277 Powerful Business Quotes (to Motivate & Inspire You)

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Motivational business quotes

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure.” – Former IBM President Thomas J. Watson

One common trait of successful business owners is their love for learning. While some of us like learning the hard way, there are other options. One of those options is listening to the advice of those who came before us. That’s why we’ve gathered as many motivational business quotes to inspire you to keep moving forward.

If you’re looking for business quotes to inspire, look through our list and find one that resonates with you.

Small business quotes

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Meta

“The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.” – Benjamin Franklin

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity” ― Sun-Tzu, A Arte da Guerra

“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” – B. C. Forbes, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Forbes magazine until his death in 1954.

“Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” ― Bernard Branson

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“I view myself as here to support my staff.”

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“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

 “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” – Google cofounder Larry Page

“If you’re going to run a small business, you need to know what everyone is doing, be the first one in and the last one out, and work weekends.” – Glen Mazzara

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter F. Drucker, business writer and consultant

“For maximum attention, nothing beats a good mistake.” – Unknown

“There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried, cofounder of 37signals, which created Ruby on Rails software language (used in every Shopify store).

“Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” – Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder and crypto VC

Inspirational business quotes

Walt Disney quote

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

 “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does—that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

“It always seems impossible, until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

“Creative without strategy is called art. Creative with strategy is called advertising.” – Jeff I. Richards, Associated Press Photographer and Professor of Advertising at Michigan State University. 

 “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey

“Always deliver more than expected.” – Google cofounder Larry Page

Support small business quotes

Melinda Lemay quote

While we always try to please our customers, most unhappy customers will often want something for free. Here are some positive business quotes you could use on signs to explain that refunds are not available in most solutions.

“Good things come to those who shop local.” – Melinda Lemay.

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

“As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.” – Emma Watson, actress

“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing.” – Paul Ryan, politician

“A big business starts small.” – Richard Branson

“When you support an independent business, you’re supporting a true reflection of the person or people behind it.” – Stella Ishii.

“Supporting another person’s success won’t ever dampen yours.” – Attributed to several great thinkers, including C.S. Lewis and Layla Fidel

“Most independent businesses are run by people—not by boards, not by stockholders, not by algorithms.” – Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur

“Independent business bring originality and variety in a world that’s becoming increasingly homogenized.” – Craig Costello

“Support each other. Why do you need a reason to do that besides the fact that it’s the right thing to do?” – Scarr and Los Franco.

Of course, you should give a refund if there’s a legitimate reason to provide a refund. Let’s look at some motivational quotes next.

Motivational business quotes

Robert Frost quote

No matter how well you run a business, we all have a bad day now and then. So we’ve provided some motivational business quotes to help inspire you when you struggle to get through your day.

“The only way around is through.” – Robert Frost

“Remain a lifelong student. Don’t lose that curiosity.” – Former Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi

“Don’t complicate things, look for problems, and solve those problems with elegance and if you do that, pretty amazing things can happen in an individual’s life.” – Paul Akers, FastCap Founder and CEO. 

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“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” – Michael Dell, Founder of Dell computers

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch

“Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them.” – Seth Godin, Former President of Direct marketing at Yahoo, tech entrepreneur, and author about marketing

“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos, Venture Capitalist, and the brain behind Downtown Project in Las Vegas. The changes he initiated in my hometown have been amazing! May he rest in peace.

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“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir, Israel’s first and only woman to become Prime Minister

Did you find business motivational quotes to inspire you? If not, don’t worry. We have more motivational quotes from successful business owners.

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“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” – Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison

“For every sale you miss because you’re too enthusiastic, you will miss a hundred because you’re not enthusiastic enough.” – Zig Ziglar

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” – Hype Machine founder Anthony Volodkin

 “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“If you believe in yourself, you can do just about anything.” – Keith McCall, Founder and CEO of Pollen Systems

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“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

“Where we fall are the stepping-stones for our journey.” – Lolly Daskal, founder of Lead From Within, and executive coach and leadership training firm

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Other business quotes motivation

Albert Einstein quote

Every good business looks up to someone. These business motivational quotes come from authors, scientists, the co-founder of Apple, journalists, and venture capitalists. One of these business quotes is sure to inspire you.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize Winner for his work on the Reverence for Life and contribution to ethics

“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.” Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins Mentor

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

“A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.” – Fred Wilson, Venture Capitalist

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“Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission.” – Zig Ziglar

“You become what you think about.” – Napoleon Hill, Author of Think and Grow Rich. Get his books on Amazon.

