What are your favorite quotes?

Last week, as part of a passion project I’m working on (more on that later…), I reached out to some of my closest friends and colleagues for their favorite quotes.

Today, in light of Coach Bill Campbell’s passing (not someone I knew, but someone I deeply admired), I was feeling especially introspective and the responses from my friends came through at just the right time.

What I got back totally blew me away, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. It’s amazing what crowdsourcing emotion and motivation can unearth.

Unedited, raw, and by-no-means comprehensive, hopefully these are at least inspirational.

If you have any that have been important to you, please tweet me @arteeninla or comment and share them. And of course, thank you to my friends who shared with me already!


“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
“When I jump, I don’t do it for the landing, I do it for the air.” — Brene Brown
“The question is not ‘who is going to let me,’ it’s ‘who is going to stop me?’” — Ayn Rand
“Don’t be disappointed if people refuse to help you. Remember the words of Einstein: ‘I’m thankful to all those who said ‘no’, because of them I did it myself.’”
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” — William Shed
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Einstein
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind — you are the one who hears it.” — Michael Singer
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” — Michelangelo
“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.” — John Greenleaf Whittier
“I sit on clouds and obsess with angels when I should be obsessing on the fact that I can fly.” — atticus