11 Quotes About Leaving a Legacy

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What will you be known for when you leave this earth? The most influential people, the ones who leave behind incredible legacies, will live on in the hearts of the people they touch. Physically, they will no longer be a part of society—but their principles, philosophies and achievements will become immortal, spreading from generation to generation.

You can start making your mark on the world today by pushing yourself to greatness. Take control of your destiny with these 11 motivating quotes, and leave behind an inspiring legacy for to all to see.

Related: 5 Undeniable Reasons to Leave a Legacy

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1. “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” —Jim Rohn

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2. “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” —Shannon L. Alder

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3. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin

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4. “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” —William Shakespeare


5. “I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, ‘I love you.’ I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I’ve done my job in a world that’s getting colder and colder by the day.” —Lionel Richie

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6. “That is your legacy on this Earth when you leave this Earth: how many hearts you touched.” —Patti Davis

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7. “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” —William James

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8. “Immortality is to live your life doing good things, and leaving your mark behind.” —Brandon Lee

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9. “You make your mark by being true to who you are and letting that be your staple.” —Kat Graham

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10. “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” —Benjamin Disraeli

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11. “Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs.” —Steve Saint

Related: This Is How You Leave a Legacy

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Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.

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  1. ronnie on August 11, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Not so sure I want to leave a legacy. Most, that is most people in my life that are close to me are not even close to me, my thoughts, or my reading habits. What happened to my plans at a young age to make me so bitter? Self serving people that would rather take than to give, not my way of being a good person. Seems everyone wants but very few want to give, give of themselves, oh I have had a few folks that I can count on fingers of one hand but most folks are self centered and do not give a diddly about helping out someone, of course then you die and they all try to take credit for being your closest friend. In my life of 80 years I have personally bought around ten copies of “Think and Grow Rich” and gave to close relatives and friends, what the H happened to these motivational books that were a large part of my successful and profitable life. Who do I respect enough to leave my inheritance to? I guess I better shut up because my wife of 57 years just caught me writing this negative letter. But no matter what I am a positive thinking person. I am known to my family as old stupid ron, but to my way of thinking they are the stupid ones

    for not reading great books that folks much smarter than they have written and left a great map for these folks to follow.

    • Bob Dallas on May 9, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      Ronnie: I don’t know who you are or where you live, but you sound a lot like me. Negative, yet positive. Caring, yet not about everything. My wife said I was all business. And she was right. I regret I didn’t care more about souls. When my life is over, I will be remembered as a businessman. That’s it.

    • Ms. V on September 20, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Your legacy can be living life in a better manner of how life dealt you. Life life on purpose to reflect the goodness of God who designed you on purpose.

  2. Risha on October 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    These quote are really inspiring

  3. Shivangi sharma on March 14, 2019 at 6:36 am

    beautiful collection of words
    thank you for sharing

  4. Abdul on March 19, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Great and Awesome collection of quotes.

  5. retire on March 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    i love these quotes.

  6. Indego on November 23, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I really inspired.

  7. Mehra on November 23, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Thanks for the Quotes.
    Please add more.

  8. rohit aggarwal on December 2, 2019 at 3:04 am

    thank you success for giving me wonderful information

  9. Franca Whyte on March 12, 2020 at 11:22 am

    To find the purpose of life you’re going to need to do some digging. Because there are so many answers to this question, it’s important that you find the one that resonates with you. It must give you enough of a feeling that it satisfies your need to ask that question. No matter what is happening in your life right now, you need to have the believe that Life is Good. It takes what you want to give you want you need.

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