130 Business Quotes

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Here are 130 of the best business quotes. Hope you’ll find the inspiration and motivation to take your life and business to the next level. Good luck!

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Quality is the best business plan. John Lasseter (Disney/Pixar)

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Don’t try to beat the competitors at their own game. You have to invent a new game — and master it. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

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My rules of business: Build shit people want, never give up, avoid assholes, question assumptions, learn new ideas and always reward ambition. Anthony Pompliano

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Surprise and delight your customers. There is nothing like that in business. If you delight your customers, you’re a long way home. Warren Buffett

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Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like. Brian Chesky (AirBnb)


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We didn’t set out to build a product. We set out to solve a problem. Naval Ravikant

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If you create it for yourself, it’s art. If you create it for others, it’s business. Naval Ravikant

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A company becomes the people it hires, not the plan it makes. Sam Altman

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Almost everyone underestimates the value of fast movers, in almost every context. Work with them. Be one yourself. Sam Altman

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The companies that succeed are mistake fixing machines. Brian Norgard


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When you combine extreme focus and great teams, magic happens. Sam Altman

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There is no skill called “business.” Avoid business magazines and business classes. Naval Ravikant

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To succeed in business you must learn the art of saying no. Barbara Corcoran

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If you are here for rewards, fame and money, you will ultimately fail. If you are for love, meaning and people, you will ultimately win. Maxime Lagacé

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I could either watch it happen or be a part of it. Elon Musk

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The Best Business Quotes

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Escape competition through authenticity. Naval Ravikant

If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day. Naval Ravikant

It is much more important to work on the right thing than it is to work many hours. Most people waste most of their time on stuff that doesn’t matter. Sam Altman

Once you have figured out what to do, be unstoppable about getting your small handful of priorities accomplished quickly. I have yet to meet a slow-moving person who is very successful. Sam Altman

When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws. Derek Sivers

Reasons your product will fail: Too complex. Can’t easily be described. Didn’t iterate fast enough. Bland. Failed to launch into a community. Doesn’t save time/money. Poor design. Does too much. Didn’t take a feature risk. Listened to wrong the customers. Brian Norgard

In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business. Marcus Aurelius

We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want. Eric Ries

On the formula to build a billion-dollar Internet company: Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time… identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps. Ev Williams (Twitter, Blogger, Medium)

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In a world where almost no one takes a truly long-term view, the market richly rewards those who do. Sam Altman


Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. Zig Ziglar

Today’s “best practices” lead to dead ends; the best paths are new and untried. Peter Thiel (Zero to One, Amazon book)

The person in the meeting that challenges the status quo is often the most valuable person in the room. Shane Parrish

To the extent possible, ruthlessly shave away the unnecessary tasks, priorities, meetings, and BS. Put all your effort into the projects that really matter. Shane Parrish

The more honest and unique a person is, the more that person attracts people. It’s the same for businesses. Maxime Lagacé

Choose your colleagues carefully; you will end up caring what they care about. Sam Altman

You want to be world class at some narrow and important intersection, not decently good at a lot of things. Sam Altman

The essential principle of business – of occupation in the world – is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing. Alan Watts

You can worry about the competition…or you can focus on what’s ahead of you and drive fast. Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. Jack Welch

The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company. David Heinemeir Hansson (DHH, Ruby on Rails, Basecamp)

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers. Seth Godin

There is no sport as competitive as business. It’s 24 by 7 by 365 by forever. Mark Cuban

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Part 2. Business Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Business Quotes (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, etc.)

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A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. Henry Ford

I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust, and admire. Warren Buffett

We don’t do unnecessary things at Berkshire. And there are many things at big companies that are unnecessary. Warren Buffett

I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. Warren Buffett

When you work on something, if you fall in love with it, that’s a good sign. If you do, others will. Elon Musk

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. Steve Jobs

If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast. Steve Jobs

My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people. Steve Jobs

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. Michael Jordan

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All business depends upon men fulfilling their responsibilities. Mahatma Gandhi

Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. Gary Vaynerchuk

I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man. Jay Z

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 (Walmart)

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn

Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies. Walt Disney

Want more famous quotes? Please check out Famous Quotes of All Time (From History)

Short Business Quotes

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One-liners, short business quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Product is king. Jack Butcher

Serve, don’t lead. Kobe Bryant

To dominate, iterate. Jack Butcher

Screw it. Let’s do it. Richard Branson (Virgin)

Think big. Start small. Seth Godin

Be honest, not flawless. Maxime Lagacé

Done is better than perfect. Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

90% of strategy is execution. 90% of execution is people. Thibaut

Luck is not a business model. Anthony Bourdain

If you want to build a big business, start a small business. Sahil Lavingia (twitter.com)

Easy paths, crowded destinations. Scott Belsky

Big results require big ambitions. Heraclitus

Always deliver more than expected. Larry Page (Google)

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Focus on what matters. Cut all the BS. Sam Altman (twitter.com)

Build for the obsessed, not the casual. Brian Norgard

Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger. Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. Seth Godin

Prioritizing is the most important thing in business. Noah Kagan

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. Scott Belsky

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. Mark Twain

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. Drew Houston (Dropbox)

