11 Quotes That Inspire Entrepreneurs

Posted by Keegan Beljanski /August 6, 2014 / Hot Topics

quoteAt FounderDating, we certainly think that entrepreneurs are inspiring people with big ideas.  But what inspiring, big ideas are behind the entrepreneurs, and who is inspiring them.  Are entrepreneurs inspired by other entrepreneurs, world leaders, poets, writers, or ancient philosophers?  Quotes are people’s brief statements (or sometimes, not-so-brief statements) that encapsulate their big, inspiring ideas.  We asked entrepreneurs in the community to share with us their favorite quotes, and some of the choices were definitely unexpected.

 

  1. “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot (Dan Yates, OPOWER)
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  2. “The poor will be with you always, but I am here now.” – Mark 14:7  (Philip Rosedale, Second Life)
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  3. “ars sine scientia nihil est” (Art without knowledge is nothing) – Jean Mignot (Scott Lewallen, Grindr, Mezic Media)
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  4. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” –  Teddy Roosevelt (Jason Nazar, Docstoc)
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  5. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  ― Thomas A. Edison (Hadi Partovi, Code.org)
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  6. “Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.” –  Hanlons Razor  (John Pettitt, Beyond.com, RepostUs)
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  7. “Many people will have the same idea as you, few, if any, will run with that idea.” – my dad (Sam Shank, HotelTonight)
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  8. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” — Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist (Brenden Mulligan, Cluster)
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  9. “Don’t believe everything you think.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer (Joe Greenstein, Flixster, RottenTomatoes)
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  10. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan  
    “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” — Ben Franklin (Joshua Forman, Inkling)
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  11. “Comparison is the death of happiness” – Philip Delves Broughton (Jessica Alter, FounderDating)
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