We’ve compiled 50 of the most inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs and owners of startup businesses. These famous quotes come from some of the world’s greatest, from business owners to boxers.

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Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch

  1. “The best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” — Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch

Michael Jordan, Basketball Player

  1. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.” — Michael Jordan, Basketball Player

Dennis Crowley, Internet Entrepreneur

  1. “Do what you love and the rest will come.” — Dennis Crowley, Internet Entrepreneur

Henry Ford, Industrialist & Founder of Ford Motor Company

  1. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." — Henry Ford, Industrialist & Founder of Ford Motor Company

James Dyson, Inventor

  1. "Everyone has ideas. They may be too busy or lack the confidence or technical ability to carry them out. But I want to carry them out. It is a matter of getting up and doing it." — James Dyson, Inventor

Ben Keighran, Internet Entrepreneur

  1. “One clear focus for everyone. Your business needs laser focus on what the next objective is. Execution is key” — Ben Keighran, Internet Entrepreneur

Catherine Cook, Founder of Social Networking Site MyYearbook

  1. "If you're not making mistakes, then you're not making decisions." — Catherine Cook, Founder of Social Networking Site MyYearbook

John Lennon, Singer-songwriter

  1. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." — John Lennon, Singer-songwriter

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Writer

  1. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Writer

Tim Ferriss, Author

  1. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Tim Ferriss, Author

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

  1. "The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." — Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, Inc.

Henry Ford, Industrialist & Founder of Ford Motor Company

  1. “If you had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” — Henry Ford, Industrialist & Founder of Ford Motor Company

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

  1. “You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem.” — Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

Joshua Marine, Unknown

  1. "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." — Joshua Marine, Unknown

Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

  1. "Never give up, because you never know if the next try is going to be the one that works." — Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Fred Wilson, Venture Capitalist

  1. “Markets come and go. Good businesses don’t.” — Fred Wilson, Venture Capitalist

Florence Nightingale, English Social Reformer & Statistician

  1. "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." — Florence Nightingale, English Social Reformer & Statistician

Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop

  1. "I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in." — Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop

Confucius, Philosopher

  1. “Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucius, Philosopher

Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group

  1. “When you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.” — Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group

Robert Frost, Poet

  1. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." — Robert Frost, Poet

Mark Twain, Writer

  1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain, Writer

Simon Sinek, Author

  1. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. What you do simply proves what you believe.” — Simon Sinek, Author

Billie Burke, Actress

  1. “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” — Billie Burke, Actress

Albert Einstein, Physicist

  1. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein, Physicist

Woody Allen, Actor

  1. "Eighty percent of success is showing up." — Woody Allen, Actor

Bob Dylan, Singer-songwriter

  1. "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." — Bob Dylan, Singer-songwriter

Walt Disney, Entrepreneur

  1. "You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." — Walt Disney, Entrepreneur

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc.

  1. “Make every detail perfect, and limit the number of details to perfect.” — Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc.

Yogi Berra, Baseball Manager

  1. “Doing the little things can make a big difference. Dreaming is one thing, giving it focus is another.” — Yogi Berra, Baseball Manager

Farrah Gray, Businessman

  1. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." — Farrah Gray, Businessman

Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

  1. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

“What you do matters, but why you do it matters so much more.”

  1. “What you do matters, but why you do it matters so much more.” — Unknown

Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX

  1. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” — Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX

Seth Godin, Author

  1. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” — Seth Godin, Author

Justin Kan, Internet Entrepreneur

  1. “I try to work the hardest I can without burning myself out.” — Justin Kan, Internet Entrepreneur

Beverly Sills, Operatic Soprano

  1. "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." — Beverly Sills, Operatic Soprano

Socrates, Greek Philosopher

  1. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Socrates, Greek Philosopher

Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister

  1. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister

“Your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is actually convincing people that you’re not crazy and that you can pull this off.”

  1. “Your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is actually convincing people that you’re not crazy and that you can pull this off.” — Unknown

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

  1. “If you are offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

Thomas Edison, Inventor

  1. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison, Inventor

Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

  1. “If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago.” — Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.”

  1. “Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” — Unknown

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."

  1. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." — Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

  1. “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, CEO of Amazon

Larry Ellison, Businessman

  1. “See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” — Larry Ellison, Businessman

Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker

  1. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker

Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

  1. "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." — Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

Muhammad Ali, Boxer

  1. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” — Muhammad Ali, Boxer.