“If you’re trying to fit in, then you’ll never be the shape you really are.”

Jason Sudeikis, OFf Camera

“Solutions come from boundaries.”

Kanye West, Style

“Let us love the successful people. Let us feel joy and pride for them. In doing this, we expunge all envy and jealousy from our gut. When we can feel genuine happiness for those who live with wealth, we welcome it into our own lives.”

Markus Almond, Brooklyn To Mars

"If you're dreaming, you're sleeping. And it's important and imperative to always be awake to your feelings, your possibilities, your ambitions. And don't get hung up on the consequences because they can be good—like awards, success and even celebrity—and they can be bad—no awards, no success, no celebrity."

Martin Scorsese, Tisch Salute 2014

“Recognise your superpower. Don’t complain, make things better. Choose wisely who you hang with. Don’t forget to play. Push to be better.”

Tina Roth Eisenberg, 99u Conference

“See, a lot of people have taste, but they don't have the daring to be creative. Here we are in the age of the cookie-cutter sameness. There are few that are rarities: someone who doesn't look like they were stamped out of ten-million people looking all the same.”

Bill Cunningham, Bill Cunningham New York

“You can be cautious or creative, but there’s no such thing as a cautious creative.”

George Lois

“Confidence doesn’t come from knowing you’re right—it comes from being okay with failing.” 

Mike Monteiro, Design Is a Job

“We are consumed with existence, mortgages, jobs, competition, clothes, cars, houses. It is nice to allow the imagination room to breath again and see life as something that is spectacular and magic. And sometimes we need the imagination to do that, to take us out of our immediate environment. Then we can come back into our environment with that gift that we've been bestowed.”

Colin Farrell, The Talks

“Sometimes, you have to take 1000 punches before anything good happens. Miracles don’t happen. If they do, it’s one in a million. You have to work, you have to put yourself out there. And with work comes disappointment. The more you work, the more instances you have for disappointment. But don’t let those moments fool you. An instance of failure could be a huge opportunity. Pay attention. Learn to be self aware.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, Medium

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” 

Jalal al-Din Rumi, The Essential Rumi

“Youth is not a time of life. As long as you have dreams and curiosity, you have youth."

Tadao Ando

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then—to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

T.H. White, The Once and Future King

“To dwell in the past is to drive a car using only the rear view mirror.”

John Maeda

"Anything worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer a bit."

Chris Burkard, TED 2015

“People who are really dedicated in their work often forget that they're doing what they love. The moment that they're yearning for so bad is the moment that they're actually in. That's actually the crucial bit. It's the time that's put in towards that dedication that will get you to that point. The point isn't that satisfaction, it's all the things that you learned along the way.”

Karan Singh, Emmazed

“Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.”

Clayton Christensen

“If we were all rational, there would be no small businesses, there would be no exploration, there would be very little innovation and there would be no great leaders to inspire all those things. It is the undying belief in something bigger and better that drives that kind of behavior. But it can also control behavior born out of other emotions, like hate or fear. Why else would someone plot to hurt someone they had never met?”

Simon Sinek, Start With Why

“How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? But you guys are way ahead of the game. You already know who you are and that peace, that peace that we’re after, lies somewhere beyond personality, beyond the perception of others, beyond invention and disguise, even beyond effort itself. You can join the game, fight the wars, play with form all you want, but to find real peace, you have to let the armor fall. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”

Jim Carrey, 2014 MUM Commencement Speech

“I think that when you make yourself vulnerable, the thing that you do next is better. It’s not like you have to inflict pain on yourself in order to make yourself better, but I think it helps. The thing that bonds you to a new friend isn’t that you went to a fun party; it’s ‘cause you had a really weird, sad conversation.”

Tavi Gevinson, New York Magazine

“With my personal and client work, I want to make someone feel something. How can I make someone laugh or cry? How do I make someone connect to their own story through my own story? How can you be provocative of your work? So many of our stories, fears, and habits are universal. So many of us have experienced the same thing.”

Timothy Goodman, Emmazed

“If you read something online that piques your curiosity, look it up. Verify it. It might be right, it might be wrong. That doesn’t matter. Either way, you’ll be learning.”


