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37 Motivational Quotes About Work

Updated on July 17, 2017

If you find yourself struggling to get started, or motivating yourself to keep going, these inspiring quotes about work will help you to re-energize yourself. Sometimes it takes only a few words to improve your happiness and strengthen morale, or to help your partner to do so!

37 Motivational Quotes About Work
37 Motivational Quotes About Work

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
― William James

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
― Gautama Buddha

“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
― Alan W. Watts

“Work without love is slavery.”
― Mother Teresa

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
― Aristotle

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”
― Michelangelo Buonarroti

37 Motivational Quotes About Work
37 Motivational Quotes About Work

“Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.”
― Anne Frank

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed. Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can. The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it's a job. Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people. I call the process of doing your art 'the work.' It's possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that's how you become a linchpin. The job is not the work.”
― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

37 Motivational Quotes About Work
37 Motivational Quotes About Work

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”
― Émile Zola

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.”
― Madeleine L'Engle

“I am focused on the work. I am constantly creating. I am a busy girl. I live and breathe my work. I love what I do. I believe in the message. There's no stopping. I didn't create the fame, the fame created me.”
― Lady Gaga

37 Motivational Quotes About Work
37 Motivational Quotes About Work

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”
― Alain de Botton

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man's true worth.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Go and get your things,' he said. 'Dreams mean work.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

“That’s when I first learned that it wasn’t enough to just do your job, you had to have an interest in it, even a passion for it.”
― Charles Bukowski

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.”
― Malcolm Gladwell

“In my experience, nothing worthwhile has ever really been all that easy. But it certainly has been worthwhile regardless how difficult it seemed. ”
― Robert Fanney

37 Motivational Quotes About Work
37 Motivational Quotes About Work

“Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.”
― Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
― Jim Rohn

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.”
― Isaac Asimov

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”
― Simon Sinek

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste”
― Henry Ford

“The common man prays, 'I want a cookie right now!' And God responds, 'If you'd listen to what I say, tomorrow it will bring you 100 cookies.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Perhaps this is how you know you're doing the thing you're intended to: No matter how slow or how slight your progress, you never feel that it's a waste of time.”
― Curtis Sittenfeld, The Man of My Dreams

37 Motivational Quotes About Work
37 Motivational Quotes About Work

“He who moves not forward, goes backward.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I am a person before I am anything else. I never say I am a writer. I never say I am an artist...I am a person who does those things.”
― Edward Gorey

“They tell you: Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until your dream comes true.
I think that’s crap.
I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.”
― Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

“The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for.”
― Habeeb Akande

37 Motivational Quotes About Work
37 Motivational Quotes About Work

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

―Mark Twain

My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. —― Pablo Picasso

Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over. —F. ― Scott Fitzgerald

"Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people."

― Lee Iacocca

Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.

― Sir William Osler

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      Diana 4 weeks ago from Kyiv

      Greensleeves Hubs, I agree. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky to have a job that brings at least some degree of satisfaction to them, they just work to pay the bills...

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      Greensleeves Hubs 4 weeks ago from Essex, UK

      Interesting collection Diana. My favourites are probably those quotes by Simon Sinek and Gordon B. Hinckley.

      I think for work to truly be productive, it really has to be viewed as something other than just a means to pay the bills. There has to be some shared commitment and sense of achievement in the end-goal of the work, or at least a pleasure in the company of your colleagues or the environment in which you work. In other words one must gain non-financial satisfaction from the work. Alun