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168 Good Business Quotes to Motivate and Inspire
Famous Business Quotes, Quotations and Sayings. Topics include Success, Change, Competition, Learning, Leadership, Quality, Money and Profit


Good, timely and timeless quotes about business for motivation and inspiration. Here are a collection of unforgettable business quotations to help you focus on your business goals. Some of the best business quotes of all time are presented for your needs. You'll see quotes about business success, business leadership, competition, change in business, product quality, life-long learning and money and profit in business.



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Good Business Quotes About Success


  1. Failure is just the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~ Henry Ford

  2. Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. ~ Napoleon Hill, Author

  3. Many of lifeís failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas Edison

  4. Failures are divided into two classes Ė those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. ~ John Charles Salak

  5. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. ~ Jim Rohn

  6. A man, to carry on a successful business, must have imagination. he must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing. ~ Charles M. Schwab

  7. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. ~ Seneca, Roman Philosopher

  8. Whom the gods wish to destroy they send 40 years of success. ~ Ancient Proverb

  9. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers

  10. The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life ~ mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. ~ Julius Erving

  11. Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence. ~ Vince Lombardi

  12. The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. ~ Sven Goran Eriksson

  13. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. ~ Herbert B. Swope, American Journalist

  14. Greatness is won, not awarded. ~ Guy Kawasaki, How To Drive Your Competition Crazy

  15. The secret to success in business is to know something that nobody else knows. ~ Aristotle Onassis

  16. Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. ~ Vince Lombardi

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Good Business Quotes About Change


  1. The things we fear most in organizations Ė fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances Ė are the primary sources of creativity.Ē ~ Margaret J. Wheatley, Management Consultant

  2. We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur. ~ Dan Quayle

  3. To succeed, or even just to survive, businesses need to be able to change in ways, and at times, determined by business drivers, not by their IT systems. ~ Tony Morgan, Business Rules and Information Systems: Aligning IT with Business Goals

  4. Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal . ~ Albert Einstein

  5. A body in motion stays in motion. A body at rest stays at rest. ~ Newton's First Law of Motion

  6. People get into a rhythm that makes them resistant to change. To understand the mind-set, try switching hands when you brush your teeth in the morning. ~ Gary Gesme, Deere & Co.

  7. Individuals and organizations that are good react quickly to change. Individuals and organizations that are great create change. ~ Robert Kriegel, Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers

  8. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~ Winston Churchill

  9. A fanatic is one who canít change his mind and wonít change the subject. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

  10. The only certain thing about a forecast is that it will be wrong. ~ From Lean Thinking (Womack and Jones)

  11. Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

  12. Without [taking a process perspective of business], business improvement efforts amount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. ~ Michael Hammer & James Champy, Reengineering The Corporation

  13. They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol

  14. People are the gatekeepers of change. ~ Robert Kriegel, Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers

  15. How fast you are moving is more important than where you are. ~ Guy Kawasaki, Rules for Revolutionaries

  16. There is a theory that paradigms break through on the fringe of your business before they reach the center. ~ Gary Gesme, Deere & Co.

  17. I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. ~ Senator Everett Dirksen

  18. Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. ~ Anonymous

  19. The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. ~ Dee Hock, Founder of Visa

  20. It doesnít work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps. ~ American Proverb

  21. Reengineering cannot be entrusted to the semi-competent, the hangers-on with nothing better to do. ~ Michael Hammer & James Champy, Reengineering The Corporation

  22. If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. ~ Charles Kettering, Engineer

  23. Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity knows no bounds. ~ Elbert Hubbard, American Philosopher

  24. It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. ~ Epictetus

  25. If things seem under control, youíre just not going fast enough. ~ Mario Andretti

  26. The first problem for us all, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. ~ Gloria Steinem

  27. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. ~ Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future

  28. Realism is just another name for yesterday's thinking. ~ Robert Kriegel, Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers

  29. Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers. ~ Voltaire

  30. Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what has happened. ~ Proverb

  31. Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  32. Incrementalism is innovationís worst enemy. ~ Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Media Lab

  33. Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them. ~ Laurence J. Peter

  34. They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol

  35. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin

  36. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines. ~ Unknown

  37. I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. ~ Everett Dirksen

  38. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. ~ Alan Kay, father of the personal computer

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Good Business Quotes About Competition


  1. Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered.

