Quotes on Legacy

Pondering on the word ‘legacy’ from quotes by famous women

Heart Matter

“That is your legacy on this Earth when you leave this Earth: how many hearts you touched.”

by  Patti Davis, an American actress and author. 

I like this quote because one can touch hearts with a simple act as a smile or grand one as paying off their hospital bill.

How transformative is any act that touches one’s heart? Does it depend on the act or the person? Or maybe the timing?


Action Required

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”

By Shannon L. Alder, An American Author.

Here, I get the feeling that leaving a legacy is more deliberate and requires effort ‘carve’ and ‘etch’. Nevertheless, it is an action on the heart and mind.

It is worth listening to the stories we tell ourselves as they are the ones that transmit loudest to others.


“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.”

By Maya Angelou, an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

I love how Maya began her statement, “If you’re going to live”. I heard, “As you are alive, leave a legacy”. An obvious and definite consequence to one’s existence is to leave a legacy.

Here again a sense of the need for deliberated thought and action to make this mark an indelible one.


Open Your Horizon

 “I am a citizen of the world. The Earth is my country, and humanity is my nation. This is my motto: What everyone has longed for and will be achieved when all of the people shall also celebrate this prize that every Yemeni, and every Arab, and every human being and every woman has also won beside me.”

By Tawakkul Karman, a journalist and politician from Yemen. In 2011, she was a co-recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize.


“If people can see Earth from up here, they see it without those borders, see it without any differences in race or religion, they would have a completely different perspective. Because when you see it from that angle, you cannot think of your home or your country. All you can see is one Earth.”

By Anousheh Ansari, an entrepreneur and the first female space tourist.


Both Tawakkul and Anousheh open up the concept of who we are and our influence to encompass the whole world.

Don’t our intention and action have far reaching impact? If not in our own lifetime, then in the life of generations to come.


How are your thoughts and actions shaping your world?

Are you leaving a lasting positive mark?


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