50 Great Entrepreneurial Quotes

In a nutshell… here’s a collection of quotes on entrepreneurship for those times when you need some inspiration.

If you’re anything like me, you need to remember why you’re working so hard every day. Sometimes if you haven’t looked up from the grindstone long enough, your vision can get cloudy. These quotes are to remind you that there’s a purpose and a reason for your dedication, discipline and hard work. While there are hundreds, if not thousands of great quotes, these are some of my all time favorites.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”
— Thomas Edison,
Inventor and Scientist

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

The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning – to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”
— Guy Kawasaki,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Author

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain,

Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”
— Thomas Edison,
Inventor and Scientist

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?”
— Robert Schuller,
Televangelist and Pastor

You must fall in love with what you do, because being an entrepreneur is a lot of hard work, and overcoming a lot of adversity. From that love will come the dedication that will get you out of bed at 4 a.m. because of a great idea you just had and get you to work till 11 p.m. and not feel tired.”
— Ken Field,
Real Estate Magnate

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt,
26th President of the United States

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
— Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist

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,
Theologian, Organist, Philosopher

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
— Winston Churchill,
British Politician

Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
— Henry Ford,
American Industrialist

What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
— Napoleon Hill,

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
— Vince Lombardi,
NFL Coach

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

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree I would spend six hours sharpening my axe.”
— Abraham Lincoln,
16th President of the United States

Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”
— Yoda,
Jedi Master

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.”
— Stephen R. Covey,

Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
— Confucius ,
Thinker and Philosopher

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Writer and Poet

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
— Jim Rohn,
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”
— Richard Branson,
British Industrialist

Action is the foundational key to all success.”
— Pablo Picasso,
Spanish Painter

Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle and a victory.”
— Mahatma Gandhi,
Political and Spiritual Leader

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”
— John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States

Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.”
— Anonymous

Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”
— Donald Trump,
Real Estate and Entertainment Mogul

The entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. The entrepreneur in us is more concerned with discriminating between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities.”
— Michael Gerber,
Author and Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”
— Roy Ash,
California State Senator

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.”
— Adam Osborne,
American Author

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
— John C. Maxwell,
Author and Speaker

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
— Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”
— Donald Trump,
Real Estate and Entertainment Mogul

Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.”
— Thomas J. Watson,
President of IBM

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
— Winston Churchill,
British Politician

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
— Bill Cosby,
Comedian, Actor, Author

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
— John C. Maxwell,
Author and Speaker

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
— Zig Ziglar,
Author and Speaker

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
— Jim Rohn,
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
— Napoleon Hill,

Vision without action is daydreaming and action without vision is a nightmare.”
— Chinese Proverb

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
— Walt Disney,
Director, Writer, Producer, Animator, Entrepreneur

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
— Bill Gates,
American Business Magnate and Philanthropist

I’ve always worked very, very hard, and the harder I worked, the luckier I got.”
— Alan Bond,
Australian Businessman

Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.”
— General George Patton,
US War Commander

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
— Michael Jordan,
Professional Basketball Player

Money won’t make you happy… but everybody wants to find out for themselves.”
— Zig Ziglar,
Author and Speaker

I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”
— Harry Truman,
33rd President of the United States

If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t! If you want to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost; For out in the world, we find success begins with a fellow’s will; it’s all in the state of the mind. Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger and faster man, but sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”
— Walter D. Wintle,
American Poet

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