Work Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old work quotes, work sayings, and work proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.      

14th Century French Proverb

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy      

unknown, courtesy of Leah Cummings

Another day, another dollar.      


Be the first in the field and the last to the couch.      

Chinese (on work)

Boys, be ambitious.      

William Smith Clark (1826-1886)

Chop your own wood; it will warm you twice.      

Mack King

Diligence is the mother of good luck.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Fishing without a net is merely bathing.      

Hausa (West African) (on authenticity)

Genius is ninety percent perspiration and ten percent inspiration.      

Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Give assistance not advice in a crisis.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

He that hath a trade, hath an estate.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

He that pays the piper, calls the tune.      


He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

He that would eat the fruit, must climb the tree.      

Scottish Proverb

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.      


If you want something done right, do it yourself.      


If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.      

Haitian (on self-reliance)

Implementation beats oration.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Industry, perseverance & frugality make fortune yield.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

It is better to wear out one's shoes than one's sheets.      

Genovese (Italian)(on work)

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.      

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Make hay while the sun shines.      

John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Man cannot live by bread alone.      


Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.      

Icelandic (on work)

Neglect mending a small fault and 'twill soon be a great one.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Never mind whether the horse is blind or not, just load up the wagon.      

Stephen Boyd

Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today.      

English Proverb

No gains without pains.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

No pain, no gain.      

American (on adversity)

No rest for the weary.      

unknown (variation "no rest for the wicked")

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