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My Favorite Motivational Quotes – Ideas, Innovation, Startups

Motivation Quotes

Motivation is what we look around for, be it for a new beginning, a change in the old environment, to redo something, or just to be inspired! And when it comes to innovation, quotes are inevitable, and that too from people who have perceived ideas differently to produce their creative best.

People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar

This might help to change your views and perceptions, maybe a concrete idea or two, and all for the better. Here are my favorite motivational quotes that I believe will inspire you to change the world.

Read: My Favorite Inspirational Quotes – Creativity, Life, Self, Success


  1. “Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.” – L. Duncan
  2. “The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.” – Arthur Koestler
  3. “Innovation is anything, but business as usual.” – Anonymous
  4. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
  5. “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson
  6. “Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Anonymous
  7. “If you’re not failing now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything innovative.” – Woody Allen
  8. “Whether you’re a farmer, builder or engineer, the opportunities are equal: Just add a little innovation.” – Strive Masiyiwa
  9. “There’s a way to do it better – find it.” – Thomas Edison
  10. “Innovation is seeing the obvious that hasn’t happen yet.” – David A.
  11. “Make everything as simple as possible; but not too simple.” – Albert Einstein
  12. “Innovation is the creation of the new or the re-arranging of the old in a new way.” – Michael Vance
  13. “Innovation often starts with the ordinary. They simply took what was “normal”, and added a twist. They added an innovation. The innovation solved a key problem of the “normal” use case that we all already understood.” – Dave Morin
  14. “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” – Mark Twain
  15. “Every artist gets asked the question, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ The honest artist answers, ‘I steal them.’” – Austin Kleon
  16. “Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer.” – W. Edwards
  17. Invention is what happens in the lab, innovation is what happens in the market.” – Unknown
  18. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
  19. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  20. “Innovation is this amazing intersection between someone’s imagination and the reality in which they live. The problem is, many companies don’t have great imagination, but their view of reality tells them that it’s impossible to do what they imagine.” – Ron Johnson
  21. “But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.” – Steve Jobs
  22. “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” – Albert Einstein
  23. “I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.” – Henry Ford
  24. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs
  25. “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” – Steve Jobs
  26. “Learn from failures. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs
  27. “Never do anything because you have to, do it because you are doing it for yourself, then watch your innovation flow.” – Le Roi Bear

Read: Over 60 Steve Jobs Quotes That Will Change Your Life


  1. “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.” – Albert Einstein
  2. “There’s no good idea that cannot be improved on.” – Michael Eisner
  3. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
  4. “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” – Jeffrey Zeldman
  5. “Forget what you know, and what you think you know. Be prepared for changes, be open to new ideas, and test often. You’ll be surprised by what reality has for you. And most importantly, learn from each such small experiment, though you think you know it all. I sure thought I know a lot, but keep learning every single day.” – Ziv Meltzer
  6. “The best ideas lose their owners and take on lives of their own.” – N. Bushnell
  7. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky
  8. “Great ideas are a commodity, great execution is not.” – Harvey Nix
  9. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck
  10. “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” – Nolan Bushnell
  11. “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” – Thomas Edison
  12. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde
  13. “Don’t worry if your goals seem crazy to other people; oftentimes the crazy ideas are the ones that have the greatest impact.” – Unknown
  14. “Imagination is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
  15. “Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein.
  16. “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein
  17. “Creativity is Intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
  18. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson
  19. “The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” – Albert Einstein
  20. “We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
  21. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Josh James
  22. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda

Try and try, you will be succeed…

  1. “The impossible is often the untried.” – J. Goodwin
  2. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  3. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  4. “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly, I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  5. “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” – A. Clarke
  6. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
  7. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” – Seth Godin
  8. “You can do anything, but not everything.” – Anonymous
  9. “If you think that you are going to love something, give it a try. You’re going to kick yourself in the butt for the rest of your life if you don’t.” – Joe Penna
  10. “When you want to change things, you won’t please everyone.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  11. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
  12. “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
  13. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
  14. “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar
  15. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort
  16. “Where do you put the fear when you choose to innovate? The fear is there, but you have to find a place to put it.” – Seth Godin
  17. “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” – Paulo Coelho

