Centre for Organisation Development

Organisation Development


Here is a selection of quotes that have inspired and have meaning for me...

Favourite Quotes


"I believe that dreams - daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing - are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.
L Frank. Baum

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."

Dolly Parton

Leaders should never, ever try to look cool - that's for dictators"

Ben Elton

"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right."

Laurens van der Post

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly"

Robert F Kennedy


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Personal Development

"Remember that the nature of discovery is an unfolding process, not necessarily called up on demand. Be gentle with yourself, patient with your answers, alert for insights that might emerge later, and expectant that your understanding will deepen over time and with practice."

Cheryl Peppers & Alan Briskin
Bringing Your Soul to Work


'One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire Cat in a tree. "Which road should I take?" She asked. His response was a question: "Where do you want to go?" "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."'

Lewis Carroll

"One aught every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."


This is the highest wisdom that I own,
The best that mankind ever knew:
Freedom and life are earned by those alone
Who conquer them each day anew.
Surrounded by such danger, each one thrives.
Childhood, manhood, and age lead active lives.
At such a throng, I would fain stare.
With free men on free ground their freedom share.



"Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves"

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

Helen Keller

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."

Aldous Huxley

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

Margaret Young


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"Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach."

Arnold Glasgow

Sad soul,
Take comfort,
Nor forget that Sunrise
Never failed us yet.

Celia Thaxter


"Life is the first gift,
love is the second,
And understanding the third."

Marge Piercy

"Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant."

Edmund Burke

"The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once. "

Samual Smiles: Self Help (1859)

Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them.
- Frank Tyger


Listen or thy tongue will keep
thee deaf ."

- Native American Proverb


"Laugh and the whole world laughs with you."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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