Some of our favourite quotes

“If your mind is empty it is ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginners mind there are many possibilities in the experts mind there are few.”

                                           Shunrya Suzuki

‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes’

Marcel Proust

‘Everything has beauty but not all eyes can capture it’

Jagadish Ghimire, Nepal

‘We live in worlds our questions create’

David Cooperider

‘Retain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be’

The Stockdale Paradox

‘What you learn in a single day can change everything’

Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Rose University

‘A learning organisation is one in which people at all levels, individually and collectively, are continually increasing their capacity to produce results they really care about’

Richard Karash

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’

Albert Einstein

‘The most exciting breakthrough of the twenty first century will occur not because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human’

Futurist John Naisbitt

‘The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. If we want to change the world we have to change our thinking…no problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew’

Albert Einstein

‘Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.’

Victor Frankl

‘Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.’

Peter Drucker

‘They were nothing more than people by themselves… together, all together, they were the instruments of change’


‘Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organisation can make is to begin with other people as though the answers mattered’

William Greider

‘The wisdom of local people always exceeds the knowledge of the experts’

Bank of Ideas

‘The future will depends on what we do in the present’

Mahatma Gandi

‘Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have
But of the best leaders
When their task is accomplished
Their work is done
The people all remark
“We have done it ourselves”

Lao Tse

‘We have reached “the end of problem solving” as a mode of inquiry capable of inspiring, mobilising and sustaining human system change, and the future of organisation development belongs to methods that affirm, compel and accelerate anticipatory learning involving larger and larger levels of collectivity. The new methods will be distinguished by the art and science of asking powerful, positive questions.’

David Cooperrider

‘Studies of organisational excellence have shown that the art and science of asking powerful positive questions is much more important than looking for the gaps, weaknesses and limitations in a system.’

Anne Radford

‘Appreciative Inquiry is based on a deceptively simple premise: organisations grow in the direction of what they repeatedly ask questions about and focus their attention on. It does not focus on changing people. Instead, it invites people to engage in building the kinds of organisations they want to live in’

Gervase Bushe

‘We must not only learn to tolerate differences – we must welcome them as the richness and diversity which can lead to true intelligence’

Albert Einstein

‘We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy or our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.’

EE Cummings

‘Where we choose to put our attention changes our brain, which in time can change how we see and interact with the world’

‘Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has’

Margaret Mead

‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’

Mohandas Gandhi

‘Seize this very minute; what you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it’

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

‘Problem talk creates problems – solution talk creates solutions’

Steve De Shazer

‘Heres to the crazy ones; the misfits; the rebels; the trouble-makers; the round pegs in the square holes; the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.’

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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