Example Quotes

Most popular example quotes

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

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Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

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Example is the best precept.
Example is an eloquent orator.

European proverbs proverbs

Example is better than precept.


He preaches well that lives well.
A good example is the best sermon.


Practice yourself what you preach.
Example has more followers than reason.
Children have more need of models than critics.
It is easier to exemplify values than teach them.
None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.


Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.
The crab instructs its young, "Walk straight ahead—like me."
— Indian proverb

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Setting too good an example is a kind of slander seldom forgiven.
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
No man is completely useless; he can always serve as a bad example.


Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.


People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
He or she is greatest who contributes the greatest original practical example.
If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
A superior who works on his own development sets an almost irresistible example.
Be careful how you live your life, it is the only Gospel many people will ever read.


Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.
It is a trite but true observation, that examples work more forcibly on the mind than precepts.
There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.
People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves.
We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.

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Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.
They who set an example make a highway.  Others follow the example, because it is easier to travel on a highway than over untrodden grounds.
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.
From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light.

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Example is one of the most potent of instructors, though it teaches without a tongue.  It is the practical school of mankind, working by action, which is always more forcible than words.