Initiative Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old initiative quotes, initiative sayings, and initiative proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. Conrad Hilton
In a word, what characterizes the spiritist revelation is that while divine in its origin and of the initiative of the Spirits, its elaboration is fruit of man's work. Allan Kardec
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol
Initiative is The Start of All Good Things. Your ship will never come in if you don't send any out. Have you ever found yourself dreaming, hoping, and waiting passively for things to change or for your life to get better? Susan C. Young
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor Hugo
Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. General George S. Patton, Jr
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. Jesse Jackson
Initiative is key. Anybody who wants to be somebody is going to work as hard as they can to fulfill that dream. Puff Daddy
Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value. Jim Rohn
Initiative is to success what a lighted match is to a candle. Orlando Aloysius Battista
Take some initiative and snap outside of passivity; consistent small actions have impact. Darren Rowse
Initiative is doing the right things without being told. Elbert Hubbard
Initiative can neither be created nor delegated. It can only spring from the self-determining individual, who decides that the wisdom of others is not always better than his own. R Buckminster Fuller
Force yourself to simplify every initiative, every product, every marketing, everything you do. Keith Rabois
You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. Chris Evert
For change to happen in any community, the initiative must come from the individual. Dalai Lama
Initiative is as essential to success as a hub is essential to a wagon wheel. Napoleon Hill
Initiative is the essence of manhood. Noting comes to the man who is passive, except failure. Dennis Rainey
Initiative is the privilege of picking yourself. Seth Godin
Begin to take the initiative when you want to meet someone new. Be the one who steps forward first. Simply say hello and begin a conversation. Susan C. Young
One has to take initiative in life to achieve what he or she wants. Donald Johanson
Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions. Bo Bennett
Initiative without action is the same as having the mind to acknowledge a problem, but not having the heart to see it through. Suzy Kassem
Even when other people don't expect a lot out of you,you have to take the initiative. Chris Martin
If initiative is the ability to do the right thing, then efficiency is the ability to do the thing right. Kelly Miller
Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done. Amelia Earhart
An initiative was essentially led by civil society because the policy of the government was that Africans must not be taught to graze in pastures which were reserved for the main white group. Nelson Mandela
It is a good initiative for the dreams that would change one society to be nursed in another environment, before being transplanted to strive in its original environment for the change process to begin! Israelmore Ayivor
Initiating is really and truly difficult, and that's what leaders do. They see something others are ignoring and they jump on it. Seth Godin
Seizing the initiative can make all the difference between winning and loosing. Thomas M. Davis
Initiative is at the heart of manhood. Dennis Rainey
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Elbert Hubbard
All things come to him who goes after them. Evan Esar
A go-getter never has time to attend to other people's business because he always has more business than he can attend to. Evan Esar
Enterprise may not be enough to get you to the top, but it will get you off the bottom. Evan Esar
All things come to him who waits that's why the smart man hustles. Evan Esar
Enterprise means taking advantage not of things that happen but of things that do not happen. Evan Esar
You cannot build character and courage by taking a man's initiative. Vincenzo Berghella
You yourself define what success is for yourself. Vincenzo Berghella
Eighty percent of success is showing up. Woody Allen
The secret of success is knowing who to blame for your failure. Vincenzo Berghella
You yourself define what success is for yourself. Vincenzo Berghella
Without risking failure, there is little chance of success. Vincenzo Berghella
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence. M.P. Singh
Where self-interest is suppressed, it is replace by a burdensome system of bureaucratic control that dries up the wellspring of initiative and creativity. Pope John Paul
The man who has done his level best is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure. B.C. Forbes
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. Booker T. Washington
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley
Success has made failures of many men. Cindy Adams
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie
Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches. Donald A. Miller
Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. David Frost
Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. Earl Wilson
What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins. Gene Fowler
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. George Smith Patton
The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Irving Berlin
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good. Joe Paterno
I couldn't wait for success. So I went ahead without it. Jonathan Winters
Success is hastened or delayed by one's habits. I.C. Robledo
Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success. I.C. Robledo
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. I.C. Robledo