is serving as a desirable model to others.


“What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not by exhortation.”

Erica Jong (born 1942); educator, author

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

Clint Eastwood (born 1930); American film actor, director, producer, composer and politician

“Example moves the world more than doctrine.”

Henry Miller (1891-1980); author, writer

“Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.”

François Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680); writer, moralist

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] humorist, essayist, novelist

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

Segoyewatha [Red Jacket] (1750-1830); Native American Seneca chief, orator

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear you speak.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.”

Latin Proverb

“That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime- to set an example- and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.”

William McKinley (1843-1901); 25th President of the United States

“Personal example carries more weight than preaching.”

Chinese Proverb

“And children whose backgrounds have stunted their sense of the future need to be taught by example that they are good for more than they dared dream.”

Kenneth Keniston professor

“When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.”

African Proverb

“We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction. ”

Malcolm Gladwell (born 1963); author

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”

Anatole France (1844-1924); critic, writer

“Personally I do not resort to force - not even the force of law — to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example.”

Rutherford Hayes (1822-1893); 19th U.S. president

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273); Persian poet, mystic

“There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.”

Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958); Inventor, engineer

“It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.”

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983); philosopher

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

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“If only people would realize that moral principles are like measles...They have to be caught. And only the people who've got them can pass on the contagion.”

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963); novelist

“Teachers: two kinds: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move and the kind that just give you a little prod from behind and you jump to the skies.”

Robert Frost (1874-1963); poet

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

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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Everyday Hero: Jerry

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Everyday Hero: Danielle

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Ankita 2 months ago from Mumbai

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judah 3 months ago from corwin

At home, television, school, street, church. Every day we deal with different people in all that influence and are influenced, we must appreciate what we see and not to be taken away by bad examples.
Anderson about 2 years ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

Sometimes it is not that we go out of our way to teach somebody a good value but to just be there to lead them by being ourselves. Good habits as well as bad habits are enough to change someone’s life if we do our best to always be a good example then we should have nothing to worry about.
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