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.

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.     

Roy T. Bennett

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.     

Alexander Graham Bell

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

Tyler Perry

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.     

Gary Ryan Blair

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.     

Richard Branson

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.     

Dale Carnegie

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.     

William Patten

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.     

Napoleon Hill

Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.     

Gertrude B. Elion

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

Either you run the day or the day runs you.     

Jim Rohn

Failure is the condiment which gives success its flavor.     

Truman Capote

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.     

Martin Luther King

Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.     

Peter Drucker

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.     

Joseph Barbara

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.     

Stephen Covey

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.     

Hermann Hesse

I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.     

Jim Carrey

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

Thomas Jefferson

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.     

Abraham Lincoln

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.     

David Allen

If you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.     

Henry Ford

If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.     

Olin Miller

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.     

Theodore Roosevelt

It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.     

Colin Powell

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.     


It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.     

Bruce Lee

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.     

Muhammad Ali

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.