Inspirational Quotes About Work

Famous Quotes to Use to Inspire Your Best Work—at Work

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Are you looking for an inspirational quote about work to use in your speech, newsletter, business presentation, or website? Many times, it's useful to offer a pithy quote that inspires employees to work hard and better. After all, many people spend almost one-third of their lives at work during their working years.

Work isn't just drudgery. it can be inspirational, motivational, and bring out the better parts of your ability to contribute and make a difference. Work can lend meaning and purpose to your life when you view it from a positive perspective and a bright outlook.

Use these work quotes to inspire employee motivation and employee engagement. They capture your employees' attention and make them feel good about what they do for a living.

These inspirational quotes can help employees make that extra push that gets the job done. As the great American composer Duke Ellington said: "A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

Quotations About Work

William B. Given, Jr.

"There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play."

Betty Bender

"When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.”

Alistair Cooke

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it."

Elbert Hubbard

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."

Pearl S. Buck

”To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”

Bertrand Russell

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

Thomas A. Edison

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

Theodore Roosevelt

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

Albert Einstein

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."

Thomas A. Edison

”Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment, and to either of these ends, there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."

J. Paul Getty

"Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?"

Henry J. Kaiser

”When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.”

Steve Jobs

"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."

Robert Frost

"The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them."

Frederick Douglass

"People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get."

John Ruskin

"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it."

Orison Swett Marden

"The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world."

Peter Drucker

"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work."

James M. Barrie

”Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."

More Inspirational Wisdom

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"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 Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."

David McCullough

"Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love."

Richard Bach

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."

George Eliot

”The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men."

William Lyon Phelps

"Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money."

Thomas Jefferson

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

Warren Beatty

”You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play."


"Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."  

Thomas Aquinas

"The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces."

Pearl Buck

"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."

Peter Drucker

”Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."

David Rockefeller

"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”

Douglas Adams

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."