Read: 99 Inspirational & Motivational Quotes On Entrepreneurship


  1. “But the thing that you have to do is, your focus group is yourself — you should make products that you want to use. And not just want to use but you love. And you can bet that if you love it there are many other people out there that are going to love it too. And so that fundamental thing drives Apple.” – Tim Cook
  2. “I start where the last man left off.” – Thomas Edison
  3. “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs
  4. “The Googly thing is to launch products early on Google Labs and then iterate, learning what the market wants — and making it great. The beauty of experimenting in this way is that you never get too far from what the market wants. The market pulls you back.” – Marissa Mayer
  5. “The best businesses adopt a similar approach to Google. They are consistently looking for ways to improve what they do.” – Jim Connolly
  6. “Sadly, an average service that’s well marketed will always generate massively more money, than a great service, which too few people know about. Think about it: People can’t hire you, if they don’t know you exist — regardless of how amazing you are.” – Jim Connolly
  7. “Startups don’t die when they run out of money, they die when their founders let go. I ultimately stepped away from Sonar when I came to the conclusion that, despite all that we had invested, everyone stood a better chance starting anew. It’s difficult to accept, but sometimes you have to concede a battle to win the war.” – Brett Martin
  8. “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
  9. “The best entrepreneurs don’t seek risk. They seek to mitigate risk.” – Rick Desai
  10. “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” – Larry Page
  11. “You will never know enough. You will always be forced to make a decision without fully understanding what is coming. As a founder, that is just something you have to get comfortable with.” – Aaron O’Hearn
  12. “The best advertising, isn’t advertising.” – Ajaz Ahmed
  13. “The thing is, lying doesn’t pay off anymore. That’s because when you fabricate a story that just doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, you get caught. Fast.” – Seth Godin
  14. “If there’s something you want to build, but the tech isn’t there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen.” – Dennis Crowley
  15. “I think anyone who makes products has this simultaneous joy and, almost, shame looking at it. You look at it all day and all you can see is all these things you want to make better.” – Ben Silbermann
  16. “I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.” – Henry Ford
  17. “Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  18. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston
  19. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently… A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford
  20. “When you’ve got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?” – Mark Cuban
  21. “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” – Walt Disney
  22. “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. – Jeff Bezos
  23. “What is not started will never get finished.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  24. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  25. “Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly, but working for a large company is like being waterboarded.” – Paul Graham
  26. “Start-up success is not a consequence of good genes or being in the right place at the right time. Success can be engineered by following the right process, which means it can be learned, which means it can be taught.” – Eric Ries
  27. “You should call 10 potential customers to get their feedback, or maybe try and sell 3 customers the idea before you build or do anything.” – Dan Martell
  28. “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” – Demosthenes
  29. “The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.” – Max Levchin
  30. “Names are underrated, but domains names are (increasingly) overrated. Square, Dropbox, all started with temp domains.” – Chris Dixon
  31. “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” – Russell Simmons
  32. “Great content is the best sales tool in the world.” – Marcus Sheridan
  33. “If you wait until there is another case study in your industry, you will be too late.” – Seth Godin
  34. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford
  35. “Your culture is your brand.” – Tony Hsieh
  36. “The consumer is not a moron. She is your wife.” – David Ogilvy
  37. “It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.” – Roger von Oech
  38. “I’m here to build something for the long-term. Anything else is a distraction.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  39. “Don’t even try to build startups. That’s premature optimization. Just build things that seem interesting.” – Paul Graham
  40. “If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.” – Bill Gates
  41. “Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones. Think about not just tomorrow, but the future. Put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs
  42. “You can’t ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” – Steve Jobs
  43. “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” – Zig Ziglar
  44. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs
  45. “You’ve found market price when buyers complain but still pay.” – Paul Graham.
  46. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar
  47. “The key is to develop a simple experience that hooks people … then graduate them into more sophisticated, immersive features.” – David Sacks
  48. “I think the number one advice I can give is — you just have to start it. Just get your feet in the water and do it. I learned a lot from just trying it out.” – Yoshikazu Tanaka
  49. “Keep looking at where the market and industry are heading, not where it is.” – Unknown
  50. “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what the consumers tell each other it is.” – Scott Cook

You might also want to read through my favorite inspirational quotes and my favorite quotes by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Warren Buffett. Have I missed your favorite quote on innovation? If so, let me know as a comment below!

Stay motivated! 🙂

First Published: March 2014; Last Updated: Friday, January 15, 2021.