Niccolo Machiavelli Page

“A prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it.”

- Niccolo Machiavelli

William Cowper Page

“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.”

- William Cowper

Source/Notes: The opening statement is often paraphrased: God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. - Olney Hymns (1779)
Walter Scott Page

“Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned From wandering on a foreign strand!”

- Walter Scott

Source/Notes: The Lay of the Last Minstrel canto 6, st. 1 (1805)
Louis Aragon Page

“I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.”

- Louis Aragon

Matsuo Basho Page

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”

- Matsuo Basho


Nicolas Bentley Page

“He followed in his father's footsteps, but his gait was somewhat erratic.”

- Nicolas Bentley

Sitting Bull Page

“Now that we are poor, we are free. No white man controls our footsteps.”

- Sitting Bull

Martin Van Buren Page

“I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.”

- Martin Van Buren

Source/Notes: Inaugural Address (March 4, 1837)
Barbara Bush Page

“And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!”

- Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush Page

“Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!”

- Barbara Bush

Source/Notes: Barbara Bush: A Memoir (2010 edition), Simon and Schuster - ISBN: 9781451603958


Illeana Douglas Page

“I'm a big fan of Albert Brooks, Nichols and May. I'd like to follow in their footsteps and do comedy films.”

- Illeana Douglas

Richard Ernst Page

“I am not surprised that they show no intention to follow in my footsteps, although if I had a second chance myself, I would certainly try to repeat my present career.”

- Richard Ernst

Elizabeth George Page

“Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.”

- Elizabeth George

Khalil Gibran Page

“Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.”

- Khalil Gibran

John Jay Hooker Page

“I am a great admirer of Sen. Frist, who is a nationally known heart surgeon and well known in Nashville as a great family man who has dedicated his life to helping others and, in that regard, he has followed in his father's footsteps.”

- John Jay Hooker


Franz Kafka Page

“A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood.”

- Franz Kafka

Source/Notes: Wedding preparations in the country: and other posthumous prose writings. With notes by Max Brod (1954 edition)
Francis Scott Key Page

“Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”

- Francis Scott Key

Source/Notes: Francis Scott Keyuthor of the Star Spangled Banner: What Else He Was and Who (2004 edition), Kessinger Publishing - ISBN: 9781417963157