87 Inspirational Quotes For Work (Motivation To Work Hard And Smart) (2023)

We are once again at the start of a work week.

So I thought it would be a good time to share 87 of the most inspirational job quotes.

Phrases that will motivate you, help you focus and work smarter, and reduce the stress and pressure you might feel at work (or school).

These quotes have helped me many times to reignite my own motivation.on a hard or bad dayand finding a calmer, less stressed approach so that I can continue to consistently work towards my own goals and dreams.

Hope they help you to do the same.

motivational quotes for work

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“Concentrate all your thoughts on the job at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until they are focused. 🇧🇷
Alexandre Graham Bell

"Either you rule the day or the day rules you."
jim rohn

"I believe more in luck and I find that the more I work, the more I have."
Thomas Jefferson

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

“Most people miss the opportunity because they are in overalls and it looks like work.”
Thomas Edison

"You have to get up every morning with determination if you want to go to bed satisfied."
Jorge Lorimer

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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow."
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

“One of the best tips I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think this applies to everything in life. We live as if the day does not have enough hours, but if we do everything calmly and carefully, we will do it faster and with much less stress.”
Viggo Mortensen

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"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
Henry Ford

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Every human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. The rich cannot buy more hours. Scientists cannot invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is incredibly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you lost in the past, you still have a full tomorrow.”
Denis Waitley

“I wouldn't want it to be any easier. I wish you were better.
jim rohn

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
Dale Carnegie

“Developing a good work ethic is key. Dedicate yourself to everything you do, whether you're a janitor or having your first summer job, because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life."
Tyler Perry

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“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; It's in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is doing, not getting; in the attempt, not in the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching out to the highest in us, becoming all that we can be.
zig ziglar

"The future depends on what you do today."
Mahatma Gandhi

“Do more than is necessary. What is the distance between someone who consistently achieves their goals and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
gary ryan blair

"The man who moves a mountain begins by picking up small stones."

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"Things may come to those who wait, but only things left behind by those who hurry."
Abraham Lincoln

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
San Francisco

"People are rarely successful unless they are having fun with what they are doing."
Dale Carnegie

"Thinking too much about doing something often becomes its undoing."
young eve

“Don't be afraid to do your best at what seem like small jobs. Each time you conquer one, it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”
Guillermo Patten

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"Talent means nothing, while experience, gained with humility and hard work, is everything."
patrick suskind

"You will never plow a field if you only turn it over in your mind."
irish proverb

"Don't wait. Time will never be fair."
napoleon hill

"Success seems to be linked to action. Successful people move forward. They make mistakes, but they don't give up."
conrado hilton

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"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
Martin Luther King hijo.

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They are accomplished through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen step by step, manifesting themselves over years, not weeks.”
Elbert Hubbard

“This is the true secret of life: to be completely committed to what you are doing here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it's a game."
Alan Wilson Watts

“Motivation is a fire that comes from within. If someone tries to light the fire below you, it will probably burn out very briefly."
Stephen R. Covey

“Nothing in the world can replace perseverance. Talent won't do it; nothing is more common than talented unsuccessful people. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary.Education does not; the world is full of educated bums🇧🇷 Only perseverance and determination are omnipotent."
calvin coolidge

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"Don't try to become a successful person, but try to become a person of worth."
Albert Einstein

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Hard work quotes (and quotes about working smarter)

“The secret to progress is to start. The secret to getting started is breaking down complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, then starting with the first one.”
Mark Twain

"Happiness is the true sense of accomplishment that comes from hard work."
Jose Barbara

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe."
Abraham Lincoln

"Nothing is less productive than making more efficient what shouldn't be done."
Peter Drucker

"Let me tell you the secret that led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity."
Louis Pasteur

"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is right, the next best thing is wrong, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt

"Luck is a matter of preparing to face opportunity."

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“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Get rid of what is not essential.
Bruce Lee

“Don't be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don't let others discourage you or tell you that you can't. In my time they told me that women didn't get into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn't."
Gertrude B. Elion

"If you want to make an easy job seem too hard, keep putting it off."
I was a miller

"It doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop."

