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Sales Quotes

Motivation is a key success factor for sales, so we’ve compiled this list of great sales quotes below. Feel free to bookmark this post as well so that next time you need a break or a bit of motivation, you can reference these sales quotes again.

Great Sales Quotes:

Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales producers in any kind of economy.
-O. B. Smith

If you’re a gifted flirt, talking about the price of eggs will do as well as any other subject.
-Mignon McLaughlin

Don’t sell life insurance. Sell what life insurance can do.
-Ben Feldman

If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.
-Bob Hooey

The key is not to call the decision maker. The key is to have the decision maker call you.
-Jeffrey Gitomer

Timid salesmen have skinny kids.
-Zig Ziglar

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it. But if you love what you are doing,and always put the customer first, success will be yours.
-Ray Kroc

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

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
-Alexis de Tocqueville

To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
-Ben Jonson

I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
-John D. Rockefeller

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

The secret of man’s success resides in his insight into the moods of people, and his tact in dealing with them.
-J. G. Holland

Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
-Terry Pratchett

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

A salesman, like the storage battery in your car, is constantly discharging energy. Unless he is recharged at frequent intervals he soon runs dry. This is one of the greatest responsibilities of sales leadership.
-R. H. Grant

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.
-Victor Cherbuliez

Nobody counts the number of ads you run; they just remember the impression you make.
-William Bernbach

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

You don’t close a sale, you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.
-Patricia Fripp

The sale begins when the customer says yes.
-Harvey MacKay

Internalize the Golden Rule of sales that says: All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.
-Bob Burg

Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.
-Malcolm Forbes

Everyone lives by selling something.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard.
-Estée Lauder

A smart salesperson listens to emotions not facts.

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

In sales there are going to be times when you can’t make everyone happy. Don’t expect to and you won’t be disappointed. Just do your best for each client in each situation as it arises. Then, learn from each situation how to do it better the next time.
-Tom Hopkins

Always be closing…That doesn’t mean you’re always closing the deal, but it does mean that you need to be always closing on the next step in the process.
-Shane Gibson

A good ad which is not run never produces sales.
-Leo Burnett

Above all, a query letter is a sales pitch and it is the single most important page an unpublished writer will ever write. It’s the first impression and will either open the door or close it. It’s that important, so don’t mess it up. Mine took 17 drafts and two weeks to write.
-Nicholas Sparks

It is not your customer’s job to remember you. It is your obligation and responsibility to make sure they don’t have the chance to forget you.
-Patricia Fripp

We hope these sales quotes get you charged up for the next meeting, the next call or the next sale. Until next time, keep your sales in Overdrive!


  1. Jason Neal
    Posted on October 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Rember when prospects are few.
    You may not be able to squeeze water out of a rock, but if you dig deep enough you may find a diamond!

    • Catherine
      Posted on February 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      What type of prospects do you work with?

  2. Jeri Nicholson
    Posted on October 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.
    You must set yourself on fire.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow

  3. nandya
    Posted on March 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

    don’t follow success, try to be excellent and success will follow you..

    • chaz
      Posted on October 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I believe in this quote. Thanks

  4. Vanessa
    Posted on May 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    “You can have anything in this world you want, if you want it badly enough and you’re willing to pay the price.”~Mary Kay Ash

    • Cristiano
      Posted on June 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Buenisimo! Gracias.

  5. Jason Alan
    Posted on May 28, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Love these types of quotes! Very helpful!

    • Olusola
      Posted on June 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      A lot of quotes I hadn’t heard before. Thanks!

  6. Jordan
    Posted on June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    You write some great blog posts. Thanks!

  7. Andy
    Posted on June 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Being consistent, tenacious, dedicated and most importantly enjoying what you are and do are the basic essentials, coupled with the ability to be able to think laterally and when required, “outside the box” may not be a “light your Fire” assessment or motivator of what we do but they are the foundation blocks of all good sales professionals.

    Posted on June 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Quotes are effective provided you put them in action.

  9. Lonnie
    Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Good fun!

    • chaz
      Posted on October 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      That’s what it is all about!

      • Bob Howard
        Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm


  10. Sharita Lanzillotti
    Posted on June 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I’m happy to read these. This is the type of post that makes a business or corporate website more fun.

  11. Tiffany Pascoe
    Posted on July 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good sales quotes, thanks.

  12. Claire Juedes
    Posted on July 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Absolutely love love the sales quotes, keep it up.

  13. Gaurav
    Posted on July 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

    “Being wise in sales = Listening to your customer”

  14. Monte Baily
    Posted on July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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  15. George Emetuche
    Posted on July 23, 2012 at 8:26 am

    In Sales, you sell yourself first to the prospect before selling the product. The prospect is more interested in who he is seeing than in the product he is yet to buy.

