Faculty of Engineering

Words of Inspiration

This page contains quotes that inspire Western Engineering faculty and staff members to continue striving to meet the faculty's mission, vision and values. To submit an inspirational quote to be added to this list, please email the WEAct Working Group: Communication (Recognition, Respect and Collaboration).


“The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday”. – Unknown Author
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“Spending today complaining about yesterday, won’t make tomorrow any better”. – Unknown Author
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“Respect your fellow human beings, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, explore thoughts candidly, work together for a common goal, and help one another achieve it”. – Bill Bradley
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“In our work and living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction”. – Audre Lorde
Submittedby Joanna Blom


“Don't let the shadows of yesterday, spoil the sunshine of tomorrow. Live for today. ” – Nandina Morris
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“Quality, relevant content can't be spotted by an algorithm. You can't subscribe to it. You need people - actual human beings - to create or curate it.” - Kristina Halvorson
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.” – Unknown Author
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” - Albert Einstein
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to discover it in himself.” - Galileo Galilei
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.” - Ayn Rand
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.” - Jim Rohn
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“To assess the quality of thoughts of people, don't listen to their words, but watch their actions.” - Amit Kalantri
Submittedby Joanna Blom


“A man should never be judged by his skill, talent, colour, financial or political status, facial beauty and level of education but by the quality of his character.” - Paul Bamikole
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston S. Churchill
Submitted by Joanna Blom <hr< “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” - Santosh Kalwar
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.” - C. JoyBell C.
Submitted by Joanna Blom


“You can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else”. – Unknown Author
Submitted by Sarah Williams


“Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do”. – Unknown Author
Submitted by Sarah Williams


“6+3=9 but so does 5+4. The way you do things is not always the only way to do them. Respect other people’s way of thinking”. – Unknown Author
Submitted by Sarah Williams


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ― Helen Keller
~ submitted by Heather Hughes


“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson
Submitted by Heather Hughes


“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team.” - Patrick Lencioni
Submitted by Heather Hughes


“You can do something, but not everything.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Submitted by Heather Hughes


“A great building will never stand if you neglect the small bricks.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Submitted by Heather Hughes


“Teamwork is the secret that make common people achieve uncommon result.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Submitted by Heather Hughes


“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill
Submitted by Virginia Daugharty


“The best strategy is a balance between having a deliberate one, and a flexible, or emergent strategy.” – Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School
Submitted by Joanne Colling


“The more you teach positive ideas to others, the better you learn them yourself.” – Brian Tracy, Professional Speaker
Submitted by Joanne Colling


“True commitment begins when we reach the point of not knowing how we can possibly go on, and decide to do it anyway.” - Unknown Author
Submitted by Luiz Capretz


“Approach everyone with the empathy and assumption that their closest loved one may have just passed away.”
Submitted by Lyle McLean


“Always ask ‘how can I help’.”
Submitted by Lyle McLean


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“An ounce of patience is worth more than a tonne of preaching.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Change yourself – you are in control.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“See the good in people and help them.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Take care of this moment.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Continue to grow and evolve.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“A no uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered merely to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


"An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Submitted by Mita Ray


“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou
Submitted by Mita Ray


“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders”. – Maya Angelou
Submitted by Mita Ray


“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” – Maya Angelou
Submitted by Mita Ray


“Build a positive team environment with open and honest communication. We are all professionals in what we do. We are all working towards the same strategic goals for Western Engineering. Be accountable for your actions and decisions. Be mindful of what you do, and how you do it.”
Submitted by Chris Seres


“If we let our negative attitude dictate how we view and react to things, we will never strive to reach our common goal.” – Unknown Author
Submitted by Chris Seres


“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Submitted by Chris Seres


“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean
Submitted by Eugen Porter


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy
Submitted by Eugen Porter


“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” - Maya Angelou
Submitted by Eugen Porter


“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - Buddha
Submitted by Eugen Porter


“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” - Warren Buffett
Submitted by Eugen Porter