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31 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership

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Yes, I know what you might be thinking, what can a robot teach us? But Optimus Prime is more than just a robot, he's a character from The Transformers franchise, that perfectly portraits what a great leader is all about.

When fiction and reality are mix together they can be powerful teaching tools. 

As the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime is all about great beliefs and high values. Fighting against the evil Decipticons and their chief Megatron (yes he's not a real leader), Optimus has to make bold decisions and guide his team through adversity, again and again. Just like a great leader should!

80's babies love The Transformers cartoons, mainly generation 1 (G1), millennials got to know them better in the recent Transformers movie series.

Optimus words of wisdom and commandments, as a leader, are at full display in both formats and more. The iconic voice of Peter Cullen, in most incarnations of Optimus, is the ultimate inspiration that brings this character to live, providing us with a real deep personality.

For you to get a better picture of Prime's wisdom and leadership lessons, we've selected the best Optimus Prime quotes to get you inspired today:

31 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership 


1. "There’s a thin line between being a hero and being a memory." - Optimus Prime 
Inspiring moment significance: Sometimes people try to do it all by themselves just to play the hero, they must be reminded that the price to pay is high in case they fail. An impulsive and cold head can bring lots of trouble. 

2. "Freedom is your right. If you make that request we will honor it." - Optimus Prime 
Inspiring moment significance: Word of honor is indispensable in a great leader. What you say is what you do, Optimus acknowledges the right to freedom and promises he and the Autobots will stick to it.

3. "Give them personalities worthy of him who created me. Let them think for themselves, to grow in knowledge and wisdom. And let them always value freedom and life wherever they find it." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: This is when a new type of Autobots, the Aerialbots, are created, Optimus can be a robot, but he sure has humanity in him. He doesn't want "yes men" that blindly will follow him, he wants valuable people with their own opinions and flaws to improve his team. Wow! Now that's leadership.  

4. "Until I return I'm leaving you in command. I know you won't let me down." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: There is a saying that states "leaders don't want to create more followers, they want to create more leaders". This is exactly what Optimus is doing here, passing the torch to someone he trusts.

 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership: "One shall stand, one shall fall." - Optimus Prime
5. "One shall stand, one shall fall." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: In a fight, one will win the other will lose, no way around it. This is when Optimus decides to take business into his own hands and fight Megatron, eventually to the death. This is pumping him up to that moment. This is a mindset one must take into life battles, not that he's going to die... but to realize that you must put full effort to it, big things are at stake, winning is all that matters at that point.

6. "Do not forget what you have learned of our past, Rodimus. From its lessons the future is forged." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: The importance of the past in our lives. We must not live in the past, but we can make use of our past experiences and learn from them. That way we won't repeat the same mistakes and become wiser. 

7. "Neither impossible, nor impassable!" - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Optimus is inspiring the Autobots, telling them that there's always a way. Nothing is impossible, nor a wall or an obstacle is "impassable". There is always a way, find yours!

8. "There’s only one way to deal with this, and that’s to stomp it flat." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: There will come times in your life where you can't be soft nor calm about situations. You must take action in a relentless way to come victorious from that situation, it happens in battles and also in our daily lives.

9. "Your volume, like any capability, is also a responsibility." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Like a good leader should, Optimus advises on responsibility in a clever way.

 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership: "There's more to them than meets the eye." - Optimus Prime
10. "There's more to them than meets the eye." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: A great leader doesn't just sees, he has a vision and believes people are more than what they show at first sight, or appear to be. In this case the human race, even if they don't understand or want The Transformers on earth, Optimus still believes there's good in humans.

11. "Thrones are for Decepticons. Besides, I’d rather roll." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: This is all about being humble. True leaders don't focus on accomplishments or prizes, they focus on their tasks and their mission to achieve the greater good. 

12. "We must not stoop to their level. Megatron will not defeat us this easily." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Another leadership lesson for the Autobots, in this case Megatron tricked the humans into think the Autobots where guilty. He advises his crew not to attack humans, that way they are only making what Megatron wants them to do. They must be clever and understand it. 

13. "Thank you, all of you. You honor us with your bravery." Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: A leader never forgets to thank the people that did good to them. Optimus thanks the humans for their help in fighting the Decepticons. 

14. "I will accept the burden with all that I am." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Optimus accepts to lead the Autobots. A leader steps up to the task when prompted to. 

