Inspirational work quotes

Is today one of those days when you’re thinking ‘I hate my job’, ‘How do I change careers?’ or ‘Shall I hand in my notice?’ Or perhaps you need some Monday motivation?

Read through these inspirational work quotes to find a few that you resonate with you. Why not print one out, or write one on a sticky note?  You could create a virtual sticky note for your desktop here.

Inspirational Work Quotes

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” Groucho Marx, comedian

Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.” Germany Kent, author of The Hope Handbook

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”  Zig Ziglar, personal development coach

“When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.” Edmond Mbiaka, self-help writer

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” Dalai Lama

“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, actor

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” Lily Tomlin, actor

“I was thinking one day and I realised that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.”  Unknown

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  Arthur Ashe, tennis champion

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.” Joan Collins, film star

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain, author

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” Napoleon Bonaparte, general and emperor

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou, author

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis, author

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Travelled

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” Lucille Ball, actor

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” Lao Tzu, philosopher

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman, author and naturalist

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gymnast

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett, playwright

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton, hotelier

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
Thomas Jefferson, US founding father

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”  Milton Berle, comedian

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realised through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.” Elbert Hubbard, salesman and writer

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge, US President

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

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain, author

“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” Leo Buscaglia, educator

I hope these inspirational work quotes inspired you! If not, is it time for a career change? For career counselling and coaching, have a look at our Career Change Programme or contact us.