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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Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

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

— Barbara Greene

You’re only given a small spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

— Robin Williams

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

— John Wooden

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

— Maya Angelou

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

— Dorothy Parker

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

— Larry King

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours.

— Ray Kroc

I have not failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.

— Thomas Edison

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

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— Frank A. Clark

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

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

— Derrick Milligan

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion; you must set yourself on fire.

— Reggie Leach

Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.

— Robin Sharma

Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.

— Tim Brown

We’re just in experimental phase right now. As long as we’re in that type of phase, it’s a crazy time. You know we’ll get there (profitability) and get there fast. But the ideas that are not out there yet, and the companies that will be behind them, might be the real winners.

— David Cole

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.

— William Pollard

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

— Bill Cosby

Money, influence, and position are nothing compared with brains, principles, energy, and perseverance.

— Orison Swett Marden

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

— John Burroughs

Happiness is like a skill to be learned and practiced, not a character trait.

— Christine Carter

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Thomas Edison

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

On presenting to a crowd: It’s not about killing the butterflies in your stomach, it’s about getting them to fly in formation.

— Unknown

The first instinct in responding to this sudden economic crisis is to hunker down and wait for the storm to pass. That is the instinct, but acting on it would be a grave mistake. Our challenge today is radical transformation. Change at the margins will not do. The choice, it seems to me, is this: Reinvention or extinction. If we think it cannot happen to us, we ought to recall the fate of the Swiss watchmakers. Fabulous craftsmen, certainly, but the world has moved on, technologies have advanced, habits have shifted.

— Gordon Gee (Ohio State University)

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

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

— Aristotle

There’s nothing like setting a goal and accomplishing it. The road to achieve that goal is never straight. It has twists and turns, and at times you feel like you can’t pull it off. When you finally accomplish that goal, you feel a sense of accomplishment and self-worth that really can’t be beat.

— Liv Mueller (Musician from Milwaukee)
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