Burnout Sayings and Quotes

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


You'll burn out, and the people right along with you. this is way too much for you— you can't do it alone.     

Exodus 18:18

No one will burn out doing aerobic running. It is anaerobic running, which the American scholastic athletic system tends to put young athletes through, that burns them out.     

Arthur Lydiard

Burnout is a state of mind.     

Ram Dass

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.     

Bertrand Russell

You'll find boredom when there's an absence of a good idea.     

Earl Nightingale

The life of the creative person is led, directed, and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.     

Saul Steinberg

Burnout: nature's way of telling you that you've been going through the motions, but your soul has departed; you're a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker.     

Sam Keen

It is better that aged diplomats be bored than for the young men to die.     

Warren Austin

We have a world of pleasures to win, and nothing to lose but boredom.     

Raoul Vaneigem

Having to listen to someone talk about themselves when I want to talk about me.     

Tom Paciorek

Righteous people are not perfect beings who never make mistakes, who never experience burnout. Rather righteous people are those who despite everything, despite falling, despite burnout, stand up, start all over again.     

Sally Ann Berk

It's better to burn out than to fade away.     

Neil Young

Sometimes, caregivers just need to refresh their emotional sensibilities or overcome physical weariness. They need to reclaim their sense of mission and motivation.     

Craig Hlas

A tragic event at work can add to the usual stress of a busy practice to push you over the edge.     

Dike Drummond

Nearly all the research on burnout is on professional burnout— specifically 'people who help people,' like teachers and nurses— but a growing area of research is 'parental burnout.'     

Emily Nagoski

Changing jobs is not always the right answer to burnout. But if you're going to leave your job, make sure you've got another opportunity in the wings. Leave on your terms, and don't burn bridges.     

Rex Baker

As long as you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, the burnout isn't fatal.     

Rex Baker

Just because you take breaks doesn't mean you're broken.     

Curtis Tyrone Jones

Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long.     

Michael Gungor

It's better to burn out than it is to rust.     

Neil Young

Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle.     

Gloria Steinem

Burnout is not the result of doing too much; it is the result of not getting enough rest.     

John Patrick Hickey

Burnout is nature's way of telling you, you've been going through the motions your soul has departed; you're a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. False optimism is like administrating stimulants to an exhausted nervous system.     

Sam Keen

In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.     

Tenzin Gyatso

The No. 1 cause of burnout is doing the same thing over and over again and not seeing results.     

Steve Kaczmarski

Burnout is the result of too much energy output and not enough energy self-invested. In other words, it's burning too much fuel than you've put in your tank.     

Melissa Steginus

Those who truly love their work have the tendency to get sick and tired of resting, and very quickly.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle.     

Gloria Steinem

That's the thing: You don't understand burnout unless you've been burned out. And it's something you can't even explain. It's just doing something you have absolutely no passion for.     

Elena Delle Donne