45 Epic Quotes for Extraordinary Entrepreneurs


Epic quotes, they are what I turn to when I’m running low on inspiration I like to look to those who have been there & done that. Usually I’ll spend some time reading a business biography or if I just need a booster shot of entrepreneurial gumption I’ll browse through some of my favorite quotes. Then I thought “why keep these little gems all to myself?”, thus you get 50 epic quotes for extraordinary entrepreneurs. Hope you enjoy &  feel free to mention your favorite quotes in the comment section!

Epic Customer Service Quotes

  • If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will. – Unknown
  • If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends. – Jeff Bezos
  • You’ll never have a product or price advantage again. They can be easily duplicated, but a strong customer service culture can’t be copied. – Jerry Fritz
  • The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. – Socrates
  • Here is a simple but powerful rule – always give people more than what they expect to get. – Nelson Boswell

Epic Inspiration Quotes

  • You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London
  • I buy when other people are selling. – J. Paul Getty
  • Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind, than in the one where they sprung up. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. – Stephen Kaggwa
  • Remember today, for it is the beginning of always. Today marks the start of a brave new future filled with all your dreams can hold. Think truly to the future and make those dreams come true. – Unknown

Epic Innovation Quotes

  • Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs
  • Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. – William Pollard
  • The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation. – Robert Iger
  • The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B. – James Yorke
  • We are always saying to ourselves.. we have to innovate. We got to come up with that breakthrough. In fact, the way software works.. so long as you are using your existing software.. you don’t pay us anything at all. So we’re only paid for breakthroughs. – Bill Gates

Epic Fearlessness Quotes

  • Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown
  • The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. – Sven Goran Eriksson
  • The key to change… is to let go of fear. – Roseanne Cash
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.  – Brendan Francis

Epic Empire Building Quotes

  • It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. – Walt Disney
  • The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. – Winston Churchill
  • Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. – Michael Jordan
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
  • An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war. – Charles de Montesquieu

Epic ‘The Good Life’ Quotes

  • The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. – Bertrand Russell
  • Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. – Garrison Keillor
  • A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry Ford
  • There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. – William Barclay
  • There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. – Annie Dillard

Epic Business Savvy Quotes

  • If you did not look after today’s business then you might as well forget about tomorrow – Isaac Mophatlane
  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches – Napoleon Hill
  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change – Charles Darwin
  • Hire character.  Train skill – Peter Schultz
  • What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.- Oprah Winfrey

Epic Travel Quotes

  • The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  – St. Augustine
  • I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.  – Mark Twain
  • When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money.  – Susan Heller
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.  – Mark Twain
  • Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – Seneca

Epic Life Quotes

These are a selection of quotes from bloggers you may know…

  • “The Power of Entrepreneurship isn’t in how many companies you start, or how much profit you bring in. It’s strength lies in how much value you provide your customers.” – Gianpaolo Pietri
  • We live in a culture that  is largely driven by expectations. We’re expected to go to school, get a job, make a living, and make the best of it. As an entrepreneur you know deep down that’s no way to live. If you live for the weekends you’re only living for 2/7 of your life.  The way I see it is this. If your life is a book or a movie, at the end of it you want it to be the kind of thing that is worthy of an Oscar or a Pullitzer. You want it to be full of magic and memories that leave permanent imprints on your mind and when it’ all done you know that you looked forward to everyday. To me, the adventure and the excitement is just beginning…. Srinivas Rao
  • “Those who strive for success will rise with success” Rob Rammuny
  • “Don’t limit yourself by telling others what you’re not; tell them what you are.” Colin Wright
  • “Perseverance is everything. Never giving up will give you the ability to go through anything in your way and accomplish everything that you wish.”
  • http://simplyoptimal.net GP

    Great post Maren!
    I'm honored to be included in such great company. We'd be hard pressed not to be inspired by such great quotes. I think the thread that ties all of these men and women together is the desire to achieve something great. To reach something beyond themselves. To be better than life would have you believe you could be.To give back more than they take in. Oddly enough, that's also the sign of a great company.

    Who knew the formula was so simple. The old adage that says 'give and you shall receive' is absolutely true. Focus on giving, and you'll receive more than you ever thought you could.

  • Kenny GRIT 08

    Great Post. Inspirational and though provoking. Lots of people talk about being an entrepreneur but you do not really know what it means until you begin to act and feel the joy, frustration, fear and pleasure that comes with the freedom to create and believe in the value you give customers and clients. There is no better feeling than having a satisfied client and the belief you earned their respect and love by caring about their needs and not pushing products and services you know in your heart are mediocre. It's soul destroying.All of these people chose to follow their dreams and share them with the world.

  • http://www.mediagrow.net MediaGrow

    Hey Maren,

    This is the one everybody should be away of; If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends. – Jeff Bezos
    It goes both way, they can tell a great thing about you or they can destroy you,

    Great post,


  • http://thedanielrichard.com Daniel Richard

    Shared it out on Twitter. Have a great weekend ahead Maren!

  • http://www.internetbusinessgeneration.com Pierre @ IBG

    Great list Maren, keep updating it for us as you go.


  • http://www.Escapingthe9to5.com/ Maren Kate

    I will for sure :)

  • http://www.Escapingthe9to5.com/ Maren Kate

    Thanks Daniel :) you too!

  • http://www.Escapingthe9to5.com/ Maren Kate

    You're right – it does swing both ways :) cheers!

  • http://www.Escapingthe9to5.com/ Maren Kate

    I agree, it really isn't as easy, or as hard, as people think… it's a funky mix of both and some days are terrible while others are absolutely ethereal… just part of the ups & downs of being an entrepreneur.

  • http://www.Escapingthe9to5.com/ Maren Kate

    It's so true, the more quality people give the more they get back :)

  • http://girlstartup.com Simone

    Great quotes there Maren. I just finished reading “The Art of Non-conformity” which had brilliant inspirational quotes throughout it.

    This is one of my favourites though:

    “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  • http://www.niveks.com Nivek

    Something for thought to add to your rather extensive list of quotes Maren…

    “Knowledge is not power, merely wealth. True power lays within discipline to apply our wealth of knowledge” – niveks.com

  • http://www.escapefrom9-5.com Work Sucks

    Nice post! I still think the greatest quote I've ever heard was from Henry Ford, taking into account the law of attraction and positivity :)

    “Whether you think you can or you can't – Either way YOU ARE RIGHT”

  • http://www.6aliens.com Ben Lumley

    Lovely set of quotes Maren

    Sometimes all you need give that little push is the wise words of someone else.

    My favourite quote is “Do or do not; there is no try.” Yoda. A little geeky I know but true isn't it?

  • http://thetrailblazinglife.com Collin Vine

    Two more:

    “Twenty years from now you'll 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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


    “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
    -Steve Jobs

  • http://www.VirtualZeta.com Maren Kate

    Love it :)

  • http://www.VirtualZeta.com Maren Kate

    Haha, no I love Yoda :) and so very right!

  • http://www.VirtualZeta.com Maren Kate

    Love the Steve Jobs one – I ask myself that often :)

  • RBahn

    I need to be reminded these quotes everyday!!!!

  • http://www.theelevatorlife.com Tim

    This is an awesome resource. One of the things I am doing is posting a quote everyday so my readers are reminded daily of the kind of mindset they need to keep. I hope you don’t mind if I use some of these. They are amazing!

  • http://aflourishing.wordpress.com/ Nicole

    what a great collection of quotes. definitelybookmarking this!

  • Amara

    One of my favorite quotes is,

    “I have to admit I am not always right but I am never wrong.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3XG27HF2HY56OGDDVGCNE5ZB3E Michael

    These are great quotes to remember and to share. I like to share my collection of quotes for I love you.

  • http://alltopstartups.com Thomas Oppong

    Great collection. I come back to this list for inspiration.

  • http://twitter.com/antonio_cc Antonio CC

    I also recommend this one: “In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns”. 
    It was said by an entrepreneur, one of the Corleone brothers :)

  • Terry Byrne

    The man who can ride his own little bicycle to oblivion with a smile on his face is a happy man; the one who just looks strained all the time probably should have taken the bus with the crowd.


    Thank you so much for this inspiring ‘anthology’ – arf, more, please, more as I at last feel like not being alone :-) 

  • http://www.ovationincentives.com/ Sophie

    These quotes are really superb.You have done a great job by listing these quotes with us.I like the information you have managed to compile.Keep it up.

  • http://www.hallettguttercover.com/ Sarh of Gutter Guards

     I enjoyed reading these interesting quotes. They’re all very appropriate for entrepreneurs and I can relate to each of them.

  • http://happywalldecals.com/ Josh @ Wall Decals

    I appreciate your time in composing this list. I still believe that for whatever you do, just follow your heart, work hard and enjoy life.

  • Gabriellas ukaurBam

    I’ll browse through some of my favorite quotes. Then I thought “why keep these little gems all to myself?”,
    thus you get 50 epic quotes for extraordinary entrepreneurs. Hope you
    enjoy & feel free to mention your favorite quotes in the comment


  • The Savvy Sistah

    Great lineup of quotes! Thanks for sharing
    One of my favorites is…”Success is when Hard work meets Opportunity.”