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      


Another day, another dollar.      


Be the first in the field and the last to the couch.      

Chinese (on work)

Boys, be ambitious.      

William Smith Clark

Chop your own wood; it will warm you twice.      

Mack King

Diligence is the mother of good luck.      

Benjamin Franklin

Fishing without a net is merely bathing.      

Hausa (West African) (on authenticity)

Genius is ninety percent perspiration and ten percent inspiration.      

Thomas Edison

Give assistance not advice in a crisis.      


He that hath a trade, hath an estate.      

Benjamin Franklin

He that pays the piper, calls the tune.      


He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner.      

Benjamin Franklin

He that would eat the fruit, must climb the tree.      

Scottish Proverb

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.      


If you want something done right, do it yourself.      


If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.      

Haitian (on self-reliance)

Implementation beats oration.      


Industry, perseverance & frugality make fortune yield.      

Benjamin Franklin

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

Make hay while the sun shines.      

John Heywood

Man cannot live by bread alone.      


Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.      

Icelandic (on work)

Neglect mending a small fault and 'twill soon be a great one.      

Benjamin Franklin

Never mind whether the horse is blind or not, just load up the wagon.      

Stephen Boyd

Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today.      

English Proverb

No gains without pains.      

Benjamin Franklin

No pain, no gain.      

American (on adversity)

No rest for the weary.