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50 Greatness Quotes for Finding Your True Potential

Are you striving to achieve greatness? The greatness quotes below will strengthen your mindset and shed light on your true potential. 

Who do you believe embodies greatness? 

Depending on who you ask, the definition of greatness differs. Some may believe that greatness depends on business success, while others may believe greatness lies within having a large impact on your community.

No matter what your vision of success looks like, our quotes will put you on the right path towards them. Our collection features quotes from entrepreneurs, celebrities, writers, and so much more. 

Learn from the amazing quotes below and use the knowledge to chase your goals!

Inspirational greatness quotes

1. “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

2. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley

3. “Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people; greatness is being accepted by the people.” – Mike Tyson

4. “There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.” – Leo Tolstoy

5. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

6. “Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.” – Blaise Pascal

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

8. “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

9. “True greatness consists in being great in little things.” – Charles Simmons

10. “You can’t cost-cut your way to greatness.” – Ruth Porat

11. “Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it.” – Lionel Richie

12. “Stick to your true north – build greatness for the long term.” – Ruth Porat

13. “Run away from greatness and greatness will follow you.” – Abu Bakr

14. “Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.” – Horace Mann

Greatness quotes about leadership

15. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

16. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow

17. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger

18. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado

19. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

20. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

21. “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” – Harold S. Geneen

22. “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller

23. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

24. “The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.” – Henry Miller

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

26. “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” – Ray Kroc

27. “A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.” – Henry Kissinger

Greatness quotes about change

28. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

29. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy

30. “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

31. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

32. “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert

33. “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” – Benjamin Disraeli

34. “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” – Flannery O’Connor

35. “What’s dangerous is not to evolve.” – Jeff Bezos

36. “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” – Timothy Leary

37. “Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.” – Denis Waitley

38. “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” – Robert Anthony

39. “To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.” – William James

40. “Ignorance is always afraid of change.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

Greatness quotes about learning

41. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

42. “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” – Gloria Steinem

43. “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” – Will Rogers

44. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

45. “Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.” – Steve Harvey

46. “Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.” – Morgan Freeman

47. “Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

48. “You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

49. “Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.” – Benjamin Disraeli

50. “The learning process continues until the day you die.” – Kirk Douglas

Is greatness within you? 

Some people believe that greatness is only in a few people. The truth is: the potential for greatness is in all of us. We just have to tap into it. 

You are capable of anything you set your mind to. With passion, ambition, and a plan, you can move mountains. 

If you see others who have achieved your definition of greatness, don’t let it discourage you. Use it as fuel to drive you towards your personal goals. Soon, people will look up to you. 

Which of these greatness quotes and sayings is your favorite? Is there any other quotes we should have included? Let us know below.

Nia Simone McLeod
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