Inspirational Work Sayings and Quotes

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

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don't need to escape from.     

Seth Godin

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.     

Alistair Cook

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.     

Steve Jobs

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.     

Dr. Seuss

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.     

Carlos Castaneda

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.     

Thomas Edison

I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.     

Thomas Jefferson

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

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.     

Calvin Coolidge

Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.     

Patrick Suskind

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.     

Harry Golden

You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.     

Saji Ijiyemi

Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.     

Helen Hanson

Do the things you like to be happier, stronger & more successful. Only so is hard work replaced by dedication.     

Rossana Condoleo

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

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.     


I think the foremost quality – there's no success without it – is really loving what you do. If you love it, you do it well, and there's no success if you don't do well what you're working at.     

Malcolm Forbes

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you.     

Maya Angelou

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.     

Kahlil Gibran

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

This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.     

Alan W. Watts

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

Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.     

Madeleine L'Engle

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.     

Alain De Botton

Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.     

Alasdair Gray

Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.     

Marian Wright Edelman

There is no happily-ever-after to run to. We have to work for happiness.     

Mary Balogh

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.     

Alan Cohen

To be successful, one has to be one of three bees - the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.     

Suzy Kassem

Success comes before work only in the dictionary.     

Vince Lombardi