Top 10 Entrepreneur Quotes for Inspiration

As an entrepreneur, you are familiar all too familiar with the ebbs and flows of owning your own business and you have to learn to accept the bad days just like the good ones. There are always going to be days when you need a nudge, a little spark of inspiration to keep going.

Do you find yourself in need of a little boost from time to time, when you are in an entrepreneurial rut?

Using quotes from successful entrepreneurs to help you push through the hard days of work or inspire you to knock out that extra hour working on your side hustle can be just what you need.

As much as you love being an entrepreneur, there are days when it feels like you’ve lost all motivation to do anything. Whether you’re having a bad day or that feeling is brought on by something.

Finding quotes from other entrepreneurs and business owners that have been in your shoes is a great way to get yourself out of a slump. Seeing words of encouragement and motivation from those who have been successful can help give you the push you need to continue on your journey.

Not only can quotes be great for when you’re feeling down, they can also be used to give you a boost of motivation when your work is going well and you need a little encouragement.

These are some of our favorite quotes from entrepreneurs from all walks of life that have built businesses of all types. We hope that the words from these greats will help you push it to the next level.

Whether you are stuck on a problem with your operations you just can’t seem to solve, or you are met with resistance in getting your first client, we hope these quotes help you keep moving. Onward and upward fellow business builders!

Check out these entrepreneur quotes to help get yourself motivated and inspired:


“You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.”

Jessica Herrin, Founder & CEO of Stella & Dot – Tweet this quote

Jessica Herrin is CEO and Founder of the Stella & Dot Family of Brands. She has been featured on Oprah, the Today Show, and Undercover Boss, in Fortune, the NY Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and was included on Inc.’s list of top 10 Female CEOs. She is the founder and CEO of WeddingWire, a cloud-based wedding planning website. In 2009, she was named Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also named to Forbes’ list of America’s Most Powerful Women. In 2013, she was named to Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40.


“Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” 

Oprah Winfrey – Tweet this quote

Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was once the world’s only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.


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

Thomas Edison – Tweet this quote

Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931) was a famous inventor, who is best known for developing the first electricity supply system using direct current. In 1882 he began his experiments with what would become his most important invention – one that has been used ever since. Edison’s greatest contribution to society was inventing and perfecting the electric light bulb which sparked an industrial revolution. Instead of gas, homes were outfitted with electric bulbs, only relying on power from a central plant. This fundamentally changed our cities and towns into a much more modern way of living.


“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

Richard Branson, Founder Virgin Group – Tweet this quote

Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, which consists of more than 400 companies. He made his first million at age 20 by creating and then selling a magazine called Student at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England. That was just the beginning for Branson, who has gone on to found airlines, banking groups, record stores, mobile-phone companies and so much more.


“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

Scott Belsky, Co-founder Behance – Tweet this quote

I think Scott Belsky is at the moment one of the more popular #eFounders. He started Behance in 2006, which was recently acquired by Adobe. This online platform allows artists to present their portfolios and receive feedback on their work. And it makes sense for Adobe to acquire Behance since they are developing a portfolio strategy too, for example with Revel which can also be used offline (with mobile apps) if you don’t have an internet connection. A piece of advice from me: make sure you check out some examples on Behance, get yourself inspired!


“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, Founder and CEO Amazon – Tweet this quote

Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur, media proprietor, investor, computer engineer, and commercial astronaut He is the founder and executive chairman of Amazon, where he previously served as the president and CEO. With a net worth of around US$196 billion as of January 2022, Bezos is the second-wealthiest person in the world according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index and the third-wealthiest person according to Forbes.


“Always deliver more than expected.”

Larry Page, Co-founder Google – Tweet this quote

Lawrence Edward Page, more popularly known as Larry Page, is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and the co-founder of Google, the largest internet company in the world. Google began as an online search firm and gradually expanded its operations to other internet-related areas. Page is passionate about environmental causes, as evidenced by the launch of “” – the charitable arm of Google. The company invests in renewable energy and the development of hybrid cars.


“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”

J.P. Morgan – Tweet this quote

J.P. Morgan, in full John Pierpont Morgan is an American financier and industrial organizer, one of the world’s foremost financial figures during the two pre-World War I decades. He reorganized several major railroads and financed industrial consolidations that formed the United States Steel, International Harvester, and General Electric corporations.


“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Zig Ziglar – Tweet this quote

The infamous Zig Ziglar is one of the world’s most popular and motivational speakers. His real name was Hilary Hinton Ziglar but the man came to be known as Zig Ziglar as his alias which originated from his pet name in elementary school during the 1930s in Mississippi. He went to college in the same state in the city of Jackson and attended university at the University of South Carolina.


“You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”

Michael Dell – Tweet this quote

Michael Dell – Tweet this quote

Michael Dell is chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies, an innovator and technology leader providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information. With revenues of $94B and 130,000 team members, Dell Technologies is one of the world’s largest IT companies serving the needs of global corporations and governments to small businesses and consumers.

After reading this article, I bet you’ll be ready to take on any challenge which might come your way. Let us know what your favorite entrepreneurial quote is by tweeting us! @school4startups

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