50 Inspirational Startup Quotes

A list of the top 50 inspiring startup quotes

It’s never a bad idea to seek wisdom from brilliant and successful brains who’ve experienced it all before, whether you need inspiration to turn that concept of yours into a functional business or simply a little push when you’re down in the dumps.

Here are some of the most relevant startup quotes from brilliant entrepreneurs about launching a successful business.

Startup Quotes

  1. “The best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” – Michael Arrington

2. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki

3. “Don’t wait for the right moment to start, start and make each moment right.”- Roy T. Bennett

4. “Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger.” – Tony Hsieh

5. “Any time is a good time to start a company.”  –Ron Conway

6. We have a “strategic” plan its called doing things. – Herb Kelleher,

7. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”-  Walt Disney

8. “Building something that matters is a marathon, not a sprint.” – Dragos Bratasanu,

9. We are our choices. Build yourself a great story. – Jeff Bezos

10. The value of an idea lies in the using of it. – Thomas Edison

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11. “You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.” – Roy T. Bennett

12. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” – Seth Godin, 

13. “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg

14. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky

15. “Hard work works harder than luck!”- Germany Kent, 

16. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”  – Walt Disney,

17. “Be Brave and Take Risks: You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”-  Roy T. Bennett

18. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. – Drew Houston

19 . “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –  Henry Ford

20. “In the end, every startup is different. But in the beginning every startup is the same.” – Richie Norton

21. “Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.” –  Mark Cuban

22. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh

23. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Josh James

24. “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton,

25. “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” – Chris Dixon

26. “You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”- Ted Turner

27. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” – Seth Godin

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28. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”  – Jeff Bezos

29. “Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.”  – Tim Westergen

30. “Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.” – Mark Cuban

31. “If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.” -Pierre Omidyar

32. “One can get anything if he is willing to help enough others get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

33. “Never, never, never give up.”  – Winston Churchill

34. “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”- Roy T. Bennett

35. “Perfectionism is a disease. Procrastination is a disease. ACTION is the cure.”- Richie Norton

 36. “As an entrepreneur, you have to be OK with failure. If you’re not failing, you’re likely not pushing yourself hard enough.” – Alexa von Tobel

37. “Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.”-Lindsay Manseau

38. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” -Steve Case

39. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” -Mary Kay Ash

40. “A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about 1. What its product is. 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to make money.” – Dave McClure

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41. “Mistakes will not end your business. If you are nimble and willing to listen to constructive criticism you can excel by learning and evolving.” –Meridith Valiando Rojas,

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

43. “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” –  Larry Ellison

44. “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” — Bill Gates

45. Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever. – Noah Everett,

46. All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA. – Reid Hoffman

47. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand

48. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” — Henry Ford

49. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

50. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz

My favorite startup quotes are, “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” and “Don’t wait for the right moment to start, start and make each moment right.”

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