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There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Alexander Great (July 21, 356 –June 11, 323 BC), king of Macedon
Do you not think it a matter worthy of lamentation that when there is such a vast multitude of them [worlds], we have not yet conquered one?
As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.
Julius Caesar (July 12, 100 BC –March 15, 44 BC), Roman general and statesman
It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.
If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Act, and God will act
Joan of Arc (ca. January 6, 1412 –May 30, 1431), folk heroine of France
I am not afraid…I was born to do this.
Joan of Arc
You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Christopher Columbus (October 31, 1451 –May 20, 1506), Italian explorer and navigator
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 –February 18, 1546), German monk and seminal figure of a reform movement
I came, I saw, God conquered.
Charles V (February 24, 1500 –September 21, 1558), Holy Roman Emperor
Each eye can have its vision separately; but when we are looking at anything our vision, which in itself is divided, joins up and unites in order to give itself as a whole to the object that is put before it.
John Calvin (July 10, 1509 –May 27, 1564), French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation
You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.
Catherine The Great (May 2, 1729 –November 17, 1796), Empress of Russia
A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
Catherine The Great
I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.
George Washington (February 22, 1732– December 14, 1799), first President of the United States
The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits that favor that theory.
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826), third President of the United States, American Founding Father
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
I never expect a perfect work from an imperfect man.
Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804), American politician and statesman
A powerful, victorious ally is yet another name for master.
Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for every thing. Strut is good for nothing.
There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.
Marie Antoinette (November 2, 1755 –October 16, 1793), Queen of France and Navarre
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Georges Jacques Danton (October 26, 1759 –April 5, 1794), French Revolutionary leader and orator
Imagination rules the world.
Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 –May 5, 1821), French military and political leader
Ability is nothing without opportunity.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Adversity is the midwife of genius
When I want to read a novel, I write one.
Benjamin Disraeli (December 21, 1804 –April 19,1881), British Prime Minister, parliamentarian
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), 16th President of the United States
Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
The three signs of great men are – generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.
Otto von Bismarck (April 1, 1815 –July 30, 1898), German statesman
Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.
Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819 –January 22, 1901), queen of Great Britain (1837- 1901)
I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.
The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
Concentration is my motto — first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
Andrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919), Scottish-American industrialist
In order to act, you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.
Georges Clemenceau (28 September 1841 – 24 November 1929), French statesman
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858—January 6, 1919), 26th President of the United States
Keeping a little ahead of conditions is one of the secrets of business, the trailer seldom goes far.
Charles M. Schwab (February 18, 1862 – September 18, 1939) was an American steel magnate.
A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.
Charles M. Schwab
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947), American industrialist
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind
Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874 –January 24, 1965), British politician and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.
The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs.
Alfred P. Sloan (May 23, 1875 – February 17, 1966), American business executive, president and CEO of General Motors Corporation
If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero.
Alfred P. Sloan
Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (May 19, 1881–November 10, 1938), first President of Turkey
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 — November 7, 1962), First Lady of the United States
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal Nehru (November 14, 1889 –May 27, 1964), the first Prime Minister of India
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends-
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969), 34th President of the United States
Organizations cannot make a genius out of an incompetent. On the other hand, disorganization can scarcely fail to result in efficiency.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday.
Ray Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984), American businessman.
We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.
J. William Fulbright (April 9, 1905 – February 9, 1995), American statesman
Don’t sleep too much. If you sleep 3 hours less each night for a year, you will have an extra month and a half to succeed in.
Aristotle Onassis (January 20, 1906 –March 15, 1975), Greek shipping magnate
After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.
I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter. But after college . . . I did other things.
Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.
Masaru Ibuka (April 11, 1908– December 19, 1997), Japanese electronics industrialist
The key to success for everything in business, science and technology is never to follow the others.
God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 –September 5, 1997), Indian Roman Catholic nun
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.
David Ogilvy (23 June 1911 – 21 July 1999), English advertising executive
In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), 35th President of the United States
An artist’s working life is marked by intensive application and intense discipline.
John F. Kennedy
All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
John F. Kennedy
The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmounious proportions to produce a creative intelligence.
John F. Kennedy
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
Indira Gandhi (November 19, 1917 –October 31, 1984), third Prime Minister of India
Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys.
Sam Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992), American businessman
Listen long enough and the person will generally come up with an adequate solution.
Mary Kay Ash (May 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001), American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
Mary Kay Ash
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
Mary Kay Ash
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918), South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician
We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
The power of imagination created the illusion that my vision went much farther than the naked eye could actually see.
The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way.
Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006), American activist and feminist
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
Henry A. Kissinger (born May 27, 1923), American political scientist and diplomat
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.
Lee Iacocca (born October 15, 1924), American businessman
Why do you climb philosophical hills? Because they are worth climbing . . There are no hills to go down unless you start from the top.
Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1925 –April 8, 2013), the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968), American clergyman and activist
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every great book is an action, and every great action is a book.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935), 14th and current Dalai Lama
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He’s not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he’s really needed.
Vaclav Havel (October 5, 1936 –December 18, 2011), Czech writer and the first president of the Czech Republic
A creative mindset is in increasingly high demand: employers are vying for workers who are able to dream big and deliver big with the next must-have product. Creative thinking fuels innovation, it leads to new goods and services, creates jobs and delivers substantial economic rewards.
Jim Hunt (born May 16, 1937), American politician
A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
Richard Branson (born 18 July 1950), English entrepreneur, innovator and investor
You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.
Fantastic people throughout the Virgin Group run our businesses, allowing me to think creatively and strategically.
I love creating hideaways. My idea is to go to the most beautiful, unspoilt places, buy the land, and make sure it is never damaged. I’ve always admired John D. Rockefeller, who bought up tracts of land to ensure they were left wild in perpetuity.
Don’t think what’s the cheapest way to do it or what’s the fastest way to do it…think ‘what’s the most amazing way to do it.
For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.
Take a chance. It’s the best way to test yourself. Have fun and push boundaries.
Creative things have to sell to get acknowledged as such.
Steve Wozniak (born August 11, 1950), American inventor, and programmer, co-founded Apple Computer
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), American businessman and inventor
I want to put a ding in the universe.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Innovation is the only way to win.
None of us are as creative as all of us.
I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
Bill Gates (born October 28, 1955), American business magnate, programmer and philanthropist
To create a new standard it takes something that’s not just a little bit different. It takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination
I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
Microsoft is a company that manages imagination.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.
Often you have to rely on your intuition.
Don’t spend too much time planning, release early and often, some things will work, others won’t, refine and move forward and above all forget the money, just make sure you love what you’re doing.
Kevin Rose (born February 21, 1977), American Internet entrepreneur
The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984), American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur