75 Mentor Quotes

Solomon Ibeh
Jun 15, 2023 By Solomon Ibeh
Originally Published on Feb 27, 2023
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Mentor quote by John C. Crosby.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 10.3 Min

Mentors play an important role in helping us build knowledge, learn new skills, and reach our goals.

From entrepreneurs who provide professional guidance to teachers who give advice, mentors are invaluable resources. Gaining insight from the wisdom of mentors can help us make positive changes in our lives.

To honor mentors and their guidance, here are some mentor quotes to inspire and motivate kids and families. Whether you're a student or a parent, these quotes will provide you with insightful guidance to keep moving forward and achieving your dreams.

Mentor Quotes About Leadership

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." - George S. Patton

"To lead people walk behind them." - Lao Tzu

"Live in such a way that even if given another opportunity to live your life all over again, you would still choose to live it exactly the same way that you are living your life now." - William B. Girao

"To truly motivate others (1) discover what their motives, desires & drivers are (2) genuinely connect with and (3) support them from the heart." - Rasheed Ogunlaru

"A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future and believe it can be obtained." – Shawn Hitchcock

"I have a career, which is important, but my family is the priority. First, family, and then career. It's a delicate balance." - Jimmy Cliff

"More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing artists from poor technique, clouded vision, and personal uncertainty." - Paul Soderberg

"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." - John C. Crosby

"The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better." - Lee Iacocca

"In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care.

You don't have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don't need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you're sharing with." - Maya Angelou

"Leadership: Converting dreams into goals and goals into success." - T Jay Taylor

"Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor." - Lailah Gifty Akita

"In a battery, I strive to maximize electrical potential. When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential." - Donald Sadoway

"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book." - Unknown*

"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference." - Tom Brokaw

"The best help we can offer the youth of today is to prepare them for tomorrow." - Mark W Boyer

"A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life." - John Wooden

"Leaders should influence others in such a way that it builds people up, encourages and edifies them so they can duplicate this attitude in others." - Bob Goshen

"Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What you do has a far greater impact than what you say." - Stephen Covey

"The insights given by a great professor are a privilege to receive. To be a teacher, by contrast, calls for more ingenuity and patience; it is the canny art of coaxing insights out of the students themselves." - Caitlin Keiper

"No human beings, regardless of who they might be, want to look directly at their own shortcomings." - Tatsuhiko Takimoto

"Self-awareness— understanding our own motivations, our strengths, and challenges—is the key to getting ready to mentor." - Lisa Fain

"While I made my living as a coach, I have lived my life to be a mentor and to be mentored! Constantly. Everything in the world has been passed down. Every piece of knowledge is something that has been shared by someone else.

If you understand it as I do, mentoring becomes your true legacy. It is the greatest inheritance you can give to others. It is why you get up every day—to teach and be taught." - John Wooden

"When we fail to differentiate between self and other in a mentoring relationship, we run the risk of projecting our own lived experience onto our mentee." - Lisa Fain

"Without access to mentors and organization sponsors who can provide much-needed advice, coaching, and counsel, many of us are not prepared for the real game that is being played. It is as if we are trying to play soccer on a baseball diamond." - Brenda Harrington

"The only way your child will grow out of their dependency into self-sufficient adults is for you to essentially abandon your own independence for 20 years or so." - Timothy Keller

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. A mentor is someone who allows you to know that no matter how dark the night is, in the morning, joy will come.

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view." — Oprah Winfrey

"Mentoring is an indispensable requirement for an artist's growth. Not only are skills and experience shared, but there is value in the essential re-examination of one's own work and techniques." - Jim Norman

"If there is a single factor that spells out the difference between the cafeteria fringe headed for greatness and those doomed for low self-worth, even more than a caring teacher or a group of friends, it is supportive, accepting parents who not only love their children unconditionally but also don't make them feel as if their idiosyncrasies qualify as 'conditions' in the first place."

