Written by

Seon Barbera


June 14, 2021

Top 17 Quotes for Learning and Development Professionals

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In the world of Learning and Development, innovation and technology are moving fast. It's an incredibly exciting time to be in the industry. To help you stay focused and motivated, we rounded up a list of 17 L&D quotes from contemporary business and thought leaders to famous minds throughout history.

Top 17 Quotes to Inspire L&D Professionals

Nelson Mandela quote

1. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela

2. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”
Richard Branson

3. “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
Abigail Adams

4. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

5. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss

6. "Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."
Warren Buffett

7. "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."
Bill Gates

Steve Jobs quote

8. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
Steve Jobs

9. “In business, what’s dangerous is not to evolve.”
Jeff Bezos

10. “Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.”
W.B. Yeats

11. “You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need framework and a dream.”
Michael Dell

12. “He who laughs most, learns best.”
John Cleese

13. "Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him." 
Booker T. Washington

14. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

15. "The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."
Mark Zuckerberg

16. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill

Henry Ford quote

17. "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."
Henry Ford



Hopefully these quotes have served to inspire you in your Learning and Development endeavors. Happy developing and learning to all!


Written by

Seon Barbera


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