The Most Memorable CEO Quotes

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo


“I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. I think that, that is how you grow. When there’s a moment of ‘Wow, I’m not so sure that I can do this, and you push through those moments, it’s then that you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really great is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot more about yourself.” 

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook


“The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’… Unless I feel like I’m working on the most important problem that I can help with, then I’m not going to feel good about how I’m spending my time. And that’s what this company is.” 

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple


“Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.” 

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell


“You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need framework and a dream.” 

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon


“In business, what’s dangerous is not to evolve.” 

Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney

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“The heart and soul of a company is creativity and innovation.” 

Frederick W. Smith, CEO of Fedex


“Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.” 

Larry Page, CEO of Google


“If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.” 

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft


“Great companies with the way they work, first start with great leaders.” 

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle


“When you innovate, you must prepare yourself for everybody to tell you that you’re nuts.” 

Steve Case, CEO of America Online


“It’s not about how to get started; it’s about how to get noticed.” 

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks


“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”

Pete Cashmore, CEO of Mashable


“We’re living at a time when attention is the new currency: With hundreds of TV channels, billions of Web sites, podcasts, radio shows, music downloads and social networking, our attention is more fragmented than ever before. Those who insert themselves into as many channels as possible look set to capture the most value. They’ll be the richest, the most successful, the most connected, capable and influential among us. We’re all publishers now, and the more we publish, the more valuable connections we’ll make. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Fitbit and the SenseCam give us a simple choice: participate or fade into a lonely obscurity.”

Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald’s


“We will continue to build on our momentum in this important area of the world…through improved communication of our product quality, brand relevance and commitment to balanced, active lifestyles.”

Samuel J. Palmisano, CEO of IBM


“Smarter is always the answer.”