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am the product of my decisions."
Esteban Covey

"Many men can do a good job on impulse and with an immediate promotion in mind, but for a promotion you need a man in whom good work becomes a habit."
Henry L. Doherty

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"Learn from the mistakes of others. You cannot live long enough to make them yourself.

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Any choice you make, you make. Choose wisely."
Roy T Bennett

"Fans sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."
Stephen King

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"There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going."
alfizares de beverly

“I visualized things coming to me. It would only make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That's the thing. You can't just visualize and go get a sandwich."
Jim Carrey

"If you don't pay enough attention to what gets your attention, it will take more attention away from you than you deserve."
David Allen

“A clay pot placed in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the kiln to turn into porcelain."
Mildred Struven

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“If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worrying solves nothing."
Ernest Hemingway

“Think of many things; make one."
portuguese proverb

“A lot of the stress people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what you started.”
David Allen

"Our greatest fear should not be failure, but success at the things in life that don't really matter."
Francisco Chan

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that, win or lose, we give our best to the task at hand."
vince lombardi

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"Once you have the commitment, you need discipline and hard work to get there."
haile gebrselassie

“Thirty years ago, my older brother, who was ten at the time, was trying to write a bird report that he had three months to write, due the next day.
We were in our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table on the verge of tears, surrounded by papers and pencils and closed books on birds, immobilized by the immensity of the task at hand.
So my father sat down next to him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder and said, “Bird for bird, friend. Just take it bird by bird. 🇧🇷
ana lamott

“Whatever you do, do it with all your might. He works at it, early and late, in season and out of season, leaving no stone unturned and never postponing for a single hour what can be done as well as now.”
Margaret Fuller

“It's not the mountains ahead that wear you down; It's the thorn in your shoe."
Muhammad Ali

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"No traffic jams along the extra mile."
roger staubach

"Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals and then work towards them every day will do more to ensure your success than any other single factor."
Brian Tracy

“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. Silent reflection will result in even more effective action.”
Peter Drucker

Uplifting quotes for a difficult or stressful day at work

"Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on tomorrow's opportunities instead of yesterday's problems."
Brian Tracy

"When you find yourself in trouble and everything is against you, until it seems like you can't take another minute, never give up, because that's the place and time the tide will turn."
Harriet Beecher Stowe

“You cannot change the way people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change the way you react."
Mahatma Gandhi

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“Most of the important things in the world were accomplished by people who kept trying when there seemed to be no hope.”
Dale Carnegie

"Failure is the spice that gives success its flavor."
truman capote

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Don't be ashamed of your failures, learn from them and start over.
Ricardo Branson

“I have always believed, and continue to believe, that whatever good or bad luck comes our way, we can always understand it and turn it into something of value.”
Hermann Hesse

"When we yearn for a life without hardship, remind us that oak trees grow strong with contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
Pedro Marshal

“It's not as bad as you think. It will be better in the morning.”
Colin Powell

“The truth is, our best moments are most likely to occur when we feel deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or dissatisfied. Because only in those moments, fueled by our discomfort, can we break with our habits and start looking for different paths or truer answers.
Scott Peck

"The best way out is always through."
Roberto Frost

"There are two main choices in life: accept conditions as they exist or accept responsibility for changing them."
Denis Waitley

"As long as they are well intentioned, mistakes are not a reason for shame, but for learning."
Margaret Heffernan

"Show me a person who never made a mistake and I'll show you someone who never achieved much."
joan collins

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“Strength does not come from victory. Your struggles build on your strengths. When you go through difficulties and decide not to give up, that's strength.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

"You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream."
C. S. Lewis

"One of the symptoms of an oncoming nervous breakdown is the belief that your work is extremely important."
Bertrand Russel

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so hard at the closed door that we don't see the one that opened for us."
Helen Keller

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes on and it will be better tomorrow."
maya angelou

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"The only thing that beats bad luck is hard work."
golden harry

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't expect good things to happen to you. If you go out there and make good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."
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“We can easily survive if we carry, each day, only the load assigned to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's load again today and then add tomorrow's load before we have to carry it.”
John Newton

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