Ten Favorite Quotes From Sir Richard Branson, That Are Also Favorites of Mine

 

Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. A company that stands still will soon be forgotten. Trying to provoke positive change is a principle we’ve embedded across the Virgin family for more than four decades. Here are my 10 favourite quotes on why we should all embrace change.

10. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

- Buckminster Fuller

 

9. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

- Leo Tolstoy

8. A year from now you will wish you had started today. — Karen Lamb

7. By changing nothing, nothing changes. – Tony Robbins

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6. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. - C. S. Lewis

5. Change before you have to.

- Jack Welch

 

4. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

- Nelson Mandela

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3. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

- Albert Einstein

2. Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

- Margaret Mead

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1. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

- Charles Darwin

It is my very strong belief that Man did not come from the Ape, but came from highly intelligent Gods.  Man may have degraded to the Ape like creature by sin and breaking the commandments and directions of God,  but we initially came as children of God,  Male and Female.

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“If the genius of invention were to reveal to-morrow the secret of immortality, of eternal beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought.”     – Nikola Tesla

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“…the papers, which thirty years ago conferred upon me the honor of American citizenship, are always kept in a safe, while my orders, diplomas, degrees, gold medals and other distinctions are packed away in old trunks.”      -  Nikola Tesla

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“The future will show whether my foresight is as accurate now as it has proved heretofore.”      - Nikola Tesla

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“The opinion of the world does not affect me. I have placed as the real values in my life what follows when I am dead.”    - Nikola Tesla

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“It is quite evident, though, that this squandering cannot go on indefinitely, for geological investigations prove our fuel stores to be limited. So great has been the drain on them of late years that the specter of exhaustion is looming up threateningly in the distance…”

- Nikola Tesla

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“Technical invention is akin to architecture and the experts must in time come to the same conclusions I have reached long ago. Sooner or later my power system will have to be adopted in its entirety and so far as I am concerned it is as good as done.”   -Nikola Tesla

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“If I were ever assailed by doubt of ultimate success I would dismiss it by remembering the words of that great philosopher, Lord Kelvin, who after witnessing some of my experiments said to me with tears in his eyes: ‘I am sure you will do it.’”   -Nikola Tesla

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“I predict that very shortly the old-fashioned incandescent lamp, having a filament heated to brightness by the passage of electric current through it, will entirely disappear.” -Nikola Tesla

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“The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind.”   – Nikola Tesla

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“My project was retarded by laws of nature. The world was not prepared for it. It was too far ahead of time. But the same laws will prevail in the end and make it a triumphal success.”  - Nikola Tesla

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“…the idea gradually took hold of me that the earth might be used in place of the wire, thus dispensing with artificial conductors altogether. The immensity of the globe seemed an unsurmountable obstacle but after a prolonged study of the subject I became satisfied that the undertaking was rational…”  -Nikola Tesla

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“That is the trouble with many inventors; they lack patience. They lack the willingness to work a thing out slowly and clearly and sharply in their mind, so that they can actually ‘feel it work.’ They want to try their first idea right off; and the result is they use up lots of money and lots of good material, only to find eventually that they are working in the wrong direction. We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin.”

- Nikola Tesla

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“Following up these promising revelations I demonstrated conclusively by experiments that great amounts of electrical energy can be transmitted to any distance through upper air strata which are easily accessible, and since this truth has been recognized every fiber has been strained to realize such a transmission on a large scale.”  - Nikola Tesla

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“But I hope that it will also be demonstrated soon that in my experiments in the West I was not merely beholding a vision, but had caught sight of a great and profound truth.”

- Nikola Tesla

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“What the result of these investigations will be the future will tell; but whatever they may be, and to whatever this principle may lead, I shall be sufficiently recompensed if later it will be admitted that I have contributed a share, however small, to the advancement of science.”

Nikola Tesla
“The Tesla Alternate Current Motor” (The Electrical Engineer, June 22, 1888)

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“Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world.”

Nikola Tesla
“The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires As a Means for Furthering Peace” (Electrical World & Engineer, January 7th, 1905)

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“Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.”

Nikola Tesla

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“The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of the ground by warm sunshine, only to be injured and retarded in its growth by the succeeding frost.”

Nikola Tesla

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“Everyone should consider his body as a priceless gift from one whom he loves above all, a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty, and mystery beyond human conception, and so delicate that a word, a breath, a look, nay, a thought may injure it.”

Nikola Tesla
“The Problem of Increasing Human Energy” (The Century Magazine, June, 1900)

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“But the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.”    - Nikola Tesla

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“The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible.”  - Nikola Tesla

God Created us in the Image of God, Male and Female in the Image of God. Man is NOT, without the Woman, and  Woman is NOT, without the Man in the Lord. So what is the Image and Likeness of “God” ? Celestial Male and Female working unitedly together, in the manner of our Eternal Father and Mothers!

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Do you have a favourite quote on change?  I’d love to hear it in the comments below…