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“A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…” – Some of the best quotes were born from a very successful multi-media franchise. Star Wars (and its unmatched fandom) has been around since 1977 making viewers laugh, cry and everything in between with its strong characters and tales of courage. Here are our favourite quotes from the epic space flick and its creator, George Lucas. May the force be with you in all of your startup business pursuits!
Walt Disney was a businessman in every way. He was a producer, animator and entrepreneurial genius. Did we mention the creator of Disneyland? We should feel endlessly inspired by Disney’s legacy. Who else can say they created the happiest place on earth? If you’re looking for a new approach for your business practices, read on for our top 10 Walt Disney business quotes:
Ahh Seth Godin! Marketer, influencer and word magician. He is a crowd favourite in our office and we have recently got our hands on his newest limited edition 800 page book, “What does it sound like when you change your mind”? It has become like a bible at Data Nerds. Every morning at our standup meeting we choose one post from the book to read aloud. If you don’t know Seth Godin, you should. Check out his blog and read our favourite Godin quotes below:
Lao Tzu (also known as Laozi “old master”) was a Chinese philosopher with an extraordinary mind. Tzu was a distinguished writer and author of the Tao Te Ching, the basis for many Chinese philosophers. Our 20 quotes from this legendary figure will no doubt give you a different outlook on life. Take a moment from your busy day and use these wise words to put a positive spin on your vision.
Who doesn’t know Bill Gates? You know, the co-creator of Microsoft and the richest man on earth! As a business man he was criticized for being distant and sometimes downright rude to his colleagues. However, his knowledge in tech and forward vision skyrocketed him to success early in life. Since January 2000, Gates has stepped down as CEO of Microsoft and now devotes most of his time to his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Here are 13 quotes from the now author, investor and philanthropist to inspire your life and business:
Sir John A. Macdonald was Canada’s first Prime Minister. A leader who’s political career spanned most of his lifetime. Serving 19 years as Prime Minister he achieved great accomplishments such as formulating a strong national government and building the Canadian Pacific Railway. Macdonald was a charming and clever character who lead his country with a sense of community. Here are 12 intelligent quotes we enjoy from Sir John A. Macdonald.
“Politics is a game requiring great coolness and an utter abnegation of prejudice and personal feeling.”
“There were, unfortunately, no great principles on which parties were divided – politics became a mere struggle for office.”
“Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong.”
“There may be obstructions, local differences may intervene, but it matters not — the wheel is now revolving, and we are only the fly on the wheel, we cannot delay it. The union of the colonies of British America under one sovereign is a fixed fact.”
“I don’t care for office for the sake of money, but for the sake of power, and for the sake of carrying out my own views of what is best for the country.”
“When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say, ‘We are going to have a summer shower.’”
“If you would know the depth of meanness of human nature, you have got to be a Prime Minister running a general election.”
Macdonald was well known for his wit and also for his love of drink. He is known to have been drunk for many of his debates in Parliament. Here is a story from an election debate in which Macdonald was so drunk he began vomiting while on stage. [His opponent quickly pointed this out.] The opposing candidate said: “Is this the man you want running your country? A drunk!” Collecting himself, Macdonald replied “I get sick … not because of drink [but because] I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent.”
“My sins of omission and commission I do not deny; but I trust that it may be said of me in the ultimate issue, ‘Much is forgiven because he loved much,’ for I have loved my country with a passionate love.”
“If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.’”
“Let us be English or let us be French… but above all let us be Canadians.”
“A public man should have no resentments.”
“Elections are a lot like horse races, in that you know a lot more about them the next day.”
A founding father of America, you’d be hard-pressed to find something amazing that Benjamin Franklin didn’t do in his lifetime. Here’s 15 of his extraordinary quotes to live by:
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to product happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”
“With continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
“Well done is better than well said.”
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”
“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.”
“The constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
A small peek into Franklins mind, here are 13 virtues of character he followed, listed from his autobiography: