Who doesn't love a good quote? Here are a bunch of inspirational quotes about technology, design and startups.

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes”

Mark Twain

“Wisdom is knowing what’s important.”


“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

Bill Gates

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”

Napoleon Hill

“It is always the start that requires the greatest effort.”

James Cash Penney

“Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% how you react to it.”

Chuck Swindoll

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”

Peter Pan

“You need to be able to ride past the technology by understanding what it can do, who you are, and where you want to take it. You don’t want technology to lead you; you want to lead it, but it’s very hard to do that when you’re in the middle of it.”

Paula Scher

“I don’t think of design as a job. I think of it as — and I hate to use this term for it — more of a calling. If you’re just doing it because it’s a nice job and you want to go home and do something else, then don’t do it, because nobody needs what you’re going to make.”

Paula Scher

“To create is to hurt a little.”

Professor Van Heusden

“Don’t get ready, get started.”

IDEO Ventures

“Inventing is a lot like surfing: you have to anticipate and catch the wave at just the right moment.”

Ray Kurzweil

“By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately, and well.”

Robert Bringhurst

“Don’t ignore your dreams; don’t work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.”

Bronnie Ware

“A hacker to me is someone creative who does wonderful things.”

Tim Berners-Lee

“Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way,
And take the hidden paths that run,
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“It’s like a sausage factory, I mean, you really don’t want to know how this stuff happens.”

Jim Reekes

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

F.D. Roosevelt

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”

William Gibson

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

Ansel Adams

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”

Yogi Berra

“If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.”

Linus Pauling

“We nearly axed the iPhone, it wasn’t enough to be good…we knew it had to be great.”

Jonathan Ive

“By now, we have learnt that game-changing ideas do not come from experts, they come from people who haven’t got a clue and ask stupid questions.”

Chris Boardman

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

Sir Ken Robinson

“Instead of trying to be less bad, it’s about being good.”

W. McDonough

“The only person who can put you out of business, in the early days, is yourself.”

Eric Ries

“If you can’t ride two horses at once, you shouldn’t be in the circus.”

James Maxton

“Be the change you want to see.”


“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

Carl Sagan

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

R W Emerson

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”


“Creativity is the residue of time wasted.”

Albert Einstein

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”

Stanislaw Lec

“Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful.”

Dr Venkataswamy

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.”

Jonathan Kozol

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs

“This problem, once solved, will be simple.”

Thomas Edison

“You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.”

Warren Buffett

“Whenever we propose a solution to a problem, we ought to try as hard as we can to overthrow our solution, rather than defend it.”

Karl Popper

“Here’s how Apple does marketing in a nutshell: Make a great product, then let people know about it. That’s it. Neither aspect of that is easy, but the important thing is it has to happen in that order. It all starts with a great product.”

John Gruber

“When I finished [writing it], I was crying. I knew at long last, after ten years of trying, I had written something good.”

Ray Bradbury

“It’s not how good you are it’s how good you want to be.”

Paul Arden

“It is not the size of the dog in the fight. It is the size of the fight in the dog.”

Mark Twain

“Do not undertake the program unless the goal is manifestly important and its achievement nearly impossible. Do not do anything that anyone else can do readily.”

Edwin Land

“Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”

“The same thing we do every night, Pinky — try to take over the world!”


“The easiest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want.”

Charlie Munger

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”

Jack Welch

“It was not the miners that profited the most from the Gold Rush. It was the companies that sold them the shovels.”


“Having a good idea is one thing, but persuading other people to buy it is quite another. Good inventors are polymaths: they think with their hands and their brains. They’re experts in design, engineering and business.”

Sir James Dyson

“Rough consensus, running code.”


“There’s nothing more dangerous than a man with one idea. You’re not going to let go or fairly evaluate it because it’s your only idea.”

Bruce Lund

“Community is more important than code.”

Apache Labs

“People don’t want choices, they want exactly what they want.”

Joe Pine

“The waves that form in the tech business are the asymmetric weapon of the startup.”

Mike Maples

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett