Over many years, we have captured a long list of quotes which Early Stage companies may find inspiring. Among other things, a thoughtful quote can make a great launching point for a presentation --- to customers, investors or your team. Feel free to peruse our extensive library below. If something resonates for any reason, feel free to download or print them. Each quote has been formatted for use in a presentation.
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Things are never going to turn out the way you think they will.
Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
American Actor, Director and Screenwriter
The biggest thing about negotiating: You’ve got to make sure you’re trying to construct a good deal for them.
Al Hoffman, Jr. Portrait
Al Hoffman, Jr.
Real Estate Developer, Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal
Good judgment comes from experience and experience … well, that comes from poor judgment.
A. A. Milne Portrait
A.A. Milne
Author
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke
Science Fiction Writer
Being a great entrepreneur is doing all the things you love to do on the days you don’t feel like doing them.
Julius Erving Portrait
Adapted from Julius Erving
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
If I’m the smartest guy in the room, I’m in the wrong room.
Alexander Crowell
Alexander Crowell
Managing Director, PureTerra Ventures
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Author Unknown
Elon cares a lot about humanity, but he doesn’t really care about individual people all that much.
Anonymous
A former Tesla executive tells Wired Elon Musk is in an "abusive" relationship with his employees
As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
Nothing is easy. If you want to do nothing, that’s easy.
Author Unknown
Mediocre people are always at their best.
Author Unknown 
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Author Unknown
I never read. I just look at pictures.
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
American Artist, Director and Producer
Try to become not a [person] of success, but try rather to become a [person] of value.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer
Alsatian Theologian, Organist, Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher and Physician 
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Content is king but context is the kingdom.
Amy Ferris
Amy Ferris
Head of Global Marketing, Apple Media Sales
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the entrepreneur adjusts the sails.
William Ward Portrait
William Arthur Ward
Often Quoted Writer of Inspirational Maxims
Design is an agent of change, which can help us to make sense of what is happening and to turn it to our advantage.
Alice Rawsthorn
Alice Rawsthorn
Design Critic and Author
Take my factories and my money but leave me my salesmen and I’ll be back where I was in two years.
Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie
American Industrialist
The best audience is intelligent, well-educated and a little drunk.
Alben Barkley
Alben W. Barkley
35th U.S. Vice President
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
It’s so much easier to do something new than to do something well.
Author Unknown
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go long, go together.
African Proverb
People respond best to someone who is sure of what they want.
Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour
British Journalist
If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
Anita Roddick
Anita Roddick
British Businesswoman, Human Rights Activist, Environmental Campaigner
A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.
Author Unknown
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke
Science Fiction Writer
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke
Science Fiction Writer
Nothing new ever happened before.
Benjamin Ferencz, Esq.
Lead Prosecutor, Nuremberg Trials
Strategy – is figuring out what is the most important thing for your company and deciding to focus on it and say no to everything else.
Anonymous Venture Capital Investor
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer
Alsatian Theologian, Organist, Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher and Physician 
If you never retire, you will never expire.
Al Hoffman, Jr. Portrait
Al Hoffman, Jr.
Real Estate Developer, Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal
The power of compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
I am not a fan of lost causes. But a … of causes not yet won.
Anonymous
I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time, I am right.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
Failing to plan, is planning to fail.
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
A.W. Pinero Portrait
A.W. Pinero
English Actor, Dramatist and Stage Director
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand 
Novelist, Philosopher “Atlas Shrugged”
If you can’t stand the heat, don’t tickle the dragon.
T shirt quote
Anonymous
Typos in your presentation tell your investors how carefully you plan to manage their money.
Anonymous
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein 
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
We can’t solve problems using the same thinking that we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.
Archimedes
Archimedes
Greek Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Astronomer