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.
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.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
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.
Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.
We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Managers say yes to innovation only if doing nothing is a bigger risk.
There is no age attached to a student, that quest is without a number.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
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.
Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.
There are no old roads to new directions.
The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination can take you anywhere.
Most use technology to define the function. We use function to drive the technology.
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.
No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life
In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.
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.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.
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.
Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.
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.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
I have not failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.
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.