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“If everything is a priority, nothing is.” – Yuri van der Sluis, Sales Improvement Consultant

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw, Journalist

“Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” – Lisa Stone, BrainTrust Founders Studio founder

I’m done with business motivational quotes for a minute, but I found these to be some of the most powerful business quotes while I searched for words of wisdom to inspire you.

Powerful business quotes

Elon Musk quote

These business quotes are short—but sweet. They are powerful and I might even say they are…

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“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight

“The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.” – Andrew Carnegie

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Civil rights activist Maya Angelou

“Tenacity of purpose is supreme.” – Aliko Dangote, Richest Person in Africa, owns a conglomerate called Dangote Group

“Details create the big picture.” – Sanford I. Weill, former CEO of Citigroup

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” – Thomas Edison

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

“Great companies are built on great products.” – Elon Musk

“Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.” – Tony Hsieh

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

Did one of those inspire you to quit talking and begin again?

If not, keep reading because we have plenty more to come.

Hustle small business quotes

Oprah Winfrey quote

The business world requires hustle.

You can rock anything you decide to conquer, but sometimes there are so many opportunities that you can’t keep up. That’s why you have to know how to hustle and when to fold. All of these discuss ways to get your hustle on.

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

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth

“Take risks. Failure is a stepping stone to success.” – Arianna Huffington, co-founder of Huffington Post

“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey

“If you want to start your own business without money, the easiest way is to sell your time.” – Mike Andes, Owner of Augusta Lawn. 

Check out our interview with him below:

“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

“Talent can be hired, money has to be earned. ” – Vishnu, Hindu God of Preservation

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky, Cofounder of Behance, Inc

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” – Jeff Bezos

I hope this doesn’t create the most unhappy customers…

We’ve got more business motivation quotes for you. Keep reading these could be inspirational business quotes, too.

Business motivation quotes

Robert Schuller quote

“There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” – Seth Godin

 “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn, philosopher

“Make it about profit and lose. The real benefits an organization will see when they eliminate waste are happier customers and employees. You’ll also be putting out fewer fires because your organization runs more smoothly.” – Paul Akers

“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller, motivational speaker

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie, wrote How to Win Friends and Influence People

 “Today’s Accomplishments Were Yesterday’s Impossibilities.” – Robert H. Schuller, motivational speaker

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Success is the sum of small efforts—repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier, author

If the business motivational quotes didn’t inspire you, maybe some funny quotes for business will do the trick.

Funny quotes for business

Lily Tomlin quote

Laughter is the best medicine. Of course business quotes aren’t normally funny, but these are some humorous takes on running a good business.

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” – G.K. Chesterton, writer of contrarian stories

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Comedian Lily Tomlin

“Longevity is a fleeting moment that lasts forever.” – Vidal Sassoon

“Carpe per diem—seize the check.” – Robin Williams

“A vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” – AOL cofounder Steve Case

“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.” – Oscar Wilde

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army General during the Gulf War

“Illegitimi non carborundum” – Believed to have originated from the British military in WWII with some Latin concepts, this loosely translates to, “Don’t let people grind you down.”

 “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

Next, we’ll provide some of the best business quotes about success.

Success quotes for business

Zig Ziglar quote

Quotes for business owners are all about success, so we’ve provided some success quotes.

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

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

“Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do.” – Warren Bennis, University of Southern California Leadership Institute Founding Chairman

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Six-Time NBA Champion Michael Jordan

“Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” – Zig Ziglar

“To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.” – John H. Patterson, who bought the patents and business National Cash Register in 1884 and turned it into a market leader through sales scripts and other processes. It is still the world’s largest POS provider.

“Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad author and brand creator

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Sir Colin R. Davis, former conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

“Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels.

So many success quotes for business owners are from men, but we’ve made it a point to separate some of the best business quotes from women, too.

Business woman quotes

Sheryl Sandberg quote

We’ve gathered some of the most inspirational business quotes from successful business women and other female professionals. We hope you find these as inspirational as we do.

The first millionaire businesswoman, Madam C.J. Walker once said:

“Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”

“I don’t know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” – Susan Butcher, second woman to win the Iditarod (a snow dog race across Alaska)

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

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

“Dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” – Shonda Rhimes, executive producer and writer of Grey’s Anatomy

Sales strategist Jill Konrath said:

“I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance too?”

“If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen.” – Marissa Mayer, Sunshine Contacts cofounder and former Yahoo CEO

“Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.” – Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women

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Business inspirational quotes

Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe quote

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“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair, Founder of The Omega Vector.

