Quotes

This is a full list of quotes relating to business, finance, success, entrepreneurialism and more from people I consider worth listening to anywhere they speak or write about any of these subjects. Where possible I have linked their names to their twitter account; If not possible, to Wikipedia.

  • Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.Ryan Freitas
  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.Bill Gates
  • You only have to do very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.Warren Buffett
  • You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.Les Brown
  • You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.Jim Rohn
  • Every day that we spent not improving our products was a wasted day.Joel Spolsky
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world.Mahatma Gandhi
  • All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.Ellen Glasgow
  • You just have to pay attention to what people need and what has not been done.Russell Simmons
  • You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.Larry Page
  • You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.Richard Branson
  • You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.Peter Shankman
  • Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.Babe Ruth
  • Who likes not his business, his business likes not him.William Hazlitt
  • Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.Henry Ford
  • Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.Charles F. Kettering
  • When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.Josh James
  • Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman.George Soros
  • We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.Pete Cashmore
  • We are currently not planning on conquering the world.Sergey Brin
  • Turn a perceived risk into an asset.Aaron Patzer
  • Trust your instincts.Estee Lauder
  • To win without risk is to triumph without glory.Pierre Corneille
  • To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.Tryon Edwards
  • To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.J. Paul Getty
  • To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.Thomas Watson, Sr.
  • Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.Biz Stone
  • They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.Andy Warhol
  • There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.Jason Fried
  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.Peter Ferdinand Drucker
  • There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.Ronald Reagan
  • Theory is splendid but until put into practice, it is valueless.James Cash Penney
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
  • A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.Fred Wilson
  • The value of an idea lies in the using of it.Thomas Edison
  • The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.Marc Benioff
  • The only way around is through.Robert Frost
  • The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.Seth Godin
  • The only limits are, as always, those of vision.James Broughton
  • The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.John Naisbitt
  • The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.Harvey Samuel Firestone
  • The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm.Thomas J. Watson
  • The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.Epictetus
  • The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.Orison Swett Marden
  • The first one gets the oyster; the second gets the shell.Andrew Carnegie
  • Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.Tony Hsieh
  • Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.Tony Hsieh
  • Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.Tony Hsieh
  • The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.Reid Hoffman
  • The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.Peter Ferdinand Drucker
  • The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.Laurence Sterne
  • Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle.Wendy Tan White
  • Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.Coco Chanel*
  • Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.Dwight Eisenhower
  • Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Stay self-funded as long as possible.Garrett Camp
  • See things in the present, even if they are in the future.Larry Ellison
  • Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.Howard Schultz
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.Aristotle
  • It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.Scott Belsky
  • Management is nothing more than motivating other people.Lido Anthony Iacocca
  • Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.Jack Dorsey
  • It’s not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.Edwin Land
  • No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.Reid Hoffman
  • It is always the start that requires the greatest effort.James Cash Penney
  • If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.Reid Hoffman
  • I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.Bill Gates
  • Always deliver more than expected.Larry Page
  • Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.Charles Dickens
  • I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.Estée Lauder
  • Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.Albert Einstein
  • Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Albert Einstein
  • I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars – I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over.Warren Buffett
  • If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.Jeff Bezos
  • I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.Jeff Bezos
  • Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.James Cash Penney
  • Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.Henry Ford
  • A man should never neglect his family for business.Walt Disney
  • Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.Anthony Volodkin
  • Life is too complicated not to be orderly.Martha Stewart
  • Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming.Richard Branson
  • A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.Richard Branson
  • Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.Napoleon Hill
  • If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.Ryan Freitas
  • Nothing works better than just improving your product.Joel Spolsky
  • Anything that is measured and watched, improves.Bob Parsons
  • If you’re going to put your product in beta – put your business model in beta with it.Joe Kraus
  • If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.Ray Kroc
  • If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.Charles F Kettering
  • Business is more exciting than any game.Max Aitken aka Lord Beaverbrook
  • It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.Jason Cohen
  • Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.Noah Everett
  • Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.Drew Houston
  • Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.Paul Rand
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.Benjamin Franklin
  • If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example.Ingvar Kamprad
  • Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.Guy Kawasaki
  • Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.Michael Arrington
  • Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt.Victoria Ransom
  • Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.Michael Dell
  • I like to pride myself on thinking pretty long term, but not that long term.Mark Zuckerberg
  • I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.Oprah Winfrey
  • Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.Chris Dixon
  • Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.Theodore Roosevelt
  • Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.Andy Rooney
  • Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.David Karp
  • Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.Jeffrey Zeldman
  • Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.Steve Jobs
  • Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.John F. Kennedy
  • I doubt I’ll ever go back to corporate work. Once you see the light, there is no turning back.Magnus Jepson
  • Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.Mark Pincus
  • In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.Steve Case
  • If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.Pierre Omidyar
  • I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.Everett Dirksen

Whew, that is a lot! There’s a few quotes by the same people, but each one is worth reading. Now watch, I will sporadically post these quotes on my Twitter.

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