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.      -- unknown
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.      -- unknown
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.      -- unknown
If you want something done right, do it yourself.      -- unknown
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.      -- Bible
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 (thanks to Warren ?)
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")
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Nothing is difficult if you're used to it.      -- Kashmiri(on habit)
Procrastination is the thief of time.      -- unknown
Procrastination only adds stress to your life.      -- submitter's name lost due to printer malfunction
Promise little and do much.      -- Hebrew (on the conduct of life)
Rome wasn't built in a day.      -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
Send a thief to catch a thief.      -- unknown
The laborer is worth his wage.      -- Bible (Luke 10:7)
The sky's the limit.      -- Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
The work will teach you.      -- Estonian (on work)
Well done is better than well said.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.      -- Philip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773)
Words are mere bubbles of water; deeds are drops of gold.      -- Tibetan (on words and deeds)
You can't play all the time.      -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
You don't get anywhere unless you try.      -- unknown
You have to earn respect.      -- unknown
You make the road by walking on it.      -- Nicaraguan (on work)