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 still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

— John Burroughs

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

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.

— Jerry Rice

If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.

— Simon Sinek

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

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

— Thomas Jefferson

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.

— William Pollard

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

— Gijs van Wulfen

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

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)

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

— Rita Mae Brown

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

— John Quincy Adams

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

One has to passionately believe it is possible to change the industry, to turn it on its head, to make sure that it will never be the same again.

— Richard Branson

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

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

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

— Robert F Kennedy

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

— James Thurber

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

— Barbara Greene

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

— Thomas Edison

There’s nothing like setting a goal and accomplishing it. The road to achieve that goal is never straight. It has twists and turns, and at times you feel like you can’t pull it off. When you finally accomplish that goal, you feel a sense of accomplishment and self-worth that really can’t be beat.

— Liv Mueller (Musician from Milwaukee)

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

— Desmond Tutu

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

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

Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You will then have to catch up with them.

— Richard Branson

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

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

— Dorothy Parker

No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life

— Unknown
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