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

— John Quincy Adams

On presenting to a crowd: It’s not about killing the butterflies in your stomach, it’s about getting them to fly in formation.

— Unknown

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

— Tony Robbins

Everyone loves innovation until it affects them.

— Saul Kaplan

Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.

— Robin Sharma

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

— Reggie Leach

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

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

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

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Albert Einstein

Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by product of that preparation.

— John Wooden

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

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

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

— James Thurber

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

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

— Walter Bagehot

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.

— Unknown

I have not failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.

— Thomas Edison

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

— Richard Branson

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)

The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.

— Unknown

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

— Robert F Kennedy

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

— Andre Gide

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

— Dorothy Parker

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

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

— Leo Tolstoy

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

— Winston Churchill
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