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

— Reggie Leach

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

— Andre Gide

In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.

— Eric Hoffer

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

— Rita Mae Brown

We’re just in experimental phase right now. As long as we’re in that type of phase, it’s a crazy time. You know we’ll get there (profitability) and get there fast. But the ideas that are not out there yet, and the companies that will be behind them, might be the real winners.

— David Cole

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

Everyone loves innovation until it affects them.

— Saul Kaplan

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

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

— Albert Einstein

Managers say yes to innovation only if doing nothing is a bigger risk.

— Gijs van Wulfen

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

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

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

— James Thurber

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

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

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

— Sophia Loren

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

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

— Frederick Wilcox

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

Good questions outrank easy answers.

— Paul Samuelson

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

— Dorothy Parker

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

— Desmond Tutu

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

— Maya Angelou

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.

— SEAL Team Saying

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss

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

— Frank A. Clark

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

— Derrick Milligan

Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You will then have to catch up with them.

— Richard Branson
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