Business Quotes edited by Brad Mager

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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

If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late.
Sir James Goldsmith
Merchant banker

The greatest secret of success in life is for a person to be ready when their opportunity comes.
Benjamin Disraeli
British prime minister and writer

There is no security in life, only opportunity.
Mark Twain
Humorist and author

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Sir Francis Bacon
Statesman, philosopher, and essayist

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Orator and statesman

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.
William James
Philosopher, psychologist

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
Napoleon Hill

Where one door shuts another opens.
Miguel de Cervantes
Author and dramatist

The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.
Brian Tracy
Career development expert

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
Eric Hoffer
Philosopher, writer

Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are already going.
John Naisbitt

I don’t set trends. I just find out what they are and I exploit them.
Dick Clark
Music industry executive

Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.
Jeremy Collier

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.
Thomas Edison

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Psychologist, speaker, and author

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
John Burroughs
Naturalist and author

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Publilius Syrus
Latin writer

Opportunity comes like a snail, and once it has passed you it changes into a fleet rabbit and is gone.
Arthur Brisbane
Journalist and editor

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time coming.
John B. Gough

Adversity has made many a man great who, had he remained prosperous, would only have been rich.
Maurice Switzer

Teachers open the doors, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese proverb

Let our opportunities overshadow our grievances.
Booker T. Washington
Educator and writer

If we are to achieve a victorious standard of living today we must first look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.
Walter E. Cole

It is not impossibilities which fill us with the deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.
Robert Mallett

The sure way to miss success is to miss opportunity.
Victor Chasles

Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent.
Jim Rohn
Motivational speaker

Ability is nothing without opportunity.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Emperor of France

The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poet and dramatist

To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Poet, critic, essayist, lexicographer

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
Dr. Laurence Peter
Author, educator

In life, there are pitfalls and there are opportunities. The idea is to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o’clock.
Woody Allen
Comedian, Filmmaker

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
Lee Iacocca
Chairman, Chrysler Corporation

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill
British statesman and prime minister

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.
Sally Koch
American graphic designer

Ability is of little account without opportunity.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Emperor of France

Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.
Robert Collier

Enlarge the opportunity and the person will expand to fill it
Eli Ginzberg

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
Eric Hoffer
Philosopher, writer

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.
Orison Swett Marden
American lawyer

Opportunities multiply as they are seized, they die when neglected.
John Wicker

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