50 Quotes to Spark a Culture of Innovation in 2017

by Gijs van Wulfen

quotesAn inspiring quote is a great tool for changing a mindset. I made a personal collection of 50 outstanding quotes on change and innovation. Use them to inspire others to start a culture of change, to think different and to prioritize change and innovation at the start of 2017.

1. Nothing is stronger than habit. [Ovid]

2. If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. [Albert Einstein]

3. Status quo is Latin for, ‘The mess we’re in.’ [Ronald Reagan]

4. Change is inevitable. Except from a vending machine.[Robert C. Gallagher]

5. When the rate of change outside is more than what is inside, be sure that the end is near. [Azim Premji]

6. Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right. [Steve Jobs]

7. The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed. [William Gibson]

8. It’s tough when markets change and your people within the company don’t. [Harvard Business Review]

9. Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. [Will Rogers]

10. They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. [Andy Warhol]

11. We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. [A. Einstein]

12. Necessity is the mother of invention. [Anonymous]

13. Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. [William Pollard]

14. When all think alike, then no one is thinking. [Walter Lippmann]

15. The biggest room is the room for improvement. [Anonymous]

16. Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open. [T. Dewar]

17. He who sees things grow from the beginning will have the best view of them. [Aristotle]

18. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. [George Bernard Shaw]

19. The future is not what it used to be. [Anonymous]

20. There are no old roads to new directions. [The Boston Consulting Group]

21. You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. [Andre Gide]

22. Innovation is anything, but business as usual. [Anonymous]

23. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. [Alan Kay]

24. Promotions may win quarters, innovation wins decades. [former P&G CEO Bob McDonald]

25. If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it. [A. Einstein]

26. The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. [Arthur Koestler]

27. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. [Oscar Wilde]

28. A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. [A. von Szent-Gyorgyi]

29. Managers say yes to innovation only if doing nothing is a bigger risk. [Gijs van Wulfen].

30. Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices. [L. Duncan]

31. Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. [Demosthenes]

32. Luck is where the crossroads of opportunity and preparation meet. [Seneca]

33. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference. [Robert Frost]

34. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. [Steve Jobs]

35. The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. [A. Clarke]

36. The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear. [Vincent Van Gogh]

37. Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. [Thomas Edison]

38. The impossible is often the untried. [J. Goodwin]

39. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. [Dale Carnegie]

40. The biggest risk in innovation lies in sticking too closely to your plans. [D. Hills, Walt Disney Company]

41. Ideas are useless unless used. [T. Levitt]

42. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.[Jim Rohn]

43. It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen. [Advertisement of Accenture]

44. The best ideas lose their owners and take on lives of their own. [N. Bushnell]

45. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. [Walt Disney]

46. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. [T.S. Eliot]

47. If you want to go fast – go alone. But if you want to go far – go together. [African proverb]

48. Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. [Dan Brown]

49. The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it. [Chinese saying].

50. You can invent alone, but you can’t innovate alone. [Gijs van Wulfen]

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Gijs van WulfenGijs van Wulfen helps organizations to structure the chaotic start of innovation as author, speaker, and facilitator. He is the founder of the FORTH innovation method and author of the innovation bestseller The Innovation Expedition. He was chosen by LinkedIn as one of their first 150 Influencers. Are you looking for an inspiring innovation speaker? Check out the movies and great reviews at gijsvanwulfen.com. Follow Gijs @gijsvanwulfen

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