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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
If I’m the smartest guy in the room, I’m in the wrong room.
Alexander Crowell
Managing Director, PureTerra Ventures
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
If you can’t stand the heat, don’t tickle the dragon.
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.
Greek Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Astronomer
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
Mediocre people are always at their best.
Author Unknown
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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.
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.
Terrible is the temptation to do good!
Bertolt Brecht
German Theatre Practitioner, Playwright and Poet
Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.
Bill Belichick
New England Patriots Head Coach
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
It’s not a good strategy until it costs you something to pursue.
Bob Goldstein
CEO of Sonen Capital
God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason.
Bob Goldstein
CEO of Sonen Capital
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
Never judge the characters you play… That’s the first rule of acting.
Chadwick Boseman
American Actor
Be careful – a little success can create a whole lot of overhead.
Charles (Red) Scott
American CEO and Business Coach
About right now is better than exactly wrong later.
Charles (Red) Scott
American CEO and Business Coach
The fact that others are bad does not imply that you are good.
Chinese Proverb
Make sure that the best thing to happen to your customer today is you.
Christopher Chanski
VP Sales & Marketing, Illes Foods
There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.
Coco Chanel
American Fashion Designer
It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.
Chinese Philosopher
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
Make no little plans.
Daniel H. Burnham
American Architect and Urban Designer
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
Being early and being wrong are sometimes not that different.
David ibnAle
Investment Banker
Good enough never is.
Debbi Fields
Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries
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
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Dolly Parton
American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Author
Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi
Discoverer of Vitamin C
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Baptist Minister and Activist
If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
Ecclesiastes 10:4
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.
Edward H. Harriman
American Businessman
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward John Phelps, Esq.
Founder of American Bar Association
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss in enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson
28th U.S. President
He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good.
Yiddish Proverb
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Walter Bagehot
British Journalist, Businessman and Essayist
It’s hard to teach a young dog old tricks.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
It’s not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
You’ll see it when you believe it.
Wayne Dyer
American Philosopher, Author and Motivational Speaker
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Professional Hockey Player
Even if you are on the right track, the train will run you over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers
American Actor
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
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
William Faulkner
Author, “Requiem for a Nun”
If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
If the shoe fits, you probably didn’t buy it online.
Bill Maher
American Comedian, Political Commentator and Television Host
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
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
If you don’t listen to your customers, someone else will.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
If you presume, you are putting ‘P’ on your resume.
Stephen Colbert
American Comedian, Writer, Producer, Actor and TV Host
Thankfully, perseverance is a great substitute for talent.
Steve Martin
American Actor
Customers don’t want 1/4 drills, they want 1/4 holes.
Ted Levitt
Professor, Harvard Business School
With Early Stage companies, it’s never one thing. It’s always one thing after another.
Tim Cartwright
CEO, Tamiami Angels
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
With good people, you can do anything. With bad people, nothing helps.
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
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
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance – or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
American Humorist