Work Ethic Sayings and Quotes

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


Choices and decisions must be supported by your passion, resolve and a productive work ethic. If these meet opportunity - your success has finally come!     

Archibald Marwizi

A can-do attitude, a positive personality, and a strong work ethic are still the primary ingredients for success at Nordstrom.     

Robert Spector

Do not worry about who get the credit or praise of the work done. Continue work to give your best.Your reward may come unexpected.     

Lailah Gifty

Face your problems head on. Do what you have to do to take care of it. Develop a good work ethic.     

George Chuvalo

Every beautiful mind has great dreams, but rarely is anyone ever ready to work hard for their dreams.     

Terry Mark

You have to have a work ethic, and you have to be educated in what you're doing. You have to take it seriously. It doesn't mean that everything you do has to be serious. But you've got to have the tools.     

Jakob Dylan

All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.     

Eric Thomas

I have a work ethic. If I say I'm going to do something, I do it.     

Viggo Mortensen

The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.     

Vince Lombardi

We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, and it's the best thing that happened to me because I appreciate everything. I developed a strong work ethic, and I don't take anything for granted.     

Sarah-Jessica Parker

I never took the work less than serious, my work ethic is ingrained in me. But I've always had a sense of humor about myself.     

George Hamilton

Developing a good work ethic is a key to success. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you're a janitor or taking your first summer job, because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.     

Tyler Perry

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.     

Stephen King

I never feared about my skills because I put in the work. Work ethic eliminates fear. So if you put forth the work, what are you fearing? You know what you're capable of doing and what you're not.     

Michael Jordan

Professionalism shouldn't be defined by a persons paycheck, role or title. It should be defined by a persons work ethic.     

Janna Cachola

You can work really hard in your job and make a living. You can work really hard on yourself and make a fortune. Love your life, and leave a legacy worth remembering.     

Dan Miller

It's just the way we are, the way we were raised. Our work ethic was everything, and that never left us. We like to work hard, and we like to try to do everything 100 percent.     

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

There is never just one thing that leads to success for anyone. I feel it's always a combination of passion, dedication, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time.     

Lauren Conrad

Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.     

Winston Churchill

Working hard is great, being lazy sometimes is great, but failed potential is the worst.     

Campbell Scott

Everyone talks about age, but it's not about age. It's about work ethic. Winning never gets old.     

Lisa Leslie

I believe work is good. There is dignity in work. I also believe that a hard-work ethic forges strong leaders.     

Mike Krzyzewski

Live by the creed that a strong work ethic, playing by the rules, and doing things the right way will bring about opportunities for success and, ultimately, happiness.     

Nick Saban

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.     

Ann Landers

Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.     

Alan Schoenfeld

I think that anything that you do, any accomplishment that you make, you have to work for. I can tell you that hard work pays off. It's not just a cliché.     

Cameron Diaz

The first qualification for success in my view is a strong work ethic.     

Henry Ford II

I was taught a very strong work ethic that included punctuality, which I've always felt is a sign of respect for others.     

Nicole Kidman

A good work ethic is not so much a concern for hard work but rather one for responsibility. There have been a great many men and women who have in fact used work or hustle or selfish ambition as an escape from real responsibility, an escape from purpose. In matters such as these, the hard worker is just as dysfunctional as the sloth.     

Criss Jami

Have a clear plan or strategy to translate your success philosophy into desired results. Adopt an effective work ethic, with a laser-focus and requisite execution strategies to produce results.     

Archibald Marwizi