Don’t ever listen if you’re told you can’t do something because it’s not been done before. I was told I was too small to be a miler and not fast enough for 800m.

Sebastian Coe (1956 – ), winner of four Olympic gold medals for middle-distance running, and head of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympics.

It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), physicist, Nobel Prize winner, best-known for the theory of relativity

Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.

Chinese proverb

Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.

Chuck Close (1940 – ), American painter and photographer