Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Mentor Quotes from famous authors such as Luvvie Ajayi, Richard Carmona, Anupam Kher, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gus Van Sant. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!
People think you can find a mentor by walking up to somebody and saying, ‘Hey, be my mentor,’ or by sending an e-mail to someone you’ve never e-mailed before and saying, ‘Hey, I want you to mentor me.’ But, mentorship really happens in rooms that you’re actually in.
While my mother tried to stem my truancy, it would be a complete stranger – an Army Officer in the Special Forces home on leave – who would be the mentor to drive home my mother’s goal of getting me educated. His name was Saul Hassan.
In every role that I do – whether I’m a teacher, actor or mentor – I do it with total dedication and as much honesty as I feel is required because there’s no alternative to honesty and hard work.
I don’t know how many roles I can ask my dad to play in my life, but so far, father, best friend, role model, mentor and grandfather to my children are working out quite well.
My art teacher in junior high was a very out gay man and a mentor to me. He would tell us about Greenwich Village and show us the ‘Village Voice’ and describe his life, but it was all sort of subversive and below the radar.
Steve Jobs was a friend and mentor whom I miss more than I can say.
I’m excited about the new judges on ‘American Idol.’ Jennifer Lopez was a real mentor to me my season and I admire her so much. And I kind of have a crush on Steven Tyler. It’s going to be interesting to see is one person going to stand out among the judges or if everyone will sort of be equal.
Of course I want to be a superstar, but it doesn’t happen overnight, and I see that from having a mentor.
My dad was actually my first mentor. Decent man, hard-working man, never missed a day of work plumber.
I like to be try to be a mentor to some of the younger quarterbacks in the NFL.
A strong and dedicated mentor can help a young woman get her foot in the door, get a promotion and get a raise.
Age is rarely a limitation to being a mentor.
I would love to be a mentor to many people who want to go into the political arena, teach them the art of winning elections.
I think Steve Wynn, who was like my mentor and a second father, has been a great inspiration. He’s a great mentor because he’s a guy who’s had great business success but also has always been driven by creativity – and inspired creativity.
My mentor in the transition from the old Gabriel Heatter and John Cameron Swayze way of doing things was David Brinkley. He brought an entirely different style to what we were doing.
Bob Hurwitz, the president of Nonesuch, the company that releases my records, is a mentor. He taught me how to assemble a script to record an album.
There’s this character, Theo Galavan, who becomes the ringleader for the revolution of villainy in the city of Gotham. He becomes this mentor figure for Jerome that really inspires him to go off the deep end, and it’s really fun.
A lot of things we take for granted sprang out of the 70s; it was a decade for thought and if a decade can be a mentor, then the 70s was mine.
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 remember working on movies like Gettysburg and feeling that Jeff Daniels was kind of a mentor.
Dan Rooney was my boss, my father, my friend, my mentor.
I consider myself a product of Berry Gordy, but not a clone… He and I are always friends and colleagues, and I will always revere him as a mentor and boss. Though, of course, I’m always struggling for more equal footing.
What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.
But Clint I love, because Clint was my mentor. I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.
Gotti my mentor. He like a big brother that helps manage my career.
My art teacher in junior high was a very out gay man and a mentor to me.
I’m very observant. So, my mentor is really basically a lot of people who are just around me and life itself. Just living and going different places and traveling.
I don’t have one person that’s a mentor. I have so many different people that do so many different things within the industry. And they’ve all been working for so long that they give me little pieces of advice here and there.
Robert Gibbs has been a great mentor.
I got a lot of respect for Nancy Pelosi. I love her. She was a mentor of mine.
Knowing how to tactfully criticize someone’s work is a mentor’s job.
I want to be less of a role model and more of a mentor. I don’t ever want kids to put me on a pedestal and feel like they can’t talk or reach out to me. I want to be there for them.
A lot of DJs who started the same time as me, they are not to be seen anymore. And I get so much love and respect from the young DJs, and some of them look up to me or ask me for advice. I am almost like the mentor.
