


You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me.     

Scott Adams

You will only have influence and power in the field of your gifts and talents.     

Sunday Adelaja

One of the best ways to influence people is to make them feel important.     

Roy T. Bennett

Your influence on others is your net worth, treat it as such.     

Peprah Boasiako

You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.     


Having influence is not about elevating self, but about lifting others.     

Sheri Dew

Influence: What you think you have until you try to use it.     

Joan Walsh Anglund

Influence is when you are not the one talking and yet your words fill the room; when you are absent and yet your presence is felt everywhere.     

TemitOpe Ibrahim

The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.     

Henry Drummond

In order to have influence, you have to be influenced.     

Stephen Covey

because to influence a person is to give one's own soul.     

Oscar Wilde

Influence is our inner ability to lift people up to our perspective.     

Joseph Wong

You can't influence somebody when you're judging them.     

Tony Robbins

The best way for us to perhaps influence others is to instead focus on ourselves by doing our best - then others will be influenced from our leadership by example.     

Lisa Kardos

Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.     

Amos Bronson

Every one has a level of influence that can be harnessed for greater good.     

Bernard Kelvin Clive

There's no way to know how many people your life will influence. You don't know who is watching, listening, or learning from you.     

Charles Stanley

The purpose of influence is to "speak up for those who have no influence.     

Rick Warren

Influence is exerted by every human being from the hour of birth to that of death.     

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

You can't influence people you refuse to associate with.     

Andy Stanley

Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of all the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.     

Giorgos Seferis

You earn influence by giving value and attention to other people. BE USEFUL!     

Laura Fitton

There is no influence like the influence of habit.     

Gilbert Parker

Influence is no Government.     

George Washington

Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.     

David McKay

So the only way on earth to influence the other fellow is to talk about what he wants and show him how to get it.     

Dale Carnegie

Your circle of influence dictates your path.     

Jon Bielecki

We determine how much influence we'll have, when we decide how available we'll be.     

Bob Goff

Our level of influence is not the same with everyone.     

John C Maxwell

It is more important to influence people than to impress them.     

Adrian Rogers