Inspiration often comes from unlikely places.

If you watch the show Shark Tank, you know it often comes from the hosts who make comments during the pitches (and not always from the companies making the pitches).

All of the sharks are smart and savvy, but I tend to listen more intently to Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner. They seem to show more empathy and have a keener eye when it comes to understanding the person behind the idea. Here are some of the best comments they've made, both during the show and in their written works.

Barbara Corcoran

1. "A complainer is like a Death Eater because there's a suction of negative energy. You can catch a great attitude from great people."

2. "When you're selecting team members to join your startup or small business, make sure you pick someone who shares your vision and is just as enthusiastic as you. That sounds like a no-brainer on paper but watch out, because in real life the search can be difficult."

3. "All the best things that happened to me happened after I was rejected. I knew the power of getting past no."

4. "People want to do business with someone they like. If people like you, they're going to want to do business with you. And if they don't, you're going to have an almost insurmountable obstacle to overcome."

5. "Make sure you pick good people to build your business with, as they'll determine 80 percent of your success. The best people are honest and have lots of enthusiasm. Don't worry too much about their level of experience when you're interviewing, as the right attitude always delivers much more than just experience."

6. "I built the business exactly the way my mother built and ran her family. I wanted a replication of the big, happy family I grew up in. I wanted happy people having fun."

7. "I was a hot-dog stand lady, I was an orphan housemother, I was a waitress three or four times. All of those jobs did not have good bosses. They basically told you what to do, when to do it, and when to hop. And I just didn't like that very much."

8. "The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves."

9. "Finding opportunity is a matter of believing it's there."

10. "Don't you dare undermine the power of your own instinct."

Lori Greiner

11. "I've achieved a certain amount of success, and now I'm thinking about the good things I can do."

12. "I can tell instantly if a product is a hero or a zero."

13. "Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist--while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!"

14. "When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future. Things go wrong all the time when you are running your own business, but it's how you perceive it and deal with it that matters."

15. "Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours per week."

16. "The big thing for me is, I never think about myself as a female in business. I'm a person in business."

17. "In business, it is most often all about getting your foot in the door, and once you do, everything opens up and things start to naturally progress into bigger and more opportunities."

18. "You are wise when you listen, especially to people with experience."

19. "A brilliant idea doesn't guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes."

20. "As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough."

Published on: Jan 20, 2015