Role Models Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Role Models Quotes from famous persons: Salma Hayek, Adam Peaty, Jo Swinson, Larry Ellison, Judith Durham. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Role Models Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

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They offered me that film before I did Frida and I said, no, I’m not capable of directing. Then after seeing Julie direct, I was inspired by it. She motivated me to do it, because we don’t have role models as woman for directors.
It’s good for kids to look up to sporting role models.
If you look at the role models that are out there, the women that tend to be photographed tend to be actresses and models, whereas the men are often in the media because of what they do in terms of business and sport.
I wish HP nothing but the best. I think HP is an icon. Those of us who had their careers in the Valley think of Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett as role models. We would love to be half as good as they were.
My role models came in my imagination, from what I’d heard on the radio or on record… Vera Lynn I loved, but I’d only ever heard her on the radio. Gospel singers, Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson. So it was in my head that I visualised the emotion but no way to see how people do it.
I don’t have just one role model – rather, pieces of inspiration from many different entrepreneurs. One of the great things about being an entrepreneur is that it naturally enables you to build a village of advisors and role models.
Inspiration, in its rich variety, must be present in any discussion about Africa. We need role models – they are essential to the advancement of our society.
I believe that athletes – especially female athletes in the world’s leading sport for women – should serve as role models.
You have responsibilities, and you are role models to kids. That comes with the job.
You don’t need role models to be part of a social movement as long as you care about the issues.
I wasn’t against becoming a dad: I’d had a good childhood, as childhoods go, and as role models, my imperfect parents were as good as or better than most.
Michael Redhill
I grew up in business at a time where there weren’t very many female role models, and so in the early days, we wore little bow ties like the guys, and we talked about the Army even though we weren’t in the Army. And the reality was that wasn’t the right way to approach the business world.
I’m learning as I go. I don’t know everything. I never had anybody to look at, nobody ever taught me, and where I’m from I didn’t have any famous role models.
At Camfed, we have focused on transforming the vicious cycle of poverty in many rural African communities into a cycle of opportunity. Alumnae of Camfed’s programs go on to become role models and mentors for future generations of young students. We call this the ‘virtuous circle,’ and we know this is a model that works.
Seeing guys like Canelo helps me get better because they are already champions and I want to become champion. Having role models like that helps me a lot.
I did gymnastics, I wanted to be like Dominique Dawes. But the good think about role models is that you don’t just have them when you are kid. My role models from WWE came when I was older. When I was 27, my role models from WWE became Jacqueline and Beth Phoenix.
I grew up watching cinema in my country that wasn’t telling stories about us, and we had to find a way to connect, and our references, our role models had nothing to do with us. And I’m so glad that it’s changing.
I copied John Lennon; I copied a bit of David Bowie. It’s such a shame, and I’m so glad that now young girls have so many different role models in all different walks of life.
Reality TV is a lot about drama, but for the first time in a long time, you actually have role models on TV.
Young men, more than anything, need good role models in their lives.
I grew up at a time in Hawaii where there were trans women around, so there were visible role models for me. At the same time, as a low-income trans girl of color, there were so many things that I didn’t have access to. I didn’t have access to a great education. I didn’t have access to affordable healthcare.
My African-American friends thought it was cool that I was racing. It’s not like we had any role models out there to look up to, so everyone understood I was doing something very different.
Professional sportspersons are role models, recognized and they have a responsibility. Having said that, everyone makes mistakes and one needs to move on and learn from them.
I have some role models. In Brazil, they are mostly writers. A writer named Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto is my favorite. Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis is also a very important figure for me.
Joaquim Barbosa
A lot of people consider the actors as their role models and look up to them for guidance. When your decision affects the lives of others, you have to learn to live up to the responsibility.
My role models in the business were the older guys on my team when I first got there: Gray Scott, Adrian Smith, Roland Taylor. These were the guys who took me under their wing, and really schooled me in terms of what the business was about.
Some people shun the idea of role models but I think it’s one of the most important things people have in life – role models, to look up to.
A loving family matters. So do male role models.