“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored’.”

Louis C.K

“Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that—that's what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that's really special and if you're not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.”

Amy Poehler

“Just because it’s all been done, doesn’t mean it’s all been done well.”

Lee Clow

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

Dalai Lama

“The most successful people are not motivated by reaching their goals. They’re motivated by getting to a place where they can confidently and audaciously move the finish line further into the distance.”

Adam Braun, Medium

“Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second, we can turn the tables on Resistance. This second, we can sit down and do our work.”

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

“If you’re not ‘all in’ I don’t think you can actually understand the true potential of—or flaws in—your idea. There’s certainly a leap of faith required.”

Drew Downs, Offscreen Magazine Issue 09

“If you’re not asking questions, you’re not going to find answers.”

Jocelyn K. Glei, 99u.com

“I’d rather not know what I’m doing then just wait.”

Michael Wolff, 99u Conference

“The problem isn’t your idea. It’s that you don’t act on it.”

Mel Robbins, TED Talk

“It's not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human. Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist.”

Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog

“Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

Steve Jobs, 2005 Standford Commencement Speech

“The artist is by necessity a collector; he accumulates things with the same ardor and curiosity [with which] a boy stuffs his pockets. He borrows from the sea and from the scrap heap; he takes snapshots, makes mental notes, and records impressions on tablecloths and newspapers—why one particular thing and not another, he may not know at the time, but he is omnivorous. He has a taste for children’s wall scrawling as appreciative as that for prehistoric cave painting.”

Paul Rand, Ideas about Ideas

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.” 

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

“Why do we focus on the blemishes? Why do we focus on the bad stuff all the time? I can have 200 people tell me how awesome I can, but I will listen to the one critic, and part of it is because we almost want to believe that one more because we're so afraid of our gift. We're so afraid of this light that's inside of us.

James Victore, Emmazed

“I think the only reason I've had the career life that I've had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you're very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are. That's sort of why I got into acting. I realised the more fun I had, the better I did it. And I thought, that's a job I could be proud of. It's changed my life learning that, and it's made me better at what I do.”

Bill Murray

“By letting go of what you thought was going to happen in your life, you can enjoy what is actually happening.”

Taylor Negron, xoJane

“If your intentions are to get the big applause at the end, then you are taking and not giving.”

Teitur, TED 2015

“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ What makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you—so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.”

Brian Eno

“Refuse to be labeled by the gatekeepers. Or if you're going to be a label, be an UN-Label. This takes work. In the same way that you exercise your body, you need to challenge yourself to shake free of the herd, find your own unique voice, and create your personal authentic brand. Make it hard for them to classify you. Make it hard for them to label you. When you refuse to be labeled, suddenly you play by your own rules, not theirs. You measure yourself by your own standards, not the gatekeepers' standards. You define the terms of your brand, your creations, and your success.”

Marc Ecko, The Huffington Post

“It matters not what you do, but how you do it. In almost all cases, the stuff we use and love every day existed previously, but in a less superior form. And, of course, the novelty of any idea is short-lived. Only the execution endures.”

Scott Belsky, Reddit AMA

“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher and higher, the law of averages predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. Now, when you’re down there in the hole, it looks like failure. When that moment comes, it’s okay to feel bad for a little while. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost. But then, here’s the key: Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are.”

Oprah Winfrey, 2013 Harvard Commencement address

“You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see. You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, ‘We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.’” 

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

“Should is how others want us to show up in the world—how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s the vast array of expectations that others layer upon us. When we choose Should the journey is smooth, the risk is small. Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s our instincts, our cravings and longings, the things and places and ideas we burn for, the intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own. Because when we choose Must, we are no longer looking for inspiration out there. Instead, we are listening to our calling from within, from some luminous, mysterious place.”

Elle Luna, Medium

"Keep your head up in failure, and your head down in success."

Jerry Seinfeld

“You cannot force the Now. But can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.” 

Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts

"I'm not telling you to make the world a better place, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment."

Joan Didion

“Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Muhammad Ali