Example Quotes


  • The pulpit only “teaches” to be honest; the market-place “trains” to over-reaching and fraud; and “teaching” has not a tithe of the efficiency of “training”. Christ never wrote a “Tract” in his life, but he went about doing good.
    o Horace Mann Demands of the Age on Colleges

  • People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.
    o Oliver Goldsmith The Bee no. II 13 October 1759 On Our Theatres

  • Indeed a wise and good man will turn examples of all sorts, to his own advantage. The good he will make his patterns, and strive to equal or excel them. The bad he will by all means avoid.
    o Thomas à Kempis The Imitation of Christ book 1 Ch. 25
    + George Stanhope translation

  • None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.
    o Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard’s Almanack July 1736

  • Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
    o Herodotus The Histories Book 1, Ch. 8

  • If thou desire to see thy child virtuous, let him not see his father’s vices: thou canst not rebuke that in them, that they behold practised in thee; till reason be ripe, examples direct more than precepts: such as thy behaviour is before thy children’s faces, such commonly is theirs behind their parents’ backs.
    o Francis Quarles Enchiridon book 3 XVIII


  • Example is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.
    o Rev. R. Cecil

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

  • Advice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves.
    o H. W. Shaw

  • Example is contagious behaviour.
    o Charles Reade

  • The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men.
    o Samuel Johnson

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