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15 Inspirational Quotes From The Greatest Business Movies


Gordon Gecko smoking a cigar

Gordon Gecko is probably Hollywood’s most infamous businessman. Followed by “American Psycho’s” Patrick Bateman. Both movies were so loved that “Wall Street” received the redo treatment in 2010 and a remake of “American Psycho” is rumored to be in the works.

It’s no suprise that two of America’s favorite things—movies and capitalism—are a match made in heaven.

Here’s a look at some of the best business films that have inspired generations of Wall Streeters, CEOs and entrepreneurs. Thanks to MyComeUp for gathering most of these quotes.

“I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build..”
"I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.."
– Howard Roark, The Fountainhead (1949)

“So I went the white boy way of slinging crack-rock: I became a stock broker.”
"So I went the white boy way of slinging crack-rock: I became a stock broker."
Seth Davis, Boiler Room (2000)
“Show Me the Money.”
"Show Me the Money."
– Rod Tidwell, in Jerry Maguire (2006)
“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. All right?”
"Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. All right?"
– Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

“I have all the characteristics of a human being: flesh, blood, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don’t know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.”

"I have all the characteristics of a human being: flesh, blood, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip."

– Patrick Bateman, American Psycho (2000)
“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.”
"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) 
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
"Good artists copy, great artists steal."
Steve Jobs, in Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
“Well, it’s no trick to make a lot of money… if all you want to do is make a lot of money.”
"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)
“There’s no such thing as too far. You understand? You push everything as far as you can. You push and you push and you push until it starts pushing back. And then you push some goddamn more.”
"There's no such thing as too far. You understand? You push everything as far as you can. You push and you push and you push until it starts pushing back. And then you push some goddamn more."
– Walter Abrams, Two For The Money (2005)
“Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done!”
"Don't tell me I can't do it; don't tell me it can't be done!"
– Howard Hughes, The Aviator (2004)
“Every penny you think I’m pissing away here, comes back to us dressed up like a nickel.”
"Every penny you think I'm pissing away here, comes back to us dressed up like a nickel."
– F. Ross Johnson, Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

“You don’t understand. I want to be surprised…astonish me, sport, new info, don’t care where or how you get it, just get it…”
"You don't understand. I want to be 	surprised...astonish me, sport, new 	info, don't care where or how you get it, just get it..."
– Gordon Gekko, Wall Street (1987)
“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. 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.”
"Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn't quit. 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 (2002)
“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.”
"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.”
"A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing."
– Blake, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
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