Influence Changes Lives

“Not all of us have power. But we all have influence, whether we see it or not. We make the people around us better or worse than they might otherwise have been. Worse if we infect them with our materialism and cynicism, better if we inspire them with what Wordsworth called ‘the best portion’ of a good life, our ‘little, nameless, unremembered acts / of kindness and of love’. That quiet leadership of influence seeks no power, but it changes lives.”

The Power of Ideas, p. 18