Business Quotes edited by Brad Mager

Quote Topics

Business Basics

Attitude and Belief

Taking Action and
Getting Things Done

Inspiration and Vision

Courage, Fear, and Confidence

The Art of Thinking and
The Power of Thoughts

Conformity, Originality,
and Going Against the Crowd

Innovation, Creativity,
and Imagination


Planning, Setting Goals,
and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

Knowledge and Experience


Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

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Success or failure in business is caused more by mental attitude even more than by mental capacities.
Walter Dill Scott
Business psychologist and writer

Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them.
Ronald McNair

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
Abraham Lincoln
16th U.S. president

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.
Bruce Barton
Advertising executive

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poet and dramatist

To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.
Sugar Ray Robinson
Boxing champion

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Richard Bach

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
Nikki Giovanni

A job becomes work only when you worry about it.
Josephine Schaefer

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
James Matthew Barrie
Novelist and dramatist

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
W. Somerset Maugham
Novelist and dramatist

Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.
Cavett Robert
Writer, speaker

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.
Maxwell Maltz
Surgeon, author


Don’t be misled into believing that somehow the world owes you a living. The boy who believes that his parents, or the government, or anyone else owes him his livelihood and that he can collect it without labor will wake up one day and find himself working for another boy who did not have that belief and, therefore, earned the right to have others work for him.
David Sarnoff
Radio and television pioneer, CEO of RCA


If you hear a voice within you saying “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint … and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt
U.S. First Lady

When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.
Peter McWilliams

Regardless of circumstances, each man lives in a world of his own making.
Josepha Murray Emms

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Martin Luther
German leader of the Reformation

Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.
Federico Fellini
Film director

The worlds of thought and action overlap. What you think has a way of becoming true.
Roger Von Oech
Creativity expert and writer

The world is your playground. Why aren’t you playing?
Ellie Katz
Nurse, psychologist

You’re never too old to become younger.
Mae West
Actress and writer

Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.
Marie-Henri Beyle

We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it.
Robert Urich

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
Abraham Lincoln
16th U.S. president

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Langston Hughes

I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is a temporary situation.
Mike Todd
Film producer

Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers.
Aldous Huxley
Writer and critic

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
Charles Schwab

I never lost a game. I just ran out of time.
Bobby Layne
Professional football player

The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.
George P. Shultz
Industrialist and U.S. secretary of state

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day that I realized that no one owes me anything.
Harry Browne
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.
Danny Kaye

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
William Arthur Ward

Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief.
David J. Schwartz

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.
Publius Terentius Afer
Roman playwright

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
Dale Carnegie
Writer and speaker

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
William James
Philosopher and psychologist

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Anaïs Nin

This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
Robert E. Speer

If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
Dr. Robert Anthony

Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
Joel A. Barker
Author, speaker, futurist

Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.
Ludwig Borne
German journalist

The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self.
Thomas Carlyle
Essayist, historian and philosopher

Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.
Ching-Ning Chu
Author, business strategist

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France
Novelist and satirist

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
John Stuart Mill
Economist and philosopher

If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will believe in you? The next man’s way of getting there might not necessarily work for me, so I have to create my own ways of getting there.
Martin Lawrence

I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.
Arnold Palmer
Champion professional golfer

To believe a thing is impossible is to make it so.
French Proverb

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
Foka Gomez

Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not superhuman. Success does not require a super-intellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success isn’t based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do. Never — yes, never — sell yourself short.
David J. Schwartz

I’ve always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I’m going to make the next one.
Isiah Thomas
Professional basketball player and coach

Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
Og Mandino
Salesman, author

If you see yourself as prosperous, you will be. If you see yourself as continually hard up, that is exactly what you will be.
Robert Collier

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
Herm Albright

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