Some favorite quotes

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.” —David W. Orr

“Innovation isn't a lightning bolt of inspiration in the middle of a muse. More often than not, it's a process of grinding, cogitating, and doubting. There truly is no shortcut to innovation.” —Guy Kawasaki

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs

“If man realizes technology is within reach, he achieves it. Like it's damn-near instinctive.”

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will” —George Bernard Shaw

“It’s not as if our lives are divided simply into light and dark. There’s shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does. And to acquire a healthy intelligence takes a certain amount of time and effort.” —Haruki Murakami

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” —George Bernard Shaw

“There is no greatness where simplicity, goodness and truth are absent.” —Leo Tolstoy

“'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.' You won't believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to repeatedly fail better.” —Samuel Beckett

“Expect and hope that a quarter of your projects fail. If not, you're not taking enough risks” —Adam Smith

“To us it’s not just about money, it’s about enjoying what we do and believing in it.” —Paul Farnell, Litmus

Bank Secretary: So, people hire you to break into their places... to make sure no one can break into their places?
Martin Bishop: It's a living.
Bank Secretary: Not a very good one.