The 50 Best Business-Related Quotes

50 Best Business-Related Quotes

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, product developer, salesperson or CEO of a big company, there’s a good chance there’s a choice insight in here for you. It’s Heavy Duty Insight’s 50 Best Business-Related Quotes.

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ENTREPRENEURISM

“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” – Peter Drucker

“When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“Self-employed people work where they live. Entrepreneurs live where they work.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mindset and context are the two main ingredients entrepreneurs and leaders must use for creating sustainable real success.” – Tony Dovale

“An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.” — Edwin Land

Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” — Guy Kawasaki

“All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” – Reid Hoffman

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison

“Successful entrepreneurs figure out when to drive their ideas forward and when to listen to constructive criticism.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

Entrepreneurs innovate. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. It is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” – Peter Drucker

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

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BUSINESS

“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.” – Aristotle Onassis

“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” — Paul Rand

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton

“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” — Mark Cuban

“Nothing works better than just improving your product.” — Joel Spolsky

“I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” — Jake Nickell

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates

“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” — Jack Dorsey

“Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” — Jeffrey Zeldman

“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” – Harold S. Geneen

“Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money.” – Peter Drucker

“Business is a combination of war and sport.” – Andre Maurois

“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” —Jeff Bezos

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CONSULTING

“A consultant is someone who saves his client almost enough to pay his fee.” – Arnold H. Glasow

“If you need to take a step back from day-to-day operations and plot out the long-term direction of your user experience strategy, consultants can give you a perspective you can’t get on your own.” – Jesse James Garrett

“We tend to think of the mind of an organization residing in the CEO and the organization’s top managers, perhaps with the help of outside consultants that they call in. But that is not really how an organization thinks.” – Kevin Kelly

“I’m not sure that you can say definitively that some roles are better filled by consultants, but I would say that some projects are better handled by consultants.” – Jesse James Garrett

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STRATEGY

“You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.”  – Leon Trotsky

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” – Sun Tzu

“Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’ Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising.” – Jef I. Richards

“Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.” – Naveen Jain

“Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.” – Anita Brookner

“Talent is the No. 1 priority for a CEO. You think it’s about vision and strategy, but you have to get the right people first.” – Andrea Jung

“Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.” – Rudy Giuliani

“There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole – women and men alike – than the one which involves women as central players.” – Kofi Annan

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SALES & SELLING

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” – Confucius

“Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.” – Brian Tracy

“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.” – William Clement Stone

“For every sale you miss because you’re too enthusiastic, you will miss a hundred because you’re not enthusiastic enough.” – Zig Ziglar

Make a customer, not a sale.” – Katherine Barchetti

“Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee’s for closers only.” ― David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross

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MACHINERY & MEN

“One has to look out for engineers – they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb.” – Marcel Pagnol

“We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.” – John F. Kennedy

“Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.” – Karl Marx

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” – Jean Arp

“We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.” – Ray Bradbury

“The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” – B. F. Skinner

“The most unprofitable item ever manufactured is an excuse.” – John Mason


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