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

— Christine Carter

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

— Leo Tolstoy

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

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

— Charles D. Gill

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

— Albert Einstein

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

— Dorothy Parker

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

People don’t want a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.

— Theodore Levitt

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

— Jim Rohn

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

— Robin Williams

Everyone loves innovation until it affects them.

— Saul Kaplan

It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen.

— Accenture

Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

— Charles Mingus

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Barbara Greene

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.

— Mark Twain

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

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

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

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

— Reggie Leach

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

— Rita Mae Brown

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

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

— Woody Allen

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

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

Could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?

— Desmond Tutu
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