Inspirational Business-Related Quotes for Your Room & Study Space

By Elana Goodwin on May 3, 2017

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When it comes to decorating your apartment, dorm, bedroom, or study space, motivational décor is a great option. Hanging up inspirational quotes and phrases around your space will keep you focused, driven, and enthused about whatever you’re working on or striving for.

Inspirational quotes or phrases about business and success, especially if you’re a business student or in grad school, are highly motivational and will turn your study zone or room into an encouraging area that pushes you to keep trying and work hard. Here are some inspirational business-related quotes and phrases for your room or study space.

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On Success:

1. “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” — Mark Twain, American writer

2. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” — Walt Disney, American entrepreneur and animation pioneer

3. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

4. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

5. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist

6. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” — Henry Ford, American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company

7. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand

8. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter, sculptor, and printmaker

9. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, and philosopher

10. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas Edison, American inventor

On Perseverance:

1. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2. “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” — Confucius, Chinese philosopher

3. “The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.” — J.K. Rowling, British author

4. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist

5. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, American humanitarian and former First Lady of the United States

6. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

7. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur and author

8. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” — Buddha, Founder of Buddhism

9. “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 activist and leader

10. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life … Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple

On Achieving:

1. “If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you.” — Robert Collier, American author

2. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet

3. “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, American writer

4. “I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.” — Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host and icon

5. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist

6. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

7. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford, American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company

8. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney, American entrepreneur and animation pioneer

9. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

10. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand, Russian-American novelist and philosopher

Pick your favorite inspirational business-related quotes and phrases from the list above or the internet at large to use as decor in your room or study space and be that much more motivated every day.

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By Elana Goodwin

Uloop Writer
I am currently serving as the Director/Managing Editor for Uloop News. I've been part of the Uloop family since 2013 and in my current role, I recruit writers, edit articles, manage interns, and lead our National Team, among other duties. When I'm not writing or editing, I love being outside, reading, and photography! I have a Bachelor's degree in English with a double-minor in Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University. If you have questions or just want to chat, don't hesitate to reach out! Email me at

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