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127 Best Entrepreneur Quotes To Inspire You In Life

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If you are looking for an incredible selection of entrepreneur quotes you’re in the right place.

Being an entrepreneur is difficult so it’s important to keep yourself motivated.

However, being a successful entrepreneur can bring great rewards.

Some of the most well known entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Steve jobs are quoted in this list.

This list of quotes about entrepreneurship will inspire you to keep pushing when things get tough.

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I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the nonsuccessful ones is pure perseverance.

Steve Jobs
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Be nicer to your customers than your competitors.

Richard Reed
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You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.

Erica Jong
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If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.

Lisa Lieberman Wang
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Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn
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Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

Coco Chanel
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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.

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As a founder, lay all the possible scenarios from best to worst in front of you, so you don’t get surprised when something happens.

Brian Wong
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It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

Bill Gates
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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Albert Schweitzer
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Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray

The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.

Andrew Carnegie

If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX

The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama

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Be patient with yourself. Selfgrowth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. Stephen Covey

One of the things I tend to do is open myself up to a variety of voices. I try to expose myself to the kind of culture shock that occurs when you talk to people who speak a different language.

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. Richard Branson

There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley

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Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem

If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has more letters.

Claire Cook

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved. Helen Keller

Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow. Anthony Robbins

Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important. Chieu Cao, Cofounder of Perkbox

If you are not getting traction on your idea, you try few things. You try pushing harder, cleaning up something, building up to something aggressively but if it doesn’t get traction, then don’t bother.

Vijay Sharma, Founder of Paytm

There is no royal flowerstrewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights. Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. Elizabeth Gilbert

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Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford

When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself.

Ryan Holmes, Cofounder of Hootsuite

I don’t know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it. Susan Butcher

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller

Your ability to attract, evaluate, and forge strong working relationships with cofounders, early employees, and investors often mean the difference between failure and success. Clara Shih, Cofounder of Hearsay Systems

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Aristotle

Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying into space. Chris Hadfield

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If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

Biz Stone

Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are goals around health, family and business with expiration dates, and I update them every six months. Daymond John, founder, president, and CEO of FUBU

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vidal Sassoon

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In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill. Alexander Asseily, founder of Jawbone

My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had every day I’m learning something new.

Richard Branson

Screw it, let’s do it. Richard Branson

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau

Being a woman in business doesn’t come without challenges. My advice? Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated. Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company

Start as small as you can. When I started SkinnyMe Tea, I had $ in the bank, and I was entirely selffunded. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product; you’ve launched too late.

Gretta Rose van Riel, Founder of Hey Influencers

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

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

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Play by the rules, but be ferocious. Phil Knight

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anaïs Nin

Genius is percent inspiration, and percent perspiration. Thomas Edison

Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote. Travis Kalanick

My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it. Ajaero Tony Martins

It’s necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model.

Nigel Davies, Founder of Claromentis

Some days you’re smiling and thinking you’re going to make this thing rock. Then the next day a pipe breaks and your costs look too high. You have to learn to keep your eyes on an ultimate goal. If you lose sight of that goal, you have to get out. Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani

What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world. Simon Sinek

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If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly. Melanie Perkins

Fundraising is much easier now because of crowdfunding. Take advantage of that.

Constantin Bisanz, Founder of Aloha

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. John Maxwell

Motivational Entrepreneur Quotes

Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad. Kevin Rose, cofounded Digg

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business. Dharmesh Shah, CoFounder of HubSpot

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. Janis Joplin

Only the paranoid survive. Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Theodore Roosevelt

We learned many things while building FourSquare. One of the most important lessons is to be clear to investors about what the company will and will not do. And be open about the priorities of the things that have to be done. Dennis Crowley, Cofounder of Foursquare

If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. Steve Jobs

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It’s important to realize that brand is much more than a logo and slogan. A brand is who your company is: how you function and make decisions. Joanna McFarland, Cofounder of HopSkipDrive

My advice is to focus on the importance of forging a longterm relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in shortterm decisions.

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder of

I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Oprah Winfrey

You only have to do a few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. Warren Buffett

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! Henry Ford

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese. Billie Burke

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Sally Berger

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If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. Sheryl Sandberg

The only way around is through.

Robert Frost

Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have been in the news many times just by calling on the news channel and asking them about featuring my business. Lori Cheek, Founder of Cheekd

It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower. Paul Graham

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. William Durant

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start. Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else. Sara Blakely

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Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself. Oprah Winfrey

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

Anne Lamott

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. Estée Lauder

Selling is not a pushy, winner-takes-all, macho act. It is an empathy led, process driven, and knowledge intensive discipline. Because, in the end, people buy from people. Subroto Bagchi

Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise. Cassey Ho, Founder of

Take criticism seriously, but not personally.

Hillary Clinton

There is something artificial when everyone is agreeing with each other. It’s useful to indulge people who don’t agree, and see their viewpoint or force yourself to explain things better. David Sack, founder of Yammer

Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important. Divine Ndhlukula, founder and managing director of DDNS Security Operations Ltd

Inspiring Entrepreneur Quotes

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ Muhammad Ali

Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.

Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone

The question I ask myself almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’ Mark Zuckerberg

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn

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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. G.K. Chesterton

It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business.

Mark Cuban

If you are working on a product that’s going to be consumerfacing, then feedback is invaluable. You should be out there being brave and talking to people and asking for feedback as much as possible. Emily Brooke, Cofounder of Blaze

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan

When you are building a startup, it’s difficult. Particularly, a startup that is expanding at the rate of Tinder. You have to give %, and you have to be committed. Solving the problem has to be personal or else you’re going to disintegrate. Sean Rad, Cofounder of Tinder, Inc.

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I stand up on my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. Robin Williams

It starts with not having a hangover with the way things used to be. Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour

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Remain selffunded as long as possible. Garrett Camp, Cofounder of Uber, StumbleUpon, and Expa

The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.

Robert L. Schwartz

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney

Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them. Marissa Meyer

It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy. Steve Jobs

Remember why you started.


I’m always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials. Steve Ells, founder and coCEO of Chipotle

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison

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Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why [you] shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that. Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.

Sallie Krawcheck, Cofounder of Ellevest

Starting a company extracts so much energy and conviction that not having a clearcut goal and meaningful mission can hamper your success. This is why, at Virta, our mission was clearly defined: reverse early type diabetes in million people by . Sami Inkinen, Cofounder of Virta Health

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. Babe Ruth

If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop. Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Babe Ruth

There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them. Seth Godin

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. Henry Ford

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Strive for authenticity over perfection. Sheryl Sandberg

If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.

Brian Chesky, Cofounder of Airbnb

Ignore the hype of the startups that you see in the press. Mostly, it’s a pack of lies. Half of these startups will be dead in a year. So, focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing. Jules Pieri, Cofounder and CEO of The Grommet

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Steve Jobs

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. Amelia Earhart

You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.

Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot

If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems. Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist and broadcast producer

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

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Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton (founder of Hilton Hotels)

One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism. Arianna Huffington, Cofound and editorinchief of Huffington Post Media Group

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