114+ Powerful Business Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Business Quotes

  • Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston S. Churchill
  • If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it! – Jonathan Winters
  • Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. – Gary Vaynerchuck
  • Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs
  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. – Herman Melville
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  • Brands mature over time, like a marriage. The bond you feel with your spouse is different than when you first met each other. Excitement and discovery are replaced by comfort and depth. – Gary Vaynerchuck
  • There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business. – Oscar De La Hoya
  • The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. – Colin R. Davis
  • Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation. – Peter Drucker
  • A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson
  • The golden rule for every business man is this: ‘Put yourself in your customer’s place.’ – Orison Swett Marden
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau
  • Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it – Ryan Allis
  • Unless you dream, you’re not going to achieve anything. – Richard Branson
  • When you are in business for a long time, you go through good times and bad times. When you go through bad times, you learn to control costs, satisfy customers better, satisfy employees better and become more transparent. Therefore, you build character in the company. – N. R. Narayana Murthy
  • Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. – Chris Grosser
  • The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader
  • 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
  • Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller
  • Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich. – Henry Ford
  • Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked. – Warren Buffett
  • The biggest hurdle is rejection. Any business you start, be ready for it. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the successful people do all the things the unsuccessful people don’t want to do. When 10 doors are slammed in your face, go to door number 11 enthusiastically, with a smile on your face. – John Paul DeJoria
  • I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
  • I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey
  • My philosophy is it’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier. – Anthony Hopkins
  • 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
  • Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
  • There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. – Oprah Winfrey
  • Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other. – Bill Gates
  • Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. – Jim Rohn
  • Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time. – Henry Ford
  • Beware of any enterprise requiring new clothes. – Henry David Thoreau
  • Ethics or simple honesty is the building blocks upon which our whole society is based, and business is a part of our society, and it’s integral to the practice of being able to conduct business, that you have a set of honest standards. – Kerry Stokes
  • Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. – Albert Einstein
  • One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.
  • Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. – Andy Warhol
  • Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. – Winston Churchill
  • Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. – John Wayne
  • The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm. – Thomas Watson
  • Information technology is at the core of how you do your business and how your business model itself evolves. – Satya Nadella
  • Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. – Tony Hsieh
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle
  • To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson
  • Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou
  • You are not your resume; you are your work. – Seth Godin
  • 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
  • Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things – David Ogilvy
  • Many people dream about being an entrepreneur, starting their own business, working for themselves, and living the good life. Very few, however, will actually take the plunge and put everything they’ve got into being their own boss. – Fabrizio Moreira
  • Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. – Thomas J. Watson
  • What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
  • There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them. – Seth Godin
  • 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
  • If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
  • Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners. – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • When a team takes ownership of its problems, the problem gets solved. It is true on the battlefield, it is true in business, and it is true in life. – Jocko Willink
  • The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.
  • Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. – Zig Ziglar
  • I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you. – Jeff Bezos
  • I have always said that everyone is in sales. Maybe you don’t hold the title of salesperson, but if the business you are in requires you to deal with people, you, my friend, are in sales. – Zig Ziglar
  • Do one thing every day that scares you.
  • Creative without strategy is called art. Creative with strategy is called advertising. – Jeff I. Richards
  • A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large. – Henry Ford
  • A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all. – Michael LeBoeuf
  • All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak
  • Be content to act and leave the talking to others. – Baltasa
  • From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better. – Richard Branson
  • 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
  • A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill
  • You know, you don’t have to have money to be a successful businessperson. You don’t need a college degree; you just need a lot of common sense backed up by a willingness to work hard. – Farrah Gray
  • The purpose of a business is to create a customer. – Peter Drucker
  • Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki
  • Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein
  • If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. – Steve Jobs
  • If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large – Jeff Bezos
  • A man should never neglect his family for business. – Walt Disney
  • 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
  • Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library. – Jim Rohn
  • Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. – Helen Keller
  • The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them. – Seth Godin
  • 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
  • Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. – Tony Robbin
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
  • 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
  • The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee
  • Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can’t buy friendships. – Lindsay Fox
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell
  • You can’t be successful in business without taking risks. It’s really that simple. – Adena Friedman
  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton
  • If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. – Jim Rohn
  • I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert Bayard Swope
  • 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
  • Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.
  • Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb
  • Some people dream of success while others wake up and work.
  • If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney
  • The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.
  • A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him. – David Brinkley
  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
  • In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison
  • Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you. – Zig Ziglar
  • The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  • You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. – Oprah Winfrey
  • There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality. – Anthony Robbins
  • The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows. – Aristotle Onassis
  • I failed my way to success. – Thomas Edison
  • I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. – Estee Lauder
  • I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes. – Thomas Edison
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
  • I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. – Leonardo da Vinci
  • Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. – Charles F. Kettering

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