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 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

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

— Bill Cosby

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

— Andy Warhol

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

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

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)

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours.

— Ray Kroc

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

— Desmond Tutu

Mastery is a pursuit, not a destination, and, throughout its unfolding, is a reoccurring cycle of losing who we think we are in order to make room for who we are becoming.

— Daryl Conner

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

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

— Thomas Edison

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.

— SEAL Team Saying

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

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)

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

— Charles D. Gill

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

— Lewis Carroll

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

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

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

— Simon Sinek

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

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

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

— Andre Gide

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

— Theodore Levitt

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Rita Mae Brown

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

— Derrick Milligan

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
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