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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It’s only when you drop yesterday’s assumptions that you can glimpse tomorrow’s patterns and possibilities. To see deeper, unsee first.

— Umair Haq

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

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

— Leo Tolstoy

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

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

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

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

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

— Rita Mae Brown

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

— Maya Angelou

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

— Douglas Bader

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

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)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

— Aristotle

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

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

— Thomas Jefferson

Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.

— Robin Sharma

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

— Frank A. Clark

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

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

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

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

— Desmond Tutu

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

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

— John Quincy Adams

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

— Thomas Edison

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

— Will Rogers

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss

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

— Maya Angelou
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