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  • "There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead."
    Howard Schultz (1953–), US businessman, chairman and CEO of Starbucks
    Source: Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul (with Joanne Gordon, 2011)
  • "We need a readiness to enter a room in the dark and stumble over unfamiliar furniture until the pain in our shins reminds us of where things are."
    Fons Trompenaars (1952–), Dutch author and management consultant
    Source: Financial Times (London) (July 1996)
  • "Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess."
    Edwin Land (19091991), US inventor and founder of Polaroid Corporation
    Source: Boston Globe (March 1991)
  • "You can be very bold as a theoretician. Good theories are like good art. A practitioner has to compromise."
    Warren Bennis (1925–), US educator and writer
    Source: The Director (October 1988)
  • "All good fortune is a gift of the gods and you don't win the favour of the ancient gods by being good but by being bold."
    Anita Brookner (1928–), British novelist and art historian
    Source: Quoted in Writers at Work (1988)
  • "If you're going to be thinking only one thing, you might as well be thinking big."
    Donald J. Trump (1946–), US real estate developer and TV personality
    Referring to the grand scale of his property deals.
    Source: Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987)
  • "Corporate courage is usually no greater than personal courage."
    Edward Teller (19082003), US nuclear scientist
    Source: Interview, Playboy (August 1979)
  • "If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out."
    Arthur Koestler (19051983), British writer and journalist
    Source: The Sleepwalkers (1959)
  • "Boldness, again boldness, and always boldness!"
    Georges Jacques Danton (17591794), French lawyer and revolutionary leader
    Source: Speech to the Legislative Committee of General Defense (September 2, 1792)
  • "Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome."
    Samuel Johnson (17091784), British poet, lexicographer, essayist, and critic
    Source: Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (1759)
  • "Boldness in business is the first, second, and third thing."
    Thomas Fuller (16541734), English physician and writer
    Source: Gnomologia (1732)
  • "It is better to be impetuous than circumspect. Experience shows that [fortune] is more often subdued by men who do this than by those who act coldly."
    Niccolò Machiavelli (14691527), Italian historian, statesman, and political philosopher
    Source: The Prince (1513)

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