my Favorite Quote3

You’ve probably heard the quote:

“To err is human, to forgive is divine, but covering up your mistakes can be a blessing too.”

No? That’s probably because I just made it up 😉

Gibberish aside, we all love “real” quotes, and they’re the perfect for creating your first Meddle. (Get a free account here – or if you have an account, remember to install your browser plugin.) Just pick your favorite quote from the list below and explain what you like about it.

Click here to see a Meddle I made from one of the quotes below. It took 2 minutes. Then check out the short video below to see how I made it.

Bonus: if you create a Meddle from a quote on this page you will also receive a free chapter of Ted Coiné’s book A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive.

Quotes On Integrity

Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don’t expect it from cheap people. -Warren Buffett

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.  -Earl Nightingale

Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to. -Richard Branson

Connect enthusiastically. Give relentlessly. And lead bravely. Do that, and the future is yours! – Ted Coiné

Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -Mark Twain

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. -Walt Disney

The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition. -John D. Rockefeller

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.  -Bob Marley

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. –Thomas Jefferson

Generosity builds empathy, because it forces you out of your comfort zone and into other people’s lives. It makes you to look at the problems of the world and not just change the channel. -Narges Nirumvala

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln

Quotes On Leadership

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. – Peter Drucker

You can’t manage creativity. You need to manage for creativity. You need to create the space for it to emerge. -Arianna Huffington

If you’re the smartest person in the room, find another room. -Michael Dell

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. – Douglas MacArthur

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. -Bill Gates

Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do. And what motivates people are the bonds of loyalty and trust they develop around each other. -Margaret Heffernan

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. -Henry Ford

When you are competing with others on their terms, you’re likely to lose. – Dorie Clark

Innovation in tech favors the naive and the stubborn. If you are too rational you won’t tackle problems that others once failed at. – Aaron Levie

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing. -Peter Drucker

Quotes On Business

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. -Woodrow Wilson

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.  -Henry Ford

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. – Reid Hoffman

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. -Peter F. Drucker

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. -Henry Ford

Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change. -Tom Peters

You can’t out-spend the giants, but you can out-think, out-teach, and out-help them. -Brian Halligan

Out there in some garage is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet with your company’s name on it. –Gary Hamel

Quotes On Challenges

If the challenge we face doesn’t scare us, then it’s probably not that important. – Simon Sinek

The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me? -Timothy Ferriss

Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. -Unknown

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -T. S. Eliot

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. -Denis Waitley

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. -Pablo Picasso

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs. -Dhirubhai Ambani

If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s. -Joseph Campbell

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. -Conrad Hilton

Quotes On Failure

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. -George Addair

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. -H. Stanley Judd

A year from now you may wish you had started today. -Karen Lamb

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. -Herbert Swope

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. -Alexander Graham Bell

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill

People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. -Peter F. Drucker

I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success. -Jack Welch

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill


Also check out some Meddle posts from Ted & Vidar for more examples of how to use Medde. Some are good and some are just plain embarrassing, but that’s what happens when you got Meddle-tourettes. (It’s a word. Look it up.)



About Vidar Brekke

Vidar, a serial entrepreneur, is the CEO and Co-founder of

He is passionate about entrepreneurship with a penchant for building social technologies that promote knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Previously he also held positions such as Chief Product Officer for social media agency Converseon, VP of Marketing for JPMorgan, and Brand Strategist at Ogilvy. He also served as an officer in the Norwegian Navy.

Originally from Norway, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

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