100 Best Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Quotes books Words of wisdom, sayings or quotes have the power to change people’s lives, especially if they will be adopted, believed and constantly be practiced. They could make people stop for a while and think about their current situation to start a change. Entrepreneurs are one of the most dynamic people who love to read and get inspiration and motivation from the top quotations of all time. Entrepreneurship is a tough world, thus, entrepreneurs need to keep motivating themselves to move forward and reach their goals.

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, here are 100 best quotes that I have handpicked from the ancient time to our modern time to keep you inspired, motivated and moving forward.

1. “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” – Henry Ford

2. “Know thyself.” –Thales

3. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” –Confucius

4. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Anonymous

5. “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.” – E. Joseph Cossman

6. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – Chinese Proverb

7. “A bad beginning makes a bad ending.” –Euripides

8. “Haste in every business brings failures.” -Herodotus

9. “Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.” – Anonymous

10. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. “An obstacle is often a stepping stone.” -Prescott

18. “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

19. “I’ve always worked very, very hard, and the harder I worked, the luckier I got.” – Alan Bond

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

21. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Chinese Proverb

22. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Agatha Christie

23. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky

24. “He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.” –Horace

25. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

26. “The road to success is always under construction.” – Arnold Palmer

27. “Vision without action is daydreaming and action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

28. “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy

29. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

30. “Familiarity breeds contempt, while rarity wins admiration.” –Apuleius

31. “Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.” –Propertius Sextus

32. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie

33. “I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.” – Charles Maurice

34. “If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” – Anonymous

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

36. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” -Steve Jobs

37. “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.“ -Steve Jobs

38. “A bad workman blames his tools.” – Chinese Proverb

39. “The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius

40. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok

41. “In this new wave of technology, you can’t do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.” – Carlos Slim Helu

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

43. “The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’.” – E. M. Kelly

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

45. “Hire character. Train skill.” – Peter Schultz

46. “In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.” -Lee Iacocca

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

48. “Go Big, or Go Home.” – Eliza Dushku

49. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

50. “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” – Will Smith

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

52. “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

53. “If you ain’t making waves, you ain’t kickin’ hard enough.” – Unknown

54. “You should always stay hungry. Stay hungry, so you can eat.” – Syed Balkhi

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

56. “He who begins many things finishes but few.” – German Proverb

57. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

58. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn

59. “To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art.” -Chinese Proverbs

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

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

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

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

64. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

65. “Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Opportunity. Don’t be silly – opportunity doesn’t knock twice!” –Anonymous

66. “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.“ –Demosthenes

67. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle

68. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas J. Watson

69. “Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague

70. “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” – Zig Ziglar

71. “Entrepreneurs are not only hardworking, but are extraordinarily hardworking.” – Anonymous

72. “The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” – William James

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

74. “90 percent of success is moving on.” – Anonymous

75. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

76. “The question isn’t, ‘What do we want to know about people?’, It’s, ‘What do people want to tell about themselves?’ – Mark Zuckerberg

77. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu

78. “The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.” – Sun Tzu

79. “There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values.” -Author Unknown

80. “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” -Henry Ford

81. “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” -Tom Brokaw

82. “The results of quality work last longer than the shock of high prices.” -Author Unknown

83. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas A. Edison

84. “Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter Drucker

85. “It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.” -Harold Geneen

86. “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” -Warren Buffett

87. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” –Henry David Thoreau

88. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” –John Maxwell

89. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” –John D. Rockefeller

90. “The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.” –Andrew Carnegie

91. “Give the public everything you can give them, keep the place as clean as you can keep it, keep it friendly.” –Walt Disney

92. “Never make a promise without a plan.” –Zig Ziglar

93. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ashe

94. “If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you.” –Anonymous

95. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” –William Feather

96. “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” –Nike

97. “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place” -Anonymous

98. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

99. “The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.” –Denis Waitley

100. “One good turn deserves another.” –Gaius Petronius Arbiter

So… what is your favorite quote among the list above? You are also free to add a quote that is not yet included in the list.

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