Jess Ennis, Chrissie Ohuruogu, Vicky Pendleton and Laura Trott, to name a few, have acted as female role models in England.
For me, I was always the only woman in my cohort, first as a mechanical engineering undergraduate student, then as a chemical engineering graduate student. There were very few women getting degrees in those fields at the time. My role models were men – great men role models.
I didn’t have any role models. I really thought I was doomed to this loveless, lonely life. I didn’t know any gay people until I began doing theater.
There are many role models I’ve been around, and kind of the biggest one – there’s a show called ‘Push Girls,’ with all women in wheelchairs, and they’re all really good friends of mine. And one, Angela Rockwood, is still modeling, in a wheelchair. After a car accident.
Jamie Brewer
Sometimes I feel like the best role models and the people you should look up to most are the people who make mistakes because they show you how to overcome them and walk through that mistake with integrity and grace.
I don’t see myself as a role model; people should look to mothers and sisters as role models.
When you speak to potential black and ethnic coaches who want to go into the game, one aspect that they always speak about are role models. They would like to see representation, more at a higher level. And any part I can play in that I am delighted to do.
People who dream of something bigger and better are good role models.
My parents are good role models because they’ve worked hard and gave me a happy childhood.
I didn’t grow up with a lot of role models necessarily when I started out – there weren’t many people who looked like me on TV. Not in England.
I am aware of how many young girls are out there looking for inspiration and for role models and I want to make sure I don’t let them down.
Billy Konchellah with his World Championship titles, Paul Ereng with his Olympic gold and Wilson Kipketer with his World records are my role models.
There’s lots of singers that I love; I don’t know if I used any of them as role models. Maybe I would have been a better singer when I started if I had.
My father was in and out of jail throughout my childhood. He really wasn’t in my life at all. Thankfully, I had two strong role models who guided me through those years.
Rashard Lewis
Kids in college often look for mentors and role models to model their careers after, and women don’t have the equivalent of a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. I think it’s a self-perpetuating loop.
Ruchi Sanghvi
If all the shows on television were about happy, functional relationships, first of all I don’t know how many role models there are out there, sadly. And secondly, who would watch? Drama is conflict.
Andrea Roth
To give you an idea what it feels like to be going in with some of the best baseball players of all-time, I mean it is fantastic. I have to say this about them, there are so many of these guys up here that were my role models, people I looked up to, people I wanted to be like.
I think that not only do saints make poor role models, they are incapable in one sense of identifying radically with those of us who are mere mortals. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mortality says to us that here’s a figure who got up every day of his life facing tremendous odds and yet overcame them.
I looked up to my parents because they were very successful in what they wanted to do. I was lucky; I didn’t have to look far for role models.
I don’t think anyone would say that the women on the United States national team are not great role models and ambassadors. Everywhere we go, we connect with fans, sign autographs, and represent our sport and federation with class.
People need role models, and they need to feel that there’s this opportunity to learn. They need to have people that will stick up for them. I want to be a part of that.
The ability to act as a role model shouldn’t depend on owning a pile of trophies. Instead, we should look at role models as whole people – people who fail but overcome adversity, people who inspire us both on and off the course, people who spend their time trying to make their community a better place.
When you’re young, stay active no matter what you do, and look up to positive role models.
We’ve seen the kind of social impact a professional sports team has on a city. A team brings high-profile role models into your community who are healthy and they’re great images for the city to gravitate toward, especially for kids.
We’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go, so we need to give our time to promote the game and be role models – to make the next generation see us and want to become us.
My dad is a judge, but he started off as an attorney. He is one of my biggest role models; both of my parents are. So, from a young age, I said I wanted to be an attorney.
My role models were from track-and-field – Florence Griffith Joyner, Gail Devers.
It’s important for moms, but also dads, to recognize that they’re role models when it comes to their kids’ physical health, when it comes to working out, and when it comes to nutrition.
Dominique Dawes
I guess rock stars are role models for the kids who listen to that music. My role models have all been geologists – you know, the guys who are doing fieldwork until they’re 70.
From the very beginning, I had a lot of female role models in music. I would go to shows, and there were always women fronting bands and playing guitar or backing up and playing drums or bass in a band. That probably contributed to my belief in myself to go out and perform for people.
