58 Motivational Quotes For Work (Ignite Your Work Motivation)

Motivation is the only thing that keeps you going. What motivates me to work hard, is wanting or needing the results of my work. I find I am motivated to work hard towards things I want or need and for the life we want. If I try to work towards things I don’t want or need, I have problems with lacking motivation, procrastination, distraction, and many other things.

If motivation becomes a problem it may be signifying the need to reconsider wants and needs because these may have changed meaning. The effort is being directed towards things not wanted and why motivation problems have arisen. Different people get motivated because of different reasons. The important part is to always keep those sources of motivation in mind and whenever any situation lets you down, think about people and those situations that motivate you and you will see that some different kind of energy will transcend your body.

Motivational Quotes For Work

  1. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams
  2. “Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.” ― Charles J. Sykes
  3. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” ― Lady Gaga
  4. “I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” ― Jerome K. Jerome
  5. “I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.” ― Charles Lamb
  6. “All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac
  7. “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama
  8. “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” ― Gustave Flaubert
  9. “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
  10. “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to having it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” ― Leo TolstoyWork quote by Leo Tolstoy
  11. “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ― Leo Tolstoy
  12. “If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star, you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.” ― Terry Pratchett
  13. “This is the real secret of life to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it to work, realize it is played.” ― Alan Watts
  14. “Out of clutter, find simplicity.” ― Albert Einstein
  15. “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work” ― Thomas A. Edison
  16. “Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” ― Donald Trump
  17. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – William James
  18. “The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  19. “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” ― Buddha
  20. “Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade?” ― Benjamin FranklinWork quote by Benjamin Franklin
  21. “A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.” ― Victor Hugo
  22. “If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” ― Plato
  23. “Nothing works unless you would rather be doing something else.” ― M. Barrie
  24. “Work without love is slavery.” ― Mother Teresa
  25. “I’ve concluded that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge work without acknowledging their interests and power.” ― Jason Mraz
  26. “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is important.” ― Bertrand Russell
  27. “There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” ― Coco Chanel
  28. “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ― George Carlin
  29. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” ― Aristotle
  30. “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” ― Michelangelo BuonarrotiWork quote by Michelangelo Buonarroti
  31. “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” ― John Wooden
  32. “Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” ― Louisa May Alcott
  33. “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.” ― Dave Barry
  34. “A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o’clock runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.” ― Emily Bronte
  35. “If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to.” ― Jim Henson
  36. “Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.” ― Joyce Meyer
  37. “Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.” ― Anne Frank
  38. “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ― Émile Zola
  39. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” ― Tina Fey
  40. “I don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll just be expected to finish it.” ― Rainbow RowellWork quote by Rainbow Rowell
  41. “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” ― Peter Drucker
  42. “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
  43. “It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.” ― John Irving
  44. “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
  45. “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” ― Madeleine L’Engle
  46. “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
  47. “No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
  48. “Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his rice and you will save his life.” ― Confucius
  49. “There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” ― Alain de Botton
  50. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” ― Amelia Earhart
  51. “The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson
  52. “The more your money works for you, the less you have to work for money.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
  53. “Even though your time on the job is temporary, if you do a good enough job, your work there will last forever.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
  54. “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” ― Martin Luther King Jr
  55. “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
  56. “If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing to go on living, that is to go on doing the thing you don’t like doing, which is stupid.” ― Alan Watts
  57. “Our labor preserves us from three great evils; weariness, vice, and want.” ― Voltaire
  58. “I am focused on the work. I am constantly creating. I am a busy girl. I live and breathe my work. I love what I do. I believe in the message. There’s no stopping. I didn’t create the fame, the fame created me.” ― Lady Gaga


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