101 Motivational Business Quotes

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Running a business is like riding a roller coaster. Although it is fun and exciting, there will be times when you feel scared and powerless. During the bad times, there isn’t much you can do other than to keep on pushing forward.

In that spirit, here are 101 quotes that will motivate you to push forward.

  1. 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
  2. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner
  3. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf
  4. The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marden
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Life is too complicated not to be orderly. – Martha Stewart
  8. 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
  9. Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson
  10. Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg
  11. 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
  12. Business is more exciting than any game. – Lord Beaverbrook
  13. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. – Albert Einstein
  14. We are currently not planning on conquering the world. – Sergey Brin
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. A man should never neglect his family for business. – Walt Disney
  19. The only limits are, as always, those of vision. – James Broughton
  20. To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
  21. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump
  22. 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
  23. To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully. – Tryon Edwards
  24. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates
  25. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel
  26. 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
  27. The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. – Epictetus
  28. 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
  29. The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.” - John W. Gardner
  30. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey
  31. If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. – Ingvar Kamprad
  32. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs
  33. 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
  34. The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. – Laurence Sterne
  35. 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
  36. Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. – George Soros
  37. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower
  38. If you did not look after today’s business, then you might as well forget about tomorrow. – Isaac Mophatlane
  39. The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm. – Thomas J. Watson
  40. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth
  41. Being able to touch so many people through my businesses, and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing. – Magic Johnson
  42. Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. – James Thurber
  43. 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
  44. The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. – Blaine Lee
  45. To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. – George Kneller
  46. To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. – Peter McWilliams
  47. 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
  48. Long-range planning works best in the short term. – Doug Evelyn
  49. 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
  50. You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph E. Levine
  51. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson
  52. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker
  53. 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
  54. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser
  55. 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
  56. 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
  57. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius
  58. The first one gets the oyster; the second gets the shell. – Andrew Carnegie
  59. Hire character. Train skill. – Peter Schutz
  60. 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
  61. 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
  62. Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum. – Jeffrey Immelt
  63. 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
  64. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin
  65. Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity. – Charles Dickens
  66. 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
  67. 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
  68. 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
  69. In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen
  70. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.
  71. The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. – John Egan
  72. 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
  73. 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
  74. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
  75. 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
  76. 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
  77. The only way around is through. – Robert Frost
  78. You only have to do very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. – Warren Buffett
  79. The noblest search is the search for excellence – Lyndon B. Johnson
  80. The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life. – Charles M. Schwab
  81. You must remain focused on your journey to greatness. – Les Brown
  82. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
  83. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. – Charles F. Kettering
  84. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! – Henry Ford
  85. You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn
  86. Who likes not his business, his business likes not him. – William Hazlitt
  87. The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many. – John Naisbitt
  88. The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford
  89. It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference. – Michael Dell
  90. 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
  91. Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. – Denis Waitley
  92. Management is nothing more than motivating other people. – Le Iacocca
  93. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  94. The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. – Peter Drucker
  95. Why did I want to win? Because I didn’t want to lose! – Max Schmelling
  96. To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. – J. Paul Getty
  97. To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille
  98. To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. – Tony Dorsett
  99. 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
  100. I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement. – Donald Trump
  101. Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes. – Bill Gates

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Comments

  1. Great quotes, Neil; if you don’t mind, I may tweet a few of them. Here’s one of my favorites from Nietzsche (one of the most misunderstood philosophers who ever lived): “[B]elieve me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is—to live dangerously. Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships into unchartered seas! Live at war with your peers and yourselves!” Cheers, @ScottEdWalker

  2. This is a GREAT list Neil. I especially like this one:

    # 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

    Would it be okay if I tweet some, or use them for future blog posts? Thanks for posting either way!

  3. Good link bait my friend. I’m curious as to how well this will take off on social media sites. Perhaps I should do a list post like this?

  4. The only way around is through.

    Is my favorite quote. When tough time comes… The tough keep going!

  5. Warren Buffett:

    “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

  6. My favorite is:

    “Your income is directly related to your philosophy, NOT the economy.” Jim Rohn

    Jim Rohn was one of the greatest business minds of our time.

    Mr. Rohn passed away on December 5, 2009.

    Here’s a short video full of life changing principles by Mr. Rohn.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9r66Pz7dg

  7. Ricardo Bueno :

    Wow! I really dig some of these… Personally, I read a lot of business and marketing books. I hi-light passages when I read something I like and I use post-it notes for reference… If I pulled some books off the shelf I’m sure I could come up with a few to share…

    Donald Trumps: “The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received” is filled with quotes that I like!

  8. “Get busy living or Get busy dying”

    - The Shawshank Redemption

    • Exactly! You only have one life to live, so enjoy it to the fullest. As a human being, we naturally have the ability to grow, it’s what keeps us moving forward. Why not accelerate the learning/taking action process to get what you want sooner… right?

      • Accelerate the process but not forget to still live your life. If we start thinking about money and start a business as soon as we get out of college we tend to miss some of the beautiful things in life. It’s like starting a family. You get married, you have children and after that everything that you do is for your children and you just skipped a part of life.

        • It all depends on your motives Catalin… for many family, kids, etc. aren’t important. They would rather focus on building a successful future rather than living the “white picket fence” American dream

          • I don’t even think about starting a family if I know that I can not offer my children all what they need. I don’t see the point in getting married and having children if you can’t raise them properly and offer the the right education. It’s nonsense. I see lots of young couples who have kids and they don’t have money to feed them. That is cruelty from my point of view. Of course, this depends on the level of education they received.

            • You’re right and more often than not, people are just ignorant and have yet to get exposure to what’s out there.

            • some families and people don’t always make the decision to have children and they do the best they can and make the best of a not ideal situation. I find your comments rude unnecessary. If everyone had the choice to raise their families with money then of course that would be the case but not everyone makes decisions based on money…xo

            • Everything they need, That is setting the bar higher than necessary

  9. After talking to a guy about the book Founders at Work. He couldn’t figure out a common thread that defined them. Your first quote captures what I told him.

    “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

    They all took the first step. Great Post. Great Blog. I’m going to start reading you.

    http://www.traderbots.com

  10. My motto (self made):
    “Only the best failures ever succeed.”

  11. 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.
    So true, you just need to make sure someone else is not that competitor but you

  12. I loved the Bill Gates ones, specially the way people think Microsoft and Apple are at war.

  13. What these motivtional quotes have in common is that try to inspire you to take action or be a better leader.

  14. Hi Neil, I have two quotes that have stuck with me since I was a child.

    The first is from my father, Glen Myers: “It will all work out in the end – it’s just a matter of WHOSE!”

    The second one is from Archie Bunker from the TV show, All in the Family: “Next time you get a kindly impulse Edith, stifle it!”

    Sometimes you just have to use humor to get back on track!

    Cheers!

  15. I just love motivational quotes because they are great for keeping the mind inspired and motivated.

    Mark

  16. inspirational quotes.. thank you neil..

  17. Hi Neil, thanks for the motivational business quotes. Nothing like a good quote to get me going when spirits flag.

    Here are my favorites:

    “When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.” Leo Burnett

    “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” and

    “Whatever you do, or dream, begin it now… Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
    Goethe

  18. My Favorite:
    Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. – Thomas A. Edison

    More from this great hard working man:
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/thomas_a_edison.html

  19. Rock bottom looks like me last Thursday night. Oh, the joys of tequila poppers!

  20. this goes right along with the 10 dumbest moments in business. http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/biz2/0701/gallery.101dumbest_2007/index.html *from your facebook fan page

  21. Failure is allowing fear to prevent you from trying something new.

    • Your goal is to just fail forward as fast as you can… the faster you can push yourself the easier it will be.

      • Yeah, I am totally agree with you, Neil Patel. Only failure can helping us to make change mind and action to correct path of success. I have always learn from failure and mistake i have done it before. My life try to be simple , easy, I don’t want trouble no money everyday.

        • Well a simple life would leave you with a lot less stress… that’s for sure. Good job on learning from your failures… you’ll if you truly did by not making the same mistake.

  22. What you never had and can’t have you’ll never miss, but what you have in your grasp and squander you’ll truely miss.
    Sincerely,
    Someone who has never been, yet.

    • It took me a second to get that, but it makes sense. If you’re unaware of something, it wouldn’t fathom you compared to knowing about it effecting your greatly.

  23. My personal fav (not in the list):

    The secret to Success is that there are no secrets.

    Woody Alen said it best: “85% of Success is just showing up.”

    and so on and so on..

  24. Girija Acharya :

    Hi Neil ,
    Indeed , those are extremely motivational Quotes .
    I just have a suggestion , next time when you have so many points in a single article , try breaking it up into Part 1 & Part 2 .
    Because , people generally have the tendency to start reading from the begining & then if it is too long , they either skip the middle ones or the last ones :-)

    Regards
    Girija

  25. Hi,
    Neil Patel, your every step is really useful for motivation. I have read few of your articles but this post is really informative. According to me 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.

  26. You missed one.

    “Keep it simple, stupid.”

    Don’t over complicate things and you’ll have more free time and cash in the bank. :)

  27. Great list , I love quotes… and yeah the social media space will eat this up. I posted the Steve Jobs commencement interview once on my blog. People loved it. Great speech. Youtube: steve jobs commencement.

  28. You’ve compiled a list of really cool quotes, I’d also add additional one by Henry Ford:

    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry Ford.

    Out of the list you posted I really enjoyed the one about “buses” by Richard Branson and about competitors by … Henry Ford.

  29. Hey Neil,

    My favorite quote: 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

    Kind of says it all about my perspective on business, I’m sure you would agree.

    Sincerely,
    Jay Jalodomisa

    • Exactly Jay… you can’t just win once and then your done… you need to keep pushing till the very end. If you can do it over and over again, you’ll begin to naturally attract it.

  30. Great job Neil

    These motivational tips are worth reading for not only business men but everyone.

  31. I like rule number 4. This is what every business should do in order to be successful. Feed their customers right.

    Unfortunately this is very true: #36: Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. – George Soros

    Money change people in most unexpected ways.

    • It does… and hopefully when it does, you’re able to change for the better. Just be conscious about your decisions and don’t let your ego or pride get in the way.

      • #50: You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph E. Levine

        Again, this is wrong. People will eventually find out that you lied to them and you will loose them as customers at some point.

        #90: 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

        This is very true. Not doing something that you like will get you to the point when you will get bored and start to hate what you are doing and this is not productive.

        • When it comes to advertising, it’s way too easy to be deceitful when you have the mega bucks… (not saying it’s a good idea…)

          #90 is powerful… it’s a way to give yourself natural motivation.

  32. Great job Neil

    These motivational tips are worth reading for not only business men but everyone.

  33. A useful selection to consider (then action).

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Also thanks for the link to Steve Jobs commencement speech.
    I found this very touching and plan to add it to my you tube favorites and face book page and send a link to my 22 yo daughter.

  34. This one by Warren Buffett always rings true:

    “Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.”

  35. Debbi Fields is right. Its better to try something rather than sit idle without doing what you love to do.

  36. Business is more exciting than any game. – Lord Beaverbrook.
    Its really exciting than any other game but it may also be detrimental than boxing.

  37. hmmmm, 1st quote is so great, get to work rather than saying tomorrow etc.

  38. Bill gates quote is not bad indeed.
    Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. I have also experience this with my customers when they are not satisfied with something, we learn lots of things with them.

  39. Is my favorite quote. When tough time comes… The tough keep going!

  40. Failure is allowing fear to prevent you from trying something new.

  41. Peter F. Drucker is right. A good entrepreneur always looks for change and uses it as an opportunity for his benefit.

  42. Its better not to miss the 1st bus, else you will lose time. Business opportunities are to be seized once they come.

  43. Try to learn new things everyday. That the thirst for knowledge everyone should have.

  44. I would add this quote:

    “Life is like a dog sled team – if you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

  45. My personal fav (not in the list):
    The secret to Success is that there are no secrets.
    Woody Alen said it best: “85% of Success is just showing up.”and so on and so on..

  46. Peter F. Drucker is right. A good entrepreneur always look..s for change and uses it as an opportunity for his benefit.

  47. Great sating by Henry Ford. We should be careful of those competitors who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.

  48. Can anyone clarify the saying below:
    Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.
    I really don’t understand it.

  49. all individual have to be respected as an individual. If one does not have this quality to respect others, then that person needs to change his attitude.

  50. Great selection of quotes, Neil! I featured your site in my blog today, at http://johnmcdonnell.wordpress.com/. I love motivational quotes, because they condense practical wisdom into a sentence or two. You picked some winners there!

  51. I just love motivational quotes because they are great for keeping the mind inspired and motivated.

    • Yes, it’s interesting how they can have such a huge impact on our mindset at any given time. That’s why it’s important to read them whenever you feel like you’re in the gutter.

  52. Great selection of quotes there! By the way, is it a custom template you use on this blog? It’s a great template.

  53. Really nice and motivating quotes. I feel some of these quotes are really practical and can help add lot of value to ones’ business. E.g. the quote about improving ur own business and not thinking about the competition.

  54. I don’t really agree with first quote. I have my own quote:

    “Dream big and work hard”

    Besides I agree with Albert E. (#13)

  55. I like the second one:
    My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner
    All unemployed people should be called like that. However, they act in other ways of life…

  56. I have no respect for warren buffet, why would you say that because i learned the truth about him.

    He doesnt want to audit the federal reserve bank. What does that mean? That means he has invested in these corrupt banks thats why he is so rich. He has insider knowledge about these banks, so he invested as such and made more money then he would have actually made.

    He is in simple terms a fraud. Robert Kiyoaski now that is a business man

  57. Weight Lifting Training :

    Level 4 investors and below listen to warren buffet. Now that isnt a bad thing but his advice is so widespread that it works only if your looking to make small profits.

    Level 5 and 6 investors look for advice that makes them wealthy.

    Im a level 5 investor based upon the test i took. I fell just short of being a level 6 investor like a buffet. But i can keep moving up.

  58. Pritam Deshmukh :

    Thanks, this quotes can be useful to change the attitude of the people.

  59. universe is a friendly place, if you keep your mind cool, solutions will come sooner or later

  60. sell textbooks :

    my favorites are..
    The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. – Epictetus
    The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker
    The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford

  61. I was looking for this for quite a while, but thank you these quotes were exactly what I was looking for! I am going to retweet this page for you! I went to your linked in but it wouldn’t let me add you to my network…

    Thanks again for the business quotes!

  62. This one is my favorite.

    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

  63. Ali-Buy BlackBerry Phones :

    Just another interesting quote from Bill Gates:
    Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren’t so exciting-Bill Gates

    Another quote :
    My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things-Bill Gates

  64. Never giving up is what i stand by. I just made 140$ in less then 24 hours showing you how effective Internet marketing can be if done right

  65. Here are some of my favorite:

    “There is no such thing as failure, only results!”
    - Anthony Robbins

    “Success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration!”
    - Thomas Edison

    “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right”
    - Henry Ford

  66. sell textbooks :

    My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner ~ this is totally my Dad!

    Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. – George Soros….
    I find this quote to be quite thought provoking in these times. Big companies have slashed benefits, don’t hang on to employees, they replace them with younger cheaper ones. Its is sad that companies don’t look out for their employees anymore.

  67. universe is a friendly place, if you keep your mind cool, solutions will come sooner or later..
    Thanks…

  68. sell textbooks :

    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

    Killer one as well!

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

    hahah love it! Cannot really talk crap if that business is raking in money though!

  70. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner…. I love it that is kinda what my dad said for a few years before he figured out what i do. He really thought I was making it all up.

  71. Simply the best collection of quotes for business I’ve seen in a while… Thanks!!!!

  72. Some really inspiring quotes and some made me laugh!!! Will be recommending to my friends(mainly the wanabe entrepreneur) and family. :-)

  73. Hi Neil

    Thanks for the great collection. Here is one more:

    Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
    Peter Drucker

  74. I Love your collection of Quotes. You can also check out the daily thought for the day that is published by markamoment. they are some simply super ones.

  75. Great post here Neil. I love this collection. very valuable. Keep it coming

  76. Lamont D. Bowling :

    “In business you don’t get paid what you deserve, you get paid what you negotiate”. – Shakim Compere (Queen Latifah’s Business Manager)

  77. I don’t know if this already came up, but Quote Nr 37 and Quote Nr 93 are (almost) the same. Why not replace it with one of Seth Godin’s quotes (both from the book “the Dip”):

    “If you’re not going to get to #1, you might as well quit Now.”

    “The next time you catch yourself being average when you feel like quitting, realize that you have only two good choices: Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers.”

  78. Fantastic and very good motivational business quotes to run a healthy business.

  79. Hi Neil,
    These quotes are real gems. Thanks for putting them on your blog.

    Abhishek

  80. To me quotes are like snacks which you need from time to time during the course of the day especially when one is facing lots of difficulties and discouragements of the day.

    Here’s one to add on to your list. This was taken from John F.Kennedy speech and I quote ( Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us not fear to negotiate)

  81. Failures are the steps of success.

  82. I like this one:
    “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

    Peter Drucker

  83. How about a quote from a true visionary – “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

  84. And another quote from Steve Jobs: “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” – very true.

  85. If U don’t control your subconscious, it will control U.

  86. This is a great list of quotes, both for those seeking success, and those frustrated with the lack of it. Our favorite definitely has to be the one that starts with, “Get off your butt,” because that is where all success begins. It is the process of moving from thinking to doing.

  87. I think I ll be using them for my admission SOPs. Thanks a lot for collecting these and sharing with us. Cheers Neil.

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

    All time favorite.

  89. My top favorite #32. RIP Steve World misses you and your inventions.
    “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations”. – Steve Jobs

  90. wow.. very nice … i love reading those inspirational quotes ..

  91. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner This is one for all my Dad’s friends. He sais he is proud of me cause I don’t live at home and support myself.

  92. Great list of quotes you’ve complied here, and those shared in the comments as well. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this page and coming back often when I need an inspirational quote for my newsletter. Thanks!

  93. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel This is an all time classic, if you believe that failure is not an option, you can go great distances.

  94. a great compilation neil! i’ll slip a few of them in on my college’s Entrepreneurship Development Cell’s page. Hope they will motivate others as they have done so for me.

  95. Cool quotes – It’s quotes like these sometimes give me the strenght to keep on pushing thanks Neil

  96. this is best of the best quotes ever i seen. many quotes have inspired me. Great!

  97. Nice collection there Neil, it’s not hard to notice that many of the business leaders spoke of the power of positive and optimistic thinking, which are very important.

  98. “when you hear a NO’s in life it means you have got closer to hearing a yes” – robin Sharma

  99. Thanks Neil for putting is up for the public. These are awesome quotes.

  100. Great list of quotes you’ve complied here, and those shared in the comments as well. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this page and coming back often when I need an inspirational quote for my newsletter.

  101. Another collection of Quotes very inspiring http://www.theflightofambition.com/Stupid_and_Rubbish.pdf

  102. Not really from a great mind but my dad used to tell me…If you are ‘content with your life then you are not trying hard enough’ and ‘for contentment read lack of ambition’.

    Yes he was a tough man!

  103. Really all these quotes are very motivational not only for business man but also for a person who wants to achieve success in his life. I like this one so much-”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”

  104. Every day I watch a motivational clip done on interviews of Will Smith….read from my own list of inspirational quotes…and now i’ll be reading on your list.

