100 Business Quotes To Inspire Success In Your Workplace

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best business quotes. Hope you’ll find the inspiration and motivation you need to take your workplace to the next level. Enjoy!

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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


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

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

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)

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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, and 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)

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Creating space to think is a competitive advantage. Greg McKeown

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 (Source)

Easy paths, crowded destinations. Scott Belsky

Big results require big ambitions. Heraclitus

Always deliver more than expected. Larry Page (Google)

Build for the obsessed, not the casual. Brian Norgard

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

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

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

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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)

Business is just an elaborate excuse to make friends with interesting people. Andrew Wilkinson

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)


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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

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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.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

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

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February 12, 2022

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