Powerful Quotes for your PowerPoint Presentations

07.24.20  •  #PowerPointTips


One of the most powerful ways to begin a presentation is to start by sharing a influential and morable quote that relates to the message of your talk. This can loosen up the beginning, consciously encourage important things while speaking or end the presentation with a meaningful conclusion and underline the main topic again.

This will bring liveliness and power to your presentation and create a more pleasant environment for your audience!

Quotes can be funny, inspirational, profound, successful, motivational, meaningless or basically everything! The most important thing is that they fit the today´s topic, correspond to the situation. This means, that they are appropriate and reinforce the actual theme.

If you are looking for great lines you can use in your PowerPoint or other presentations, you are perfectly right here! Read the following article to get inspired and to find a suitable citation you can use for your speech in school, work, business or anywhere and to leave an unforgettable impression on your presentation.

To save time, we have already created PowerPoint Templates below, which you can download for free!

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Quotes for Beginning

With quotations to open your presentation you can represent yourself in a great authentic and relaxed way. The audience gets an exciting insight into the upcoming topic and in the best case can relate with the citation and thus build a sympathetic bond to you as the presenter. And all this is achieved by just one simple sentence.

Powerful quotes to start your presentation

  1. "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain
  2. "If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough." – Albert Einstein
  3. "Words may inspire but action creates change." – Simon Sinek
  4. "Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." - Bob Marley
  5. "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." – David Brinkley
  6. "Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games." - Babe Ruth | Baseball Legend
  7. "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates
  8. "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently." - Warren Buffett
  9. "The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place." - Orison Swett Marden
  10. "You can't blame gravity for falling in love." - Albert Einstein

Quotes while Presenting

Using powerful citations while speaking makes your presentation much more exciting and memorable. A meaningful quotation gives your words much more power and emphasis and can additionally emphasize important things. Furthermore, if a listener hears a mentioned citation of your presentation one more time, he will most likely remember you.

Powerful quotes to reinforce essential topics

  1. "Some entrepreneurs think how can I make a lot of money? But a better way is to think how can I make people’s lives a lot better? If you get it right, the money will come." - Richard Branson
  2. "When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked." - Elon Musk
  3. "Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day." – Gary Vaynerchuck
  4. "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
  5. "When you find an idea that you can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue." – Josh James
  6. "Don’t worry about failure, you only have to be right once." – Drew Houston
  7. "You just have to pay attention to what people need and what has not been done." - Russel Simmmons
  8. "If people like you they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you they’ll do business with you." – Zig Ziglar
  9. "Don’t build links. Build relationships." – Rand Fishkin
  10. "There is no great genius without some touch of madness." – Seneca

Quotes for Ending

With citations you have the opportunity to clarify the topic just dealt with in one sentence and it is highly recommended to use this chance. Your audience will remember the end best, as it is the shortest, so it should be well chosen and memorable. It should also match your personality as well as the theme and be catchy.

Powerful quotes to close your presentation

  1. "100 percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in." – Wayne Gretzky | Hockey Legend
  2. "When I’m old and dying. I plan to look back on my life and say ‘Wow, an adventure’ not, ‘Wow, I sure felt safe.’" – Tom Preston Werner
  3. "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." – Wayne Gretzy
  4. "It isn’t what we say or think that denies us, but what we do." – Jane Austen
  5. "Get action. Do things; be sane; don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be someone; get action." – Theodore Roosevelt
  6. "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." – Barack Obama
  7. "You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having." – Frank Lloyd Wright
  8. "It always seems impossible until it’s done." – Nelson Mandela
  9. "I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." – Thomas Edison
  10. "If you think you are too small to make an impact try going to bed with a mosquito in the room." - Ekaterina Walter

Best citations by category

Inspirational / Motivational

  1. "Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
  2. "Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion." - Tony Hsieh
  3. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
  4. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein
  5. "He who only does what he can will always remain what he is." - Henry Ford


  1. "Success is like being pregnant, everybody congratulates you, but nobody knows how many times you got fucked." - Author unknown
  2. "You can't blame gravity for falling in love." - Albert Einstein
  3. "If you want your children to listen, try talking softly to someone else." - Ann Landers
  4. "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
  5. "Anger is a hot coal that you hold in your hand while waiting to throw it at someone else." - Buddha


  1. "Either you run the day or the day runs you." - Jim Rohn
  2. "It's the will not the skill." - Jim Tunney
  3. "Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work." - Joseph Barbara
  4. "I have never done that before so I should definitely be able to do it!" - Pippi Longstocking
  5. "The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work." - Harry Golden


  1. "Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich." - Henry Ford
  2. "Some entrepreneurs think how can I make a lot of money? But a better way is to think how can I make people’s lives a lot better? If you get it right, the money will come." - Richard Branson
  3. "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates
  4. "The prize for success is that it unlocks harder challenges with more at stake for next time." - Author unknown
  5. "The opposite to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design." - Adam Judge


  1. "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do." - Bob Dylan
  2. "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it." - Henry Ford
  3. "If you want to be happy, be." - Leo Tolstoy
  4. "So far you have survived 100% of your worst days." - Author unknown
  5. "Great Lessons are only learned when the stakes are high." - Georgina Hobart


  1. "When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." - John F. Kennedy
  2. "When in doubt, don't." - Benjamin Franklin
  3. "The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
  4. "Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices easy life." - Jerzy Gregorek
  5. "What you begrudge others will be withheld from yourself." - Author unknown

Now you have 60 quotes you can incorporate into your presentation to stand out from the everyday, all-too-familiar phrases that everyone knows.

But remember: Under no circumstances should they be discriminatory, racist or offensive, so you need to make yourself known in advance through your audience.

Leave your personal impression and convince your audience with simple but incredibly strong lines!

Free PowerPoint Templates

In addition, we have already created some PowerPoint templates for you, which you can download for free. Simply replace the existing quotes or image if you want and adapt the slides to your presentation!

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Philipp Angerer

Philipp is a creative supporter at SlideLizard in marketing and design. There he uses his imagination and provides creative freshness, also in blog articles.

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