You all know and love that middle of the afternoon feeling when the coffee seems to wear off and all of life’s endeavors seem to focus on the goal of making it to 5p.m. (All future and present employers please disregard that last sentence) One fantastic way to get through this midday funk is to find a really inspiring quote. I often find that tweeting a great little quote will find more retweets and responses than any other tweets. I gathered 25 quotes in sales I find to be very powerful and motivating. I hope you can take at least one to heart because there are some great ones in this list. 

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  1. “You don’t close a sale, you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.” ~Patricia Fripp
  2. “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” ~Thomas J. Watson Jr 
  3. Everyone lives by selling something.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ~Nikos Kazantzakis
  5. How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.” ~Gilbert K. Chesterton
  6.  “As you travel down life’s highway…whatever be your goal, you cannot sell a doughnut without acknowledging the hole.” ~Harold J. Shayler
  7. “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” ~Zig Ziglar
  8. “And old Dave, he’d go up to his room, y’understand, put on his green velvet slippers – I’ll never forget – and pick up his phone and call the buyers, and without leaving his room, at the age of eighty-four, he made his living. And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want.” ~Arthur Miller (1915 – 2005), Death of a Salesman, 1949.
  9. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” ~Mary Kay Ash
  10. Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” ~Karl Marx
  11. “On any given Monday I am one sale closer and one idea away from being a Millionaire.” ~Larry D. Turner
  12. “It’s just called ‘The Bible’ now. We dropped the word ‘Holy’ to give it a more mass-market appeal.” ~Editor, Hodder & Stoughton The Daily Telegraph, 30 Dec 1989.
  13. “It used to be that people needed products to survive. Now products need people to survive.” ~Nicholas Johnson
  14. “Most people think “selling” is the same as “talking”. But the most effective salespeople know that listening is the most important part of their job.” ~Roy Bartell
  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “A smart salesperson listens to emotions not facts.” ~Unknown
  18. Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.
    William Clement Stone
  19. “Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” ~Malcolm Forbes
  20. “Day by day, what you do is who you become.” ~Heraclitus
  21. “The wise man puts himself last and finds himself first.” ~Lao Tsu
  22. “Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who will work hard enough to bring them about.” ~Ashleigh Brilliant
  23. “Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die.” ~Brian Vaszily
  24. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ~Albert Einstein
  25. “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” ~Martina Navratilova