Motivational Quotes For Work

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Have you ever tried to get yourself motivated to get some work done, only to find yourself spinning your wheels? Sometimes one day of unproductiveness spirals into multiple days of feeling listless, lethargic, and even bored – despite the fact that there are about 50 important items on your to do list.

It’s one thing to have drive and ambition, it’s another thing altogether to actually roll up your sleeves and get to work. It’s easy to feel motivated and driven when you’re planning and dreaming, but staying driven and motivated when you’re doing the actual work needed to make your dreams a reality can be difficult.

Getting great work done isn’t always just about finding a burst of inspiration- it’s also about properly defining your goals and setting yourself up in a productive work environment.

It’s about incremental improvement in your daily work process and mental habits so that you feel motivated and productive throughout the day. It’s about recognizing your own biological limitations and optimizing your sleep habits, eating, and general health.

But sometimes, it’s simply about pushing through tough work even when you’re just not feeling it – it’s what athletes would call “playing through the pain”. It’s about digging deep, and finding that little spark inside that will push you through the day.

Motivational Quotes For Work

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

Babe Ruth

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

Benjamin Franklin

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Thomas Jefferson

I have learned that real angels don’t have gossamer white robes and Cherubic skin, they have calloused hands and smell of the days’ sweat.

Richard Evans

Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.

Sanjo Jendayi

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Colin Powell

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Indira Gandhi

Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.

Joseph Barbara

Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.

Helena Rubinstein

No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.

Jonathan Sacks

Hard work helps. It has never killed anyone.


The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.

John Ruskin

You learn the value of hard work by working hard.


Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.

Paul Coffey

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

Jim Rohn

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

Calvin Coolidge

Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.

Patrick Suskind

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

Jimmy Johnson

If I told you I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, I’d be lying, because I have no idea where I am right now.

Jarod Kintz

Too many irons, not enough fire.

S. Kelley Harrell

Patience can be bitter but her fruit is always sweet.

Habeeb Akande

If you don’t burn out at the end of each day, you’re a bum.

George Lois

If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault.

Orson Scott Card

Embrace the pain to inherit the gain.

Habeeb Akande

Talent is what God gives us, Skill is what we give back to Him.

Eliel Pierre

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.

Harry Golden

I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.

Michael Jordan

Goodness and hard work are rewarded with respect.

Luther Campbell

Everything yields to diligence.

Thomas Jefferson

When I meet succesful people I ask about 100 questions to find out who they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.

Kiana Tom

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

Louis Pasteur

I don’t have a blue-collar job. It’s more of a green collar, because of all the yellow sweat stains mixing in.

Jarod Kintz

No one ever drowned in sweat.

USMC Officer

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills

If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.

Joyce Chapman

I do not care about happiness simply because I believe that joy is something worth fighting for.

Criss Jami

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.

Robert Hall

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.

Mildred Struven

You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.

Saji Ijiyemi

Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.

Helen Hanson

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills

Do the things you like to be happier, stronger & more successful. Only so is hard work replaced by dedication.

Rossana Condoleo

Only cooked time tastes well.

Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed

Nothing in life comes easy.


Change is hard work.

Billy Crystal

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

Haile Gebrselassie

Sometimes it takes a lowly, title-less man to humble the world. Kings, rulers, CEOs, judges, doctors, pastors, they are already expected to be greater and wiser.

Criss Jami

Work hard and be patient. The rest will follow.


Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Saint Francis

If you’re just not “feeling it” today, don’t feel bad. It happens to all of us – even the greats. Here are some motivational quotes for work to remind you why you’re busting your butt:

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.