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Inspiring Mentor Quotes to Guide You

These mentor quotes will inspire you to find that great teacher who will motivate you to achieve your best.

Finding a mentor is one of the best ways to improve yourself and your career.

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What are the benefits of reading these mentor quotes?

The word “mentor” is as old as storytelling, first coined to mean a wise teacher in Homer’s The Odyssey, and its definition is little changed even now, thousands of years later.

Finding a wise teacher who will look out for you and guide you in the right direction is difficult.

But sometimes, all we need is a little push to go after our destinies, and a mentor is a perfect person to do so.

These mentor quotes will:

  • Help you learn what to look for in a mentor
  • Inspire you to mentor someone else
  • Give you the words to acknowledge and thank a mentor in your life

What does your mentor mean to you?

Whether it’s a teacher who saw your potential, a boss who made you their protégé, or a coach for a sporting team, there’s no wrong place to find a mentor, as long as someone you admire. 

Today, we’ve collected the best mentor quotes from the internet to inspire you and motivate you to find a teacher who will push you, challenge you, and help you grow.

Also, check out our most popular quote article, a list of short inspirational quotes for daily wisdom. 

See the rest of our quote database for even more inspirational ideas and thoughts.


Powerful mentor quotes to guide you

1. “It’s been true in my life that when I’ve needed a mentor, the right person shows up.” – Ken Blanchard

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2. “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” Oprah Winfrey

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3. “A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.” -– Shawn Hitchcock

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4. “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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5. “In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn.” – Phil Collins

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6. “If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” – J Loren Norris

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7. “You cannot teach a man anything.  You can only help him discover it within himself.” – Galileo Galilei

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8. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” – Stephen Covey

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9. “It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

Mentor quotes about making a difference

10. “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun

Mentor quotes about teaching

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Mentor quotes to motivate you to achieve your best

11. “Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else.” – Pat Conroy

Mentor quotes about coaching

12. “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” – John Wooden

Mentor quotes about change

13. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”― Robert Frost 

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14. “Mentoring is: Sharing life’s experiences and God’s faithfulness.” – Janet Thompson

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15. “We are what our great Mentors have taught us.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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16. “True mentors have this unique ability to pick up vibes that everyone else misses from within you.” – Ahmad R Kazi

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17. “A Role Model should be like the light at the end of a tunnel, guiding you when you are lost.” – Cristina Imre

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18. “Mentors change lives, but students change mentors’ lives more.” – Richie Norton

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19. “The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.” – Plutarch

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20. “My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’” — Jim Rohn

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21. “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton

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22. “My mistakes have been my greatest mentors.” – Steve Maraboli

Mentor quotes about mistakes

23. “No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself.” – Conrado I. Generoso

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24. “If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.” – Romain Rolland

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25. “Mentors build mentors. Leaders build leaders. When you look at it closely, it’s really one and the same thing.” – Tony Dungy

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26. “What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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27. “You can’t push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb himself” — Andrew Carnegie

Mentor quotes to inspire and teach

28. “Your mentors in life are important, so choose them wisely.” ― Robert Kiyosaki

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29. “Find a great mentor who believes in you; your life will change forever!” ― Bill Walsh

Mentor quotes to inspire progress

30. “A great mentor helps you to achieve what seems impossible.” ― Mariela Dabbah

Mentor quotes to inspire greatness

Mentor quotes to guide you in the right direction

31. “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” – Anonymous

32. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson

33. “Mentoring brings us together – across generation, class, and often race – in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate, in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, that ‘we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.’” –Marc Freedman

34. “The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” – Edward Buller-Lyton

35. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung
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36. “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” – Dan Rather

37. “The best teachers are those who tell you where to look – but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K.Trenfor

38. “Conflict between an apprentice and his master is not always bad; in fact, it is almost inevitable, if the apprentice’s destiny is to exceed the accomplishments of the master.” – Kilroy J. Oldster

39. “Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” – Samuel Taylor

40. “More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing artists from poor technique, clouded vision and personal uncertainty.” – Paul Soderberg

Mentor quotes to inspire and teach

41. “What I think the mentor gets is the great satisfaction of helping somebody along, helping somebody take advantage of an opportunity that maybe he or she did not have.” Clint Eastwood

42. “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” – Steven Spielberg

43. “The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it,  to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right.” – Hannah Whitall Smith

44. “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” – Author Unknown

45. “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Khalil Gibran

46. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

47. “The people closest to me determine my level of success or failure. The better they are, the better I am. And if I want to go to the highest level, I can do it only with the help of other people. We have to take each other higher.” – John C. Maxwell

