50 Motivational Work Quotes to Keep You Going

At work, it’s common to face a wide range of problems and issues that can leave you feeling demotivated and tired. For instance, you may have a strict boss who keeps you on your feet all day, you may not like the work you do, or you may be having some problems with your colleagues. Such stressors at your workplace can make you feel unhappy, and you may even consider quitting.  

If you’re looking for quotes to keep you motivated and inspired at work, here are some motivational work quotes to keep you going. 

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

Alexander Graham Bell 

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

Jim Rohn

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

Thomas Jefferson
Paulo Coelho Work Quote

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho

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

Thomas Edison

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

George Lorimer 

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

Robert Louis Stevenson 

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”

Dalai Lama

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully, we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”

Viggo Mortensen

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”

Denis Waitley

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

Dale Carnegie

“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
Jim Rohn Work Quote

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”

Jim Rohn 

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin Roosevelt 

“The future depends on what you do today.”

Mahatma Gandhi 

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

Confucius 

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

Abraham Lincoln

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

Dale Carnegie

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”

William Patten 

“Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”

Patrick Suskind

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”

Irish Proverb 
Conrad Hilton Work Quote

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Conrad Hilton 

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”

Elbert Hubbard 

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

Stephen R. Covey

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”  

Calvin Coolidge

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfilment that comes from hard work.”

Joseph Barbara 

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”

Abraham Lincoln 

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

Louis Pasteur

“Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.”

Gertrude B. Elion
Confucius Work Quote

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

Confucius 

“Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.”

Henry L. Doherty 

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.” 

Chanakya

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

Stephen King

“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”

Jim Carrey 

“A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.”

Mildred Struven 

“If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.”

Ernest Hemingway 

“Think of many things; do one.”

Portuguese proverb

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”

David Allen 
Truman Capote Work Quote

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote 

“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 

“Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.”

Haile Gebrselassie

“Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour, which can be done just as well as now.”

Margaret Fuller 

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

Muhammad Ali 

“Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.”

Brian Tracy 

“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

Peter Drucker

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe 

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Dale Carnegie 

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”

Hermann Hesse 

Wrapping Up 

Problems will always occur at your workplace and if you allow yourself to be deeply affected by them, you will find yourself feeling demotivated and miserable. It’s important to try to not be intimidated by change and challenges at your workplace because they will make you stronger and help you understand things about yourself that you did not know before.  

Roxanne
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