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Let us all take a moment to pay our respects to those great inspiring leaders that changed the world. Leaders, which through their actions and accomplishments, inspire us to do good and give us hope to believe that we can make a difference in this world.

These quotes aren’t in any particular order. I don’t believe you can rank quotes in such an order. They all mean different things at different times in our life and depending on what we’re going through or what we truly value, we resonate with them.

Although, there are special quotes that we kind of carry around with us, the ones that always help us out, in our moments of despair or when in need of inspiration, especially, through our trials and tribulations.

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. – Nelson Mandela

To start, we have a special mention of the great Nelson Mandela, who will forever be known as the great revolutionary leader that help shaped the nation of not just South Africa and Africa but nations all around the world that face injustice due to race and colour.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi

When we think of great leaders that changed the world, Gandhi is a name you will hear over and over again. The quote above reminds us that even though there are a lot of bad people doing bad shit around the world, we shouldn’t lose faith in humanity. There is always hope.

Peace begins with a smile. – Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was and still is an inspiration to millions around the world for her lifelong devotion to spreading peace and love. One of my favourite quotes is peace begins with a smile, try this quote on and see if it brings you a little more peace.

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha

Buddha, through his journey through life, found enlightenment and became a transcended master. Along with his teachings, he has inspired a way of living that promotes peace and happiness. Buddha knew that a critical key to happiness is keeping the body in good health as the quote above states.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr

There’s no argument that Martin Luther King changed the world. An activist and a leader in the civil rights movement in the 1950s. Martin Luther King fought for justice and equality and is known for his famous speech titled ‘I have a dream’. The quote above reigns true and inspires others to speak out about things that matter.

Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back. – Diana

Last but not least, the late Princess Diana. A philanthropist who touched the lives of so many around the world. An inspiring women of class and status but was always so down to earth. The quote above clearly defines the type of person she was, someone who believed in everyone, no matter who they were.

Now this list is in no way extensive and they are so many other, great men and women through history that changed the world and helped inspire others to live better.

Also, there are just as many women as there are men, that changed the world or played a part in changing the world.

What are some quotes that inspire you to be better, to make a difference, to change the world?

Share your favourite inspiring quotes below.