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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Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Practice hard. Wellness. Play with Abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Love as if this is all there is.

— 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)

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

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination can take you anywhere.

— Albert Einstein

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

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

— Thomas Edison

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

— Robin Williams

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

— Andy Warhol

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

— Abraham Lincoln

To clarify, add detail. Imagine that, to clarify, add detail. Clutter and overload are not attributes of information, they are failures of design. If the information is in chaos, don’t start throwing out information, instead fix the design.

— Edward Tufte

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

— Maya Angelou

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

— Richard Branson

Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do.

— Jean de La Bruyère

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

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

— Albert Einstein

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

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

— Woody Allen

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

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.

— Jerry Rice

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

— Neil Gaiman

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

— Sophia Loren

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

— Charles Swindoll

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

It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen.

— Accenture

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

— John Buchan

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Orison Swett Marden

Good questions outrank easy answers.

— Paul Samuelson

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

— Frank A. Clark

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

— Albert Einstein
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