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125 Best Inspirational or Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs


An entrepreneur can be a passionate ride, with ups, downs, euphoria and disillusionment. In some cases, a little suggestion or shrewdness from a splendid personality can help you engine through even the most troublesome of times.

Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Here are few inspiring quotes that will get you hyped up and keep you motivated as an entrepreneur.

Quotes for Entrepreneurs:

1. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” –Nolan Bushnell

2. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferris

3. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master

4. “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook

5. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

6. “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

7. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky

8. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

9. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried

10. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck

11. “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” – Peter F. Drucker

12. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki

13. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” – Mark Zuckerberg

14. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb

15. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

16. “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

17. “There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” – Phil Libin

18. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” – Marc Benioff

19. “We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.” – Vince McConnell

20. “Things may come to those who wait, but only things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

21. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

22. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

23. “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” – Ray Kroc

24. “Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” – Donald Trump

25. “Always deliver more than expected.” —  Larry Page

26. “Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

27. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

28. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case

29. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” – Dennis Waitley

30. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

31. “Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

32. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz

33. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

34. “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” – Simon Sinek

35. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” – Anthony Volodkin

36. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

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

38. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

39. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

40. “It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that.” – Richard Harroch

41. “Stick with it, even on the bad days.” – Vivienne Harr

42. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

43. “Failure isn’t failure unless you don’t learn from it.” – Dr. Ronald Niednagel

44. “If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need.” – Sanjeev Saxena

45. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

46. “Don’t build links. Build relationships.” – Rand Fishkin

47. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

48. “I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

49. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

50. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

51. “For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.” – Timothy Ferriss

52. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl Buck

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

54. “Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” – Henry Ford

55. “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” – Tom Kelley

56. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

57. “Success is not what you have, but who you are.” – Bo Bennett

58. “We are currently not planning on conquering the world.” – Sergey Brin

59. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone

60. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills

61. “The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics that never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors that want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul. Because that’s how long it’s going to take, guys. – Seth Godin

62. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

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

64. “Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.” – Noah Everett

65. “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

66. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

67. “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” – Reid Hoffman

68. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

69. “Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.” – Peter Drucker

70. “In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.” – David Ogilvy

71. “If you hear a voice within you saying ‘you are not a painter’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

72. “What is not started will never get finished.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

73. “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” – Mark Cuban

74. “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – General George Patton

75. “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman

76. “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi

77. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar

78. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” — Paul Rand

79. “I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.” – Jay-Z

80. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. – Dr. Napoleon Hill

81. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey

82. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

83. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.” – William James

84. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

85. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

86. “My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins

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

88. “Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade.” – Maxi Foreman

89. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

90. “Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solved each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves and they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They kept going regardless of the obstacles they met.” – W. Clement Stone

91. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

92. “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

93. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti

94. “Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

95. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

96. “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.” – Student (unidentified) of Warren G

97. “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

98. “Everyone has ideas. They may be too busy or lack the confidence or technical ability to carry them out. But I want to carry them out. It is a matter of getting up and doing it.” – James Dyson

99. “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

100. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

101. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

102. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.”- Richard Branson

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

104. “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

105. “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”- Jeff Bezos

106. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

107. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

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

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

110. “There is only one success- to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley

111. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake- you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” – Adam Osborne

112. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins

113. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

114. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” –Aristotle

115. “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

116. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

117. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

118. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

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

120. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

121. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

122. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Teddy Roosevelt

123. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

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

125. “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington