Some of the most important ideas actually come out of this process that I call the slow hunch. They start just as hints, intimations of something interesting… They often take five or 10 years to turn into something tangible.

Steve Johnson, American author of the book, ‘Where Good Ideas Come From’, advising against an over-emphasis on ‘eureka moments’, in a recent interview with The Economist. He cites the World Wide Web as an example of a slow hunch.

… a good way of summarising a new idea in the smallest possible number of words is to write your own press release about it.

Maurice Saatchi (1946), co-founder of the ad agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi and M & C Saatchi, in an interview in The (London) Times, May 2013

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson (1950 – ), British entrepreneur and business magnate

I tell them [players] that hard work is a talent too. They need to work harder than anyone else. And if they can no longer bring the discipline that we ask for here at United, they are out.

Sir Alex Ferguson (1941- ), manager of Manchester United, in a recent talk at Harvard Business School, sharing his management techniques. Ferguson announced his retirement this week.

A single feat of daring can alter the whole conception of what is possible.

Graham Greene (1904 – 1991), British novelist, playwright and critic