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

— Thomas Edison

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

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

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

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

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

— Theodore Levitt

Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.

— Robin Sharma

Most use technology to define the function. We use function to drive the technology.

— Unknown

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

— Maya Angelou

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

— Desmond Tutu

It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen.

— Accenture

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.

— SEAL Team Saying

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

— Dorothy Parker

Everyone loves innovation until it affects them.

— Saul Kaplan

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

— Larry King

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Bill Cosby

The biggest obstacle to learning something is the belief that you already know it.

— Unknown

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

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

— Will Rogers

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

Good questions outrank easy answers.

— Paul Samuelson

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

— Andre Gide

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

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

— Charles Mingus

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

We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

— A. Einstein

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
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