Top 10 Quotes About Leaving a Legacy

For the past few weeks, I’ve started on a new fiction book that centers around leaving a legacy. In my research on the subject, I’ve found many different viewpoints and experiences. Some of them are best conveyed with quotations. Here are a few of my favorites…


I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories: those precious moments so much like pebbles on the beach that are plucked from the white sand and placed in tiny boxes that lay undisturbed on tall shelves until one day they spill out and time repeats itself, with joy and sweet sadness, in the child now an adult.
~ Og Mandino

This is one of my favorite quotes. I love the picture this describes…

The Choice

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

Our children’s future is our responsibility.

A Journey of Importance

“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

Create your legacy by caring for others.

Questions To Ask Your Parents

“Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet. It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones: The history of how you felt.”
~ Simon Van Booy

While pictures may be worth a thousand words, our feelings convey much more…

Everything Beautiful Began After

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

Immortal words…

An American Life

“The past is a pebble in my shoe.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Past failures remind us of the importance of the choices we make today

Stories and Poems

The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind. ~ John Allston

You can’t take it with you…

But You Can Read About The Lives of Others

History is the essence of innumerable biographies. ~ Thomas Carlyle

One of the greatest learning experiences of life, is to learn from those who have gone before us.


“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Have you created a legacy?

The Fireman

Outlive your life! ~ Max Lucado

A simple but profound statement

You Were Made to Make a Difference

Question: What legacies will you leave?


  1. says

    This is a good list. I’ve already bookmarked it to refer to again. Thanks for putting it together John.

    It reminded me of the three treasures we should definitely leave behind: Our Journal, Our Photos, Our Library (lesson from Jim Rohn). These three things come in different forms now. We now have our blog, our flickr, and our shelfari list… all digital legacies.

    Keep up the good work

  2. J. Richard Perkins says

    I am quite impressed with many of these quotations; my mother left me with the notion of her legacy. I realize that I am her legacy, my challenge is to do something with it. I am glad to see two authors that I have read are listed (Og Mandino and Denis Waitley), I might be on the right track. I will revisit this site.

    J. Richard

  3. says

    Do you worry that you won’t leave a legacy? Consider this quote by Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D. “If you feel ordinary, it is because you have chosen to hide the extraordinary parts of yourself from the world.” Make sure you don’t hide them from yourself, too!

  4. says

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