17 Inspirational Quotes on People Skills

After over 20 articles with inspirational quotes I thought I'd mix it up a bit and focus each of the upcoming posts on more specific areas.

First up, one of the most important areas for pretty much everyone: people skills.

I hope you can get a bit of wisdom and inspiration out of these quotes and from the people who have walked before us.

Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Doris M. Smith

The less you speak, the more you will hear.
Alexander Solshenitsen

The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.
Wilfred Peterson

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
Charles Lamb

No one needs a smile as much as a person who fails to give one.

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want.

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Andrew Carnegie

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.
Albert Schweitzer

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.
Og Mandino

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Which is just another way of saying that the way to make a friend is to be one.
Dale Carnegie

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

I make progress by having people around who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.
Henry J. Kaiser

If you envy successful people, you create a negative force field of attraction that repels you from ever doing the things that you need to do to be successful. If you admire successful people, you create a positive force field of attraction that draws you toward becoming more and more like the kinds of people that you want to be like.
Brian Tracy

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.
Russell H. Ewing

The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your working hours.
Beatrice Vincent

The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.
Ralph Nichols

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  • This is a great post. In fact, I am going to make mention of this post on my leadership blog, http://www.righttolead.com/Success

    Thanks for putting this information together!


  • Thanks for the comment and the mention on your blog, Greg.

  • Wonderful quotes, Henrik ! Great way to start a Tuesday morning !

  • Lepi

    Great quotes, it cheered me up today

  • Annie and Lepi: Thank you for your comments and I´m glad you like the quotes.

  • My criticism is, this post is too good. You’ve given me too much good that I can’t fully benefit from it one sitting!

    Top stuff!

  • Armen, thank you very much for your kind comment. I´m glad you have found so much value in the post.

  • Very nice quotes. Your blog has been added to my daily reading list.

  • Nice post. Found your blog mentioned on the other one. Now checking your other posts :)

  • Great list of quotes! I just posted it to my blog for my readers to check out. Looks like you have a great blog here. I also love the pic on your header. Very nice!

  • Nice quotes. Nice job I just book marked it,

  • Daniel, Roman, Angie and John: Thank you very much for your comments. I´m glad you like the quotes, blog and the header-image.

  • cherran

    Good ones
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~
    Herm Albright

  • Antoinette E

    These are great, I hope you don’t mind If I use these quotes in an email edition of an inspirational/management tip I send out to some staff at my office.