  16. Wendy Shallow
    Posted on July 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “To fail is to discover new beginnings.” It’s all about making the calls.

  17. Randy Balderson
    Posted on August 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

    A goal with out a plan, is just a dream.

  18. Patty Ward
    Posted on August 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on your sales blogs I’ve stumbled upon on
    a regular basis. It’s useful to read through content from other sales pros and practice a little something from other methodologies.

  19. Matthew
    Posted on August 26, 2012 at 1:59 am

    “Talent without action is the recipe for failure. A poor salesmen tells of his talent with words; however, a great salesman shows his talent with what he does.”

    • Naomi
      Posted on October 3, 2012 at 3:01 am

      Just believe that you can do it. Read siteors of people who lose weight because of their perseverance and with this, inspire you to do better. Have your support group so that you’ll keep on track. As long as you know you can do it, you can.

  20. Graig
    Posted on August 26, 2012 at 3:06 am

    ”Nothing happens until somebody sells something. ” – Arthur Motley
    I love that, My favorite sales quote.

  21. Chad
    Posted on September 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    My sales manager at Nextel years ago said,

    “If you ain’t out selling ; you’re being outsold”

    I love it because it’s seems if you put enough prospecting in , everything else takes care of itself!!

    Chad Ellis
    Dallas , Tx

  22. Adam Smtih
    Posted on September 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    “Set yourself a higher target than the one you are trying to achive and you will develope the skills necessary to overcome the original challange”

    • Domonic
      Posted on September 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Wow I like it 🙂

      • Jorge
        Posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        “Your life is an island sertapaed from all other islands and continents. Regardless of how many boats you send to other shores or how many ships arrive upon your shores, you yourself are an island sertapaed by its own pains, secluded in its happiness” Kahlil Gibran

        “There are stars who’s light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen appart. There are people who’s remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.” The Talmud

        “Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life” Oscar Wilde

        “I love hearts. They are symbols for life, love and humanity.” Ville Valo

        “You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

        “The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.” Anatole France

        “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

        “Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty.” Aristotle

        “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi

        “Men come together in cities in order to live: they remain together in order to live the good life” Aristotle

        • Bob Howard
          Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

          Love this comment (= Thanks!

  23. Mark
    Posted on September 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Don’t get too greedy. Pigs get fat but Hogs get slaughtered

    • Justice
      Posted on October 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Life is short. The path you walk on is not straight, there are curevs, loops, dead ends, and obstacles; And sometimes, it branches off into different directions. It’s up to you to decide where you should go, how you will get there, what you will do Then do it. Every good thing comes with a price. Life is like a coin, you can only spend it once, and then it’s gone forever.

  24. Virtual World
    Posted on September 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

    very nice blog!!

  25. Michael
    Posted on October 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

    If you don’t appreciate the needs of a customer, you are not taking care of them. If you aren’t taking care of them, you are not selling to them.

    • Kevser
      Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

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    Posted on November 11, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Very inspiring!

  27. cameron
    Posted on November 25, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Glenn Garry – glenn Ross, keep them coming !!

  28. Ian
    Posted on November 30, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Success is not determined by positive thinking or passion. It’s simple, hard work and expertise. An expert without hard work will fail. Someone who works hard but has no expertise will fail. Combine the two and you will succeed. Forget the rest of the rubbish, it’s all nonesense:

    Posted on December 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Everyone has to sell its part of life

  30. Dan McGuigan
    Posted on December 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    “Always run the race that is set before you.”

    “Expect nothing but good and nothing but good will happen”

    • Andre
      Posted on January 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      I really wish there were more airtcles like this on the web.

  31. Aamir Javed
    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Failures teach you the art of having success.

  32. mj khadim
    Posted on January 3, 2013 at 7:03 am

    You are very correct because more than 85% prospect buy on emotion…

  33. May Belle
    Posted on January 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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  34. Sir Joshua Burton-Chadwick
    Posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:06 am

    “The speed at which you move forward is directly dictated by the speed you let go.”

  35. Brian
    Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    “It’s not what you know, but what you do with what you know”

  36. Ian Adams
    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    These are awesome quotes!

    Anyhow, appreciate you sharing with us.


  37. CHELLA
    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:19 am


  38. CHELLA
    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:24 am

    excellent quotes !!

  39. Ziad K Abdelnour
    Posted on August 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Nice collection,

    Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of any one of those is to lose all three

  40. Sandra
    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I really need this kind of motivation right now.

    Please post more sales Quotes!

    Best wishes

  41. V J Paulose
    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Physical efforts alone won’t help us reach the top of the ladder of success unless they are supported by mental resolution and determination. The determination to achieve must be stronger than one’s teeth.