We have all heard many great quotes throughout the years. Ones that we often quote, share online, or simply use to remind ourselves when we need to give ourselves an inner pep talk.
Throughout my working tenure, my manager enjoyed collecting powerful quotes to share with his immediate staff. He compiled his favorite and most meaningful ones, then had us pick the quotes that impacted us the most. This was a great exercise to help connect the team because it helped us better understand each other’s mindsets by seeing which quotes impacted them the most and why. I still refer to many of these quotes when I’m feeling down or not succeeding in the way I want.
For this article, I want to highlight 25 of the most interesting and powerful quotes that I have come across. Some of you may have heard, but others may be entirely new for many of you. You could even share them with your employees as an exercise to see which ones they like or feel a connection to.
I hope you enjoy them and take them to heart as you work towards your entrepreneurial goals and aspirations.
“Strive to not be a success, but rather to be of value.”
– Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist whose work greatly revolutionized our understanding of the subject and created the most well-known equation in mass-energy equivalence.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
– Og Mandino, best-selling author whose books have sold over 50 million copies around the world.
“Initiating is really and truly difficult, and that’s what leaders do. They see something others are ignoring and they jump on it.”
– Seth Godin, author, and entrepreneur was named for having one of the top 25 blogs in 2009.
“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”
– Lewis Cass, former military officer and a United States Senator in the 19th century.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney, visionary and mastermind behind the Disney World legacy.
“It is no disgrace to start all over. It is usually an opportunity.”
– George Matthew Adams, an American newspaper columnist who provided comic strips and writings to many newspapers for close to 50 years.
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
– Robert Frost, a renowned and celebrated author whose words still resonate to this day
“Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.”
– Henry Ford, founder of the vehicle assembly line that made history by manufacturing cars in an affordable way, making cars for all people, not just the wealthy.
“To measure the man, measure his heart.”
“The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole.”
– Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet, and playwright who became one of Britain’s most famous writers during his time.
“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, whose passion for progressive ideals helped shape our country and preserve our most beloved natural areas.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
– Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during WWII, historian, and Noble-Prize winning author.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.”
– Amelia Earhart, a woman ahead of her time, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean and became a best-selling author.
“The hardest thing in life is to learn which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
– Laurence J. Peter, a “hierarciologist” who founded the idea called the “Peter Principle,” an idea where people are promoted to roles based on their past experiences but can no longer move up due to their skillset meeting its ultimate threshold or ability.
“It never seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as the President of South Africa in the 1990s.
“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.”
– Norman Augustine, an aerospace specialist, who also served as the Under Secretary of the Army, Augustine was able to cohesively mix his expertise in engineering and analysis to help lead the National Academy of Engineering in various projects.
“May I never be too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.”
– Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and a true polymath, Jefferson is best known as a talented wordsmith who wrote the United States Declaration of Independence.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decided to be.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous author and abolitionist whose work led to the transcendentalist movement, championing individualism and not conforming to societal norms.
“Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.”
-Rick Warren, an American Baptist evangelical Christian pastor and author.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
-Steve Jobs, the former CEO and co-founder of Apple. Jobs’ visionary approach help to make Apple the powerhouse company that it is to this day.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman, a former slave who escaped slavery and completed successful rescue missions to free more slaves in the South during the pre-Civil War era.
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what you want them done and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
– General George Patton, a decorated four-star Army General who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean theater during WWII.
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
– George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright, and activist, and was instrumental in shaping western theater, and in 1925 he was awarded the Noble Peace prize for his literature work.
“Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
— Peter Drucker, a well-known author and educator whose writings have helped shape and revolutionize the modern business corporation model.
“Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden, an American basketball coach and player who won ten National Collegiate Athletic Association national championships in 12 years as head coach for the UCLA Bruins, including a record seven in a row.