200+ Famous Quotes From the Greatest Leaders

  • A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.                         – Mahatma Gandhi


  • A day spent helping no one but yourself is a day wasted. – Abraham Lincoln


  • A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. – Colin Powell


  • A fool can become a genius when understands he is a fool, But, a genius can become a fool when he understands he is a genius. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.                       –  Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela


  • A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte


  • A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. –  Winston Churchill


  • A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past. – Fidel Castro


  • A revolution is not a bed of roses. – Fidel Castro


  • A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done – Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • Act with courage and dignity; stick to the ideals that give meaning to life.                          – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.                  – Nelson Mandela


  • All birds find shelter during a rain. But the eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference! – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln


  • An honest Man will receive neither Money nor Praise that is not his due.                               –  Benjamin Franklin


  • Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understand the problems of running a country. – Margaret Thatcher


  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.                          – Henry Ford


  • Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.                 – John F. Kennedy


  • Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. – George Washington


  • Before God trusts you with success, you have to prove yourself humble enough to handle the big prize. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Birth Day – The only day in your life …. Your mother smiled when you cried.                         – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words.  Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions.  Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits, for they shall become your values.  Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.                         – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, and a vision. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F. Kennedy


  • Change is the only constant in life. Ones ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life. – Benjamin Franklin


  • Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Common sense without education, is better than education without common sense.             – Benjamin Franklin


  • Confidence comes from victory, but strength comes from the struggle.                                – Arnold Schwarzenegger


  • Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth – John F. Kennedy


  • Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. – B. R. Ambedkar


  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • Determination is the power that sees us through all our frustrations and obstacles.  It helps in building our willpower which is the very basis of success.                                       – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you to realize your hidden potential and power.  Let difficulties know that you too are difficult.                                     – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions. – Winston Churchill


  • Do not advise too much: do the job yourself. This is the only advice you can give to others. Do it and others will follow. – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Do not stop until you finish your work, and once you finish plan for the next big goal. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. – Margaret Thatcher


  • Don’t read success stories, you will only get a message.  Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep. – – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.                    – Nelson Mandela


  • Everything will probably never be okay. But we have to try for it. –  Vladimir Putin


  • Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will.  –  Abraham Lincoln


  • Focus your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little life of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. – Barack Obama


  • For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.  Therefore, they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect.                              – Mahatma Gandhi


  • For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela


  • Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – John F. Kennedy


  • Freedom is never dear at any price.  It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living? – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.                – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. – George Washington


  • God has not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our life through; God has not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.                  – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  •  Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.                                          – General Colin Powell


  • Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. – Theodore Roosevelt


  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.                – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Hard work never brings fatigue. It brings satisfaction. – Narendra Modi


  • Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Have a great aim in life, continuously acquire the knowledge, work hard and persevere to realize the great achievement. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson


  • Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.                                – Desmond Tutu


  • I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics. – Barack Obama


  • I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. – Abraham Lincoln


  • I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. – Fidel Castro


  • I don’t mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation. – Indira Gandhi


  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.                      – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls. – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.                                 – Nelson Mandela


  • I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson


  • I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved. – B. R. Ambedkar


  • I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, “here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well”. – Martin Luther king, Jr.


  • If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.  – Barack Obama


  • If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen. –  Ronald Regan


  • If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t walk run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving. – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela


  • If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. – Nelson Mandela


  • 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


  • If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.  – Aung San Suu Kyi


  •  If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams


  • I’m a small person put in this big chair. –  Dr. Manmohan Singh


  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.              – Thomas Jefferson


  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest. – Abraham Lincoln


  • It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. – Nelson Mandela


  • It is necessary to suppress any extremist actions, on all sides, regardless of their origin.       – Vladimir Putin


  • It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes. – Joseph Stalin


  • It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.           – Margaret Thatcher


  • It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.   Benjamin Franklin


  •  It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit                        – Harry S. Truman


  • Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be.                         – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. – Helen Keller


  • Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy


  • Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • Leadership to me means duty, honor, and country.  It means character, and it means listening from time to time. – George W. Bush


  • Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. – Nelson Mandela


  • Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life. – Morarji Desai


  • Life is beautiful!  One day, one hour and one minute, will not come again in your entire life.  Avoid fights, angriness and speak lovely to every person. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.                           – Albert Einstein


  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.                              – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.                                   – John F. Kennedy


  • Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. – Harry S. Truman


  • Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.                        – Bill Clinton


  • Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will. – Nelson Mandela


  • Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process. – John F. Kennedy


  • Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power. –  Abraham Lincoln


  • Never feel sad about losing anything in life because whenever a tree loses a leaf, a new leaf grows in its place. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Never forget that when we are silent, we are one. And when we speak we are two. – Indira Gandhi


  • Never give up on your dreams no matter how old you are no matter where you are today, do not give up dreaming for a better tomorrow. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte


  • No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.                        – Abraham Lincoln


  • No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well. – Margaret Thatcher


  • Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so. – Charles de Gaulle


  • Old friends are gold.  New friends are diamonds.  If you get diamonds, don’t forget gold because only gold can hold a diamond. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • One best book is equal to hundred good friends but one good friend is equal to a library.  – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. – Subhash Chandra Bose


  • Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. – Richard M. Nixon


  • Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • Opportunities are not offered. They must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance… and courage. – Indira Gandhi


  • Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.           – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu become a better Hindu; a Muslim a better Muslim; a Christian a better Christian. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men. – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • Past is a “Waste Paper”, Present is a “News Paper”, and Future is a “Question Paper”.  So read and write carefully.  Otherwise life will be a tissue paper.                                        – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.                            – Margaret Thatcher


  •  People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. T he leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives. – Theodore Roosevelt


  • People do not make wars; governments do. – Ronald Reagan


  • Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan. – Margaret Thatcher


  • Poverty is the worst form of violence. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Relationships are based on four principles: respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Religion should not be allowed to come into Politics….Religion is merely a matter between man and God. – Muhammad Ali Jinnah


  • Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads, so long as we reach the same goal? – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. – Charles de Gaulle


  • Success is a vehicle, which moves on a wheel named hard work, but the journey is impossible without the fuel named self confidence! – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.                  – Winston Churchill


  • Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.                                    – Winston Churchill


  • Success often comes to those who dare to act. It seldom goes to the timid who are ever afraid of the consequences. – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Teachers are the backbone of any country, the pillar upon which all aspirations are converted into realities. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.                        – Tony Blair


  • The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.  – Theodore Roosevelt


  • The courageous do not lie down and accept defeat. Instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. –  Queen Elizabeth II


  • The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a  small part of himself in both. –  Vaclav Havel


  • The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.  – Richard M. Nixon


  • The first principle of non- violent action is that of non co-operation with everything humiliating. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.                               – Eleanor Roosevelt


  • The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. – Ronald Reagan


  • The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.               – Nelson Mandela


  • The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. – Ronald Reagan


  • The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still, small voice of conscience. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines. – Charles de Gaulle


  • The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help. – Ronald Reagan


  • The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. – Winston Churchill


  • The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when we bore people, they think it’s their fault. – Henry Kissinger


  • The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill


  • The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. – Indira Gandhi


  • The secret of success is to make your mind work for you – not against you. This means constantly being positive, constantly setting up challenges you can meet – either today, next week, or next month etc. – Arnold Schwarzenegger


  • The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. –  Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • The task of the government is not only to pour honey into a cup, but sometimes to give bitter medicine. – Vladimir Putin


  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.                           – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive. – Albert Einstein


  • The world is not the most pleasant place…You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.                                – Queen Elizabeth II


  • There are two days in the year that we cannot do anything, yesterday and tomorrow.            – Mahatma Gandhi


  • There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women. – Muhammad Ali Jinnah


  • There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.  Anwar Sadat


  • There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.  – Nelson Mandela


  • There is no humiliation more abusive than hunger. –  Pranab Mukherjee


  • Think well before selecting your leader, and when you have selected him, follow him. But in case you find his policy detrimental to your interests, kick him out.                              – Muhammad Ali Jinnah


  • Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy


  • Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves. – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. – George Washington


  • To make peace, one must be an uncompromising leader. To make peace, one must also embody compromise. – Benazir Bhutto


  • To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces – desire, belief, and expectation. – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • True love is boundless like the ocean and, swelling within one, spreads itself out and, crossing all boundaries and frontiers, envelops the whole world. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to the light.                                – George Washington


  • Unless and until you inspire the people, you will not get results. Imposition will never give you the results. Inspiration will always give you the results. – Narendra Modi


  • Unlike the drop of water which loses its identity on joining the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society he lives in. He is born not for the development of society alone, but for the development of himself. – Dr. B.R.Ambedkar


  • War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.       – George Washington


  • War is an unmitigated evil. But it certainly does one good thing.  It drives away fear and brings bravery to the surface. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is.  Revolution is when you decide that for yourself. – Benjamin Franklin


  • We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. – Abraham Lincoln


  • We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs. – Bill Clinton


  • We do not believe that a nuclear war should be fought, and we do not believe that a nuclear war can be won. –  Atal Bihari Vajpayee


  • We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.                                  – Winston Churchill


  • We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.                – Nelson Mandela


  • We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added. – Ronald Reagan


  • We should remain students for lifetime. You should be ready and yearn to learn from every moment of life. The basic elements of life need to be associated with learning. The learning process should be a part of your DNA. – Narendra Modi


  • We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.                    – Martin Luther King Jr.


  • We’ve climbed the mighty mountain. I see the valley below, and it’s a valley of peace.           –  George W. Bush


  • Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.  I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. – Martin Luther King Jr.

  • When you allow your ego to control your thoughts, everything you believe becomes illusion. – Mahatma Gandhi


  • When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.                                      – Franklin D. Roosevelt


  • Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. – Thomas Jefferson


  • Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral. – Jawaharlal Nehru


  • Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail.               – Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam


  • You are never too young to lead, nor too old to act. And you should never doubt your capacity to triumph where others have not.  – Kofi Annan


  • You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. – Abraham Lincoln


  • You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea.  You can kill a man, but not an idea. – Benazir Bhutto


  • You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.                                    – Eleanor Roosevelt


  • You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. – Malcolm X


  • You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.                              – Eleanor Roosevelt


  • You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. –  Winston Churchill


  • You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates.  – Richard M. Nixon


  • You must see it. You must believe it. And then you must never stop working to make it happen. –  Arnold Schwarzenegger


  • You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. –  Winston Churchill


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