200+ Inspirational Business Quotes to Inspire You

200+ Inspirational Business Quotes to Inspire You

Inspirational business quotes can offer a dose of motivation when you’re feeling run-down on your entrepreneurial venture. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business, need that extra push, or you’ve fallen on hard times, these business quotes can help you reach your potential. 

We’ve included quotes from successful businesspeople like Sara Blakeley (founder of Spanx), Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) and Arianna Huffington (co-founder of The Huffington Post), and several classics from historical thought leaders. Not all the quotes are about business specifically — several of them give sage advice about life, relationships, happiness and inner peace. A good variety of inspirational business quotes is sure to help you on your journey to financial independence. Don’t forget to bookmark this page for future reference!

Business Quotes

  1. “Never start a business just to make money. Start a business to make a difference.” — Marie Forleo
  2. “Everything you do now is for your future.” — Unknown
  3. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
  4. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” — Thomas Edison
  5. “A big business starts small.” — Richard Branson
  6. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  7. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie
  8. “Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day you get a little better than before. It adds up.” — Dwayne Johnson
  9. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson
  10. “The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.” — Benjamin Jowett

Business Quotes

Inspirational Business Quotes

  1. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
  2. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
  3. “Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.” — Walter Scott
  4. “A boss has the title. A leader has the people.” — Simon Sinek
  5. “People don’t buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and magic.” — Seth Godin
  6. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” — Steve Jobs
  7. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” — Oprah Winfrey
  8. “Know what your customers want most and what your company does best. Focus on where those two meet.” — Kevin Stirtz
  9. “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” — Thomas J. Watson
  10. “Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page

Inspirational Business Quotes

Successful Business Quotes

  1. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder
  2. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” — Bill Gates
  3. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” — Michele Ruiz
  4. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” — Richard Branson
  5. “To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire. You.” — Tony Dorsett
  6. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein
  7. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” — Jim Rohn
  8. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vidal Sassoon
  9. “The best revenge is massive success.” — Frank Sinatra
  10. “Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” — Paul J. Meyer

Successful Business Quotes

Small Business Quotes

  1. “The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” — Peter Drucker
  2. “Small businesses provide the feeling that a real person is behind it all, someone who cares more about giving us a quality product or service, over just taking our hard earned dollars.” — Annie Bukhman
  3. “You create a credible brand by staying true to who you are.” — Hillary Sawchuk
  4. “You can’t be an entrepreneur for other people. You can’t start a company for other people. You have to love it more than you ever thought of loving something that wasn’t a human being. The demands will kick you down and rob your life - but yet, it is so rewarding.” — Blake Lively
  5. “To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big.” — Aliko Dangote
  6. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
  7. “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain
  8. “Small business isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient and the persistent. It’s for the overcomer.” — Unknown
  9. “Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores — these didn’t come out of nowhere.” — Paul Ryan
  10. “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” — Jay Danzie

Small Business Quotes

Funny Business Quotes

  1. “If you think you are too small to make an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” — Ekaterina Walter
  2. “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” — Bill Gates
  3. “The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” — Lilly Tomlin
  4. “If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” — Unknown
  5. “Okay, it’s Monday, but who said Mondays have to suck? Be a rebel and have a great day anyway.” — Kimberly Jimenez
  6. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altshuler
  7. “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” — Ray Kroc
  8. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” — Joe Girard
  9. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” — Will Rogers
  10. “An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan.” — Warren Buffett

Funny Business Quotes

New Business Quotes

  1. “From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better.” — Richard Branson
  2. “I think if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve got to dream big and then dream bigger.” — Howard Schultz
  3. “Starting a business is not for everyone. Starting a business - I’d say, number one is have a high pain threshold.” — Elon Musk
  4. “As any small business owner knows, starting a business is not glamorous work.” — Kevin McCarthy
  5. “Just start. Don’t worry that you don’t have all the answers yet.” — Alli Webb
  6. “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be the boss and work twelve hours a day.” — Robert Frost
  7. “Let’s do what we love and do a lot of it.” — Marc Jacobs
  8. “Entrepreneurship is not only about starting businesses but is an attitude to life.” — Matt Hancock
  9. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh
  10. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” — Walt Disney

New Business Quotes

Short Business Quotes

  1. “Every wall is a door.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “Never, never, never give up.” — Winston Churchill
  3. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” — Mark Zuckerberg
  4. “Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page
  5. “High expectations are the key to everything.” — Sam Walton
  6. “Trust your instincts.” — Estée Lauder
  7. “You will never win if you never begin.” — Helen Rowland
  8. “Little by little, one travels far.” — J.R.R. Tolkein
  9. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
  10. “Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger.” — Tony Hsieh

