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

— John Buchan

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

— Walter Bagehot

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

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

— Winston Churchill

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

— Orison Swett Marden

You’re only given a small spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

— Robin Williams

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

— Derrick Milligan

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

— Woody Allen

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

— Tony Robbins

Most use technology to define the function. We use function to drive the technology.

— Unknown

It’s only when you drop yesterday’s assumptions that you can glimpse tomorrow’s patterns and possibilities. To see deeper, unsee first.

— Umair Haq

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

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

— Andy Warhol

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

— Rita Mae Brown

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

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

— Albert Einstein

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.

— Edward Tufte

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretzky

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

— Christine Carter

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

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

— Albert Einstein

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

— Sophia Loren

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.

— Unknown

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

— Leo Tolstoy

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

— Jim Rohn

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

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

— Gijs van Wulfen
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