These are some of our favourite quotes and passages that we’ve collected over the years that we find inspiring or remind us of the types of challenges we need to keep for ourselves to continue to strive for greatness.

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Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

— Anon,seen in the Main Street Brewery in Cortez, CO and related by Neil Peart in Ghost Rider

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

— Thomas Edison

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

— Thomas Jefferson

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

— Bill Cosby

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

— Jim Rohn

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.

— Charles D. Gill

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

— Frank A. Clark

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

The biggest risk in innovation lies in sticking too closely to your plans.

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

— Albert Einstein

Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You will then have to catch up with them.

— Richard Branson

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

— Woody Allen

Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

— Charles Mingus

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

— Aristotle

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

The task of Leadership is not to put greatness into people but to elicit it. For the greatness is there already.

— John Buchan

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.

— Eric Hoffer

Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.

— Hal Saunders

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

— Rita Mae Brown

If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.

— Simon Sinek

An optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.

— Robert Brault

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by product of that preparation.

— John Wooden

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

— Thomas Edison

If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.

— Barbara Greene

There is no age attached to a student, that quest is without a number.

— Derrick Milligan

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretzky

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy
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