Best 101 Entrepreneurship Quotes Ever

Best 101 Entrepreneurship Quotes Ever

by Nicholas Tart on March 25, 2011 · 113 comments

I’m a big fan of quotes. I could read them all day long.

Some quotes can shift your entire mindset on something while others are just nice to bring up in conversations.

I’ve spent the last two years (off and on) compiling 101 of my favorite entrepreneurship quotes around success, failure, leadership, wisdom, humor, money, practicality, motivation, and a smattering of entrepreneurial proverbs.

Success Quotes

  1. “There are two rules for success. 1) Never tell everything you know.” Roger H. Lincoln [tweet it]
  2. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon [tweet it]
  3. “Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it.” Joe Penna [tweet it]
  4. “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” Will Smith [tweet it]
  5. “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” Thomas J. Watson [tweet it]
  6. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” Thomas J. Watson [tweet it]
  7. “If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.” Claude McDonald [tweet it]
  8. “Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” Earl Wilson [tweet it]
  9. “The road to success is always under construction.” Arnold Palmer [tweet it]
  10. “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill [tweet it]
  11. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill [tweet it]
  12. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford [tweet it]

Failure Quotes

  1. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Robert T. Kiyosaki [tweet it]
  2. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison [tweet it]
  3. “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” John F. Kennedy [tweet it]
  4. “The biggest failure you can have in life is not trying at all.” Emil Motycka [tweet it]
  5. “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” George Burns [tweet it]

Leadership Quotes

  1. “Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.” Charles S. Lauer [tweet it]
  2. “Example is not the main thing in influencing other people; it’s the only thing.” Abraham Lincoln [tweet it]
  3. “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.” George Van Valkenburg [tweet it]
  4. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower [tweet it]
  5. “The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ -a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’.” E. M. Kelly [tweet it]
  6. “I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.” Charles Maurice [tweet it]

Wisdom Quotes

  1. “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell [tweet it]
  2. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle [tweet it]
  3. “Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.” Stanislaw Lem [tweet it]
  4. “A ship in harbor is safe. But that’s now what ships are built for.” William Shedd [tweet it]
  5. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca [tweet it]
  6. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky [tweet it]
  7. “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” Jay-Z [tweet it]
  8. “The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.” Vance Hayner [tweet it]
  9. “Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” William B. Sprague [tweet it]
  10. “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.” Grace Hopper [tweet it]
  11. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain [tweet it]
  12. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.” Mooie [tweet it]

Humorous Quotes

  1. “I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” Steven Wright [tweet it]
  2. “Ever notice how it’s a penny for your thoughts, yet you put in your two-cents? Someone is making a penny on the deal.” Steven Wright [tweet it]
  3. “Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” Karl (maybe Groucho) Marx [tweet it]
  4. “I used to sell furniture for a living. The trouble was, it was my own.” Les Dawson [tweet it]
  5. “Marking dynamos for repair $10,000.00—2 hours labor $10.00; knowing where to mark $9,990.00.” Invoice from Charles Steinmetz [tweet it]
  6. “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” Robert Frost [tweet it]
  7. “My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.” Ted Turner [tweet it]
  8. “I didn’t go to college, but if I did, I would’ve taken all my tests at a restaurant, ’cause ‘The customer is always right.’” Mitch Hedberg [tweet it]

Money Quotes

  1. “Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn [tweet it]
  2. “The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire in the first place.” Jim Rohn [tweet it]
  3. “If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.” Napoleon Hill [tweet it]
  4. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” Henry Ford [tweet it]
  5. “After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.” Aristotle [tweet it]
  6. “I treat business a bit like a computer game. I count money as points. I’m doing really well: making lots of money and lots of points.” Michael Dunlop [tweet it]
  7. “All of my friends were doing babysitting jobs. I wanted money without the job.” Adam Horwitz [tweet it]
  8. “I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.” Robert Bosch [tweet it]
  9. “Lend your friend $20. If he doesn’t pay you back then he’s not your friend. Money well spent.” Ted Nicolas [tweet it]
  10. “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” Will Smith [tweet it]

Practical Quotes

  1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Agatha Christie [tweet it]
  2. “Hire character. Train skill.” Peter Schultz [tweet it]
  3. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower [tweet it]
  4. “You’ve got to stop doing all the things that people have tried, tested, and found out don’t work.” Michael Dunlop [tweet it]
  5. “I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.” Thomas Edison [tweet it]
  6. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” Catherine Cook [tweet it]
  7. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” Bill Gates [tweet it]
  8. “One can get anything if he is willing to help enough others get what they want.” Zig Ziglar [tweet it]
  9. “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.” Roy Ash [tweet it]
  10. “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” Nolan Bushnell [tweet it]
  11. “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly, I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” Theodore Roosevelt [tweet it]

