110+ Best Business Woman Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational business woman quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Business Woman Quotes

The glass ceiling that once limited a woman’s career path has paved a new road towards business ownership, where women can utilize their sharp business acumen while building strong family ties. – Erica Nicole, who left Corporate America to start YFS Magazine.

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. – Roseanne Barr

Building a brand means knowing your story and building and sharing that story. – Tamara McCleary

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings. – Rosabeth Moss Kanter, academic and business leader who coined terms such asempowerment andemployee participation.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. – Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist.

I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. – Madonna

I’ve never thought of myself as a female engineer, or founder, or a woman in tech. I just think of myself as someone who’s passionate. ― Leah Busque

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. – Susan B. Anthony, activist in the women’s suffrage movement.

I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like. — Coco Chanel

Some leaders are born women. – Geraldine Ferraro, first female Vice Presidential candidate.

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. – Anaïs Nin

Each person must live their life as a model for others. – Rosa Parks, civil rights activist.

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else. ―Sara Blakely

Don’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it. – Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns

I’ve always been a bit of an introvert, but just because you don’t fit the classic mold doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader. You just need to find your own style and someone with a similar style who you can learn from. ― Jess Lee

Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word, ‘sorry’. ―Trish Bertuzzi

If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems. – Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist.

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale, nurse.

I’m not a businessman — I’m a business, man. – Jay-Z

Walt Disney told his crew to ‘build the castle first’ when constructing Disney World, knowing that vision would continue to serve as motivation throughout the project. Oftentimes when people fail to achieve what they want in life, it’s because their vision isn’t strong enough. – Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns

I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well. ― Alaina Percival

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it. – Maya Angelou, author ofWhy the Caged Bird Sings, the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share. ― Ginni Rometty

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a 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, founder of The Body Shop

I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. – Nora Ephron, screenwriter

If you follow your heart, if you listen to your gut, and if you extend your hand to help another, not for any agenda, but for the sake of humanity, you are going to find the truth. – Erin Brockovich, environmental activist.

I am not satisfied in making money for myself. I endeavor to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race. — Madam C.J. Walker

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. – Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire

There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up. ― Indra Nooyi

We must develop a thick skin. With an unshakeable sense of self – and a commitment to being compassionate – nothing will faze you. – Mari Smith, Social Media Marketer known as the Facebook Queen.

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. – Melinda Gates

To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun? – Katherine Graham, first American female Fortune  CEO.

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? ― Jill Konrath

My whole career has been one rejection after another and then going back and back and pushing against everything and everybody. Getting ahead by small, ugly steps. — Joan Rivers

Nasty Gal would have surely failed had it been my goal to grow a business to the size that I have today. Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal founder and author of #GirlBoss.

Our work is still cut out for us. More women are getting college degrees than men, yet women are still a small percentage of people in the US running and starting companies. I hope in that in my lifetime I get to experience the feeling of being one among many female tech CEOs who have leveled the playing field. —Sabrina Parsons

Of course, good old-fashioned hard work always pays off, whether you’re a man or a woman. But if you’re an entrepreneurial woman, be prepared to work extra hard.

I like to say it’s an attitude of not just thinking outside the box, but not even seeing the box. ― Safra A. Catz

It was a risk. I had my husband and I was pregnant with my oldest son. But I don’t look at risk the way other people do. When you’re an entrepreneur, you have to go in feeling like you’re going to be successful. — Lillian Vernon

You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone. – Tina Fey

I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life. – Madeleine Albright, first female U.S. Secretary of State.

My husband always tell me that I’m the most unrelenting person he’s ever met, and it’s true. If I make a commitment to something I will stick to it no matter what. — Jenny Craig

Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy. ― Sheryl Sandberg

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. – Maya Angelou

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. – Marie Curie, first female Nobel Prize recipient

Champions keep playing until they get it right. – Billie Jean King, American tennis player who fought for equal prize money for female athletes.

There are lots of opportunities out there for women to work in these fields, girls just need support, encouragement and mentoring to follow through with the sciences. – Sally Ride, first American female to go into space.

