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

— Rita Mae Brown

Do not attempt to walk through life without a dream, without a hope, without a goal to achieve success.

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

Everyone loves innovation until it affects them.

— Saul Kaplan

In a business world of nonstop change, there’s only one way to win the game: transform it entirely. This requires a revolution in thinking—a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions.

— Luke Williams,Disrupt

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

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

— Thomas Edison

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Bill Cosby

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

— Will Rogers

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

— Gijs van Wulfen

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

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

— Barbara Greene

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

— Christine Carter

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

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

Less isn’t more; just enough is more.

— Milton Glaser

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

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

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)

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.

— Unknown

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

— Frank A. Clark

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

— Thomas Edison

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Albert Einstein

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
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