I am so thankful to work with Shashank Khaitan because of the kind of person that he is. One of the things I am most thankful for is to have Shashank as my first director and as a mentor.
Lucy Mercedes Martinez, my mother, was probably my first mentor. She really tried to take care of me in spite of myself, and in spite of her own struggles with alcohol. She was an immigrant who had never finished school. But she was also a Renaissance woman who read voraciously. She spoke several languages.
Aaron would be the most invested in wanting to get me better. It’s not that other people can’t mentor me, but to have an older brother in a spot like that, he’d always have been helpful to me.
We can do a lot of different things as athletes – we can speak, we can mentor, we can coach.
In my early days I was a contract player at Universal and I had a wonderful mentor named Monique James, who was head of talent there, and she used to drag me on sets to do parts.
I don’t have a mentor in the strict definition. I take as much advice and inspiration as I can from the people I am close to.
Your first job, I tell people I mentor, is managing your affect. Be nice and say nice things. Make it so that the people walk away from interacting with you and say, ‘That was fun.’ That will make them want to come back and do it again.
There are many ways to be a mother. I have a lot of young actors I mentor, and my nieces and my nephews need a lot of love.
A lot of folks I mentor ask me, ‘How did you get there?’ I tell them, you never plan on it. Do a good job and treat customers well, do the right things for the right reasons. Prepare yourself, but don’t spend all your time worrying about it. Just do your job, and you’ll be recognized for it.
I claim Dickens as a mentor. He’s my teacher. He’s one of my driving forces.
A young girl reached out to me to be her mentor one day, which I didn’t really know anything about. What I did remember was what it was to be alone as an African-American dancer in the ballet world and wanting to connect with someone who looks like me.
Acting is something I’ve done since I was in high school, but I never had a model in my life, whether it was a mentor or a parent, where I could realize that acting could actually be a career.
Anyone who has been successful and has knowledge to share is a potential mentor.
Constantine ‘Costa’ Gratsos had made his fortune as a lifelong associate of shipping icon Aristotle Onassis. He took a liking to me, became my first mentor, and showed me how to swim in the deep, dangerous waters of business.
The SDP’s founder, Roy Jenkins, was my hero and later mentor.
I’m just glad that I get to talk about the superstar, my mentor – Marcus Mariota. That’s who I try to be like. He’s been a big inspiration to me and my family. I couldn’t thank God more for him being bestowed into my life.
In my fifties, I was still in creation mode. Now I have more of a responsibility to step back and mentor and offer wisdom, offer sign posts on the path.
I want young girls that I mentor and young girls all around the world who want to be a model to be able to see that there’s a great deal of sacrifice.
When I mentor girls, I’ll go around the room and ask them what they want to be or do. I’ve heard so many kids say, ‘I don’t want to be anything,’ which is really shocking, but it’s because no one has sat down and asked them.
As an older player, I really look forward to and love being able to mentor younger guys and be able to help them grow as well as going in there competing and trying to win games.
I took advice from Salman Khan, getting health tips because he is my mentor, and I take his advice for everything I do from Salman bhai. He has given me a lot of tips on body building because he was the first person to start the trend of fitness in the country.
With more sponsors coming in, media engagements happening, and matches being televised, youngsters can get carried away. In such a scenario, a mentor can step in and help in channelising the cricketers’ energies into the sport.
I think it’s important, whether it be learning from how a guy takes care of his body, how a guy studies, how a guy is a mentor, how a guy is a leader, you take bits and pieces that fit the person you are and you don’t try to be somebody you’re not.
My father, in a way, was a mentor in the way he instilled the basic values and ethics in me. My mother was a mentor by showing me an example to say that if women have tenacity, they can achieve whatever they have to.
I played a lot under John Wright, he’s been a great influence on how I’ll go about the job, in terms of being in the background. When I became a mentor for Mumbai Indians, I brought John in because he understood a lot about Indian culture and then the way coaches work.
To be honest my mentor was my mom and dad. I was very blessed and fortunate to have parents like I had.
Emeril is a one-in-a-million Renaissance man. In 2002, he established his foundation to support children’s educational programs to inspire and mentor young people through culinary arts, school food and nutrition.