Stick to your true north― build greatness for the long term. ―Ruth Porat

The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description. ― Caterina Fake

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. – Caterina Fake, Co-founder, Flickr

Running my own business is empowering. I get to set my own hours, call the shots, and contribute to my family. — Amanda Cookson

What I learn from talking to so many women around the world: If you can empower them with the right things, the right tools, they can lift up their family. And that ultimately lifts up their community and their society — Melinda Gates

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones. Helena Rubenstein, American business woman who started one of the world’s first cosmetic companies.

And if the end result is that someone, somewhere winds up believing they can do something out of the ordinary, well, then you’ve really made it. ― Angela Ahrendts

Decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying. – Amelia Earhart, pilot.

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. – Gloria Steinem, journalist and social activist fighting for women’s rights.

Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou

Making the decision to not follow a system, or someone else’s rules has allowed me to really dig into what my own strengths and gifts are without spending time feeling jaded or wasteful. – Ishita Gupta, founder of Fear.less Magazine

It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action. ― Weili Dai

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

You create opportunities by performing, not complaining. – Muriel Siebert, first female member of the New York Stock Exchange

Feeling inspired yet? You should be. Now, take in these last little bits of wisdom and go conquer the world.

I always want to make films. I think of it as a great opportunity to comment on the world in which we live. – Kathryn Bigelow, first female to win an Academy Award for Best Director.

I want little girls to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football. – Jen Welter, the NFL’s first female coach.

Starting a small business has been one of the best choices I ever made. — Rawa

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. – JK Rowling, author.

Next time, ask: what’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end … And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you … And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking. – Audre Lorde

You can have it all.  Just not all at once. – Oprah Winfrey, television personality.

No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank

I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard. — Estée Lauder

Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down, and trust your instincts. Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourself with. – Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States.

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. – Gertrude Stein, American author

If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen. — Marissa Mayer

Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible, be the unexpected. – Lynda Barry

None of us can know what we are capable of until we are tested. – Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to graduate from medical school in the U.S.

Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder. – Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook and author of Lean In.

Our theory is, if you need the user to tell you what you’re selling, then you don’t know what you’re selling, and it’s probably not going to be a good experience. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, the youngest CEO of a Fortune  company.

At the end of the day, you are the only one that is limiting your ability to dream, or to actually execute on your dreams. Don’t let yourself get in the way of that. ― Falon Fatemi

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. – Lucille Ball, first woman to head a major Hollywood television studio.

Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the troublemaking individual. – Natalie Clifford Barney

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,I will try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. — Arianna Huffington

Be an amateur. Not everything you do has to be good, especially at first. ― Ann Handley

Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States.

I was probably, definitely, not normal.  I was reading Moby Dick from start to finish when I was about nine. I read a ton of books. I still have a notebook with a complete design for a time machine that I designed when I must have been, like, seven. The wonderful thing about the way I was raised is that no one ever told me that I couldn’t do those things. – Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos and America’s youngest female billionaire.

I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds. — Ellen DeGeneres

It is within everyone’s grasp to be a CEO. — Martha Stewart

Define success in your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live. — Anne Sweeney

I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process. — Oprah Winfrey

I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist. — Virginia Rometty

Stay true to yourself and your vision. Don’t let any one person’s opinion move you; listen, but be confident. ―Amanda Kahlow

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake. – Meg Whitman, first female to run two large U.S. public companies, eBay and HP.

When my company started really growing, I didn’t have any help in my house at all. I had the upkeep of my daily life, I had a one year old and a three year old, and I had my house. So I had to prioritize. — Julie Aigner Clark

There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. – Madeleine Albright

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  Aloud. – Coco Chanel, iconic fashion designer.

People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it. – Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder of CloudFlare

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom. – Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me? — Ayn Rand

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. ― Arianna Huffington

Growth and comfort do not coexist. ― Ginni Rometty

If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun. Katherine Hepburn, actress.

One of the best things you can do is stop and listen; that’s why it’s good to not just immediately respond when someone talks to you. Just stop and make sure you internalized what they said. —Lori Richardson

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. ― Marissa Mayer

You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive. ―Sheryl Sandberg

If you’re not [learning], you’re falling behind. Somebody else is getting better as you’re becoming less valuable. I see so many irrelevant salespeople I want to cry. They stopped learning. ― Jill Konrath

Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career. ―Meg Whitman

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself,I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

You never lose in business, either you win or you learn. — Melinda Emerson, theSmallBizLady

When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it. – Madonna, American entertainer and first female billionaire of pop music

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

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