124 Motivational Quotes That Best Inspire Your Workday

Motivational quotes aren't just to help you make the most out of the start of each workday, but they also present a simple but powerful tool for leaders and managers. All of these inspiring and beneficial work sayings provide the impetus to those brain juices to help better focus on meeting or exceeding the challenges of the day or in the work week.

We have searched through many books and articles so you have at your fingertips 124 of the best and most amazing motivational quotes for and about work.

  1. I have been far too busy pursuing to serve others to be able to even comment on whether or not I have any wrinkles. Robert Rivers

  2. It is very hard to mix taking time to gossip with productivity. Byron R. Pulsifer

  3. Work becomes hard when it is mentally challenged by those who elevate pleasure first. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

  4. To work without reasoning is to skate on open waters. Rosy Lee Anderson

  5. I attempt to avoid work at all costs so that I can concentrate my efforts and talents upon that which I love to do. Freddy J. W. Parkes

  6. If it’s not education, then what is it that makes some people successful and not others? For one, a positive mindset. Sandra Leon, Supercharge Your Life

  7. Our consciousness of ourselves is largely or even essentially a consciousness of how we stand for other people. Simon Blackburn

  8. ... by adopting a positive attitude and mindset, you are able to become more open to things. Instead of becoming restricted to doing a certain act, you start considering different ideas ... Benjamin Smith

  9. Successful transformations, the president, division general manager, or department head plus another five, fifteen, or fifty people with a commitment to improved performance pull together as a team. John P. Kotter

  10. Too many people go through life feeling like a victim of circumstances or a slave to fate, feeling like they have no control over what happens to them. This is a victim mentality that only serves to keep you in a powerless position. Brian Cagneey

  11. Vision plays a key role in producing useful change by helping to direct, align, and inspire actions on the part of large numbers of people. John P. Kotter

  12. Every time we interact with another person at work, we have a choice to make: do we try to claim as much value as we can, or contribute value without worrying about what we receive in return? Adam M. Grant

  13. Fear-based, or else–style motivation does not develop loyal self-starters with positive attitudes. Harriet Diamond, Perfect Phrases for Motivating and Rewarding Employees

  14. ... nothing buoys the spirit and expands the horizon of what seems possible like the knowledge that others who faced equal or greater challenges in the past continued on nonetheless, to bequeath us a better world. Paul Rogat Loeb

  15. "Problems" don’t exist unless we imbue them with a sense of importance. Beau Norton

  16. The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. Elbert Hubbard

  17. It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. George Washington

  18. Those things that hurt, instruct. Benjamin Franklin

  19. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln

  20. The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on. Charles Dickens

  21. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank

  22. Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. Stanley McChrystal

  23. The easiest way to prepare to accomplish the goals of the week is hinged upon bringing the vitality of dedication to bear the moment the work day begins - the joy of the morning awakening. Kate Summers

  24. If the urgency of cleaning up outstanding tasks before beginning a vacation was the norm, there wouldn't be a need to spend time on the weekends catching up. Byron R. Pulsifer

  25. However, for a life to be meaningful, it must also be worthwhile. Todd May

  26. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. Paulo Coelho

  27. I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out. Theodore Roosevelt

  28. Let us work without reasoning, it is the only way to make life endurable. Voltaire

  29. Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. J.M. Barrie

  30. I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. Gloria Steinem

  31. You’re probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm. Larry Page

  32. It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them. Martina Boone

  33. Be like a duck, paddling and working hard in the water, but what everyone sees is a smiling, calm face. Manoj Arora

  34. Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could. Charles J. Sykes

  35. I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early. Charles Lamb

  36. The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. Robert Frost

  37. The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph! Marvin Phillips

  38. Everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to do the work! Kevin Hart

  39. Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands. Zig Ziglar

  40. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. Marie Curie

  41. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvador Dali

  42. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly. Neil Gaiman

  43. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

  44. Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and again and bring their friend. Walt Disney

  45. The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  46. All good work requires self-revelation. Sidney Lumet

  47. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell

  48. So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. Norton Juster

  49. Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler. Albert Einstein

  50. Innovation distinguishes from a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs

  51. You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. Irish Proverb

  52. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Joseph Campbell

  53. The power of imagination makes us infinite. John Muir

  54. Go and get your things. Dreams mean work. Paulo Coelho

  55. Work incessantly, but be not attached to it. Swami Vivekananda

  56. God sells us all things at the price of labor. Leonardo da Vinci

  57. Work without love is slavery. Mother Teresa

  58. Work harder than you think you did yesterday. Alex Elle

  59. Hard work does pay off. Michael Phelps

  60. Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it. James Baldwin

  61. A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent. Guy Kawasaki

  62. Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing. William A. Ward

  63. What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy. Author Unknown

  64. Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day. George Allen Sr
  65. When you find the right thing to do, and people to work with, invest deeply into that, and stick with it for decades. Naval Ravikant

  66. Shovel today’s challenges for your tomorrow’s freedom. Aniekee Ezekiel

  67. It does not matter where you are standing right now. Sanchita Pandey

  68. Work to me is a sacred thing. Margaret Bourke-White

  69. Dare to be honest and fear no labor. Robert Burns

  70. Nothing can beat hard work. Conor McGregor

  71. Light tomorrow with today. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  72. I sweat in tears to get what I want. Lailah Akita

  73. Work hard in silence; let success make the noise. Frank Ocean

  74. It hurts now but one day it will be your warm up. Author Unknown

  75. Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen. Elizabeth Lesser

  76. I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. Will Smith

  77. Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

  78. There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison

  79. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha

  80. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote

  81. Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit. Helena Rubinstein

  82. No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work. Jonathan Sacks Hard work helps. It has never killed anyone. Author Unknown

  83. Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen. Blair Waldorf

  84. Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. David Ogilvy

  85. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. Tommy Lasorda

  86. The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. John Ruskin

  87. You learn the value of hard work by working hard. Author Unknown

  88. Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top. Paul Coffey

  89. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better. Jim Rohn

  90. Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have. Author Unknown

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

  92. It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. Mark Cuban

  93. Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy. Barack Obama

  94. Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau

  95. To achieve what 1% of the world’s population has, you must be willing to do what only 1% dares to do. Manoj Arora

  96. Hard work never killed a man. Scottish proverb

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

  98. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Jimmy Johnson

  99. If I told you I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, I’d be lying, because I have no idea where I am right now. Jarod Kintz

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

  101. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills

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

  103. 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

  104. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  105. Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit. Helena Rubinstein

  106. Someone once told me that 'time' is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because it will never come again. Jean-Luc Picard

  107. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin

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

  109. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky

  110. Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden

  111. Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. Conan O’Brien

  112. Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far. Gary Vaynerchuk

  113. Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

  114. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. Babe Ruth

  115. Goodness and hard work are rewarded with respect. Luther Campbell

  116. The obstacle is the way. Ryan Holiday

  117. The more I want to get something done the less I call it work. Richard Bach

  118. I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Michael Jordan

  119. Work as hard as you can. Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work. Naval Ravikant

  120. What you do, and how you do it, is so much more important than how hard you do it. Naval Ravikant

  121. So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. Caterina Fake

  122. In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

  123. If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. Ray Kroc

  124. When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen. Harley Davidson

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