Inspirational Business Quotes

Running a business whether small or big is like a riding on a roller coaster, it is exciting and fun. There are times when you will also feel scared and sad for not being able to do anything other than watch life happens. If you are in a tight situation, the only thing you can do is push forward until you get to the end of the dark tunnel, and maybe one or two of the quotes below can keep you motivated and inspired to fight, fight and fight for your business and dreams.

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

 “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

“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

“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

“Life is too complicated not to be orderly”. – Martha Stewart

“Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.” – George Van Valkenburg

“There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard”. – C.J. Walker

“The only limits are, as always, those of vision. – James Broughton

“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

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

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

“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

“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 habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”. – Vince Lombardi

“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

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

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

“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

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

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches”. – Napoleon Hill

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

“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

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

 “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”– Thomas Watson, Sr.

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

 “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. – Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“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

Humorous Business Quotes

“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

 “You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough”. – Joseph E. Levine

 “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” –Dennis Waitley

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

“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

Quotes About  Business

“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


“The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marden

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

“Business is more exciting than any game.” – Lord Beaverbrook

“Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.” –Albert Einstein

“We are currently not planning on conquering the world.” – Sergey Brin

“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

“It takes more than capital to swing business. You’ve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by — Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics”. –Ren Mulford Jr.

“A man should never neglect his family for business”. – Walt Disney

“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

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

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

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time”. – Henry Ford

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

“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

“The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.” – John W. Gardner

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

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

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

“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

“Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman”. – George Soros

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it”. – Dwight Eisenhower

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

“The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm”. – Thomas J. Watson

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber

“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

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

“Think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted” – George Kneller

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

“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

 “Long-range planning works best in the short term.” – Doug Evelyn

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

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

“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 

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

“Hire character. Train skill”. – Peter Schutz

“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

“Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.” –Charles Dickens

“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

“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

 “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

 “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

“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

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

 “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

 “The noblest search is the search for excellence” – Lyndon B. Johnson


“You must remain focused on your journey to greatness”. – Les Brown

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

“Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier”. –Charles F. Kettering

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