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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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If I’m the smartest guy in the room, I’m in the wrong room.
Alexander Crowell
Managing Director, PureTerra Ventures
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If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
Anita Roddick
British Businesswoman, Human Rights Activist, Environmental Campaigner
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If you can’t stand the heat, don’t tickle the dragon.
Anonymous
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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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At the opening of the Hoover Dam, a beaver told a rabbit: ‘Well, I didn’t build it. But it’s based on my idea.
Author Unknown
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Mediocre people are always at their best.
Author Unknown
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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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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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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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Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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Terrible is the temptation to do good!
Bertolt Brecht
German Theatre Practitioner, Playwright and Poet
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Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.
Bill Belichick
New England Patriots Head Coach
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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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It’s not a good strategy until it costs you something to pursue.
Bob Goldstein
CEO of Sonen Capital
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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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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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Never judge the characters you play… That’s the first rule of acting.
Chadwick Boseman
American Actor
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Be careful – a little success can create a whole lot of overhead.
Charles (Red) Scott
American CEO and Business Coach
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About right now is better than exactly wrong later.
Charles (Red) Scott
American CEO and Business Coach
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The fact that others are bad does not imply that you are good.
Chinese Proverb
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Make sure that the best thing to happen to your customer today is you.
Christopher Chanski
VP Sales & Marketing, Illes Foods
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There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.
Coco Chanel
American Fashion Designer
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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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Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
Dale Carnegie
American Writer and Lecturer
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Make no little plans.
Daniel H. Burnham
American Architect and Urban Designer
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Humility is the most underrated aspect of being an entrepreneur. Once your head gets too big, you’re cooked.
Danny Meyer
New York City Restaurateur and CEO
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Being early and being wrong are sometimes not that different.
David ibnAle
Investment Banker
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Good enough never is.
Debbi Fields
Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries
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An entrepreneur is someone who shoots an arrow and then runs to move the target, so the arrow hits it.
Dick Rennick
CEO of American Leak Detection
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Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Dolly Parton
American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Author
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Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi
Discoverer of Vitamin C
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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Baptist Minister and Activist
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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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The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward John Phelps, Esq.
Founder of American Bar Association
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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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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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History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson
28th U.S. President
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He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good.
Yiddish Proverb
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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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It’s hard to teach a young dog old tricks.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
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We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
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There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
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It’s not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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You’ll see it when you believe it.
Wayne Dyer
American Philosopher, Author and Motivational Speaker
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You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Professional Hockey Player
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Even if you are on the right track, the train will run you over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers
American Actor
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The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the entrepreneur adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
Often Quoted Writer of Inspirational Maxims
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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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If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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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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If the shoe fits, you probably didn’t buy it online.
Bill Maher
American Comedian, Political Commentator and Television Host
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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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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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If you don’t listen to your customers, someone else will.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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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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Thankfully, perseverance is a great substitute for talent.
Steve Martin
American Actor
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Customers don’t want 1/4 drills, they want 1/4 holes.
Ted Levitt
Professor, Harvard Business School
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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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If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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With good people, you can do anything. With bad people, nothing helps.
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
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Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, and abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.
Henry Ford
Business Magnate, Founder of Ford Motor Company
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Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance – or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
American Humorist
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To do a common thing, uncommonly well, brings success.
Henry John Heinz
Vegetable Processor (1876)
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Choice is the enemy of decision.
Guy Kawasaki
Author, “The Art of the Start”
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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
Groucho Marx
American Comedian, Writer, Stage, Film, Radio and TV Star
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Always make new mistakes.