“All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” – Reid Hoffman

“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” – Meg Whitman, Former CEO of HP and Quibi

“Live each day as if your life had just begun.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Attributed to several influential people, including C.S. Lewis

“If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run, then walk. And, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Positive business quotes

Babe Ruth quote

“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – Barack Obama

“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Tony Robbins

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

 “Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” – Mary Anne Radmacher, author

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

Quotes about business

“Happy employees are productive employees. The whole point of kaizen is to get rid of the things that bug you. If you get rid of them, you make all our lives easier, and we can work better as a team.” – Paul Akers Owner of Fast Cap. 

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“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone, Twitter cofounder and tech investor

 “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand, Designer of IBM and UPS logo.

“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” – Warren Buffett

“When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, ‘Wow, that was an adventure.’” – Github cofounder Tom Preston-Werner

“While the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll, author

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

“It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.” – Jason Cohen, producer and director

“If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.” – Elon Musk

Funny cleaning quotes for business

Margaret Culkin Banning quote

“We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself—your own house—which we never do.” – Marina Abramovic

“Housekeeping is like being caught in a revolving door.” – Marcelene Cox

“We dream of having a clean house—but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning?” – Marcus Buckingham

“Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest.” – Radhika Mundra

“I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it.” – Shirley Conran

“Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard.” – Margaret Culkin Banning

“You have got to clean your own house first before you tell other people that they aren’t doing it right.” – Dan Webster

“Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.” – Mario Buatta

“Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it.” – Evan Esar

“Everybody wants to save the earth; no one wants to help mom do the dishes.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Housework is like cleaning fish. No matter how often you do it, it still stinks.” – Thelma Harper

“You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.” – Cecil Baxter

Business quotes about growth

Chris Dixon quote

“Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers, Famous Actor

 “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” – Chris Dixon, Angel Investor

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – SPANX founder Sara Blakely

“If you want to grow you have to do something different from the majority of people.” – multinational steel company ArcelorMittal CEO Lakshmi Mittal

“Find local brands and partner with them to grow your network. By partnering with them, you’ll be able to expand your network. You’ll promote them, they’ll promote you, everyone grows. Then you can reach out to bigger partners once you’ve grown. This strategy got me to where Jay Z wore one of my shirts at a Nets game. That was huge for me!” – Lee Smith, Urbanity 

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“The continuation of success depends on greediness, patience, and dissatisfaction.” – Dhirendra Pandey

 “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” – Jack Welch

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” – Tim O’Reilly

 “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey

Communication quotes in business

Peter Drucker quote

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“I have lots of things going on in my head, but I’m not always good about sharing it, so I am working on that.” – Maxwell Mooney

 “Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.” – deviantART cofounder Angelo Sotira

“Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” – Tony Hsieh

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” – Orson Scott Card

“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.” – Jim Rohn

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time—a tremendous whack.” – WInston Churchill

“Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.” – Lao Tzu

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

Quotes for business

Ben Silbermann quote

Former Pepsi CEO Indray Nooyi once said:

 “It’s important that leaders are consistent. You can change your mind, but change your mind against a consistent framework.”

“Dedicate yourself to a core set of values. Without them, you will never be able to find personal fulfillment, and you will never be able to lead effectively.” – Former AmEx Ceo Kenneth Chenault

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“A business becomes successful when it becomes mutually beneficial for you and your customers.” – Pooja Agnihotri, 17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail author

“Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.” – Noah Everett, creator of TwitPic (software used to post pictures to Twitter before they were incorporated in Twitter.)

 “Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the upmarket.” – Jason Calacanis, Tech VC

“Anything that is measured and watched, improves.” – Bob Parsons

“Don’t over-analyze everything.” – Pinterest Founder Ben Silbermann

“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas

“Nothing works better than just improving your product.” – Stack Overflow cofounder Joel Spolsky

Best business quotes

Steve Jobs quote

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

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” – Henry Ford

“Every day that we spent not improving our products was a wasted day.” – Joel Spolsky, Trello CEO

“Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.” – Sir Claus Moser, British statistician

Business owner quotes

Rob Kalin quote

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton

“Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.” – Zynga CEO Mark Pincus

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” – Etsy founder Rob Kalin

“I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” – Threadless CEO Jake Nickell

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

Women in business quotes

Maya Angelou quote

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin talking about growth

“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

 “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb, Author

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder

“Someday is not a day of the week.” – Janet Dailey, novelist

“There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.” – Mylan CEO Heather Bresch

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or, are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance?” – Jill Konrath

“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Flickr cofounder Caterina Fake

