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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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

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

— Charles Mingus

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

— Andre Gide

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

— Thomas Jefferson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mastery is a pursuit, not a destination, and, throughout its unfolding, is a reoccurring cycle of losing who we think we are in order to make room for who we are becoming.

— Daryl Conner

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

— Sir Cecil Beaton

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

Good questions outrank easy answers.

— Paul Samuelson

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life

— Unknown

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

— Unknown

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

— Mark Twain

If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.

— Simon Sinek

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

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)

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

— Unknown

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

— Derrick Milligan

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

— Maya Angelou

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Maya Angelou
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