When recruiting for your startup company, choosing the right people can make the difference in how successful your new company is. These quotes will help give you inspiration and guidance as you begin hiring employees to make your startup company a success.

Team Building

"You can't teach employees to smile. They have to smile before you hire them."--Arte Nathan
"You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don't have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life."--Renee West
"You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb it."--Andrew Carnegie
"A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him."--H.S.M. Burns
"If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants."--David Ogilvy
"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."--Ralph Waldo
"When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute."--Simon Sinek

Choosing the Right Candidate

"Great vision without great people is irrelevant."--Jim Collins
"Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do."--Malcolm Forbes
"When hiring key employees, there are only two qualities to look for: judgment and taste. Almost everything else can be bought by the yard."--John W. Gardner
"I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people not on strategies."--Lawrence Bossidy
"Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it."--Henry David Thoreau
"If you think hiring professionals is expensive, try hiring amateurs."--Anonymous
"I hire people brighter than me and then get out of their way."--Lee Iacocca
"When I find an employee who turns out to be wrong for the job, I feel it is my fault because I made the decision to hire him."--Akio Morita
"The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you have made a hiring mistake. The best people don't need to be managed. Guided, taught, led--yes. But not tightly managed."--Jim Collins
"Hire an attitude, not just experience and qualification." Greg Savage


"Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?"--Thomas John Watson Sr.
"Development can help great people be even better--but if I had a dollar to spend, I'd spend 70 cents getting the right person in the door."--Paul Russell
"Hire character. Train skill."--Peter Schutz

Human Focus

"Human resources isn't a thing we do. It's the thing that runs our business."--Steve Wynn
"It's more than just selling pizzas. It's being a better fit for the community. We hire based on the betterment of the community as much as anything."--Mark Starr
"Management is nothing more than motivating people."--Lee Iacocca
"A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people." Jim Collins
"Since we do not take a man on his past history, we do not refuse him because of his past history. I never met a man who was thoroughly bad. There is always some good in him if he gets a chance."--Henry Ford
"One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it."--Peter Drucker
"I don't pay good wages because I have a lot of money. I have a lot of money because I pay good wages."--Robert Bosch
"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys."--Chinese Proverb
"Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers."--Stephen R. Covey
"Nothing beats giving a candidate good news."--Unknown

When you are working to build a staff at your startup company, keep these 30 quotes in mind so that you focus on what is important in the hiring process. They can also remind you that your company is only as good as the employees you hire.