Short Business Quotes

Powerful Business Quotes

  1. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
  2. “The two things in life you are in control over are your attitude and your effort.” — Billy Cox
  3. “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?’” — Leah Busque
  4. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone
  5. “Entrepreneurs must be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” — Jeff Bezos
  6. “I didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.” — Ursula Burns
  7. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Howard Schultz
  8. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” — Oprah Winfrey
  9. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” — Farrah Gray
  10. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” — Zig Ziglar

Powerful Business Quotes

Starting a Business Quotes

  1. “Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started. — Lindsay Manseau
  2. “Any time is a good time to start a company.” — Ron Conway
  3. “Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.” — Mark Cuban
  4. “Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt.” — Victoria Random
  5. “The things you regret most in life are the risks you didn’t take. — Lewis Carroll
  6. “Don’t think of pitching. Think of offering. The offer is better than a pitch.” — Sonia Simone
  7. “You have to work on the business first before it works for you.” — Idowu Koyenikan
  8. “The question is not whether you have the money. It is whether you have the hustle. There is a difference! — Nicky Verd
  9. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett
  10. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” — Jack Welch

Starting a Business Quotes

Business Quotes for Success

  1. “The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” — Caterina Fake
  2. “Success is a journey, not a destination.” — Ben Sweetland
  3. “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” — Marie Forleo
  4. “Everyone wants to be successful. But I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very ethical, and ultimately making a big difference in the world.” — Sergey Brin
  5. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell
  6. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. — Conrad Hilton
  7. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley
  8. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” — Colin R. Davis
  9. “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” — Maya Angelou
  10. “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” — Dalai Lama

Business Quotes for Success

Business Quotes of the Day

  1. “Commitment, courage, character, capacity and craving are the five hallmarks of entrepreneurship” — Sandeep Aggarwal
  2. “There is no finish line. There are only mile markers.” —  Michael Ventura
  3. “Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success.” — Herman Cain
  4. “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” — Nolan Bushnell
  5. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” — Sara Blakely
  6. “The more we can break the rules, the better off we’re going to be.” — Indra Nooyi
  7. “If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.” — Marissa Mayer
  8. “Define success in your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” — Anne Sweeney
  9. “Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the troublemaking individual.” — Natalie Clifford Barney
  10. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville

Business Quotes of the Day

Business Quotes About Teamwork

  1. “Change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.” — Simon Mainwaring
  2. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” — Andrew Carnegie
  3. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard
  4. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller
  5. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
  6. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” — Phil Jackson
  7. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” — Reid Hoffman
  8. “We talk a lot about hope, helping, and teamwork. Our whole message is that we are more powerful together.” — Victoria Osteen
  9. “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” — Jim Stovall
  10. “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. — Mia Hamm

Business Quotes About Teamwork

Business Quotes About Change

  1. “The future isn’t a place that we’re going to go. It’s a place that you get to create.” — Nancy Duarte
  2. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman
  3. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Watts
  4. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy
  5. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou
  6. “Dreams are lovely but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” — Shonda Rhimes
  7. “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts.” — Arnold Bennett
  8. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
  9. “The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.” — Barbara Kingsolver
  10. “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” — Billy Cox

Business Quotes About Change

Business Quotes About Trust

  1. “Stop telling yourself you don’t know what to do. Yes, you do. Listen to your intuition and trust yourself.” — Katherine Sullivan
  2. “Trust is a good business practice” — Jim Blasingame
  3. “Trust is built when someone is vulnerable and not taken advantage of.” — Bob Vanourek
  4. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” — Warren Buffett
  5. “Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities of which they were previously unaware.” — David Armistead
  6. “If people like you they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you they’ll do business with you.” — Zig Ziglar
  7. “Earn trust, earn trust, earn trust. Then you can worry about the rest.” — Seth Godin
  8. “Trust is built with consistency.” — Lincoln Chafee
  9. “Trust or lack of it, i s at the root of success or failure in relationships and in the bottom-line results of business.” — Stephen Covey
  10. “Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.” — Natalie Goldberg

Business Quotes About Trust

Business Quotes About Communication

  1. “When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” — Stephen R. Covey
  2. “Communication is the key for any global business.” — Anita Roddick
  3. “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” — Anthony Robbins
  4. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” — Buddha
  5. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” — Peter Drucker
  6. “Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  7. “The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” — Sydney J. Harris
  8. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — George Bernard Shaw
  9. “We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.” — Rania Al-Abdullah
  10.  “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.” — Jim Rohn

