Here are my three -
Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another. The illusion has become real, and the more real it becomes, the more desperately they want it. Capitalism at its finest. ~ Gordon Gekko
My favorite business quotes: I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump
The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. – Henry Ford
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs
Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth
You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph E. Levine
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." --
"All good work is done in defiance of management."
- Bob Woodward
"Every one of us has learned how to send emails on Sunday night. But how many of us know how to go a movie on Monday afternoon. You’ve unbalanced your life without balancing it with someone else."
- Ricardo Semler
“People don’t buy a quarter-inch drill bit, they buy a quarter-inch hole. You’ve got to study the hole, not the drill. The drill is just the solution for it.” - Ted Levitt "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius
"Real artists ship." - Steve Jobs (Backstory )
"Do, or do not. There is no try." - Master Yoda "Don't pay any attention to the critics. Don't even ignore them." - Samuel Goldwyn
Never confuse motion with action -- Benjamin Franklin
"The perfect is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire
"You can not become successful. You can only be successful." Eakhart Tolle
"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." Warren Buffett
One of the Stanford entrepreneur talks had a theme of something like
"The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity."
"If I had listened to my customers I would have given them a faster horse" - Henry Ford.
I'm a startup guy, so will share one of my favorite quotes for startups (though it was not written with startups in mind):
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." ~Gandhi
"Its 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration." Thomas Edison
"Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer" - Sun Tzu
"Under promise, over deliver" - me
“ It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius
"Success is all about timing" -- Indian Rainmaker
These might not be considered business quotes but I think of them that way:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Sir Winston Churchill
Both inspire me to dream big and believe that my company can succeed, can be what we want it to be.
This one has been in my e-mail signature for the last couple of years.
"Anybody can wish for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that a definite plan, plus a burning desire for wealth, are the only dependable means of accumulating wealth." - Napoleon Hill