- Alexandra Robbins

"Jesus' simple poetic words are delivered casually and gently. Jesus prefers to explain a difficult concept over time, never talking down to His followers, patiently letting the words soak in until they understand them fully. - Roma Downey

Mentoring Quotes From Famous Leaders

"With careful guidance and mentorship, you will reach your highest self." – Lailah Gifty Akita

"My own dreams, fortunately, came true in this great state. I became Mr. Universe; I became a successful businessman. And even though some people say I still speak with a slight accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own." - Benjamin Disraeli

"If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before." - J. Loren Norris

"He who wants to be served must first know how to serve." - Lailah Gifty Akita

"We were motivated by our mentors to go an extra mile." - Lailah Gifty Akita

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing." - Benjamin Franklin

"The best teachers are those who tell you where to look – but don't tell you what to see." - Alexandra K. Trenfor

"My mistakes have been my greatest mentors." – Steve Maraboli

"Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I may remember, involve me, and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

"We must find time to stop and thank those the people who make a difference in our lives." –John F. Kennedy

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"Small steps in the right direction can turn out to be the biggest step in your life" - Unknown*

"Having someone do certain things for you is like getting someone to chew your food for you. It might be easier to swallow, but it loses all its flavor... And you want the flavor!" - Ze Frank

"We are what our great Mentors have taught us." – Lailah Gifty Akita

"The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." - Mestrius Plutarchus

"Spoon Feeding is only good for children, not for adults. Let them think for themselves, and don't baby them. They are just plain lazy." - Ann Marie Aguilar

"How you coach them is how they're going to play." - Stefan Fatsis

"The mediocre mentor tells. The good mentor explains. The superior mentor demonstrates. The greatest mentors inspire!" - Lucia Ballas Traynor

"As a leader, your job is to maximize human potential." - Germany Kent

"Since the day we are born, we tend to follow someone, usually our parents, who are our first mentors. This is an innate action, we need someone to empower us, push us to follow our dream. Once you have your mentor, you are already halfway to success." - Unknown*

"Great mentors give wise guidance." – Lailah Gifty Akita

"When human feelings collide, emotions cultivate their distinctive sensitivities." - Bhuwan Thapaliya

"To be a man, a boy must see a man." - J. R. Moehringer

"Today, the lines between mentoring and networking are blurring. Welcome to the world of mentworking." - Julie Winkle Giulioni

"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself." - Galileo Galilei

"Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else." - Pat Conroy

"A truly great mentor is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget." - Unknown*

"Are you my mentor? If someone has to ask this question, the answer is probably no. When someone finds the right mentor, it is obvious." - Sheryl Sandberg

"It's so essential to surround yourself with individuals who are already where you want to be. Iron sharpens iron." - Unknown*

"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." - Robert Frost

"They (teenage boys) don't really listen to speeches or talks. They absorb incrementally, through hours and hours of observation." - Rob Lowe

"True mentors have this unique ability to pick up vibes that everyone else misses from within you." - Ahmad R Kazi

"In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn." - Phil Collins

Inspirational Mentorship Quotes

"Many people see a brick wall as an obstacle when it's really a 'how to' for achieving success. You have to build either of them one brick at a time." - Rob Liano

"Inspiration is a tool and a trap. If you're going to be inspired by anyone, be inspired by people who have been exactly where you are now." - Douglas Copeland

"The bigger question is how does a rogue species called humans - whose population just blew through the seven billion mark on its way to nine billion members - manage to survive the next century on a planet with finite resources without destroying its delicate balance in the process." - Edward Burtynsky

"What I think the mentor gets is the great satisfaction of helping somebody along, helping somebody take advantage of an opportunity that maybe he or she did not have." - Clint Eastwood

"You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"If you're early on in your career and they give you a choice between a great mentor or higher pay, take the mentor every time. It's not even close. And don't even think about leaving that mentor until your learning curve peaks." – Stanley Druckenmiller

"When you focus your attention more on your dreams and goals and less on the opinions of others, you are capable of achieving success. No one knows the desires of your heart better than you." - Amaka Imani Nkosazana

"A successful individual doesn't fear failure but understands that it's necessary to learn and grow from." - Robert Kiyosaki

"We all have human feelings, emotions, and thoughts. If we don't spend time with the Lord, we become dominated by them. But when we spend time with God, our unforgiveness, doubt, lust, hate, anxiety, and sadness becomes forgiveness, faith, purity, love, peace, and joy." - Stormie Omartian

"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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Written by Solomon Ibeh

Bachelor of Engineering

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Solomon IbehBachelor of Engineering

As an engineering graduate from the University of Benin, Solomon is a highly skilled professional with a diverse background in education, engineering, and digital marketing. He brings a strong analytical mindset and problem-solving skills to his work. His experience working on campaigns for companies such as Facebook, including the No False News Zone, Made4Africa, and the CBN (Consumer Protection Awareness) campaigns, showcases his ability to collaborate with diverse teams and deliver successful projects.

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Deepali SinghalBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature, Master of Arts specializing in English Literature

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