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27 Amazing Mentorship quotes (the last one is life-changing)

The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.

--John C. Maxwell

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.

--John C. Crosby

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

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

Remember that mentor leadership is all about serving. Jesus said, 'For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.'

--Tony Dungy

Without a mentor in life, one can easily succumb to folly. Without a mentor in life, one can easily become self-centered, capricious and arrogant.


One who refuses to seek the advice of others will eventually be led to a path of ruin. A mentor helps you to perceive your own weaknesses and confront them with courage. The bond between mentor and protege enables us to stay true to our chosen path until the very end.


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

More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing artists from poor technique, clouded vision and personal uncertainty.

--Paul Soderberg

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.


In learning you will teach, in teaching you will learn.

--Phil Collins

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.

--Steven Spielberg

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.

--Oprah Winfrey

No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself.

--Conrado I. Generoso

Mentoring is a two-way street. You get out what you put in.

--Steve Washington

If your mentors only tell you that you are awesome, it's time to find other mentors.

--Cosette Gutierrez

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.


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.' In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in the essential but unfinished drama of reinventing community, while reaffirming that there is an important role for each of us in it.

--Marc Freedman

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

--Jim Rohn

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

--Margaret Mead

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

--Benjamin Franklin

“Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.”

--Junot Diaz

“I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me, and I want to share what I’ve learned.”

--Herbie Hancock

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

--Winston Churchill

“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

“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

These are some of the quotes that I used during the research for my upcoming book, Letters to an Apprentice. If you like these quotes, you're going to love reading my book in April.

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