“Get them to sign on the line which is dotted. You hear me? … A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing. Always be closing.”

Alec Baldwin’s spitfire speech in the notable film Glengarry Glen Ross hammered a simple idea into a group of dumbfounded, unmotivated salesmen with three little words – always be closing.

The phrase is simple. Actually making a sale? Far less simple.

Turning a stranger into a customer takes motivation and stamina. But here’s where that can get challenging.

People don’t always want to listen to you, and it’s up to you as a sales team to make them want to listen. But let’s be honest – it is hard. And in the face of lost leads it can be hard to get on the phone with fresh energy and determination each day.

Sometimes you need a little inspiration.

Here are 49 of the best sales quotes to drive the best month in sales you’ve ever seen.

49 motivating sales quotes to help you pick up the phone

1. “Hard work is about risk. It begins when you deal with the things that you’d rather not deal with: fear of failure, fear of standing out, fear of rejection. Hard work is about training yourself to leap over this barrier, drive through the other barrier. And after you’ve done that, to do it again the next day.” – Seth Godin
2. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.“ – Chris Grosser
3. “Prospects are making their purchase decision based on whether they think you understand their problems and you have the knowledge, resources, and commitment to solving them.” – Trish Bertuzzi
4. “You don’t close a sale; you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.” – Patricia Fripp
5. “The questions you ask are more important than the things you could ever say.” – Thomas Freese
6. “Selling is really about having conversations with people and helping improve their company or their life.” – Lori Richardson
7. “If you don’t believe in what you’re selling, neither will your prospect.” – Frank Bettger
8. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
9. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
10. “Quality performance starts with a positive attitude.” – Jeffrey Gitomer
11. “I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance?” – Jill Konrath
12. “Trying is winning in the moment.” – Dan Waldschmidt
13. “If you work 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
14. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
15. “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.” – W. Clement Stone
16. “Ninety percent of selling is conviction and 10 percent is persuasion.” – Shiv Khera


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

‍18. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine

19. “Make a customer, not a sale.” – Katherine Barchetti

20. “Great salespeople are relationship builders who provide value and help their customers win.” – Jeffrey Gitomer

21. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

22. “Customers don’t care at all whether you close the deal or not. They care about improving their business.” – Aaron Ross

23. “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

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

25. “Sales success comes after you stretch yourself past your limits on a daily basis.” – Omar Periu

26. “Begin by always expecting good things to happen.” – Tom Hopkins

27. “Every sale has five obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” – Zig Ziglar

28. “Prospecting – Find the man with the problem.” – Ben Friedman

29. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

30. “You can’t learn anything if you are doing all the talking. Sales people should always be developing their earQ, not their IQ. The only way to create a successful sale is to understand that knowledge from listening does not become power until it is used. And ideas without action are worthless.” – Harvey Mackay

31. “It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right.” – Mark Hunter

32. “Authentic marketing is not the art of selling what you make but knowing what to make. It is the art of identifying and understanding customer needs and creating solutions that deliver satisfaction to the customers, profits to the producers and benefits for the stakeholders.” – Philip Kotler

33. “People don’t ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.” – Robert Keith Leavitt

34. “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” – Mary Kay Ash

35. “Treat objections as requests for further information.” – Brian Tracy

36. “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” – Martina Navratilova

37. “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” – Thomas J. Watson Jr

38. “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

39. “Sales may lead to advertising as much as advertising leads to sales.” – Michael Schudson

40. “To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.” – Ben Jonson

41. “Nobody counts the number of ads you run; they just remember the impression you make.” – William Bernbach

42. “A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.” – Wilson Mizner

43. “The best sales questions have your expertise wrapped into them.” – Jill Konrath

44. “Stop selling. Start helping.” – Zig Ziglar

45. “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

46. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

47. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews

48. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

49. “Trust me. I’ve had prospects scream at me on Tuesday and treat me like I’m their best friend on Wednesday. Completely oblivious to my previous call. That’s why, when people tell me to “never call them again,” I call.” – Jeb Blount