What’s your earliest original inspiring quote you remember saying?

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What’s your earliest original inspiring quote you remember saying?

The only limitations we have are those we impose upon ourselves. -1980, during Outward Bound

Please feel free, if inclined, to share yours.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I remember in 7th grade I had to memorize the famous Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken.” We then had to all stand up and say the poem in front of the class for a grade. My English teacher had us working on that poem for a couple of weeks in class until everyone knew that poem forwards and backwards. I thought she was crazy, or it was a waste of time.

    However, nearly 30 years later, I can still say the poem, as it is etched in my memory (apparently the teacher wasn’t crazy). And yes, many a time I have quoted the last two lines in reference to doing things that aren’t necessarily the “most comfortable” or “acceptable” thing, but the right thing for you. Robert Frost stated, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”


  2. Bob, was recalling this yesterday with Chapin.

    Thank you for sharing your favorite quote, and the back story as well. Great teachers make a difference in the lives of their students.

    Interesting enough, it would seem we are all teachers and students – to varying degrees.

    Have an awesome Thursday.

    I’m going to Disney World. Gotta get going.

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