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My Favorite Business Quotes…Please add to the list


I love quotes and therefore am looking for additions / comments, which I will compile and add to a new post of “business quotes redefined”…Please see a few of my favorites below.

“You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.”Ayn Rand

Desire is the ingredient that changes the hot water of mediocrity to the steam of outstanding success.
Zig Ziglar

You cannot stop innovationSun Tzu

Again, your challenge is not just to improve. It is to break the service paradigm in your industry or market so that customers aren’t just satisfied, they’re so shocked that they tell strangers on the street how good you are. – Jack Welch

If you’re comfortable, you’re dead.Richard Capezzali

We’re gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make “me too” products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it’s always the next dream.Steve Jobs

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  1. April 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Remember to: “Pay it Forward”

  2. April 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate performance. -Tom Flores

    Most people won’t accept the change that can’t jingle in their pockets.- Unknown

    I could probably list a hundred more…Great quotes are really powerful- I use a new quote in every one of my blog posts!
    http://optimaloptimist.blogspot.com

    • April 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

      Brilliant that you use one in every blog post. I love it. Will definitely be visiting you daily ( ;

  3. April 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I really like quotes too, and find many on QuoteGarden.com and BrainyQuote.com .

    Here’s one of my all-time favorites (though it’s more about life and choices than business):

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

  4. April 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Here are some of my favorites:

    “Competition is a by-product of productive work, *not* its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, *not* by the desire to beat others.” — Ayn Rand

    “It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.” — Joseph Conrad

    “A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating.” — Frank Herbert

    “Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.” — Ayn Rand

    “You must be the kind of [person] who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.” — Ayn Rand

    “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs

    “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

    “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” — Amelia Earhart

    “An organization that wins by exercising power starts to lose the ability to win by doing better work. And it’s not fun for a smart person to work in a place where the best ideas aren’t the ones that win.” — Paul Graham

    “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

    • April 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      I’m scanning through this quickly…although I will review in detail later and the last one used to be painted across my wall in college….OH how I’m aging….HA – good to know core values haven’t changed.

  5. Christina
    April 9, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    I’m careful not to confuse excellence w/perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business. -Michael J. Fox

    No one on his deathbed says “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.” – Dan Kennedy

  6. April 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Being successful in business when times are bad is like trying to stay thin in a good relationship.. It takes work ~ Raquel Elle Bell

    It’s easy to be a good business person when times are good, but a great business person is successful when times are bad ~ Raquel Elle Bell

    You must first have structure in order to be creative ~ Raquel Elle Bell

    Yes, I quote myself ~ and I have lots of one liners….

  7. Diviscovitch
    March 24, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Great! Great! Great! t’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.” — Joseph Conrad one of my favorites too

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