99+ Best Entrepreneur Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business. And entrepreneurs can be people of all ages with the characteristics of creativity, imagination and a thirst for work. Famous entrepreneur quotes will instantly inspire you, explode your motivation and make you mentally stronger.

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Entrepreneur Quotes

  • Only the paranoid survive. – Andy Grove
  • 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
  • It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates
  • You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end. – Jessica Herrin
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  • Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. – John Maxwell
  • People are the most important thing. Business model and product will follow if you have the right people. – Adam Neumann
  • The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark. – Michelangelo
  • If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly. – Melanie Perkins
  • Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad. – Kevin Rose
  • Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. – Steve Jobs
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
  • Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets. – Jas Bagniewski
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain
  • 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
  • Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese. – Billie Burke
  • Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill. – Alexander Asseily
  • Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them. – Marissa Meyer
  • If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life. – Brian Chesky
  • One of the most important things I have learned is that businesses don’t fail, entrepreneurs give up. Now sometimes, giving up is the right decision. But usually you just need to dig in and figure out how to make things better. Remember: Every day is a new opportunity to get up and do it better than yesterday! – Adda Birnir
  • Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray
  • One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism. – Arianna Huffington
  • Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. – Stephen Covey
  • I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. – Steve Jobs
  • When you are building a startup, it’s difficult. Particularly, a startup that is expanding at the rate of Tinder. You have to give 100%, and you have to be committed. Solving the problem has to be personal or else you’re going to disintegrate. – Sean Rad
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
  • Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton
  • Selling is not a pushy, winner-takes-all, macho act. It is an empathy-led, process-driven, and knowledge-intensive discipline. Because, in the end, people buy from people. – Subroto Bagchi
  • There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle
  • Ignore the hype of the startups that you see in the press. Mostly, it’s a pack of lies. Half of these startups will be dead in a year. So, focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing. – Jules Pieri
  • Take criticism seriously, but not personally. – Hillary Clinton
  • It’s important to realize that brand is much more than a logo and slogan. A brand is who your company is: how you function and make decisions. – Joanna McFarland
  • My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it. – Ajaero Tony Martins
  • Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise. – Cassey Ho
  • Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford
  • When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself. – Ryan Holmes
  • What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan
  • If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn
  • Starting a company extracts so much energy and conviction that not having a clear-cut goal and meaningful mission can hamper your success. This is why, at Virta, our mission was clearly defined: reverse early type-2 diabetes in 100 million people by 2025. – Sami Inkinen
  • It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. – Mark Cuban
  • If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start. – Jeni Britton Bauer
  • An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create. – David Karp
  • Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius
  • Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise. – Ted Turner
  • Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson
  • No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life – and your own skin – every day of the week. – Spencer Fry
  • If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins
  • All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA. – Reid Hoffman
  • If you want to build a successful business, make sure you have three things—a big market opportunity, great people, and more than enough capital. – Richard Harroch
  • The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it, he sees exactly how to make it happen. – Robert L. Schwartz
  • Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress. – Seth Godin
  • I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. – Steve Jobs
  • I stand up on my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. – Robin Williams
  • If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. – Claire Cook
  • Don’t assume that borrowing lots of money can make your startup fly. There are many things to the business other than investors, and it’s possible to succeed with your startup without breaking the bank. – Barnaby Lashbrooke
  • The most effective way to do it, is to do it. – Amelia Earhart
  • Don’t try to do everything by yourself but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important. – Chieu Cao
  • Strive for authenticity over perfection. – Sheryl Sandberg
  • It’s necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model. – Nigel Davies
  • What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world. – Simon Sinek
  • Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • You have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally. – Leila Janah
  • No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business. – Dharmesh Shah
  • I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali
  • Your ability to attract, evaluate, and forge strong working relationships with co-founders, early employees, and investors often mean the difference between failure and success. – Clara Shih
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill
  • Fundraising is much easier now because of crowdfunding. Take advantage of that. – Constantin Bisanz
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand
  • Being a woman in business doesn’t come without challenges. My advice? Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated. – Jessica Alba
  • Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance. – Anne Lamott
  • Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin
  • My advice is to focus on the importance of forging a long-term relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions. – Sheila Lirio Marcelo
  • There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way. – Christopher Morley
  • If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work. – Sallie Krawcheck
  • It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy. – Steve Jobs
  • Be nicer to your customers than your competitors. – Richard Reed
  • My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new. – Richard Branson
  • Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey. – Jo Malone
  • It’s very important for entrepreneurs to look for people in the company who are not afraid of failures, for example, intrapreneurs. They make a business more successful by thinking like an entrepreneur — but within a company. – Chirag Kulkarni
  • Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration. – Thomas Edison
  • If you are not getting traction on your idea, you try few things. You try pushing harder, cleaning up something, building up to something aggressively — but if it doesn’t get traction, then don’t bother. – Vijay Sharma
  • If you are working on a product that’s going to be consumer-facing, then feedback is invaluable. You should be out there being brave and talking to people and asking for feedback as much as possible. – Emily Brooke
  • There is something artificial when everyone is agreeing with each other. It’s useful to indulge people who don’t agree and see their viewpoint or force yourself to explain things better. – David Sack
  • Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself. – Oprah Winfrey
  • It starts with not having a hangover with the way things used to be. – Kevin Plank
  • If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg
  • I’m always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials. – Steve Ells
  • Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have been in the news many times just by calling on the news channel and asking them about featuring my business. – Lori Cheek
  • Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why [you] shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that. – Sara Blakely
  • Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. – Biz Stone
  • Start as small as you can. When I started SkinnyMe Tea, I had $24 in the bank, and I was entirely self-funded. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product; you’ve launched too late. – Gretta Rose van Riel
  • I can name dozens of failures that we had over the years. Yet, with all these failures, we still managed to build Appster into one of the largest, and best companies in our industry. So, remember every time you fail, remind yourself these words: ‘Life won’t always go my way, but I will always find a way’. – Josiah Humphrey
  • We learned many things while building FourSquare. One of the most important lessons is to be clear to investors about what the company will and will not do. And be open about the priorities of the things that have to be done. – Dennis Crowley
  • As a founder, lay all the possible scenarios — from best to worst — in front of you, so you don’t get surprised when something happens. – Brian Wong
  • If you start thinking you are good at something, that’s often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That’s why we always aim higher. We never feel like we’re done. – Drew Houston
  • One of the things I tend to do is open myself up to a variety of voices. I try to expose myself to the kind of culture shock that occurs when you talk to people who speak a different language. – Pierre Omidyar
  • If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going. – Elon Musk
  • Some days you’re smiling and thinking you’re going to make this thing rock. Then the next day a pipe breaks and your costs look too high. You have to learn to keep your eyes on an ultimate goal. If you lose sight of that goal, you have to get out. – Hamdi Ulukaya
  • If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop. – Reid Hoffman

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