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

The man who starts out going nowhere, generally gets there.
Dale Carnegie
Writer and speaker

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist and writer

Without some goal and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman orator, statesman, philosopher

Chance does nothing that has not been prepared beforehand.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Statesman and author

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Joe Paterno
College football coach

A good plan executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.
George S. Patton
U.S Army general

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Poet, critic, essayist, lexicographer

You’ll never have all the information you need to make a decision. If you did, it would be a foregone conclusion.
David J. Mahoney, Jr.
Corporate executive

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Emperor of France

Indecision is the thief of opportunity.
Jim Rohn
Motivational speaker

A decision is the action an executive must take when he has information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself.
Arthur William Radford
U.S. Navy admiral

Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.
Lord William Murray Mansfield

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Andrew Jackson
7th U.S. president

Who reflects too much will accomplish little.
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
Poet, playwright, and historian

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life and you must accept regret.
Henri Frédéric Amiel
Philosopher and poet

He that leaves nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.
George Savile, Marquis of Halifax
Politician and essayist

Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.
Robert Orben
Comedy writer

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.
Ian E. Wilson
Chairman, General Electric Corporation

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.
Peter F. Drucker
Management consultant and writer

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi
Football coach

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
George Canning
British statesman

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

Business leaders often get credit for the successful decisions that were forced on them.
Oliver A. Fick
American Environmental Service Manager

Indecision is the seedling of fear.
Napoleon Hill

It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.
Elbert Hubbard
Designer and writer

It is only in our decisions that we are important.
Jean-Paul Sartre
Philosopher, dramatist, novelist

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.
Bernard M. Baruch
Financier and government advisor

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Jim Rohn
Motivational speaker

To be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel de Cervantes
Author and dramatist

I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.
Winston Churchill
British statesman and prime minister

The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.
Thomas Kempis
German monk, mystic, religious writer

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
Mignon McLaughlin

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
Publilius Syrus
Latin writer

Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage.
Zig Ziglar
Sales trainer, author, motivational speaker

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
Arnold Toynbee
British economic historian and social reformer

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy
35th U.S. President

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