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 problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do, but the absence of doing it.
Peter Drucker
Management consultant and writer

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
Mark Twain
Humorist and author

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

He who is outside his door already has the hard part of his journey behind him.
Dutch proverb

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
Pearl S. Buck

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
Charles Buxton

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
Napoleon Hill

In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; a grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak.
James Russell Lowell
Poet and editor

You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.
Ray Bradbury

Try not! Do, or do not — there is no “try.”
The Empire Strikes Back

If there is no wind, row.
Latin proverb

Who waits until circumstances completely favor his undertaking will never accomplish anything.
Martin Luther
German leader of the Reformation

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Woody Allen
Comedian and filmmaker

Things do not happen. They are made to happen.
John F. Kennedy
35th U.S. President

If you let conditions stop you from working, they’ll always stop you.
James T. Farrell

Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait.
Thomas Edison

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Friedrich Engels
Philosopher and economist

You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.
John B. Gough
Writer and speaker

Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen.
Dave Weinbaum

They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol

It is not for us to forecast the future, but to shape it.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
French aviator and writer

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Thomas D. English
Poet and playwright

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin
American statesman, writer, and inventor

It is better to gain a foot than to stand still, even when you seek to gain a mile.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Senator and U.S. vice president

You never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Irish proverb

Action makes more fortune than caution.
Luc de Clapiers
French essayist

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Sally Berger

Well begun is half done.

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
Joseph Joubert

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them.
Benjamin Jowett
Educator, scholar

If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.
George Bernard Shaw

Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.
Robert Orben

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!
Jonathan Winters
Comedian and entertainer

Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.
Jules Renard
Author, dramatist

If Columbus had had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
Arthur Goldberg
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
Grace Murray Hopper
U.S. Navy admiral

Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
Benjamin Franklin
American statesman, writer, and inventor

The day will happen whether or not you get up.
John Ciardi
Poet and critic

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.
Victor Kiam
Chairman, Remington Products Co.

Procrastination is the thief of time.
Edward Young

If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.
Michael S. Traylor

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Henry Ford
Automobile Manufacturer

Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen.
Peter F. Drucker
Management consultant and writer

Much effort, much prosperity.
Greek poet and dramatist

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Carl Bard

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
Thomas Carlyle
Essayist, historian and philosopher

It doesn’t matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it’s important to realize that whatever you’re doing, it’s your first attempt at it.
Wally Amos
Founder, Famous Amos Cookies

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
Bob Wells
Magazine editor

The reason why so little is done is generally because so little is attempted.
Samuel Smiles
Scottish author

Begin somewhere: You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
Liz Smith
Newspaper columnist

Heaven never helps the men who will not act.

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.
Robert H. Schuller
American evangelist

Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deed we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel.
Edgar F. Magnin

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
Peter Marshall
Author, speaker

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

People say to me, You were a roaring success. How did you do it? I go back to what my parents taught me. Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make something happen.
Lee Iacocca
Chairman, Chrysler Corporation

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
Lewis Cass
U.S. Senator

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli
British prime minister and writer

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.

Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.
Johann G. Fichte
German philosopher

Nothing is so fatiguing as the hanging on of an uncompleted task.
Henry James

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.
Joan L. Curcio

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit.
Dwight Whitney Morrow
American lawyer

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
Jacob Bronowski

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Warren Buffett
Billionaire investor

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
Nolan Bushnell
Founder, Atari, Inc., video game pioneer

Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.
Al Bernstein

The greatest potential for control tends to exist at the point where action takes place.
Louis A. Allen
American management writer

The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
Lady Stella Reading

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Theologian and pastor

For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
Henri Frédéric Amiel
Swiss philosopher and poet

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
H. Ross Perot
Computer industry executive

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
Jack Canfield
Author, motivational speaker

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