 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership: "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." - Optimus Prime
15. "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significancee: Again Optimus shows his humanity. Freedom is one belief he has, is willing to fight for it, even if it's for other kind. This makes him a great leader also.

16. "I don’t have to tell you what’s ahead of us. They have to be stopped and we’re the only ones who can do it." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: When there's a problem, make your team see that they are indispensable part of the solution, and they will be willing to do whatever they can do solve it. 

17. "Negative. Any action we take now would be viewed as admission of our guilt." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Again, Optimus knows his values and beliefs, he's relentless in not letting the Autobots react impulsively. Your team will not always agree with you, but if you know that they are wrong don't settle, show them the consequences that an impulsive behavior might do.  

18. "You are going to face justice, and may it be kinder to you than it was to us." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: The Autobots are returning to Earth after being banned. Optimus is so humble and kind, that he doesn't wish the same injustice fate for his "enemies" that banned his team.

19. "We can't transform, but we're not helpless. Autobots, roll for it." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: If you can't sprint, run, if you can't run, walk. There is always something you can do when what you have. Don't stop, just do what you're able to do. A leader leads by example, that's what Prime is showing here. 

 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership: "Your people must learn to be masters of their own fate." - Optimus Prime
20. "Your people must learn to be masters of their own fate." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Awesome message from Optimus. Again, leaders don't want followers, they want leaders.

21. "Are you going to let it all happen again for something as useless as revenge?!" - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Revenge is a personal issue that only serves egotistical thoughts, nothing else. Real leaders don't strive nor advise revenge, they stick to justice instead.

22. "We cannot let the humans pay for our mistakes." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: A great leader has the ability to remind his team of their obligations and not stepping way from them. 

23. "As long as power flows through any of my circuits Megatron, I’ll fight you." - Optimus Prime 
Inspiring moment significance: Optimus has been dismantled but despite that, he still is willing to fight evil. A great leader never settles, he knows his mission and until he has energy, he will not give up.

24. "We lost a great comrade, but gained new ones." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: To lose some, to win some. That's how life works. You can't do nothing about the ones you lose along the way, but you sure can celebrate people that are here right now, before they're gone. 

25. "I may not have a weapon, but I can still transform and roll." - Optimus Prime 
Inspiring moment significance: Again, Optimus doesn't excuse himself from fighting. He may not have the usual resources, but that will not stop him. A leader finds new resources and reinvents himself. 

 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership: "You didn't betray me. You betrayed yourself." - Optimus Prime
26. "You didn't betray me. You betrayed yourself." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Another awesome lesson. A former Autobots leader sold himself out to the Decepticons, By doing so he comprised his values and let the enemy take over. People betray people, to get the upper-hand, but what they are really doing is selling their souls. They cease to be who they were, and become something worst. 

27. "Today, in the name of freedom, we take the battle to them." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: The Autobots and human race relationship is not the best all the time. But despite that, Optimus is willing to fight for a noble cause as freedom of the human race. He knows higher values must prevail.  

28. "Our races united by a history long forgotten, and a future we shall face together." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance:  A great leader always puts things in a perspective, he sees the big picture and lectures his team about it. Also, the leader understands that his team is not alone, there are other teams that can help them, in a collaborative effort. 

 Optimus Prime Quotes For Wisdom & Leadership: "We’ve suffered losses, but we’ve not lost the war." - Optimus Prime
29. "We’ve suffered losses, but we’ve not lost the war." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Optimus wisdom as a leader is in full display, sometimes teams get discouraged by momentary defeat. They must be reminded that it's not over if there are more battles to be fought. They are not defeated yet, only if they give up. Failure is not final, it can be the starting point to achieve success, if you come back from it.

30. "Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Decisions, decisions, They are hard to make and it's  hard to stay centered making them. It's easy to just skip important things, and take the easy route. But one must remember his beliefs and values when he has to make a decision, and act according to them. 

31. "I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message so that our pasts will always be remembered, for in those memories we live on." - Optimus Prime
Inspiring moment significance: Such iconic message from a great leader. Also, never forget the past and people who passed away. Our present was built on their accomplishments, it's on us to carry on the torch and build a great future. 

We hope you liked this Optimus Prime quotes and now you're inspired to continue to be a great leader!
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