Motivational Quotes

  1. “Everything started as nothing.” Ben Weissenstein [tweet it]
  2. “If you start with nothing and end up with nothing, there’s nothing lost.” Michael Dunlop [tweet it]
  3. “Start today, not tomorrow. If anything, you should have started yesterday.” Emil Motycka [tweet it]
  4. “Make it happen now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow is a loser’s excuse.” Andrew Fashion [tweet it]
  5. “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” Robert Orben [tweet it]
  6. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” Anonymous [tweet it]
  7. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” Babe Ruth [tweet it]
  8. “You should always stay hungry. Stay hungry, so you can eat.” Syed Balkhi [tweet it]
  9. “If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” Anonymous [tweet it]
  10. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Peter Drucker [tweet it]
  11. “I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.” Donald Trump [tweet it]
  12. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison [tweet it]
  13. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” Jim Rohn [tweet it]
  14. “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 [tweet it]
  15. “Not a single person whose name is worth remembering lived a life of ease.” Ryan P. Allis [tweet it]
  16. “If you think that you are going to love something, give it a try. You’re going to kick yourself in the butt for the rest of your life if you don’t.” Joe Penna [tweet it]

Entrepreneurship Proverbs

  1. “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  2. “If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  3. “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” Japanese Proverb [tweet it]
  4. “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  5. “A bad workman blames his tools.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  6. “A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  7. “Defeat isn’t bitter if you don’t swallow it.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  8. “The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  9. “A jade stone is useless before it is processed; a man is good-for-nothing until he is educated.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  10. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  11. “The loftiest towers rise from the ground.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  12. “Building a castle is difficult. Defending and maintaining it is harder still.” Asian Proverb [tweet it]
  13. “A person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  14. “All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  15. “Don’t stand by the water and long for fish; go home and weave a net.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  16. “Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.” Hasidic Proverb [tweet it]
  17. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  18. “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  19. “Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  20. “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” Chinese Proverb [tweet it]
  21. “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Confucius [tweet it]

Which quote is your favorite? Do you know one that should have been added to the list?

If you like the quotes, pick your favorite and tweet it out. Or just tweet my favorite: [tweet it].

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Manasa Velpula May 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Every quote has its own presence. They make me do my “to do ” list of work right away….
Very inspiring…..I should make sure to go through them again and again so it makes me get going on time…
Can u post some more Quotes on Confidence?

jerrywhyte May 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

What a great motivation and mindset-transformation quotes, i came to this site from stumbleupon, i am gonna bookmark it as a daily source of encouragement.

Thumb up

Nicholas Tart June 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Great, Jerry! What do you do that you need motivation for?

J~LA May 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm

The mosy powerful thing you possess, is the ability to determine, what you perceive the situation to be.

J~LA May 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm


Imran June 2, 2012 at 3:49 am

Excellent quotes, I wish if we can follow, if we do, success is guaranteed.

Thanks Nicholas you are doing great job

rahul June 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

great article…gud work…..

Fatade Adewale June 11, 2012 at 4:47 am

Excellent quotes, I wish i cant meet you in person. i love your article and i want to practice it. May be one of this days i might invite you to Nigeria to give lectures to our Nigerian’s University.

Nicholas Tart June 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

That’d be a lot of fun, Fatade. Let me know if you have any ideas on how it’d be possible.

mazhar June 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

Wow, really nice list of inspiring quotes. The 1st one is the best one though

Shakir June 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I wonder how much more polishing does a stone like me requires 😛

seriously…been facing tough times since I could remember 😛

Nicholas Tart June 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Hmm… I like your comment, Shakir. I’m sorry times have been tough. I have no idea what you’ve been through, but I’ve talked with many successful people and I’ve found that everyone has their own set of problems no matter their circumstances.

See #79. Ryan is the CEO of iContact. I’ve met him on a few occasions and his life is full of challenges.

Ankit June 25, 2012 at 1:50 am

Best collection ever i got !!! Every quote is inspiring

Jamal July 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

If you always do what youve always done, youll always get what youve always got

I always wondered why somebody didnt do something about that, than i realized i am somebody

To have more, desire less

Audomaro July 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Really, i found severals that i like so much thanks n_n

Carlie August 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I fon=und these useful and will use some of these in my coaching practice.

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Contrive I.T. September 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Mike Lopez October 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Great quotes and I think my favorite one is the one by Catherine Cook – If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.

Ken November 3, 2012 at 7:42 am

“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn

Best of it..

ian December 22, 2012 at 9:18 am

There are those that read and know everything, and there are those who write so others can read.

What page are you on in the book of life, E for envy, F for failure, or G for GET OVER IT!

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