  2. Out there in some garage is an entrepreneur who's forging a bullet with your company's name on it. ~ Gary Hamel, Business Writer

  3. When you compete with a person, you only have to be as good or better than the person to win. If you compete with yourself, there is no limitation to how good you can be. ~ Chu Chin-Ning

  4. Fight fair, but avoid fair fights. ~ John Czepiel

  5. If it ainít broke, break it (or someone else will break it for you). ~ Tom Peters

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Good Business Quotes About Learning


  1. The word ĎGeniusí isnít applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. ~ Joe Theisman

  2. íTis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. ~ Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

  3. The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. ~ Isaac Asimov

  4. Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot.

  5. Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing. ~ Warren Buffet

  6. Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. ~ Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister

  7. No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, US Journalist (1913-1983)

  8. You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain

  9. If the facts donít fit the theory, change the facts. ~ Albert Einstein

  10. In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. ~ Eric Hoffer, American Social Philosopher

  11. A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding must undergo the danger of trusting. ~ Lord Halifax

  12. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ~ Benjamin Franklin

  13. I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. ~ Pablo Picasso

  14. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and Iím not sure about the universe. ~ Albert Einstein

  15. If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying. ~ Coleman Hawkins, Jazz Musician

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Good Business Quotes About Leadership


  1. You do not lead by hitting people over the head Ė thatís assault, not leadership. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

  2. A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldnít go by yourself. ~ Joel Barker, Future Edge

  3. A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision and a task are the hope of the world. From a church in Sussex, England, c. 1730

  4. The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. ~ Duke of Windsor

  5. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ~ Chinese proverb

  6. With ISO 9000 you can still have terrible processes and products. You can certify a manufacturer that makes life jackets out of concreteÖ ~ Richard Buetow, Motorola

  7. Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Japanese proverb

  8. In the long run, you only hit what you aim at. ~ Henry David Thoreau

  9. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. ~ C.S. Lewis

  10. Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. ~ Arthur Koestler

  11. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~ Mark Twain

  12. Goals determine what you're going to be ~ Julius Erving

  13. Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. ~ Zig Ziglar

  14. It is better to do the wrong thing than to do nothing. ~ Winston Churchill

  15. To drift is to be in hell; to be in heaven is to steer. ~ George Bernard Shaw

  16. If you come to a fork in the road, take it. ~ Yogi Berra

  17. If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. ~ Yogi Berra

  18. An organization becomes bewildered rather than energized when itís asked to do too much at once. ~ Michael Hammer & James Champy, Reengineering The Corporation If you try to do something and fail, you are vastly better off than if you had tried nothing and succeeded. ~ Fortune in fortune cookie

  19. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist. ~ Oscar Wilde, Poet

  20. If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. ~ Dr. Carl Sagan, Astronomer

  21. You can celebrate accomplishments, but after a while, you need to start celebrating the speed at which youíre traveling instead of the destination youíve reached. ~ Max Guinn, Deere & Co.

  22. If all you have is a hammer in the toolbox, everything looks like a nail. ~ Bernard Baruch, Financial Genius

  23. Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it. ~ Anonymous

  24. Successful organizations make habits of things others donít like to do, or donít find time to do. ~ Don House

  25. Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. ~ Joseph Pulitzer, Editor

  26. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. ~ Paul Valery, Poet

  27. The only muscle that youíve got is in between your ears. ~ Nedís Atomic Dustbin

  28. One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. ~ Marie Curie Nobel Prize Winning Physicist

  29. A good design is not a democratic consensus. ~ Edward de Bono, Six Action Shoes

  30. To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act. ~ J.A.F. Thibault

  31. If you want a thing well done, do it yourself. ~ Charles Spurgeon

  32. After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved. ~ Italian proverb

  33. Don't wait. The time will never be just right. ~ Napoleon Hill

  34. Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it. ~ Stan Smith

  35. The higher you go in a company, the less oxygen there is, so supporting intelligent life becomes difficult. ~ Guy Kawasaki, Rules for Revolutionaries

  36. The only thing certain about any negotiation is that it will lead to another negotiation . ~ Leigh Steinberg, Sports Agent

  37. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ~ Peter Drucker

  38. Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~ Albert Einstein

  39. Thereís something inherently funny about self-reference. ~ Dr. Steven Gimbel, Philosopher, Author

  40. We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. ~ Charles R. Swindoll, American Writer

  41. If you concede the obvious youíre conceding nothing, but you gain back credibility. Thatís a trade you should make every time. ~ Mark Katz, former Clinton Humor Speech Writer

  42. Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations. ~ Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner, The Leadership Challenge

  43. There are two types of people in the world, those who say Ďthere are two types of people in the worldí and those who donít. ~ Gloria Steinham

  44. New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. ~ John Locke

  45. The best presenters have conversations with their audiences. ~ Robert Bly Become a Recognized Authority in Your Field in 60 Days or Less!

