"We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine."
H. L. Mencken

"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour."
Georges Bernanos

"Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that's just the way it is!"
Dita Von Teese

"Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people."
Tena Desae

"The journey to understanding what your customers experience, think and feel at every touchpoint when interacting with your business is no longer a road less travelled."
Nathalie Schooling, CX specialist and CEO of nlighten

"Future trends for the ticketing and event industry promise exciting changes and an unprecedented opportunity for customer engagement and personalised marketing. The trick is keeping up with these new developments in order to make the most of them."
Quicket director and founder James Tagg on how technology is changing the online ticketing business

"We continue to bring comfortable fashionability into the design of the shoe. We research changing podiatry trends and adapt accordingly. We will never compromise on ensuring that Grasshoppers are the most comfortable shoes ever made."
Grasshoppers CEO Alan Fleetwood on keeping the heritage brand relevant

"We tend to focus on the technology side and forget about the people, yet technology is a means to an end only. The end being how we communicate to people and we need to speak to the heart of people."
Mediacom CEO Ashish Williams talks the key to digital success

"She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty Maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the Group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success."
Bernard Arnault, chairperson and CEO of LVMH, on teaming up with Rihanna

"Your reputation is the most important element in the beauty and grooming business. Word of mouth can make or break you."
Beautique Group founder Tzvia Hermann on trends shaping skincare and aesthetics

"I still feel I need advice myself! But those following, I say stick to your narrative, it's your story, tell it your way and see it. Be cool."
AFI Fastrack winner Sindi Serape offers advice to young designers

"But while technology can allow you to create a presence for your brand in almost any environment, you have to ask whether your brand is relevant and credible to your customer base in that particular environment."
Yellowwood MD Refilwe Maluleke on how experience trumps channel

"By keeping our overheads low and our margins high we can invest in creating an experience both online and offline that establishes trust in the online model as well as the second-hand luxury industry."
Michael Zahariev on leveraging online and offline tactics to succeed

"The technology has been built to improve associates' jobs, to make their jobs more interesting, to help them alleviate some of the mundane tasks. AI can enhance their skill set in a very rapidly changing world."
IRL CEO Mike Hanrahan on the power of AI in retail

"Every turn has had its challenges, late nights and pressures, but with each comes opportunity. The opportunity to do better, be better or fail forward."
Inoba Siwundla, brand manager at Burger King South Africa, in this week's #BehindTheSelfie

"The revolution is spreading like wildfire but it does not present itself as a reversal of roles draped in separatist rhetoric, instead, it is a construction of progressive and inclusive values that could be applied to every kind of woman and girl child."
Thando Hopa on the beauty revolution

"Immaculately-dressed, globe-trotting and adorably doll-like, Noonoouri has made an enviable splash in the world of high fashion - but she only exists on the web. In just over a year, the pint-sized virtual influencer has collaborated with some of the biggest names in luxury."
How Noonoouri's become high fashion's virtual darling

"With Earth Day and Fashion Revolution week upon us, fashion lovers need to reflect on how their consumption has an undeniably negative impact on both planet and people."
Anika Kozlowski shares ways to reduce fashion's impact on society and the environment

"Just like students without teachers, however, AI systems without any initial instruction lack direction, and the retail industry gets less back. But put in the time at the beginning, give the systems the right material, and teach them to identify what is truly valuable, and the sector has much to gain."
Accenture Products' Jonathan McCabe on the potential of AI in the retail sector

"Embracing this new reality for the food industry won't be easy, but the cost of doing nothing will be significant."
Sylvain Charlebois on food retailers' delay in embracing technology

"Data is abundant and offers a world of opportunity, but brands have to earn customer data by providing a form of value and a highly personalised experience is seen as valuable to customers."
Yellowwood's Refilwe Maluleke on how brands should use clients' data

"If you can celebrate all the tiniest of wins and look at mistakes as stepping stones rather than failures, then you'll start to enjoy the entrepreneurial journey more, and when you're happy doing what you love, people will support you."
Ubuntu Baba founder Shannon McLaughlin on finding support in business

"Global brick-and-mortar retail sales experienced a decline between 2013 and 2018, while e-commerce more than doubled to reach over $1.7 trillion in 2018 with an expectation to double again to $3.4 trillion by 2023."
Euromonitor International's new report on e-commerce data

"I wanted to develop something that indicated who we are. I did a lot of research, and stumbled upon a collection of traditional Xhosa beadwork. I knew they'd work perfectly with my designs and I worked hard to make sure that I captured the true essence of what the beadwork represented."
Laduma Ngxokolo on developing MaXhosa by Laduma

"Instead of having Western designers use African designers' textiles and not get it right, let them do it, give them the credit. Because that's what happens, they don't get the credit and it's wrong."
Naomi Campbell on African design at the CNI Luxury Conference

"Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay."
Simone de Beauvoir

"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
Winston Churchill

"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity."
Carl Jung

"Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill."
Charles R. Swindoll

"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence."
Colin Powell

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