48. “Coaches are aware of how to ignite passion and motivate people. They have an energy that is contagious and know exactly how to get their team excited.” – Brian Cagnee

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49. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”― Margaret Mead 

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50. “Search for role models you can look up to and people who take an interest in your career. But here’s an important warning: you don’t have to have mentors who look like you. Had I been waiting for a black, female Soviet specialist mentor, I would still be waiting. Most of my mentors have been old white men, because they were the ones who dominated my field.” –Condoleeza Rice

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Other powerful mentor quotes

51. “The great masters are great mentors.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

52. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” – Steve Jobs

53. “It doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest person in the room: If you’re not someone who people want to be around, you won’t get far. Likewise for helping those in line behind you. I take seriously my role as a mentor to young female filmmakers–I make sure my time is tithed.” – Melissa Rosenberg

54. “In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” – Maya Angelou

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55. “Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” – Denzel Washington

56. “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg

57. “Be patient with yourself; trust in the Universe; find mentors; know that you can achieve whatever you set out to do.” – Diane L. Dunton

58. “Great mentors give wise guidance.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

59. “With careful guidance and mentorship, you will reach your highest self.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

60. “A mentor is a person, an expert in a specific area of endeavor, who trains, guides and observes a less experienced person to also become an expert through support, advice, and involvement in character-building opportunities.” – Israelmore Ayivor

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61. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

62. “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”  – Plato 

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63. “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”  – E.M. Forster 

64. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  – William Arthur Ward 

65. “What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”  – Paulo Coelho

66. “Leaders..should influence such a way that it builds people up, encourages and edifies them so they can duplicate this attitude in others.”  – Bob Goshen 

67. “Mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults that we would like. It’s the only way we grow.”  – George Lucas

68. “Encouragement: To place courage within them, by coming along side them and inspiring them to hold on, to work hard, to fight for the cause placed in their care.”  – Jozua Van Otterloo

69. “A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of us and tells us how they did it.

A mentor is someone who walks alongside us to guide us on what we can do.”  – Simon Sinek 

70. “There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing that you’ve had a truly positive impact on the lives of others.”  – Michael ONeill

Mentor quotes about the power of mentoring others

71. “I’ve trained my people in mentoring entrepreneurs and made myself obsolete.” — Ram Shriram

72. “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — John C. Crosby

73. “In a battery, I strive to maximize electrical potential. When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential.” — Donald Sadoway

74. “I’ll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring, and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face.” — Bernard Cornwell

75. “The recommendation when I’m mentoring folks, I always tell them – and we talked about this last year—take a risk.” — Ginni Rometty

76. “The path to diversity begins with supporting, mentoring, and sponsoring diverse women and men to become leaders and entrepreneurs.” — Denise Morrison

77. “I think it’s so important as a woman, and especially as a minority, to lift as you climb. So having people shadow you or mentoring people – that’s important to me.” — Maria Taylor

78. “I take mentoring very seriously and I am on the board of an organization called Girls Write Now, where we match teen girls and writing mentors because it changes their lives.” — Tayari Jones

79. “A mentor is someone with a willingness to help others, who has a capacity to inspire, a determination to work hard, a clear sense of vision, an inspiring purpose, a deep sense of integrity and an appreciation for joy.” — Kerry Kennedy

80. “The problem with feminism in the second wave was that we fought so much among ourselves, and I think we did so much damage to the movement… and I think the next wave, the third wave, is women mentoring younger women and women helping younger women to enter the political process and the writing world.” — Erica Jong

Mentor quotes to inspire connection 

81. “I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.” – Denzel Washington

82. “The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.” – John C. Maxwell

83. “As we get older, it’s important for us to help hand back some of what we’ve gained as we’ve grown older. It should be one of your responsibilities – it’s almost like being a mentor.” – Ciara

84. “If you ask most smart or successful people where they learned their craft, they will not talk to you about their time in school. It’s always a mentor, a particularly transformative job, or a period of experimentation or trial and error.” – Ryan Holiday

85. “Every kid needs a mentor. Everybody needs a mentor.” – Donovan Bailey

86. “If you’re early on in your career and they give you a choice between a great mentor or higher pay, take the mentor every time. It’s not even close. And don’t even think about leaving that mentor until your learning curve peaks.” – Stanley Druckenmiller

87. “Age is rarely a limitation to being a mentor.” – Ken Blanchard

88. “When looking to build a genuine connection with a mentor, you can simply partake in shared hobbies or activities the mentee or mentor is into, exchange stories, or partake in trust-building workshops together.” – Tobias Harris

89. “Men, if you are in a position of power or authority, please respectfully continue to mentor and work with talented individuals and those with promise, regardless if they are men or women.” – Carol Roth

