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99 Inspirational Quotes From Business & Inspirational Leaders

Whether you’re building your own business or just need an extra kick in the pants, we could all use a little more inspiration.

From Helen Keller to Steve Jobs, here are 99 of our favorite motivational quotes here at Yocale from a variety of influencers and leaders. May they bring you courage and help illuminate the path to your own success – however you choose to define it!

  1. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

– Farrah Gray

  1. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

– Albert Einstein

  1. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs

  1. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

– George Bernard Shaw

  1. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

– Oprah Winfrey

  1. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

– Harvey Fierstein

  1. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

– Helen Keller

  1. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

– John Wooden

  1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

  1. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu

  1. “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”

– John Allen Paulos

  1. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

  1. “Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.”

Tony Robbins

  1. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

– Randy Pausch

  1. “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

– Mother Teresa

  1. “Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway

  1. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

 Thomas Edison

  1. “May you live every day of your life.”

 Jonathan Swift

  1. “If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.”

 Jeff Bezos

  1. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

 Wayne Gretzky

  1. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

 Coco Chanel

  1. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

 David Brinkley

  1. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”

 Bruce Feirstein

  1. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

– Jim Rohn

  1. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”

– Ray Goforth

  1. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”

 Michael John Bobak

  1. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

  1. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”

 Robert Collier

  1. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

 Drew Houston

  1. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

 Oprah Winfrey

  1. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

– Swami Vivekananda

  1. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”

 John Quincy Adams

  1. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

 Audrey Hepburn

  1. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”

– Helen Keller

  1. “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”

– Vaibhav Shah

  1. “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.”

 Jimmy Spithill

  1. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

 Oscar Wilde

  1. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

 Warren Buffett

  1. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

 Charlotte Bronte

  1. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.”

– Philippos

  1. “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”

– Neil Armstrong

  1. “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.”

 Abraham Lincoln

  1. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

 Dolly Parton

  1. “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”

– Mother Teresa

  1. “If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”

 Katharine Hepburn

  1. “Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.”

 Carl Bard

  1. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

 Mae West

  1. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”

 Michael Jordan

  1. “Everything you can imagine is real.”

– Pablo Picasso

  1. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

– George Eliot

  1. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”

– Colin Powell

  1. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

 Steve Jobs

  1. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

 Nathaniel Hawthorne

  1. “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

  1. “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is nature’s way of warning us to get busy.”

– Dr. Henry Link

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

– Roy L. Smith

  1. “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

 Nelson Mandela

  1. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

 Mark Caine

  1. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”

– Guy Kawasaki

  1. “If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach. And it’ll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build.”

 Steve Wozniak

  1. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

– Albert Einstein

  1. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”

 Thomas J. Watson

  1. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

– Reid Hoffman

  1. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

– Arthur Ashe

  1. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

– Pablo Picasso

  1. “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”

 Frank Lloyd Wright

  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”

– Walt Disney

  1. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

– Henry David Thoreau

  1. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.”

Thomas J. Watson

  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

  1. “You are not your resume, you are your work.”

Seth Godin

  1. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”

 Jim Rohn

  1. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

 Charles Darwin

  1. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”

– Richard Branson

  1. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

 Thomas Jefferson

  1. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”

– Henry Ford

  1. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

– Bruce Lee

  1. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.”

 Earl Nightingale

  1. “The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.”

– Dennis Waitley

  1. “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.”

– Gary Vaynerchuck

  1. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

– Mark Twain

  1. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

 Vidal Sassoon

  1. “To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.”

  Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

  1. “Business is a combination of war and sport.”

– Andre Maurois

  1. “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.”

 Jane Smiley

  1. “Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.”

– John Ciardi

  1. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

 Barack Obama

  1. “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.”

 Katie Couric

  1. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”

 Deepak Chopra

  1. “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.”

– Unknown

  1. “Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

– Steve Jobs

  1. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

  1. “Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.”

– Jay-Z

  1. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety–nine percent perspiration.”

– Thomas A. Edison

  1. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

 John D. Rockefeller

  1. “Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.”

– Tony Hsieh

  1. “Always deliver more than expected.”

– Larry Page

For the hardcore motivation junkies out there, be sure to check out our previous blog post for more inspirational words of wisdom.

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