Inspirational quotes about the importance of leaving a legacy include "The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit" by Nelson Henderson. Another inspiration quote is "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.
Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." The idea of leaving a legacy for others to follow is as old as humanity itself. Legacies which are passed on from generation to generation form the building blocks of traditions and entire cultures. They are told and retold in poems, plays and countless stories. Legacies are seen as the only way to become truly immortal.
According to Simon Van Booy, "Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet. It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones: The history of how you felt." There are countless quotes about legacies because of the possibility each individual has to influence others in a profound and impactful way.