50 Inspiring Business Quotes for Entrepreneurs

The road to entrepreneurial success can be a bumpy one at times. When setbacks and frustrations threaten to sideline or distract, sometimes a few wise words is all it takes to get things back in perspective. Here are some of my favorite inspiring business quotes to help.
Here are some of the quotes that continue to inspire me on my own business journey.

  1. The starting point of all achievement is desire. -Napoleon Hill

  3. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas A. Edison

  5. In the world of Internet Customer Service, it’s important to remember your competitor is only one mouse click away. -Doug Warner

  7. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. -Henry Ford

  9. Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use. -Ruth Gordon

  11. If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. -Jeff Bezos

  13. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. -Mark Twain

  15. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. -Rosalynn Carter

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

  19. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Sally Berger

  21. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. -Roger Staubach

  23. Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

  25. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. -Zig Ziglar

  27. When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. -Audre Lorde

  29. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman

  31. Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. -Frederick B. Wilcox

  33. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. -Bernice Johnson Reagon

  35. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. -Mother Teresa

  37. If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. -Jim Rohn

  39. Merely satisfying customers will not be enough to earn their loyalty. Instead, they must experience exceptional service worthy of their repeat business and referral. Understand the factors that drive this customer revolution. -Rick Tate

  41. You can do anything, but not everything. -Anonymous

  43. I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success. -Gloria Vanderbilt

  45. If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it. -Kim Garst

  47. If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. -Anonymous

  49. Consumers are statistics. Customers are people. -Stanley Marcus

  51. The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. -Anonymous

  53. When the customer comes first, the customer will last. -Robert Half

  55. Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

  57. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. -Ray Goforth

  59. Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you. -Tony Hsieh

  61. Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress. -Seth Godin

  63. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. -Jim Rohn

  65. If your story is not inspiring you, it’s time to change it. -Isaiah Hankel

  67. Affirmation without discipline is like enthusiasm without direction. -Lisa A. Mininni

  69. Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell. -Lisa Stone

  71. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. -Steve Jobs

  73. If everything came easy in business everyone would have a business and be millionaires. It takes hard work, consistent effort and courage to keeping fighting the monster of failure. -Delaine Robins

  75. A decision is only as strong as the belief standing behind it -Isaiah Hankel

  77. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. -Bill Cosby

  79. A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn your reputation by trying to do hard things well. -Jeff Bezos

  81. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -Bill Gates

  83. All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. -Brian Tracy

  85. Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem. -Anonymous

  87. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. -Babe Ruth

  89. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. -Peter Drucker

  91. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. -Bruce Lee

  93. Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. -Baltasar

  95. You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. -Michael Dell

  97. Be Shameless. Experiment. This is the only way to identify your true passion. -Vishwas Mudagal

  99. Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down. -Michael Bloomberg


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