I believe in outgrowing a mentor and getting a new one, and I think that you can never be too old to be schooled by your mentor.
I became involved in the Australian independent wrestling scene between the ages of 13 and 19. When I was 19, I left home on my own and moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to train with my mentor and friend Lance Storm.
I’m Uncle Viv to Ian Botham’s son, Liam, and I’ve been a sort of mentor to him over the years. I’ve always been there for him and whenever there was an opportunity to see him play sport, I was there.
My mentor made me say a poem over and over. ‘Stop! That’s not your voice. Start again.’ I was sobbing by the end, but it drilled into my head that my voice is important.
A mentor, a ‘teacher,’ is like an editor. I absolutely value my editor, who is my teacher.
The relationship between you and your boss will change over time. When you just started out, that boss was your mentor and took you under their wing. As a seasoned employee, though, you no longer need your boss to guide you along. You should be able to handle tasks on your own.
At 22, and on my fourth day in New York, I was lucky enough to meet my mentor.
I worked with Lawrence Olivier some years ago. He was a great mentor.
As part of my work, I teach, lead and participate in affinity groups, facilitate workshops, and mentor other whites on recognizing and interrupting racism in our lives.
For me, working with kids is one of my favorite ways to give back, and I refuse to let public opinion about whether I’m a ‘winner’ stop me from being a positive role model and mentor.
My mentor was Clara Ward of the famous Ward gospel singers of Philadelphia. And my dad was my coach. He coached me. And just my natural love for music is what drove me.
As team-mates, it is difficult to act as a mentor.
To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley.
Marc Lore has been a mentor of mine for a long time. He taught me how to hire people and how to do the hardest thing in business, which is to make a great culture. I believe Marc is the most innovative and ambitious e-commerce entrepreneur on the planet.
I’d never had a mentor in Hollywood. Men have always been in control of the business, and they usually mentor people who are like them – but two inches shorter.
What I always studied in screenwriting from my mentor John Glavin was that the most interesting characters are characters with shades of gray.
My mentor Jon Simmons introduced me to the Stanislavski system, which is so heavy on back-story. So you write and write and write these back stories about a character and then you throw it away. So then on set, if it doesn’t come, then you didn’t do your work.
My best mentor is a mechanic – and he never left the sixth grade. By any competency measure, he doesn’t have it. But the perspective he brings to me and my life is, bar none, the most helpful.
Being a mentor is something that’s new for me but a role that I take very seriously.
This is what happens when you are on the wrong side of 40. Young adults, who could be your children, are now working with you. I was playing their parents or mentor. I started to think: Oh, I am not part of that group any more.
As good as that first year in Ring of Honor was, the second year was really, really bad for me. In retrospect, it was great for me, but at the time, it was a tough situation to be in. I didn’t have anyone around to mentor me where I needed to be.
Abraham was extremely wealthy and he had a covenant with God. It’s not the Jewish blessing, it’s the Abrahamic blessing. I get excited talking about it ’cause I love it and I started out deep in debt with nothing. I had to learn this from the Bible and from my spiritual mentor Oral Roberts.
John Wooden made a name as a coach but also a life as a mentor.
I sang ‘All Of Me’ at the wedding. I sang ‘Stay With You’ from my first album. And then Stevie Wonder came up and sang ‘Ribbon In the Sky.’ It was impromptu… It was cool… He’s always been a friend and a mentor to me.
Karl Malden was quite a mentor. He taught me things he had learned from being in front of a camera so long.
Having a mentor gives someone a huge advantage in life.
I would say my biggest mentor has been my father because he always has been. Actually both of my parents have always been ones to encourage me to be myself and stay true to myself and not fall into what other people want me to do.
When I lost my hearing, my mom got a deaf mentor to come into the home.
Miles Davis was a part of my life from 1947 on. I was born in 1941 and I first heard him in 1947 on a 78 rpm. And then I followed his career, starting with his first solo album in 1951. He was an icon and inspiration and a mentor to me.
