This is a book of quotes: thoughts, ideas, and inspiration from 45 of the most successful living company founders ever to come out of the heart of America. The intention here is a quick jolt of inspiration – quotes from brilliant, private company inventors and innovators that can be read in one sitting.

For those readers who enjoy a deeper dive, there is a second book lurking in the margins: advice and insights shared by the founders in interviews conducted over the course of 2008 to 2010…