Mindset business quotes

Benjamin Franklin quote

“Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying into space.” – Chris Hadfield, Former Commander of the International Space Station

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant

“Don’t worry about failure. You only have to be right once.” – CEO and cofounder of Dropbox, Drew Houston

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” – Designer Jeffrey Zeldman

 “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold H. Glasow, comic author

“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” – IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad

“Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.” – Lakshmi Mittal

“If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” – About.me cofounder Ryan Freitas

 “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Playwright and lyricist Paulo Coelho

Business relationships quotes

 “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 “Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” – Lee Iacocca, former Ford and Chrysler CEO best known for development of the Ford Mustang

“Word of mouth is the best medium of all.” – William Bernbach, cofounder of international marketing firm Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB). The firm is best known for the Mikey Life Commercials.

 “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn

“An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.” – Dee Hock, bank owner who through a series of fortunate events accidentally created Visa credit systems

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” – Reid Hoffman

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

More quotes about business relationships

Bill gates quote

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

“All lasting business is built on friendship.” – Alfred A. Montapert, Author

“A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” – Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Get a mentor in the applicable field if you’re at all unsure of what you’re looking for.” Kyle Bragger, software engineer and entrepreneur

“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” – Jeff Bezos

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi

Additional quotes on business relationships

Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote

“Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.” – W. Edwards Deming, Project Management expert best known for Plan-Do-Check-Act or PDCA

“The first rule of any technology used in a 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

We’re all water from different rivers, that’s why it’s so easy to meet; we’re all water in this vast, vast ocean, someday we’ll evaporate together.” – Yoko Ono

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Good quotes about business

Sean Rad quote

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” – Wayne Huizenga, Founder of Waste Management Inc. and AutoNation, plus owner of multiple sports teams

“Stay self-funded as long as possible.” – Garrett Camp, cofounder of Uber

“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up, but you don’t give up.” – Chuck Yeager, test pilot

“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” – Mark Zuckerberg

“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” – Daniel Pink, author

“Data beats emotions.” – Tinder Founder Sean Rad

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” – Bill Gates

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

Relationship business quotes

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to.” – Sir Richard Branson, Virgin 

“The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” – Peter Drucker

 “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble.” – AdMob cofounder Omar Hamoui

Friends who don’t support your business quotes

Misty Copeland quote

Small business owners sometimes want quotes about supporting a friend’s business. Here are some of the best ones.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – P.T. Barnum

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah 

“Support your friend’s businesses and progressions in the same way you support celebrities you don’t know.” – Sandip Kumar

“You want to know who your real friends are? Start your own business and ask for their support.” – Steve Jobs

“You can’t be your own cheerleader all of the time. Be there to support your friends and let them support you.” – Rachel Sklar

“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” – Misty Copeland

“People who plead with you for favours may eventually prove to be great flatterers. Your friends are only those who all the time cheerfully support your heart’s aspiration-flames.” – Sri Chinmoy

“I just want to thank everyone for their support. Sometimes friends need the help of their friends to get by.” – Richie Sambora

When you support a small business quotes

“When you buy something made by a person, there is something special there, and you feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself.” – J. Donald Walters

“Every time you spend money you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” – Anna Lappé

“Small businesses provide the feeling that a real person is behind it all, someone who cares more about giving us a quality product or service, over just taking our hard-earned dollars.” – Annia Bukhman

“The ultimate goal of business is not to make a profit. Profit is just the means. The goal is general welfare.” – Adam Smith, economist

“We need to keep our small businesses healthy in order to keep our economy strong.” – Keith Haynes

Inspirational quotes for work

George Bernard Shaw quote

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” – Harold S. Geneen, Former CEO of ITT Inc.

“The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either.” – Tim Ferriss

 “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw, playwright

“We may encounter many defeats but We must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

Entrepreneur quotes

Mark Cuban quote

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries, which is an Indian conglomerate similar to Berkshire Hathaway.

“An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” – David Karp, Founder of Tumblr.

“No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s—and your own skin—every day of the week.” – Spencer Fry, Founder of Podia

“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” – Mark Cuban

When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Omniture CEO Josh James

You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.” – HARO founder Peter Shankman

“Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely on my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

Business cards with Quotes

Quotes can be a great way to get attention. Consider putting motivational quotes on two-sided business cards to make them standout. Both Moo and VistaPrint make it easy to design a business card with two sides. VistaPrint is more affordable, while Moo is more focused on creative and artistic designs. 

Personally, I’d use Moo if you are putting business inspirational quotes on them.

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