To help the conversation flow during the icebreaker session, we would like you to bring a short quotation to share with fellow participants. It might give hope, be thoughtful, be challenging, or give a dose of realism to the huge task in hand – that of transforming our world to net zero.

Please find some inspiration below or feel free to bring your own quotation(s). 

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

Our goal is wholeness not perfection.

Carl Jung

I would love to live as a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.

John O'Donohue

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.

Margaret Fuller

The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.

Marianne Williamson

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.

Mark Twain

In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

Margaret Atwood

Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

Terry Pratchett

Your job as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness.

Barack Obama

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Wolfgang von Goethe

Now & again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains & hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life.

M.U. Sensei

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.

Wendell Berry

Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.

Maya Angelou

Listen to your life…touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace.

Frederick Buechner

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

Ferris Bueller

I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

Eric Roth

Everyone carries with them at least one piece to someone else’s puzzle.

Lawrence Kushner

Take care of yourself — you never know when the world will need you.

Rabbi Hillel

But who could have foreseen…that they would die a happy, giving, and beloved human? Only those who understand that happiness is only the cart; love is the horse.

George E. Vaillant

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.

Mary Oliver

If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing… We may only go in circles…

Jon Kabat-Zinn

There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down / until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.

George Sheehan

Fear of our own depths is the enemy.

James Hollis

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Mark Twain

Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.


There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.

Warren Bennis

Do you love yourself enough to listen with the ears of your heart to the other voices of yourself speaking?

Beno Kennedy

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

Let me fall if I must. The one I will become will catch me.

Baal Shem Tov

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.

Sir Francis Bacon

One of the sad things today is that so many people are frightened by the wonder of their own presence. They are dying to tie themselves into a system, a role, or to an image, or to a predetermined identity that other people have actually settled on for them. This identity may be totally at variance with the wild energies that are rising inside in their souls. Many of us get very afraid and we eventually compromise. We settle for something that is safe, rather than engaging the danger and the wildness that is in our own hearts.

John O’Donoghue

At every crossroad

Be prepared

to bump into wonder.

James Broughton

All of us have to ask this simple but piercing question of our relationships, our affiliations, our professions, our politics, and our theology: ‘Does this path, this choice, make me larger or smaller?

James Hollis

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

W.B. Yeats

It is not all bad, but it is not all good, it is not all ugly, but it is not all beautiful, it is life, life, life – the only thing that matters.

Thomas Wolfe

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.


We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalises.

Joseph Campbell

Real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking one’s clichés.

Tom Robbins

Say yes, and you’ll figure it out later.

Tina Fey

All good things are wild and free.

Henry David Thoreau

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.

Ernest Hemingway

I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.

Pablo Picasso

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.


Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

Bruce Lee

All men dream: but not equally.

Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake in the day to find that it was vanity.

But the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for 

they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia

Hey Bird, please choose the open sky.

A storm is always better than a cage.

Andrea Balt

If we belong to the sun and its warmth, to the bud and the sprout, to the miraculous flower, we also belong to the wind, the naked branch, the cold.

Fabiana Fondevila

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery