Over the years I've heard a bunch of quotes. Most of them aren't terribly insightful or inspirational but every now and again one sticks. A quote that has meaning to you, one that you embrace and perpetuate to others as ideas and ideals you believe in. Here's a few quotes that I've seen that have "stuck":

"A good engineer learns when compromise is more profitable than perfection" ...Robert Martin

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ...Arthur Schopenhauer (1788- 1860)

"Far batter to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat" .. Theodore Roosevelt (quoted on the Harvard Business School Admissions website)

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” ...Confucius

“Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ...Gandhi

"If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it." ...Lord Kelvin

"Intuition is regularly wrong. Let data drive decisions." ...Damien Wintour

"The mass market comprises the pragmatists, those who just want the damn thing to work." ..Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm

"Revenue is the proof of your ability to win customers, which will determine your success more so than your ability to squeeze a few pennies out of your costs." ...extract from Ahead of the Curve

"Before criticising someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, if they get nasty, they're a mile away and barefoot." Unknown

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." ...Juma Ikangaa, elite marathon runner

"If you’re concerned about scalability, any algorithm that forces you to run agreement will eventually become your bottleneck. Take that as a given." ...Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO

"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." ...Albert Einstein

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