75 Most Empowering, Inspirational Quotes for Startup Entrepreneurs

Over the weekend I was listing out some of the most powerful quotes that have given me the courage, the inspiration, and guidance moving forward being an Entrepreneur. I found myself humbled by many of the quotes and decided to find 75 of the Most Empowering Quotes for you… startup Entrepreneurs to give you the persistence and inspiration.

My favorite one I live by is…

“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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

75 Empowering QuotesDetermination, Courage

  1. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” - George Lorimer
  2. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” - Og Mandino
  3. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” - Tommy Lasorda
  4. “Determination is the wake-up call to the human will” - Anthony Robbins
  5. “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  6. “I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.” - Wilma Rudolph
  7. “Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”  - Tom Krause
  8. “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”  - John Maxwell
  9. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” - Mary Anne Radmacher
  10. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear” - Mark Twain
  11. “You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” - Epicurus
  12. “It is curious – curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare” - Mark Twain
  13. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” - Winston Churchill
  14. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” - Raymond Lindquist
  15. “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill


  1. “Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ‘coaches’ ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.”
    Herbert Kaufman
  2. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
    Benjamin Franklin
  3. “I rewrote it and I took all your notes. Read it again, that kind of persistence paid off.” – David Steinberg
  4. “Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance”. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  5. “Paralyze resistance with persistence. – Woody Hayes
  6. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill
  7. “What staggers me is not the persistence of illusion, but the persistence of the world in the face of illusion.” – A. G. Mojtabai
  8. “The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.” – Napoleon Hill
  9. “Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – William Eardley IV
  10. “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” – Napoleon Hill
  11. “Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – William Eardley IV
  12. “The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” – Albert Ellis
  13. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”~ Dale Carnegie
  14. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”~ James A. Michener
  15. “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. “~ Albert Einstein


  1. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Quoting Napoleon Bonaparte
  2. “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  3. “Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.” – Chamfort
  4. “The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have” – Brian Koslow
  5. “I never worry about action, but only about inaction” – Winston Churchill
  6. “Action is the real measure of intelligence.” – Napoleon Hill
  7. “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw
  8. “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  9. “Act as if it were impossible to fail” – Dorthea Brande
  10. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Anthony Robbins
  11. “Beings are owners of their action, heirs of their action.” – Buddha
  12. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jules Renar
  14. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  15. “It’s not what I do, but the way I do it. It’s not what I say, but the way I say it.” – Mae Wes

Life Quotes

  1. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha
  2. “Every man dies. Not every man really lives. – William Wallace
  3. “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases”. – Carl Jung
  4. “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain
  5. ” All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain
  7. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  8. “I love life because what more is there. – Anthony Hopkins
  9. ” In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost
  10. ” Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.” – Josh Billings
  11. ” Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor”. – Sholom Aleichem
  12. “Life is half spent before we know what it is.” – George Herbert
  13. “Life well spent is long.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  14. “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” – Socrates
  15. “Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” – E. E. cummings

Faith and Belief

  1. “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” – Khalil Gibran
  2. “A man of courage is also full of faith”. – Marcus Tullius Cicero”
  3. “Have faith in God; God has faith in you”. – Edwin Louis Cole
  4. “I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.” – Michael Malone
  5. “In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it”. – Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Love, hope, fear, faith – these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character”. – Robert Browning Hamilton
  7. “To me faith means not worrying”. – John Dewey
  8. “Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.” – Mason Cooley
  9. “Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.” – Sigmund Freud
  10. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
  11. “The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  12. “I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.” – Immanuel Kant
  13. “Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.” – William James
  14. “And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.” – Alan Watts
  15. “Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel”. – Ambrose Bierce

Which is your favorite quote?


5 Comments (Click here to leave a comment)

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  2. Without struggle, There would be no progress ~ Frederick Douglas
    This was my philosophy that I created my business Warford Designs Thanks for the great read, it really helps boost motivation on a rainy day.

  3. trevor

    I love it man. Great post… I love the “Unbeing dead isn’t being alive” quote… hadn’t heard that one but it is true as heck. I’ve caught myself in that trap a time or two.

    Great collection of quotes man.

    - Trevor

  4. I loved almost all of them. Many were ones that I have not seen on other sites. Thanks for curating some great quotes!

  5. Great series of quotes. I had never heard of the George Lorimer quote before. A new favorite!

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