Many people, especially in the U.S., see countries like Sweden or Norway or Finland as role models – we have such a clean energy sector, and so on. That may be true, but we are not role models.
The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said, once you’re a teenager you’ve probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you’re going to.
My mother and father were perfect role models. They were together for 25 years and very much in love. But I’ve got too much to do now. I’m only 27.
When I was really young, the women’s national team wasn’t on a grand media stage, so my role models were male basketball and male American football players.
I realised there were no good role models for kids. Popeye eats spinach, but also smokes and hits people.
Even if you have a brain predisposed to liberalism, you might end up with some conservative friends or find inspiring conservative role models who could be very influential on you, and that could send you down a different track in life.
Boys want to grow up to be like their male role models. And boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers search the hardest to figure out what it means to be male.
Women are not only deciding the outcome of elections, they serve as important role models for their daughters and other young women – they hold a key to expanding the way in which women value and experience politics.
Cheryl Mills
Role models can inspire. Campaigns can motivate. But if we want all girls everywhere to rise up, then we must find them, befriend them and support them.
My role models were childless: Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, George Eliot, the Brontes.
My role models were Kevin Phillips and David Beckham, and, for me, now girls can look up to female footballers and want to aspire to be them and try to follow in their footsteps and even be better than us.
Not all of us are born with the same role models and grasp things the same way.
Nathan Phillips
In the 1980s, there weren’t a lot of role models for gay teenagers.
Mary Cheney
I have a small circle of great friends who push me when I need it, tell me when I need to pick up my pace, and who make me want to be better. Sometimes, when I start procrastinating and just need to find that pep in my step, I think of how far I’ve come and how we can all be role models in our every day lives.
Golf, to its foundation, is a game of integrity and one that encourages us to give back, kind of be ambassadors, role models, I guess, for kids – whether they like golf or not.
My grandfather was a very courageous man, and I consider myself very lucky because I have three powerful role models that will obviously influence my career choices when I am older.
Athletes as role models and heroes is a hoax, a sick hoax. The men and women who are fighting in Iraq, they are the true heroes.
Most children of the underclass are born out of wedlock; relationships are fleeting and unstable (which ensures that what is born into the underclass stays in the underclass). This is a world in which there are almost no worthwhile male role models, which is a disaster when boys turn to youths.
Our players are role models; there’s no question about it. Whether they want to be or not. They are. So they’re in the spotlight. So if they do something that’s wrong, that’s in the spotlight, too.
Growing up as a South Asian-American, I didn’t have any female role models.
It was Jesus who gave me peace when the shark severed my arm. I trust in Jesus whenever I’m going through a hard time. I see all the beautiful things that have come out of my situation. I’m able to share my story with young girls who have few role models, and I can help others cope with what they have been through.
I didn’t have parents, so I lived in people’s homes… And because I grew up with no parental role models, I learned to become my own friend, eventually my own father and my own mother.
John Lone
I want to tell young girls to try thinking of their future selves as their role models.
Many women in politics say they had very few, if any, female role models.
I didn’t have many role models or interesting women to get stirred up by until Yoko Ono came along.
The reason most of the children are having problems in any inner-city neighborhood is because they don’t see enough positive role models in their own environment.
Marla Gibbs
I lacked role models so badly when I was growing up.
We need to have our children look up to real role models.
Typically, when you look for role models, you want someone who has your interests and came from the same background. Well, look how restricting that is. What people should do is take role models a la carte. If there’s someone whose character you appreciated, you respect that trait.
I never really had role models or guys in the NBA to show me the ropes or be a friend, mentor to me like that.
I’m so tired of reading all the negativity about black fathers running away and no black men as role models in society. I had a great father. Most of the guys I knew had great fathers.
Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of role models – Bonnie Raitt, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten.
I think that my biggest role models are people that have maybe struggled for a while and then finally gotten to their destination.
Jonathan Brandis
Role models really matter. It’s hard to imagine yourself as something you don’t see.