If anything, I’d say my family was entrepreneurial – my grandfather and father. It was in our blood. But I didn’t have this one mentor that was super successful.
Wherever the enemy wants to fight, we will follow him to the ends of the Earth. We’ll adapt, we’ll train, we’ll advise, we’ll mentor, and we’ll fight, and we’ll fight well.
I always jump at the chance to mentor kids when it comes to music.
Gleason became like a mentor of mine. I had Gleason helping me on television, Godfrey on radio.
My mother has been my mentor in my life. The number one attribute was discipline. To be on time to school, never miss a day at school, and then checking out homework and making sure I was doing it correctly and signing me up for lots of activities, extra tests and classes.
I have started my own foundation. It’s called Follow Your Art. It’s at its infancy but my goal is to mentor teenage girls through one of the most difficult times in their lives.
A mentor is someone with a willingness to help others, who has a capacity to inspire, a determination to work hard, a clear sense of vision, an inspiring purpose, a deep sense of integrity and an appreciation for joy.
Who I always refer to as my acting mentor when I got into junior college is an acting professor by the name of Tom Blank. He took me under his wing, and he was that strong male figure. He was tough love, but he believed in me, saw everything that I had.
The ancient universities was not as based on how many credit hours you’re taking and whether you’ve completed your credit hours. The ancient universities were much more interested in customized, personalized learning… Where you have a mentor and where you’re learning at your own pace.
Pete Krause has become a bit of a mentor to me. If there’s anything that I’m struggling with right away, I’ll go to him and I’ll ask him questions. We’ve formed a really great relationship.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have never been shy about how important Ferran Adria has been in my life; he is a friend, a mentor, an inspiration.
I was taught the value of everyday activism and showing up by my grandma, who wasn’t a public official, but was a breast cancer researcher and would mentor students of color in her lab at UC Berkley. She taught me when I was 4 years old what the word boycott meant.
I don’t necessarily have one mentor or ‘a’ mentor. But I do pull inspiration from people, and that’s always kind of served me well.
I wouldn’t describe the artist Theaster Gates as a mentor, but I pay attention and keep my ears open when I’m with him.
My father, obviously, and my mother were inspirations. My uncle, Frank Harper, he was an absolute mentor for me.
And the only studies were – Rodney Dangerfield was my mentor and he was my Yale drama school for comedy.
My university teacher and mentor Kenneth Arrow remembers me as a student who asked good questions. Although I had not previously thought of myself in that way, on reflection I think that Arrow was right.
A great friend and mentor, Simon de Pury, invited me to be auctioneer at Phillips de Pury, which was a great honor.
No, I don’t think it is required for casting directors to be actors too. My mentor Gautam Kishanchandani cannot act to save his life!
I mentor a lot of CEOs and entrepreneurs, and when I see that product is the number-one thing, the only thing that matters, that’s a real red flag.
During the day, I’m a business owner. I’m a teacher and a mentor.
I’ll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring, and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face.
I only act in films where I’ve got an A-lister as my mentor.
I believe my actual job is that of a mentor. I don’t just talk about bowling. I discuss batting, I discuss fielding, I discuss team selection, talking to every boy individually on and off the field, giving them confidence and if they are struggling with their cricket, talking to them about their cricket.
I applaud Women in Film – not only for celebrating the successes of women, but for providing a safety network to mentor women and to discuss the particular issues that arise in a very male-dominated industry.
There are many people who are behind whatever I’ve achieved so far. My dad, Daboo Malik, is my mentor and guiding light who supported and influenced me. Without him, I wouldn’t have been able to be what I am today. Besides him, Salman Khan is yet another important person who is my biggest and constant inspiration.
I was John Lewis’s pastor, but he was my mentor.
On ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ I mentor girls on television. When that TV goes off, I actually mentor other girls in the modeling industry – girls that have not been on ‘Top Model,’ but who appear in ‘Vogue’ worldwide.
I know people seek me out to be their mentor, and I’ve chosen a few people I’m really invested in and nurturing their career and their aesthetic and just their person.
My father was a great mentor to me and is someone I admire and look up to. However, it was my mum who was more of a driving force when it came to me and cricket – she constantly encouraged me to always remember to have fun when playing. And Mum was the one who took me round the grounds at the beginning of my career.
I don’t really have a mentor.
Being a mentor and a leader, I’ve always urged guys, if you’re ever allowed to be a free agent, to take advantage of that opportunity.
My mother was a great inspiration to me to always do my best. My father has always been my mentor and friend. They taught me the basic principle that guides most all that I do: faith, focus, finish.
I never had a mentor. God, it would have been nice, but I just didn’t. I look up to Jane Campion. And my most favorite director Lynne Ramsay.
The fun thing about getting older is finding younger people to mentor.
I was always surrounded by people that wanted to mentor you.
I look up to people that are much older than me, so being a mentor is a full time job.
The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.
I’ve been very fortunate to have people pull me aside and mentor me.
When I created the email in the U.S., my mentor could have easily copyrighted it and taken credit for it.
Any politician is to a certain degree a mentor. They preach something.
I have always had someone in my life that I consider my reading mentor because I come from a family where reading was not emphasized or even approved of.
My manager is definitely a mentor as well as Usher.
Peter Kaplan was a partner, a mentor, and a friend.
Keeping faith in my acting credentials, my mentor offered me a powerful role in ‘Veerasaami,’ which had scope for me to emote on the screen. Film-buffs have now welcomed my acting skills and appreciate me for my good performance.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a mentor. The closest thing is my friend Christopher Fowler, another writer. Chris kept me sane for a long time before I made it.
Jamie Foxx. He’s been very much a mentor and friend, and we’ve worked together several times. He’s just been such an influence in my career. There’s nothing that man can’t do, and that’s something I would like to reflect in my career.
Raj Kundra was my mentor. He had misguided me, saying whatever I was shooting was for glamour. He even told me that Shilpa Shetty likes my videos and photos.
My biggest mentor has been the Benchmark partnership. We have six partners and a flat structure, and everyone is paid the exact same paycheck. It’s a team model versus an individual model.
I certainly identify with the role of mentor and, to some degree, maybe teacher. I do a lot of work with kids at the Old Vic.
My mentor in college was Stephen Shore. I loved his color palettes and his taking mundane things but finding them fascinating.
I’m thankful enough or blessed enough to be able to say that Miles Davis was a friend when he was alive, and he was a wonderful mentor and really, really funny, you know.
Nelson Mandela was an outstanding leader and a mentor for me. I was in South Africa at the time he was released. I was in South Africa when he was inaugurated as the first president.
Every kid needs a mentor. Everybody needs a mentor.
Sometime in my 20s, a wise mentor said something that dramatically changed my outlook and that has stayed with me ever since. She told me to ‘wear the mantle with dignity and pride.’
Coach Dyer was a great mentor for me and a great teacher.
A good friend of mine, Maria Menounos, she’s kind of like a mentor to me. She dabbled in WWE and pro wrestling, and she said ‘This is the perfect opportunity for you.’ Once I started doing my research about the competition and the company, I fell in love with WWE even more.
I just like artist-driven projects, but for artists themselves: artist spaces, artist mentor programs, and artists buying buildings and making lofts. Doing whatever we can do. Because at the end of the day, I really think that we as a community only have each other.
I floated around in the department of biochemistry and learned some interesting things, and then I began to… I never wanted to work with a mentor because I always wanted to have my own reputation and be free to do what I wanted to do. So I worked with the weakest people in the department. Don’t make that public.
The business of making music is changing so radically because of the Internet. It’s become a lot more democratic in one respect, but in another respect there’s no one left to guide and mentor young bands.
Bob Clear, nobody’s ever heard about except for some people who have been in the game, was probably my main mentor in the game of baseball.
I am a huge Prince fan. It’s a very rare thing for him to have people open for him. It’s been the Time and Sheila E., and that’s about it. Building a relationship with him has been like a dream come true. I’ve been looking for a mentor, and I feel like I have that in him.
