Motivational Work Quotes

Motivational Work Quotes

Here is our latest collection of motivational work quotes on Encourage Yourself.

We all need work motivation from time to time, maybe every day!

Whether we love our job, can’t stand our job, or are searching for a new job, we all need to approach our work opportunities with a fresh, positive, and effective attitude.

Share which motivational work quote resonated with you the most in the comment section below.

What are the benefits of reading motivational work quotes?

While work should not feel like a burden, sometimes it can be a struggle to maintain your motivation.

At such times, reading some motivational work quotes can:

get you in the mood to get things done

remind you why you get up and work every day

offer some perspective on why the job you do matters

keep you going after 2 when you want to take that afternoon nap


Explore our complete collection of motivational Work quotes here.

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

2. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

3. “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” – Elbert Hubbard

4. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

5. “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” – Anne Frank

6. “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

7. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

8. “It’s like Forrest Gump said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates.’ Your career is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. That’s the exciting part – it’s an adventure in itself.” – Nick Carter

9. “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

10. “Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.” – Byron Dorgan

11. “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” – Booker T. Washington

12. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison

13. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi

14. “I”t is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” –Benjamin Franklin

15. “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.

16. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” – Harry Golden

17. “Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.” – Chanakya

18. “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

19. “And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working.” – Will Smith

20. “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” – Pearl S. Buck

21. “Big jobs usually go to those who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Theodore Roosevelt

22. “Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success!” – David O. McKay

23. “There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” – Henry Ford

24. “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Samuel Goldwyn

25. “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

26. “It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.” – Pablo Picasso

27. “Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.” – Horace

28. “Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring in the field that interests you.” – Leigh Steinberg

29. “You’re blessed if you have the strength to work.” – Mahalia Jackson

30. “The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.” – Ginger Rogers

31. “I can’t imagine anything more worthwhile than doing what I most love. And they pay me for it.” – Edgar Winter

32. “Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

33. “Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?” – J. Paul Getty

34. “Give yourself something to work toward – constantly.” – Mary Kay Ash

35. “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” –Richard Bach

36. “Concentrate on your job and you will forget your other troubles.” – William Feather

37. “If you put all your strength and faith and vigor into a job and try to do the best you can, the money will come.” – Lawrence Welk

38. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” – Napoleon Hill

39. “No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.” – Anna Pavlova

40. “It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive.” – Federico Fellini

41. “Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.” – George Sand

42. “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

43. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

44. “Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you ,just keep on believing in yourself and turn it in to something positive.” – Leah LaBelle

45. “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” – J. Paul Getty

46. “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

47. “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” –Earl Nightingale

48. “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” –Tommy Hilfiger

49. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

50. “Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.” – John Carmack

51. “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.” – Pele

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

53. “Don’t give up. The beginning is always the hardest. Life rewards those who work hard at it.” – Unknown

54. “You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

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

57. “Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.”– Sanjo Jendayi

58. “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”– Calvin Coolidge

59. “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working on it.” – Michael Jordan

60. “If you don’t burn out at the end of each day, you’re a bum.”– George Lois

61. “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

62. “Work without love is slavery.” – Mother Teresa

63. “If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to.” – Jim Henson

64. “Even though your time on the job is temporary, if you do a good enough job, your work there will last forever.” – Idowu Koyenikan

65. “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” – Leonardo da Vinci

66. “‘Go and get your things,’ he said. ‘Dreams mean work.'” – Paulo Coelho

67. “Any damn fool can beg up some kind of job; it takes a wise man to make it without working.” – Charles Bukowski

68. “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

69. “When given an opportunity, deliver excellence and never quit.” – Robert Rodriguez

70. “Be a worthy worker and work will come.” – Amit Kalantri

71. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn

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

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

— Paulo Coelho

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

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

76. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

77. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” — Henry Ford

78. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” — Dale Carnegie

79. “Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.” — Gary Ryan Blair

80. “The future depends on what you do today.” — Mahatma Gandhi

81. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost

82. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” — Lou Holtz

83. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” — Tricia Cunningham

84. “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

85. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

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

87. “Work and you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want.” — Prabakaran Thirumalai

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

89. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson

90. “Hard work compounds like interest, and the earlier you do it, the more time you have for the benefits to pay off.” — Sam Altman

91. “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” — Ray Kroc

92. “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” — Rumi

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

94. “Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” — Bette Davis

95. “People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.” — Allan Fromme

96. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes a lot of hard work.” — Ozwald Boateng

97. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle

98. “Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.” — Paul Coffey

99. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson

100. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” — Pearl S. Buck

101. “When you are inspired in your work, everything seems to fall into place.” ― Wayne Dyer

102. “I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.” ― Lou Holtz

103. “Briefly but regularly reviewing how you work will help you to promote clearer thinking in the work itself.” ― Graham Allcot

104. “When you organize activities, you can weed out unimportant stuff and work more efficiently.” ― Nick Bell

105. “Laughter in the workplace leads to employees who are genuinely happy to go to work every day.” ― Jeffrey Briar

106. “You should never ever put yourself down. You are a work in progress; you will make mistakes.” ― Robert Washington

107. “Work brings man to life, sets him in motion. Work is man in action doing things. Nothing happens until people go to work. Work creates the world we live in.” ― Wilfred Peterson

108. “If you realized you work too many hours, make a commitment to leave work half an hour earlier this week.” ― Tsang Lindsay

109. “It is difficult to maintain a relationship with someone who cannot put down their phone or leave their work commitments at the office.” ― Jamaal Watson

110. “The focus is to find a blueprint you are unhappy with and work out how to change it.” ― Kylie Dunn

111. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel

112. “Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

113. “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — George Bernard Shaw

114. “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” — Michelangelo

115. “Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” — Susan L. Taylor

116. “Don’t work for recognition but do work worthy of recognition.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

117. “The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress.” — Dan Waldschmidt

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

119. “Impossible is just an opinion.” — Paulo Coelho

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

Which are your favorite motivational work quotes?

Sometimes finding the motivation to work can be a struggle.

Some days you feel determined, and other days you lack enthusiasm and struggle to start important projects.

Off days happen to everyone.

There are bound to be times when you feel stuck, procrastinate too much, lack focus and struggle to do your best work.

When you feel stuck at work, reading some words of inspiration can help you get your enthusiasm back.

Hopefully, these motivational work quotes have helped get you in a productive mood.

We would love to hear all about it.

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