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112 Inspirational Business Quotes

112 Inspirational Business Quotes


Running a business can be the most rewarding job in the world, yet there are times when you feel out of energy and need a push to keep moving forward. So in the spirit of all the great leaders and successful entrepreneurs, here are 112 quotes that will inspire and motivate you to push forward.

Running a business has its ups and downs. It’s like bringing up a child or having a deeply romantic relationship. More often than not, it’s a total rollercoaster. But if you are passionate, love, and believe in what you’re doing, it can also be the most rewarding job in the world. Yet, there are times when you feel out of energy and need a push to keep moving forward. So in the spirit of all the great leaders and successful entrepreneurs, here are 112 quotes that will inspire and motivate you to push forward:

1. “The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life.” 

– Charles M. Schwab

2. “The noblest search is the search for excellence.” 

– Lyndon B. Johnson

3. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” 

– Warren Buffett

4. “The only way around is through.” 

– Robert Frost

5. “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” 

– Jim Stovall

6. “Let’s be honest. There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings.” 

– Bob Parsons

7. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

– Mahatma Gandhi

8. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi, Essential Rumi

9. “I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.” 

– Alan Greenspan

10. “There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.” 

– Michael Dell

11. “When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.” 

– Omar Khayyam

12. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” 

– Thomas Watson, Sr.

13. “The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.” – John Egan

14. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” 

– Nolan Bushnell

15. “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” 

– Rumi

16. “My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.” 

– Ted Turner

17. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!” 

– C.J. Walker

18. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” 

– Norman Schwarzkopf

19. “The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” 

– Debbi Fields

20. “The golden rule for every businessman is this: ‘Put yourself in your customer’s place.'” 

– Orison Swett Marden

21. “Not only in business but also in real life, once you get to know who you are, the doors of success open one after another.” 

– Bozorgmehr Sepehr

22. “The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” 

– Denis Waitley

23. “Business is more exciting than any game.” 

– Lord Beaverbrook

24. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” 

– Richard Branson

25. “We are currently not planning on conquering the world.” 

– Sergey Brin

26. “For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy.” 

– Bill O’Reilly

27. “A man should never neglect his family for business.” 

– Walt Disney

28. “If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained, and otherwise dubiously brained individuals quitting their day jobs and hanging out their own shingles. Nobody would be left to round out the workforce and execute the business plan.” 

– Bill Rancic

29. “Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.” 

– Albert Einstein

30. “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.” 

– George Van Valkenburg

31. “Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” 

– Martha Stewart

32. “The only limits are, as always, those of vision.” 

– James Broughton

33. “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.” 

– Anita Roddick

34. “To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.” 

– Tryon Edwards

35. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.” 

– Steve Jobs

36. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” 

– Coco Chanel

37. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” 

– Bill Gates

38. “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” 

– Donald Trump

39. “The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.”

– John W. Gardner

40. “I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making.” 

– B.C. Forbes

41. “The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.” 

– Laurence Sterne

42. “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” 

-Oprah Winfrey

43. “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” 

– David Rockefeller

44. “If you did not look after today’s business then you might as well forget about tomorrow.” 

– Isaac Mophatlane

45. “Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman.” 

– George Soros

46. “If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example.” 

– Ingvar Kamprad

47. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

– Rumi

48. “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” 

– Napoleon Hill

49. “Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.” 

– Henry Ford

50. “In all realms of life, it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm.” 

– Suze Orman

51. “No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others… or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.” 

– Calvin Coolidge

52. “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.” 

– J. Paul Getty

53. “Who likes not his business, his business likes not him.” 

– William Hazlitt

54. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

55. “I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.” 

– Robert Bosch

56. “The enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth-persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” 

– John F. Kennedy

57. “Hire character. Train skill.” 

– Peter Schutz

58. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” 

– Charles Darwin

59. “The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.” 

– Epictetus

60. “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” 

– Ray Kroc

61. “Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.” 

– Zig Ziglar

62. “I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.” 

– Donald Trump

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

– Bruce Lee

64. “I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.” – Winston Churchill

65. “Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.” 

– Bill Gates

66. “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” 

– Harold Geneen

67. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” 

– Rumi

68. “To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” 

– George Kneller

69. “Long-range planning works best in the short term.” 

– Doug Evelyn

70. “The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” 

– Peter F. Drucker

71. “To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.” 

– Peter McWilliams

72. “Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.” 

– Henry J. Kaiser

73. “The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal.” 

– Mark Cuban

74. “The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.” 

– Andrew Carnegie

75. “Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.” 

– Francis Gray

76. “Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.” 

– Charles Dickens

77. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” 

– Vince Lombardi

78. “Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum.” 

– Jeffrey Immelt

79. “Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it is a huge blessing.” 

– Magic Johnson

80. “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” 

– Carlos Castaneda

81. “Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.” 

– Rumi

82. “The first rule of any technology used in business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” 

– Bill Gates

83. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” 

– Babe Ruth

84. “The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.” 

– Blaine Lee

85. “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”

 – Confucius

86. “You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance.” 

– Lee Iacocca

87. “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” 

– Richard Branson

88. “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” 

– Mary Kay Ash

89. “In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.” 

– Donald Trump

90. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” 

– Jim Rohn

91.  “The true beauty of artificial intelligence lies not in its ability to mimic human behavior, but in its capacity to transcend it, opening new vistas of understanding and innovation.”

– Bo Sepehr

92. “To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” 

– Pierre Corneille

93. “To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” 

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

94. “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” 

– Les Brown

95. “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” 

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

96. “Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” 

– Lee Iacocca

97. “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.” 

– Peter F. Drucker

98. “Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.” 

– Denis Waitley

99. “Why did I want to win? Because I didn’t want to lose!” 

– Max Schmelling

100. “To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” 

– Tony Dorsett

101. “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” 

– Rumi

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

– Colin Powell

103. “I want to put a ding in the universe.” 

– Steve Jobs

104. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” 

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

105. “The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.” 

– Aristotle Onassis

106. “Failure doesn’t mean you failed. It means you just got an education.” 

– Bozorgmehr Sepehr

107. “When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.” 

– Robert Kiyosaki

108. “The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of the government.” 

– Mitt Romney

109. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” 

– Arnold H. Glasow

110. “The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.” 

– Edgar R. Fiedler

111. “If you’re an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job.” 

– Guy Kawasaki

112. “The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.” 

– Elon Musk