When I was starting out, I thought I would go into comedy and there would be a mentor, like the Philip Seymour Hoffman character in ‘Almost Famous,’ in my life, and there just wasn’t. It was really frustrating for me because I desired that so much.
Yes, I first visited Korphe village, Braldu valley, Baltistan, Pakistan, after failing to summit K2 in 1993, and met Haji Ali, a long time dear mentor and friend. My second visit to Korphe was in 1994.
I landed a job at HBO, working for two years on the ‘The Alzheimer’s Project,’ which aired in May 2009. I was fortunate to work with a great mentor, producer John Hoffman, and the amazing doc filmmaker Susan Froemke.
The best piece of advice I’ve received is find a mentor, but also mentor others. You have two hands, so reach up, look for as many mentors as you can to get where you want to go, but never forget that you have another hand, and you have to reach down and lift others up, too.
For me, my mentor was Rain who I like and admire so much. To be able to appear in the same place with him as a mentor to someone is meaningful and such an honor.
Harvey Korman was like a private tutor to me. He was such a mentor.
My elementary education was at Christ Church infant school and St. Stephen’s junior school. At St. Stephen’s, I encountered my first real mentor, the headmaster Mr. Broakes. He must have spotted something unusual in me, for he spent lots of time encouraging my interest in mathematics.
I am first a creator, but my ongoing objective is to leverage my personal success to help mentor new and existing talent and further help them achieve their goals. Endemol Beyond shares this vision, and together, we will drive the future of original content for generations to come.
Jung viewed Freud as a mentor, but he never wanted to be anybody’s disciple.
I made my debut on big screen, and many thanks to my mentor T. Rajendhar for introducing me to films.
I don’t know what the strategy will be in Washington. The reality is, is, I have got to go down there, as my mentor, as people like Bill Bradley have told me to do, get to know your colleagues on both sides of the aisle, recognize that they, too, beat with the same heart and the same type of blood.
My dad was really a protector and mentor.
Gabby Giffords was a mentor of mine in the state Legislature and also in Congress.
I firmly believe in the old adage ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ This means proactively seeking women for roles within boards, identifying opportunities for diversity within teams, and finding ways to use your platform to mentor women – and then encourage them to do the same.
Tina Fey is my mentor, whether she likes it or not.
Bobby Flay has become a great mentor to me. He’s one of my very best friends and kind of like a big brother, and I always feel like I can go to him for any kind of advice.
I am my own mentor. I like to listen to myself to improve.
I’ve had the honor and privilege of knowing Jeff for over 25 years. He’s been a dear friend and a mentor, and there is no finer person in public service than Jeff Sessions. He’s conducted himself with the greatest integrity of any public official I’ve ever met.
As we get older, it’s important for us to help hand back some of what we’ve gained as we’ve grown older. It should be one of your responsibilities – it’s almost like being a mentor.
Men, if you are in a position of power or authority, please respectfully continue to mentor and work with talented individuals and those with promise, regardless if they are men or women.
You’re never too young or too old to be a mentor.
And I found out, the other part of it is that I found out and in my desire to life successfully, that baseball fit very well into my life. It’s been a great teacher, trainer, mentor and you’ll see what I mean in the next few minutes that I have to speak.
Marian Wright Edelman is a mentor and hero of mine.
For years, I looked to Bruce Lee as a mentor as being a Chinese and Asian man living in this country.
The majority of the research I do is archaeological research, but to me, as a professor, the most important thing is to encourage and mentor students.
I remember when I first met Jason Reitman with the ‘Whiplash’ script; he quickly became a mentor figure who guided me through the process and also protected me and made sure that when it came time to actually make ‘Whiplash,’ I was able to make exactly the movie I wanted to make.
Being brought in with Absolution and our mentor, Paige, I think it’s really cool, and really full circle since she was our judge on ‘Tough Enough,’ and she hated me. She was rough with me, but I get it.
Canelo has experience and is a superstar. He’s showed me a lot as a mentor. It’s the biggest blessing that I can have.
I don’t really look at myself as a mentor.