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137 Inspirational Quotes for Work in 2022 (#135 is My Favorite)

Looking for inspirational quotes for work that’ll inspire and encourage you?

You’ve come to the right place.

I love a good quote 🙂

That’s why in this post, I’ve compiled a list of motivational work quotes that have been shared with the world by entrepreneurs, public figures, authors, athletes and thought leaders.

Let’s jump right in.

  1. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. “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
  3. “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” — Helen Keller
  5. “We fear the future because we are wasting today.” — Mother Teresa
  6. “One must work and dare if one really wants to live.” — Vincent Van Gogh
  7. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein
  8. “Never allow a person to tell you ‘no’ who doesn’t have the power to say ‘yes.’” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” — Mark Twain
  10. “Someday is not a day of the week.” — Janet Dailey
  11. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
  12. “Success in never final; failure is never fatal.” — Conrad Hilton
  13. “Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” — Vince Lombardi
  14. “Failure is not the opposite of success: it’s part of success.” — Arianna Huffington
  15. “Employees, especially young people, want more than a paycheck.” — Marissa Mayer
  16. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  17. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
  18. “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
  19. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau
  20. “Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction.” — Unknown
  21. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” — Dalai Lama
  22. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn
  23. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” — Michael Jordan
  24. “It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford
  25. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey
  26. “Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” — Farrah Gray
  27. “Developing a good work ethic is key. 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
  28. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” — Dale Carnegie
  29. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen
  30. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.“ — Alexander Graham Bell
  31. “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
  32. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” — William Feather
  33. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein
  34. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost
  35. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” — Ayn Rand
  36. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  37. “You always have two choices — your commitment versus your fear.” — Sammy Davis Jr.
  38. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” — Julie Andrews
  39. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb
  40. “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs
  41. “Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.” — Maya Angelou
  42. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” — Lou Holtz
  43. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
  44. “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” — Jim Rohn
  45. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  — George Bernard Shaw
  46. “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
  47. “We will either find a way or make one.” — Hannibal
  48. “Light tomorrow with today.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  49. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson
  50. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” — Thomas Carlyle
  51. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” — Robert Kiyosaki
  52. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier
  53. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
  54. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” — Warren Buffett
  55. “Work hard and be kind and amazing things will happen.” — Conan O’Brien
  56. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali
  57. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing; that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
  58. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell
  59. “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” — Mario Andretti
  60. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
  61. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  62. “Not knowing you can’t do something is sometimes all it takes to do it.” — Ally Carter
  63. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act. But a habit.” — Aristotle
  64. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  65. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” — Henry David Thoraeu
  66. “If you are not where you want to be, do not quit. Instead reinvent yourself and change your habits.” — Eric Thomas
  67. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” — Anne Sweeney
  68. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” — Denis Waitley
  69. “The best revenge is massive success.” — Frank Sinatra
  70. “When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” — Karen E. Quinones Miller
  71. “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it.” — Chinese Proverb
  72. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” — Nelson Henderson
  73. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
  74. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” — Emile Zola
  75. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  76. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” — Henry Ford
  77. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison
  78. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison
  79. “People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.” — Unknown
  80. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” — Paulo Coelho
  81. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” — Tricia Cunningham
  82. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Saint Francis
  83. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” — Lou Holtz
  84. “You can do anything, but not everything. Prioritize better.” — Unknown
  85. “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” — John F. Kennedy
  86. “Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities.” — Sophia Amoruso
  87. “The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.” — Richard Bach
  88. “Failure defeats losers, but it inspires winners.” — Robert Kiyosaki
  89. “Your goal should be just out of reach. But not out of sight.” — Remi Witt
  90. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn
  91. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” — Ella Fitzgerald
  92. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” — Richard Branson
  93. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” — Newt Gingrich
  94. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
  95. “The future depends on what you do today.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  96. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  97. “Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” — Patrick Suskind
  98. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” — Pelé
  99. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
  100. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into visible.” — Tony Robbins
  101. “You must want to be a butterfly so badly, you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.“ — Trina Paulus
  102. “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” — Banksy
  103. “You are not your resume, you are your work.” — Seth Godin
  104. “Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” — Sam Ewing
  105. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” — Lao Tzu
  106. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  107. “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
  108. “How wonderful is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.“ — Anne Frank
  109. “Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden
  110. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” — Zig Ziglar
  111. “If a mind thinks with a believing attitude, one can do amazing things.” — Norman Vincent Peale
  112. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” — Eva Young
  113. “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
  114. “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” — Meister Eckhart
  115. “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” — John C. Maxwell
  116. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” — Napoleon Hill
  117. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” — Tim Notke
  118. “Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” — Benjamin Disraeli
  119. “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” — Albert Einstein
  120. “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” — Thomas Fowell Buxton
  121. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” — Jimmy Johnson
  122. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers
  123. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
  124. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Confucius
  125. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale
  126. “A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.” — Jim Watkins
  127. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” — Thomas Jefferson
  128. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer
  129. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” — Dale Carnegie
  130. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
  131. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  132. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” — Dalai Lama
  133. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker
  134. Think of many things, do one.” — Portuguese Proverb
  135. “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” — Viggo Mortensen
  136. “Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” — Dwayne Johnson
  137. “You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.” — Tony Morgan

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  1. Laurie L. Mohr

    Marisa, I loved all your quotes and I am so glad you compiled them for us.

    Here is one of my originals “The only way to climb the mountain is to always look up.” Laurie L. Mohr, CEO/Founder of Blessings From The Heart, LLC.

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  2. Alfred Leuta

    “The pessimists sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. ” Winston Churchill.

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    1. Shannon Goodell

      Great quote, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Joyce

    I love all the quotes, they just make living seem simple and meaningful, thanks Marisa for compiling them and I thank the internet for finding you!

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    1. Shannon Goodell

      Thanks Joyce! Marisa definitely appreciates your support! — Shannon

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  4. Randy Sheppard

    Back when I was a homebuilder, I had a hardwood floor finisher who wore a t-shirt that said, “Work fascinates me. I can watch it for hours.”

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    1. Shannon Goodell

      Lol, love this! — Shannon

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  5. Michael Lee

    Thanks

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