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57 Timeless Quotes for 2013

As seen on Forbes.

You and I are cut from the same stone.

Unique and wonderful. Crazy and tenacious.

Yes — they call us “entrepreneurs”.

So as we head into 2013 — I built this list for us.

Read… Ponder… Share…

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“The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” – Michael Gerber

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“If you want to be inventive — you have to be willing to fail.” – Jeff Bezos

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“Purpose is a soft virtue — but it’s what gives you steel in your spine.” – Rich Karlgaard

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“The challenge is not just to build a company that can endure; but to build one that is worthy of enduring.” – Jim Collins

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“Monotony is the awful reward of the careful.” – A. G. Buckham

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“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

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“Don’t treat your customers like a bunch of purses and wallets.” – Chris Brogan

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“There are a thousand excuses for failure, but never a good reason.” – Mark Twain

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“Nine out of ten businesses fail; so I came up with a foolproof plan — create ten businesses.” – Robert Kiyosaki

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

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“I’m not a businessman — I’m a business, man.” – Jay-Z

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“If plan “A” fails — remember you have 25 letters left.” – Chris Guillebeau

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“We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

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“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win — you’re still a rat.” – Lily Tomlin

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“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

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“Believe that you will succeed — and you will.” – Dale Carnegie

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“Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.” – Og Mandino

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

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“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

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“Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” – Napoleon Hill

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“Being great at everything is not an actionable message.” – Floris Maljers

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

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“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” – Benjamin Franklin

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“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs

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“It’s not about how to get started; it’s about how to get noticed.” – Steve Case

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


“Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” — Apostle Paul

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“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.” – Thomas Edison

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

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“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

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“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

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“If we don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes, we will never invest in things that are radical.” – Jeff Clavier

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“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.” – Nolan Bushnell

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“Success is one thing — but impact is another.” – Ray Lewis

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“I own my business. My business doesn’t own me.” – Cherie Ve Ard

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“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

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“Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

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“You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.” – John Lennon

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“If you have any more than three priorities; you have no priorities.” – Maggie Fox

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“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell

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“Nine tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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“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

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“Success is doing what you want, where you want, when you want, with whom you want and as much as you want.” – Tony Robbins

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“If you don’t have a competitive advantage — don’t compete.” – Jack Welch

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“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

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“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar

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“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” –  Napoleon Hill

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“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

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“Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” -Steve Jobs

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“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”? – Henry David Thoreau

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“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.” – Benjamin Franklin

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“Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.” – W. Clement Stone

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

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“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

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“Capitalism will save us.” – Steve Forbes

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Know a quote worthy of this list? If yes — shout it out in the comments section below and help me finish this thing.

NOTE: If you don’t know me, I’m Eric. Husband, father & life-long entrepreneur

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About the Author: Eric T. Wagner is a husband, father and life-long entrepreneur. After starting multiple businesses, Eric is now focused on helping other entrepreneurs find the path to success in business and life. You can also catch his gig on Forbes or connect with him on Google+.


  1. Victoria says:

    “…what is there really to be afraid of once you realize 150 years from now not one single person alive today will be here anyway — including you?”

    I do believe this was you…Printed it and posted it by my desk. Truly inspired me to just suck it up and get things done!!

    Thank you.
    Victoria – brand spanking new Entrepreneur

    • Eric T. Wagner says:

      Thanks Victoria. Yes — no matter how it’s phrased, that single bit of truth can be very liberating…

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