70+ Business Quotes to Inspire You

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Business can sometimes be daunting, especially for small business owners, therefore we’ve made this post on powerful business quotes to encourage and inspire you through every tough and challenging situation you may encounter while running your business.

As we know, every day comes with a new opportunity, a new adventure, and a new challenge, and to handle these ups and downs as well as the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, one needs to keep the fire and passion burning. To achieve this, you need motivation.

We have here over 70 lists of short powerful business quotes that contain motivational lessons from some of the most popular and successful entrepreneurs.

70+ Business Quotes to Inspire You

1. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” — Peter F. Drucker, Management Consultant, Educator, and Author

2. “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” — Seth Godin, Author & Former Dot Com Business Executive

3. “The Golden Rule for Every Business is this: Put Yourself in Your Customer’s Place.” — Orison Swett Marden, American Inspirational Author

4. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” — Chris Grosser, Photographer

5. “If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” — B.C. Forbes, Financial Journalist, and Author Forbes Magazine

6. “Great things in business are never done by one person.” — Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Inc.

7. “Where do you put the fear when you choose to innovate? The fear is there, but you have to find a place to put it.” — Seth Godin, Writer, and Business Visionary

8. “To be successful, you must act big, think big, and talk big.” — Aristotle Onassis, Greek Shipping Magnate

9. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Animator, Voice actor, and Film producer

10. “Never Give up. Today is hard and tomorrow will be Worse, but the day after Tomorrow will be Sunshine.” — Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group

11. “Don’t count the days, Make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali, Professional Boxer

12. “You must not only aim right but draw the bow with all your might.” — Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, philosopher, and historian.

13. “In order to succeed. We must first believe that we can.” — Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer – Zorba the Greek.

14. “To be successful you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.” — Thomas J. Watson, Chairman and CEO of IBM

15. “Small opportunities are often beginning of great achievements.” — Demosthenes, Greek statesman and Orator of Ancient Athens

16. “Don’t give up, the beginning is always the hardest.” — Kemmy Nola, Motivational Speaker

17. “Setting Goal is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins, Author & Business Strategist

18. “The biggest mistake a small business can make is to think like a small business. — Aruna Bhayana, Lawyer & Digital Marketer

19. “You must not only aim right but draw the bow with all your might.” — Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, philosopher, and historian.

20. “A winner never stops trying.” — Tom Landry, American Football Player and Coach

21. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder

22. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American Author

23. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky, Entrepreneur, Author and Early-Stage Investor

24. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” — Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Writer, Poet, Aristocrat and Journalist

25. “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin, American polymath, Founding Fathers of the United States

26. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” — Margaret Thatcher, British Stateswoman, Former British Prime Minister

27. “First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.” — Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Animator, Voice actor and Film producer

28. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs, Apple Founder

29. “Make the customer the hero of your story.” — Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer, Speaker and Author

30. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” — Jason Fried, Founder & CEO at Basecamp

31. “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” — General George Patton Jr., General of the United States Army

32. “The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best, but legendary.” — Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart

33. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Peter F. Drucker, Management Consultant, Educator, and Author

34. “Patience: This is the greatest business asset. Wait for the right time to make your moves.” — J. Paul Getty, British American Petrol Industrialist

35. “To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” — Bill Gates, Founder Microsoft Corporation

36. “There are no working hours for leaders.” — James Cardinal Gibbons, American Prelate of the Catholic Church

37. “Satisfaction is a rating. Loyalty is a brand.” — Shep Hyken, Author and Speaker

38. “Capital isn’t scarce. Vision is.” — Sam Walton, Walmart Founder

39. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American Author

40. “You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.” — Dale Carnegie, Writer and Lecturer

41. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Animator, Voice actor, and Film producer

42. “Make a Customer, Not a sale.” — Katherine Barchetti, Owner of K. Barchetti Shops

43. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain, American Writer, Publisher, and Lecturer

44. “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” — Michael LeBoeuf, Business Author and Motivational Speaker

45. “Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” — Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Assembly

46. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller, American Author, Political Activist, and lecturer

47. “Never ever give up! Constant effort is the key to success.” — Xavier Davis, American jazz pianist and Music Educator

48. “Always give your best effort even when the odds are against you.” — Arnold Palmer, American Professional Golfer

49. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: The fear of failure.” — Paulo Coelho, Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

50. “When you serve the customer better, they always return on your investment.” — Arnold Palmer, American Professional Golfer

51. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” — Michael Korda, Writer, Novelist and Editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster

52. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” — OG Mandino, American Author

53. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist

54. “Your Customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” — Damon Richards, Professional DJ, and Music Producer

55. “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.”

— Bob Hooey, Author

56. “Customers may forget what you said but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.” — Anonymous

57. Customer don’t expect you to be perfect. They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.” — Donald Porter, Actor

58. “Every company’s greatest assets are its customers because without customers there is no company.” — Michael LeBoeuf, Business Author and Motivational Speaker

59. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” — Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher and Writer

60. “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” — Steve Jobs, Apple Founder

61. “Everything starts with the customer.” — Lou Gerstner, Chairman of the board and CEO of IBM

62. “The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works.” — Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon

63. “Great customer service is a critical competitive advantage for a business.” — Steve Benson, Editorial Cartoonist

64. “Every contact we have with a customer influence whether or not they’ll come back. We have to be great every time or we’ll lose them.” — Kevin Stirtz, Author

65. “Business has only two functions – marketing and Innovation.” — Peter Drucker, Management Consultant, Educator, and Author

66. “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” — Peter Drucker, Management Consultant, Educator, and Author

67. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” — Anonymous

68. “The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.” — John Hancock, Statesman and President of the Second Continental Congress

69. “You don’t build a business. You build people and people build the business.” — Zig Ziglar, American Author, Salesman and Motivational Speaker

70. “You have to work on the business first before it works for you.” — Idowu Koyenikan, Consultant and Author USA Today Network

71. “A business that makes nothing, but money is a poor business.” — Henry Ford, Founder Ford Motor Assembly

72. “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” — Harold Geneen, President of the ITT Corporation

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