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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You’re only given a small spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

— Robin Williams

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

— Walter Bagehot

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

— Maya Angelou

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

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

— Thomas Edison

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

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

— Charles Mingus

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

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

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

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

— James Thurber

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

— A. Clarke

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

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

— Thomas Jefferson

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

— Jim Rohn

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

— Orison Swett Marden

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

— Woody Allen

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

— Derrick Milligan

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

— Andy Warhol

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

— Bill Cosby

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

— John Wooden

Less isn’t more; just enough is more.

— Milton Glaser

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

The task of Leadership is not to put greatness into people but to elicit it. For the greatness is there already.

— John Buchan

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

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination can take you anywhere.

— Albert Einstein

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)
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