Business Quotes About Communication

Business Quotes About Competition

  1. “No competition, no progress.” — Bela Karolyi
  2. “Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.” — Nancy Pearcy
  3. “Link to your competitors and say nice things about them. Remember, you’re part of an industry.” — Robert Scoble
  4. “You can’t look at the competition and say you’re going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you’re going to do it differently.” — Steve Jobs
  5. “Companies that solely focus on competition will die. Those that focus on value creation will thrive.” — Edward de Bono
  6. “Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.” — Herbert Hoover
  7. “Move fast. Speed is one of your main advantages over large competitors.” — Sam Altman
  8. “Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.” — Faqimi Fauzi
  9. “Believing that your competition is stronger and better than you pushes you to better yourselves.” — Simon Sinek
  10. “I looked at my competitors and I thought that if they could do it, I could do it. And if they are popular and doing well, I could compete with them.” — Tommy Hilfiger

Business Quotes About Competition

Business Quotes on Growth

  1. “Don’t take criticism from people you wouldn’t take advice from.” — Kyle Freedman
  2. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Ginni Rometty
  3. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” — Mel Robbins
  4. “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win.” — John W. Holt
  5. “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” — Abraham Maslow
  6. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” — Napoleon Hill
  7. “Work can provide the opportunity for spiritual and personal, as well as financial, growth. If it doesn’t, we’re wasting far too much of our lives on it.” — James Autry
  8. “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” — Oprah Winfrey
  9. “Growth is simply learning how to suffer gracefully, elegantly, and not letting your pain completely tear you apart.” — Nikita Gill
  10. “Growth and self-transformation cannot be delegated.” — Lewis Mumford

Business Quotes On Growth

Business Quotes from Movies

  1. “Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.” — The Queen of Katwe
  2. “Do or do not. There is no try.” — Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. “Don’t ever let someone tell you you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. All right?” — The Pursuit of Happyness
  4. “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.” — Glengarry Glen Ross
  5. “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?” — Boiler Room
  6. “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” — The Godfather
  7. “There’s no such thing as too far. You understand? You push everything as far as you can. You push and you push and you push until it starts pushing back. And then you push some goddamn more.” — Two For The Money
  8. “I am a businessman. I am anything I need to be at any time.” — Big Night
  9. “It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.” — Million Dollar Baby
  10. “Nobody is going to hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” — Rocky

Business Quotes from Movies

Best Business Quotes Ever

  1. “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
  2. “Don’t be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again.” — Sir Richard Branson
  3. “Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.” — Amelia Earhart
  4. “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” — John Wooden
  5. “Cooperation is always more powerful than competition.” — Bob Proctor
  6. “If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risks, really amazing things can happen.” — Marissa Mayer
  7. “Creativity may well be the last legal unfair competitive advantage we can take to run over the competition.” — Dave Trott
  8. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” — Arianna Huffington
  9. “Number 1: Cash is king. Number 2: Communicate. Number 3: Buy or bury the competition.” — Jack Welch
  10. “To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?” — Katherine Graham

Best Business Quotes Ever

Business Quotes for Hard Times

  1. “Failure is just the opportunity to begin again; this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
  2. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” — Richard Branson
  3. “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” — Brene Brown
  4. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “The river is wild. You can’t control it. Embrace the chaos.” — Maxime Lagacé
  6. “Option A is not available. So let’s kick the s**t out of option B.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  7. “It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” — Doe Zantamata
  8. “Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you have only had wonderful things happen to you.” —  Mary Tyler Moore
  9. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine
  10. “If you don’t fail at least 90% of the time, you’re not aiming high enough.” — Alan Kay

Business Quotes for Hard Times

Business Lyrics

  1. “So here I go / it's my shot / Feet fail me not / This may be the only opportunity that I got” — Eminem, Lose Yourself
  2. “You say it’s too late to make it / But is it too late to try?” — Maroon 5, Payphone
  3. “Work it harder / Make it better / Do it faster / Makes us stronger” — Daft Punk, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
  4. "And if at first you don't succeed / then dust yourself off and try again" — Aaliyah, Try Again
  5. “Being happy is the goal / but greatness is my mission” — Childish Gambino, I’m Alright
  6. “This is ten percent luck / Twenty percent skill / Fifteen percent concentrated power of will / Five percent pleasure / Fifty percent pain” — Fort Minor, Remember the Name
  7. "You can't always get what you want / but if you try sometimes / well you just might find you get what you need" — The Rolling Stones, You Can't Always Get What You Want
  8. “Make a business for yourself, boy / Set some goals / Make a fat diamond out of dusty coals” — Outkast, B.O.B
  9. “Life can always change / you have to adjust” — Drake, You Know, You Know
  10. “I'm unstoppable / I'm a Porsche with no brakes / I'm invincible / Yeah, I win every single game” — Sia, Unstoppable

Business Lyrics

Conclusion

These inspirational business quotes have hopefully given you something to think about, or an extra pep in your step as you get through the week. Remember to bookmark this page so you can come back to it on a rainy day. Even with over 200 on our list, we couldn’t possibly include every great quote out there. 

If you have a favorite business quote that we haven’t included, please tell us in the comments below!

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