Business Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old business quotes, business sayings, and business proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone. Know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.

Dave Thomas

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.     

Richard Branson

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

Henry Ford

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.     

Thomas John Watson, Sr.

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.     

David Rockefeller

Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.      

Richard Branson

If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.

Bertie Charles Forbes

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.

Aristotle Socrates Onassis

It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.

Ren Mulford Jr.

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.     

Harold Geneen

The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer's place.

Orison Swett Marden

In business, I've discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That's my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.     

Donald Trump

Let's be honest. There's not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings.      

Bob Parsons

To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.      

J. Paul Getty

Business is not financial science, it's about trading.. buying and selling. It's about creating a product or service so good that people will pay for it.     

Anita Roddick

Emotion. Passion. Ideas. Simplicity. These are the big things that big business needs from its creative agencies. No one else is going to provide these essential elements for business.

Kevin Roberts

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.

David Ogilvy

Without customers, you don't have a business. You have a hobby.

Don Peppers & Martha Rogers

In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running; if you stand still, they will swallow you.     

William Knudsen Jr

Success in business does not depend on what you say, what you hear, what you feel, what you see. It depends on what you do.     

Selwyn D. Goodwin

The way to get started in business is to stop talking and just start doing!

Bill Todd

If you're not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.      

Ray Kroc

Business has only two functions marketing and innovation.     

Peter Drucker

A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.     

Henry Ford

The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.     

Roy L. Smith

A business is successful to the extent that it provides a product or service that contributes to happiness in all of its forms.     

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

In business, one of the challenges is making sure that your product is the easiest to experience and complete a sale.     

Mark Cuban

Every successful business (1) creates or provides something of value that (2) other people want or need (3) at a price they're willing to pay, in a way that (4) satisfies the purchaser s needs and expectations and (5) provides the business sufficient revenue to make it worthwhile for the owners to continue operation.     

Josh Kaufman

There's no luck in business. There's only drive, determination and more drive.     

Sophie Kinsella

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

Peter F. Drucker

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