Business Quotes edited by Brad Mager

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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

Quotes - Conformity

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work.
Sarah Knowles Bolton
Writer and poet

If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.
James Garfield
20th U.S. president

The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.
May V. Smith

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you pretty near.
Margaret Thatcher
British prime minister

I never could have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence … the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
Charles Dickens

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
Thomas Edison

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Associate justice, Supreme Court

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Calvin Coolidge
30th U.S. president

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
Frederick Douglas
Lecturer and writer

Amateurs hope. Professionals work.
Garson Kanin
Dramatist and theatrical director

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. president

It’s hard to detect good luck — it looks so much like something you’ve earned.
Fred A. Clark

Self-discipline is the individual’s greatest asset.
Lou Holtz
Football coach

Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.
Marva Collins

The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.
Sir William Osler
Physician, teacher, historian

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Poet, critic, essayist, lexicographer

There is a perennial nobleness, and even sacredness, in work. Were he never so benighted, forgetful of his high calling, there is always hope in a man that actually and earnestly works; in idleness alone there is perpetual despair.
Thomas Carlyle
Essayist, historian and philosopher

Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man. Excellence in any art or profession is attained only by hard and persistent work. Never believe that you are perfect. When a man imagines, even after years of striving, that he has attained perfection, his decline begins.
Sir Thomas Martin
Poet, translator, essayist

In the democratic way of life it is not “the best things in life are free,” but rather “the best things in life are worth working for!”
Ruth M. Leverton

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.
William M. Taylor

The father of every good work is discontent, and its mother is diligence.
Lajos Kassak

Don’t duck the most difficult problems. That just insures that the hardest part will be left when you’re most tired. Get the big one done — it’s downhill from then on.
Norman Vincent Peale
Clergyman and author

Hard work never killed a man, but it sure has scared a lot of them.

The real essence of work is concentrated energy — people who really have that in a superior degree by nature are independent of the forms and habits and artifices by which less able and less active people are kept up to their labors.
Walter Bagehot
Social scientist and literary critic

I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.
Lucille Ball
Comedian and actress

A genius is a talented person who does his homework.
Thomas Edison

Three rules of work:
1) Out of clutter, find simplicity;
2) From discord, find harmony;
3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

The hardest work of all — doing nothing.
Malcolm Forbes

Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.
Henry Ford
Automobile Manufacturer

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller
Author and lecturer

He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.

If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem wonderful at all.
Painter, sculptor

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. president

The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Welcome the task that makes you go beyond yourself.
Frank Mcgee
Television journalist

I hope I have convinced you — the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard.
Helen Gurley Brown
Founder, Cosmopolitan Magazine

My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.
Johnny Carson
Talk show host

If you don’t want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work.
Ogden Nash

Thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.
Mark Twain
Humorist and author

There are few things that you can’t do as long as you are willing to apply yourself.
Greg LeMond
Champion cyclist

Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
Poet and satirist

Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.
G. K. Nielson

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