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Quotes About Role Models

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James Baldwin
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

George Carlin
“If your kid needs a role model and you ain't it, you're both fucked.”
George Carlin, Brain Droppings

Roald Dahl
“I want an Oompa-Loompa!' screamed Veruca.”
Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Stephen Colbert
“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, I Am America

Christopher Hitchens
Who are your favorite heroines in real life? The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Lana Del Rey
“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

John Wooden
“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, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Queen Latifah
“I don’t want to be a supermodel; I want to be a role model.”
Queen Latifah

“Always do your best in whatever you do;
set goals and seek challenges;
become a role model for those coming behind you; and
always have God in your heart."

Marine Brigadier General Charles F. Bolden Jr.-- senior African-American pilot in the Marine Corps and NASA astronaut.”
Marine Brigadier General Charles F. Bolden Jr.

Meryl Streep
“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”
Meryl Streep

Jodi Picoult
“Polar north can't get away from a magnet; the magnet finds it, no matter what.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

David Levithan
“We wish we could have been there for you. We didn't have many role models of our own--we latched on to the foolish love of Oscar Wilde and the well-versed longing of Walt Whitman because nobody else was there to show us an untortured path. We were going to be your role models. We were going to give you art and music and confidence and shelter and a much better world. Those who survived lived to do this. But we haven't been there for you. We've been here. Watching as you become the role models.”
David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

W.H. Auden
“A dead man who never caused others to die seldom rates a statue.”
W.H. Auden

Noam Chomsky
“I do not feel that we should set up people as “models”; rather actions, thoughts, principles.”
Noam Chomsky

Suzanne Brockmann
“-When I was growing up, Lieutenant Uhura was a major role model for me, a strong black woman on the bridge of a starship…
-In a miniskirt, answering the interplanetary telephone?”
Suzanne Brockmann

“Unfortunately, we don't have all that many good examples to follow. The people that our cultures label as "successful" are the ones who have become wealthy or famous or celebrities, but the truly successful people--those who have become happy and who are living happy, loving, giving lives--aren't often featured in our newspapers or newscasts. We see the politicians and the criminals and the athletes and the entertainment "stars," but we don't see the people who can truly inspire us to be happy by being just who we are.”
Tom Walsh

“Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.”
Rosabeth Moss Kantor

Carl Sagan
“We tend to hear much more about the splendors returned than the ships that brought them or the shipwrights. It has always been that way. Even those history books enamored of the voyages of Christopher Columbus do not tell much about the builders of the Nina the Pinta and the Santa Maria or about the principle of the caravel. These spacecraft their designers builders navigators and controllers are examples of what science and engineering set free for well-defined peaceful purposes can accomplish. Those scientists and engineers should be role models for an America seeking excellence and international competitiveness. They should be on our stamps.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Christy Leigh Stewart
“My author role model is Kurata Misako. I want to be rich enough to drive from room to room in my home but also down to earth enough to let squirrels live in my hair.”
Christy Leigh Stewart

Leonard Sax
“If we fail to provide boys with pro-social models of the transition to adulthood, they may construct their own. In some cases, gang initiation rituals, street racing, and random violence may be the result.”
Leonard Sax, Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

G. Neri
“When gangs took over the [abandoned public land in Philadelphia] and the neighborhood took a turn for the worse, horses became a way of saving lives. By getting boys interested in raising a horse rather than killing another human being, these cowboys gave the youth something positive: father figures, focus, and the ability to stand tall.”
G. Neri, Ghetto Cowboy

Jane Bowles
“Even then she wore the look of certain fanatics who think of themselves as leaders without once having gained the respect of a single human being.”
Jane Bowles, Two Serious Ladies

“When I was a kid, my parents were very careful about who was “acceptable” as my heroes if you will, because they didn’t want me being influenced by athletes who lacked morals. Cal Ripken and Dale Murphy were at the top of my mom’s list of players she felt were good role models, so of course I was a diehard fan of both those guys.”
Tucker Elliot

Amy Chua
“I’m not holding myself out as a model, but I do believe that we in America can ask more of children than we typically do, and they will not only respond to the challenge, but thrive.”
Amy Chua

Matthew Polly
“When you are the only laowai in a village of 10,000 Chinese martial artists and you've sat through several dozen films where a white man shouts, "You Chinese dog," before getting his ass kicked, it starts to irritate you. We all need role models.”
Matthew Polly, American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China

David Levithan
“My peers are my role models, and my role models are my peers. Which is extraordinary.”
David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

Niccolò Machiavelli
“A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savor of it. Let him act like the clever archers who, designing to hit the mark which yet appears too far distant, and knowing the limits to which the strength of their bow attains, take aim much higher than the mark, not to reach by their strength or arrow to so great a height, but to be able with the aid of so high an aim to hit the mark they wish to reach.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Israelmore Ayivor
“The role that people play in your life can determine how far you can go.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream

Heather Dale
“A hero lives forever for the ones who carry on.”
Heather Dale

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