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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Happiness is like a skill to be learned and practiced, not a character trait.

— Christine Carter

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

— Thomas Edison

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

— Maya Angelou

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)

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Gijs van Wulfen

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

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

— Leo Tolstoy

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

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

— Woody Allen

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

— Oscar Wilde

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

— Dorothy Parker

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

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

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.

— Barbara Greene

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

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

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

— Theodore Levitt

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

No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life

— Unknown

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.

— Jerry Rice

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

— John Buchan

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

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

— Andy Warhol

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

— Albert Einstein

Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.

— Hal Saunders

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

— A. Einstein

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss

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

— Orison Swett Marden
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