The Best 100+ Business Quotes for Motivation & Inspiration

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Here’s a collection of over 100 motivational business quotes to inspire and fuel your drive for success.

These quotes cover various topics from leadership and innovation to perseverance and success.

Use them to uplift your spirits, motivate your team, or find personal inspiration.

Inspiring Business Quotes on Success

  1. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  2. “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  3. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  4. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser
  5. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  6. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  7. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  8. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  9. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  10. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

Quotes on Leadership and Vision

  1. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis
  2. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.” – Theodore Hesburgh
  3. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker
  4. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
  5. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
  6. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader
  7. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell
  10. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Entrepreneurial Spirit and Innovation

peter drucker
  1. “Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.” – Peter Drucker
  2. “In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.” – David Ogilvy
  3. “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell
  4. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki
  5. “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.” – Steve Jobs
  6. “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” – Milan Kundera
  7. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky
  9. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried
  10. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Perseverance and Overcoming Challenges

  1. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
  2. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  3. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
  6. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  7. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
  9. “Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence.” – Calvin Coolidge
  10. “The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein

On Learning and Growth

Albert Einstein
  1. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
  2. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie
  3. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia
  4. “Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty
  5. “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight
  6. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” – Seth Godin
  7. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Josh James
  8. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  9. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  10. “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” – G. K. Chesterton

Quotes on Teamwork and Collaboration

Michael Jordan with Chicago Bulls
  1. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan
  2. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
  3. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard
  4. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
  5. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
  6. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
  7. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napolean Hill
  8. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
  9. “The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” – Lewis B. Ergen
  10. “Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.” – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

On Ethics and Integrity

  1. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C.S. Lewis
  2. “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” – Henry David Thoreau
  3. “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson
  4. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  5. “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” – Potter Stewart
  6. “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
  7. “Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” – Laurence Sterne
  8. “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams
  9. “The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.” – Jane Addams
  10. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett

On Decision Making and Strategy

Colonel Theodore Roosevelt 26th president of the United States of America
  1. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  2. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  3. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” – Michelle Obama
  4. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
  5. “Decisions are the frequent fabric of our daily design.” – Don Yaeger
  6. “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney
  7. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln
  8. “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” – Donald Trump
  9. “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin
  10. “Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.” – Michael Porter
Donal J Trump 45th President of The United States of America

On Creativity and Originality

Theodore Levitt
  1. “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” – Theodore Levitt
  2. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “What’s dangerous is not to evolve.” – Jeff Bezos
  4. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  5. “Innovation needs to be part of your culture. Consumers are transforming faster than we are, and if we don’t catch up, we’re in trouble.” – Ian Schafer
  6. “Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.” – Eric Hoffer
  7. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
  8. “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” – William Plomer
  9. “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin Land
  10. “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” – Voltaire

On Money and Financial Wisdom

  1. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
  2. “The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” – Philip Fisher
  3. “Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.” – Warren Buffett
  5. “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffett
  6. “The goal of a successful trader is to make the best trades. Money is secondary.” – Alexander Elder
  7. “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.” – P.T. Barnum
  8. “Financial peace isn’t the acquisition of stuff. It’s learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You can’t win until you do this.” – Dave Ramsey
  9. “Money often costs too much.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” – Epictetus
  11. “Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.” – P.T Barnum
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