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Leadership Values Quotations

Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility, & Courage

On the premise that these Youth Leadership Core Values are best illustrated through the words and opinions of others, please click on the values above to view a collection of quotations illustrating each value.


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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters

compared to what lies within us."

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Let unswerving integrity be your watchword."

~ Benedict De Spinoza

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless,

and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."

~ Samuel Johnson

"Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing;

either you have it or you don't."

~ Peter Scotese

"There are many persons ready to do what is right

because in their hearts they know it is right.

But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move

-- and he, in turn, waits for you."

~ Marian Anderson

"Integrity needs no rules."

~ Albert Camus

"The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity."

~ Zig Zigler

"Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right;

decide on what you think is right and stick to it."

~ George Eliot

"Integrity is the essence of everything successful."

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

"Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do".

~ Don Galer

"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do.

The hard part is doing it."

~ General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

"Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching."

~ Jim Stovall

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.

Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,

ambition inspired, and success achieved."

~ Helen Keller

"On matters of style, swim with the current,

on matters of principle, stand like a rock."

~ Thomas Jefferson

"A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity."

~ Baltasar Gracian

"Don't worry so much about your self-esteem.

Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward."

~ Laura Schlessinger

"A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes'

merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Integrity is not a conditional word.

It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather.

It is your inner image of yourself,

and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat,

then you know he never will."

~ John D. MacDonald


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"Some men see things as they are, and say 'Why?'

I dream of things as they never were, and ask, 'Why Not?' "

~ George Bernard Shaw

"It is never too late to become what you might have been."

~ George Eliot

"Know where you want to go in life,

then seek the help of others to get there".

~ Anonymous

"We would accomplish many more things

if we did not think of them as impossible."

~ Chretien Malesherbes

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,

but by the moments that take our breath away"

~ Unknown

"I am easily satisfied with the best"

~ Winston Churchill

"The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality.

The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality."

~ James A. Mitchener, The Drifters

"Your Goals, Minus Your Doubts and The Dreams That You Have Surrendered,

Equal Your Reality!"

~ Anonymous

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished

by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

~ Dale Carnegie

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."

~ Helen Keller

"Keep moving. Keep striving. Keep going."

~ Anonymous

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.

These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."

~ Vince Lombardi

"There is no limit to what can be done if it doesn't matter who gets the credit."

~ Author Unknown

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.

Small people always do that,

but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

~ Mark Twain

"There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges

who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential."

~ Rusty Berkus

"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality."

~ Otto Rank

"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings."

~ William Blake

"What you achieve through the journey of life

is not as important as who you become."

~ Anonymous

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,

perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."

~ Henry David Thoreau

"Six essential qualities that are the key to success:

Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity."

~ William Menninger

"A goal is created three times.

First as a mental picture.

Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension.

And third, when you take action towards its achievement."

~ Gary Ryan Blair

"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also

the foundation of courage and true progress."

~ Nicholas Murray Butler

"Great things are accomplished by talented people

who believe they will accomplish them."

~ Warrren Bennis

"Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility

into flames of achievement."

~ Foster C. McClellan

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."

~ Jack Kinder

" 'Where there is a will there is a way,' is an old and true saying.

He who resolves upon doing a thing,

by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it,

and secures its achievement."

~ Samuel Smiles


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"If you take responsibility for yourself

you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams."

~ Les Brown

"As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice,

and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature.

We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility."

~ Arnold J. Toynbee

"Responsibility educates."

~ Wendell Phillips

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you,

never excuse yourself."

~ Henry Ward Beecher

"Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility

to give something back by becoming more."

~ Anthony Robbins

"A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with

a man is what he makes of himself".

~ Alexander Graham Bell

"People need responsibility.

They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it."

~ John Steinbeck

"Accountability breeds response-ability."

~ Stephen R. Covey

"Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all.

Yet it is the only thing in the world that develops us,

gives our manhood or womanhood fiber."

~ Frank Crane

"What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us

so let us own our responsibility,

place it in our hands and carry it with dignity and strength."

~ Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

"The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man."

~ Roy L. Smith

"I long to accomplish some great and noble task, but it is my chief duty

to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

~ Helen Keller

"Be more aware of responsibility than you are of your rights."

~ Unknown

"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken,

society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.

It is time to restore the American precept that

each individual is accountable for his actions."

~ Ronald Reagan

"You must take personal responsibility.

You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind,

but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of."

~ Jim Rohn

"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past,

but by the responsibility for our future."

~ George Bernard Shaw

"A hero is someone who understands

the responsibility that comes with his freedom."

~ Bob Dylan

'You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

~ Abraham Lincoln

"Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility...

in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have...

is the ability to take on responsibility."

~ Michael Korda

"If it is to be, it is up to me."

~ William H Johnsen

"Take your life in your own hands and what happens?

A terrible thing: no one to blame."

~ Erica Jong

"There is nothing in the universe that I fear,

but that I shall not know all my duty, or shall fail to do it."

~ Mary Lyons

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

~ Winston Churchill

"We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse."

~ Rudyard Kipling

"Nobody can do it for you."

~ Ralph Cordiner

"They always say that time changes things,

but you actually have to change them yourself."

~ Andy Warhol

"We must exchange the philosophy of excuse

for the philosophy of responsibility."

~ Samuel Smiles

"You can delegate authority, but not responsibility."

~ Stephen W. Comiskey

"You can't dodge your responsibilities by saying they don't exist!"

~ Douglas Adams

"I am responsible.

Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening,

I am responsible for my attitude

toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character."

~ Walter Anderson

"Nothing strengthens the judgment

and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility."

~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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"With courage you will dare to take risks,

have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble.

Courage is the foundation of integrity."

~ Keshavan Nair

"Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's courage."

~ Anais Nin

"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice."

~ Conficius

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace."

~ Amelia Earhart

"We could never learn to be brave and patient,

if there were only joy in the world."

~ Helen Keller

"True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher."

~ John Petit-Senn

"Take chances, make mistakes.

That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage.

You have to fail in order to practice being brave."

~ Mary Tyler Moore

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.

To not dare is to lose oneself."

~ Soren Kiekegaard

"A man can fail many times but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame someone else."

~Waite Phillips

"The brave venture anything."

~ Euripides

"It is easy to be brave from a safe distance."

Aesop's Fables

"Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go;

it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."

~ Alice Mackenzie Swaim

"Most men have more courage than even they themselves think they have."

~ Fulke Greville

"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."

~ Martin Luther King

"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for."

~ Oprah Winfrey

"Conscience is the root of all true courage;

if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience."

~ James Freeman Clarke

"Courage without conscience is a wild beast."

~ Robert G. Ingersoll

"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 which you think you cannot do."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;

it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."

~ Seneca

"There is the risk you cannot afford to take,

and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take."

~ Peter Drucker

"You haven't failed till you quit trying."

~ Anonymous

"Courage is the first of human qualities

because it is the quality which guarantees all the others."

~ Winston Churchill

"Courage is resistance to fear,

not absence of it."

~ Mark Twain

"Courage is more than standing for a firm conviction.

It includes the risk of questioning that conviction."

~ Julian Weber Gordon

"The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity

is the capacity to stand on one's own convictions--not obstinately or defiantly

(these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage)

nor as a gesture of retaliation,

but simply because these are what one believes."

~ Rollo May

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.

There can be no courage unless you're scared."

~ Eddie Rickenbacker

"Courage is not the absence of fear,

but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."

~ Ambrose Redmoon

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