    On we share…

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

  105. This one is the best –>> My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner

    But is thats EXACTLY it though??!!! I mean who in the world WANTS to have a job? am I right? So being an entrepreneur (most of the time) is doing something you LOVE and working for yourself. Could there be anything better? I think NOT

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

    I’m doing some Online marketing classes here in Macedonia, and after I formed a few initial groups, the word of mouth brought all the new students, without a penny spent on marketing! I’m actually looking out for new office space this week….

  107. Neil, I’ve bookmarked it for life…An excellent quote collection that are very inspiring for me

  108. The picture at the beginning of the post is so funny. Great quotes!

  109. Hi Neil

    Thanks for the great collection. :)

  110. Thanks Neil for these quotes. I am using them for my work and for personal motivation as well. Keep up the good work!

    I hope you come up with new ones..I will be following you :)

    Thanks again!

  111. wonderful quotes and all of them coming from people we look up to!

  112. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!” – Alan Scott
    Get more startup quotes on facebook.com/StartupQuotes

  113. Thanks for compiling these awesome motivational quotes at one place, they are needed more than ever in this tough time for businesses. Some of them are really inspiring :)

  114. I might of missed it but from the greatest speaker and salesmen of all time my hero Zig Ziglar “you can have everything you want in life if you just help Enough other people get what they want”. You can’t leave that one out. It’s like the golden rule in sales and life in general. Which of course go hand and hand. Happy new year.

  115. What a list, made me look att 2013 from a different angle , just made my day with all great quotes from a greater speakers, Thanx Neil and hope you´ll have a great year. lov your blog by the way. cheers

  116. Jean Pierre van Zyl :

    Don’t do something stupid to be noticed
    Do something creative to be acknowledged – Jean Pierre van Zyl

  117. These are all excellent quotes, and many of them have a lot of value in general :-)

  118. These are real inspiring, thanks Neil for such a valuable input.

  119. “Education failure doesn’t limit great success”

  120. the number 17 is one of my favorite! :D

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

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

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  125. Hi …. One day i will also put my successful suggestions over here .,,,, business is an exciting game really

  126. Hi …. One day i will also put my successful suggestions over here .,,,, business is an exciting game really
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  127. Neil Nice quotes collection. I like it keep sharing….

  128. This quote related to the power of teams (or master mind groups)…

    “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – A Japanese Proverb.

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  130. Sthitha Pragna :

    In life, try to get what you like. Or else, you’ll be forced to like what you got!
    -Sthitha Pragna

  131. Really great collection of quotes. A lot of wise words within this article.

  132. In the prosperous times you put it in your pocket, in the lean times you put it in your heart!

  133. Admittedly, I am a quotes junkie. Thanks for assembling some very insightful and inspirational ones for my day!

  134. these are really nice quotes…..
    Thanks for sharing

  135. Very inspirational quots, keeps us motivated.
    Thanks

  136. This is a great inspirational post. Thanks for sharing Neil We all need encouragement.

    This is one of my fav quote :
    “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

  137. All these quotes are great but the one inspirational person I want to hear a quote from is the main man himself Neil Patel.

    Do you have one Neil?

  138. nice quotes,

    “There’s a story behind every person. There’s a reason why they’re the way they are. Think about that before you judge anyone.”

    Thank you

  139. Great motivational quotes Neil, Loved those ;)

  140. Solomon richards :

    Nice quotes up there. Most times we focus too much on business that we forget some nicer things like health or family. My favourite quote is one coined by me:

    “Take care of yourself or someone else will take care of you – and it could be a doctor”

    I’m a Nigerian and we hustle and hustle like mad. I guess the average Nigerian doesn’t know what a vacation means.

  141. Neil,

    Thanks for putting this list together. A lot of great stuff. I love the quote by Napoleon Hill. Earl Nightingale is another one of my favorite people revisit when I need some motivation.

  142. Hi Neil
    I read all business quotes ,which you provided in this post and i have bookmarked this post to read these quotes again when i feel Demotivate ,very nice collection
    feeling very glad on being here

  143. A great and valuable collection here

    i can use this as my facebook status updates

    THANKS NEIL ^_^

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