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Running a business is hard and we all need encouraging words at times. Here are 100 motivational business quotes of all time. Make sure to bookmark this page when in need of uplifting quotes. 

100 Motivational Business Quotes Of All Time

1. “The start is what stops most people.” – Don Shula

2. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda

3. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

4. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

5. “It takes 20 years to become an overnight success.” – Eddie Cantor

6. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

7. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy100-motivational-business-quotes

8. “You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself to be.” – Lou Holtz

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

10. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. The only one who can stop you, is YOU.” – Jeffery Gitomer

11. “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

12. “Life has two rules: #1. Never quit #2. always remember rule # 1.” – Unknown

13. “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.” – Zig Ziglar

14. “In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took.” – Frasier Krane

15. “A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.” – Alistair Cooke

16. “Work so hard that one day your signature will be called an autograph.” – Unknown

17. “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

18. “Hire character. Train skill.” – Peter Schutz

19. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

20. “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

“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” – Mark Cuban

21. “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell

22. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t” – A student in Warren G.

23. “It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it.” – John Crowe

24. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” – Brian Tracy

25. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

26. “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” – Charlotte Whitton

27. “There is no such thing as failure, only results!” – Anthony Robbins

28. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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

32. “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

33. “The person who doesn’t read is no better off than the person who can’t read.” – Unknown

34. “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” – Lily Tomlin

35. “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.” – Stephen M.R. Covey

36. “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin

37. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching”. – Gerard Way

38. “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” – The Joker

39. “Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” – Unknown

40. “Succeeding is one thing. Maintaining that success is another. It is during your success that you are most susceptible to failure.” – Unknown

“To be good or bad doesn’t count: life out in this world doesn’t depend on that. It depends on a relation of forces based on violence. And survival is violence. You’ll wear leather shoes because someone has killed a cow and skinned it to make leather. ” – Unknown

41. “Do not call procrastination laziness. Call it fear.” – Julia Cameron

42. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

43. “Difficult doesn’t mean impossible. It simply means that you have to work hard.” – Anonymous

44. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes

45. “The number of followers you have does not make you better than anyone else. Hitler had millions, Jesus had 12″ – Unknown

46. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” – Buddha

47. “What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

48. “Before you start any business, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.” – Chanakya

49. “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Tony Robbins

50. “The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” – Michael Gerber

“Behind every successful person there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.” – Unknown

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

52. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

53. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

54. “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” – Zig Ziglar

55. “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire

56. “Hope for the best, expect the worst — and take what comes.”’ – Unknown

57. “It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” – Brian Tracy

58. “People are not lazy. They simply have important goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins

59. “The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” – Napoleon Hill

60. “Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.” – Chanakya

“100% of customers are people. 100% of employees are people. If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.” – Simon Sinek

61. “Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.” – Chanakya

62. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

63. “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle  wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will  be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the  slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether  you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be  running.” – Christopher McDougall

64. “If you hate waking up on Saturday’s, change your friends. If you hate waking up on Monday’s, change your job” – Unknown

65. “What really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.” – Paulo Coelho

66. “The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.” – Max Levchin

67. “Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

68. “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” – Thomas J. Watson

69. “If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.” – Azim Premji

70. “Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

“There are two rules for success: 1) Never tell everything you know.” – Roger H. Lincoln

71. “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” – Chinese Proverb

72. “Don’t worry about others doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.” – Anonymous

73. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

74. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho

75. “Approach the start of each day with one goal and end the day with one word:DONE!” – Anonymous

76. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.” – Simon Sinek

77. “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” – Simon Sinek

78. “Work until your idols become your rivals.” – Unknown

79. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

80. “A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close?” – Jim Young

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

81. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

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

83. “Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” – Chinese Proverb

List of Motivational Business Quotes

84. “People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” – Cass, Lewis

85. “When you want success as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” – Eric Thomas

86. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Captain Jack Sparrow

87. “Amazing things rarely happen in your comfort zone.” – Unknown

88. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

89. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

90. “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton

91. “The purpose of a business is to create a customer who creates customers.” – Shiv Singh

92. “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” – Mahatma Gandhi

93. “Don’t follow a model that doesn’t work. If the recipe sucks, it doesn’t matter how good a cook you are.” – Tim Ferriss

94. “Great brands are like great stories. And every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. And our job is to make sure that every chapter of our stories makes sense to the one in front of it and make sense to the one after it. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You have to get up and put your work boots on every single day.” – Kevin Plank

95. “The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.” —Tom Peters

96. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

97. “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.” – Donald Trump

98. “Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.” ― Arnold Schwarzenegger

99. “Winning is fun, but it teaches you nothing. Failure is the best teacher in the world. Winning is a trophy, failing is an education.” – Unknown

100. “There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Kenneth H. Blanchard

“Between the ages of 15 and 32, don’t worry about getting married, don’t worry about settling down, don’t worry about having a baby. Give birth to yourself.” –Kelly Cutrone


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  1. Shreya says:

    Just loved these motivational business quotes. Makes me feel more motivational

  2. Neil Ferree says:

    What a great resource to have. The new image editor from Bugger (Pablo) is a good way to showcase these awesome quote. Very timely – than ks!

  3. Areesha Noor says:

    I enjoyed these inspirational quotes, thank you for them.

  4. James says:

    Hello. On Social media, since I see quotes most the time, I just retweet them from here and there on Twitter and Facebook.
    However, today, your post has moved me to share number 45.

    Nancy, you really have a nice website!

  5. I love your blog its really nice! Great job!

  6. Soji Fagade says:

    Great quotes and invaluable resource. Thanks very much for sharing these. I particularly love the business ones. Well done

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