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 J. Watson
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
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. Demosthenes
The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away. Walter Wriston
A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. Nolan Bushnell
If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die. Warren Buffett
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
Your income is directly related to your philosophy, NOT the economy. Jim Rohn
If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. Ray Kroc
In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing. William Wordsworth
Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while. Jack Welch
In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities. Integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you. Warren Buffett
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. Benjamin Franklin
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them. W. Edwards Deming
I do not believe you can do today's job with yesterday's methods and be in business tomorrow. Horatio Nelson Jackson
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter Drucker
If you need to bring in a business partner, make sure your partner brings along some money. H. Jackson Brown
The business of government is to keep the government out of business - that is, unless business needs government aid. Will Rogers
Business is more exciting than any game. Max Aitken
The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake. You can't learn anything from being perfect. Adam Osborne
Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. Jack Welch
To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them. Aristotle Onassis
The purpose of a business is to create a customer. Peter Drucker
Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great. Fernando Flores
Business is a good game. Lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money. Bill Gates
All lasting business is built on friendship. Alfred Armand Montapert
If you must use more than ten slides to explain your business, you probably don't have a business. Guy Kawasaki
Being in business is not about making money. It is a way to become who you are. Paul Hawken
In business or in life, don't follow the wagon tracks too closely. H. Jackson Brown
If a business does well, the stock eventually follows. Warren Buffett
Businesses are successful because someone makes the sacrifices other are unwilling to. Kim Ki-jung
Business? It's quite simple; it's other people's money. Alexandre Dumas