Mary Kay Quotes

May 12, 1915 - November 22, 2001
Mary Kay Ash


Mary Kay Ash was the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics. She had a strong belief in people and was a very successful business woman. She is one of those inspirational people who provided opportunities for woman by creating Mary Kay cosmetics and setting up an independent sales force.

She was a role model and an inspiration to the women who sold her products. For her P and L meant "people and love" rather than "profit and loss". Perhaps one of the reasons for her success was due to the fact that she truly believed in people and provided not only a product but she also provided encouragement and inspiration to those that worked with her. Mary Kay Inc. started with 9 sales members and has grown to over 1 million sales members today. She recognized peoples success and provided many incentives to motivate people to set and reach their goals. The most well known incentive was the Mary Kay Pink Cadillac's given to those who achieved top sales. Mary Kay is truly a success story, one that has inspired many!


"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway."
Mary Kay Ash

Perseverance   |  


"Forcing myself to think positively did wonders for my spirit. I was able to overcome the discontent inside me, and my old enthusiasm slowly returned."

Mary Kay Ash, The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur

Positive Quotes   |  


"Never rest on your laurels. Nothing wilts faster than a laurel sat upon."

Mary Kay Ash

Funny Quotes about Life   |  


You can do anything in this world that you want to do, if you want to do it badly enough. . . Mary Kay Ash
"You can do anything in this world that you want to do, if you want to do it badly enough and you are willing to pay the price. Often during my childhood, I heard those words from my mother, always urging me on to greater heights! They became so firmly implanted in my mind that they became the theme of my childhood and of my life."

Mary Kay Ash

Life   |  


"Before you ever receive the wonderful treasures of a happy life, you must first give. Give of yourself. Be of service to others. Only what you give can be multiplied back into your own life. That is the law of the harvest, the law of the ten-fold return. If you give nothing, even if it is multiplied, you receive nothing."

Mary Kay Ash

Giving   |  


"Unlike many people who start a new business, money was not my prime motivation- not that I was so well off that it wasn't a consideration; in fact, I had put my lifetime savings on the line."

Mary Kay Ash, The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur

Motivation   |  


A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. Mary Kay Ash
"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."

Mary Kay Ash

Enthusiasm   |  


"We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you."

Mary Kay Ash

Attitude Quotes   |


"No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important."

Mary Kay Ash

Words of Encouragement   |  


"Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist."

Mary Kay Ash

Honesty   |  


"For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour."

Mary Kay Ash

Failure Quotes   |  


Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret. Mary Kay Ash
"Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret."

Mary Kay Ash

Appreciation Quotes   |  


"Those who are blessed with the most talent don't necessarily outperform everyone else. It's the people with follow-through who excel."

Mary Kay Ash

Blessed Quotes   |  


"God didn't have time to make a nobody, only a somebody. I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition."

Mary Kay Ash

Quotes about God   |  


"People are definitely a company's greatest asset. It doesn't make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps."

Mary Kay Ash

Good   |  


The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang. Mary Kay Ash
"The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang."

Mary Kay Ash

Leadership Quotes   |  

Quotes about Mary Kay Ash

Of course, working with Mary Kay didn't really feel like running a business because her focus wasn't on the bottom line (though she was one of the thriftiest people I have ever known), it was always on the people. Erma Thomson
Helping Others   |  


To look back now and realize that Mary Kay Ash was able to see beyond her time and circumstances and imagine a future where women could fully realize their potential if only they were given a "track to run on" and a little help from their friends (and mentors) shows what a visionary she truly was.
Doretha Dingler, If the Pink Shoe Fits: A Golden Anniversary Tribute to Mary Kay Ash
Vision   |  


There is no more potent role model for the self-made woman than Mary Kay Ash
Harry Smith
Example   |  


An "I Story" is one of the many ingenius methods Mary Kay Ash developed to help us teach and motivate one another. We all need someone or something to give us our own "I can do it" moment to keep us moving forward.
Doretha Dingler, In Pink
Teacher   |  


Of course, Mary Kay had to live up to her mother's belief in her and her abilities. That faith - in her self, in others, and in her God - became the defining force in her life.
Wanda Langley, Mary Kay Ash: Beauty Queen
Believe In Yourself Quotes   |  


As the years passed, I began to understand how much importance Mary Kay placed on the art of listening, on treating people like she would want to be treated, on doing well by doing good.
Ryan Rogers
Listening   |  

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