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

Quotes - Conformity

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Henry van Dyke
Clergyman, educator, writer

A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world’s torrent.
Charles James Fox

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley
Humorist, author, and actor

You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional. Professionalism has nothing to do with getting paid for your services.
Joe Paterno
College football coach

If I miss one day’s practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.
Ignace Paderewski
Concert pianist

This became a credo of mine … attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
Bette Davis

Every really able man, in whatever direction he works … if you talk sincerely with him, considers his work, however much admired, as far short of what it should be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, and poet

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power.
Honoré de Balzac

Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.
Elbert Hubbard

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Jane Ellis Hopkins

Talent is a question of quantity. Talent does not write one page: it writes three hundred.
Jules Renard
Author, dramatist

If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.
Irvin S. Cobb

You don’t have to preach honesty to men with creative purpose. Let a human being throw the engines of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty.
Walter Lippmann
Essayist, editor, and newspaper columnist

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
Edward Degas

Thousands of people have talent. I might as well congratulate you for having eyes in your head. The one and only thing that counts is: Do you have staying power?
Noel Coward

Queer thing, but we always think every other man’s job is easier than our own. And the better he does it, the easier it looks.
Eden Phillpotts
Novelist and playwright

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

No man should be in public office who can’t make more money in private life.
Thomas E. Dewey
Lawyer and politician

Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power, but character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.
Roger Babson
Financial statistician, lecturer on statistics and economics

It is a good thing to be rich, and a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.
Greek poet and dramatist

Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts.
Helen Gahagan Douglas
Actress, singer, and politician

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain
Humorist and author

To sentence a man of true genius to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
Charles Colton
Clergyman, wine merchant, and author

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
Malcolm Forbes

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poet and dramatist

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
John Ruskin
Art critic and historian

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
John Wooden
College basketball coach

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.
Zig Ziglar
Sales trainer, author, motivational speaker

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and philanthropist

Concealed talent brings no reputation.
Desiderius Erasmus
Dutch scholar and theologian

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