Soul Food for Fridays: Quotes to Look at the Legacy You are Leaving

Are you a flowing fountain or a leaky bucket? How’s that for a legacy question? in working on a series on legacy, I came across some great quotes that fed my soul to look at the legacy I am leaving, and share them with you to bring out the best in your legacy.

“Your words, your schedule, your choices, your obedience, the way you savor your victories and the way you swallow your defeats all help to define your life. It is this definition that your children rely on most as they seek to chart their own future.” — Tim Kimmel, Legacy of Love 

“The world is anxiously waiting to see what Jesus Christ can do in, by, for, and through one man wholly given to him — God-led. You can be that man.” — Frank Buchman

“Our interest is not just to take our history forward but to draw the desired future toward us.” — Dr. Lamar Vest of the American Bible Society

“Whether you like it or not, you will leave a leadership legacy.” — Ken Blanchard, Lead Like Jesus

“In the end, a person is only known by the impact he or she has on others.” — Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift

“Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started … He will assume control of your cities, states and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities, and corporations … The fate of humanity is in his hands.” — Abraham Lincoln

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The Legacy (1920) by János Tornyai [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Introduce a child to what beauty is at age ten, and he will look for it the rest of his life!” — Walter Turnbull, Boys Choir of Harlem

“The legacy we leave is part of the ongoing foundations of life. Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who will come after will have only what we leave them. We are stewards of this world, and we have a calling on our lives to leave it better than how we found it, even if it seems like such a small part.” — Jim Rohn

“Leave the world a bit better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My most cherised possession I wish I could leave you is my faith in Jesus Christ, for with Him and nothing else you can be happy, but without Him, and with all else, you will never be happy.” — Patrick Henry

“Eternal legacies are built on our convictions, our character, and our community.” — Ace Collins

“I half cherish the hope that the end of history will be Swissness.” — Jan Morris

“In the next year or so, my signature will appear on $60 billion of United States currency. More important to me, however, is the signature that appears on my life — the strong, proud, assertive handwriting of a loving father and mother.” — Katherine D. Ortega, U. S. Treasurer

“We are your symphony, Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. And we are the music of your life.” — Mr. Holland’s Opus

“What in the world are you doing? If you know, then you are good to go — live it and make an impact! If you don’t know, then maybe you need to reflect on what you are doing, what your life is about, and how you can explode the mundane bubble you may be living in! The world needs impact makers — so live to be one!” — Chris Widener

“Whenever I miss you, I just look in my heart and there you are.” — Mother of Sally Fishcher

“Knowing how people in your own family were heroes of the faith may help your children grasp that Christianity is an important part of their heritage.” — Jane Kise

“When you teach your son, your teach your son’s son.” — The Talmud

“It is only as we develop others that we are permanently succeed.” — Harvey Fireston

“All ball ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.” — Babe Ruth

“Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.” — H. G. Wells

“The measure of a man’s character is not what he gets from his ancestors, but what he leaves his descendants.” — Unkown

“The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.” — Fred A. Manske, Jr.

“A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.” — John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” — Walter Lippmann


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