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50 Inspiring Sales Quotes

        posted by , February 17, 2013

If timid salespeople have skinny kids, so do salespeople who are running low on inspiration.

Sales is a tough profession, that tends to be a roller coaster of ups and downs. Take a look at these quotes anytime you're bored, discouraged or running low on enthusiasm.


Timid salesmen have skinny kids.
~ Zig Ziglar


Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.
~ Vince Lombardi


When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.
~ Zig Ziglar


If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
~ Thomas Edison


Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill


The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions.
~ Paulo Coelho


To succeed in sales, simply talk to lots of people every day. And here’s what’s exciting – there are lots of people!
~ Jim Rohn


Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli


You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.
~ Zig Ziglar


Take risks. If you win, you’ll be happy; if you lose, you’ll be wise.
~ Unknown


A goal properly set is halfway reached.
~ Zig Ziglar


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


The worst fault a salesman can commit is to be a bore…… Pretend to be vastly interested in any subject the prospects shows an interest in.
~ David Ogilvy


Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.
~ Zig Ziglar


Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.
~ William Clement Stone


Forget about the business outlook, be on the outlook for business.
~ Paul J. Meyer


Go to the back door (most salesmen go to the front door, a maneuverer always resented by maid and mistress alike)….
~ David Ogilvy, The Theory and Practice of Selling the AGA Cooker


The best sales questions have your expertise wrapped into them.
~ Jill Konrath


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


Everyone lives by selling something.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson


Study the methods of your competitors and do the exact opposite.
~ David Ogilvy, The Theory and Practice of Selling the AGA Cooker


For every sale you miss because you’re too enthusiastic, you will miss a hundred because you’re not enthusiastic enough.
~ Zig Ziglar


If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.
~ Henry Kissinger


It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
~ Vince Lombardi


Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.
~ Zig Ziglar


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
~ Henry Ford


If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
~ Vince Lombardi


The way you position yourself at the beginning of a relationship has profound impact on where you end up.
~ Ron Karr


The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
~ Henry Ford


Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.
~ Jim Rohn


Customer needs have an unsettling way of not staying satisfied for very long.
~ Karl Albrecht


The most unprofitable item ever manufactured is an excuse.
~ John Mason


You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face...You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


It’s easier to explain price once than to apologize for quality forever.
~ Zig Ziglar


Start out with an ideal and end up with a deal.
~ Karl Albrecht


I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
~ Henry Ford


The wise man puts himself last and finds himself first.
~ Lao Tsu


Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself.
~ Gary Comer


If you're not serving the customer, you'd better be serving someone who is.
~ Karl Albrecht


Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
~ Henry Ford


We miss 100 percent of the sales we don’t ask for.
~ Zig Ziglar


If your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you.
~ George Hubbs


The only way on earth to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it.
~ Dale Carnegie


Most people think "selling" is the same as "talking". But the most effective salespeople know that listening is the most important part of their job.
~ Roy Bartell


Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon.
~ David Ogilvy


Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
~ Henry Ford


Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest; sooner or later those who win are those who think they can.
~ Richard Bach


No one likes to feel that he or she is being sold something or told to do a thing. We much prefer to feel that we are buying of our own accord or acting on our own ideas. We like to be consulted about our wishes, our wants, our thoughts.
~ Dale Carnegie


If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own.
~ Henry Ford


You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.
~ Dale Carnegie


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
~ Milton Berle




This post is an installment in the ongoing series of articles called how to win at sales.


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