135 Inspirational Business Quotes For Motivation

Entrepreneurship is tough. It’s a craft that continuously teaches you new things along your journey. There are highs, there are lows. No matter where you are as an entrepreneur, you need to learn from others. We all need inspiration and ideas from others that help kick us into a higher gear.

Here are 155 inspiring business quotes that will motivate you as an entrepreneur.

1. Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant

2. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

3. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

4. “Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick B Wilcox

5. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

6. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.CLICK TO TWEET

8. “But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.” – Arianna Huffington

9. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar

10. “You are not your resume, you are your work.” – Seth Godin

11. “If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient.” – Gurbaksh Chahal

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret ThatcherCLICK TO TWEET

13. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

14. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure … but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan

15. “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley

16. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

17. “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

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim RyunCLICK TO TWEET

19. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

20. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

21. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

22. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

23. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

24. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

25. “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

26. “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce LeeCLICK TO TWEET28. “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

29. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

30. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

31. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden

32. “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

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

34. “The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm.” – Thomas J. Watson

You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim RohnCLICK TO TWEET

36. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

37. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” – William Edward Hickson

38. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people. -…CLICK TO TWEET

40. “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

41. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

42. “Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.” – Henry J. Kaiser

46. “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” – Malcolm X

47. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

48. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower

49. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Sr. Thomas Watson

50. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry FordCLICK TO TWEET

52. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

53. “To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

54. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

55. “People who can focus, get things done. People who can prioritize, get the right things done.” – John Maeda

56. “Better to be an optimist who gets disappointed than a pessimist who has no hope.” – Robin Sharma

57. “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.

If you’re in business, first and foremost, you have to be nice. Show your customers that you care. -…CLICK TO TWEET

59. “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

60. “Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.” – Unknown

61. “People rarely buy what they need. They buy what they want.” – Seth Godin

62. “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

63. “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

Entrepreneurs are always super optimistic. If they weren’t they wouldn’t be entrepreneurs. – Heidi…CLICK TO TWEET

65. “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.” – Gary Vaynerchuck

66. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth

67. “Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.” – Amy Cuddy

68. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

69. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

70. “Successful people are the ones who are breaking the rules.” – Seth Godin

71. “Everyone has an idea. But it’s really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea.” – Jack Dorsey

72. “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – Kare Anderson

73. “Business in a combination of War and sport.” – Andre Maurois

74. “If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you.” – Robert Collier

Luck favors the people who are willing to grind it out. – Guy KawasakiCLICK TO TWEET

76. “Success is not a straight line, it’s much more of a dance and being open to possibilities.” – Arianna Huffington

77. “The essential question is not, ‘How busy are you?’ but ‘What are you busy at?’” – Oprah Winfrey

78. “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” – Unknown

79. “Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

80. “You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” – Lolly Daskal

81. “Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters.” – Seth Godin

82. “To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” – Pierre Corneille

Getting something wrong does not mean you have failed. Instead, you have just learned what does not…CLICK TO TWEET

84. “I’m here to build something for the long-term. Anything else is a distraction.” — Mark Zuckerberg

85. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

86. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

87. “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” – Harold Geneen

88. “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

The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. – John EganCLICK TO TWEET

90. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” –  Robert Kiyosaki

91. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

92. “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” – Richard Branson

93. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

94. “Too little confidence, and you’re unable to act; too much confidence, and you’re unable to hear.” — John  Maeda

Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. – Robert CollierCLICK TO TWEET

96. “The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” – Lilly Tomlin

97. “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

98. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” – Sam Walton

99. “The secret to thriving in the future is ‘learning to learn’” – Dorie Clark

100. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

101. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. – ConfuciusCLICK TO TWEET

103. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

104. “We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.” – Earl Nightingale

105. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

106. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks

107. “Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti

108. “To succeed in business you need to be original, but you also need to understand what your customers want.” – Richard Branson

You can’t out-spend the giants, but you can out-think, out-teach, and out-help them. – Brian HalliganCLICK TO TWEET110. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

111. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting. – Walt DisneyCLICK TO TWEET113. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell

114. “When you cease to dream you cease to live.” – Malcolm Forbes

115. “Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

116. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

Be so good they can’t ignore you. – Steve MartinCLICK TO TWEET118. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

119. “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget

120. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

121. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” – Philippos

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur AsheCLICK TO TWEET123. “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” – Napoleon Hill

124. “Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard

125. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier

126. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

127. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” – Bill Cosby

128. “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” – Jimmy Spithill

129. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” – Earl Nightingale

130. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than…CLICK TO TWEET132. “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” – Vaibhav Shah

133. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

134. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo PicassoCLICK TO TWEET


There are so many opportunities out there for you. You must take action and have a positive mindset to achieve your fullest potential.