At one time or another, we’ve all needed an outside source of motivation to get through the day; and for salespeople, this is frequently true. With sales quotas to hit, and contracts to close, the sales team is constantly under a deadline that ticks down every second of the day. This can often lead to a great deal of stress and frustration, and a general lack of motivation.

If you find yourself struggling, and need some inspiration to help get you through the day, week, or month, turn to those that have come before you and persevered. Below are motivational sales quotes that should inject some energy into your work ethic.

35 motivational sales quotes

1. Goals aren’t enough. You need goals plus deadlines: goals big enough to get excited about and deadline to make you run. One isn’t much good without the other, but together they can be tremendous. – Ben Feldman 

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

3. 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

4. Ninety percent of selling is conviction and 10 percent is persuasion. – Shiv Khera

5. Treat objections as requests for further information. – Brian Tracy

6. Take risks. If you win, you’ll be happy; if you lose, you’ll be wise. – Anonymous

7. The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph! – Marvin Phillips

8. Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude. – Ralph Marston

9. Change before you have to. – Jack Welch


11. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

12. Ninety percent of selling is conviction and 10 percent is persuasion. – Shiv Khera

13. High expectations are the key to everything. – Sam Walton

14. Today is always the most productive day of your week. – Mark Hunter

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

16. The most unprofitable item ever manufactured is an excuse – Josh Mason

17. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

18. 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

19. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale

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21. You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. With it it there are only alibis. – Henry Ford

22. Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert Schuller

23. Remember that a failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night. – Zig Ziglar

24. Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. – Norman Ralph Augustine

25. Make a customer, not a sale. – Katherine Barchetti

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

27. Success is the culmination of failures, mistakes, false starts, confusion, and the determination to keep going anyway. – Nick Gleason

28. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee

29. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth

30. He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin

31. Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting – Christopher Morely

32. There’s no lotion or potion that will make sales faster and easier for you – unless your potion is hard work. – Jeffrey Gitomer

33. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough – Og Mandino

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

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Matt Goldman

Matt Goldman

Matt Goldman is a Content Marketer/Social Media Strategist for Tenfold. His writing has focused on social selling, marketing, as well as gamification.

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