It’s no secret that owning a business can be an incredibly enriching experience…but it is not as glamorous as some may think.

But through all of the ups and downs a business owner may face, there remains one constant ingredient to success: motivation.

We have put together a list of quotes that we hope will inspire you to keep chasing your goals and to help you grow your business. Pick your favorites and put them in your workplace to give you an extra dose of motivation next time you face a business challenge.

On Success…

“The best way of learning about anything is by doing.”

-Richard Branson

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”  

-Jim Rohn

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

-Coco Chanel

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

-Henry David Thoreau

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

-Winston Churchill

“There is little success where there is little laughter.”

-Andrew Carnegie

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”

-Albert Einstein

“If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.”

-Jeff Bezos

“When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’”

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-Tom Preston-Werner

”It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

-Bill Gates

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

-Mark Twain

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

-Milton Berle

“It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success. It’s not, and nor should it be.”

-Richard Branson

“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.”

-John D. Rockefeller Jr.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

-Vidal Sassoon

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

-George Addair

On Failure…

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”

-Oprah Winfrey

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

-Robert Frost

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”

-Japanese Proverb

“Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.”

-Ingvar Kamprad

“I failed my way to success.”

-Thomas Edison

On Perseverance…

“When you cease to dream you cease to live.”

-Malcolm Forbes

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

-Jim Rohn

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You will never be completely ready. Start from wherever you are.”

-C.J. Hayden

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

-Frederick Douglass

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

-Zig Ziglar

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him.”

-David Brinkley

On Leadership…

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

-John Quincy Adams

“Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.”

-Jeffrey Zeldman

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”

-John C. Maxwell

On Goals…

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

-Henry Ford

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”

-Andrew Carnegie

“Good order is the foundation of all things.”  

-Edmund Burke

“You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.”

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-Larry Page

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”

-Reid Hoffman

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  

-Pablo Picasso

“The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.”  

-John C. Maxwell

“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.”

-Norman Ralph Augustine

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

-Lou Holtz

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Matt Merker

Matt Merker

Matt Merker is currently a student at the University of Colorado Boulder where he studies marketing at the Leeds School of Business. He is the Content Marketing Intern at PaySimple.

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