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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
Vinod Khosla
Venture Capital Investor
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Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin
Naturalist
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Nothing new ever happened before.
Benjamin Ferencz, Esq.
Lead Prosecutor, Nuremberg Trials
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Design is an agent of change, which can help us to make sense of what is happening and to turn it to our advantage.
Alice Rawsthorn
Design Critic and Author
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People have a historical memory that goes back to breakfast.
Benjamin Netanyahu
Ninth Prime Minister of Israel
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There’s only one boss: the customer. He can fire everybody from the chairman on down simply by spending his money elsewhere.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.
Buckminster Fuller
American Architect, Systems Theorist, Author, Designer, Investor and Futurist
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The customer of my customer is my customer.
Author Unknown
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They say the secret of success is being at the right place at the right time, but since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.
Bill Watterson
American Cartoonist
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He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good.
Yiddish Proverb
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Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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Being early and being wrong are sometimes not that different.
David ibnAle
Investment Banker
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The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand
Novelist, Philosopher “Atlas Shrugged”
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God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason.
Bob Goldstein
CEO of Sonen Capital
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The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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Focus wins. Doing too many things fails.
Bill Garley
Venture Capitalist: Benchmark
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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
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You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I will ruin you.
Cornelius Vanderbilt
American Business Magnate and Philanthropist
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Entrepreneurship exists in the tiny space between madness and genius; and, its journey requires a few cross border violations across both madness and genius to get to the final destination.
The Herd Instinct
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The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
William Faulkner
Author, “Requiem for a Nun”
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Partners don’t pay each other, they help each other get paid.
Tech Coast Angels
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Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.
Don Corleone
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It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.
Confucius
Chinese Philosopher
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It’s so much easier to do something new than to do something well.
Author Unknown
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Take my factories and my money but leave me my salesmen and I’ll be back where I was in two years.
Andrew Carnegie
American Industrialist
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We’re not trying to entertain the critics… I’ll take my chances with the public.
Walt Disney
Co-Founder, The Walt Disney Company
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With Early Stage companies, it’s never one thing. It’s always one thing after another.
Tim Cartwright
CEO, Tamiami Angels
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Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.
Archimedes
Greek Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Astronomer
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It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt Disney
Co-Founder, The Walt Disney Company
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I am not a fan of lost causes. But a … of causes not yet won.
Anonymous
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There is nothing so depressing as boundless optimism.
The Wizard of Oz
Wicked Witch of the West
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In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.
Rüdiger Dornbusch
German Economist
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If you presume, you are putting ‘P’ on your resume.
Stephen Colbert
American Comedian, Writer, Producer, Actor and TV Host
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Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.
Sergey Brin
Co-Founder, Google
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You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Professional Hockey Player
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When you need money, go ask for advice. When you need advice, go ask for money.
Author Unknown
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Done equals good.
David Silverman
American Animator
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You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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We can’t solve problems using the same thinking that we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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Things are never going to turn out the way you think they will.
Alan Arkin
American Actor, Director and Screenwriter
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If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.
Don Ward
The Comedy Store Founder
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Good judgment comes from experience and experience … well, that comes from poor judgment.
A.A. Milne
Author
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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go long, go together.
African Proverb
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Make no little plans.
Daniel H. Burnham
American Architect and Urban Designer
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Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Dolly Parton
American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Author
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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss in enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Walter Bagehot
British Journalist, Businessman and Essayist
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I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present.
Donald Trump
Businessman, Television Personality, 45th President
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The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Willie Nelson
American Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Singer, Actor and Activist
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You want to learn from experience, but you want to learn from other people’s experience when you can.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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I often tell would-be entrepreneurs that you have to be a little crazy or even masochistic to choose this life. The energy, endurance, optimism and just plain thick skin required aren’t for the faint of heart.
Don Smithmier
Small Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Songwriter
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I believe that smart people working hard will eventually get lucky.
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
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Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer
Alsatian Theologian, Organist, Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher and Physician
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The fact that others are bad does not imply that you are good.
Chinese Proverb
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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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Nothing is easy. If you want to do nothing, that’s easy.
Author Unknown
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If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
Ecclesiastes 10:4
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Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.
Edward H. Harriman
American Businessman
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Trust your mistakes.
Billie Jean King
American Tennis Player
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Try to become not a [person] of success, but try rather to become a [person] of value.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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If you can’t stand the heat, don’t tickle the dragon.
Anonymous
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The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward John Phelps, Esq.
Founder of American Bar Association
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For some entrepreneurs it’s better to be never than late.
John O. Huston
Legendary Angel Investor
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Fear is an excellent motivator. I find that it really brings out the true ingenuity of a creature.
M. D. Elster
Author, “Four Kings”
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Don’t give up on your dream, but have a backup dream.
James Patterson
American Novelist