23 Powerful Greatness Quotes to Inspire Young Leaders

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23 Powerful Greatness Quotes to Inspire Young Leaders

These greatness quotes are captivating. And greatness resonates from within. It comes from the desire to do extraordinary things. To reach beyond the status quo and diligently chase your dreams. It all starts with setting and achieving goals, but when you aim higher than your mark, you force yourself to get better, one victory at a time.

There is a seed of greatness in all of us, but we as individuals have to choose to be great. Greatness is influential! And with a finite amount of time to live your ideal life, the time to embrace your inner excellence is always now.

Get started today with these 23 powerful greatness quotes—as a dose of inspiration to spark your journey.

1. “Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” —Wilma Rudolph

3. “To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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4. “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” —Edmund Hillary

5.“You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”― Rumi

6. “Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.” —Joseph B. Wirthlin

7. “Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.” —Gordon B. Hinckley

8. “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” —William Faulkne

9. “A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”– James E. Faust

10. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”— Og Mandino

11. “Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” —William Shakespeare

12. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan

13. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”— Mary Kay Ash

14. “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”— Theodore Roosevelt

15. “Let us consider the nature of true greatness in men. The people who can catch hold of men?s minds and feelings and inspire them to do things bigger than themselves are the people who are remembered in history. . . . those who stir feelings and imagination and make men struggle toward perfection.”– Henry Eyring 

16. “Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” —Dorothy Height

17. “Big dreams create the magic that stir men’s souls to greatness.” —Bill McCartney

18. “If we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it?” —Lee Strasberg

19. “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” —Zig Ziglar

20. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” —Napoleon Hill

21. “When you have had a taste of excellence, you cannot go back to mediocrity.” —Maximillian Degenerez

22. “The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.” —Charles R. Swindoll

23. “No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.” —William Hazlitt

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Bonus: “As human beings, we all have potential for greatness. Unfortunately, there are many things in life that hold us back like agonizing personal experiences, hurts, disappointments and major setbacks that form in us limiting beliefs about ourselves.”– Clarence Chan

I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu

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