50 Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is a journey of failure, perseverance, tenacity and determination. To help you along the road, we’ve gathered 50 of our favorite inspirational quotes.

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CMO - March 14, 2017

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”

— James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney

“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.”

— Phil Knight, founder, Nike

“The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

— Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

― Sigmund Freud, neurologist

“Motivation is the catalyzing ingredient for every successful innovation.”

— Clayton Christensen, economist and Harvard professor

“Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.”

― Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and writer

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

— John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”

— Napoleon Hill, author

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

― Andy Rooney, journalist

“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”

― William George Jordan, writer/editor

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer/statesman

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

― Anaïs Nin, writer

“No company can afford not to move forward. It may be at the top of the heap today but at the bottom of the heap tomorrow, if it doesn’t.”

— James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

— T.S. Eliot, author

“The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first.”

— Sergey Brin, co-founder, Google

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”

— Dhirubhai Ambani, founder, Reliance Industries

“I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.”

— Susan Butcher, sled dog racer

“To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”

— Thomas Watson, Sr., former CEO, IBM

“It’s very easy to be different but very difficult to be better.”

— Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer, Apple

“Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying in space.”

— Chris Hadfield, astronaut

“Happy employees lead to happy customers, which leads to more profits.”

— Vaughn Aust, EVP of Integrated Solutions, MarketStar

“Employees want to feel inspired by their leaders…hire individuals who will lead by example.”

— Jody Kohner, VP of Employee Marketing & Engagement, Salesforce

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

— William Durant, co-founder, General Motors

“Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.”

— Ryan Freitas, About.me co-founder

“Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.”

— Angelo Sotira, deviantART co-founder

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

— Anthony Volodkin, Hype Machine founder

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.”

— Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media founder and CEO

“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.”

— Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO

“Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.”

— Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart Publisher

“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.”

— Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

— Thomas Edison, General Electric Co-founder

“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.”

— Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

— Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO

“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.”

— Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder

“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.”

— Mark Cuban, AXS TV chairman and entrepreneur

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

— Scott Belsky, Behance co-founder

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

— Jason Fried, 37signals founder

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

— Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and CEO

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

— Confucius

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

— Donald Trump

“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. Tracy

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”

— John C. Maxwell

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

— Napoleon Hill

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

— Thomas Edison

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

— Bill Gates

“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

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

— Ralph Nader

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

— Napoleon Hill

”Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”

— Thomas Edison

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

— Winston Churchill

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