  46. Speed is useful only if you are running in the right direction. ~ Joel Barker Future Edge

  47. If youíre not confused, youíre not paying attention. ~ Tom Peters

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Good Business Quotes About Quality


  1. That which is measured improves. ~ Old Business Adage

  2. The customer is a rear-view mirror, not a guide to the future. ~ George Colony, Forrester Research

  3. When cost is number one in importance, youíve already lost. ~ Jim Rembach, Six Sigma Consultant

  4. Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down. ~ William Lyon Phelps, American Author

  5. We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs. ~ Harold S. Geneen

  6. All work is creative work if done by a thinking mind. ~ Ayn Rand, From Atlas Shrugged

  7. A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune

  8. The minute youíre satisfied with where you are, you arenít there anymore. ~ Tony Gwynn, Hall of Fame Baseball player

  9. Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process. ~ Harold Geneen

  10. You canít improve anything if you canít define it. ~ Max Guinn, Deere & Co.

  11. If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing. ~ W. Edwards Deming

  12. Without customers, you don't have a business. You have a hobby. ~ Don Peppers & Martha Rogers, Return on Customer

  13. Without caring there can be no quality. ~ Joel Barker, Future Edge

  14. It isnít uncommon for managers at senior levels of large organizations to be so out of touch with customer or production reality that they donít know just how broken some of their business processes are. ~ Michael Hammer & James Champy, Reengineering The Corporation

  15. Hanging a sign on a cow that says ĎI am a horseí does not make it a horse. ~ Unknown

  16. Customers, I realized, donít care about functions or specific activities that occur within our organization. The end game is whether they are getting the right product at the right time at a competitive price. ~ Max Guinn, Deere & Co.

  17. The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work. ~ Ayn Rand

  18. If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, Iíd spend the first six sharpening my ax. ~ Abraham Lincoln

  19. You canít blame the pen or the paper if you write a lousy essay, right? ~ Laura Bergells, Presentation Consultant

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Good Business Quotes About Money and Profit


  1. The one absolute requirement of a money manager is emotional maturity. If you don't know who you are, the stock market is an expensive place to find out. ~ Adam Smith

  2. The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life. ~ Henry Ford

  3. Money is a kind of poetry. ~ Wallace Stevens

  4. Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. ~ Woody Allen

  5. A small debt produced a debtor; a large one, an enemy. ~ Publius Syrus

  6. Little by little you can safely stack up a strong reserve here, but not until after you start. ~ Sign in a bank window

  7. There is a certain Buddhistic calm that comes from having... money in the bank. ~ Tim Robbins

  8. The stock market is people. ~ Bernard Baruch

  9. Having a quote machine on your desk is like having a slot machine there. ~ Ed Seykora

  10. Here's something to think about: How come you never see a headline like "Psychic Wins Lottery"? ~ Jay Leno

  11. Investment performance doesn't determine real-life returns; investor behavior does. ~ Nick Murray

  12. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. ~ Standard disclaimer

  13. A stockbroker is someone who invests other people's money until it is all gone. ~ Woody Allen

  14. Trust everybody, but yourself most of all. ~ Danish proverb

  15. You can shear a sheep many times, but you can only sell it once. ~ Vermont Proverb

  16. People seem to me to be happiest when they are working for nothing and can afford to do so. ~ Robert Lynd

  17. Risk is the chance of loss, and for most of history it was viewed as that. There is a chance I'm going to lose.

  18. But in the capitalist system, risk is also an opportunity. Nothing ventured, nothing gained is as important to keep in mind and the fear that if I don't manage my affairs, I can get wiped out. ~ Peter Bernstein

  19. In investing money, the amount of interest you want should depend on whether you want to eat well or sleep well. ~ J. Kenfield Morley

  20. The only thing that hurts more than paying an income tax is not having to pay an income tax. ~ Lord Dewar

  21. I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money. ~ Arthur Godfrey

  22. It's a great country, but you can't live in it for nothing. ~ Will Rogers

  23. It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

  24. From fortune to misfortune is but a step; from misfortune to fortune is a long way. ~ Yiddish proverb

  25. I know a baseball star who wouldn't report the theft of his wife's credit cards because the thief spends less than she does. ~ Joe Garagiola

  26. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. ~ Jim Rohn

  27. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ~ Buddha


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