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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Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.

— Herman Melville, Billy Budd

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

Managers say yes to innovation only if doing nothing is a bigger risk.

— Gijs van Wulfen

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

— Walter Bagehot

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

Mastery is a pursuit, not a destination, and, throughout its unfolding, is a reoccurring cycle of losing who we think we are in order to make room for who we are becoming.

— Daryl Conner

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

— Reggie Leach

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

— Thomas Edison

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

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

— Will Rogers

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

— Robert F Kennedy

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

— Maya Angelou

She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME and up she grew so tall. She ate from a plate called TASTE ME and down she shrank so small. And so she changed, while other folks Never tried nothin’ at all.

— Shel Silverstein,Alice

Someday isn’t a real day like Monday or Tuesday, it’s just another word for ‘never’.

— Robert Herjavec

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Charles D. Gill

I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.

— Oprah Winfrey

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Albert Einstein

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

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

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

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

— Thomas Edison

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

— Rita Mae Brown

One has to passionately believe it is possible to change the industry, to turn it on its head, to make sure that it will never be the same again.

— Richard Branson

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Charles Swindoll
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