Business Success Quotes


I started this post to share some of my favorite business success quotes of all time. I’ll be updating this page regularly so stay tuned and come back often for more inspiration. Which are your favorites? Have your say and post a comment below!

Chris Gardner, Gardner Rich & Co.


Chris Gardner (born February 9, 1954) is a self-made millionaire, entrepreneur who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son. His memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, was turned into a movie in 2006.

“One of the things young people always ask me about is what is the secret to success. The secret is there is no secret. It’s the basics. Blocking and tackling.” – Chris Gardner

Henry J. Heinz, H.J. Heinz Company


Henry J. Heinz (October 11, 1844 – May 14, 1919) was a German-American businessman. H. J. Heinz was incorporated in 1905, and Heinz served as its first president, remaining in the position for the rest of his life.

“To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.” – Henry J. Heinz

J.P. Morgan, J.P. Morgan & Co.

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan (17 April 1837 – 31 March 1913) was an American financier, banker and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. By 1901, he was one of the wealthiest men in the world.

“I made a fortune getting out too soon.” – J.P. Morgan

John D. Rockefeller, Standard Oil

John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American oil magnate. In 1870, he founded the Standard Oil Company and soon became the world’s richest man. He is often regarded as the richest person in history.

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” – John D. Rockefeller

“The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.” – John D. Rockefeller

“Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” – John D. Rockefeller

“The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller

John Willard Marriott, Marriott Hotels

John-Willard-MarriottJohn Willard Marriott (September 17, 1900 – August 13, 1985) was an American entrepreneur and businessman. He was the founder of the Marriott Corporation, one of the world’s largest hospitality, hotel chains and food services company.

“A businessman once said, ‘A business succeeds not because it is long established or because it is big, but because there are men and women in it who live it, sleep it, dream it, and build great future plans for it’.” –John Willard Marriott

“The price of success is a hard workout – not just 8 hours 5 days a week, but nearly all our waking hours. At least that has been my experience. When I started, it was about six and a half days and nights for many years. It paid off. I set an example for others and gave many who were willing to pay the price an opportunity to grow and have the good things of life.” – John Willard Marriott

P.T. Barnum, Barnum and Bailey Circus


P.T. Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American businessman and entertainer. Today, the legacy of his work lives on in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, still billed as ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’

“Many persons are always kept poor, because they are too visionary. Every project looks to them like certain successes, and therefore they keep changing from one business to another, always in hot water, always ‘under the harrow’.” – P.T. Barnum

“Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until your experience shows that you should abandon it.” – P.T. Barnum

“Work at it, if necessary, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now…Ambition, energy, industry, perseverance, are indispensable requisites for success in business.” – P.T. Barnum

Russell Simmons, Rush Communications


Russell Simmons (born October 4, 1957) is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, and creator of the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics.

“You know, sometimes people never get to learn how successful they could have been because they give up too easily. If I’ve learned one thing in all my years in the business, it’s that often things don’t work out the way you want at first. But that doesn’t mean you should give up.” – Russell Simmons

“Everything you need to know about success is inside of you, because I believe it is inside of all of us. That is, all human beings have potential for infinite success.” – Russell Simmons

Walt Disney, Walt Disney Co.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an entrepreneur, international icon and philanthropist. As the founder of Walt Disney Co., Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world.

“Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” – Walt Disney

35 Responses to “Business Success Quotes”

  1. Devin says:

    I’m motivated, thanks.

  2. John Kanyui says:

    Then Africa should wake up to rise up to its moment

  3. Dion Arcino says:

    You’ve got a really useful blog — I have been here reading for about an hour.

  4. Alex says:

    I’m still just to dam tired to even get off the couch.
    Looks like these quotes didn’t motivate me.

  5. Ace says:


    This blog has provided me great guide in doing my business. I have no background in business and I did not come from a business-minded family, however, I have started a small business. Since this article guided me to what I should do, it also confirmed my views about perseverance, confidence and staying focused. Thank you for posting this blog.

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  10. Tina says:

    I’ve been looking for a quote by Marriott. I saw it in a book in one of his hotels. It goes something like, ‘Success in business means nothing if there is failure within the home’.

  11. Thanks a lot for this great effort. But how about the great quotes of Dr. Farrah Gray?

  12. Dapo says:

    perfect one, just what I neede to see, getting more intrested in j. D. rockerfeller. Thanks for the quotes

    1. Glad you enjoyed – thanks for commenting!

  13. Lana Larder says:


    Always enjoy encouraging quotes – thanks Lana

  14. Zatari says:

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  18. Ross says:

    Russel Simmons said it well “… sometimes people never get to learn how successful they could have been because they give up too easily.”

    Perseverance is a needed value. Thank you for the quotes.

  19. Gustavo says:

    This is an amazing collection of business quotes. It is especially inspiring to read quotes from business professionals in the Hispanic news community. I printed the list of these quotes and placed them on my cork board at work. Next month I am leaving my job to pursue a life long goal of running my own business. Hopefully I wont fall short. Thanks for motivating me!

    1. Keep going – good luck Gustavo!

  20. Max Sinnis says:


    Excellent source for quotes. Seems I have found a new place to check on quotes!

    Isn’t it funny how Walt Disney was originally fired from his job at the newspaper for “lacking imagination”, and having “no original ideas”. Those who want to succeed will not let failure stand in their way.

    Great work!


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  25. julie says:

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  26. Thanks for sharing such nice qutoes here.

  27. Entrepreneur says:

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