Influence Quotes

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. - George Eliot


It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence. - Eric Hoffer


He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow. - Elbert Hubbard


The influence of individual character extends from generation to generation. - Iain Macleod


The person who lives with cripples will soon learn to limp. - Italian Proverb


Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred. - Korean Proverb


People will sit up and take notice of you if you will sit up and take notice of what makes them sit up and take notice. - Frank Romer


Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything. - B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner


What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. - Henry Ward Beecher


One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite. - Jorge Luis Borges


Every one comes between men's souls and God, either as a brick wall or as a bridge. Either you are leading men to God or you are driving them away. - Canon Lindsay Dewar


At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on. - Albert Einstein


The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves. - Edward Morgan Forster


The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. - Soren Aabye Kierkegaard


In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking of a tightrope. - Henri Matisse


Though one sits in meditation in a particular place, the Self in him can exercise its influence far away. Though still, it moves everywhere. The Self cannot be known by anyone who desists not from unrighteous ways, controls not his senses, stills not his mind, and practices not meditation. - Voltaire


Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs. - Albert Einstein


What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. - Henri Matisse


There are four chief obstacles in grasping truth, namely, submission to faulty and un-worthy authority, influence of custom, popular prejudice, and the concealment of our own ignorance accompanied by an ostentatious display of our knowledge. - Roger Bacon

Chick Corea was a great influence on me, musically, as I was growing up.-Debra Wilson


There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev. He had a wonderful influence.-Ninette de Valois


My father was my main influence. He was a preacher, but he was also a history and political science teacher, and since he was my hero, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher.-David Soul


The Grateful Dead were an influence on our music but they weren't by a long shot the biggest influence.-Jon Fishman


Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.-William Styron


The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political; it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms.-Christopher Dawson


The Egyptian tomb was the outcome of the Mesopotamian influence and followed from the religious crisis the country had undergone.-Stephen Gardiner


I'd begun reading Crumb shortly before that, and other underground stuff, so that was an influence to some degree. Of course the Marvel and DC comics, they had been my main interests in my teenage years.-Chester Brown


For when we talk about the spreading power and influence of globalization, aren't we really referring to the spreading economic and military might of the US?-Fredric Jameson


I could start with Mandelstam, who was a huge influence on my early writing.-Helen Dunmore


I think we'll always have newspapers, but they'll lose influence.-Will McDonough


I, talking about my children, of course I wanted them to succeed in life, they have to choose whatever job or occupation that they want, I will not try to influence.-Abdullah Ahmad Badawi


The only reason we make good role models is because you guys look up to athletes and we can influence you in positive ways. But the real role models should be your parents and teachers!-Dante Hall


Whenever it's suggested that our sponsors have some kind of influence or control of what we cover in some kind of censorship through financial pressure, it's rubbish. That's never happened.-Morley Safer


The things that concern us during the day are going to influence what we experience during the night.-Henry Reed


To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions.-Kim Campbell


It's the clothes that influence the music I'm going to play.-Graham Coxon


It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing, because other people's comments will influence what happens.-Donna Tartt


It is a question of fact, whether the influence of motives be fixed by laws of nature, so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances.-Thomas Reid


For me, having come to study and understand some of the Bible and finally getting saved made a huge difference in me, because my wife was a big influence on that. I saw in her, when I first met her, a person's soul at peace with everything and everybody around her.-Randy Travis


I met my wife Anne who was a sociology student, and her influence together with activities associated with the student movement of the time opened up my interests amongst other things into the theatre, art, music, politics and philosophy.-Paul Nurse


Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies' resources, and minimized their own.-Titus Livius


Even with Extreme, I don't think you have a choice but to sort of have somewhat of an influence of the times.-Nuno Bettencourt


I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns.-Alex Lifeson


The most powerful moral influence is example.-Huston Smith


My family has always been there to support me along the way. My coach, John Nicks, is a great influence.-Sasha Cohen


I think my uncle was probably the biggest influence in my life. We grew up in the same house, and he was just a really great, hard-working, honest, ethical person.-Catherine Bell


Meanwhile the Church more and more provided for the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, by practically chaining His influence to the hierarchy and the sacraments.-Robert Rainy


Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff.-S. E. Hinton


Some of the best times in my life happened under the influence of drugs... I'd still be doing it if I could make good judgement calls. I'd still be doing it if I didn't blow up to the size of an aircraft hangar, because it was a great time.-Robbie Williams


To the extent that the United States has, I don't like the word hegemony, the United States has influence around the world, I don't think that's based on to any significant degree on the fact that countries use the dollar as their major reserve.-Robert C. Solomon


We hope and we've made clear that the forces need to come out. It needs to be full and complete withdrawal. Our position is it needs to be done as soon as possible so that the elections can be free, fair and free of outside influence.-Stephen Hadley


That U.N. Security Council resolution requires getting Syrian troops and intelligence officials out of Lebanon so that the Lebanese can have elections here this spring that are free and fair and free of outside influence.-Stephen Hadley


Don Knotts was a really big influence, especially on the Steve Allen show. I mean, look at the guy, his entire life is in his face.-Tim Conway


When the state or federal government control the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens.-Michael Badnarik


In every religion there is an element of the supernatural, varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees.-Charles Eastman


It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race.-Lafcadio Hearn


The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the 500, he reaches the five hundred thousand.-Brooks Adams


The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.-Dean Inge


In this culture, where entertainers and athletes wield such power, it seems only right to me that they try to make their influence a good one.-Pat Boone


Influence is like a savings account. The less you use it, the more you've got.-Andrew Young


Children have in the past and continue to influence policy makers.-Carol Bellamy


The interests of the United States are better served by demanding reform and seeing that reform takes place than by removing our influence from the UN.-Jesse Helms


By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.-John Acton


That's one of the things about the Tea Party people. They think corporations have too much influence in American life and they do.-Howard Dean


I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequaled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people.-Joseph Pulitzer


Picasso's always been such a huge influence that I thought when I started the cartoon paintings that I was getting away from Picasso, and even my cartoons of Picasso were done almost to rid myself of his influence.-Roy Lichtenstein


I don't think that I'm over his influence but they probably don't look like Picassos; Picasso himself would probably have thrown up looking at my pictures.-Roy Lichtenstein


I don't think that artists of any kind would or could sacrifice their artistic freedom by being more responsible with their influence on people, especially young people.-Christy Turlington


A guy called Arthur Brown... was a big influence of mine... and also Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull.-Bruce Dickinson


Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire.-William Godwin


The forbidden things were a great influence on my life. I was forbidden from reading A Catcher in the Rye.-Amy Tan


In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent.-Don Marquis


I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language.-Don DeLillo


The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.-Don DeLillo


Acting is the most personal of our crafts. The make-up of a human being - his physical, mental and emotional habits - influence his acting to a much greater extent than commonly recognized.-Lee Strasberg


Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality.-Dee Hock


It follows from what we have just said, that the natural changes of monads come from an internal principle, since an external cause would be unable to influence their inner being.-Gottfried Leibniz


For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another.-Gottfried Leibniz


But in simple substances the influence of one monad over another is ideal only.-Gottfried Leibniz

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