I worked with Seann William Scott on ‘Role Models,’ and his arms are tatted up. He had to come to set an hour-and-a-half early to get them covered. It’s not worth it. I want that extra hour of sleep.
I grew up looking up a lot to ’90s supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. I just thought those women were such cool role models because they had a good body ideal, too.
I hope that somewhere in Small Town, U.S.A., a 15-year-old kid looks to me as a role model the way I looked at the Indigo Girls and Elton John as role models.
One-third of all professional baseball players come from Latin America, and Sosa is following role models such as the late Roberto Clemente, a Puerto Rican, from whom he adopted the No. 21. Now he is a model for others.
We as footballers, like with Sancho, have a lot of power to reach other people, to be role models and to say something. What we say to people outside gives us a big chance to make a statement.
When you speak of role models, when we talk to our kids, everybody is a role model, everyone, just as you look at a Michael Jordan to be the terrific athlete he is.
I was used to being the only woman in everything… I didn’t even think about it. Men were my role models – there’s nothing wrong with that.
It is draining when you have a child, and there aren’t many women directors with kids out there as role models.
Growing up with strong female role models is always inspiring, and growing up, that was something I aspired to play.
Hannah John-Kamen
We have a lot of great lesbian role models in tennis. I mean, Martina Navratilova in her heyday was probably the greatest female athlete on the planet. Martina just kept breaking every rule. That’s a great role model.
My role models are people who can do things; I say to myself, ‘I wish I could do that.’
I have a lot of role models.
I don’t have role models or watch much TV. I go to awards ceremonies but often I don’t even know who the people are. I think that’s good, because then you don’t have preconceived ideas about them.
Christopher Parker
I didn’t have a whole lot of role models to say, ‘This much is possible, versus this much.’ So I finally said, ‘I think I’d like to be a mayor. I’d like to pull together a city and help do good things.’
Role models are important and if you see it you can be it.
Jesus is an example. We have other examples, including many of our ancestors as role models who understood the inner meaning of our orientation.
Malcolm Boyd
I had a lot of female role models around me as a kid, but my aunt Marcela Rodriguez was the strongest. When she was only 26, she opened Artes Culinarias Internacionales, one of the first culinary schools in Baja. She started with six students and built up to 800.
Simply stated, girls want role models and mentors.
Anna Maria Chavez
I have role models, but I take the attributes of the people that I admire, and I use them to create my best self.
Maybe I’ve had a sheltered life and career, but I have so many role models to look up to. It’s normal that I would strive to build my own career.
I’ve found that having role models and mentors who I resonate with is so important – a lot of people have so many questions and may not know where to go to get answers or may not have someone who can relate enough to even answer in the first place.
There are many mediocre entertainers who don’t aspire to much more than fame and glory. It’s very easy to have them as your role models because there aren’t as many greats. Go back, discover the greats, and take it from there.
Carmen Ejogo
My mom is one of my role models in a complicated way. I learned from her how to be a good mom. She was one of those natural moms who really took to it. Her chosen profession was teaching. She loves kids. But she was extremely frustrated and unhappy because for much of my life she was a stay-at-home mom.
Leslie Morgan Steiner
I knew at a very early age, about 6 years old, that there was something different about me. But being young and not being exposed to people who had gender dysphoria, or role models that you see on TV today, I didn’t know what it was.
My role models were all men. I grew up – I was a big 1980s Laker fan: you know, the years of Worthy, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and, you know, eight-foot-tall men that I could never emulate, and then these big 300-pound football players.
There’s not a lot of positive role models of women in newspapers and magazines. I think it puts pressure on girls. They think that the image put out, it’s the way you have to look.
I had many teachers that were great, positive role models and taught me to be a good person and stand up and be a good man. A lot of the principals they taught me still affect how I act sometimes and it’s 30 years later.
The men and women who serve in the armed forces are great role models.
I had no role models from my own community – there was no such thing. Earlier on, there were people like Dolores Del Rio, but I was too young for that – that was before me. There was really nobody out there.
I, myself, have tried following people around me, and I’ve got lost and ended up feeling emptiness rather than a sense of accomplishment. I’d like everyone to find their own role models within themselves.
It’s really important to have role models, and a lot of the ancients always talked about this. Seneca talked about this, Aristotle talked about this, and in fact, this was my boxing coach‘s philosophy in college, was that you have to have role models.
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
Thank God we have the example of Martin Luther King, Jr. People need role models. They need to see examples of people in peoples’ lives, and that’s why it’s so important not just to commemorate his life, but to study and try to live by the principles of that life.
Early on, after gay liberation, there was an almost Stalinist pressure from gay critics and even gay readers to write about positive role models. We were never supposed to write negative things about gays, or else we were seen as collaborating with the enemy.
I just feel like people need role models, you know, that are dressed.
The two contemporary writers whom I consider as role models are Janet Malcolm and Michael Lewis.
Swimmers provide much healthier role models for teenagers than the catwalk.
I definitely felt growing up that I wasn’t seen as the same as anyone around me because no one around me looked like me. There were no black Scottish role models.
No one came to our neighborhoods with stand-up jobs and showed us there’s a different way. Maybe, had I seen different role models, maybe I’d’ve turned on to that.
My friends’ parents who were in the Marines, they were the people I looked up to the most. I looked up to them as role models.
While the kids are little, I want to maintain a job, keep a roof over their heads, and make them proud. I want them to have good female role models in their life.
Lots of men have failed as presidents, as Trump surely will, but few fail so dismally as role models. He’s a boy‘s idea of a man. He’s a man’s idea of a boy.
Gone are the days when imitation equalled flattery. What happens today, is essentially an entire generation looking outward – not for inspiration, but appropriation – because quite frankly, they’re lost and their role models are increasingly questionable.
I can’t live in a world where there are only, like, four kinds of women. Or where every woman is obsessed with cake. The very least I ask is that we have one female character in the world who likes savory things! I don’t have any role models who like cheese!
Thinking back on it, I just really didn’t have very many role models to look up to when it came to Asian actresses. And in that way, when I would see an Asian onscreen, it would be a secondary-type thing, and that’s kind of how I ended up viewing myself in the world: as secondary.
Kimiko Glenn
A lot of people say Michael Jordan and all of that. But Magic Johnson and my dad were my role models.
The expectation was I would get married and become a mother and settle down. We didn’t have any role models. We saw teachers and doctors and nurses, but I’m not a teacher, and there was no possibility of being a doctor or a nurse. I had to work and find my own way.
Alexis Wright
We’re supposed to be role models.
Girls Who Code is all about providing role models. You can’t be what you can’t see.
Most of the female ‘superhero‘ role models of my childhood came from novels, and they rarely had powers. Take Dorothy, for example, from ‘The Wizard of Oz;’ or Laura Ingalls and her sisters in the ‘Little House on the Prairie‘ novels.
Little girls and little boys need to have role models to look up to and know that, ‘I’m not the first one. I’m not having to do this for the first time ever. Others have blazed the trail before me, and I can follow in their footsteps and do the same thing.’
I think role models exist, but they usually don’t get the light because people like scandal.
There are not many female role models to guide voters, and the tradition that a Southern woman’s place is in the home still lingers in some quarters.
As we’ve seen time and again, women and girls who are out there working, they are truly force multipliers, spreading opportunity through their families and communities – and not just by creating programs and nonprofit organizations, not just by hiring other women, but also by serving as role models themselves.
The big problem is that a lot of Americans, whether they are underrepresented minorities or from rural areas, do not know about career opportunities in the tech industry because they may not have had role models who are part of this field or learned about STEM in school.
I didn’t have role models to look up to because there was no access to them.
Rappers are definitely role models and definitely should get involved. They’re involved in politics whether they like it or not.
Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models.
A lot of people say television holds up a mirror to life, and that’s why you see all the drug busts and the killings and the seamier side of life. I personally take the view that it’s not sufficient to portray only negative role models. It’s not enough to say ‘no’ to drugs. What do you say ‘yes‘ to?
Sherwood Schwartz
A lot of people tend to glorify the role of satire and comedians. They put them up as role models, as fighters for the truth and against tyranny, and I think that’s overrated.
In my family, as in all dysfunctional families, instead of parents who act as strong and nurturing role models for their children, you get these needy people who use their children. I was the kid who tried to take on the marriage.
I want to play positive role models – women who mean something to other women.
So many black kids aspire to be entertainers or professional athletes because those are the only role models they see that look like them. There are only 300 jobs in the NBA but an endless amount of opportunities as an entrepreneur. With enough hustle, entrepreneurship opens doors to a world of opportunities.
The American people don’t believe politicians. They don’t believe business leaders or Hollywood celebrities or athletes or other supposed role models. And they certainly don’t believe the news media.
I’m not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models.
All the adults in my family were actors, so there wasn’t much else in terms of role models. I fell in love with that world, being backstage at the theatre.
Being surrounded by great women and amazing role models and good teammates allowed me to unfold and evolve into the person that I am today.
When you grow up in poverty, suffer from abuse, live in a violent neighborhood, come from a broken home, lack positive role models, are told you’ll never amount to anything, etc, the challenges are enormous.
I’ve never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.
Women of all ages need to be present in the media to instill girls and young women with self-confidence about their futures. And women of my age need healthy role models. Otherwise, how can we build the future dreams we still deserve to have?
Growing up, I didn’t have any role models that were sick that were doing anything with their life, ever.
I had a lot of great bosses – I worked for Gina Prince-Bythewood for two years, I worked for Ava Duvernay as a PA on her first narrative film, and I worked with Mara Brock Akil, so a lot of wonderful role models.
I think, overall, the NBA and its players are really conscious about our role and what we do as role models.
In the past, it weighed on me because nobody in my family is gay. I had no role models so I had to find my own way.
We are constantly consuming entertainment; we treat celebrities like role models and royalty. Sometimes destructive behavior gets ignored, or sometimes the pressure breaks them.
By saying that leaders – male or female – have to look or act a certain way to be respected as role models, we are not only hurting those individuals but also reinforcing rigid benchmarks for the next generation of passionate, aspiring leaders, who are watching.
People always ask me who my role models are and who I want to be like, and I don’t wanna be like anybody; I wanna be me. I look up to a lot of people, and they have had great influences on me, but I wanna be original and different.
When I was growing up, there were very few women athletes. I remember watching Olga Corbett, but Peggy Fleming and Janet Lynn were my role models. I never dreamt that I could be at that level. I remember thinking they seemed so elegant and regal and powerful and feminine.
My role models have kept on changing.
My parents are definitely my biggest role models.
Kids need activities and role models to stay out of trouble.
Ricardo Salinas Pliego
We need role models who are going to break the mold.
The writing was so clearly written on the wall about me, but I didn’t see it. I had no role models. I didn’t know there was even a possibility of being gay. I battled with it, but this was the way God made me. If you have a problem with it, take it up with the man upstairs.
When I was writing ‘House Of Suns,’ there were a few writers I had in mind as role models, the main being Gene Wolfe.
I think right now the way society’s going, I think role models are important, and kids need direction. If I didn’t have that direction growing up, who knows what I could be doing, because I’ve been lost many times in my life, and I’ve had to have someone guide me back on the right path.
For the women’s team, our job is to be professional footballers for club and country and be the best role models we can be.
Hey, our Founding Fathers wore long hair and powdered wigs – I don’t see anybody trying to look like them today, either… But we do look to them as role models.
I think kids need role models. I needed role models when I was growing up and I ran into a lot of different people and that’s what helped me.
I loved all the princess films, and I grew up with them, and I think it’s really cool how they’ve changed over the years – how the princesses have become more positive role models right up until ‘Frozen.’
My family is mostly a chosen one. I’ve managed to invite some really amazing people into my life and they become family. Brothers, sisters, siblings, mentors, role models. And I like to live that way, where your family bleeds out into the larger community.
As educated girls become women, they can transform local communities and act as role models for younger girls.
Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.
Bob Keeshan
It’s really great to hear that people do look at us as role models and we hope we are able to live up to that expectation as well.
Yui Mizuno