Inspirational Quotes For Work

Inspirational quotes for work are sometimes a nice pick-me-up for those tough days of work. If the daily grind finds you down on a day, have a read through these sayings to boost your spirits.

Our collection of quotes and images below includes favorites from Vince Lombardi, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison. So, start your scrolling down and enjoy the wit and wisdom of some great minds.

Best Inspirational Quotes For Work

1.) “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Maya Angelou

You know there are a lot of definitions of what makes a person successful, but this one from noted author Maya Angelou is spot on.

Success is liking yourself.

2.) “Make each day your masterpiece.”
John Wooden

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Live in the moment.” Well, John Wooden’s quote takes your aspirations one step higher. Instead of just trying to get by, try to make each day your best — one you can be proud of.

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3.) “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Isn’t this statement from Teddy Roosevelt the truth. Confidence plays such a big part in the completion of tasks. This quote reminds me of the Henry Ford quotation, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”

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4.) “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
Robert Collier

The day-to-day commitment of successful people is what makes the difference between failure and success.

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5.) “Never allow a person to tell you, “No,” who doesn’t have the power to say yes.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

If you’ve ever done cold call selling, this statement should speak very directly to you. Don’t let a gatekeeper prevent you from closing a sale. Be creative!

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6.) “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.”
Vince Lombardi

Teamwork makes the dream work in all fields of life. From Super Bowls to super business programs, the key is to work together and bring out the best in everyone.

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7.) “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
Muhammad Ali

Get the most out of every day keeps your progress going and usually ends in good things. Be patient. Keep your eye on the prize and keep working.

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Good Inspirational Quotes For Work

8.) “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
Mother Teresa

Much is expected from whom much has been given.

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9.) “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Ultimately, a lot of the good habits you develop and practice benefit you the most. But the great paydays of tomorrow are generated from the work today.

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10.) “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison

If you look at failures as simply another step on the way to success, you’ll enjoy your day-to-day work much better. Anyone who has accomplished something great has probably failed many times.

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11.) “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
Dale Carnegie

If you can find a career that you really enjoy, the work and play element mix to where some of the time, you can’t tell the difference. When that’s the case, it feels a lot less like work.

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12.) “To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.”
Bette Davis

The fulfilled person truly enjoys their work. If the work is done well, usually the money and rewards will follow.

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13.) “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”
Pope Paul VI

Embracing the struggles and hard work that happens to all of us is part of the process. Learn from your difficulties and challenges. Appreciate how you were able to work through them.

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14.) “Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.”
Samuel Butler

In a way, everyone puts a signature on their work output. From a floor being mopped effectively to a well-written book, your brand is on your finished product.

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Work Inspirational Quotes

15.) “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
e.e. cummings

Life is a learning experiment. You grow from your challenges and your successes. Acknowledge who you are, what you like to do, and build a life around it.

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16.) “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell

Sometimes what we initially desire for our work changes dramatically as we go about it. Be open to change.

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17.) “Your imagination is your preview of life coming attractions.”
Albert Einstein

If you can believe it, you can achieve it. A vivid imagination fosters your creativity and enables some of your greatest achievements.

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18.) “Dream it. Wish it. Do it.”

Here’s your blueprint for success. Don’t stall out on the dream it or wish it stage. The biggest challenge is in the “do it” phase.

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19.) “Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now.”

There are few second acts in life. If you have a goal, set out to accomplish it.

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20.) “Don’t aim for success if you want it, just do what you love and believe in and it will come naturally.”
David Frost

If you’re working on something you love, you’re much more likely to find success. The key is action.

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Motivational Quotes For Work

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. (And) your attitude determines how well you do it.
Lou Holtz

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison

You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.
Martin Luther King

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he’s twenty or eighty.
Henry Ford

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

Quote of the day for work

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
George Lorimer

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
Stephen Covey

Your work is going to fill a are part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
Steve Jobs

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
Stephen King

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell

Perseverance Quotes

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.
Jim Watkins

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Newt Gingrich

Nothing will work unless you do.
Maya Angelou

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Truman Capote

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D Roosevelt

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
Arthur Christopher Benson

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Jimmy Johnson

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Louis Pasteur

Failure is not the opposite of success: it’s part of success.
Arianna Huffington

Hard Work Quotes

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
Stephen Covey

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Thomas Jefferson

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Vince Lombardi

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vidal Sassoon

Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
Sam Ewing

Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
Dwayne Johnson

Work Quotes to Inspire

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
Seth Godin

The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pelé)

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.
Louis C. K.

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
Dwayne Johnson

Funny Hard Work Quotes

The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.
Dory, Finding Nemo

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh

Hustle and Hard Work Quotes

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Abraham Lincoln

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

If a mind thinks with a believing attitude, one can do amazing things.
Norman Vincent Peale

Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.
Elbert Hubbard

Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.
Tyler Perry

The future depends on what you do today.
Mahatma Gandhi

Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
Dalai Lama

Staying inspired at work

So, we hoped you enjoy our quotations and images for work. In addition to reading through some of these for inspiration, it’s a good idea to talk to a friend or loved one if you’ve had a trying day.

Sometimes, hearing a different perspective will help you shape your thinking on an issue or challenge. Or, maybe a bike ride or walk will help you relax and think through the subject. Good luck.

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is a writer and editor of Greeting Card Poet.


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