Classic Movie Quotes About Business To Get You Through Every Stage of the Hustle.

Owning a business can feel wonderful, but usually it just feels like neuropathy. It can be like watching the world’s most touching rom-com, but usually it’s a horror movie that won’t end. Are we being dramatic? Maybe. But that’s because we needed a good lead-in to this list of movie quotes about business … loosely. 

When The Idea Strikes

“Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.” —John Nash, A Beautiful Mind

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” —John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)

“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” – Cobb, Inception (2010)

“If you build it, they will come.” – “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Field of Dreams (1989)


When Sh*t Hits The Fan

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate!” – The Captain, Cool Hand Luke (1967)

“I’m gettin’ too old for this shit.” – Roger Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon (1987)

“You’re born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you’re up in the rarefied atmosphere and you’ve forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son.”Eddie Temple, Layer Cake (2004)


When Cash Flow Is Stressing You Out

“Well it’s no trick to make a lot of money … if all you want to do is make a lot of money.” Bernstein, Citizen Kane (1941)

“Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed.” – Frank Lopez, Scarface Scarface (1983)

“The key to this business is personal relationships.” —Dickie Fox, Jerry Maguire (1996)


When You’ve Got Nothing To Show For Your Hard Work (Yet!)

“You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” —Pat Solitano, Jr., Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

“Nobody is going to hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky Balboa, Rocky Balboa  (2006)

“Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drown. The second mouse wouldn’t quite. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”  – Frank Abagnale Sr, Catch Me If You Can


When A Calculated Risk Is In Order

“My number one rule is to hope for the best and plan for the worst.” —Noah Vosen, The Bourne Ultimatum (2007

“The question isn’t what are we going to do. The question is what aren’t we going to do?” —Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

“Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.” – Yoda, Star Wars (1980)

“Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done!” – Howard Hughes, The Aviator (2004)


When You’re Prepping To Close A Major Deal

“Show me the money” – Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire (1996)

“There is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close? You or him? Now be relentless, that’s it, I’m done.” – Jim Young, Boiler Room (2000)

“A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing.” – Blake, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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