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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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

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

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

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

— John Quincy Adams

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

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

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

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

— Will Rogers

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

— Winston Churchill

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

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

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

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

— Reggie Leach

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

— Derrick Milligan

Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.

— Tim Brown

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.

— Douglas Bader

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

— Albert Einstein

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

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

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

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

— Charles Mingus

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

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

— Desmond Tutu

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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)

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

— Thomas Edison

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

— Maya Angelou
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