Quotes for
the Journey:

Role Models

Each person must live their
life as a model for others.

Rosa Parks


If I am walking with two other people, each of them will serve as my teacher.  I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.       -Confucius


Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused.  Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models.  We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great.  We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.
-Daniel J. Boorstin

Some of the most important people in my life would be shocked to learn that they were role models.  They weren't celebrities, or even particularly accomplished.  But they had some quality that I admired, that made me want to be like them.       -Donn Moomaw

The most important role models in people's lives, it seems, aren't superstars or household names.  They're 'everyday' people who quietly set examples for you--coaches, teachers, parents.  People about whom you say to yourself, perhaps not even consciously, 'I want to be like that.'        -Tim Foley

You don't have to know people personally for them to be role models.  Some of my most important role models were historical or literary figures that I only read about--never actually met.       -John Wilson
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
-Khalil Gibran

The young are looking for living models whom they can imitate and who are capable of rousing their enthusiasm and drawing them to a deeper kind of life.  More than anything else, the young need sure guides to go with them on the paths of liberation that God maps out for them.        -Bakole wa Ilunga
Children have more need of models than of critics.       -Joseph Joubert (also attributed to Carolyn Coats)
The best way to teach children restraint and generosity is to be a model of those qualities yourself.  If your children see that you want a particular item but refrain from buying it, either because it isnít practical or because you canít afford it, they will begin to understand restraint.  Likewise, if you donate books or clothing to charity, take them with you to distribute the items to teach them about generosity.        -Lawrence Balter
If you as parents cut corners, your children will too.  If you lie, they will too.  If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won't either.  And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.       -Marian Wright Edelman
You are in charge of your feelings, beliefs, and actions.  And you teach others how to behave toward you.  While you cannot change other people, you can influence them through your own behaviors and actions.  By being a living role model of what you want to receive from others, you create more of what you want in your life.       -Eric Allenbaugh
You've got to be careful whom you pattern yourself after because you're likely to become just like them.       -Rich Mayo

Whether or not you have children yourself, you are a parent to the next generation.  If we can only stop thinking of children as individual property and think of them as the next generation, then we can realize we all have a role to play.        -Charlotte Davis-Kasl
Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents.  Parents are handing life's scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children's lives.        -Stephen R. Covey
I think it's an honor to be a role model to one person or maybe more than that.  If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do.  That's what it's all about.         -Tiger Woods
Don't worry that children never listen to you.  Worry that they are always watching you.       -Robert Fulghum
      A troubled mother took her daughter to see Mohandas Gandhi, who was world-renowned for his great spiritual discipline.  It seems the young girl had become addicted to eating sweets, and her mother wanted Gandhi to speak to her about this harmful habit and convince her to drop it.  Upon hearing this request, Gandhi paused in silence and then told the mother, "Bring the girl back to me in three weeks and I will speak to her then."
     Just as she was instructed, the mother returned with her daughter, and Gandhi, as he had promised, spoke to the girl about the detrimental effects of eating too many sweets.  He counseled her to give them up.
      The mother gratefully thanked Gandhi, but was perplexed.  "Why," she asked him, "did you not speak to my daughter when we first came to you?"
     "My good woman," Gandhi replied, "three weeks ago I myself was still addicted to sweets!"     -unattributed

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It's hard to carry a child around with you, but fortunately, in most cases, you don't have to ask a child for directions if you have a well-chosen role model ready to guide you.  This is the next prescription:  Take one role model, as often as needed.  Set aside a few minutes today to fill this prescription so you will have it handy when you need it.  Think now about who your role models have been.  What do they offer?  Who else do you admire, and exactly what do you admire about them?  Have your roster of role models ready and waiting to help you the next time you are perplexed.     -Bernie Siegel, Prescriptions for Living
Others see their possibility in the reality of you.  Your message is your life lived.     -Neale Donald Walsch

Since we do not get formal training from society, we've been relying on the role models in our lives.  But isn't it true that most of us were raised by parents from an era that put little or no emphasis on human functioning?  Where life management was concerned, people of earlier generations did get strapped into the cockpit and launched off the runway, ready or not.  If our parents were never trained to be effective mothers, fathers, spouses, then what kind of role models could they be?  In fact, I submit to you that if you have been fortunate enough to have positive role models in your life, you--and they--can thank Providence or blind luck or even trial and error that they got it right, but it's a safe bet that training and preparation had nothing to do with it.  Simply put, this means not only that you may lack certain crucial information, but that the information you do have may be wrong.      -Phil McGraw
The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor, and no person can tell what becomes of his or her influence and example.     -Henry Ward Beecher
If you set the right example, you won't need to worry about the rules.      -unattributed

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