Favourite Quotes

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

— Thomas Edison

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

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

— Wayne Gretzky

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

Less isn’t more; just enough is more.

— Milton Glaser

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)

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

— A. Clarke

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

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

— Andre Gide

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

— Thomas Edison

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

— Derrick Milligan

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Sophia Loren

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)

The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.

— Unknown

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

— Christine Carter

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

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

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

Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by product of that preparation.

— John Wooden

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

— James Thurber

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

— Simon Sinek

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

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Robin Williams

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I never lose. I either win or learn.

— Nelson Mandela

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

— Leo Tolstoy

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

— Maya Angelou
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