Shiftschool Guidebook


​​Inspiring quotes about Innovation, Change, and Leadership by people who are and think different. The power of good quotes fades away over time. Often, they are misunderstood. Or they stand alone and just don’t stick. That’s why we take two original troublemakers’ quotes and mash them together in a short socratic dialogue. In short, we carefully curate famous quotes to inspire good thought. Enjoy these ponder and wonder statements!

Quotes about Change:

Some Ponder Wonder Examples


Just imagine if boxing activist Muhammad Ali met dare-to-lead-leader Brené Brown:

Muhammad: “I should be a postage stamp, because that’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”

Brené: “Oh boy, if you are not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, I am not interested in your feedback.”

Muhammad: “Hmm, at home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

Brené: “So, what’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how you feel, what you believe, and who you are?”


And what would happen if brewpunk James Watt met Eleanor Rossevelt for a chat at the White House?

Eleanor: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

James: “That is why we reject the status quo, we are passionate, we don’t give a damn and we always do something which is true to ourselves. Our approach has been anti-authoritarian and non-conformist from the word go.”

Eleanor: “Well, when you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.”

James: “So let’s rip up those stuffy old text books, reject the status quo, tear down the establishment and embrace the dawn of a new era.”

Or what if we connected the passionate advocate of scientific pedagogy Maria Montessori with the jack-of-all-polymaths Benjamin Franklin?

Maria: “To aid life, leaving it free, however, that is the basic task of the educator.”

Benjamin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Maria: “Education is a work of self-organization by which man adapts himself to the conditions of life.”

Benjamin: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

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