Training Quotes for Learners and Leaders

Take a look at 30 of my favorite training quotes I use for educating and training on topics of creativity, innovation, action-taking, growth mindset, innovative thinking, motivation, adapting to change, future visioning, leadership, design thinking, applying new technologies, etc. Click through the slideshow to see the quote visuals or just scroll down to read the quote text.


If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

  • Isaac Newton


“Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow – whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward.”

  • Kurt Vonnegut


“Logic will get you from A to Z; Imagination will get you everywhere.”

  • Albert Einstein


“Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.”

  • Seth Godin


“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

  • Linus Pauling


“Without change there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”

  • William Pollard


“Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.”

  • Bill Gates


“Big thoughts are fun to romanticize, but it’s many small insights coming together that bring big ideas into the world.”

  • Scott Berkun


“The best way to predict the future is to invent t.”

  • Alan Kay


“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”

  • Theodore Levitt


“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


“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

  • Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo


“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

  • John Steinbeck

“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”

  • Roger Von Oech


“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

  • Theodore Roosevelt


“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms. The great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

  • Theodore Roosevelt


“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to it.”

  • Vincent Van Gogh


“Inspiration fires you up; motivation keeps you burning.”

  • Stuart Aken


“Success is a journey, not a destination.”

  • Ben Sweetland


“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

  • Lao Tzu


“No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy.”

  • Sir Laurence Olivier


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

  • George Bernard Shaw


“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

  • Michelangelo


“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

  • Thomas Edison


“Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.”

  • Scott McLeod


“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

  • Winston S. Churchill


“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

  • Chinese Proverb


“Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

  • Anais Nin

What quotes do you find helpful for educating, developing, or training yourself or others?

Which quotes inspire or motivate you?

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