Inspiring quotes that show what mentoring is all about

These quotes put into memorable words what mentoring is really about, why mentoring is important and how it benefits both the mentor and mentee.

Whether you aspire to become a mentor or are in the fight already, let these words speak to you.



“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.”

John C. Maxwell


“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill


“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”

Benjamin Disraeli


“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.”

Maya Angelou

(Related: “Before You Say No To Becoming a Mentor“)

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.”

Denzel Washington


“Remember that mentor leadership is all about serving. Jesus said, ‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Tony Dungy


“Every woman, no matter what her age, who is just barely a step ahead of another woman in her walk with Christ is an ‘older woman’ and has the raw material to help another grow.”

Dana Yeakley


“More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing artists from poor technique, clouded vision and personal uncertainty.”

Paul Soderberg


“It’s time to show those coming behind us the beauty of God’s truth and its sufficiency for the challenges of our day. I assure you, each time you’re obedient to this calling, you’ll be able to watch Him paint your life with bigger and bolder gospel colors than you ever imagined possible.”

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth


“I take seriously my role as a mentor to young female filmmakers–I make sure my time is tithed.”

Melissa Rosenberg


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams


“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.”

Stephen Covey


“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I may remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin


“You cannot teach a man anything.  You can only help him discover it within himself.”

Galileo Galilei


“The best teachers are those who tell you where to look – but don’t tell you what to see.”

Alexandra K. Trenfor


“Too many women feel they can’t be a positive influence if they have not ‘arrived’ spiritually. But the best mentor is one who admits failure and allows a younger woman to watch her deal with the effects of failure (or sin) and learn from the process. The only perfect mentor who ever lived was Jesus.”

Carol Kent

(Related: “The Big Lie Women Believe About Becoming a Mentor.”)


“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

1 Thessalonians 2:8 (one of my personal favorite mentoring quotes)


“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Hebrews 10:24


“My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: whoever tuns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

James 5:19-20



Which of these quotes about mentoring inspires you? What other mentoring quotes are your favorites?

Mentor strong,


Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s