Inspirational Business Quotes

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Progress is almost never linear. Ups and downs and bursts. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I’m after a legacy, not the most followers. Gary Vaynerchuk

The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work. James Clear

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. Nora Roberts

Sketch. Prototype. Build. Action over theory. Brian Norgard

Business is just an elaborate excuse to make friends with interesting people. Andrew Wilkinson (twitter.com)

You will become impressive the day to stop trying. You will become successful the day you stop being busy. Maxime Lagacé

The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe. Simon Sinek

Everyone knows that you need a great team, great execution, and a great idea. Less obvious is that you have to have great endurance. Sam Altman

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because… All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are. Mark Cuban

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You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety. Abraham Maslow

Only inflexibility you need and can afford to have running a business is your values. Kunal Shah

Rebelliousness is an economic tool in the same category as network effects and economies of scale. Nivi Babak

Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

The fastest way to become exceptional is to work with exceptional people. If you want to be a great engineer, work at a company with great engineers. Want to start a company? Work for an early-stage startup with extraordinary founders. Watch them work, and learn by osmosis. Sahil Lavingia

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you. Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

Want more inspiring quotes? Please check out Positive Quotes That Will Make Your Day Wonderful

Funny Business Quotes

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If you think it’s expensive to hire a talented employee, wait till you hire an untalented one. Shane Parrish

Search your parks in all your cities, you’ll find no statues of committees. David Ogilvy

Advertising is legalized lying. H.G. Wells

You can be certain that the head of a corporation has a lot to worry about when he announces publicly that “there is nothing to worry about”. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes, Amazon book)

Anyone who likes meetings should be banned from attending meetings. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”. Dave Barry

If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield. Warren Buffett

Deep Business Quotes

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We don’t do business with companies. We do business with people. Simon Sinek

If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. Jack Welch

In science you need to understand the world; in business you need others to misunderstand it. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Focus on problems you solve, not services you offer. Jay Baer (twitter.com)

You become whatever metric you choose to measure yourself by. Brian Norgard

The best way to have valuable ideas is to understand the entire landscape of a field and figure out what can emerge now that couldn’t before. Sam Altman (twitter.com)

Products that work in a big group first worked in a tiny group. Small town before the big city. A thriving local population leads to a booming global trend. Brian Norgard

The best businesses are very personal. Mark Cuban

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The best entrepreneurs are obsessed about one thing. Maxime Lagacé (See also: The One Thing by Gary Keller, Amazon book)

The least effective people always seem to care the most about credentials. Sam Altman

No one person leaving a good company kills it, but sometimes one person staying can. Sam Altman

The world is going to move faster and faster from here on. People and institutions who embrace this will be richly rewarded. People and institutions who do not or cannot are going to be challenged. Adaptability and speed have gone from valuable to critical. Sam Altman (twitter.com)

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution. Clay Shirky

Wise Business Quotes

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Creating space to think is a competitive advantage. Greg McKeown

Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people. Naval Ravikant

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions. Peter Drucker

“Build something you yourself want” is to startups what “Write what you know” is to writing. Paul Graham

The faster the feedback, the faster you learn. The faster you learn, the more you can adapt and improve. Maxime Lagacé

The biggest risk is working on the wrong thing. The second biggest is being unreliable when working on the right thing. James Clear (Related topic: discipline)

Career advice: Don’t sell shit you don’t want to buy. Don’t work for people you don’t want to become. Create win-win relationships for all. Shane Parrish

Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina by observing: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Business is the opposite. All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

The most value comes from doing something no one else can do, or no one else has thought of, in a way that is hard for other people to copy. If you try to be just like everyone else, and do just what they’re doing, you will maybe do ok but certainly not great. Sam Altman (twitter.com)

Paradoxically, the best networking advice is to not spend much time networking, and instead be so good at something that everyone wants you in their network, on your terms. Some people have big networks w/o spending much time networking. Erik Torenberg

The difference between a good business and a bad business is that good businesses throw up one easy decision after another. The bad businesses throw up painful decisions time after time. Charlie Munger

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Sometimes an organization doesn’t need a solution; it just needs clarity. Ben Horowitz (The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Amazon book)

I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. Warren Buffett

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

It is better to act too quickly than it is to wait too long. Jack Welch

See also: 11 Important Business Lessons from Successful Entrepreneurs (careeraddict.com)

Part 3. Conclusion

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You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going. Ellen DeGeneres

There is a formula for success in business, and it goes like this: You set out to find the very best talent in the marketplace, and then give them a compelling and inspirational vision of what you want them to achieve for you and the company. Then you empower them to achieve those goals using their own skills and talents in any way they choose. If, at the same time, you demonstrate how enormously you value them, not just through compensation, but also verbally, every single day, and if you enable that talent to share in the profit that they help create for you, you’ll be successful. It’s so simple, and virtually nobody does it, because it requires a high-trust working environment, and most business environments are low-trust. In order to own the future of your business, you have to design it around trust. Cindy Gallop

Call to action: Read 7 Steps to Starting a Small Business Online (entrepreneur.com) or 50 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants to Run Their Own Business (blog.hubspot.com)

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

January 31, 2020

Last Update

December 30, 2021

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