Role Models Sayings and Quotes

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

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

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

Barry Bonds

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

Denzel Washington

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Rosabeth Moss Kantor

Example is leadership.     

Albert Schweitzer

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

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

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


Being is the great explainer.     

Henry David Thoreau

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.     


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

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