For those of you who know me, you know I love quotations... so this page was a MUST to collect quotations that seem fitting for characterising retrospectives.

If you can think of a quotations that fit retrospectives - do add them! Thanks!




There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. Colin Powell



Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard



We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded. We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has. Milan Kundera



Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C. S. Lewis



As a rule, one should never place form over content. Manuel Puig



The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde



Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values. Dalai Lama



Truth is seldom this or that. Most of the time it is this and that. Geraldine Chaplin



Balance isn't either/or, it's and. Stephen Covey



Suppose you came upon someone in the woods working to saw down a tree. They are exhausted from working for hours. You suggest they take a break to sharpen the saw. They might reply, " I didn't have time to sharpen the saw, I'm busy sawing!"Stephen Covey



Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or as we are conditioned to see it.Stephen Covey



Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world.Stephen Covey



If we keep doing what we're doing , we're going to keep getting what we're getting.Stephen Covey



Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think about it. A.A. Milne




Plans are worthless, but planning is invaluable — Peter Drucker



I've been in this business 36 years. I've learned a lot, and most of it doesn't apply anymore. — Charles E Exley



Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees. “Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!” Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. “I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on. “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked. “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…” Stephen Covey