Work Quotes

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

-Elbert Hubbard

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

-Vince Lombardi

 Nothing will work unless you do.

-Maya Angelou

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.

-Booker T. Washington

 The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

-Vince Lombardi

 The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.

-Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

 Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.


 There is no substitute for hard work.

-Thomas A. Edison

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

-Robert Frost

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


There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

-Mother Teresa

Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.

-Byron Dorgan

Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.


Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.


Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.

-Ray Kroc

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

-Pope Paul VI

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.


All wealth is the product of labor.

-John Locke

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.

-John Dewey

Instead of being critical of people in authority over you and envious of their position, be happy you’re not responsible for everything they have to do. Instead of piling on complaints, thank them for what they do. Overwhelm them with encouragement and appreciation!

-Joyce Meyer

Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.

-Francis Quarles

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.

-Walt Disney

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.

-Henry J. Kaiser

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

-Oscar Wilde

Inspiration comes of working every day.

-Charles Baudelaire

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

-Anne Frank

The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.

-Charles Kettering

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

-John Kenneth Galbraith

Every man loves what he is good at.

-Thomas Shadwell

Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.


Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every noble work is at first impossible.

-Thomas Carlyle

I think about my work every minute of the day.

-Jeff Koons

If Botticelli were alive today he’d be working for Vogue.

-Peter Ustinov

Quality is pride of workmanship.

-W. Edwards Deming

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.

-Thomas A. Edison

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.

-Milton Friedman

You know, I think the greatest gift in the world is a good employee, you know, or people who can do your work for you and do it well the way you’d like to have it done. And I’ve always been able to surround myself with really good people.

-Kenny Rogers

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.

-Robert Frost

When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.

-Jean de la Bruyere

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

-Peter Drucker

And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working.

-Will Smith

Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.

-George Lucas

It can be liberating to get fired because you realize the world doesn’t end. There’s other ways to make money, better jobs.

-Ron Livingston

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.

-Harry Golden

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

-Richard Bach

I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.

-Ray Bradbury

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

I work 338 days a year, 16 hours a day.

-Dave Pelzer

If you must have motivation, think of your paycheck on Friday.

-Noel Coward

Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.

-Ann Richards

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’

-Don Marquis

Married couples who work together to build and maintain a business assume broad responsibilities. Not only is their work important to our local and national economies, but their success is central to the well-being of their families.

-Melissa Bean

Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with.

-Stevie Wonder

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

-Theodore Roosevelt

Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.

-Coco Chanel

The end of labor is to gain leisure.


Concentrate on your job and you will forget your other troubles.

-William Feather

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.

-Bette Davis

Work, look for peace and calm in work: you will find it nowhere else.

-Dmitri Mendeleev

Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

-Samuel Butler

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.

-Robert Frost

Without labor nothing prospers.


We work to become, not to acquire.

-Elbert Hubbard

Labor gives birth to ideas.

-Jim Rohn

I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.

-Thomas A. Edison

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

-Samuel Goldwyn

If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work.

-Ogden Nash

It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive.

-Federico Fellini

Work is a prayer. And I start off every morning dedicating it to our Creator.

-Joseph Murray

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.

-Albert Camus

Work will win when wishy washy wishing wont.

-Thomas S. Monson

Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.

-George Burns

Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success!

-David O. McKay

The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.

-Ronald Reagan

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.

-Henry Ford

I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.

-Margaret Thatcher

Good things happen to those who hustle.

-Chuck Noll

Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

-Mark Twain

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those
who work with joy.

-Khalil Gibran

I believe in stopping work and eating lunch.

-L’Wren Scott

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.

-Neil Armstrong

Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.

-Napoleon Hill

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

-Vince Lombardi

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.


Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

-Gustave Flaubert

Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.

-Lucille Ball

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

-Henry David Thoreau

I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.

-Louis C. K.

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but only performance is reality.

-Harold S. Geneen

Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.

-Johnny Carson

I think the person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money – has turned himself into a slave.

-Joseph Campbell

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.

-Albert Camus

O man you are busy working for the world, and the world is busy trying to turn you out.

-Abu Bakr

For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did. And I get the sweats. I go in and start working, I’m not sure where I’m going. If I knew where I was going I wouldn’t do it.

-Frank Gehry

Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring in the field that interest you.

-Leigh Steinberg

The pay is good and I can walk to work.

-John F. Kennedy

As an actor, to have achieved financial stability is amazing. But I always have this weird fear that I’m not going to get any more work; it’s about not having enough money.

-Paul Giamatti

Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.

-Stephen Hawking

And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them.

-Paul Ryan

When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.

-Calvin Coolidge

Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.

-Laurence J. Peter

I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium.

-Neil Armstrong

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.

-Ann Landers

I can’t imagine anything more worthwhile than doing what I most love. And they pay me for it.

-Edgar Winter

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

-Pearl S. Buck

The will to work of everyone in the country is the best guarantee of national survival.

-Bhumibol Adulyadej

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

-Pearl S. Buck

I have always argued that change becomes stressful and overwhelming only when you’ve lost any sense of the constancy of your life. You need firm ground to stand on. From there, you can deal with that change.

-Richard Nelson Bolles

There’s something to be said in favor of working in isolation in the real world.

-A. R. Ammons

My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.

-Dylan Thomas

Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.

-Orson Scott Card

Work is much more fun than fun.

-Noel Coward

The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.

-Ginger Rogers

Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work.

-Al Capp

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.

-A. A. Milne

No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.

-Anna Pavlova

All things are difficult before they are easy.

-Thomas Fuller

A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and
welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement.

-James H. Douglas, Jr.

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.

-George Halas

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.

-Pablo Picasso

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

-C. Northcote Parkinson

Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.


Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.

-George Sand

There is no disgrace in working. There was no silver spoon around at the time I was born.

-Anna Held

If you put all your strength and faith and vigor into a job and try to do the best you can, the money will come.

-Lawrence Welk

The harder you work… and visualize something, the luckier you get.


Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.



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