Business Quotes

Ever needed a great business quote for a presentation or to inspire your team?  You’ll find the best classic and contemporary quotes here, all in one place, carefully selected from a variety of sources so that you don’t have to spend time combing all the Quote sites yourself.  This page is NEW in 2011, and will be continually updated, so please enjoy the taste of what’s to come, below.
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A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
–Lao Tzu
The true business of every company is to make and keep customers.
- Peter Drucker
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
- Ken Blanchard
The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.
- John Egan
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
- Vince Lombardi
The future you see is the future you get.
- Robert G. Allen
Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
-Warren G. Bennis
Impressive strategy without impressive execution is worthless
- Anne C. Graham
 It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.
- Warren Buffet
Here is a simple but powerful rule – always give people more than what they expect to get.
- Nelson Boswell
 If you want a ship built, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach people to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
- Antoine de Ste Exupery
The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Sir Winston Churchill


We become what we think about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy
You put together the best team that you can with the players you’ve got, and replace those who aren’t good enough.
- Robert Crandall
You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
- Henry Ford
You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
- Abraham Maslow
The winner is the chef who takes the same ingredients as everyone else and produces the best results.
- Edward de Bono
Real competitive advantage is your people using their ingenuity to save your customers time or money, solve a problem, or make them feel good
- Anne C. Graham
If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.
- Jack Welch
The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage and does not demand it from his men.
- Sun Tzu
We are always saying to ourself.. we have to innovate. We got to come up with that breakthrough… we’re only paid for breakthroughs.
- Bill Gates
 The real price of everything, what everything really costs to the man who wants to acquire it, is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.
- Adam Smith


Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing. The result.
- Vince Lombardi
Success is not for the timid. It is for those who seek guidance, make decisions, and take decisive action
- Jose Silva
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify!
- Henry David Thorough
Forget about the sales you hope to make and concentrate on the service you want to render.
- Henry Bullis
Only customers create the cash flow that eventually keeps a company in or out of business
- Anne C. Graham
Customers don’t expect you to be perfect.  They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.
-Donald Porter
In business you get what you want by giving other people what they want.
- Alice Macdougall
Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.
- Steven Covey
In financing growing companies, we always looked for human value that didn’t appear on the balance sheet.
- Michael Milken
You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.
- Bob Nelson
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody, by spending his money somewhere else.
- Sam Walton
 The longer you wait, the harder it is to provide outstanding customer service.
- William Davidow


A customer can’t NOT have an experience.  Your only choice is whether its bland, memorable, or horrific.
- Anne C. Graham
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
A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him.
- Mahatma Gandhi
The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best, but legendary.
- Sam Walton
Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.
- Walt Disney
Repeat business or behavior can be bribed. Loyalty has to be earned.
- Janet Robinson
Loyalty isn’t a program or a function in your org chart. It is the combination of all of your consumer-facing efforts.
- Mike Linton
Creating value is an inherently cooperative process, capturing value is inherently competitive.
- Barry J. Nalebuff
A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.
- Andrew Grove
Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
- Ann Landers
The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.
- Aldo Gucci
A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.
- Unknown
Developing a pricing strategy begins with determining the true value of your offerings to customers.
- Lee Gimpel
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