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53 Inspirational Quotes For CEOs, Managers, And Entrepreneurs That Can Make You Stop And Think For A While

Sheryl Sandberg

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or an entry-level employee, sometimes all you need is a new perspective.

From Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey to Richard Branson, from Marissa Mayer to Sheryl Sandberg – if you are looking for a great quotation, look no further. Which quote has inspired you the most?

(Do you have any inspirational quotations and sayings that you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments below.)


Enjoy the following inspiring and motivating quotations that can make you stop and think for a while:

1. Albert Einstein – “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.”

2. Ayn Rand – “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

3. Andre Gide – “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

4. Barbara Sher – “When you play it too safe, you’re taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we’re given.”

5. Aristotle – “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

6. Chuck Palahniuk – “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”

7. Chuck Yeager – “You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.”

8. Deepak Chopra – “The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations.”

9. Deepak Chopra – “Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.”

10. Dhirubhai Ambani – “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”

11. Denis Waitley – “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”

12. Donald Trump –  “If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.”

13. Drew Barrymore – “There’s something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.”

14. Earl Nightingale – “You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together.”

15. E. E. Cummings – “Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

16. Ellen DeGeneres – “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”

17. Elia Kazan – “You’ve got to keep fighting; you’ve got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.”

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

19. Jack Canfield – “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

20. J. B. Priestley – “Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.”

21. Jim Rohn – “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

22. John A. Shedd – “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

23. Judith McNaught –  “You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.”

24. Leo F. Buscaglia –  “The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”

Oprah Winfrey

25. Oprah Winfrey – “Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.”

26. Oprah Winfrey – “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”

27. Mark Cuban – “Because if you’re prepared and you know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there.”

28. Mark Caine – “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. ”

29. Mark Twain – “Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

30. Mary Schmich  – “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

31. Mario Andretti – “If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.”

32. Marissa Mayer – “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.”

33. Maxwell Maltz – “Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.”

34. Michael Jordan – “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

35. M. Scott Peck – “There can be no vulnerability without risk. There can be no community without vulnerability. There can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.”

36. Pablo Picasso – “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

37. Peter F. Drucker –  “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

Richard Branson

38. Richard Branson – “Screw it, Let’s do it!” (this one is my personal favorite.)

39. R. D. Laing – “Creative people who can’t help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.”

40. Robert Frost – “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I … I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

41. Roger von Oech – “Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.”

Sheryl Sandberg

42. Sheryl Sandberg – “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”

43. Sidney Crosby – “I don’t think you’re human if you don’t get nervous.”

Steve Jobs

44. Steve Jobs – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

45. Steve Jobs – “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

46. Tim Ferriss – “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”

47. Tony Robbins – “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

48. T. S. Eliot – “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

49. Walter Anderson – “Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.”

50. W. E. B. Du Bois – “The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”

51. Zen saying – “Leap and the net will appear.”

52. Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at. — Unknown

53. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb


Feel free to share your gems in the comments section below!


Amarendra Bhushan is the CEO and Editorial Director of  CEOWORLD magazine, the world’s leading business and technology magazine focused directly at CEOs and forward-thinking high-level executives. You can follow Amarendra on Twitter: @ceoworld, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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