Great Work Sayings and Quotes

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


Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.     

Florence Scovel Shinn

The Great Work is, before all things, the creation of man by himself, that is to say, the full and entire conquest of his faculties and his future; it is especially the perfect emancipation of his will.     

Eliphas Levi

A Great Work of Art is one that truly moves and inspires you. You yourself must be moved. Don't look at art with others' eyes. Don't listen to music with others' ears. You must react to art with your own feelings, your own heart and mind.     

Daisaku Ikeda

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

It is not just the Great Works of mankind that make a culture. It is the daily things, like what people eat and how they serve it.     

Laurie Colwin

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.     

Oscar Wilde

Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and that is its whole secret.     

Albert Camus

Great work comes from great joy. Leave the angst for the movies; do art – that is fun.     

Jack White

Seeing other people do great work is its own form of inspiration and far more powerful than borrowing their ideas.     

Kody Chamberlain

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.     

Steve Jobs

Your greatest creation is yourself. Like any great work of art, creating a great self means putting in hard work, every day, for years.     

Vi Hart

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Those that walk with vigor, three hours a day, will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.     

Samuel Johnson

Every great work of art should be considered like any work of nature. First of all from the point of view of its aesthetic reality and then not just from its development and the mastery of its creation but from the standpoint of what has moved and agitated its creator.     

Amedeo Modigliani

As you've probably discovered, great work makes us uncomfortable.     

Seth Godin

Always give your best; today's great work is tomorrow's benchmark.     

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

There is no place for little minds in a great work     

Manly Hall

Only when the heart loves can the intellect do great work.     

Newell Dwight Hillis

Great work is the result of seeking out tension, not avoiding it.     

Seth Godin

Perhaps only silence and love do justice to a great work of art.     

Dominique De Menil

To create great work, here's how you must spend your time: 1% Inspiration 9% Perspiration 90% Justification     

George Lois

It is better to begin a great work than to finish a small one.     

Janet Erskine Stuart

It seems to be a characteristic of all great work that it creators wear a cloak of imprecision.     

Fred Hoyle

Every great work of art has two faces, one towards its own time and one towards future, towards eternity.     

Daniel Barenboim

Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.     

Fernando Flores

The Great Work – the work of ensuring a just, healthy, beautiful, and sustainably life-giving world for future generations of all species.     

Thomas Berry

Genius begins great works labor alone finishes them.     

Joseph Joubert

All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.     

Sidney Lumet

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.     

Nadia Boulanger

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work     

Steve Jobs

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.     

Walter Bagehot