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

— Accenture

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

Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

— Booker T Washington

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

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

People don’t want a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.

— Theodore Levitt

Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.

— Douglas Bader

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

— John Buchan

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

— Orison Swett Marden

We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

— A. Einstein

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Dorothy Parker

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

— Derrick Milligan

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

— Albert Einstein

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.

— SEAL Team Saying

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

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

— Thomas Edison

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

— Robert F Kennedy

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

— Charles D. Gill

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

— Jerry Rice

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

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

— Thomas Jefferson

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

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

— Frederick Wilcox

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

— Thomas Edison

When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.

— Ellen DeGeneres

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Barbara Greene

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

— Leo Tolstoy
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