90. “As a mentor, you have to be willing to put yourself in your mentee’s shoes to understand their struggles that they deal with.” – Tobias Keith

Positive Mentor Quotes For Your Inspiration

91. “You can’t teach a person to love something. But you can get him to feel the heat of your love for something.” ― James MacDonald

92. “Mentoring is the cultivation of young adults, the tender caring for and nurturing of them so that they will grow, flourish, and be fruitful.” ― Jeff Myers

93. “How you coach them is how they’re going to play.” ― Stefan Fatsis

94. “My mentors inspire and encourage me to fulfill my highest potential.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

95. “I think the most important quality of a mentor is that they are open to following students where they want to go. Not always pushing their own agenda.” ― Cordelia Jensen

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96. “Great mentorship is priceless.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

97. “We were motivated by our mentors to go an extra mile.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

98. “Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

99. “We must never forget our teachers, our lecturers and our mentors. In their individual capacities have contributed to our academic, professional and personal development.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

100. “True Mentors, don’t make their mentees a clone of themselves” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive

Inspiring Mentor Quotes For Mentors And The Mentees

101. “Today the lines between mentoring and networking are blurring.  Welcome to the world of mentworking” — Julie Winkle Giulioni

102. “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” — Bob Proctor

103. “Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

104. “Behind every great leader, at the base of every great tale of success, you will find an indispensable circle of trusted advisors, mentors, and colleagues.” – Unknown

105. “Alexander the Great valued learning so highly, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge than to his father Philip for life.” – Samuel Smiles

106. “Regardless of our title or years of experience we can learn from each other. Through mentoring and by being open to learn we can reach our ultimate potential.” — Lily Benjamin

107. “Mentoring is about listening to people, helping them go over what the issues are and how to clarify ways to deal with any problems that may arise.” — Mildred Dresselhaus

108. “Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others.” — David Stoddard

109. “There are many reasons I enjoy mentoring. My biggest is the satisfaction I get in seeing someone’s goals and interests become reality.” — William Robalino

110. “Lincoln began to emerge from his funk by helping a coworker who looked up to him out of a funk of his own.” — Richard Brookhiser

Beautiful Mentor Quotes On the Importance Of Mentors To Achieve Success

111. “What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.” – Vivek Wadhwa

112. “Mentoring is an indispensable requirement for an artist’s growth. Not only are skills and experience shared, but there is value in the essential re-examination of one’s own work and techniques.” – Jim Norman

113. “We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout.” – Epictetus

114. “My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend.” ― Tiger Woods

115. “Mentors are all around us. Who makes you feel confident, inspired, focused, and is willing to share their experience?” ― Anna Letitia Cook

116. “I encourage all of you to seek out teachers and mentors that challenge you to think for yourself and guide you to find your own voice.” ― Renee Olstead

117. “My favorite mentor unleashed my passions, channeled my energy, guided my growth, and encouraged my success.” ― Anna Letitia Cook

118. “Getting a mentor is a shortcut to success.” ― Bo Sanchez

119. “My mentor had genuinely had my best interests and my goal for growth at heart. As a result, that mentorship changed my career path.” ― Lyn Immerman

120. “Mentoring is a two-way street. The mentor gets wiser while mentoring, and the mentee gains knowledge through his/her mentor.” ― Marisol Gonzalez

Thank you mentor quotes

121. “We must find time to stop and thank those the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F Kennedy

122. “If the world had more people like you it would be a better place. You do make a difference.” – Catherine Pulsifer

123. “A mentor empowers the person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.” – Shawn Hitchcock

124. “Remember that mentor leadership is all about serving.” – Tony Dungy

125. “Every great achiever is inspired by a mentor.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

126. “You are only as powerful as your mentors.” – Robert G. Allen

127. “Every kid needs a mentor; every human needs a mentor.” – Donovan Bailey

128. “It’s important to look for mentors all around you.” – Maureen Chiquet

129. “If you ask any successful business person, they will always have had a great mentor at some point along the road.” – Richard Branson

130. “Your guidance and patience no matter what I was doing has helped develop me into the person I am today, thank you!” – Catherine Pulsifer

Which of these mentor quotes inspired you to live your best life?

The best mentors are those that push you to your limits and challenge you to achieve things that you never thought were possible.

Their guidance can mean the difference between a life spent in stagnation and one that is constantly affected by your growth as a human and in your career.

No matter what type of mentor you’re looking for, one thing is for sure: you need someone who will motivate you to achieve your best.

These mentor quotes are meant to inspire you to find that great teacher in your life and always to be grateful for their help and guidance.

Which of these powerful mentor quotes resonated with you best?

Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add?

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