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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Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

— Sir Cecil Beaton

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

— Albert Einstein

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

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

— John Wooden

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)

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

— Orison Swett Marden

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

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

— Rita Mae Brown

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

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— Albert Einstein

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

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

— Winston Churchill

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

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

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

— Andre Gide

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

— Maya Angelou

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

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

— Robert Herjavec

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

— James Thurber

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.

— Robin Sharma

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

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

Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.

— Hal Saunders

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

— A. Einstein

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

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

— Thomas Edison
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