Example quotes and sayings

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
Edmund Burke

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
Albert Einstein

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.
Anonymous

I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.
Mae West

More quotes

A precedent embalms a principle.
William Scott

Practise what you preach.
Proverb

Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.
Mark Twain

A good example has twice the value of good advice.
Anonymous

A good example is the best sermon.
Benjamin Franklin

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
Confucius

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
Albert Einstein

If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
George Bernard Shaw

Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.
Anonymous

Example is the best precept.
Aesop

Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen.
George Saville

It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example.
Fred Hoyle

If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to serve as a horrible warning.
Catherine Aird

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

Example is leadership.
Albert Schweitzer

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
Francis Bacon, Sr.

Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.
Henry Miller

I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
Dean Acheson

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Benjamin Disraeli

Example is better than following it.
Ambrose Bierce

And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
James Madison

The best example of democracy I can recall is five wolves sitting down to dinner with one sheep.
Anonymous

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Everyone is bound to bear patiently the results of his own example.
Phaedrus

Example may be better than precept, but together they make a winning team.
Anonymous

Throughout history there have been many other examples, similar to that of Haeckel, Huxley and the cell, where a key piece of a particular scientific puzzle was beyond the understanding of the age.
Michael Behe

The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.
Felix Adler

A man improves more by reading the story of a person eminent for prudence and virtue, than by the finest rules and precepts of morality.
Joseph Addison

Why doth one man’s yawning make another yawn?
Robert Burton

I’ve found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example – to lead with your fork, not your mouth.
Bernie Wilke

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
Andre Breton

Although you have so far demonstrated little faith in my ability to pay, I yet hope to demonstrate that I am somebody who pays his debts–for example, to you.
Friedrich Nietzsche

As can be seen even by this limited number of examples proteins carry out amazingly diverse functions.
Michael Behe

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
Benjamin Franklin

Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

I love things that age well – things that don’t date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best.
Giorgio Armani

I’ve learned that children’s eyes observe more than there ears ever hear and the example we set for them determines their actions.
Anonymous

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Amelia Earhart

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week.
Mario Cuomo

The world is full of strange phenomena that cannot be explained by the laws of logic or science. Dennis Rodman is only one example.
Dave Barry

A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
Phillips Brooks

Some things are only capable of being done in space. Examples of that are looking at our Earth from that far away, and understanding the entire processes of storms and weather patterns, and oceans, and coastlines.
Laurel Clark

The people are fashioned according to the example of their kings; and edicts are of less power than the life of their ruler.
Claudian

IF we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.
William Bartram

Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster’s own personal example.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell

No reproof or denunciation is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.
Hosea Ballou

Examples one finds in the philosophical literature are somebody who’s seen the trial of a child of theirs, where they’re being proved guilty of some crime that would drive the parent into a depression, maybe a suicidal depression.
Robert Nozick

Every word that judges value is circular. ‘Good’ is ‘right’ is ‘proper’ is ‘just’ is ‘good’. But check the examples, and they’re not circular at all: Every one says ‘makes me happy’.
Richard Bach

Whatever parent gives his children good instruction and sets them at the same time a bad example, may be considered as bringing them food in one hand and poison in the other.
John Balguy

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on.
Dalai Lama

People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I’ll give you an example; I don’t read what’s handed to me. People say, ‘Here, here’s your speech, or here’s an idea for a speech.’ They’re changed. Trust me.
George W. Bush

There are many examples in high schools which show something about the effects such competition might have.
James S. Coleman

Sinn Fein has productively taken the example of South Africa and, as we develop the peace process, we continue to use examples from South Africa.
Gerry Adams

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
Thomas Jefferson