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The Greatest Quotes You Wish You’d Said

How many times have you heard or read a statement that quite simply knocks you sideways? The most impactful are simple, elegant, and very often very obvious – but have the power to inspire and motivate the masses.

When you are having doubts about your place in the world, or triumph feels just out of reach, it can help to remind yourself of how those we accept as being successful were once where you are now.

1.  “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.”
Catherine Cook, co-founder of MyYearbook

2.  “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”
Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop

3.  “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”
Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance

4.  “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”
Nolan Bushnell, entrepreneur

5.  “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Yoda, Jedi Master

6.  “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

7.  “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan, Baseball Player

8.  “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

9. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.”
Jason Fried, founder of 37signal

10.  “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
Vince Lombardi, American football coach

11.  “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
Richard Branson, Virgin founder

12.  “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Chinese proverb

13.  “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

14.  “I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.”
Jay Z, musician

15.  “There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.”
Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote

16.  “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.”
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

17.  “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
Beverly Sills, opera singer

18.  “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford motor company

19.  “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.”
Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s

20.  “Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”
Donald Trump, chairman of The Trump Organization

21.  “Always deliver more than expected.”
Larry Page, co-founder of Google

22.  “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.”
Tom Kelley, Ideo partner

23.  “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill, author

24.  “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
Mark Twain, author

25. “The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics that never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors that want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul. Because that’s how long it’s going to take, guys.”
Seth Godin, author and public speaker

26.  “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.”
Steve Case, co-founder of AOL

27.  “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein, physicist

28.  “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple

29.  “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company

30. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky, Canadian Ice Hockey player

31.  “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.”
Anthony Volodkin, founder of HypeMachine

32.  “It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that.”
Richard Harroch, venture capitalist

33. “If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need.”
Sanjeev Saxena, former aide of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh

34. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Confucius

35.  “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter

36.  “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
Babe Ruth, baseball player

37.  “I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it.”
Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia

38.  “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”
Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

39.  “We are currently not planning on conquering the world.”
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

40.  “When you cease to dream, you cease to live.”
Malcolm Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Magazine

41.  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas Edison, inventor

42.  “For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Work Week”

43.  “Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.”
Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author

44.  “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
Zig Ziglar, author, salesman, and motivational speaker

45.  “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.”
General George Patton

46.  “In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.”
David Ogilvy, co-founder of Ogilvy & Mather

47.  “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., Civil Rights leader

48.  “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”
Mark Cuban, TV chairman and owner of Landmark Theaters

49.  “Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.”
Noah Everett, founder of Twitpic

50.  “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

Hopefully you will find a quote that resonates with you personally and inspires you to be the best you can be.