Famous Quotes We Live By

Bestow is on a mission to modernize the life insurance experience. Not an easy task! We often find inspiration to accomplish something meaningful from leaders who’ve done so in their lives. We thought we’d share some of our favorite quotes with y’all. Enjoy!

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

– Albert Einstein

Mark (engineer): I have found this to be a good principle of software design. I like it because it helps to avoid needless complexity.


Every man has within himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who proves the Columbus of his soul.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Grant (marketing): I still remember this quote from high school English class. It reminds me that life and personal development should be approached as an exploration and not a formula.


You can do so much in 10 minutes’ time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.

– Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of Ikea

Jonathan (co-founder): We’re making life better whether it’s quality, worth, peace of mind, etc. and it’s one of the more productive uses of anyone’s 10 minute unit.


Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Trevor (engineer): It helps remind me that discussing anything other than ideas is not only a waste of time, but does not benefit the progression of mankind.


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

– Theodore Roosevelt

Melbourne (co-founder): This quote has inspired me to pursue meaningful work and always be in the arena, always striving and never becoming complacent. Innovating often requires being misunderstood but you must be willing to trust your vision and persist until you succeed.


We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…

– John F. Kennedy

Shannon (ux design): This quote reminds me that if I’m not actively challenging myself, I’m not truly living up to my potential.


Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.

– William Tecumseh Sherman, Major General of Union Army; Civil War

Zach (business operations)


The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.

– Michael E. Gerber

Hailey (customer care)


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

– William Ernest Henley

Trey (recruiting)


Make fear a tailwind instead of a headwind.

– Jimmy Iovine

Ben (product)


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

– Henry David Thoreau

Jordan (engineer): I like this because it succinctly recognizes and validates the disappointment and audacity that comes with building something new without suggesting being more realistic.


You gotta water your plants. Nobody can water them for you.

– DJ Khaled

Ben (data scientist): This needs no explanation.

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